While the draw against San Jose was a bit of a disappointment, there were some very good performances by the Union.
While the Philadelphia Union's draw against the San Jose Earthquakes was a bit of a disappointment, it wasn't for lack of good performances by the Union. There were several nominees for our Brotherly Game Week 8 Philadelphia Union MVP, although one stood out above the rest.
While the 2015 Supporters' Shield winners looked like their former selves in Week 9, many other teams earned impressive road ties. Here's a look at all 10 match stories and follow-up features from over the weekend on SBI:
The New York Red Bulls pulled off a creative and lethal free kick to score the game's first goal en route to defeating FC Dallas, 4-0, on Friday.
A late goal from Simon Dawkins tarnishes the Union's perfect home record.
The ten-man San Jose Earthquakes rallied to steal a point from the Philadelphia Union, who had been perfect at home up to that point. Simon Dawkins's late goal equalled out Chris Pontius's first-half strike.
The Union got their goal off a 30th-minute corner kick.
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The Philadelphia Union were up a goal and a man for most of the match, however couldn't hang on against a ten man San Jose Earthquakes side. Instead of what looked like a certain win against a tough Western Conference opponent, they wound up getting a rather disappointing draw.
Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 40-man provisional roster for Copa America. There's still Jorge Villafana for some bizarre reason, but hey, at least Eric Lichaj is listed. G - David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Ethan Horvath (Molde FK), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)D - Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas), Ventura Alvarado (Club America), Matt Besler (
Making four changes from the team that lost on the weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City ended their three game losing streak getting a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place last night. Peter Vermes inserted Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio, and Jimmy Medranda up top while Alec Kann replaced Tim Melia in net.
The Union picked up three big points this weekend and they are back atop the Eastern Conference. It's time to look ahead to next week though, as the San Jose Earthquake visit the Union on Saturday, so let's get the week started with some fresh links.
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Back on Top: Union defeat NYCFC 2-0 Here's the match recap from The Brotherly Game.
Leicester City will be without Jamie Vardy on Sunday, but the English Premier League leader will press on without him.
The Foxes host Swansea City at King Power Stadium to headline action in the English Premier League, while Crystal Palace and Watford will battle it out at Wembley Stadium for the chance to progress to the English FA Cup final.
Sporting KC return to the field tomorrow afternoon in San Jose in an attempt to end their two game losing streak. After a 3-0 start to the season, KC has just won one of their last four games to drop them to 4-3 on the season. They'll now travel to some very unfriendly confines at Avaya Stadium. Kansas City has had very little success away from home against the Earthquakes outside of Kansas City in their history, especially over the last 16 years.
Both Real Salt Lake and the Montreal Impact have emerged as contenders in their respective conferences, but the two sides will face stiff tests this weekend.
RSL, the league's last remaining unbeaten, travels to StubHub Center to take on the LA Galaxy, while the Impact host Canadian rivals Toronto FC in a match-up that should pit superstars Didier Drogba andSebastian Giovinco against one another.
In the wake of the recent international dates, several teams are now being forced to play mid-week games -- including the Timbers. Each of the teams in action tonight will be playing three games this week in seven (POR), eight (COL, SJE, NYR), or nine (SKC, FCD) days.
The UEFA Champions League will dwindle its field down to four by the end of Wednesday, while the FA Cup rounds out the quarterfinals.
Barcelona and Bayern Munich each hold one goal advantages in their respective Champions League ties. Both sides will play their second legs on the road, with the Blaugrana facing Atletico Madrid and Bayern travelling to Benfica.
It appears the injury bug is making its way around MLS camps this week, and Orlando Citymight have receivedthe most venomous bite.
Orlando City is looking to build on its big 4-1 win over the Portland Timbers with a Friday visit against the Philadelphia Union, but will have to make due without injured forward Cyle Larin (hamstring) and defender Tommy Redding (head).
The Portland Timbers are off to the East Coast today to take on the New England Revolution in MLS play. With the Timbers coming off a week and a half's rest following their 3-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, the hope for fans from the Rose City has to be that the team is sufficiently recovered from their recent spate of injuries to take the game to the home side.
After a weekend off, the Portland Timbers are on the road this week, heading to Foxborough, Massachusetts to take on Lee Nguyen and the New England Revolution. While the Timbers have seen their fair share of troubles in recent weeks, the team is coming off a strange but encouraging win over the San Jose Earthquakes and will be looking to build some momentum before they return to Providence Park this weekend.
The Portland Timbers recovered from their midweek thumping at the hands of FC Dallas with a 3-1 home win over San Jose on Saturday night.
Jack McInerney opened the scoring and Fanendo Adi came off the bench to score twicein the victory at Providence Park, but the three points came at a cost as goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey left the pitch with a hand injury.
The Portland Timbers are up for their third match of the week today as they take on the San Jose Earthquakes. With an in form San Jose coming to town, the Timbers will need to be on top of their collective game as they do not want to repeat falling on their faces again this week. And there is no rest for the weary as they play this third match in seven days.
Another game with only 2 days of rest approaches. On Saturday night the Timbers will host the San Jose Earthquakes at Providence Park. Both teams played on Wednesday evening, the hosts to a 3-1 loss vs FC Dallas and the visitors to a 2-0 home win over the New York Red Bulls.
But San Jose is coming in strong with Wondolowski in form and Amarikwa dangerous and Bernardez continuing to anchor their backline.
Just three days after their 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy, the Portland Timbers are back in action tomorrow as they host FC Dallas in league play. With both teams playing games in quick succession -- Dallas played the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-2 draw on Saturday -- this match will be a true test of the depth and fitness of both sides.
We have complete player evaluations from the Portland Timbers dramatic 3 to 1 win over San Jose back on April 16 at Providence Park. Included are individual marks for every player that appeared in the match, plus composite rating for the offense, defense, coaching, officiating and the opponent.
The opportunity lost against the Earthquakes falls squarely on the offense.
The Union defense failed to hold a late lead against the San Jose Earthquakes despite a one-man advantage but the blame should not rest on the young unit. Certainly the one-on-one defending of Warren Creavalle and Josh Yaro left a lot to be desired as did Keegan Rosenberry's statue-esque reaction on the goal, but the Union offense was even more anemic throughout the match and needs a good look in the mirror, or at least a shot chart.