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The League's Lowdown: October 2nd - October 8th

A look at all the week's action and the major news including game results, team news and international call-ups.

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In a busy week with Landon Donovan's last game with the US Men's National Team and MLS losing key players to international call ups, the importance for wins couldn't be any higher.

The Games around MLS:

Philadelphia Union vs. Chicago Fire (1-1)

When you need it the most and then one mistake bites you in the butt. That was the story for both teams in this one. After poor goal keeping the Fire did what they do best... Tie. Chicago Fire goal from Robert Earnshaw 92' and Union goal from Amobi Okugo 88'.

DC United vs. Sporting Kansas City (0-0)

This was an odd game to say the least, with no team breaking through it really saw desperate attempts with bad fouls the entire game. No team had any perfect chances, however, DC United looked more dangerous overall than Sporting KC.

New York Red Bulls vs. Houston Dynamo (1-0 NYRB)

No one got any real chances in this game until the second half when the Dynamo came out unprepared and gave up a rebound to one of the best strikers in the league Thierry Henry in the 47'. However the Red Bulls did cost themselves Tim Cahill who came into the game as a sub and was shown a straight red for a tackle on OBG.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas (2-0 Whitecaps)

This was the most boring came ever to have a scoreline of 2-0. Its a bit misleading as the Vancouver Whitecaps looked the better side of the night. For a FC Dallas team who want to go far in the playoffs, they sure looked a lot like the Montreal Impact in this game.

New England Revolution vs. Columbus Crew (2-1 Revs)

Jermaine Jones could very well bring this team to life in the playoffs as the Revolution continue to look like one of the best sides in the Eastern Conference. Revolution goals from Lee Nguyen 20' and Jermaine Jones 67' while the lone Crew goal came from Ethan Finlay 25'.

LA Galaxy vs. Toronto FC (3-0 Galaxy)

Toronto FC drop points left and right this week as they faced 2 big opponents and looked helpless to score goals. However, in this game Landon Donovan did break the MLS Assist record so a big congrats to him as well. LA goals from Robbie Keane 22' & 25' as well as Alan Gordon 93'.

San Jose Earthquakes vs Portland Timbers (1-2 Portland)

In a match up that would be played twice in 5 days it was an interesting game that saw both sides going for the win and as San Jose began to look good, the class and skill of Portland won out in the final minutes of the game. San Jose goal by Chris Wondolowski 56' while Timber goals came from Rodney Wallace 71 & 74.

Colorado Rapids vs. Seattle Sounders (4-1 Seattle)

Seattle looks as good as ever to make a case for the supporter's shield and continue onto win the cup but that is the case every year and every year Seattle fails to do so in the postseason. Seattle goals from Clint Dempsey 11', Obafemi Martins 28' & 70', and Marco Pappa 33'. The lone goal for Rapids from Deshorn Brown 43'.

Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact (0-0)

This was the snooze of the week, I took the time during this game to go to the DMV, or at least I should have, it would have been more entertaining. A contest between the two worst teams in the Eastern Conference only proved that there is a race to look the worst after all and even that ended in a tie.

Chivas USA vs. Real Salt Lake (1-0 Chivas)

What a game from Chivas and what a let down for RSL, in a game that Chivas really controlled most of the play, it left me a little disappointed that they would be deactivated next year, but then I remembered their average home crowd attendance and forgot all about it. Goal for Chivas from Felix Borja 47'.

Houston Dynamo vs. Toronto FC (1-0 Dynamo)

What a game for the Houston Dynamo! Wow, just wow to compete for the first half and then have to face the adversity of a bad red card only to witness Tyler Deric be better than super man while seeing Giles Barnes's potential. Wow if you don't believe after that performance you might wanna get yourself checked out.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers (3-0 Portland)

In a rematch of a weekend game just a different venue, we saw the same two teams compete but the team with the talent prevailed once again as Portland looked tactically better and concise in their finishing. Goals from Rodney Wallace 41' and Diego Valeri 51' & 73'.

Other Major News:

Columbus Crew Announce New Logo

Personally I like it, I just think it looks to much like Dortmund and has no originality but I will say it could be worse and because of that I will let it sink in for awhile and so should you.

Landon Donovan breaks MLS Assist Record

Well it was only a matter of time and in one of his best seasons it should go to no one else. Landon Donovan will play as Captain this Friday of the USMNT in Hartford CT for his swan song with the national team. I expect 10 goals from him that night if not more.