Monday MLS Wrap

Wednesday, August 11 – Real Salt Lake 1, Philadelphia Union 1

Philadelphia still managed to be a tough team to beat at home, and Sebastien Le Toux extended his MVP push, assisting likely Rookie of the Year Danny Mwanga for the match’s opening goal in the eighth minute. The goal was Mwanga’s sixth this season. Fabian Espindola tied it against the run of play in the 17th minute, getting the better of Chris Seitz in a one-on-one situation for his fifth score.

Wednesday, August 11 – Toronto FC 0, New York Red Bulls 1

With what is undoubtedly one of the best goals of this season, Thierry Henry dribbled through and around a small army of Toronto FC defenders above the box before laying it off to Joel Lindpere for the eventual game-winning score in the 23rd minute. The match turned into an extremely physical affair from then on out, and RBNY lengthened their lead over TFC for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Saturday, August 14 – Colorado Rapids 1, Philadelphia Union 1

Despite dominating much of the match again at PPL Park, which the Union had to fight back to a draw vs. the Rapids. Philly area native Jeff Larentowicz let loose a shot from over 20 yards out for the match’s opening score in the 59th minute. Sebastien Le Toux collected his ninth assist in the 73rd minute, finding a streaking Danny Mwanga for the equalizer, the rookie’s seventh goal this season.

Saturday, August 14 – Los Angeles Galaxy 1, New York Red Bulls 0

In the most anticipated match of the weekend, the Galaxy rode Edson Buddle’s league-leading 13th goal to a win in an extremely heated affair. The 29-year old beat goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul for the 10th minute score. The Red Bulls offense appeared destined to tie the match, getting their fair share of opportunities, but couldn’t find the equalizer.

Saturday, August 14 – FC Dallas 3, D.C. United

FC Dallas might be the hottest team in the league with a ten match unbeaten streak, and D.C. United continued their absolutely dreadful 2010 season. Dallas accounted for all four goals on the day, as the only D.C. score was an own goal by Jair Benitez. Dallas raced out to a 2-0 first half lead, and Jeff Cunningham finished off the affair with his seventh goal in the 92nd minute.

Saturday, August 14 – Houston Dynamo 0, New England 1

Despite both teams combining for 23 shots, New England forward Ilija Stolica accounted for the only goal with a volley home in the 62nd minute for his first career MLS goal. For the Dynamo central defender Geoff Cameron made his first start since tearing his PCL.

Saturday, August 14 – Columbus Crew 0, Real Salt Lake 2

Javier Morales notched his fifth and sixth goals as RSL knocked off the Eastern Conference-leading Columbus Crew. The Argentine scored in the 11th minute and put the match out of reach in the 60th with his second to keep the heat on LA in the Western Conference.

Saturday, August 14 – Kansas City Wizards 0, San Jose Earthquakes 1

New Quake addition Khari Stephenson made an instant impact a week after being acquired to bring an end to the Wizards five match unbeaten streak, which included a win over EPL powerhouse Manchester United. Stephenson, a Jamaican international who last played in the MLS in 2005, chipped a perfect pass, allowing Chris Wondolowski to volley home his team-best seventh goal in the 35th minute. Kansas City did outshoot SJ on the day 12-11 with seven credited for being on target, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

Saturday, August 14 – Seattle Sounders 0, Chivas USA 0

In one of the most physical matches of the weekend, both sides combined for 19 fouls with a pair of last minute ejections. Goat defender Mariano Trujillo threw an elbow at Sounder Leo Gonzalez in the 93rd minute that almost ended in a bench-clearing brawl on the pitch. Gonzalez was also given a red when things settles.

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