This week was action packed with news, great games, and questionable deals. This leaves lots to talk about so lets get it started.
MLS Games of the Week
FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake (2-1 Dallas)
This game was a good show by Dallas who scored twice with goals coming from Je-Vaughn Watson 50' and Fabian Castillo 74' while Real Salt Lake could only manage a 91' goal that didn't affect anything. The bigger talking point was the second yellow/Red Card given to FC Dallas Blas Perez for flopping. I think there we contact but I also think he overacted, he isn't 75 pounds.
FT: @FCDallas top @RealSaltLake, 2-1. Traffic jam in the Supporters Shield race. #DALvRSL http://t.co/kNLfpdDuvt— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 23, 2014
Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire (2-2)
They always say packback is a ____ ,well for Toronto it really was as Chicago Fire gained momentum enough to get a point after Robert Earnshaw, an ex-Toronto player, scored in the 70' along with Quincy Amarikwa 90'. Toronto got goals from Bakary Soumare 3' and Gilberto 79'.
New York Red Bulls vs. Montreal Impact (4-2 NY)
The game was a complete and dominant performance by New York who continued to show great soccer and a solid team effort as the team got 2 braces from Thierry Henry 53' & 47', along with Bradley Wright Phillips 74' & 90'. Montreal got consolation goals from Dilly Duka 37' and Andres Romero 79'.
Titi’s still got it: http://t.co/C1Zlm9c4OW pic.twitter.com/ziwKtFhmVO— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 26, 2014
New England Revolution vs. Chivas USA (1-0 Revs)
Literally by far the most ugly game in a week that had so much great soccer. Neither team is doing well and Chivas look like they are poised for another bottom of the table run. Goal by Lee Nguyen 56'.
Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo (3-0 Crew)
I'm not even gonna talk about this, see my rant/recap if you wish to cry more than watching the Notebook.
Sporting Kansas City vs. DC United (0-3 DC)
DC United seem to be a team that can't determine whether it wants to win or if it wants to lose. They give up silly goals one game and beat the champs the next in a romp. Goals by Fabian Espindola 24', Chris Rolfe 28', Perry Kitchen 31'. Yes that's 3 goals in 7 minutes...
LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (2-0 LA)
Landon Donovan wants to make sure he goes out with a bang so he decided to score in this one in the 4' and force the uncomfortable Whitecaps to chase the game which allowed Marcos Sarvas to score in the 32' on a counter.
Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders (2-4 Sounders)
Portland looked like they were out classed and outgunned. The Timbers in my opinion would do good in the East but the counterattack exposed some wide open holes in the defense. Seattle scorers include Obafemi Martins 18' & 76' along with Clint Dempsey 34' and Chad Barrett 70'. While Portland managed a Fernando Adi brace in 73' & 91'.
Like a hot knife through butter. #EBFG http://t.co/xhNmRnu9uO pic.twitter.com/hbOvHt1wru— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 25, 2014
Philadelphia Union vs. San Jose Earthquakes (4-2 Union)
What a game by the Union who continue to look more and more threatening as the weeks go on. For San Jose it continues to be opposite as they have no talent behind Wondolowski. Scores for the Union came from Andrew Wenger 10' & 79' along with Sebastian Le Toux 14' and Sheanon Williams 72'. While SJ got goals from Sam Cronin 59' and Wondolowski 70'.
Major News of the Week:
The Blind Date:
What a way to decide who gets a world cup star, close your eyes, pick a hand and look at that, he's going to the New England Revolution. Yep that was the way Jermaine Jones was sent to the Revs. I don't agree with it because who says the Commissioner didn't peek. Come on we all peeked at one point when we were little kids...
WATCH: Jermaine Jones sits down + discusses joining #NERevs. http://t.co/2sYcKyODot pic.twitter.com/lyXS3ITqOz— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 27, 2014
How do you train?:
It was announced this week that the Philadelphia Union has started construction on a training field near PPL park. It just begs to question when MLS players show up to public fields, is it winner stays or is first come first serve? Food for thought.
.@PhilaUnion begin construction on training facility at PPL Park: http://t.co/33p5ZJdhqa pic.twitter.com/0mr49zjlfb— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 27, 2014