Winners and Losers from MLS Week 8: 2nd-Half Subs, Oduro, Kennedy and More

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistApril 28, 2014

Winners and Losers from MLS Week 8: 2nd-Half Subs, Oduro, Kennedy and More

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    In the nine games played in Week 8 of Major League Soccer, there were some big winners and some even bigger losers. 

    Some of the winners included a young player making his first mark on the scoresheet, a team on the rise and, of course, the haircut seen around the Internet. 

    Among the losers from Week 8 were a goalkeeper who is having a rough few weeks and a team that has struggled out of the gate in every match. 

    Continue reading for the complete list of winners and losers from the eighth week of play in MLS. 

Winners: Substitutes

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    In two matches this weekend, three substitutes made a major impact on the final score of the match. 

    Vancouver manager Carl Robinson inserted goalscorers Sebastian Fernandez and Nicolas Mezquida six minutes apart in the second half to bring life to the Whitecaps' attack.

    Fernandez's equalizer in second-half stoppage time was a thing of beauty from 35 yards out that beat Real Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando to earn a 2-2 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

    Mezquida also found the back of the net during the comeback in the 86th minute. 

    In San Jose, Yannick Djalo changed the pace of the game for the Earthquakes, and he was rewarded in the 66th minute for his efforts, when he converted on a cross from Shea Salinas to score the game-winning goal. 

Loser: Aurelien Collin

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    Aurelien Collin is known as one of the most physical players in the league, but he had not been sent off in his four-year MLS career until Saturday night. 

    Collin was sent off in the 74th minute for a studs-up tackle on Diego Fagundez that drew plenty of criticism from the Sporting Kansas City brass after the match. 

    Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes had some strong words on the decision made by referee Alan Kelly 

    "After viewing the tape, we think it's extremely harsh, It was probably a yellow card at best," he said, via Steve Brisendine of

    Down a man on the road, the defending MLS Cup champions conceded twice after the sending off and lost 2-0 to New England. 

Winners: D.C. United Defenders

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    D.C. United turned in a strong offensive performance up a man at home against FC Dallas on Saturday night. 

    Two of the four goals pounded into the back of the net were scored by defenders Bobby Boswell and Sean Franklin. 

    The goals were the first of the season for both players, who took advantage of great attacking play by their teammates. 

    Boswell knocked home a rebound in the 60th minute, while Franklin benefited from a Fabian Espindola assist four minutes later. 

Loser: Colorado's First-Half Form

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    Through seven games this season, the Colorado Rapids are 3-2-2, but they have failed to produce anything in the first half. 

    Heading into their road trip to Seattle, the Rapids had not scored or conceded a goal in the first half. 

    That stat changed a bit right before half-time when Lamar Neagle gave the Sounders the lead, but the Rapids were still left scoreless when the first half ended. 

    In the second half this season, Colorado has scored nine times and conceded eight goals. 

Winner: Streak Breaking in New England

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    While we're on the topic of scoring streaks, let's mention the drought that New England broke against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night. 

    When Teal Bunbury scored in the 90th minute of the 2-0 victory, the Revolution ended a streak of nine hours and 52 minutes of scoreless regular-season play against Sporting, per Opta

    It is worth noting that the Revolution scored three goals in the two playoff contests against SKC in 2013. 

Winner: Dillon Serna

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    There weren't many bright spots in Colorado's loss to Seattle, but the one player who stood out was Dillon Serna. 

    Serna netted his first-career league goal in the 62nd minute to hand the Rapids a bit of hope by cutting the deficit to two goals. 

    Despite not mounting a comeback, Serna was productive in the midfield, and he gave manager Pablo Mastroeni something to smile about after the match. 

Loser: Hassoun Camara

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    Despite a terrific showing for Montreal at right back at Stade Saputo on Saturday against Philadelphia, Hassoun Camara did earn quite the dubious honor. 

    By picking up a yellow card in the 37th minute, Camara became the first player this season to earn an one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. 

    Camara's booking will make him miss a crucial clash against Sporting Kansas City on May 10 at home. 

Loser: Dan Kennedy

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    Usually it isn't nice to kick someone when they are down, but that's exactly what we're doing here with Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy. 

    Last week, Kennedy committed a howler that led to a Seattle goal, but that was nothing compared to the mishap he took part in against San Jose. 

    On Saturday night, Kennedy came out of the box in the 77th minute and handled the ball, as Alan Gordon broke through the Chivas defense for a potential chance on goal. 

    Maybe a week off due to suspension will do Kennedy well after his two weeks full of blunders. 

Winner: English Invasion of MLS

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    Earlier this season, Dom Dwyer and Jermain Defoe lit up the scoreboard with braces for Sporting KC and Toronto, but Bradley Wright-Phillips did both of them one better on Wednesday night. 

    Wright-Phillips scored three times for the Red Bulls in the 4-0 victory over Houston, and in the process, he became the first English player to record a hat-trick in MLS. 

    With these three players finding success early in 2014 and New York City FC, which is co-owned by Manchester City, entering the league in 2015, do not be surprised if more English forwards make the trip across the Atlantic to find success. 

Winners: Dominic Oduro, His Barber and Pizza

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    Last season, we were introduced to Dominic Oduro's pizza obsession when he celebrated his goal against Chicago by enjoying a slice on the sidelines. 

    Oduro took his love for the greasy snack to the next level for Saturday's clash with New York by having a piece of pepperoni pizza shaved into his head. 

    The forward is no stranger to crazy hair designs, but the pizza hairdo took it to another level, and credit must be given to whoever created such a masterpiece. 

    On the pitch, Oduro came on as a substitute for the Crew in the 68th minute, but no one will remember that because of what was carved into his head. 

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