MLS Weekend Recap: May 19-20

By Jeremiah Paschke-Wood | Only Love Soccer

Saturday

Vancouver 2 Seattle 2. Fredy Montero scores a late equalizer in this match to give both teams a share of the points. It was a nice goal by him too, though not particularly great defending on the part of Vancouver. Alain Rochat had a nice run and finish (more poor defending) to open the scoring for the Whitecaps, before Eddie Johnson (!) equalized. Camilo scored the other goal for Vancouver on a free kick that eluded everyone and went in. Both teams played OK, though it always felt like Seattle were going to tie it up. Prediction: 1-1

Montreal 1 New York 2. Disaster for Montreal, who lose on a Dane Richards goal despite playing against 10 men for much of the second half. The big talking point in this match was probably referee Ismail Elfath, who gave two penalties and sent a player off, but in his defense, it was his first MLS match ever. Which begs the question: Why does the MLS have referees who have never ref’ed before? Anyway, Bernardo Corradi, who is pretty much a designated penalty-taker and doesn’t do a whole lot else, scored the opener – on a penalty – for Montreal, before Kenny Cooper tied it with his own penalty. Victor Palsson was sent off for two yellows, and they were soft yellows but also dumb fouls. New York has won five straight, four without Henry. Prediction: 2-2

DC United 3 Toronto 1. More sleepy defending (and opportunistic finishing from Dwayne DeRosario) sends Toronto to their ninth straight loss. Seriously, why is Aron Winter still in charge of this team? It’s one thing to say your defenders made some mistakes, it’s another to make really obvious, preventable ones for nine straight games. Fire him, he’s not a good coach. DeRo had two goals, Hamdi Salihi scored the other for DC, and Danny Koevermans, god bless him for playing on this team, scored for Toronto. Prediction: DC 2-0

New England 2 Houston 2. Saer Sene scores twice for the Revs, but Luis Camargo’s nice volley gives Houston a point. The other goal was from Will Bruin. I have to make a complaint about Matt Reis, Revs goalkeeper. I know he’s been playing in the MLS since 1974, but I have seen him come out on more than one occasion and attempt to claim a cross or corner and have it bundled in by the opposing team. For some reason, MLS announcers never take him to task for this, but a good goalkeeper doesn’t leap out of position numerous times, leaving the other team to head into an empty net – or give up three feet of space at his near post for the opposing player to volley the ball into for a draw. With someone else in goal, Houston wouldn’t have scored in this match. Thank you, that is all. Prediction: New England 2-1

Dallas 1 Philadelphia 1. Blas Perez (Dallas) and Gabriel Gomez both score “sensational” headers (according the MLSsoccer.com) in this match. Actually, neither header was sensational, they were simply headed goals, but thank you, MLS for being creative with your adjectives. A blah match between two poor teams. New Union signing Michael Lahoud, who I famously referred to as “Rhymes With No Good” Lahoud, should’ve been sent off. Prediction: Dallas 2-1

Colorado 2 Kansas City 2. Colorado rallies from two-down against a Kansas City team that was clearly pretty worried about hanging onto their lead in the second half. Teal Bunbury briefly reminded people why he was considered a player-to-watch for the U.S. as recently as last year by scoring twice in the first 15 minutes, but goals from Tyrone Marshall and Kosuke Kimura earned the Rapids the draw. In truth, 75 minutes is a long time to hold onto a 2-0 lead when you’re playing in someone else’s park, so both teams will probably be happy with a point. Prediction: 1-1

San Jose 1 Columbus 1. Aside from a brief stretch in the first half where the Crew took the lead, San Jose was by far the better side in the match, but it took former Yavapai College striker Alan Gordon’s late goal to earn the Quakes a point. The goalscorer for Columbus was another former Yavapai College player – Justin Meram. Speaking of Meram, with goals in back-to-back matches and general fine attacking play, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him become more and more talked about in the league. He certainly offers more than many of the Crew’s sad collection of attacking players. Columbus also benefited from a poor performance from Chris Wondolowski, which hasn’t happened much this year. Prediction: San Jose 2-0

Chivas USA 1 LA Galaxy 0. Jose Erik Correa, who was far, far better than any of the Galaxy’s attacking players, and scored the winner on a penalty after LA’s David Junior Lopes had blocked his goalbound shot with his hand (and was sent off). After this match, I shall henceforth refer to the Galaxy as “LA’s Gals.” Not to get too statty, but of the Gals’ 329 completed passes, only about 40 percent were in the Chivas defensive half (compared to more than half for Chivas). What that means, essentially, is that the Galaxy passed the ball around their back four a lot and did little else. Prediction: 2-2

Sunday

Portland 2 Chicago 1. A Logan Pause own goal gives Portland three points against Chicago. The Timbers scored first on an Eric Brunner goal, and then the Fire equalized through Jalil Anibaba. After the match, Chicago defender Dan Gargan referred to Jello-When Field as “a shoebox,” but seemed to ignore the fact that no one cares what Dan Gargan thinks about anything. Prediction: 1-1

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