Winners and Losers in MLS Matches from August 1-3

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

Winners and Losers in MLS Matches from August 1-3

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    With the pressure starting to build thanks to the arrival of August, plenty of teams were in need of big results in Major League Soccer play this weekend. 

    The usually reliable home form of Sporting Kansas City dropped, while a few individuals were to blame for some costly errors that led to losses.

    There were also a few players who finally earned what they deserved this weekend, whether it be a goal or an All-Star selection.

    Continue reading on to see who were the winners and losers from MLS weekend.

Winner: Charlie Davies

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    There are a few players around the league whom everyone is rooting for to succeed, and Charlie Davies is one of them. 

    Davies scored his first MLS goal since his hat-trick for D.C. United on September 10, 2011, in New England's loss to New York. 

    In between the goals, Davies has been through a lot, including injuries and a tough spell at Randers in Denmark. 

    Over the last two games, Davies has shown some promise in the New England attack, which leads us to believe he could have a successful second half of the season.

Loser: Darlington Nagbe and His Consecutive-Games-Played Streak

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    After being roughed up in Montreal Wednesday night, Darlington Nagbe was not in the Portland lineup for his side's trip to the StubHub Center. 

    By missing out on the game with a knee sprain, per LA Galaxy insider Adam Serrano, Nagbe snapped a streak of 69 consecutive games played. 

    In 68 of 69 of those games, Nagbe was a starter. The lone game in which he was a substitute in the streak that lasted since July 21, 2012, was this season's clash with Chivas USA on May 28.

Loser: Sporting Kansas City's Lineup Changes

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    We all know how bad the injury bug and international duty have hurt Sporting Kansas City this season, and that was the case again Friday night. 

    With Matt Besler out due to a red-card suspension, the defending champions fielded their 22nd different lineup in 22 games.

    In its home match at Sporting Park Friday, Sporting drew with Philadelphia, 1-1, to drop points for the second time this season at home against the Union.

Winner/Loser: Chris Wingert

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    Chris Wingert displayed a terrific effort on Real Salt Lake's lone goal against Colorado in the Rocky Mountain Cup, but he did hurt his team later in the match.

    The left back slid in to retrieve the ball in the 14th minute to find Javier Morales in the middle of the box for the only goal of the 1-0 win. 

    However, he was shown a yellow 20 minutes later that will cost him his participation in a crucial match against D.C. United Saturday night at home.

Loser: Kelyn Rowe

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    Kelyn Rowe is a player whom some defenders just can't catch up to. 

    Since New York defender Chris Duvall ran out of time to keep Rowe from bothering keeper Luis Robles, he decided to make a pretty hard challenge in the box.

    To be fair, maybe Duvall is a big fan of the NFL and is pumped that the preseason schedule started Sunday night.

Winner: Dom Dwyer

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    Dom Dwyer had to sit through two roster announcements and a trio of replacements to be named to the MLS All-Star Game before he was finally added to the roster this weekend, per Steven Goff of The Washington Post. 

    Why Dwyer, who has 14 goals this season, was even a snub in the first place still baffles many, but at least he was finally added to the squad. 

    Now he has to see if he will get some playing time in a forward lineup that also contains Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Erick Torres.

Loser: Seattle

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    It's about that time of year for the Seattle Sounders to replicate their 2013 implosion, and they are doing a great job at that so far. 

    After being trounced at home by the Galaxy on national television Monday, the Sounders lost again in front of a national audience Saturday against San Jose. 

    Sigi Schmid's side has now lost three of its last four games, and to make matters worse, it has failed to score in all three of those defeats. 

    The Sounders will be able to head back home in search of a win Sunday against Houston, whose back line hasn't been particularly good in 2014.

Winner: Fabian Castillo

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    Fabian Castillo returned to the pitch Sunday night for FC Dallas for the first time since earning himself a four-game suspension in the final game before the World Cup break. 

    Castillo was a total menace on the right wing all night in his side's 1-0 win over Chivas USA, which is a great sign for all parties involved. 

    With Castillo fresh and back on the pitch, FC Dallas has a chance to climb above fourth place in the Western Conference in the coming weeks.

Loser: D.C. United Defense

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    With a point basically locked up at BBVA Compass Stadium, the D.C. United defense handed Houston a win in stoppage time. 

    After Taylor Kemp hit a bad clearance off his head, Steve Birnbaum showed plenty of indecision in front of keeper Bill Hamid. 

    Hamid decided to backtrack before moving forward to collide with Birnbaum, which led to Omar Cummings' easy pass to Will Bruin for the goal.

Winner: Creative Goals in New York

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    Fans at Red Bull Arena were treated to two stunning goals by Dax McCarty and Bradley Wright-Phillips in New York's 2-1 win over New England. 

    McCarty used a cheeky chip to unravel the Revolution defense in the 47th minute before the Golden Boot leader struck in the 63rd minute. 

    For his 18th goal of the season, Wright-Phillips was able to easily get around A.J. Soares before his shot flew into the left side of the net. 

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