Make no mistake: Alberg was the story. His finishing, movement, "dirty running," and awareness were sublime. But there was a lot more to like about the Union performance than just their hat trick hero.
The Union and Rapids confirmed a lot of stereotypes about American soccer in what was mostly a staid game, until suddenly it wasn't. PSP's Adam Cann offers analysis and player ratings for Saturday's 1-1 draw.
Harsh conditions and a red card conspired with Chicago Fire to end the Union's two match win streak. Although there were few outstanding performances, the trend of playing mostly mistake-free soccer continued.
The Union sat back and absorbed New England's pressure. They earned a point through Andre Blake's heroism and Fernando Aristeguieta's fine finish, but they will need to transition with much more success to trouble Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday.
When a talented team executes their gameplan perfectly, there is not much an opponent can do. The Crew are a talented team, and the Union could not recover after being pinned back the entire first half.
It´s not many times you have one man play so brilliantly to win a game for Newcastle United, but that´s exactly what happened yesterday when Rob Elliot put in a magnificent performance at Bournemouth to keep his second clean sheet in a row and get Newcastle only our second win of the season and our [.
No doubt it was an eventful start to the game with Mother Nature dominating early, then again at halftime,by lighting up the sky above Gillette Stadium before the Revolution scored twice late to claim a 2-0 win over the Dynamo. The game was delayed twice for a total of 170 minutes.
It was a complete performance from start to finish by the Revolution, who dominated a lackluster Toronto team in a 3-1 victory on Saturday. The game was practically over at the half when the guests went down to 10 men with the straight red given to Jozy Altidore minutes before halftime with the home side up 2-0.