Major League Soccer Week 14: 10-Man New York Red Bulls Earn Wild Point In Portland

Final match of the week featured two penalties -- one of which was saved -- a red card, an own goal and six total scores

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Major League Soccer Power Rankings, Week 14: Just Two Teams Left At The Top

The Portland Timbers' tie at home to the Red Bulls keeps them moving down our charts, while Sporting Kansas City is a team on the rise.


Charlie Davies Is A Cheat, But Should We Really Care?

That Davies did more than simply "embellish" to earn an eventual game-tying penalty is not really up for debate. What that means to us as fans is.


Portland Timbers Vs. New York Red Bulls: Late Penalty Caps Wild 3-3 Tie

In a match that had already featured an own-goal, a saved penalty, six yellow cards and a red card, it seemed only fitting that the result would ultimately be decided by a last-second penalty. Dwayne De Rosario converted from the spot as the New York Red Bulls pulled out a 3-3 tie with the Portland Timbers after going down two goals in the second half and playing the final few minutes of stoppage time down a man. De Rosario was given the chance after Rodney Wallace handled a cross in the box.

A couple minutes prior to De Rosario's equalizer, the Red Bulls went down a man after Thierry Henry was shown a straight red card. There was no video of the incident, but reports suggested he and Adam Moffat got into a bit of a tussle. Moffat was shown a yellow card, but neither seemed particularly riled prior to Salazar reached for his pocket. In the match, the Red Bulls were whistled for 25 fouls and given five cards, while the Timbers were called for five fouls and given two cautions.

Even before the stoppage time, the match had already been pretty wild. The Red Bulls took the early lead on an Austin Da Luz goal in the 5th minute. The Timbers would eventually equalize on a Jack Jewsbury strike in the 48th minute and took their first lead about a minute later when Kevin Goldwaithe backheeled it past Red Bulls goalkeeper Greg Sutton. The Timbers extended their lead to 3-1 in the 68th minute when Stephen Keel scored an own goal when he tried to clear a cross from Jorge Perlaza

Although a two-goal lead seemed reasonably safe, it proved anything but. Henry scored his league-leading eighth goal of the season in the 73rd minute, which actually led to Rodney Wallace picking up a yellow card for delaying the restart. Just three minutes later, it looked as if the Timbers would regain their two-goal advantage, but Jewsbury's penalty was stopped by Sutton.


Chivas USA Vs. FC Dallas: Brek Shea Continues To Impress

Amid all the debate around the Gold Cup roster selections, one player who didn't seem to get mentioned as a major snub as much as he deserved to be was FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea. Possessing a rare combination of speed, athleticism and size, he seems to also be coming into his own as a complete player. On Saturday, he scored his sixth goal of the season -- and fourth in his past seven -- as the Toros beat Chivas USA 2-1.

Shea's goal, which gave FCD a 1-0 lead, was particularly impressive. He took a pass at the edge of the penalty area and was able to take a shot between two defenders on the first touch. His shot rocketed past Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

The win continues a run that has seen the Toros drop just one of their past 11 matches. During that run they have won seven.

The loss was the Goats' second straight. After falling behind early, they were able to equalize on a goal by Michael Lahoud that deflected off FCD defender George John in the 71st minute. But the Toros were able to capitalize on a Chivas mistake, resulting in a Jackson Goncalves goal in the 85th minute.


Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. Philadelphia Union: Alain Rochat Secures Caps' 2nd Win

It has been quite a long time since the Vancouver Whitecaps last tasted victory. After 12 winless weeks and 14 matches the Whitecaps finally have their second win of the season after beating the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday. Their goal came off the foot of left back Alain Rochat, whose blast from about 25 yards out beat Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon inside the far post. The chance was essentially created by Davide Chiumiento, who made some nifty moves along the sideline before going 1-2 with Eric Hassli and passing it back to Rochat.

The Whitecaps played probably their best match since their First Kick victory over Toronto FC. They allowed just eight shots and goalkeeper Joe Cannon only had to make one save. They also created numerous scoring opportunities, with forward Hassli coming close on at least a couple occasions.

The Union's best chance to tie came in stoppage time when Sebastian Le Toux got a good look inside the penalty area, but pushed his shot just wide. The Union have not won in three matches since beating TFC 6-2.


Colorado Rapids Vs. LA Galaxy: Galaxy Extend Unbeaten Streak To Nine

The defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids were making a swift move up the Western Conference table with a nine-match unbeaten streak, but they struggled to gain ground on the Los Angeles Galaxy because they had an eight-match unbeaten streak of their own. Well, after Saturday's contest in the Rocky Mountains, the Rapids' streak is over, while the Galaxy have stretched their streak to nine. Juninho's wondergoal highlighted a strong effort by LA as they defeated the Rapids, 3-0, to stretch their lead atop the league to nine points.

Playing without Landon Donovan and Donovan Ricketts, the Galaxy showed no hesitation to try and go forward in Colorado. They pushed early and it paid off when a good passing sequence opened Chris Birchall on the right. Birchall barely kept the ball from going over the endline and crossed where a retreating Drew Moor slide and put it in his own goal.

Just before halftime, Juninho added to the Galaxy lead with a thunderous strike. He found space 25 yards from goal and unleashed a shot that left Matt Picken helpless before going into the top corner for a tally that will undoubtedly challenge for goal of the week.

On the other side of halftime the strike partnership of Omar Cummings and Conor Casey combined to get the Rapids on the scoreboard. Cummings dribbled into the penalty and got enough space to get a shot away. He beat the keeper, but the shot clattered off the post. No problem though because it rebounded into the path of Casey, who tapped it in to cut the Galaxy lead in half.

Any chance of a Rapids comeback came to an end 10 minutes later when Caleb Folan was sent off for a tackle on Juninho. Folan lost the ball and in his pursuit lunged for the loose ball, only to get their late and got caught in a tackle from behind. He was sent off for it and Colorado's chances were basically gone.

Just for good measure, Chad Barrett added to the LA lead in the 80th minute. Juninho pressured Cummings into giving up the ball and got it to Todd Dunivant on the left, who slid the ball across to Barrett who finished easily into the open net to put an end to the drama.


Houston Dynamo Vs. Columbus Crew: Crew Get A Huge Win In Houston

A 41st minute goal from Andres Mendoza and 75th minute strike from Bernardo Anor gave the Columbus Crew a huge three points on the road against the Houston Dynamo.

It was not a good night for Houston as they failed to get anything going offensively and played most of the second half a man down after midfielder Lovel Palmer was ejected in the 53rd minute for his second yellow card of the match. Houston looked better after the ejection, the Crew were able to sit back and absorb all the Dynamo's pressure and get a late goal to secure the full three points.

Columbus defender better, passed better and finished their chances better and any other result would have been unfair to the Crew. It's a dream result for Columbus and allows them to take a firm hold on third place in the Eastern Conference. Considering the tough results in their past couple matches and the apparent strife between players and coaches, the Crew are no doubt feeling good about themselves tonight.

The Dynamo lose ground in the playoff race as their struggles to win matches at home in Robertson Stadium continue. Let's be honest, this Dynamo team just isn't that good. There entire night was summed up in stoppage time when Brian Ching missed any empty net...yes, it's that bad right now.


Toronto FC Vs. Seattle Sounders: Fredy Montero Wins It In Stoppage Time

Down a man, on the road and facing a Toronto FC desperate for a victory, the Seattle Sounders pulled out a improbable 1-0 win after a stoppage-time free kick goal from Fredy Montero. The goal was Montero's first in more than 500 minutes and extended TFC's winless streak to eight matches.

The Reds played up a man for the final 41 minutes of the match after Jhon Kennedy Hurtado received his second yellow card of the match. TFC, though, was unable to capitalize and the Sounders actually had the better of the play from there on out. That culminated with Montero's goal, that came after a foul just outside the penalty area.

Montero took a short approach and curled the ball over the wall and inside the near post. It was Montero's third goal of the season.

Toronto FC generated 18 shots, but put just two of them on goal. The Sounders, meanwhile, put four of their 10 shots on target.


Sporting Kansas City Vs. San Jose Earthquakes: CJ Sapong Leads SKC To Win

Maybe the long road trip was worth it after all. CJ Sapong scored the first -- and so far only -- MLS goal in Livestrong Sporting Park history and Sporting Kansas City beat the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 on Friday. The victory is the second straight for Sporting and runs their unbeaten streak to five matches. Prior to last week's victory, SKC had gone 10 straight without a win.

Beating the Earthquakes was no small feat, either. San Jose entered the match on a six-match unbeaten run in which they had won four times. On Friday, they looked plenty dangerous, but were never able to notch a goal.

Sapong, on the other hand, continued to show why he might end up being the best player taken in the 2011 SuperDraft. The rookie was able to deftly redirect a free kick from Graham Zusi to beat San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch. Although it was Sapong's first goal since First Kick, the goal showcased an impressive scoring touch and rare athletic ability.

More impressive than the offense, though, was Sporting's suddenly stout defense. After allowing 18 goals in their first eight matches, they have now allowed just two in their past five. Jimmy Nielson made five saves to notch his second shutout in his past three matches. 


Major League Soccer Week 14 Preview, Predictions: Players Slowly Returning From Gold Cup

With players slowing coming back from international duty, we should get a more complete picture of how MLS teams are really looking. The matchup of the week, Rapids-Galaxy still lacks some star power as Landon Donovan remains with the United States Gold Cup team, but should still be good.

Sporting Kansas City vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 8:30 p.m., Friday (Fox Soccer)

Don't look now, but the hottest team in MLS might just be the Earthquakes. They have won two straight by a collective score of 6-2 and haven't lost in six straight, a stretch of matches in which they've claimed 14 of a possible 18 points and posted a +8 goal difference. That comes on the heels of a start that saw them win just one of their first eight and claim just five points. The biggest change has been the return to health of Steven Lenhart, who has started the Quakes' past seven and has scored four goals in his past two games. To a much lesser degree, Sporting is also recovering from a horrid start. SKC is coming off their second win of the season and are now riding a four-match unbeaten streak. They'll also be looking for their first win at Livestrong Sporting Park. Pick: SKC 1-0.

Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders, 7 p.m., Saturday

When last these two teams met, the Sounders were coming off a match in which Steve Zakuani was lost for the season. Perhaps riding an emotional high, they turned in their best performance of the season and beat TFC 3-0 at Qwest Field. Since then, results have been considerably more even. They've gone 2-2-4, but have left points on the table against the likes of the Fire and Whitecaps. TFC has gone on a bit of a roller-coaster themselves since then, amassing a 1-2-5 record that has included a 6-2 loss at home to the Union and a 2-2 tie with the Galaxy on the road. Which team shows up is anyone's guess. Pick: Sounders 2-1.

New England Revolution vs. Chicago Fire, 7:30 p.m., Saturday

Where did the season go wrong for the Revolution? A decent start was followed by some relatively high-profile acquisitions. But the season has gone south ever since. The Revs are now mired in a five-match winless run that has seen them claim just one point, and are coming off a midweek tie at home against Toronto FC. They are also missing Benny Feilhaber and Ousmane Dabo, and while Rajko Lekic is still playing, he's essentially gone absent as well (no goals or assists in his past eight). Since the dismissal of coach Carlos de los Cobos, the Fire have looked downright decent (no goals allowed in three matches), find themselves on a four-match unbeaten run and are coming off their second win of the season. Pick: Fire 1-0.

Houston Dynamo vs. Columbus Crew, 8:30 p.m., Saturday

Despite what can easily be called a disappointing extended run of poor play (a combined two wins in 15 matches dating back to April 29), these two teams find themselves in the thick of the playoff race and are actually tied for the third automatic spot in the Eastern Conference. Neither of these teams have been playing anywhere close to what should reasonably qualify as playoff-caliber soccer, but that only makes this match all the more important. The Dynamo are expected to have Brian Ching back in the starting lineup for the first time since April 2. The Crew continue to have an injury list that is among the longest in the league. Pick: Dynamo 1-0.

Colorado Rapids vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, 9 p.m., Saturday

Brian Mullan received what effectively counted as a 10-match ban after his leg-breaking tackle on Steve Zakuani. The Rapids will be playing their 10th game without his services this week and have a chance to improbably go undefeated during that stretch as they are currently 2-0-7. It hasn't always been pretty, but at times lacking Conor Casey, Omar Cummings as well other major contributors, the accomplishment would be nothing short of remarkable. They'll face their toughest test this week as the Galaxy come to town with the best record in the league and riding an eight-match unbeaten streak of their own. Neither team will be entirely at full strength, but this should still be one of the better matches of the week. Pick: Tied 2-2.

Real Salt Lake vs. DC United, 9 p.m., Saturday

Just when it seemed like United were about to break out and go on a run, they seem to fall flat on their face. The latest example was a five-match unbeaten run that included wins over the Sounders and Timbers and ties against FC Dallas, the Rapids and the Galaxy only to follow that up with a loss at home to the Earthquakes. With RSL not looking nearly as unbeatable at home as they did just a few weeks ago, maybe a result here wouldn't be so hard to believe. Pick: Tied 1-1.

Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Philadelphia Union, 10 p.m., Saturday

Shea Salinas, the former Union player, guaranteed a victory for his new team this week. With no wins since First Kick, the Whitecaps need any edge they can get. The Union are currently on a four-match unbeaten run that has seen them tie the Rapids and RSL in consecutive weeks and are playing as a complete game as they have been all year. If Salinas is right, make sure you call him for stock advice as well. Pick: Union 1-0.

Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas, 10:30 p.m., Saturday

What happened to the Toros last week? After going nine matches without a loss and looking very much like one of the best teams in the league, they inexplicably lost at home to a Sporting KC team that had gone 10 straight without a victory. Let's assume that was not indicative of their season suddenly crumbling around them. Chivas USA has so far exceeded many prognosticators' expectations, but they are still very much a work in progress and have not been particularly good at home (2-3-2). Pick: Dallas 2-1.

Portland Timbers vs. New York Red Bulls, 10 p.m., Sunday (Galavision)

Apparently, Jeld-Wen Field isn't quite the fortress is was promising to be. Two straight losses at home -- and three overall for the Timbers -- have taken a bit of the shine off, but that hardly makes it an inviting environment for visitors. The Red Bulls are still considerably short-handed due to Gold Cup call-ups and haven't been playing up to their early season standards anyway. The Timbers, though, are showing some legitimate weaknesses and are without Mamadou Danso's services this week. Pick: Tied 1-1.

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