MLS Kick Around: Crew surprises, Seattle dominates

What a crazy weekend in Major League Soccer. Surprising outcomes, comebacks and crazy goals dominated the league headlines. As teams focus solely on the fast-approaching playoffs, points become vital. This weekend’s games mixed things up a bit. The Seattle Sounders kept up top of the Western Conference after their clash with Real Salt Lake and New York was able to hop over Montreal Impact, with a little help from the Columbus Crew. There was tons more too! Check out the MLS Kick Around!

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Columbus Crew, 2 – Montreal Impact, 1
Marco Di Vaio, 23′
Chad Marshall, 66′
Dominic Oduro, 78′

As a Crew fan, let me tell you, I love that my team is the thorn in Montreal’s side. The Crew traveled up north this past weekend, looking for a very-much needed three points to stay alive in the playoff hunt. Taking on the Eastern Conference leaders is always daunting, but the Crew seemed up to the task. The first half wasn’t very promising and Impact’s Marco Di Vaio opened up the scoring in the 23rd minute. In the second half, however, Federico Higuain decided he would lead the charge. He assisted on both Chad Marshall and Dominic Oduro’s goals, which were within 10 minutes of each other. This game was pretty massive for the Black and Gold – forgive the pun. Not only did they knock the Impact out of the top spot AND kill their home-game winning streak, they also moved to within four points of the fifth spot in the table – the coveted cut off point for the playoffs. Next week, the Crew is back home against rivals Chicago Fire. As for Montreal, they have quite the task before them. They will host Vancouver Whitecaps on the weekend, but must first face the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday during CONCACAF Champion’s League competition.

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Seattle Sounders, 2 – Real Salt Lake, 0
Obafemi Martins, 3′
Lamar Neagle, 38′

While Montreal slipped in the East, Seattle rose in the West. Probably one of the most highly anticipated games of the West Coast this weekend was against top teams, Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake. From the get-go, Seattle wanted to show who was boss in this match up. The Sounders opened up the scoring in the third minute! Both of their goals – by Obafemi Martins and Lamar Neagle respectively – would actually happen in the first half. And the scoreline could have been much worse for RSL, but Nick Rimando would end up being their saving grace, especially after two missed penalty opportunities. Yikes. And hey, Seattle did all that first half work without strikers Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson, who weren’t subbed in until the second half. Dempsey has yet to score for the Sounders, but we’re waiting patiently, Clint! It’s bound to happen…. This win propelled Seattle to the head of the West and the leaders of the Supporter’s Shield race. Next week, LA will be in the Sounders sights as RSL will hope for three against San Jose.

Other scores:

LA Galaxy, 2 – DC United, 2This game was definitely interesting! Check out Kristian’s recap here!
Robbie Keane, 7′
Chris Pontinus, 39′
Michael Stephens, 81′
Kyle Porter, 84′

New York Red Bulls, 2 – Toronto FC, 0
Thierry Henry, 32′
Fabian Espindola, 80′

Houston Dynamo, 1 – Philadelphia Union, 0
Ricardo Clark, 53′

Chicago Fire, 3 – New England Revolution, 2
Goals, goals and more goals littered this game. Constantine has the details of the match here!
Keyln Rowe, 9′
Juan Luis Anangono, 30′
Saer Sene, 45′ + 1′
Mike Magee, 55′
Alex, 86′

San Jose Earthquakes, 0 – Vancouver Whitecaps, 0Jay Demerit was back in the line up for the Whitecaps, the first time since the season opener back in March! Demerit came off the bench in the 31st minute.

Colorado Rapids, 2 – FC Dallas, 1David Ferreira, 51′
Vicente Sanchez, 59′
Matt Hedges (OG), 65′

Chivas USA, 1 - Portland Timbers, 1It was a disappointing trip to LA for the Timbers, who dropped two points to the ever-fascinating Chivas USA.
Bryan de la Fuente, 23′
Diego Valeri, 50′

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