DC United kicked off a high-scoring weekend in MLS with a bang, laying the hurt on a visiting Dallas team. The relatively surprising source of DC's dominance? Maicon Santos, who has bounced around the league and hasn't managed to find much success since his run in Toronto in 2010. He picked up two goals on the day, one of which was a screamer impressive enough to give DC fans hope for a successful season after a rough start in league play.
Toronto's focus on CONCACAF Champion's League has resulted in a slow start in the regular season, with a close loss at home against the Crew adding to their misery. TFC Keeper Milos Kosic managed to stop a penalty in the first half, but his heroics were made moot by Bernado Anor's goal. Toronto controlled the play and created some decent chances, but just couldn't manage to find the net. If they manage to make it to the next round of Champion's League, I doubt they'll probably be too worried about some early losses.
After an ugly first half that left the match tied at two, New York's offense exploded in the second, picking up three goals to thoroughly embarrass the visiting Impact. Man-God Thierry Henry deserves most of the credit for the win, as he scored a hat trick and added to his stats with a wonderful assist. Mehdi Ballouchy and Kenny Cooper picked up the other goals for the Red Bulls, who now have nine goals in their last two home games. To the credit of the 200 or so Montreal fans who made the trek to NY for the match, they kept singing even when it was clear their team wasn't coming out with a result.
Philadelphia Union 0 : 0 Vancouver Whitecaps >> Highlights
The wheels appear to be falling off in Philly, who managed only their first point on the season in an unspectacular draw against Vancouver. With former Union captain and hero Sebastien Le Toux visiting for the first time since he was kicked to the curb by Piotr Nowak in a fashion nearly as dramatic as the soap operas I spend my free time viewing, sparks were expected to fly. Unfortunately it was a quiet match, and Le Toux didn't manage to score the 15 goals against his former team I'm sure he was hoping he'd get.
Portland Timbers 2 : 3 Real Salt Lake >> Highlights
If the stale affair in Philadelphia left you thirsty for drama, look no further than Salt Lake's ridiculous comeback in Portland. The Timbers thought they had the match locked up after leading 2-1 thanks to two great goals from Darlington Nagbe, but that changed at the tail end of the match. Last minute goals from the awesomely named Johnny Steele and RSL captain Kyle Beckerman allowed Salt Lake to walk out of Portland with a 3-2 victory seemingly out of nowhere, their third win of the season.
Seattle Sounders 0 : 1 San Jose Earthquakes >> Highlights
A fairly scrappy Western Conference battle ended up being decided by a penalty, converted perfectly by San Jose's Chris Wondolowski. The match was a relatively even one, with both teams managing to put some solid passing together and create decent chances on goal. Seattle probably looked more threatening, but the excellent play of the 'Quakes keeper, the impenetrable John Busch, allowed them to escape CenturyLink Field with three points.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1 : 3 New England Revolution >> Highlights
In One Goal's MLS Season Preview, I rated the Galaxy as the best team in the league, and the Revs got the dubious honor of being the worst. Is the shock 3-1 away win proof that MLS is a league where any team can win on any given day, or merely confirmation that I am an idiot? I hope its the parity one, but regardless of why it happened, hats off to New England for pulling off a huge victory. Kelyn Rowe, Chris Tierny, and Saer Sene scored for the Revolution, who are now 2-2-0 on the season.