Sunday saw two matches featuring playoff teams as the MLS regular season heads into its final week.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2-2 Seattle Sounders
In Landon Donovan’s final regular season game in the MLS, the Sounders came from two goals down to steal a point in Los Angeles. The league’s two best teams remain tied in the race for the Supporters’ Shield, given to the team with the best record in the league.
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It was nearly a fairy tale ending for Landon Donovan as his header in the 10th minute looped over Sounders keeper Stefan Frei, only to be rejected by the woodwork. Other than this early chance, Donovan was kept relatively quiet throughout the match.
Baggio Husidic scored at the brink of halftime to give the Galaxy a lead heading into the locker room, and Marcelo Sarvas scored in the 50th minute in what looked to be turning into a runaway win for LA. But two goals in three minutes from Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle spoiled Donovan’s farewell.
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Omar Gonzalez was sent off for LA in the 88th minute for a clumsy challenge that could have been a straight red had he not already been booked.
The two teams face off again in Seattle next weekend in a match that will decide the Supporters’ Shield and the first overall seed in the West. The match can be seen live on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET.
New York Red Bulls 1-3 Columbus Crew
With both teams already in the playoffs, New York dropped valuable position points as Columbus jumped the Red Bulls with a 3-1 win. Aaron Schoenfeld bagged a brace for the Crew, who now have a two point lead over New York for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference.
Down 2-0, Lloyd Sam seemed the give the Red Bulls a spark with a great individual goal in the 58th minute, beating two defenders before firing a rocket into the back of the net. Thierry Henry nearly tied the match just minutes later, but saw his strike slide just wide of the post.
Columbus will finish their season against Philadelphia while New York takes on Sporting KC. Both teams will be looking for three points to clinch the four-spot in the East.