Tuesday, September 06, 2005

MLS week 23 quick wrap

It took me a little while to get through all the MLS matches from this weekend, so this is more then a little late. Sorry about that. So let's see if I can do this with just three sentences per game.

The MetroStars got a late goal to tie Kansas City and keep their playoff dreams alive. The Wizard's Ryan Pore got his first MLS goal just 20 seconds into the match, but Youri Djorkaeff was able to tie in the 27th. Josh Wolff gave KC the lead again early in the second, but Ante Razov was able to find the net in the 88th giving each side a point.

FC Dallas extended their winless streak to nine by falling to win (or score) at home to San Jose. Both sides had some chances in the first half, but the keepers were able to keep the score line at 0. However, San Jose was able to beat FCD's back line when Ronald Cerritos scored in the 50th and Alejandro Moreno doubled their lead in the 55th.

Colorado was able to bring down DC United and have now gone five games without defeat. Terry Cooke got the only goal in the 22nd minute when Jean Philippe Peguero found him unmarked for the shot. With these points, Colorado now threatens LA for third place in the West.

It looked like Real Salt Lake might pull off a big win over the Eastern leader, but with just one shot on goal, they proved otherwise. New England's Khano Smith scored the only goal in the 76th (2 minutes after coming in as a sub) when he out ran Brain Kamler and blew a shot past keeper D.J. Countess. Real looked so much better on Saturday then they did in their 5-1 defeat on Wednesday, but even with all that heart, they could not get a point.

Just when I was starting to think Chivas was a difficult team, this game happens. While the goats could not get any consistent play out of their offense, Columbus was able to find every weakness in their opponent’s defense and just blow it open. Their three goals were all well earned, giving this battle of the basement dwellers to the Crew.

The Fire need to send Bruce Arena a thank you note for sending Justin Mapp (see photo) home from training camp on Friday. Mapp setup Chicago's first goal by Chris Rolfe in the 11th and then scored a major strike in extra time to give Chicago the win and LA a losing record. With the win, Chicago is now tied with KC for second place in the East.

My Guesses vs. Final Scores
Game (my guess) Final score
MetroStars - KC Wizards (2-1) 2-2
FC Dallas - San Jose Earthquakes (0-3) 0-2
Colorado Rapids - DC United (0-2) 1-0
Real Salt Lake - New England Revolution (1-2) 0-1
Chivas USA - Columbus Crew (3-1) 0-3
LA Galaxy - Chicago Fire (1-2) 1-2

This weekend 3-3
Total so far this season: 19-22


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