Monday, September 19, 2005

MLS Week 25 Recap

MLS games do not come much better then the New England-MetroStars match. The best team in the league facing a side that must win to keep any hope of the post season alive. The MetroStars showed both sides of their team on the night. When they were firing, they will miles in front of the Revs, however when they feel back, they fell apart. It is hard for me to pick a best moment of the game, because there are more then a few good ones, but I must go with the final goal of the night. Youri Djorkaeff fired an odd angle shot that caught Rev's keeper Matt Reis cheating off the post. Reis dive at the ball ended up taking him and the ball into the net. Wonder fight outing by the Stars. If next week's match between these two is at least half as good as this one, it will probably be the best match of week 26. MetroStars 5 - NE 4

Just when I think I start to doubt DC United, they put together an fine 90 minutes of soccer. Their defense was very impressive. It never seemed like Colorado even threaten. Their offense was still a little sluggish, but once the Rapids goalie Joe Cannon went out with a groin or hip injury, DC was able to make things happen. Christian Gomez caught the backup keeper off his line when he took a free kick. Instead of putting it into the center of the box, he went for goal. The keeper was not ready for that and missed the block. The second goal was just a beautiful display of body control. When the shot did not present itself on the right side of Jaime Moreno, he just took it with his left, in traffic, to the far post. Great goal, wonderful win. DC 2 - Colorado 0

I think Columbus can now stop worrying about this year. It really was an awful way to lose the game. After being behind for 75 minutes, the Crew got an equalizer in the 80th by Knox Cameron. It got the crowd back into it, and seemed to revive the team, but it was not long lasting. Just a couple minutes later the Crew's defense fell apart again allowing Chris Rolfe to sneak into the middle of the box unmarked. Sure enough, Andy Herron, in traffic, was able to push the ball to Rolfe who easily tapped it in. Sad end to the Crew's hopes. Columbus 1 - Chicago 2

LA tore into KC during the first half. Landon Donovan provided excellent service from the corner leading to both of LA's goals. But then the second half came around and the Galaxy do what they do most of the time on the road, they became mush. Granted, that might have something to do with missing five of their starters, but it still is a shame. Still, the Wizards, who looked to be reinvented at the start of the second 45 could not finish things. The dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half, but had nothing to show for it. However, all that pressure did finally lead to something when, just 10 minutes before time, they finally got a goal. I guess that one let them know how to do it because they soon got a second, allowing them to not drop three straight at home. LA 2 - KC 2

Oh Chivas, what can I say. They got a fantastic goal off a free kick by Ramon Ramirez and managed to hold the lead through a number of San Jose attacks, but then fell apart during the last 10 minutes. I'm sure San Jose got more of a battle then they expected, but the good news for them is that they raised to the challenge. It took almost every moment of the injury time, but Alejandro Moreno was able to find the winner off a Brian Mullan pass that just floated into the box. Amazing come back. Chivas 1 - San Jose 2

Dallas won at home! FC Dallas finally won a MLS match at home! Not only that, but they did it without their two main offensive stars and their starting goal tender. The first goal by Roberto Mina was a great strike that pinged off the top bar and fell in. Their second came off a smart shoulder challenge by Bobby Rhine who found Mina in front of the goal all alone. Mina easily tapped it in for his second of the night. However, Real Salt Lake would not just die. A couple minutes later they had a corner kick that flew towards Melvin Tarley who headed towards Jamie Watson who flicked the ball past the outreached arms of FCD's Scott Garlick. Real had some more chances late, but nothing that great. Mina almost got the hat trick, but his bicycle kick went high. With this win, Dallas clinches a spot in the post season and pulls into a tie with LA for second place. FCD 2 - RSL 1

My Guesses vs. Final Scores
Game (my guess) Final score
MetroStars - New England (0-3) 5-4
DC - Colorado (1-2) 2-0
Columbus - Chicago (1-3) 1-2
KC - LA (1-2) 2-2
Chivas - San Jose (0-2) 1-2
FCD - Salt Lake (3-2) 2-1

This week 3-3
Total so far this season 26-26


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