Monday MLS Wrap

Thursday, August 5 – Columbus Crew 2, Philadelphia Union 1

The Columbus Crew were able to bounce back from a 3-1 drubbing at the hands of Chivas USA as Steven Lenhart took on a super sub role, scoring twice for the Crew. Both came off powerful headers, but the second was a goal of the week nominee as Lenhart directed a perfect cross into the back of the net off a fantastic counterattack. Sebastien Le Toux scored a penalty kick for the Union.

Saturday, August 7 – Chivas USA 1, Toronto FC 2

Toronto extended their unbeaten streak at home and ended a four-match unbeateN streak by Chivas USA. Nana Attakora and Chad Barrett both scored first half goals, which proved enough to win. Giancarlo Maldanado cut the deficit to one with a 65th minute PK, but Chivas couldn’t find the equalizer.

Saturday, August 7 – D.C. United 0, New England Revolution 1

Bill Hamid replaced veteran Troy Perkins in goal for D.C., but Matt Reis posted the shutout as United’s dreadful season continued. Pat Phelan nodded home the game-deciding 42nd minute goal off a Chris Tierney free kick.

Saturday, August 7 – Real Salt Lake 1, Kansas City Wizards 1

First half goals by Kei Kamara and Robbie Findley supplied the match’s only scores. The Wizards played the role of aggressor, outshooting RSL 16-9, but couldn’t manage to knock off the league’s hottest team.

Saturday, August 7 – San Jose Earthquakes 0, Colorado Rapids 1

Jon Busch has developed a strong reputation in goal, especially in recent years, but a gaffe by the former Chicago Fire standout resulted in the game’s lone goal. Busch fumbled an Omar Cummings cross from the right side in the 26th minute, accidentally sending it into his own net.

Sunday, August 8 – Philadelphia Union 1, FC Dallas 3

The recent hard luck for Philly continued Sunday. Alejandro Moreno bagged his first Union goal, receiving a fortuitous role in a scrum in front of the net in the ninth minute. In the 24th minute, a goalkeeping gaffe by Brad Knighton resulted in a red card in the box. Knighton dropped a ball in the box, and tripped Brek Shea to set up a David Ferreira PK to even the score in the 24th minute. Jeff Cunningham scored a pair of goals in the second half to put the game out of reach for the Union.

Sunday, August 8 – New York Red Bulls 0, Chicago Fire 0

Sean Johnson put together an absolutely oustanding performance in goal for the Fire, who were outshot 22-5 on the evening. Johnson recorded seven saves, including two highlight reel attempts in the game’s closing moments.

Sunday, August 8 – Houston Dynamo 0, Seattle Sounders 2

The Sounders appeared to dominate much of the game, but couldn’t break through a stellar Tally Hall performance in net until the second half. Freddy Montero received a punt from Kasey Keller and squeezed it inside the right post to break the tie. New designated player Alvaro Fernandez received a nice pass from Montero in the 88th minute and beat Hall in a breakaway situation to seal the win. Hall finished the match with seven saves, and the Dynamo offense failed to put a single shot on goal.

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