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Around the League: MLS Weekend Recap

I don't blame anyone who's checked out of soccer due to frustration with this lackluster Dynamo side. But there was still a lot of MLS action this weekend! Here's what went down:

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Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Colorado Rapids 0

A pair of goals in the 73rd and 77th minute by Octavio Rivero and Christian Techera secured the three points for Vancouver in this match-up which vaulted the Whitecaps back up to the top of the Western Conference standings. Colorado, who looked like they had regained a bit of form after winning three in a row, is now back in their familiar last space spot.

Portland Timbers 0, Sporting Kansas City 0

The ball never found the back of the net in this Western Conference match-up on Wednesday night and both teams went home with just the point. Graham Zusi hit the post, but none of his teammates were able to score and Tim Melia made a number of huge saves to keep a clean sheet in this nil-nil draw.

New York Red Bulls 3, Chicago Fire 2

The Fire looked like they might still have an outside shot at the playoffs in a weak Eastern Conference, but the Red Bulls had something to say about that Friday night. A penalty kick by Jeff Larentowicz and a score by David Accam in the 26th put the Fire up 2-0 and things were looking good, but three unanswered goals by New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips, Mike Grella, and Sacha Kljestan ended Chicago's hopes of moving up the Eastern Conference table.

Columbus Crew SC 2, Philadelphia Union 1

A 66th minute goal by C.J. Sapong for Philadelphia wasn't enough to overcome the brilliance of Kei Kamara, who only needed 5 minutes between 21' and 26' to tally his sixth brace of the season for a running total of 20 goals.

FC Dallas 2, New York City FC 1

A late PK goal for NYCFC wasn't enough to overcome two goals by FC Dallas in stoppage time of the first half, and NYCFC just continues to struggle and struggle. Tesho Akindele and Michel took the 2-0 lead in the 45th and 45+4', and the 66th minute PK they gave up to Patrick Mullins wasn't enough to spoil their victory. NYCFC, despite all their star talent, has only one win in their last 7 tilts.

Real Salt Lake 3, Houston Dynamo 1

In a match-up they absolutely needed to win at home, Brad Davis' penalty kick conversion in the 65th minute was the only score for Houston who got blown out by RSL off of goals from Javier Morales, Devon Sandoval, and Juan Manuel Martinez in the 45+2', 51st, and 68th. This game was not any fun to watch.

Colorado Rapids 1, DC United 1

Colorado was able to take a whole 1 point out of two matches this week, after losing earlier in the week to the Whitecaps. Bobby Burling took the lead for the Rapids early in the 28th minute, and they were able to hold that lead for almost the entire match, but a late heartbreaker by Steve Birnbaum (87') wiped away those two points keeping them in last place.

LA Galaxy 0, Montreal Impact 0

There were a lot of scoring chances in this game, but after a hat trick last week, Didier Drogba couldn't find the back of the net in this contest and neither could all of LA's expensive shiny toys. The Galaxy pressed the attack all game long so it was either an great defensive result for the Impact or a frustrating sloppy result for LA depending on how your fandom goes.

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Seattle Sounders 1

Believe it or not, this was the first time in 18 matches that Seattle drew. Fatai Alashe made it look like the Quakes were going to take three points and keep marching up the table when he scored in the 68th, but in the 82nd Obafemi Martins snuck a deflected shot right back under the crossbar.

New England Revolution 3, Toronto FC 1

Robbie Finley managed to get Toronto on the board in the 55th minute with an assist from Justin Morrow, but for the most part New England dominated them from start to finish. Damien Perquis scored 4 minutes in, Diego Fegundez added another in the 39th to put the Revs up 2-0, and Kelyn Rowe tacked in another in the 71st.

Orlando City SC 3, Sporting Kansas City 1

Sporting Kansas City was unable to get any points out of their second match this week, and the only player to get on the board for them was Krisztian Nemeth in the 59th. A brace of goals from Adrian Winter, and another score from Bryan Rochez proved to be plenty of offense for the Lions to take the three from this match-up.

What all of this means for the Dynamo

Does it even matter anymore?

The Dynamo don't really have any chance of the playoffs now. They're not mathematically eliminated yet, but they just get worse and worse every week no matter how many players come back or what Owen Coyle tries. Rest in peace 2015; let's get hyped for next year.