Monday MLS Wrap

Wednesday, August 18 – New England Revolution 1, Chicago Fire 2

Sean Johnson had another outstanding day in net as Chicago rallied from an early deficit behind goals from Baggio Husidic and Calen Carr. It marked Husidic’s first goal since before the World Cup break. Carr returned to action after spending more than 10 months out injured. Marko Perovic scored for the Revs.

Saturday, August 21 – New York Red Bulls 4, Toronto FC 1

The Red Bulls ended the impressive home streak that Toronto FC has put together, handing them their first loss of the year. Rafa Marquez made his first appearance on the scoresheet for RBNY with a 30+ yard rocket in 35th minute. Nane scored an unfortunate own goal in the 41st minute. Dwayne De Rosario cut the deficit in half with a 49th minute goal. Juan Pablo Angel slotted home his 12th goal of the season with a 61st minute PK. Former TFC player Carl Robinson entered the fold in the 74th minute to replace Marquez and scored his first goal of the season with a 77th minute header.

Saturday, August 21 – Los Angeles Galaxy 0, San Jose Earthquakes 1

After jumping out to an early lead last month only to see a late equalizer, the San Jose ‘Quakes managed to hold on after a fourth-minute Chris Wondolowski strike. The woes of the second half of the MLS season have continued for the Galaxy, who have looked like a completely different side than the one who started off the season at a blistering pace.

Saturday, August 21 – Colorado Rapids 1, Columbus Crew 3

The Columbus Crew continue to look like one of the best teams in the league after dismantling the Rapids. Guillermo Barros Schelotto opened the scoring in the sixth minute after Eddie Gaven earned a penalty kick. Pablo Mastroeni evened in stoppage time before the half. Jason Garey scored the eventual game-winner in the 53rd, and his sub Steven Lenhart put the match on ice with an 80th minute header.

Saturday, August 21 – Chivas USA 0, FC Dallas 1

Despite being depressingly empty on most days, Pizza Hut Park has turned into a stronghold for one of the league’s top sides, FC Dallas. A Brek Shea header in the 71st minute provided the lone tally to extend FCD’s unbeaten streak to an impressive 11 matches.

Saturday, August 21 – New England Revolution 1, Kansas City Wizards 4

Due to a suspension of regular starter Teal Bunbury, Birahim Diop made his first start since 2002 and scored a brace, knocking in 16th- and 27th-minute scores. The Revs cut the deficit in half in the 37th minute with a Kenny Mansally volley that took a deflection to get past Jimmy Nielsen in net. Kei Kamara put the game out of reach in the 65th with Diop earning his first assist of the season and Ryan Smith picking up his eighth. Jack Jewsbury would replace Diop in the 66th minute only to score three minutes later.

Saturday, August 21 – Chicago Fire 3, Houston Dynamo 4

In what is easily a candidate for the best match of the year, Houston’s Brian Ching tallied a remarkable hat trick (which included a score off a bicycle kick) to hold off a torrid Freddie Ljungberg-led Fire comeback. Ching and Lovel Palmer opened the scoring with 31st and 50th minute scores. Calen Carr scored his second goal of the week off a remarkable Ljungberg pass in the 55th, only to be matched by Ching’s bicycle effort in the 59th. An own goal by defender Bobby Boswell cut the lead to one in the 70th, and Wilman Conde scored off a Ljungberg corner to equalize in the 81st. Brian Ching would score the game winner with a free header off a Mulrooney corner.

Sunday, August 22 – Philadelphia Union 0, D.C. United 2

As one may expect with a team so young, the Philadelphia Union continues to battle bouts of inconsistency as was the case Sunday, falling to Danny Allsopp and lowly D.C. United. Allsopp’s brace gave United their first victory since xx. The Australian opened up the scoring in 22nd minute and put the game out of reach with a deadly counter in the 63rd.

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