The MLS had six teams in action last night, with two league matches and two Champions League fixtures. Here’s a brief summary of what we saw last night in the MLS:
The LA Galaxy had a grind-it-out victory against the Colorado Rapids thanks to late heroics from captain Landon Donovan. Read the full recap and analysis on the match from our very own J0-Ryan Salazar. The Rapids had goals from Marlon Hairston, Edson Buddle, and Marc Burch all in the first half, giving them a commanding 3-1 lead. LA’s Robbie Keane scored the Galaxy’s lone first half goal, while Landon Donovan and Alan Gordon scored in the second. Donovan had a classy performance, scoring two goals including the winner.
The Seattle Sounders continued their slump, drawing bottom-table SJ Earthquakes. The Sounders echoed sentiments that the loss was a missed opportunity. Chad Barret scored the opening goal for the Sounders, but Chris Wondolowski equalized in the 65th. The result wasn’t as bad at the Sounders make it seem, considering Clint Dempsey, Gonzalo Pineda, and Brad Evens were out of the starting line-up. I speculate that DeAndre Yedlin’s departure next season may be affecting the team’s morale, as losing an exciting young player would.
The Montreal Impact won their Champions League fixture against CD FAS 3-2 in San Salvador. FAS’ Jorge Moran and Marcio Teruel Mark Di Vaio scored two goals for the Impact while Andres Romero added one. The winner came off a penalty from De Vaio, but the real story was Filipe Martins sending of with 17 minutes to go in the second half. It was a defensive struggle, but Montreal was able to hold their lead and secured their second CCL win of the season.
DC United beat Waterhouse FC in their first CCL fixture of the season. The match was played at RFK Stadium, giving DC a very helpful home field advantage. Eddie Johnson’s fifth minute goal was all DC ended up needing, beating the Jamaican side 1-0. The victory tied them for first place in Group 4.
So far, the MLS is looking sharp in the CONCACAF Champions League. We’ve seen solid victories from Portland, DC, and Montreal just this week. These clubs will hope to carry their momentum back to the MLS as these clubs won’t see their next CCL leg come until mid-September.