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MLS Week 8 – WRAP

Chicago Fire Wilman Conde (L) trying to stop Kansas City Wizards forward Kei Kamara (R) who scored 2 goals. PHOTO by Bill Barrett / isiphotos.com

Chicago Fire Wilman Conde (L) trying to stop Kansas City Wizards forward Kei Kamara (R) who scored 2 goals. PHOTO by Bill Barrett / isiphotos.com

Almost all defensive lines had outstanding Saturday, only 9 goals in 7 games giving us only 1.28 goals per game. This is drop of over 3 times from just a week ago. Ironically, most goals scored on the stadium where weather was absolutely the worst. 4 from those 9 goals had been scored in Kansas City, where was very cold and rainy. All 7 venues has been visited by 113,488 fans, which over 25 000 of them appeared in Philadelphia. Big upset in Harrison, NJ where Sounders FC responded to their critics and management the best way they can, by winning as first team in history at new Red Bulls Arena. They did in style and Sounders coach Sigi Schmid is back sooner than some may thought just a week ago.

Second upset occurred in Carson, California where rock solid favorite Galaxy, just tied with very well prepared Toronto FC. Crew and Galaxy reminds undefeated. Despite loss to Sounders, Red Bulls are still on the top of the Eastern Conference. What is unique and interesting New York Red Bulls, are the only leaders in ANY soccer / football league in the whole world with negative goals ratio. That can happen only in MLS. I love Major League Soccer.

Philadelphia Union – FC Dallas 1-1 (0-1)

Goals Danny Mwanga (90+), FCD: Brek Shea (13). Attendance: 25,038

CHRIS PICK: 1 UNION at rate 2.62

Early FC Dallas beautiful goal by Brek Shea set the tone of the game, but it was another solid performance by the Union, who thank to last moment goal by Danny Mwanga got their point.

Union deserved at least one point, in their game we already noticed huge improvement in discipline and defensive line. FC Dallas got one point only because their goalie Kevin Hartman had outstanding game, his 6 saves made difference.

Scoring Summary:

0-1          DAL — Brek Shea 1 (Atiba Harris 1, Jeff Cunningham 1) 13
1-1          PHI — Danny Mwanga 1 (unassisted) 93+

FC Dallas: Kevin Hartman, Zach Loyd, George John, Ugo Ihemelu, Heath Pearce, Atiba Harris, Daniel Hernandez, David Ferreira, Dax McCarty, Brek Shea (Eric Avila 79), Jeff Cunningham (Marvin Chavez 63) (Anthony Wallace 92+).

Philadelphia Union: Chris Seitz, Danny Califf, Cristian Arrieta (Danny Mwanga 81), Michael Orozco, Jordan Harvey, Fred, Stefani Miglioranzi, Kyle Nakazawa (Shea Salinas 66), Roger Torres (Jack McInerney 75), Sebastien Le Toux, Alejandro Moreno.

Misconduct Summary:

PHI — Roger Torres (caution; Reckless Foul) 62
DAL — Heath Pearce (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 83

Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Referee’s Assistants: Thomas Supple; James Conlee,  4th Official: Tony Russo

New England Revolution – San Jose Earthquakes 0-0

Attendance: 13,611 

CHRIS PICK: X2 Earthquakes at rate 1.90

Chris Wondolowski first time in 5 weeks did not scored and Bobby Convey didn’t had his A game. Wasted opportunity by the Earthquakes, they may need those 2 points by the end of the season. Both goalkeepers Preston Burpo in Revolution net and Joe Cannon for visitors had excellent game.

Misconduct Summary: 

SJ — Ramiro Corrales (caution; Reckless Foul) 20
NE — Joseph Niouky (caution; Reckless Foul) 39 

San Jose Earthquakes: Joe Cannon, Chris Leitch, Bobby Burling, Jason Hernandez, Ramiro Corrales, Joey Gjertsen, Andre Luiz, Brandon McDonald, Bobby Convey, Ryan Johnson, Chris Wondolowski (Cornell Glen 83).

New England Revolution: Preston Burpo, Pat Phelan, Cory Gibbs, Kevin Alston, Seth Sinovic, Marko Perovic, Joseph Niouky, Chris Tierney, Zak Boggs (Khano Smith 70), Kheli Dube (Zack Schilawski 70), Sainey Nyassi.

Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee’s Assistants: Sean Hurd; Greg Barkey,   4th Official: Niko Bratsis

 

New York Red Bulls – Seattle Sounders FC 0-1 (0-0)

Goal by Fredy Montero (85). Attendance: 17,900

CHRIS PICK: 1 Red Bulls at rate 2.05

The best response Seattle fans and Sounders FC management can ask for, single goal by Montero was enough for little unorganized on the middle Red Bulls. Sigi Schmid is back, great job by Sounders coach on getting team mentally ready for such demanding opponent.

Misconduct Summary:

NY — Jeremy Hall (caution; Reckless Tackle) 35
NY — Danleigh Borman (caution; Reckless Tackle) 39
NY — Seth Stammler (caution; Dissent) 71
SEA — Tyrone Marshall (caution; Dissent) 71
SEA — Steve Zakuani (caution; Reckless Foul) 93+

Seattle Sounders:  Kasey Keller, James Riley, Jhon Kennedy Hurtado, Tyrone Marshall, Leo Gonzalez, Brad Evans (Pat Noonan 89), Patrick Ianni, Peter Vagenas (Nathan Sturgis 65), Sanna Nyassi (Fredy Montero 78), Steve Zakuani, Freddie Ljungberg.

New York Red Bulls: Bouna Coundoul, Jeremy Hall, Mike Petke, Tim Ream, Danleigh Borman, Dane Richards (Sinisa Ubiparipovic 56), Carl Robinson (Tony Tchani 87), Joel Lindpere, Seth Stammler, Salou Ibrahim (Brian Nielsen 52), Juan Pablo Angel.

Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Referee’s Assistants: Philippe Briere; Daniel Belleau,  4th Official: David Gantar

Columbus Crew – Chivas USA 1-0 (0-0)

Goal Guillermo Barros Schelotto 4 (penalty) 90. Attendance: 15,027

CHRIS PICK: 1 Crew at rate 1.72

Crew even when they not playing well, they still find a way to win the game and that is one of the descriptions of good team. This time last minute penalty kick by Guillermo Barros Schelotto gave Columbus side 3 points.

Misconduct Summary:

CHV– Michael Umana (Caution: Reckless tackle) 15
CLB – Frankie Hejduk (Caution: Reckless tackle) 55
CHV — Jesus Padilla (Caution: Reckless tackle) 60
CHV – Ben Zemanski (Caution: Reckless foul) 77

CHIVAS USA: Zach Thornton; Mariano Trujillo, Michael Umana, Dario Delgado, Jonathan Bornstein; Ben Zemanski, Blair Gavin, Michael Lahoud (Marcelo Saragosa, 83): Sacha Klejstan, Jesus Padilla (Maicon Correa, 90th), Justin Braun (Chukwudi Chijindu, 91+).

COLUMBUS:  William Hesmer; Frankie Hejduk, Eric Brunner, Chad Marshall, Gino Padula (Danny O’Rourke, 66); Brian Carroll, Adam Moffat, Robbie Rogers, Eddie Gaven (Emmanuel Ekpo, 81); Guillermo Barros Schelotto, Steven Lenhart (Jason Garey, 75).

Referee: Jeff Gontarek.
Referee’s Assistants: Craig Lowry, Jeff Muschik, 4th Official: Hilario Grajeda

D.C. United – Colorado Rapids 0-1 (0-0)

Goal Mehdi Ballouchy 2 (unassisted) 67. Attendance: 13,570

CHRIS PICK: X2 Rapids at rate 1.875

United have won seven of the 11 meetings since, with four draws.Colorado hasn’t won at RFK Stadium since July 10, 1999. Almost 11 years but in those 11 years United has never been that weak as they are this year and Rapids never been playing that good. I wrote that BEFORE the game and I was 100 % correct about estimating outcome of this game. Almost comical was news before the game, that big hope and newest United signing Luciano Emilio is not even on the bench, because he is overweight.

Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens, Marvell Wynne, Julien Baudet, Drew Moor, Danny Earls, Mehdi Ballouchy, Pablo Mastroeni, Omar Cummings (Quincy Amarikwa 89), Jeff Larentowicz, Wells Thompson (Colin Clark 68), Conor Casey (Ross LaBauex 89).

D.C. United: Bill Hamid, Jordan Graye, Carey Talley, Juan Manuel Pena (Jaime Moreno 72), Rodney Wallace, Thabiso Khumalo (Brandon Barklage 46), Kurt Morsink (Andy Najar 80), Clyde Simms, Christian Castillo, Adam Cristman, Danny Allsopp.

Misconduct Summary:

DC — Christian Castillo (caution; Reckless Tackle) 15
COL — Pablo Mastroeni (caution; Delaying a Restart) 57
DC — Adam Cristman (caution; Reckless Foul) 73
COL — Mehdi Ballouchy (caution; Tactical Foul) 90
COL — Ross LaBauex (caution; Tactical Foul) 94+

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Referee’s Assistants: Steven Taylor; Eric Proctor,  4th Official: Jasen Anno

Kansas City Wizards – Chicago Fire 2-2 (0-1)

Goals KC: Kei Kamara (50, 89), Fire: Julio Martinez (14), Brian McBride (48). Attendance: 8,155

CHRIS PICK: 1 Wizards at rate 2.30

In heavy intensive rain, we had very entertaining game. 2-0 lead is called tricky for purpose and Fire learned hard way. In 89 minute, Chicago had 2-1 lead, but Kei Kamara this time scored from half a yard and teams split the points. Disappointed Fire can only blame them self for wasting 2 goals advantage, but they can use difficult conditions as excuse.

Scoring:
0-1          CHI — Julio Martinez 1 (Marco Pappa 3, Logan Pause 1) 14
0-2          CHI — Brian McBride 3 (Patrick Nyarko 5) 48
1-2          KC — Kei Kamara 4 (unassisted) 50
2-2          KC — Kei Kamara 5 (unassisted) 89

Chicago Fire:  Andrew Dykstra, Dasan Robinson, C.J. Brown, Wilman Conde, Krzysztof Krol, Julio Martinez (Mike Banner 46), Logan Pause, Baggio Husidic, Patrick Nyarko, Collins John (Brian McBride 46), Marco Pappa (Peter Lowry 84).

Kansas City Wizards:  Jimmy Nielsen, Michael Harrington, Jimmy Conrad, Pablo Escobar, Roger Espinoza, Jack Jewsbury, Davy Arnaud, Graham Zusi (Teal Bunbury 72), Ryan Smith, Kei Kamara, Josh Wolff.
Misconduct Summary:
KC — Jack Jewsbury (caution; Reckless Tackle) 32
CHI — Dasan Robinson (caution; Delaying a Restart) 45
KC — Roger Espinoza (caution; Unsporting Behavior) 45
CHI — Krzysztof Krol (caution; Reckless Tackle) 63
KC — Pablo Escobar (caution; Reckless Tackle) 64
KC — Jimmy Conrad (caution; Reckless Foul) 70

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry; Corey Rockwell,  4th Official: Andrew Chapin

Los Angeles Galaxy – Toronto FC 0-0

Attendance: 20,007

CHRIS PICK: 1 Galaxy at rate 1.5

Coach Preki proved that Galaxy can be stopped. It was’n pretty, but tactically Toronto FC played really outstanding game. Bruce Arena side been limited by TFC defense to 15 shots, but only 4 on goal, saved by Stefan Frei. With a little better vision from Chad Barrett Toronto FC , could get win, because he had few decent chances.

Toronto FC: Stefan Frei, Maksim Usanov, Nana Attakora, Nick Garcia, Adrian Cann, Sam Cronin, Amadou Sanyang, Martin Saric, Nick LaBrocca (Jacob Peterson 63), Chad Barrett (Joseph Nane 78), Dwayne De Rosario (Gabe Gala 70).

Los Angeles Galaxy: Josh Saunders, Bryan Jordan (Chris Klein 69), Omar Gonzalez, Gregg Berhalter, Todd Dunivant, Michael Stephens, Christopher Birchall, Juninho (Mike Magee 73), Jovan Kirovski (Clint Mathis 77), Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan.

Misconduct Summary:

LA — Omar Gonzalez (caution; Reckless Tackle) 50
TOR — Maksim Usanov (caution; Reckless Foul) 61
TOR — Maksim Usanov (caution; Tactical Foul) 94+
TOR — Maksim Usanov (ejection; Second Caution) 94+

Referee: Jair Marrufo
Referee’s Assistants: Darren Clark; Ian Anderson, 4th Official: Kevin Stott

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