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League's Lowdown: March 20th - March 22nd

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A recap of all the league's action, games and news that occurred during the past week, filled with information on games, at the club and national levels that will impact the Dynamo and MLS.

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New England Revolution vs. Montreal Impact (0-0)

In a heavy defensive battle the two sides faced off without much going for either offense. Questions arose after Hassoun Camara of the Impact got a red card in the 61' and yet the Impact still were able to leave Boston with a point. Will the attack get there for the Revs which was so dominant last year?

Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC (0-0)

In another heavy defensive battle the New York City FC attack seemed to stall against a very weak Rapids team however credit must go to NYCFC for maintaining a point after going down a man when Shay Facey received a red card in the 82'.

Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas (0-2 Dallas)

Finally some goals on the weekend! FC Dallas remains the only team who has yet to lose or draw in a match after the first three and they have looked very strong on both defense and on attack. However it will be interesting to see how they do when international call-ups come and take some players. Goals for Dallas came from Tesho Akindele 49' and Ryan Hollingshead 59'.

Orlando City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps (0-1 Whitecaps)

In a thriller down to the very last moment both teams decided to go for a full three points in the final 6 minutes of added time. However, by doing this the home side in Orlando left themselves vulnerable and in the 96' Raul Octavio Rivero calmly scored for Vancouver securing a full three points on the road.

Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers (0-0)

In yet another defensive battle, two very evenly matched teams faced off in Kansas City. Sporting Kansas City was without Matt Besler who was on suspension, so Sporting must be happy with a point. However neither team has had success in the first three games and will look to turn that around in the coming weeks.

LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo (1-1)

With hopes to regain confidence the Dynamo went down 1-0 in the 3' after a poor giveaway by Horst which left Robbie Keane in on goal who got the lucky bounce off of Deric's hand. However, instead of folding the Dynamo pushed and in the 11' new starter Nathan Sturgis scored on a corner that was redirected by Horst. The Dynamo must work on possession but a point in LA is never an easy task.

New York Red Bulls vs. DC United (2-0 NYRB)

The Red Bulls calmly dealt the strong DC United a heavy blow tearing apart the defense without Henry in front of them at home with a crowd of 20,000 after all the trouble during the off-season. The attack for DC United never seemed to get going and Bradley Wright Phillips 25' and Lloyd Sam 71' made them pay.

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Chicago Fire (2-1 SJ)

In the opening game at the Earthquakes new stadium Dom Kinnear gave hope to the fan base once again as they scored 2 early goals from Abdul-Fatai Alashe 5' and Ty Harden 21', while only giving up one goal to Harrison Shipp 29'. The hope is there for SJ to grow and prove the analysts wrong about this season's hopes.

MLS News:

International Call-ups have arrived!

In what is to be expected every year, the international teams have begun to call up their respective teams to prepare for summer tournaments. 4 guys on the Dynamo have been called up, with Boniek Garcia and Luis Garrido for Honduras and Jermaine Taylor and Giles Barnes for Jamaica

Will we be seeing another Team in MLS?

It's rumored that Commissioner Don Garber will announce the NASL team in Minnesota will be joining MLS in a press conference today. This would leave room for one more team to join sooner than later to have a balanced conference. Many speculate that this could be Sacramento Republic if Miami and David Beckham cannot finalize their deals.