Winners and Losers from MLS Matches from September 12-14

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistSeptember 15, 2014

Winners and Losers from MLS Matches from September 12-14

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    The only word to correctly describe the latest weekend of play in Major League Soccer is weird. 

    Week 27 had a little bit of everything, including a weather delay, five draws and some unusual goalscorers, who don't see much playing time. 

    On top of all that was news about a new twist in the Chivas USA saga, and a five-goal thriller between two of the top sides in the league. 

    Thanks to all of the crazy goings on this weekend, we had no problem choosing the biggest winners and losers from Week 27. 

Winner: Andy Rose

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    When you think of goalscorers on the Seattle roster, Andy Rose doesn't exactly come to mind. 

    Despite the lack of familiarity with the tag of key scorer, Rose came up big Friday night against Real Salt Lake by scoring the game-winning goal right before the final whistle. 

    The midfielder scored his third goal in two games in the 94th minute, as his shot cruised past a pair of defenders and Nick Rimando. 

Loser: Nat Borchers

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    From the time RSL defender Nat Borchers was sent off up until the Rose goal, it looked like he had made a smart decision by pulling down Obafemi Martins. 

    Borchers did not debate the red card handed to him by referee Kevin Stott in the 68th minute because he had to pull down Martins or else the Seattle forward would've beaten Rimando. 

    The bearded defender may have prevented a third goal then, but he could not deny Seattle from putting a third past Rimando with his team down a man. 

    Now Borchers will have to sit out the home clash with Colorado next Friday, which is a good game to miss given the recent form of the Rapids. 

Winner: Dom Dwyer

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    Dom Dwyer helped Sporting Kansas City get rid of their four-game losing streak Friday, and he made a little bit of history in the process.

    With his 40th-minute opener, Dwyer broke Preki's single-season franchise scoring record. The strike was the 19th of the season for the Englishman.

    Before the game ended, three other Sporting KC players found the back of the net in the 4-0 romp at StubHub Center over Chivas USA. 

Loser: David Ousted

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    David Ousted had a rough night in goal for Vancouver Saturday, as he was caught out of position on the two goals scored by FC Dallas. 

    The first goal Ousted conceded saw him commit a forgivable mistake after Blas Perez curled the ball into the net from a ridiculous angle. 

    The Whitecaps keeper did not improve his play much throughout the game, and in the 78th minute, he was caught in no man's land on a free-kick.

    Ousted jumped out to try and bat the Michel free-kick away, but instead he missed the ball and allowed Perez to pounce for his second goal of the match. 

Winner: Dwayne De Rosario

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    Almost everyone in the league forgot that Dwayne De Rosario still played for Toronto FC. 

    The 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player reminded us that he still has a little bit left in the tank Saturday, as he scored a late equalizer for the Reds at Toyota Park.

    The goal was the first for De Rosario since August 24, 2013, when he scored for D.C. United against Toronto. 

Winner: Pedro Ribeiro

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    Another unexpected provider of goals this weekend was Philadelphia's Pedro Ribeiro, who was handed a start Saturday thanks to squad rotation by interim manager Jim Curtin. 

    The rookie from Coastal Carolina scored his first career goal in the 41st minute before he earned a penalty late in the match.

    Ribeiro was taken down in the box by Ibrahim Sekagya, and after the call was made by referee Allen Chapman, Sebastien Le Toux slotted home the late equalizer from the spot to earn the Union a crucial home point against New York. 

Loser: Movement in the Eastern Conference Standings

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    With two big clashes with playoff implications this weekend, the Eastern Conference playoff picture was sure to see some type of movement, but the exact opposite happened. 

    New York and Philadelphia played to a 2-2 draw Saturday afternoon at PPL Park, while Columbus failed to capitalize on that result and drew by the same score with Houston. 

    Those two results opened up space for Toronto to potentially sneak back into the race, but it drew 1-1 with Chicago. 

    With another week in the books, New York now has 38 points in fourth place, while Columbus still holds the tiebreaker over the Union for fifth place at 37 points. 

Loser: Robbie Keane

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    It's safe to say that Robbie Keane's 37th-minute penalty will not be on his season-highlight reel. 

    Keane hit the post from the spot at Buck Shaw Stadium in LA's 1-1 draw with San Jose in the final California Clasico of 2014.

    Although his teammates did have other chances to convert on a second goal in the second half, Keane's missed penalty ended up being the difference between a win and a draw Sunday.

    The draw hurt the Supporters' Shield chances of the Galaxy a bit, as they now sit three points behind leaders Seattle. 

Winner: New England's Ball Movement

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    It may not have been the flashiest goal of the weekend, but New England's second goal against Montreal was the result of a terrific team effort. 

    The move started in the middle of the park with a pass from Daigo Kobayashi to Lee Nguyen, who then casually flicked the ball back to Jermaine Jones. 

    Jones chipped the ball to the head of Charlie Davies, who flicked the ball into the box, where Nguyen skated around a few defenders to score. 

Loser: Chivas USA

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    In a result that came as a surprise to few people, Chivas USA played the role of slumpbuster in their 4-0 home loss to Sporting Kansas City.

    On top of the big loss at home, which extended the team's losing streak to five games, came word that the Goats may not play as a franchise in 2015, per a report by Brian Straus of Sports Illustrated. 

    The franchise has been a total mess since its inception, and although sitting out a season to form the new brand would be great in the long term, sitting out a full season would be a huge blow to the team in the short term. 

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