Monday MLS Wrap

Saturday, July 31 – New England Revolution 1, Philadelphia Union 1

Sebastien Le Toux scored one of the more impressive goals this season as he continued his MVP-like run for the Union, but a goalkeeping gaffe by Chris Seitz on a Marko Perovic shot allowed the 70th minute equalizer for the Revs. New Union midfielder Justin Mapp came on in the 56th minute, his first appearance in a different uniform since 2003.

Saturday, July 31 – FC Dallas 1, Colorado Rapids 1

In a match where the highlights were mistakes, FC Dallas extended their current unbeaten run to eight, and Colorado has now gone seven consecutive matches without a win. The opening goal for Dallas was off an own goal by Julien Baudet, and the Rapids equalized four minutes later with a truly inexplicable handball by Atiba Harris. Mehdi Ballouchy would bury the PK.

Saturday, July 31 – New York Red Bulls 2, Houston Dynamo 2

Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel provided glimpses of what’s to come for RBNY with this season. Henry found Angel for both goals, but Houston supplied an answer each time. Brad Davis equalized the game in the 24th minute with a penalty kick, and Brian Mullan played the role of hero with a 90th minute header for the Dynamo, who played man down for the entire second half.

Saturday, July 31 – Toronto FC 0, Kansas City Wizards 1

Rookie Teal Bunbury once again showed his flair for the dramatic this season, scoring the winning goal in the 62nd minute with a header that barely got by TFC keeper Stefan Frei. Bunbury also provided the winning tally earlier last month when the Wizards upset Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew in Columbus.

Saturday, July 31 – D.C. United 0, Real Salt Lake 3

Goals from Alvaro Saborio, Robbie Findley and Nelson Gonzalez accounted for the scoring as RSL returned to a form that has many believing them to be the best team in the league at the moment. Real Salt Lake is now undefeated in MLS play in all ten matches at home this season.

Saturday, July 31 – Seattle Sounders FC 1, San Jose Earthquakes 0

The Sounders considered their recent run of form, which has been fueled by Freddy Montero for the most part, continued as the Columbian midfielder scored on a free header in the 26th minute. Montero has either scored or assisted 12 of the last 15 Seattle goals. The Sounders, who were wallowing towards the bottom of the Western Conference after the start of the season, have found a new life since parting ways with Freddie Ljungberg and have gone 4-0-1 in their last five MLS matches.

Saturday, July 31 – Columbus Crew 1, Chivas USA 3

With respect to the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA brought on the largest upset of the weekend with a 3-1 drubbing of Eastern Conference-leading Columbus. Justin Braun, Blair Gavin and Carlos Borja each scored for Chivas in their first MLS victory since beating Kansas City on July 10. Columbus managed an 88th minute goal to regain a bit of dignity.

Sunday, August 1 – Chicago Fire 3, Los Angeles Galaxy

In the second upset in as many days in LA’s Home Depot Center, the Fire took a 3-0 lead in the first 20 minutes with goals from Marco Pappa, Collins John and Mike Banner. The Fire fell back into a more defensive mindset, and as things turned chippy, Landon Donovan twice scored on PKs. Sean Johnson, making his first MLS start of his young career, had an outstanding day in goal to preserve the win.

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