Week 5 of MLS has officially past and it's around this point in the season that coaches and fans alike begin to really scrutinize the little things as the teams have had time to gel and get back to full fitness. With that being said, there are some very interesting talking points in this week's games!
Orlando City vs. DC United (0-1 DC):
DC United have lacked the ability to score in 90 minutes in these past two games, however thankfully they are pretty good at scoring in the final minutes in stoppage time as they got a big win against Eastern conference opponent Orlando City thanks to a goal from Luis Silva in the 91'.
Chicago Fire vs. Toronto FC (3-2 Fire):
What a game for the fire who went in as heavy underdogs, but Holy Harry Ship did he have a good game with two assists. A big turning point was when Ex Dynamo player Warren Creavalle picked up a red card in the 67'. Goals came for Chicago from Joevin Jones14', Shaun Maloney 56', and Jeff Larentowicz 68', while Toronto scored from Sebastian Giovinco 20' and Benoit Cheyrou 54'.
Colorado Rapids vs. New England Revolution (0-2 Revs):
The Revolution are beginning to look like themselves again as they begin to put pressure on midfields and force turnovers that lead to good chance. On the other side the Rapids continue to have trouble scoring and have dug themselves a hole. Goals came from Juan Agudelo 18' and Lee Nguyen 54'.
Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamo (1-0 Seattle):
Much like the Colorado Rapids, the Dynamo just can't seem to find the back of the net when everything says they should be. Even after a red card in the 56' to Gonzalo Pineda the Dynamo failed to score. Credit must go to Seattle who played textbook defense and had a great spinning goal from Obafemi Martins in the 39'.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. La Galaxy (2-0 Whitecaps):
The Whitecaps just continue to impress as they move along in their business looking like a team playing soccer instead of a few stars like other teams have opted for. Goals came from Kekuta Menneh 56' and Octavio Rivero 66'.
Portland Timbers and FC Dallas (3-1 Timbers):
The Timbers are back to cutting logs, as everything clicked late Saturday night against one of the top teams in the West to begin the season in FC Dallas. Goals were abundant and came from Nat Borchers 23', Maxi Urruti 62' and Biego Chara 87'. While FC Dallas didn't look good, they did get a goal from Tesho Akindele 29'.
San Jose vs. Real Salt Lake (1-0 RSL):
This was a stereotypical RSL win if you can have a stereotypical win. They used strong defense and a good buildup to maintain ball possession and pressure on San Jose. The lone goal came from Javier Morales in the 44'.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union (3-2 SKC):
Winning it late is becoming a habit in MLS with teams seemingly wanting to give their fans heart attacks. With three early goals from Jacob Peterson 3', Dom Dwyer 16' and Fernando Aristeguita 19' and strong defense for the rest of the 90 minutes it looked over. However in the final minutes of stoppage time Sporting KC got two goals from Jalil Anibaba 91' and Krisztian Nemeth 94'.
Other Major News around the League:
The NWSL season kicks off on Friday as the Dash play their home opener at BBVA Compass Stadium. If you have yet to buy tickets be sure to check out players on twitter as they are giving away meet and greets and signed memorabilia for the game.
The USA vs. Mexico men's game is coming in less than a week on April 15th in San Antonio at a sold out Alamodome which plans to hold 60,000 fans. It should be a good game to watch from the stands or on the couch.