Monday, October 03, 2005

MLS Week 27 Recap

The MetroStars hopes of the playoffs just keep drifting away. DC United came to town on Saturday and left with an impressive win. The Metro's got on the board in the 17th thanks to a wonderful cross by Youri Djorkaeff to an open Mike Magee who headed it home. DC was able to tie it up before halftime. The second half was all United. In the 55th, halftime sub Jamil Walker found Ben Olsen for the lead. Olsen then got DC's third in the 85th. Just two minutes later, Jaime Moreno took any sparkle left out of the Stars with a fourth for United. Good times for DC and sad times for the Metros. MetroStars 1 - 4 DC United

Columbus did what few others have managed to do this year, fail to score against Chivas and drop one at home to Chivas. The Crew was pounding away at the net (20 shots on the net) but only five were on target. Chivas was missing for most of the first 45 minutes, but came out strong in the second. Their goal was the result of a clumsy give away by Kyle Martino. Franciso Mendoza got hold of the ball and passed it on to an open Francisco Palencia who nailed it in to give Chivas their first win since 22 July. Columbus 0 - 1 Chivas USA

The battle of the big guns turned out a bit different then I thought it would. The Revs were playing well early and setting up well but they could not beat the defense of San Jose. After the break, the Quakes looked better up front and were able to get a goal off a wonderfully taken corner kick in the 60th. Kevin Goldthwaite twisted a corner into the box where Brian Ching nicely headed it home. This goal seemed to cause some unrest in New England's Daniel Hernandez has he was sent off a minute later due to a very foolish elbow he threw into San Jose's Alejandro Moreno. Playing down a man proved to be too much. In the 80th minute Dwayne "Hello MVP" DeRosario had a great run from midfield that saw him beat the whole of the Revs defense and slot a shot past goaltender Matt Reis. San Jose reigns supreme on the night. New England 0 - 2 San Jose

Kansas City only managed 2 shots on goal during the night yet where some how still in it the whole match. Chicago was much the better team but could not finish until the 66th when Thiago just hammered a shot in from about 30 yards out. It was all the Fire would need on the night. KC 0 - Chicago 1

Clint Mathis got Real Salt Lake off to a great start (there is an opening line you almost never expect to hear) when he put on into goal in the 14th, but Salt Lake's defense could not hold the line. Jean Philippe Peguero found Ben Dayan inside the penalty box in the 39th to tie it up. The game then became a bit of a defensive struggle, but like so many times this season, Real fell down late. Ben Dayan put a pass in that found a sliding Jeff Cunningham to give Colorado the late winner. Colorado 2 - 1 Real Salt Lake

If this past week has taught us anything it is that Herculez Gomez (pictured) knows how to beat FC Dallas. Just like in the US Open Cup, Gomez got things going by getting the first goal in the 12th minute. This was LA's third chance in about five minutes and Ned Grabavoy made sure to make the most of it. Grabavoy put a long ball into Gomez he was able to bounce it off the bar and into net. FCD looked a little frazzled, but managed to tie it up in the 42nd thanks to some bad defense by the Galaxy. However, Gomez would not let this stand for long. During the final few seconds of the first half, he made a break for the goal and caught keeper Scott Garlick off his line. He chipped the ball over the goalie and into the net. Dallas had to play a man down for most of the second half, yet they still created some chances and almost pulled level. LA showed some good counter-attacks, but could never finish them. Still, two goals proved to be enough as LA beat FCD again. LA 2 - 1 FCD

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

This week 4-2
Total so far this season 36-31


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