Lots of talking points and good news for this week, so lets dive right on in!
LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes: (2-2)
Someone should have told San Jose that this game was Donovan's 300th game because they surely didn't care. They forced the Galaxy to play catch up twice with a Wondolowski goal in the 18' and Matias Perez goal in the 31' but the Galaxy came back both times with goals by Gyzasi Zardes in the 29' and a header by Omar Gonzalez in the 49'.
Philadelphia Union vs. Montreal Impact: (2-1 Union)
This was, what I'm going to tag as, the most boring game of the week with few chances for both sides that continue to struggle in MLS play. Sebastien Le Toux had a brace with goals in the 12' and 63' and the Impacts goal came from Mixim Tissot in the 79'.
Columbus Crew vs. Toronto FC: (2-3 Toronto)
All I have to say about this is that Oprah was the referee and was giving everyone goals. It was by far an open game however Toronto had the last laugh. Toronto goals by Gilberto 49', Osario 59', and Luke Moore in the 84'. The Crew, as always, relied on Higuain 47' and Meram in the 81'.
FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids: (3-1 Dallas)
FC Dallas continues to fly in the Western Conference and they proved so during this game. With 2 early goals by Matt Hedges in the 9' and Michel Pereira in the 11'. With a security goal in the 55' by Fabian Castillo before giving up a 86' goal to Gabriel Torres.
Real Salt Lake vs. DC United: (3-0 RSL)
I'm going to take this time to say that Eddie Johnson appeared to stay in Houston. The United had 2 shots on goal the whole game. Goals for RSL by Joao Plata 11', and a brace for Chris Schuler 13' and 24'.
Portland Timbers vs. Chivas USA: (2-0 Timbers)
I'm expecting that Chivas will begin to fall in the last games of MLS and will be one of the worst teams by the end of the season. The Portland Timbers proved to just want it more and gave more energy to the game. Goals by Diego Valeri 10' and Rodney Wallace 39'.
Chicago Fire vs. New York Red Bulls: (1-0 Fire)
The New York Red Bulls could have used some Red Bull. The Chicago Fire just ran around the Red Bulls all night but could not produce more than one goal which came from Mike Magee in the 38'. I'm also thinking that the Galaxy are regretting trading him away with LD retiring now.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Sporting KC: (2-0 Vancouver)
This was the first time this year that Sporting KC did not look dangerous. I must give credit to the Whitecaps for attacking the midfield of Sporting KC. Vancouver had early goals from Juliao 17' and Darren Mattocks in 39'.
Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo: (2-0 Sounders)
Since most of us saw this game, I'm purely going to say that my local park has better playing surfaces than what was provided in Seattle. I also must say that if the Dynamo wish to win games, they cannot squander goals, so from now on, no more stutter steps please?
Teams walking out! Dynamo in their not-so-customary whites. pic.twitter.com/89Nj5ueHNA— Keeper Notes (@keepernotes) August 11, 2014
Other news around the League
For the Seattle Sounders, the transfer saga surrounding their star DeAndre Yedlin has finally come to an end as terms have been finalized to see the US National team defender move to White Hart Lane to play with the Tottenham Hotspur as early as the end of the MLS season.
Marc Zoro from the Ivory Coast national team was seen in camp with the Dynamo this week and although he is injured the Dynamo staff have said they like what he can bring.
Lastly for our public service announcement we show the ALS ice bucket challenge which is sweeping the United States.