MLS roundup: RSL hand SKC first loss; Sounders get first point, win
A roundup of all of Saturday’s action in Major League Soccer…
Sporting Kansas City 1-2 Real Salt Lake — FULL RECAP
The last of MLS’s perfect teams is no more after RSL went into Children’s Mercy Park, and outworked and outplayed the only 3-0-0 team in the league, Sporting Kansas City, Saturday night. The absence of Roger Espinoza (suspension) proved a bigger loss for the hosts than that of Kyle Beckerman, Jamison Olave, Juan Manuel Martinez (suspensions), Javier Morales and Nick Rimando (injuries) combined.
FC Dallas 1-1 Columbus Crew SC — FULL RECAP
Crew SC flirted with their first victory of the season, but Gregg Berhalter’s side will gladly settle for not only their second point of the season, but their best performance of the campaign by lightyears. There was urgency, there was a bit of directness to their play, they played quickly and with intent — much more 2015 Crew SC than what we saw the first three weeks of 2016.
Seattle Sounders 1-0 Montreal Impact
The Seattle Sounders are no longer point-less — points in the standings, that is — after a 1-0 victory over the Montreal Impact. Clint Dempsey scored the game’s only goal (below video), a 79th-minute header from close range. The Sounders still struggle to create enough chances to return to their prolific scoring ways of the Obafemi Martins era, but three points are three points as far as Sigi Schmid, who’ll surely be on the hot seat before season’s end, is concerned.
Colorado Rapids 1-0 Toronto FC — FULL RECAP
The Rapids win? The Rapids win. The Rapids are fifth in the Western Conference? The Rapids are fifth in the Western Conference. We’re just as surprised as you.
Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union — FULL RECAP
The Fire win? The Fire win. The Fire are sixth in the Eastern Conference? The Fire are Sixth in the Eastern Conference. We’re just as surprised as you.
San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 D.C. United
D.C. United came within fewer than a handful of minutes of becoming the 19th team to record their first win of the 2016 season, but Adam Jahn grabbed an 88th-minute equalizer (below video) to cancel out Patrick Nyarko’s 34th-minute opener.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 LA Galaxy
The Whitecaps are a borderline bad team at home, while the Galaxy are a well-known bad team away from home. Throw in a red card for the former, and a rash of injuries — Robbie Keane, Giovani dos Santos and Steven Gerrard, to name a few — for the latter, and you get a truly awful game that ends 0-0 with all of six shots on goal between the two sides. Never again, please.