MLS Saturday Rewind: LA Finally Wins, Philly Breaks Winless Streak

Damn what a Saturday, MLSers!!! We had quite the drama in New York, Philly fans rejoiced in a win, FC Dallas took down Montreal and there’s so much more, I can’t sum it up in one sentence. Missed the highlights? Check out our MLS Saturday Rewind!

Philadelphia 1 – Columbus 0

After getting their tanks handed to them against New York, at home, the Columbus Crew were on the road to the Union and hoping to get back in the strong form they started the season with. Philly have been winless thus far and were desperately searching for that win at home. Luckily for them, while the Crew seemed strong through the match, they just couldn’t find the back of the net.

It’s been a problem in the past for the Crew and one I, as a Crew fan, hoped would be wrapped up this season with our new midfielders and strikers. But I don’t believe the goal drought of this game is anything to fear. Columbus pushed against the Union defense all through the match, it was just a touch of bad luck they couldn’t get it in. Or it speaks for the luck/strength of Philly’s back line.

Regardless, a handball from Crew defender Eric Gehrig in the box gave Philadelphia a penalty shot in the 37th minute. Gabriel Gómez stepped up to convert and it would be the only goal of the game.

New England 1 – D.C. United 2

Chris Pontius would be the savior of D.C. United as his beautiful strike in the dying minutes of the match would give United a 2-1 victory over their neighbors to the North. If you didn’t see this goal, you need to watch it. Solid, beautiful strike. Great to see Chris back on the score board!

New York 2 – San Jose 2

Probably one of the most anticipated games of Saturday was the match up of New York and San Jose. Thierry Henry, Kenny Cooper and Chris Wondolowski have been the top scorers of the league thus far, and both their teams have been on fire since things kicked off in March. Who would come out on top of the battle of two of the strongest MLS teams?

Turns out, they would break even, with Cooper and Wondo getting on the score sheet and Henry providing a nice little assist. The two teams stayed close to one another in performances through the match – NY scored first, but the Quakes would follow shortly after.

However, the Quakes would pay the price at keeping pace with the Red Bulls. On the same play, two players would head off the pitch with injury. First, Red Bulls midfielder Rafael Marquez basically bear hugged San Jose’s Shea Salinas and took him to ground, resulting in Salinas breaking his clavicle.  It was a horrible move and I couldn’t believe Marquez was not carded for it. I know there has been debate on this retro-banning trend in MLS, but here’s hoping the disciplinary committee stay fair and book Marquez for his reckless foul.

On that same play, SJ defender Victor Bernardez went for a header and the landing sprained his knee, ending his game for the day. That was about where the drama ended. The second half leveled off, and San Jose almost came away with winning goals, but NY keeper Ryan Meara stayed strong.

Personally, I think the Red Bulls were lucky. For me, San Jose are sending a message across MLS this year and that is that they are strong and they are going all in. Their entire team working together is frightening for opposing teams. If Steve Lenhart had been paired up with Wondo again, I think this recap might have been a bit different and in San Jose’s favor. But who knows.

L.A. Galaxy 3 – Portland 1

Oh, Los Angeles. I’m sure fans of the 2011 MLS Cup Champions are breathing a bit easier this morning after looking at that scoreline. But it really was a bit scary at the beginning. The Galaxy hosted Portland and having not won a game yet this season, a winner at home would prove much more for their spirits.

Things really picked up in the 23rd minute when Kris Boyd slotted one in the Galaxy net, Portland’s first goal at the Home Depot Center in two years. And it would go unanswered until Galaxy Captain Landon Donovan slipped a nice little goal past Timbers keeper Troy Perkins. A nice pick me up for the Galaxy at the end of the first half which would fuel them through the next 45′. Portland continued to push for a winner, but were denied. Juninho sealed the coffin in the 83rd with a low shot and David Beckham would at the cherry on top with a stoppage time goal.

Other scores:
Seattle 1 – Colorado 0
Toronto 0 – Chivas USA 1
FC Dallas 2 – Montreal 1
Kansas City 1 – Real Salt Lake 0

Today’s game will be Chicago versus Houston, with kick off set for 7 p.m. ET 

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