Monday, July 30, 2007

2007 MLS Week 17 Recap or Chicago roars back to life

This weekend only saw three games but they were fun ones. Chicago took revenge on an injured TFC side, KC found other people to score and Real can say goodbye to their last bit of playoff hopes.

Anyway, here is the league by numbers 111 games into the season:
SeasonWeek 17
Att per game14,92513,974
Goals per game2.6493.25
Inter-conferenceEast 20-16-16East 2-1-0
Ties29 (26.1%)0 (0%)

New England Revolution 2-1 Real Salt Lake
The outcome might be familiar, however Real looked far better on Saturday night then they have looked in a long time. Their passing was connecting, they wee playing smart in the middle and even managed to pressure with just 10 men, however the Revs have enough strength through out their lineup to handle just about any side not playing fantastic soccer. Real is not playing fantastic soccer.
Goals: NE: Pat Noonan (4) 39', Jeff Larentowicz (2) 82'
RSL: Carey Talley (1) pk 72'
Attendance - 13,193

Chicago Fire 3-0 Toronto FC
David Monsalve made history in goal as he became the youngest player to ever start a match in that position, but it was truly a test by fire as Chicago was slamming through TFC and knocking hard shots right at Monsalve. To his credit, he made a few good stops, but in the end, the near full-strength Fire was too much to handle for the limping TFC. By the way, Blanco looked good in his first MLS start.
Goals: CF: Ivan Guerrero (1) 37', Calen Carr (2) 58', Floyd Franks (1) 75'
Attendance - 20,322

Chivas USA 2-3 Kansas City Wizards
The Wizards have got to be delighted with the way this one turned out as Eddie Johnson played next to no role in their offense on the night. That might sound like a horrible thing, and it could turn out to be, however, he was their only bit of offense for most of the season so any help they can give him is much needed. Chivas might have got zero from this one but for the second time in four days they showed some bite on the road.
Goals: CV: Jonathan Bornstein (1) 17', John Cunliffe (1) 55'
KC: Kerry Zavagnin (3) 38', Davy Arnaud (4) 53', Yura Movsisyan (5) 89'
Attendance - 11,649

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