SEATTLE So fitting that if the Seattle Sounders are to redeem the 2016 season, the long road back to the red line begins against FC Dallas the speedy youngsters who exposed the Sounders as anything but in last season's playoffs.
The teams have gone in opposite directions since Dallas eliminated Seattle on penalty kicks in the Western Conference semifinals last fall.
A moment of brilliance from FC Dallas' Maxi Urruti ended the San Jose Earthquakes' perfect run at home on Friday night.
FC Dallas stretched its lead atop the Western Conference to four points by way of their 1-0 victory at Avaya Stadium.
Urruti opened the scoring in fantastic fashion in the 51st minute as he used a superb combination of concentration and technique to flip a bicycle kick goal into the left side of the net from close range.
The 17th week of the MLS season had plenty of drama, and action, from the latest installment of the New York derby, to Tim Howard's return to the league and Robbie Keane's return to the scoring list.
It was a heck of a week for rookies, with several playing key roles in important results, and it was a big week for FC Dallas, which climbed back to the top of the MLS standings with a resounding victory.
While the Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire will be off this weekend, the MLS schedule features several high-profile matchups, which begins with the Seattle Sounders hosting New York City FC on Saturday afternoon.
Real Salt Lake will travel to FC Dallas in a key Western Conference clash amongst playoff-bound clubs.
Last night's big Texas derby between FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo lasted a mere matter of minutesbefore the referee decided to suspendthe tie.
This was due to the fact that, despite the pitch obviously being fine during the pre-match inspection, unrelenting sheets ofmonsoon rain descended uponthe Toyota Stadium in Frisco within the first four minutes of the game renderingthe playing surface somewhat damper than is strictly standard.
After a two hour rain delay, Houston and Dallas play to a 1-1 draw.
They kicked off the Texas Derby on time but it didn't take but a split second to wonder if this match should have kicked off at all. The rain coming down so hard the game could barely be seen on TV. The ball wouldn't move on the field as it sat bogged down by the rainwater.
Was referee Fotis Bazakos right to point to the spot?
One week after burying a penalty against FC Dallas, Lee Nguyen was once again called upon to face down an opposing keeper. The silver-haired Nguyen made no mistake of the opportunity, putting the New England Revolution back on level terms with the Seattle Sounders.
The Dynamo battled in-state rivals FC Dallas in a rain soaked affair that was delayed for over 2 hours. Despite going down a goal in the first half, the club battled back in the second half to secure a point on the road thanks to strong performances by the midfield and the goalkeeper.
1) If the Dynamo were not in last place in the Western Conference this would be looked at as a positive result.
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Houston Dynamo at FC Dallas
THE TEXAS DERBY BABY! The Dynamo won round one of the Texas Derby on their home turf. If they win round two they will regain ownership of El Capitan. It won't be an easy outing for the Dynamo as they head to Frisco to play the number two team in the Western Conference.
We spoke with Drew Epperley of Big D Soccer as the Houston Dynamo hope to win their first game on the road and win the Texas Derby at the same time.
The Houston Dynamo are coming off of their first point away from BBVA Compass Stadium nearly halfway through the season. The organization and its head coach, Owen Coyle, had parted ways before the match as Assistant Wade Barrett along with Sports Performance Director Paul Caffrey, and Goalkeeper Coach Paul Rogers have handled coaching responsibilities together before an official interim manager is named by the front office.
Have the Dynamo turned a corner when it comes to success on the road?
Under Wade Barrett and Co. coaching last weekend the Dynamo left Vancouver with their first points of any kind on the road. They took the lead thanks to a great (and up for MLS Goal of the Week) goal from DaMarcus Beasley but weren't unable to keep Vancouver off the board and had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
El Seattle Sounders aprovechó la travesía del FC Dallas por el Noroeste para golearlos en el CenturyLink Field en partido de media semana que marcó el inició de la segunda mitad de la temporada para los Sounders, así como la esperanza de que el equipo retome el camino de la victoria y poder aspirar a los playoffs.
The former Sounder poo-pooed the US' effort against Ecuador while also singing the praises of former teammate Clint Dempsey.
Us Sounders fans have seemed to get the short end of the stick from the referees this year (though Sunday's performance was all on the guys in green) but nothing they've encountered quite compares to this blown call in the FC Dallas-Sporting Kansas City match:
There have been plenty of surprising calls go both for and against Sporting Kansas City so far this season but none probably top the events of yesterday's game between Sporting and FC Dallas. The first half especially saw a number of contentious moments, and fortunately for KC they all went in their favor as they defeated Dallas 2-0 for just their second win in 12 league games.
MLS kicks back into action this weekend after their break for the Copa America Centenario and Sporting KC will kick off on Sunday in the heat against co-leaders of the Western Conference, FC Dallas. I wouldn't expect a game that has a lot of pretty soccer to it unfortunately because of the situations both teams find themselves in.
Sporting Kansas City will play their 16th game of the season tomorrow, and their final game before the Copa America break that the league is taking. After tomorrow, Sporting's next game is on the 15th against Minnesota in the US Open Cup and their next league game is Sunday June 19th against FC Dallas.
Sporting Kansas City is currently in a difficult situation in league play after failing to win for the ninth time in their last 10 games on Friday night against DC United. The failings of the current roster has led to plenty of speculation as to who Kansas City could bring in this summer as reinforcements to help the team turn their season around.
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 13, 2016) US Soccer Players - The MLS schedule is that the games get heaviest just as the weather outside gets hottest. The MLS schedule makers seem to have a streak of the sadist in them. The turnaround shortens during the months when it's most difficult to play.
The Portland Timbers are back home after a worrying performance against the Chicago Fire over the weekend and now they will be hosting the San Jose Earthquakes before heading into the Copa America break. With both teams missing a number of players, this will be a good opportunity for both the Timbers and the Quakes to go into their week off on a high note.