Monday MLS Wrap

Yeah, I know it’s not exactly Monday, but I’m not changing the name based on that fact alone… By the way, my weekly Premier League Wrap is also live at The FA Daily.

Saturday, August 28 – FC Dallas 0, Columbus Crew 0

In a relatively even affair, two of the league’s best sides fought to a 0-0 draw at Crew Stadium. FCD is now undefeated over their last 12 games, and broke the record held by the Crew and the Fire for most consecutive road matches without a loss, sitting at 3-0-7 over their past 10 away games. Columbus held a 12-11 edge in shots, and both sides put two attempts on target.

Saturday, August 28 – Real Salt Lake 0, Toronto FC 0

In a much more entertaining scoreless draw, Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake were each thwarted by some outstanding saves and the ever-so-unkind woodwork. TFC, who have been extremely impressive in the friendly confines of BMO Field, failed to record a win for the second straight home match, and RSL has won or tied in 16 of their last 17 matches en route to looking like one of the true favorites for the MLS Cup.

Saturday, August 28 – San Jose Earthquakes 0, New York Red Bulls 2

Dane Richards was the true star of the night, but Thierry Henry generated the headlines with his first MLS score since joining the league. Richards opened up the scoring with an outstanding effort in the 46th minute, receiving the ball about 30 yards out, split through the defense and maneuvered around the goalkeeper for the opening tally. Henry found the net in 63rd, receiving a Richards pass into the box, settled and fired it into the back of the net to put the match out of reach.

Saturday, August 28 – Philadelphia Union 2, New England Revolution 1

Justin Mapp keyed a late Union rally over a man-down Revs squad at Gillette Stadium. Ilija Stolica scored in the 31st minute to grab an early lead. Ten minutes later, they were reduced to a 10-man side after a Cory Gibbs was sent off for a tackle on Eduardo Coudet.  Former Fire standout Mapp was inserted into the lineup in the 65th minute, and found fellow second half sub Jack McInerney in the 82nd minute to knot up the match. Two minutes into stoppage time, Mapp fired home the winner, giving Philly their first win in over a month.

Saturday, August 28 – Houston Dynamo 0, Colorado Rapids 3

After an impressive offensive performance last week, the Dynamo came back down to earth a bit, getting shutout at Colorado. The Rapids jumped out to a lead in the second minute thanks to Jamie Smith’s first goal with the club. Omar Cummings doubled the lead in the 16th, and Conor Casey sealed the deal with a score just seven minutes later in the 23rd.

Saturday, August 28 – Chicago Fire 1, Seattle Sounders 2

After not suiting up for the Fire in quite some time, John Thorrington earned his first start of the season and buried a 28th-minute penalty kick to take an early edge. Freddy Montero answered eight minutes later, and the Columbian headed home the winner in stoppage time to hand the Fire their second consecutive loss. Montero now has 10 goals and nine assists for the resurgent Sounders, perhaps grabbing a lead in this season’s MVP race.

Saturday, August 28 – Kansas City Wizards 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 0

At one point this season, it appeared the Galaxy were on the verge of setting a number of records as the league’s most dominant side. Now? Not so much, as L.A. fell once again, this time to K.C. Davy Arnaud opened up the scoring with a 12th minute, receiving a pass into the box from Kei Kamara and slotting home the score. Jimmy Conrad accounted for the match-sealing score when he got a touch on a 70th minute Davy Arnaud free kick.

Sunday, August 29 – D.C. United 0, Chivas USA 1

Justin Braun scored his eighth goal of the season to continue the misery for the D.C. faithful. In a match-up of two of the league’s worst teams, Braun got his head on a long ball into the penalty area, and lifted it over the head of keeper Troy Perkins for the lone score.

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