MLS played the final full weekend of games before taking a break for the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. Though MLS teams are involved in the US Open Cup during the break, the full weekend schedule won’t resume until June 27-29. What MLS teams do with the time off is an interesting question, with some teams obviously in need of work while others have to wonder what happens to their momentum.
On Friday, Sporting Kansas City shutout the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Sporting Kansas City played a man down from the 21st minute when the referee sent off Tony for fighting. Soony Saad scored for Sporting Kansas City in the 45th minute and Dominic Dwyer doubled the lead from the penalty spot in the 70th.
At BMO Field on Saturday, Toronto shutout San Jose 1-0 on a 27th minute Jermain Defoe penalty. DC United and the Columbus Crew finished scoreless at FedEx Field in a game that followed the El Salvador vs Spain friendly.
“It was slow and thick,” DC United coach Ben Olsen said of the playing surface at FedEx Field. “It’s not built for soccer. It was built for big boys who run around and tackle each other. We thought it was a little slow but both teams had to deal with it. It didn’t make for the most attractive soccer, but we had our looks.”
Philadelphia and Vancouver drew 3-3 at PPL Park. Erick Hurtado (18th) and Nicolas Mezquida (41st) put Vancouver up two goals on the road. Philadelphia responded with goals from Conor Casey (63rd), Sebastien Le Toux (68th) and a second from Casey (71st). A Pedro Morales penalty in the 81st split the points.
“I know the guys we have in our locker room,” Casey said. “I know that things haven’t gone well this year, but we’ve had some games that we’ve played really well. There have been games where we’ve played really bad. Today, first half wasn’t good, but second half was really good. Everyone still bleeds. We have a lot of time left. Although we didn’t win today, it’s been two games now that we’ve gotten really good results. Vancouver’s a good team. We get a little break now and we come back and attack the second half of the season.”
FC Dallas came back to beat the Colorado Rapids 3-2 at Toyota Stadium. Deshorn Brown opened the scoring in the 25th minute. FC Dallas answered back with a 33rd minute Andres Escobar equalizer and took the lead when Zach Loyd scored in first-half stoppage time. Jose Mari equalized for Colorado in the 52nd. Fabian Castillo scored FC Dallas’s winner in the 62nd minute.
“They showed a lot of heart, like always,” FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said. “There aren’t many games where I don’t praise my players for their heart and character. Today we were smarter than them and we played very well. We were smarter in those minutes we gave them the possession, we played much better defensively and we looked solid. They looked like they had control of the game, but we gave them that. We didn’t want to fight that battle with the substitutions that had to be made.”
Seattle picked up a road win, beating Chicago 3-2 at Toyota Park. Obafemi Martins scored for Seattle in the 31st minute. He converted a 38th minute penalty with the referee sending off Chicago’s Jhon Kennedy Hurtado. Seattle’s man advantage didn’t last long and it cost them their goal scorer. The referee sent off Martins for fighting in the 42nd minute. Seattle’s Lamar Neagle scored in the 78th minute with Harrison Sharp pulling a goal back for Chicago in the 82nd minute.
Portland came back to beat Real Salt Lake 3-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium, their first win in 11 games against Real Salt Lake. Luke Mulholland put Real Salt Lake up in the 23rd minute, but the rest of the offense belonged to Portland. Fanendo Adi scored in the 36th minute and put Portland up a goal in the 45th. A red card to Tony Beltran handed Portland a man advantage in the 54th, with Will Johnson converting a penalty in the 73rd minute.
New York shutout New England 2-0 at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. Eric Alexander opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Peguy Luyindula got a goal in the 76th. The super clasico finished off the week 14 MLS schedule with the LA Galaxy and Chivas USA drawing 1-1 at StubHub Center. Erick Torres opened the scoring for Chivas USA in the 20th minute with Gyasi Zardes equalizing in the 35th.