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While the Dynamo rest up ahead of their return leg match up against Santos Laguna in the CCL, the other Eastern Conference teams were knee deep in action this weekend. We've got you covered with all the headlines.
The Dyanmo got the weekend to rest up before heading to Torreón, Mexico for their upcoming return leg vs Santos Laguna, but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty of action to keep an eye on.
In an effort to keep our readers up to date around MLS, we offer you these snippets of information on the other Eastern Conference clubs in action this past weekend. Enjoy.
On Saturday, Chicago held their home opener against the New England Revolution. Unfortunately for the Fire, they didn't have enough as fans went home unhappy after a 1-0 loss to the Revs. The Fire opened the season on the road last week with a 4-0 thumping from LA Galaxy. Not the best way to start the season (obviously).
Another Eastern Conference team expected to do well this year, Sporting Kansas City, experienced a shocking upset on the road against Toronto FC 2-1. You can't say SKC didn't try - evidenced by their 68% possession rate along with outshooting Toronto 16-5. Problem? Of those 16 shots, only one was on target (the lone goal).
D.C. United squeezed out a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake thanks to a second half goal from Lionard Pajoy. DCU should settle back into a normal state after Dwayne De Rosario's two game suspension comes to a close.
Columbus travelled to Vancouver and walked away with nothing. Columbus went down a goal early, but scored right after the start of the second half to even things up. The Whitecaps came back 11 minutes later to seal the victory and give themselves two wins on the young season.
Speaking of Canada, Montreal is on top of the Eastern Conference mountain after beginning their season 2-0. After getting a huge road win last week against the Sounders, they travelled to Portland and did the same thing. Portland was a bit more aggressive on the stat sheet, but it wasn't enough in the 2-1 loss.
On Sunday, New York probably felt they did all they needed to as they headed towards the end of their game against San Jose. But you know those Earthquakes - they are late bloomers. The Earthquakes tied the game with seven minutes left and a penalty kick in stoppage time sent New York home with nada. You would think the Red Bulls would learn what encroachment is after last season, but no - Wondo's first try was saved, but you can't give that guy freebies people.
Even though the main focus on this post was to keep our readers up to date with Eastern Conference action mainly, it doesn't feel right to not bring this up. Our neighbors to the North, FC Dallas, became the Chivas USA Experiment's first victim of the season. Chelis and team convincingly beat FCD 3-1 ahead of this weekend's showdown with the Dynamo.
Thoughts on this week's action?