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Weekend Review 3/9

This weekend started the Major League Soccer in the United States.  The game everyone was looking forward to was seeing the two expansion teams start their seasons off with a bang and they did just that.  New York City FC and Orlando City SC played their inaugural game, which set a record for attendance of all soccer in Orlando beating out the 94 World Cup game that was played at the Citrus Bowl.  Each team had a big star NYCFC had David Villa and OCSC had Kaka.  They both had a hand in the goals that were scored, but Kaka’s was a late equalizer that was deflected into an open net.  Villa assisted a great goal by Mix Diskerud, where Villa nut megged a defender and Diskerud curled the ball around another defender into the side netting.  The game ended in a draw which was great for the home crowd of Orlando, but was a dagger in the hearts of New York City because it was a late equalizer. 

The other great game of the Seattle Sounders verses New England Revolution.  The Revolution seemed out of sorts because they were missing their two big players, Jermaine Jones and Lee Nguyen.  The Sounders seemed to do what they wanted, when they wanted.  Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins teamed up and were unstoppable.  The last goal that was scored showed how unselfish Martins was and how far this team will go during the season.  They showed why they were the number one team last year and it seems like they will be like that again. 

Jozy Altidore need only 32 minutes to score in the opening game for Toronto FC verses Vancouver Whitecaps.  Vancouver was up early in the game but just could not hold the firepower of Toronto from scoring.  The first half of the game was pretty even, but the second half was a collapse of the Whitecaps.  It will be interesting to see Toronto go up a better defense than Vancouver to see if they will come up with the same outcome. 

Over in England the only game for the Barclays Premier League is a make-up game between Queens Park Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur.  There isn’t much anyone can say about Tottenham forward Harry Kane.  He has hit a form that everyone fears when he lines up against you.  It seems like every time he steps on the field, he puts the ball in the net.  Kane put two goals in the back of the net against QPR.  Kane seemed to know just what to do against the defense to get in the open spaces to put the ball in the net. 

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