DC and Montreal kicked off a busy week in MLS on Wednesday, splitting a relatively sluggish decision in the nation's capital. Montreal earned their first point on the road in the American big-leagues, and DC squeezed out a draw in the middle of a ridiculously congested part of their schedule. Maicon Santos - who is now apparently a good striker after a couple years of mediocrity and bouncing around the league - scored for DC, while Bernardo Corradi picked up Montreal's goal.
Kansas City added another chapter in their work-in-progress, semi-autobiographical novel, tentatively entitled: How to Dominate A Leage, the Kansas City Story. This time Vancouver were at the receiving end of KC's weekly beatdown, with Sporting goals coming from Aurelien Collin, Kei Kamara, and a Martin Bonjour own goal. Vancouver managed a solid second half, pressuring the visitors and even picking up a goal from Sebastien Le Toux, but it was not enough for the dramatic comeback Whitecap fans were hoping for. This was Sporting's 7th straight victory.
The Fire stumbled out of a wild shootout in Toronto victorious, outgunning struggling Toronto for three points. Young midfielder Reggie Lambe the Reds up 2-1 with two solid goals, but Gonzalo Segares and Patrick Nyarko's goals, on top of Dominic Oduro's first minute strike, saw Chicago get the win. With neither team known for their defensive prowess, chances came fast and often, but TFC couldn't pull out the draw, let alone a seemingly unreachable victory.
Eddie Gaven scored a double for the men in yellow (do people call them that? Whatever, maybe it'll stick) but Houston managed to tie things up in Cowtown. After Gaven's goals, one of which being an excellent strike, the Crew were looking good. At least until the 81st minute, when they fell for Brian Chings classic "I hope no one marks me and I'll tap in a goal" routine evened things up.
The LA Pretty-Boys avoided a major crisis (or at least in so far as drawing a soccer game can be referred to as a crisis) in Colorado. With LA up 2-1 at the 90th minute, red-headed hero Jeff Larentowicz lobbed a ball forward to Rapids striker Andre Akpan, who happened to fall down while trying to direct his shot on net. Ridiculously, this was called for a penalty. Also ridiculously, at least 8 of LA's players surrounded the ref for a full minute to complain (even though they were right, it was still a bit out of hand). The bad call was mooted by keeper Josh Saunders, who saved Omar Cummings' penalty shot/the day for the Galaxy.
The 'Caps bounced back from a midweek thrashing at the hands of Kansas City by beating a fairly tame Dallas side. The game winner was scored by Camilo (you can tell he's good because he only uses one name!), who picked up his first start in a month after sitting with a quad injury.
Philly players Keon Daniel and Gabriel Farfan, as well as their always polite and incredibly lovable head coach, Peter Nowak, were red carded. What could make the match more wild? Everybody's favorite Ghanaian-American little person in the league, Freddy Adu, scored a goal! To Chivas's embarrassment, Adu's goal (which was scored way back when the match was still 11 vs. 11) wound up being the game winner, with the Goats incapable of truly challenging the Union.
Anyone thinking KC might manage to somehow win every game of 2012 will be disappointed, as they lost their first match of the year in Portland (I probably should have waited a few weeks before getting "Sporting Kansas City, undefeated in 2012 tattooed on my forehead"). Portland's hero? Kansas City defender/occasional midfielder Chance Myers, who botched a clearance and scored an own goal that would make Jeff Agoos proud. A rough way to halt an incredible winning streak, but it had to stop at some point.
The four red cards that were delivered this week were split among two teams, as Salt Lake's Fabian Espindola and Jamison Olave received their marching orders in San Jose. The Quakes capitalized on the advantage (although they took their sweet time in doing so, scoring in the 91st and 93rd minute) with goals coming from Khari Stephenson, Simon Dawkins, and league leader in goals Chris Wondolowski. San Jose have quietly been doing work all year, and find themselves on top of the West.
Two quick notes: 1. I am a New York fan. 2. My mouth is full of vomit. Other side notes: DC played pretty well, but their win has much more to do with New York's horrible defense than their own actions; Thierry Henry scored again; and DC fans did a great job of honoring a supporter who recently passed, giving him a moment of silent and breaking out tifo in his honor.