MLS roundup: Scoreless draws galore in a full slate of matches
Six matches in Major League Soccer transpired on Saturday, and high-scoring wildness was not noticed at all as three of the competitions ended in goalless draws.
New England 0-0 Montreal Impact: The offensive problems for the Revolution have not subsided, and finishing remains the main issue for NE, while Montreal should be applauded for their unwavering defensive exertion after surviving over thirty minutes with only ten men. (Recap here)
Colorado Rapids 0-0 New York City FC: David Villa was not the difference maker. Colorado did a excellent job of shutting down NYCFC’s prime attacker, but Pablo Mastroeni must be a bit frustrated that his side only grabbed a point in this one. The Rapids had outplayed New York for the majority of the match. (Recap here)
Philadelphia Union 0-2 FC Dallas: This contest was rescheduled from yesterday, and Philadelphia, who opened the season with two draws, was not capable of protecting their home turf against the only team in MLS--FC Dallas--that has kept a flawless record with no losses or draws. The tables really turned when Union midfielder Zach Pfeffer was presented with the red card in the 42nd minute for elbowing Mauro Diaz’s head. From that point, the invigorated Toros score two goals in 10 minutes: Tesho Akindele’s strike in the 49th minute and Ryan Hollingshead’s roller in the 59th minute.
Orlando City SC 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps: The Whitecaps are riding high off a win in Orlando, and it arrived in quite the scintillating manner. Vancouver’s new star forward Octavio Rivero combined with Pedro Morales to generate extremely late heroics, stunning the hometown fans. (Recap here)
Sporting KC 0-0 Portland Timbers: Sporting pushed hard in the final third on multiple occasions, but the one goal needed for victory never materialized for Peter Vermes’ crew. Midfielder Paolo Nagamura and Ike Opara both saw good endeavors miss the back of the net, while KC’s defense constricted well around Portland’s attackers. Overall, this game was not very entertaining, since both sides were largely unsuccessful when stringing passing series together to open up offensive assaults. SKC is dead last in the Western Conference, and Portland is three spots above in seventh place.
LA Galaxy 1-1 Houston Dynamo: Essentially spearheading the break on his own, 2014 MLS MVP Robbie Keane made a wonderful winding run and slotted home his goal to get LA off to a blistering start in the 3rd minute. Nathan Strugis then pounced on loose ball off the corner kick ten eight minutes later, and that’s all for the scoring in this game. The Galaxy did not let up, and it wouldn’t have been surprising to witness the reigning champions nab another goal. LA maintained over 60 percent possession but lacked decisive finishing quality.