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MLS Weekend Review 3/23

New England Revolution verse Montreal Impact: New England is still trying to gain its bearings because they still have yet to win a game.  They seem to miss their big star, Jermaine Jones.  They still could not score even being a player up for more than 25 minutes of the game.   The Revolution had most of the possession for the final 30 minutes, but could not get any good shots off.  The game ended in a draw, 0-0.

Colorado Rapids verse New York City FC:  It seemed like Colorado would break through at some point in time.  Josh Saunders kept City in the game by making seven saves during the game.  City saw its first red card of the season, by Shay Facey.  Even though City was down a man, they still ended the game with more possession than the Rapids.  Seemed like the Rapids were an all-out attack, while City wanted to possess the ball and wait for the right time to attack, which both teams were unsuccessful in scoring during the game.  The game ended in a draw, 0-0.

Philadelphia Union verse FC Dallas:  Philadelphia had its tactics changed when Zach Pfeffer was shown a red card for a rough tackle from behind with an elbow up near the opposing players head.  The Union had to play a man down for the whole second half and FC Dallas took advantage of it.  They scored two quick goals to put the game away.  This is the second game that Dallas has shutout its opponents.  Dallas remains undefeated, but has a tough match up next week against Seattle.  Dallas won the game 2-0.

Orlando City SC verse Vancouver Whitecaps: Orlando City played very well.  They held up the ball better than their opponent.  It seemed like the Lions were going to put one away during the match, but again the opposing goalkeeper, David Ousted, makes an amazing save to keep the ball out of the net.  It seemed like the game would end in a draw which Vancouver would have been happy with by the way they were playing, but the last effort corner for Vancouver proved to be the deciding factor this weekend.  The goal came in extra-time and Donovan Ricketts couldn’t do anything to keep the ball out of the net.   Vancouver won 1-0.

Sporting Kansas City verse Portland Timbers:  Sporting shot a barrage of shots at the goal, but only put two on frame.  This will not help Sporting win any games if they can’t put the ball on frame and make the goalkeeper make a save.  The game seemed pretty even with possession.  Neither team could break the deadlock.  Portland was not able to score on any of their chances.  Game ended in a draw 0-0.

LA Galaxy verse Houston Dynamo:  This game saw two quick goals, but no other goals during the game.  The Galaxy started off with a goal in the 3rd minute of play by Robbie Keane, but Nathan Sturgis equalized 8 minutes later.  It seemed like the Galaxy was going to break the deadlock on numerous occasions but never had the finishing touch.  Game ended in a draw 1-1.

New York Red Bulls verse DC United:  New York had its chances to score and capitalized on them.   Wright-Phillips got his first goal of the season in the first half of this game, and got an assist for the second goal of the game.  Yet, DC had its chances too.  They had a penalty kick in the second half but the ball was sent over bar.  Luis Robles had to make a diving save to keep the clean sheet in the first half.  It was unfortunate for DC that they weren’t able to make anything from the two good chances that they created.  Game won by New York 2-0.

San Jose Earthquakes verse Chicago Fire:  San Jose had their home opener for the 2015 season.  They played in their brand new stadium, Avaya Stadium worth $100 million.  San Jose took advantage of the Fire being in a new environment and the Quakes got the crowd going early with two goals for the home side.  The Fire had not scored in either of their two previous games, and has not even had the lead in any games that they have played so far.  Harrison Shipp finally put the Fire on the score sheet.  The Fire had the possession in the game but could not get anything going offensively.  San Jose won 2-1.

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