MLS Weekend Wrap-Up: Week 4
- Updated: March 25, 2013
Due to some human error on our part, PSL was under the impression that there was no MLS play this week because of World Cup Qualifiers, but alas, there was in fact, a full schedule of games this past weekend, and the one thing that everyone should know by now…Montreal is still undefeated.
Montreal Impact vs. New York Red Bulls: It seems as if the Impact are the real deal so far in this early season, as they picked up their fourth win of and remain undefeated. Montreal’s latest victim? The New York Red Bulls. Marco Di Vaio would pick up an early 14th minute goal in front of a packed house at Olympic Stadium, and would hold on to the lead to secure the victory for the Impact…and keep the undefeated streak alive.
D.C. United vs. Columbus Crew: For the first time since 2010, the Crew walked into RFK Stadium and picked up a win. Columbus would get on the board early in the fifteenth with a goal from Josh Williams, but United’s Rafael would answer quickly with a goal of his own in the 22nd. Columbus wanted it more though, and in the 58th, Ben Speas got the game winner for the Crew.
New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City: This one ended in a 0-0 draw, with each squad picking up a point. If it wasn’t for the Revs own Clyde Simms and a gigantic clearance, SKC’s CJ Sapong would have netted a goal in the 19th. Instead, both teams walked out of gusty Gillette Stadium one point richer.
Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC: A never quit attitude definitely gave Houston the advantage in this game as they came back from a 1-0 deficit to win the match 2-1. Darren Mattocks would score late in the first half to give the Caps the lead, but Houston had a couple of tricks up their sleeve. Giles Barnes would pick up his first career goal in the 55th, equalizing for the Dynamo, and just seven minutes later, Warren Creavalle would get the winner…and his first MLS goal as well. Houston’s home winning streak is now at 33 games.
FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake: Before RSL even started the match against Dallas, a victory did not seem likely, with an 0-8-2 record when playing at FC Dallas Stadium. Though it looked for some time like Salt Lake may have been able to escape with a draw, Dallas put two goals on the board in the 70th and 81st, sealing the victory, and the top spot in the West.
Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids: The Rapids can’t catch a break this season so far. Going into half time of this match, LA and Colorado were in a 0-0 deadlock. If it wasn’t for a second half red card given to Drew Moor, maybe it would have stayed that way. Instead, the Galaxy picked up a goal two minutes after the red card and won the match, thanks again to Mike Magee who so far, is having an incredible season for the Galaxy. Colorado is one of three teams in the West who still have not picked up a win this season, joining Portland and shockingly, Seattle.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Seattle Sounders FC: Wondo. That is all. Really, you could sum up this match with that one name because if it wasn’t for the All-Star, this match would have just been another draw. Seattle may not have had any problem with that, but Wondo had goals on the mind as he took a powered shot from distance (WATCH) that found the back of the net during first half stoppage time. Wondolowski’s goal was enough to give San Jose the win, and leave Seattle scratching their heads as they have yet to pick up three points.
Chicago Fire vs. Chivas USA: The Goats continue to shock and awe Major League Soccer with another win against a team they normally should have had no chance against. That didn’t happen; in fact, Chivas put a lopsided score up against the fire, winning 4-1. The second half would see the score knotted up at one a piece, but three unanswered goals shocked the struggling Fire, with one of those coming off an own goal. If you take a peak at the MLS Western Conference standings right now, you’ll be shocked to see Chivas sitting at second with a modest seven points. Sure, LA and San Jose may also have seven, but give it up for a team that is usually written off before the season even begins for hanging up there with the big boys. Oh yeah, Chicago is still looking for a win.
For Union fans, it’s that time. It’s that time where the Sons of Ben pack a few buses and head down to New Jersey. Let’s make that clear, not New York, New Jersey, to take on the Red Bulls. Despite never having won a match at Red Bull Arena, the Union are coming off three wins in row (2 MLS, 1 friendly) and are a much different team this time around. Meanwhile, the Red Bulls have yet to win a match in this young season, making this big I-95 rivalry match, the PSL Soccer Desk’s Match of the Week. Kick-off is set for 3:30 p.m. and the match will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. The PSL Soccer Desk will be on hand at the match, with live updates.
Don’t forget about the USMNT’s Hex match against Mexico on ESPN tomorrow night at 10:30 p.m. The crew from the Soccer Desk Podcast will be at the Crossbar in Havertown to break down the match before and after.