Things are getting interesting around the league as we inch closer to the playoffs. FC Dallas secured a spot this weekend, unsurprisingly. The San Jose Earthquakes may be one of the worst teams this season, but striker Chris Wondolowski continues to impress, now just two goals behind Landon Donovan’s all-time MLS goal record. Also, would it be a weekly wrap-up without some Zlatan Ibrahimovic news? That guy is on fire, netting his 20th MLS goal.
LAFC didn’t have the luck their freeway rivals had this weekend as they fell short to the Chicago Fire. Djordje Mihailovic struck first, scoring at the 20’ mark. Nemanja Nikolic responded shortly after with a penalty goal (29’). The match continued to go in Chicago’s favour with a goal from Aleksandar Katai at 66’. LAFC didn’t go down without a fight, though. Diego Rossi had a last-ditch effort to revive his team with a goal at 73’, but it was too late.
The Seattle Sounders absolutely dominated the Colorado Rapids this weekend. Tim Howard stood no chance against the offensive force the Sounders brought. Raul Ruidiaz scored two goals, the first at 22’, the second at 73’. Nicolas Lodeiro scored on a penalty shot at 52’. Victor Rodriguez scored the final goal of the match for Seattle at 80’.
D.C. United had a big weekend. Luciano Acosta scored early in the match (17’). Wayne Rooney would go on to score two goals at 48’ and 82’. Paul Arriola had a pair of goals of his own, the first at 61’ and the second at 78’. The Montreal Impact stood no chance.
It was a real boring one in Ohio this weekend as the Columbus Crew took on the Philadelphia Union. Columbus controlled ball possession at 55%, but the Union had more shots with 13. Out of those 13 shots at goal, none was on target for Philly. It was a pretty big snooze fest.
Although Minnesota United were shown a red card this weekend, they still managed to come out on top against NYCFC. Angelo Rodriguez had both of the Minnesota goals, one at 20’ and the other shortly after at 36’. Collen Warner was given the red card at 76’, a second yellow on a bad challenge. NYCFC would work the man advantage to their favour. Rodney Wallace scored a late goal at 90+1.
Houston Dynamo 3-2 San Jose Earthquakes
The San Jose Earthquakes continue to struggle, but at least their scoring, right? Chris Wondolowski is now two goals behind Landon Donovan’s 145 MLS goal scoring record after his 37’ penalty shot goal. San Jose would go up 2-0 when Huston’s Alejandro Fuenmayor scored an own goal at 45’. San Jose would lose all their hope in the second half. The Houston Dynamo scored three unanswered goals for the win. The first came from Mauro Manotas (56’), the second from Tomas Martinez (68’), and the final goal from Romell Quioto (87’).
The LA Galaxy have kept their playoff hopes alive with a clean sheet victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had two goals, because of course he did. The first was on a penalty at 4’, the second came at 58’. Romain Alessandrini scored the third goal of the match on a penalty at 77’.
Portland Timbers 0-0 FC Dallas
Although the game went scoreless, FC Dallas secured a playoff position this weekend. The Portland Timbers didn’t have much going for them this weekend, on the other hand. Liam Ridgewell was given a red card at 90+4’, but it was too late in the game for Dallas to make anything of their man advantage. They won in the end anyway.
New York Red Bulls 2-0 Atlanta United
The Red Bulls walked away with the victory over Atlanta on Sunday. Daniel Royer had a penalty goal at 39’. Tim Parker would secure the lead with his goal at 74’.
Another draw this weekend but at least this one had goals. Real Salt Lake’s Corey Baird had the opening goal of the match early on at 9’. Sporting KC took 20 shots this weekend, but only one of those was successful. The successful shot came from Ike Opara at 52’. Real Salt Lake’s keeper Nick Rimando had a really great weekend. Watch his highlights below.
Here’s how the table looks thanks to MLSSoccer.com