MLS with Nick: 5.21.12

By Nick Hartman 05.21.2012 blog

Last week in the MLS was one of the wildest weeks of the, starting with the Houston Dynamo taking on the New York Red Bulls. The first and only goal, came in the 7th minute when, a miscommunication struck the Houston Dynamo’s backfield allowing Kenny Cooper to shoot and score.

Even though this was the only goal of the game, the New York Red Bulls received three yellow cards. The first yellow came in the 45th minute when Kenny Cooper shoved Callin Carr down. Then in the 56th minute Connor Lade was shown a yellow card for a foul committed on Jeremaine Taylor. Taylor then was subbed out and went into the locker room for a further injury investigation. Less than three minutes later, Dax McCarthy acquired a yellow for a dissent which means he argued with the referee about something he thought should have been called. Finally, after five minutes of added time, the Houston Dynamo lost 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls.

Shortly after the Red Bulls, Dynamo game the Chicago Fire matched up against Real Salt Lake. This game resulted in a 0-0 tie and only one yellow card was given. The yellow came in the 71st minute when Kyle Beckerman, of Real Salt Lake, received a yellow for a dissent.  In the 93rd minute, the game came to an end with a tie.

Finally, the Seattle Sounders against FC Dallas. The Seattle Sounders won this match and improved their record to 7-1-1.  Freddy Montero, of the Seattle Sounders, scored the first goal in the 68th minute on a corner shot. Then four minutes later, in the 72nd minute, Freddy Montero scored once again after a wonderful pass by Alex Caskey in the corner. After four minutes of added time, the Sounders clinched up their 7th win.

Soccer Saturday started off with the LA Galaxy playing the Montreal Impact.  Most people thought that this game would be a simple win for the Galaxy, but no, because the first goal came in the 7th minute when Davy Arnaud received a pass from Nelson Rivas. Then in the 63rd minute David Beckham scored the equalizing goal after a penalty kick miss.  After five minutes of added time the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

In Saturday’s second match the Houston Dynamo opened their new stadium in a match against DC United. The only goal came in the 61st minute when Brad Davis shot and scored from 36 yards out. The ball was then sent to the MLS Hall of Fame.  BBVA Compass Field was a hit to Dynamo fans.

Then the New England Revolution faced off against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Revolution won 4-1.  In the 5th minute, Eric Hassli, from the Whitecaps, managed to score his second goal this season after Sebastien Le Toux delivered a spectacular pass. One minute later Lee Nygen managed to score a goal from 40 yards out tying the game at 1-1. Later in the 24th minute Saer Sene scored a breath-taking goal making the score 2-1. At the 39th minute mark Sharlie Joseph, of the New England Revolution, scored after Alain Rochett tryed to deflect it. The last goal of the game came in the 72nd minute when Lee Nygen made a wonderful shot after a deflection from Alain Rochat.

Sporting KC played the Chicago Fire immediately after the Whitecaps, Revolution game. The Fire won 2-1 but the first goal was a Sporting KC goal after Bobby Convey received a great pass from Julio Cesar. The next goal came in the 61st minute on a penalty kick that Sebastian Gruzzini shot and scored tying the game at 1 all. The game winning goal came in the 72nd minute when Dominic Orduro shot a short-kick that rolled into the goal. Many of the 500 Sporting KC fans that where at the game went home unhappy.

Saturday’s final match was the primetime match between the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake won 1-0 and with the only goal coming in the 51st minute on a right-footed shot by Fabian Espindola when he received a pass from Luis Gil. The game ended after 3 minutes of added time.

Perhaps the most exciting MLS match this week came on Sunday afternoon when the New York Red Bulls took on the Philadelphia Union. The game had five goals and five cards.  Joel Lindpere, of the Red Bulls, scored the first goal of the match with range. Then in the 31st minute Lionard Pajoy, of the Union, headed a beautiful shot that went in for goal. Immediately after halftime the second goal came for Lionard Pajoy after he lightly tapped the ball in for a goal. In the 63rd Markus Holgersson headed the game tying goal after a corner for the Red Bulls. The final goal of the week came in the 78th minute when Kenny Cooper scored his ninth goal this season on another little kick. The game ended in a 3-2 win for the Red Bulls and an exciting week for the MLS.

The match to watch in week 11 is Chivas USA vs the LA Galaxy. The Superclasico, Chivas USA is going into this match looking to beat the LA Galaxy who tied last week with the Montreal Impact. Another notable match this week is Sporting KC vs the Colorado Rapids. Sporting KC is 7-3-0 and Sporting has lost their last three matches, while the Rapids are on a two game winning streak. This game will most likely end up with a win for Sporting and a loss for the Rapids. The final notable match in week 11 is the Montreal Impact squaring off against the New York Red Bulls. This game should be a simple win for the Red Bulls but the Impact could prove to be a tough team to conquer.

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