Welcome to Wednesday, folks, where tonight the Vancouver Whitecaps hope to earn what FC Dallas could not last night: a trip to the CONCACAF Champions League final. It was a heartbreaking evening for MLS last night, so let's just get right into it:
New York Red Bulls nailed a wonderfully elaborate free-kick routine during their Friday night MLS clash with FC Dallas, with Lloyd Sam, formerly of Leeds United, ultimately putting the ball in the back of the net.
The goal came last in the first half, with four Red Bulls' players crowding around the ball outside the Dallas box.
Pablo in better times The Rapids get introduced to the league's new Friday night UniMas schedule with a game down in Frisco against our defeated MLS Cup foes FC Dallas. Colorado is still riding an 18 game winless and 600 minute scoreless streak. If they fail to score in the first 25 minutes tomorrow they'll set a new record for longest scoreless streak to start a season at 385 minutes.
Sporting Kansas City's first road trip of the year didn't turn out very well for KC in Dallas tonight as a Blas Perez brace helped to lead Dallas to a 3-1 win over KC. While KC didn't look extremely well in the loss, and probably deserved to lose the game, the scoreline did flatter Dallas a little bit considering Perez and about four other Dallas players were offside on Perez's second goal, and without that goal, the question becomes whether KC would have been pushing forward as much leading to Dallas' third goal on the counter.
Sporting KC head on the road for the first time in the 2015 season as they've traveled to Dallas for their first match against a Western Conference opponent since their move back to the West this season. It'll be a familiar opponent for Kansas City though as the two MLS originals have met 49 times in the past, with KC leading the overall series 20-19-10.
PORTLAND, Ore. Pa Modou Kah scored a 94th-minute equalizer Wednesday as the Timbers came back from a two-goal deficit to draw with a FC Dallas side that ended the match with nine players on the field.
In the final MLS match before the World Cup, Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez scored first-half goals for FC Dallas, but late Will Johnson and Kah goals were enough for Portland to salvage the 2-2 draw in front of another sellout crowd at Providence Park.
The Black-and-Red are starting to feel some pressure after five games without a win, and they'll get the chance to pick on a short-handed Dallas side at home.
Despite some good moments in most of their matches, D.C. United has started 2016 with three ties, two losses, and zero wins. They've only scored three total goals across their MLS and CONCACAF Champions League games despite taking more shots than their opponent in four of five outings.
Two of MLS's best clubs will square off tonight in Texas.
After a long but much-needed break, D.C. United is back in action against an FC Dallas team that has three straight wins and three straight shutouts. The Hoops have settled on a lineup recently and are looking every bit like a Supporters Shield contender at the moment.
Heading to Commerce City, Colorado (1 PM, ESPN) the Seattle Sounders have a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. This is their best ever lead just a match away from the MLS Cup. Any result where they win or draw means that they advance. A loss by just one goal if they score at least one means that they advance.
Last time we were in Dallas... Three weeks ago I wrote about how important this 5 game run was. I said to achieve our reasonable goal (at that point) of a top 2 finish and a shot at the Shield we needed to show up for these 5 games because the run-in after that was an easier schedule. Well in the first four of those games we've managed 2 points and seen Dallas pull away from us and LA and FSL start breathing down our necks.
The groups were comprised exactly as I predicted yesterday which means we were in a pot with Dallas, Houston, and KC. Unfortunately we got (IMO) the worst possible draw. On June 28th or 29th we'll be in Dallas for the next round. The winner of that game will be on the road against the winner of Houston/KC in the quarterfinals on July 20th or 21st.
If its a MLS Cup picture, it must be Dallas tomorrow OK, so Pizza Hut Park FC Dallas Stadium Toyota Stadium is only DSG Park South in the playoffs, but this might as well be a playoff game for the Rapids. Colorado and Dallas are battling for one of the last playoff spots and a loss tomorrow would put Colorado 6 points behind the former Burn.
As many fans feared the decision to play the second team on Wednesday seems to have cost the Rapids as the planned on win didn't emerge from Saturday's game in Dallas. Instead Dallas sliced and diced a possibly tired Rapids defense in the second half en route to a 3-2 win. Colorado can feel unlucky in some ways, as two of the three Dallas goals were scored due to unusual deflections, but at the same time Dallas had two great opportunities they smashed off the woodwork.
The home side has been pushing for goals since the first minute, and they finally broke the deadlock in this second leg in the 25th minute when Tesho Akindele headed in a cross from Atiba Harris. The goal puts Dallas up 1-0 on the night, but still down 3-1 on aggregate.
The New England Revolution suffered their seventh straight MLS defeat on Saturday night, falling 2-0 to FC Dallas at Toyota Park in Frisco, Texas. A promising early start for the Revolution produced no results and Dallas took the lead in the 29th minute through Andrés Escobar, then dominated the second half and rookie Tesho Akindele put the game out of reach with a stoppage time goal.
If MLS referees were in charge of other aspects of your daily life, you'd probably be dead.
On Sunday, the Seattle Sounders traveled to Texas to play the FC Dallas of Frisco, and in doing so they lost in agonizing fashion. It was a loss where the Sounders were once winning. It was a loss where questionable refereeing dominated the post-game headlines.
What a ridiculous first-half performance that was from the Portland Timbers.
If anybody thought the Timbers would come into Providence Park with a chip on their shoulder after Nigel de Jong mugged Darlington Nagbe on Sunday, Caleb Porter's team dispelled that notion in short order by putting in a listless, sloppy effort in the first half that had Porter apologizing to supporters after the game.
The Portland Timbers are in a bit of a bind as they head into the first leg of their Western Conference Final matchup against FC Dallas next Sunday; starters Diego Valeri and Rodney Wallace will be forced to sit out the match after each picked up their second yellow card of the playoffs in the team's 2-0 road win over the Vancouver Whitecaps to clear the Conference Semifinals.
The Black-and-Red will face the Hoops in Texas tonight in a game between two strong sides.
Tonight in Texas D.C. United and FC Dallas will play what may be a critical game in the Supporters Shield race come October. United sits three points ahead of the trailing pack, but every club in MLS save the LA Galaxy has at least one game in hand.
5 teams are within striking distance of the Supporters Shield leaders in this week's Power Rankings.
Week 30 saw several teams start to put some pressure on FC Dallas in the race for the Supporters Shield. While Dallas still enjoys a 5 point lead over the rest of the pack with 3 matches to play, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC, LA Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids all have 48 points and are easily within striking distance.
Down in Frisco, Texas FC Dallas rushed to a tremendous start. They are second in the West/Shield and are undefeated at home. But there are holes in their resume. The defense is poor. Recent form is awful. Where the Seattle Sounders are second in MLS over their last six games, Dallas is just tied for ninth.
CONCACAF today announced the groupings for this summer's Gold Cup, including the USA and their fourth trip to Sporting Park since the stadium opened. The United States, already grouped in Group A will play in Dallas, Foxborough and Kansas City for their three group games. Joining them will be Panama, Haiti, and Honduras or French Guiana (those two meet in a home and away playoff in late March to decide the final team in the tournament).
Tonight in Texas, DCU gets one more preseason test before the games really start to count.
For the most part, it's been a good preseason for D.C. United. There have been more clean sheets than goals conceded, and we've seen some very pretty goals scored by the Black-and-Red. While there are some injured players, those injuries happened in 2014 or with the USMNT.
Portugal's forward and captain Cristiano Ronaldo reacts to missing during the Group G football match between Portugal and Ghana at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 26, 2014. (AFP PHOTO / FRANCISCO LEONGFRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images)
You remember that Cristiano Ronaldo guy from the World Cup, right?