Winners and Losers from MLS Matches from August 8-10

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistAugust 11, 2014

Winners and Losers from MLS Matches from August 8-10

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    This weekend's slate of Major League Soccer matches did not provide the pop and pizzazz of recent weeks, but it did carve out its own unique niche in the 2014 season. 

    Two major pieces of history were made in the span of 24 hours: Nick Rimando became the all-time shutout leader and Sigi Schmid became the first coach to reach 200 wins. 

    Not everyone in the league had as good of a weekend as Rimando and Schmid, though, as once again some brutal defensive mistakes were made. 

    Continue reading on for the complete list of winners and losers from the most recent weekend of play in MLS. 

Winners: Scoring Center Backs

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    Any given week you are sure to see at least one or two center backs find the back of the net, but three combined for four goals this weekend.

    Chris Schuler stole all the headlines with a brace for Real Salt Lake, while Omar Gonzalez and Matt Hedges also scored for LA and FC Dallas respectively. 

    Hedges was the only one of the trio to have previously scored in a league game in 2014. 

Winner: Carlos Valdes

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    Another center back who found himself in the news this weekend was Carlos Valdes, who returned to the Philadelphia starting XI Saturday against Montreal. 

    Valdes helped solidify a back four that has seen their fair share of mishaps in 2014 on the way to a full three points at PPL Park. 

    The Colombian was welcomed back with open arms by the fans, who didn't stop chanting his name all night. 

Loser: Troy Perkins

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    It was a rough night for Montreal keeper Troy Perkins Saturday, as he was a part of two mistakes that led to the two Philadelphia goals. 

    In the 12th minute, Perkins saw a bad attempt at a header from Krzysztof Krol leave him stranded on the way to a Sebastien Le Toux goal.

    For Le Toux's second of the night, Perkins was out of position and dived the wrong way, which made his performance far from memorable. 

Loser: Igor Juliao

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    The best own goal of the week came from the head of Sporting Kansas City defender Igor Juliao. 

    Juliao headed a Pedro Morales cross into his own net the 17th minute to hand Vancouver a 1-0 lead at BC Place. 

    Some may put the blame on Andy Gruenebaum for coming off his line to try and collect the cross, but it was ultimately Juliao's poor decision making that cost the defending champions. 

Winner: Chicago Fire

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    As shocking as this may sound, the Chicago Fire actually earned all three points Sunday night at home against the Red Bulls. 

    The victory was the first for Frank Yallop's side since July 12, but more importantly, the side didn't draw for the 14th time this season. 

    And because this is MLS, the Fire are still right in the mix for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conferencethey sit just two points behind Philadelphia in the race for fifth place. 

Loser: Dominic Oduro's Finishing

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    Dominic Oduro has brought a burst of life to the attack of Toronto FC since moving to the Reds from Columbus on June 6, but he hasn't found his finishing touch over the last few weeks. 

    The latest miss on a great scoring opportunity from Oduro came against his former club Saturday night. 

    Oduro scuffed his shot, and instead of challenging Crew netminder Steve Clark, the ball flew over the goal. 

Winner: Jon Kempin

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    Fresh off his Homegrown Game Most Valuable Player award, Jon Kempin was called on to play the second half for Sporting Kansas City Sunday night. 

    Kempin entered for the injured Andy Gruenebaum, and he made a huge penalty stop in the 85th minute on Darren Mattocks. 

    If Gruenebaum is unable to go Saturday against Toronto, Kempin could earn his first MLS start in a game that carries a ton of importance in the East. 

Loser: Brad Davis

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    In the 26th minute of Houston's road game against Seattle, Brad Davis had a chance to put the Dynamo ahead with a penalty. 

    Instead of powering home the shot with his left foot, Davis stuttered to try and fool Seattle keeper Stefan Frei, but he instead threw himself off. 

    By missing the penalty, Davis threw away any potential momentum his side would've had in the match that saw the Sounders win on two second-half goals. 

Winner: Matias Perez Garcia

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    During his San Jose debut, Matias Perez Garcia gave fans a glimpse of what he will provide to the Earthquakes lineup during the push for the playoffs. 

    The playmaker took Yannick Djalo's vacated spot in the 4-4-1-1 lineup and combined well with Chris Wondolowski up front. 

    In the 31st minute, the Argentinian endeared himself even more to San Jose faithful with his first goal for the team. 

Winners: Sigi Schmid and Nick Rimando

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    With Seattle's 2-0 victory on the horrendous turf at CenturyLink Field, Sigi Schmid earned his 200th win as a coach in MLS. 

    The winner of two MLS Cups, two Supporters' Shields and four U.S. Open Cups became the first manager in league history to eclipse the 200-win mark. 

    Just a day earlier, Nick Rimando earned the all-time shutout record in Real Salt Lake's 3-0 win over D.C. United. 

    The two former UCLA Bruins will face each other Saturday in a major Western Conference tilt at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

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