Wow. Week 2 of the 2015 season — at least, so far — was a little bit crazy and out of control.
First things first, refereeing controversies dominated more than half of Saturday night’s games, as questionable (read: very poor; wrong) calls greatly impacted results, and in most cases, the quality of the game.
Furthermore, just when you think you’ve figured out a team — let alone, the league — think again. Saturday’s results will leave more than a few casual and hardcore onlookers scratching their heads all week. MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle said it best:
— Matthew Doyle (@MLSAnalyst) March 15, 2015
Missed you last week, real MLS.
Chicago Fire 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
Missed chances galore in the first half, particularly by Vancouver’s Pedro Morales and Kekuta Manneh, and a pair of strong performances from goalkeepers Jon Busch and David Ousted were just enough to keep things scoreless for 85 minutes.
Octavio Rivero finally showed the composure in front of goal the game had been missing and beat Busch with five minutes of regular time to play. Steven Beitashour’s overlapping run down the right and subsequent cross set up Rivero near the penalty spot and the Uruguayan hit it low, to the back post and found the back of the net.
Columbus Crew SC 2-0 Toronto FC
A first-half red card to Toronto’s Justin Morrow completely changed what was an even, back-and-forth game for 45 minutes. At their best, both of these teams look likely be at the top of the Eastern Conference come October.
Justin Meram and Kei Kamara tallied for the Crew, who pick up their first victory of the season. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
FC Dallas 3-1 Sporting Kansas City
FC Dallas, on the back of two Blas Perez goals, brushed aside Sporting KC at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night. Fabian Castillo provided FCD’s third goal, while Roger Espinoza was the lone SKC goalscorer.
The game, however, was tarnished by a brutal missed call from the assistant referee on the game-winning goal. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Real Salt Lake 3-3 Philadelphia Union
Nothing about this game screamed “goalfest” before kickoff. RSL regularly have one of the most stable defenses in MLS and the Union were extremely poor in the final third in last week’s 0-0 draw with Colorado.
On Saturday, the RSL defense was in tatters and Philadelphia punished them at every opportunity. And then, a night of unjust refereeing decisions continued, robbing the Union of two points. RSL, down 3-2, were awarded a undeserved penalty in the 85th minute and Alvaro Saborio converted, stealing a point for the hosts.
RSL goalscorers: Morales (29′), Olave (55′), Saborio (86′) | Union goalscorers: Aristeguieta (34′, 38′), Olave (OG – 58′)
Seattle Sounders 2-3 San Jose Earthquakes
Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be, because this is MLS. It’s what MLS does.
Don’t ever forget about Chris Wondolowski, scorer of two goals. He’ll score 15 this year, easily. Not even a Clint Dempsey goal 18 seconds into the game could stop Wondo on Saturday night. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Houston Dynamo 0-1 Orlando City SC (Friday night)
Kaka hounded Houston ‘keeper Tyler Deric, who was up to the tasking of turning away the 2007 World Player of the Year, all night. Unfortunately for Deric, it was his Gaffe of the Year candidate that cost Houston all three points. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGLIGHTS
Sunday’s MLS schedule
New York City FC vs. New England Revolution (5 pm ET, ESPN2)
Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy (7 pm ET, Fox Sports 1)