MLS Week 7 Recap: Myers OG Ends Sporting Streak; D.C. Lights Up New York
D.C. United made it five straight games without a loss thanks to a tying goal from Maicon Santos minutes after the Montreal Impact took the lead. Montreal was still looking for their first away win and thought they might have it after Bernardo Corradi gave the Impact the lead after the hour mark. After a first half where neither team was able to force saves from the ‘keepers, United nearly found themselves on top when Dwayne De Rosario failed to beat Donovan Ricketts 1v1 early in the second half. In a game where both teams only combined for 3 shots on target out of 30, it took until the 68th minute for the Impact to take the lead. After receiving a pass on the right flank, Lamar Neagle found the head of Corradi with a cross to the far post, beating Joe Willis. United answered quickly however in the 72nd minute when Santos equalized with a low shot from well outside the 18.
Vancouver 1-3 Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City continued their undefeated streak in front of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ home crowd. Sporting took the lead in the 24th minute when Aurelien Collin headed a ball from Graham Zusi to Roger Espinoza. Espinoza’s shot was blocked, but Collin was able to get a foot on the rebound at the far post. Kansas City doubled their lead after halftime thanks to an own goal from Martin Bonjour who accidentally chested the ball past Joe Cannon while defending a long throw-in into the box. In the 65th minute Kei Kamara made it 3-0 after getting a touch to a low cross toward the near post from Chance Myers. The Whitecaps had to wait until the 80th minute to get their consolation goal. Sebastien Le Toux prevented the shutout by heading home a rebound after Camilo Sanvezzo’s shot hit the crossbar.
Toronto 2-3 Chicago
After their last game was called off early, the Chicago Fire made sure to get things rolling early against Toronto FC with a goal in the first minute of play. Twenty-five seconds after kick-off, Patrick Nyarko stripped the ball from Torsten Frings just outside the penalty arch and fed Dominic Oduro who slipped the ball underneath Milos Kocic. Toronto FC, who are still looking for their first win of the season, leveled in the 36th minute when Reggie Lambe collected a clearance from Sean Johnson and fired a shot into the upper ninety. Four minute later Lambe gave Toronto their first lead of the season after pouncing on a deflection from a Ryan Johnson shot. The lead was short-lived however, and in less than a minute Chicago evened the score line when Sebastian Grazzini sent a long free kick to the far post where Gonzalo Segares redirected the ball past Kocic. The final goal of the game came in the 58th minute from a counter attack. In two passes, Chicago went from defending to springing Patrick Nyarko behind the defense. Kocic came well off his line, but Nyarko calmly went around him for the Fire’s third goal.
Columbus 2-2 Houston
Four second-half goals left the Columbus Crew and the Houston Dynamo level after 90 minutes. Neither team found the back of the net until just before the hour mark when Will Bruin got his head on a corner kick from Adam Moffat, who was back from suspension. Four minutes later Eddie Gaven tied it up after a defensive gaff from the Dynamo, bad back passes from Andre Hainault and Geoff Cameron led to keeper Tally Hall’s attempt to head the ball away from goal, but instead gave it straight to Gaven who sent the ball into the net despite Hainault getting a touch to the shot. Gaven’s second goal of the night was much easier on the eyes. In the 74th minute, Gaven ripped a shot just under the cross bar from outside the 18 after Aaron Schoenfeld chested the ball down into his path. The lead would not last however and in the 81st minute Will Bruin split the Crew defense with a through ball to Brian Ching who netted his first goal of the season.
Colorado 1-2 LA
An own goal and a saved PK in the dying minutes of the game led the Colorado Rapids to lose at home to the LA Galaxy. The Rapids had the first chance of the game, but it was the Galaxy that took the lead in the 21st minute from an own goal by Marvell Wynne. David Beckham sent a chipped free kick toward Mike Magee who sent a header far post. Wynne made an attempt to clear the ball away from the goal, but ended up redirecting it into his own net. LA doubled the lead in the 39th minute when Robbie Keane found Landon Donovan with a through ball. Donovan took the ball into the box and beat Matt Pickens with a driven shot. Colorado pulled one back after the hour mark when Omar Cummings carried the ball to the top of the 18, with David Lopes right on his hip, before burying a shot far post. In the 91st minute Cummings had a chance to salvage a tie after LA was called for a foul in the box. Cummings stepped up to take the PK, but Josh Saunders got down to his left to make the save.
Vancouver 1-0 Dallas
The Vancouver Whitecaps were able to get the win in their second game of the week thanks to an early goal by Camilo Sanvezzo and some fine play by goalkeeper Joe Cannon. Things did not start out well for FC Dallas as they had to scratch ‘keeper Kevin Hartman for Chris Seitz before kickoff. Unfortunately Seitz’s first touch of the ball was picking it out of the net after Camilo’s goal in the 11th minute. Camilo carried the ball into the box from the right touchline before firing a shot far post past a diving Seitz. Dallas answered with a number of offensive runs through Brek Shea, but found it difficult to get shots on goal and when they did Cannon was always there to make the save. However in the 75th minute Cannon nearly cost his team the lead when he lost the ball to Fabian Castillo, but luckily Castillo could not make anything of it. Vancouver had a few chances of their own, but the early goal did not faze Seitz and he was not beaten again.
Chivas USA 0-1 Philadelphia
Five bookings, including two straight reds, within 25 minutes during the second half for the Philadelphia Union could not change the outcome created by a first half goal by Freddy Adu. Despite creating 21 attempts on goal and playing 15 minutes with more players, Chivas USA could not find the one goal they needed to earn their first points at home. The Union got the game winner in the 40th minute after a Michael Farfan-driven ball across the goalmouth where James Riley flubbed his clearance straight to Freddy Adu who back heeled the ball into the net. The rest of the chances in the game belonged to Chivas, but ‘keeper Zac MacMath was up to the task each time.
Portland 1-0 Kansas City
After beating their last seven opponents, Sporting Kansas City finally lost their first game of the season, but not at the hands of a Portland player. In the 41st minute Chance Myers’ attempted headed clearance looked more like a shot as he collided with Julio Cesar and the ball found the back of his own net. Portland did little to extend on their lead, and spend the remainder of the game defending against a Kansas City attack that did not live up to its performance earlier in the week. Both teams combined for only 4 shots on target by the end of the game.
San Jose 3-1 Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake was able to hang on for a while playing down two men against the San Jose Earthquakes, but two goals in the last minutes of stoppage time sealed an Earthquake win. In the 30th minute RSL saw their leading scorer sent off, but it wasn’t until the dying moments of the first half that San Jose was able to make their man-advantage count. In the 47th minute Khari Stephenson got on the end of a cross from Steven Beitashour. Nick Rimando was able to get a touch to the header, but could not keep the ball out of the net. RSL equalized in the second half with a play started and finished by captain Kyle Beckerman. After Beckerman won the ball midfield he passed off the ball and eventually got it back from Jonny Steele who sent a pass through a dummy by Alvaro Saborio. Beckerman beat two defenders then slipped the ball into the net. RSL looked to have done enough to earn the tie, but a 92nd minute diving header from Simon Dawkins and a goal a minute later from Chris Wondolowski lost them any points.
D.C. 4-1 New York
Three goals from D.C. United’s Chis Pontius gave the New York Red Bulls their first loss in four games. D.C. got things going early when Pontius stole the ball from Thierry Henry and then ripped a shot from just outside the penalty arch that dipped under the crossbar. Pontius doubled his tally in the 32nd minute. After Maicon Santos did all the work on the left side, he sent in a cross that hit a couple of bodies before falling to Pontius right in front of the goal. Four minutes later Nick DeLeon made it 3-0 after his one-timed shot deflected off Markus Holgersson and into the net. It wasn’t until the 69th minute that Pontius finished off his hat trick when he collected a New York clearance, beat two defenders on his way to goal and slipped the ball underneath Ryan Meara. New York was able to deny the shutout with a 72nd minute goal from Henry who casually buried a free kick from outside the box.