May 5, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; D.C. United forward Hamdi Salihi (9) celebrates his goal as Toronto FC defender Ashtone Morgan (5) reacts at BMO Field. United beat the FC 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

MLS 2012, Week 9: Toronto Is Now Historically Awful

Do we care about this part of the season too much, or not enough, or is there a right answer? Oh, MLS, how you confound us.

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Major League Soccer 2012, Week 9: What We Learned

Crazy goals, wild games and even more controversy headlined Week 9 in Major League Soccer.


FC Dallas Vs. Colorado Rapids, 2012 MLS: Red Cards Cost Hosts Dear In 2-0 Loss

A hilariously one-sided affair FC Dallas Stadium ended 2-0 to the Colorado Rapids, who scored as many goals as their hosts had players sent off in the first half. There's no telling how the match would have gone if not for the brace of (deserved) red cards that Dallas received early, but as it stood they managed just one shot to their opponents' 23, and were lucky not to have been on the end of an absolute hammering.

Daniel Hernandez was the first to be sent for an early bath when he clattered into Martin Rivero just after the half hour mark and just nine minutes after being booked for dissent. Hernandez had no room for appeal - it was a pretty blatent charge - and neither did Blas Perez when he received a straight red for a flying kick into Drew Moor's groin. Perez, who's already been suspended once for violent conduct, complained anyway, much to the disbelief of the Rapids, and Dallas were down to nine.

The visitors struggled to take advantage of their opportunity, although not for lack of effort. Faced with a huge disadvantage, Dallas were forced to rely on Kevin Hartman in goal, and he didn't disappoint, stopping more or less everything that the Rapids could throw at him until the finally made the breakthrough via Jaime Castrillion's close range header. Rivero followed that up with a precise shot on the turn, and then Hartman had to make a slew of saves to keep it at 2-0. Even then, the woodwork bailed him out twice, with Jeff Larentowitz and Kamani Hill both denied in the closing stages.

The win was just Colorado's second on the road, and they remain mired in mid-table in the Western Conference, moving three points ahead of a very disappointing Dallas.


Seattle Sounders Vs. Philadelphia Union, 2012 MLS: Final Score 1-0 Sounders, Hosts Cruise

A fairly pathetic performance by the Philadelphia Union resulted in a 1-0 loss at Centurylink Field, a scoreline that would have been far more emphatic if the Seattle Sounders hadn't contrived to waste a series of chances in both halves. The hosts managed a flurry of chances on Zac MacMath's goal and probably ought to have scored at least four or five times. Fredy Montero headed straight at the keeper in the first half, then forced a great save in the second before producing a brilliant effort that bounced off the woodwork in the later stages -- and he wasn't the only one missing clear chances.

Fortunately for the Sounders, they did manage to squeeze in a goal early in the second half, with Mauro Rosales slotting home after Montero had picked out the winger with a clever cross-field pass. Their profligacy did ensure a nervy finish as the Union came into the match in the last few minutes of the game, the ball pinging around Bryan Meredith's box before Ricardo Salazar blew for full time, but ultimately three points is three points, and Seattle won't be complaining too much. The Union, on the other hand...

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