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The League's Lowdown: September 25th - October 1st

The summary of all the MLS action during the week including the news, an overview of the games, and any polls that I am looking to find answers on.

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The week was a good one for the Dynamo as the playoffs inch closer and closer however it was a good week for the teams ahead of the Dynamo which only makes the job tougher from here on out.

MLS Games of the Week:

Sporting Kansas City vs. New England Revolution (2-3 NE)

What a game for the Revolution who look as dangerous as ever, however the opposite can be said for KC. The KC back line is in shambles and no one seems to have the answers. Rev goals from Kelyn Rowe 22', Jose Goncalves 35' and Jermaine Jones 85'. KC goals from Paulo Nagamura 54' and Dominic Dwyer 56'.

Toronto FC vs. Portland Timbers (3-2 Toronto)

Come from behind win to beat Portland and give Toronto some hope for the playoffs. It was an interesting game with lots of talking points , but the biggest will be the effect of Will Johnson being injured at the beginning of the match. Toronto goals from Nick Hagglund 62' & 70', along with Michael Bradley 89'. Portland goals from Fanendo Adi 13', and Steven Caldwell 16'.

DC United vs. Philadelphia Union (1-0 DC)

This game which seemed poised to be the game of the week turned very quickly into the flop of the week. Neither side really looked for anything and the only goal came early in the game for DC United from Luis Silva in the 10'.

Seattle Sounders vs. Chivas USA (4-2 Seattle)

This game only marks that the Chivas team must be destroyed for the next 2 years because right now, a USL Pro team would beat them with two hands tied behind their back. Chivas looked bad but did get goals from Erick Torres 12' and Jalil Anibaba 18'. Goals for Seattle came from Obafemi Martins 14' & 51', Lamar Neagle 37', and Clint Dempsey 46'.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake (2-1 Whitecaps)

The game of the season in my opinion for the Whitecaps occurred this week as they found a way through sheer determination to pull out 3 points from a side that looks as good as ever in RSL. Goals for Vancouver came from a Pedro Morales brace 62' & 78' while RSL got the first goal from Nat Borchers 57'.

Columbus Crew vs. Montreal Impact (2-0 Crew)

The battle of the goalkeepers ended up with the more experienced group or crew in this case being the winning side. It really caused a lot of emotion in the game and 2 major penalty kicks. Crew goals came from Ethan Finlay 2' and Federico Higuain 58'.

Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes (1-1)

A game of anything you can do, I can do better seemed to show up at this game with 2 very late goals, 1 from each side, showing up in a game that seemed as if it would end in a draw. Colorado goal from Gabriel Torres 84' and San Jose goal from Atiba Harris in the 94'.

Houston Dynamo vs. Chicago Fire (2-0 Dynamo)

In a game that meant so much to the Dynamo, MLS just had to schedule it the same time as the NFL... still it was an important game and the Dynamo showed up and did what they do best. Send in crosses over and over again! Goals from Omar Cummings 15' and Oscar Boniek Garcia 67'.

LA Galaxy vs. New York Red Bulls (4-0 Galaxy)

Wow, just wow. The Galaxy dismantled the Red Bulls and showed why they are cup contenders every year. The Red Bulls are not pushing the panic button but look for Dom Kinnear to use the same tactics this Saturday when the Dynamo face off in New York. LA goals from Robbie Keane 8' & 82', Landon Donovan 50' and Gyasi Zardes 69'.

Other Major News:

Turf Wars, Literally:

The World Cup in Canada continues to stir emotion over the use of turf and officially this week many countries launched a law suit in the Canadian Courts to force the use of grass over turf.

White House Shenanigans

The Kansas City Champions were called in to be recognized by President Barack Obama and in lighter news, the Director of Secret Service resigned later the same day. If anything Dom Dwyer got too close to Obama and caused a national scare, and for what a selfie?

Club versus Country

Its always tough when a country calls up players for FIFA engagements and it hurts even more when its players such as OBG and Garrido who will miss major games as they play for Honduras. This sparked a lot of debate over which should be the priority, but one thing is for sure. Someone in the scheduling department of FIFA or MLS made a mistake.