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The League's Lowdown: August 15th - August 21st

A flashback into the games of the past week and the major news that has impacted MLS as a whole and the Dynamo as a team.

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The Games of the Week

Houston Dynamo vs. Philadelphia Union (2-0 Dynamo)

What a game! This was the first time in awhile that I thought a complete game, from the front of the line up with Barnes and Bruin, to the back of the defense with Horst and Taylor, was played. The game was good overall and a solid Dynamo win but there is room for improvement especially when 1v1 with the Goalie, Cough cough Bruin...

Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle Sounders (2-1 RSL)

When it comes to Seattle without Obafemi Martins they have less attack than the Dynamo. RSL controlled the game and had possession the majority of the match. RSL scored two goals back to back with a Joao Plata 53' and Luke Mulholland 57'. Seattle tried to rebound with a  Chad Barrett goal in the 72', but ultimately fell short of the comeback.

Montreal Impact vs. Chicago Fire (1-0 Impact)

What an ugly game from both sides, with both teams combining the whole 90' with just 4 shots on goal. Both teams continue to struggle and really look like they are competing for the bottom of the table award. The only goal was by the old man himself Marco Di Vaio in the 84'.

New England Revolution vs. Portland Timbers (1-1)

Both teams are in different forms but that night it looked like the game was in hand by the Revolution in the 27' with a goal by Charlie Davis until new designee Liam Ridgewell scored in the 65' to even the scoreline out between the two sides. Portland's head was in the Champions league game and didn't seem to want to go for this game.

Columbus Crew vs. LA Galaxy (4-1 Crew)

Holy crap, what a game for the Crew! Let's just pray that they used up all their goals in this game and won't be able to score against the Dynamo. The Crew Dominated with goals from Justin Meram 23', Ethan Finlay 33', Ben Speas 75', and Giancarlo Gonzalez 84'. The Galaxy striker Gyasi Zardes continued his hot streak with a goal in the 49'.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Toronto FC (4-1 KC)

After Sporting had their first bad game the bounce back was going to be bad for their opponent and it proved to be. Sporting dominated a Toronto FC that was without Jermaine Defoe. Sporting got goals from Dominic Dwyer in the 18', and 33' along with goals from Soony Saad 64', and C.J. Sapong 77'. Toronto's goal came from Gilberto in the 46'.

Chivas USA vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (0-0)

One word, BORING. This game was completely wrong for both teams and both teams were the worst they have been all season or for Chivas the past 2 seasons.

San Jose vs. FC Dallas (0-5 Dallas)

Wow, FC Dallas continues to steam roll everyone they face and San Jose continue to have trouble scoring from anyone besides Wondo. FC Dallas goals came from Fabian Castillo with a brace in 30' and 74' while his counterpart Tesho Akindele scored a hat trick in 43', 58', and 86'.

DC United vs. Colorado Rapids (4-2 DC)

Hmm, DC United have been an interesting bunch this year with great games and absolutely horrible games which baffles me. DC United got goals from Luis Silva 12' and 67' along with Chris Rolfe 81' and Fabian Espindola 86'. Colorado had goals from Dillon Serna 52' and Deshorn Brown 91'.

Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy (3-4 LA)

What a game but in the end came down to bad defense by the Rapids, and an overwhelming talented Galaxy offense. Goals for Rapids by Marlon Hairston 14', Edson Buddle 17' and Marc Burch 30'. While the Galaxy got goals from Robbie Keane 20', Omar Gonzalez 55', Alan Gordon 68', and Landon Donovan 80'.

Seattle Sounders vs. San Jose Earthquakes (1-1)

An interesting chess battle and really did not see the best from either sides and while San Jose has struggled throughout the year they looked calm and composed. Goals Chad Barrett 46' and Chris Wondowlowski in the 65'. San Jose will be pleased to take a point in this game they should not have tied in.

News Around the League

Landon Donovan Retitring

It had to come at some point but this week Landon Donovan announced he will be retiring from soccer at the end of this season. As much as he has hurt the Dynamo he is one of the best there has ever been and deserves respect.

DC United look forward to new stadium

Timbers do well on Cricket Field

With a CCL game win the Timbers look strong to go far in CCL as long as they stay healthy.