Thursday, September 22, 2005

MLS Mid-Week 25 recap

Stop me if you've heard this one before. Taylor Twellman gets a late goal to give his side a share of the points. New England was the better team during the match, but they could not find net. Columbus had some good luck when Knox Cameron made good on a in the 66th, but it was just not enough. Twellman scored two minutes into stoppage time to kill the Crews dreams of crushing the giants. So why doesn't Twellman look this good in international play. Crew 1 - Revolution 1

Oh my did Dallas ever spank LA last night. So what does it say about a team when they do better without three of their main starters, including their two strikers? Yes, LA is not a road team, but they have looked marvelous over the last couple weeks. The fact that FCD just demolished them is very telling. In a 15-minute span, Dallas went from no goals to three. They got an own goal in the 34th thanks to really dumb play by LA's keeper Kevin Hartman (this goal has been award to LA's Troy Roberts, but it was a very easy pass that Hartman failed to get in front of, so I think it is more Hartman's fault). Then they just turned it on and made their own success in the 37th and 45th thanks to goals by Roberto Mina. After the half, it was still Dallas's game. If it weren’t for a foolish header into his own goal by the Hoops Bobby Rhine in the 86th, LA would not have scored. But Dallas got the goal back in extra time thanks to Abe Thompson. Next week these two meet in LA for the US Open Cup. It will be interesting to see what lessons the Galaxy took from this match. It will also be interesting to see if this is the start of something big in big D. FCD 4 - LA 1

Colorado got the three points they needed in Salt Lake. Now they just need to get one more point or Salt Lake need to lose in order for the Rapids to clinch the last playoff spot in the West. The Rapids looked good in this outing while RSL seemed flat. Clint Mathis did have a couple nice attempts on goal, but there really was not much else happening in the frontline. Jean Philippe Peguero continued his scoring ways at the start of the second half and new signing Dedi Ben Dayan got his first goal in the 87th. Colorado 2 - RSL 0

San Jose loves to play at home. It has been 16 matches since they dropped a game at home. Dwayne De Rosario got the scoring going in the 14th thanks to a nice flick by Brian Ching. Chicago keeper Zach Thornton came charging out at De Rosario, but he pumped it over the keeper and in bounced into goal. That was a bad moment for Tornton, but he showed his better side right before the half when he blocked a dead on shot and then, from the ground, blocked the rebound shot. His defense was able to clear it. It was a fine example of fantastic goalkeeping. Too bad the good times for Thornton would be short lived as he tackled a charging Alejandro Moreno 5 minutes after the half, giving the Quakes a penalty kick. De Rosario took the kick and lifted it above the arms of Tornton for the other goal. Chicago had their moments, but it was San Jose's night. San Jose 2 - Chicago 0

My Guesses vs. Final Scores
Game (my guess) Final score
Columbus - New England (0-3) 1-1
FCD - LA (1-2) 4-1
Colorado - RSL (2-0) 2-0
San Jose - Chicago (3-2) 2-0

This mid-week 2-2
Total so far this season 28-28


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