75 percent of Week 5 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books following five games on Saturday and one more on Friday. Saturday’s slate of games saw zero draws, 14 goals flying in and an early-season MLS Cup contender emerge.
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No, it’s not who you think it might be — it’s actually one of our neighbors from north of the border.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 LA Galaxy
These young Whitecaps are for real, folks. Morales, Manneh, Rivero — good luck, defenses of MLS. They took the defending champs to the cleaners on Saturday night. Unlike years past, this result is more than a flash in the pan — it’s an expansion on other great performances. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Portland Timbers 3-1 FC Dallas
Darlington Nagbe, Fanendo Adi, Maximiliano Urruti, Diego Chara — name a Timbers starter and they played their part in Portland’s most complete performance of the season, earning their first victory of 2015, while FCD lose for the first time. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Chicago Fire 3-2 Toronto FC
No, that’s not a typo. Not only did the Chicago Fire win a high-scoring affair at Toyota Park, but they did so in entertaining fashion, all while playing relatively good soccer. It’s definitely a bizarro result and world in which we’re living. You decide whether or not you like it. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Seattle Sounders 1-0 Houston Dynamo
Obafemi Martins, you bad. You really bad for this one. Jermaine Taylor went for a ride in the spin cycle and Tyler Deric could/should have done more at the near post. Regardless, the Sounders got the goal they needed and kept their second-straight clean sheet (third of the season).
Colorado Rapids 0-2 New England Revolution
Juan Agudelo scored the (probably) MLS Goal of the Week with this beauty to beat Clint Irwin, while the Rapids found every which way they could dream up to not score a goal once again. Lee Nguyen converted from the penalty spot, you know, just in case the Rapids got any ideas, which they actually did, only to have a second-half penalty taken away because of a horribly criminal refereeing decision.
Just how bad is it for the Rapids? Well, let’s have a look at some of the goal-starved company they joined on Saturday.
Yes. 824 mins. 2012 Chivas are No. 2 at 601. Rapids currently 594, CHV last year at 597. RT @SeanSteffen Is inaugural TFC number 1?
— Matthew Doyle (@MLSAnalyst) April 5, 2015