MLS Roundup Week 10 and teams start to separate from the pack.
Houston Dynamo 0 – San Jose Earthquake 1
The San Jose Earthquakes and Dominic Kinnear went to Texas to face the Houston Dynamo on a Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Kinnear received a nice ovation from the fans before the game started and was showered with applause as he left the field at halftime.
An Adam Jahn header in the 54th minute was the only goal of the night as the Earthquake used a bit of trickery on a beauty of a set piece. Shea Salinas held the ball as if he was getting ready to put it down and take the kick, but as soon as he set the ball down Matias Perez Garcia struck a beauty on net that Jahn finished as he caught the Dynamo defense napping.
The goal held up to let Dominic Kinnear see a victory over the team he guided for nine seasons but not before a penalty kick save by goalkeeper David Bingham to seal the victory.
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Real Salt Lake 0 – LA Galaxy 0
Nick Rimando was at it again as he turned away a Juninho penalty kick in the 92nd minute to preserve a point for RSL.
Jaime Penedo also had a stellar game for the LA Galaxy as he looks in good form going into the Gold Cup. Both goalies played well and battled to a scoreless draw on a soggy field at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Orlando City S.C. 2 – New England Revolution 2
Charlie Davies made it four goals in four games as he continues to make a case to get back on the USMNT in time for the Gold Cup this July. Stealing the ball from Amobi Okugo, he made one quick cut and blew past the center back to put one in the back of the net from about 17 yards out. The play looked effortless as he gave the Revolution the early lead at Orlando.
Kelyn Rowe doubled the score ten minutes after coming on for Davies, after he took advantage of a poor back pass and intercepted the ball and slid it in past Ricketts.
The Lions started the comeback when Ramos found Cyle Larin in the 75th minute to get them within a goal for the final 15 minutes of the game. Aurelien Collin scored in the 90th minute with a rocket of a header that salvaged a last-second draw for Orlando City.
Colorado Rapids 1 – San Jose Earthquakes 1
Chris Wondolowski scored his 98th goal of his MLS career in the 19th minute to put San Jose up 1-0 but Colorado saved the tie with a James Riley goal in extra time.
The Rapids had quite a few chances to steal the win in the final two minutes as Riley hit a shot off the post, but it wasn’t to be as they extend the winless streak at home to 11 games.
Chicago Fire 1 – Real Salt Lake 2
Goals from Alvaro Saborio and Luke Mulholland put RSL in front with the most dangerous lead in soccer, but they were able to hold on even after Jeff Larentowicz penalty gave the home side a glimmer of hope in the 88th minute.
The loss put and end to the Chicago Fire’s three game home win streak as Real Salt Lake produced a complete performance to win at Toyota Park.
Montreal Impact 1 – Portland Timbers 2
Welcome back Diego Valeri as he opened his 2015 account with a beautiful goal that was the difference for the visiting Portland Timbers as they picked up a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact. Nat Borchers scored the first goal for Portland, while substitute Dominic Oduro got Montreal’s goal.
Jack McInerney appeared to have tied the game in the 78th minute but his goal was called back when the assistant noted a foul by McInerney on Jack Jewsbury before the goal.
D.C. United 1 – Sporting Kansas City 1
The two sides played to an entertaining 1-1 tie at RFK Stadium. A goal from Jairo Arrieta gave D.C. United the lead in the 42nd minute to send the crowd into a frenzy.
However Dom Dwyer found his scoring touch when he scored just three minutes later for Sporting.
It looked like Dwyer would give Sporting the lead in the 62nd minute as he found the back of the net again but the side line referee judged him just off-sides by the slimmest of margins.
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 – Philadelphia Union 0
The Vancouver Whitecaps sent the Philadelphia Union to their forth loss in a row with a 3-0 win in Vancouver.
Pedro Morales and Octavio Rivero scored in the first half for the Whitecaps and substitute Darren Mattocks finished up the scoring for Vancouver with a goal in the second half. Once again the Union loss another player when defender Richie Marquez was sent off with a straight red in the late going.
The crowd at PPL Park should be quite sparse on Soccer Sunday as they play D.C. United in the second game of the day on Soccer Sunday this week.
Columbus Crew S.C. 3 – Seattle Sounders 2
Kei Kamara and Clint Dempsey scored two goals a piece to stay tied atop the leader board for the golden boot. On the replay it looked like Dempsey’s second goal was offside, but referee Edvin Jurisevic and the linesman wouldn’t change their mind for a offside call that should have been given.
The difference in this game was Federico Higuain as he helped the Columbus Crew SC with a 3-2 win over the Seattle Sounders at MAPFRE Stadium. Federico Higuain took a ball down the left side and waltzed through the top of the box and buried a beauty of a goal in front of the Seattle defense.