Recapping all the action from Week 6 of the 2015 MLS season:
D.C. United 2-2 New York Red Bulls
Completely opposite of the Red Bulls’ 2-0 victory over D.C. three weeks ago, United were the team on the front foot all night, only to see all their hard work undone when Bill Hamid spilled a harmless free kick into the path of Lloyd Sam, who grabbed the 90th-minute equalizer for Jesse Marsch’s men.
Perry Kitchen bagged himself a brace with goals in the 26th and 67th minutes, putting United up 2-0 with barely 20 minutes still to play. Damien Perrinelle pulled one back in the 68th minute to make it a nervy finish for the home side, and sure enough, D.C. cracked under the late pressure, though they hold onto top spot in the Eastern Conference by two points over the Red Bulls and Revolution. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Philadelphia Union 2-1 New York City FC
Vincent Nogueira’s 92nd-minute winner canceled out David Villa’s 55th-minute equalizer, his second MLS goal, to steal all three points for the Union after a tumultuous week that saw Jim Curtin’s side ship two stoppage-time goals in Kansas City on Sunday and send DP goalkeeper Rais Mbolhi away from the team on Thursday.
Zach Pfeffer (27th minute) opened the scoring, giving the home side an early lead before Villa’s second-half tally. Despite holding just 36 percent of possession, the Union out-shot NYCFC, 12-7 (4-4 on target).
San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
It looked destined for our third 0-0 draw of the night, as someone finally managed to slow down the high-octane Whitecaps, but Sanna Nyassi’s 75th-minute goal was the difference as Dominic Kinnear’s side picked up their second victory of the season.
Chris Wondolowski left the game 20 minutes into the second half with a reported calf injury, but the ‘Quakes continued to push forward, out-shooting the ‘Caps 12-5 (4-0 on target) and eventual got the goal they needed. Pedro Morales and Adam Jahn were sent off late for an after-the-whistle kicking incident, putting the exclamation point on a game that featured six yellow cards and two reds.
Houston Dynamo 3-0 Montreal Impact
Giles Barnes (15th minute), Ricardo Clark (72nd) and Rob Lovejoy (80′) provided the scoring explosion as Owen Coyle’s men brushed aside the CONCACAF Champions League finalists at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The wacky stat of the night is undoubtedly the 66.7 percent of possession held by Montreal, who despite out-shooting the Dynamo, 14-12 (5-4 on target), were played off the park similarly to how Club America could very well do to L’Impact on April 22 and 29.
New England Revolution 0-0 Columbus Crew SC
Crew SC played the second half of a Wednesday-Saturday back-to-back…in Vancouver and Boston, so the fact they were able to slow down the Revolution’s lethal attack and allow just five shot…well, Gregg Berhalter should be thrilled with his team’s performance.
Jermaine Jones made his return from an offseason hernia operation, but lasted just 45 minutes and had little impact on the game. This was surely a one-week aberration for the Revs’ potent attack, which will look to get back on track against Philadelphia next week. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Real Salt Lake
Visiting teams still have no desire to play real soccer at Sporting Park, and with the way Sporting KC still struggle to break down teams who sit deep defensively, they’re right to play for a 0-0 draw every time they come to town.
RSL finished the game with just four shots (zero on target) and spent the majority of the game either defending their own half or passing the ball around inside of it. Sporting saw plenty of the ball, even in RSL’s defensive third, but Jamison Olave put in a dominant performance and stymied the SKC attack time and again. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS