This week we saw a little of everything in Major League Soccer as the race for the playoffs looks tighter and tighter in both the eastern and western conferences. With only 2 draws recorded this week it was a week of action and goals from a rampant LA Galaxy to a come from behind home win by the Dynamo. Lots of action to let's get started!
The Week's Games:
LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids (6-0 LA)
The LA Galaxy look like a team that is more dangerous than some Premier League teams right now (cough MU cough). Landon Donovan recorded 2 goals and 2 assists while the Rapids looked doomed for this year. Goals by Landon Donovan 5' & 47', Baggio Husidic 30' & 86' and Gyasi Zardes 47' & 75'. The fastest Red Card in MLS history was also issued to Rapids Goalie Joe Nasco just 34 seconds into the game.
Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union (0-2 Union)
It looks like the spot the Dynamo are chasing after in the playoffs might come from Toronto FC because they are dropping like flies, which goes to show, money does not buy success. Goals from Conor Casey 8' and Andrew Wenger 44'.
New York Red Bulls vs. Sporting Kansas City (2-1 NYRB)
The downward spiral continues for the reigning MLS Champs as another bad night on defense was capitalized on by the Red Bulls. In my opinion, Sporting got off easy because Matt Besler should have had an automatic red card in the 11'. Goals for NY from Bradley Wright Phillips 11' (PK) and Thierry Henry 52'. SKC goal from Dom Dwyer 54'.
Houston Dynamo vs. Montreal Impact (3-2 Dynamo)
The match recap is where you can find this information however let me just say that if the Dynamo keep this up our new sponsor should be Bayer Aspirin not BHP Billiton. Goals for Dynamo came from Giles Barnes 30' & 62', along with Ricardo Clark 65'.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. DC United (0-0)
This was my Snooze of the Week game as neither team looked good, and both had trouble getting close to goal. A combined 23 shots were taken with only 6 combined on goal. For the Whitecaps their season is over and for DC well this inconsistent play will cost them a high seed.
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas (2-1 RSL)
Boy when RSL gets the ball, they don't wanna give it up. I've seen 20 passes that lead up to a goal, but during this game it looked like they wanted to make a new world record or something. RSL goals came from Robbie Findley 31' and Alvaro Saborio 77'. FC Dallas got one goal from Michel Garbini Pereira 62'.
Columbus Crew vs. Chivas USA (3-0 Columbus)
I'm just waiting for Chivas to not even show up to games anymore, in my opinion they are just losing money every time they go onto the pitch. Columbus looked hot however as Justin Meram started the game and scored 2 goals in the 52' and 59', along with a Columbus security blanket goal from Bernardo Anor 80'.
Portland Timbers vs. San Jose Earthquakes (3-3)
This can be summed up by the song "Anything you can do, I can do better". As San Jose started off with early goals and led in major points of the game but ended up conceding late. Goals for SJ from Chris Wondolowski 21' & 85', along with Cordell Cato 48'. Portland Goals from Alvas Powell 54', Liam Ridgewell 74', and Kalif Alhassan 86'.
New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire (2-1 NE)
This was the game of the envelopes since that was how MLS decided the fate of either club, and the club that won Jermaine Jones is the one that is winning now because of him. Chicago goal from Sanna Nyassi 28', while the Revolution got goals from Diego Fagundez 41' and Charlie Davies 60'.
The Dynamo set plans for USL-Pro Team in McAllen TX.
During the week Dynamo President Canetti met with the city council of McAllen to discuss the building of a Dynamo USL Pro team which comes after multiple weeks of other MLS Clubs announcing the formation of one. This would end ties with the Riverhounds. It would also give the Dynamo a closer place to send players on the roster who need playing time.
It was a light news week this week so now after listening to my opinions on the week lets get yours. Do you think the Dynamo should start their own USL Pro squad or will it be more trouble than its worth? Answer in our poll!