MLS roundup: Goals galore as Sounders, Crew SC, Galaxy cruise to three points

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I love goals, goals, goals;
Goals, I do adore…

13 goals in five games — not a bad return for an evening spent watching non-stop MLS action for seven hours. Certainly better than the last few weeks, that’s for sure.

A roundup of all of Saturday’s MLS action, not including the game in Frisco, which restarted just before midnight local time after a three-hour weather delay:

Columbus Crew SC 3-0 Orlando City SC

It was just about time that Crew SC put a hurting on someone, so I predicted on Friday, and boy oh boy, they delivered. Kei Kamara continues to be a dominant presence for Gregg Berhalter’s side, a player that few in MLS can match up with at any position, and the defense remains solid as ever with Michael Parkhurst and Emanuel Pogatetz marshalling the center of defense.

But are they MLS Cup contenders? Oh yes, most certainly. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

Colorado Rapids 1-3 Seattle Sounders

Lamar Neagle scored twice (5th and 25th minutes) and Obafemi Martins provided the other (73rd minute) as the Sounders took their show on the road and hammered the same Rapids side that handed FC Dallas a humiliating 4-0 defeat a week ago. Martins’ goal (below video) was particularly memorable for the spectacular, spinning first touch to elude two defenders before beating the ‘keeper one on one.

With the victory, Seattle moves back into one of the West’s six playoff places (third) and look all set to go on another lengthy run of prolific scoring and point-winning. Watch out, MLS, the Sounders are back on track.

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LA Galaxy 2-1 Sporting Kansas City

Perhaps the worst game of soccer that was played on Saturday night, but easily the most dramatic, as the defending champions snatched a late, late, late winner. The Galaxy suddenly find themselves all the way up in second place in the West, despite appearing to have not played particularly well thus far.

For Sporting KC, the outlook is far worse, featuring an attack that can’t break opponents down and a defense that can’t defend set pieces to save their lives (or secure a point on the road with 30 seconds to play). | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

Real Salt Lake 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

A late goal by Darren Mattocks sank RSL, but Jeff Cassar’s side can blame no one but themselves after they went a man down with 15 minutes to play, followed by a sending off for Jamison Olave.

RSL managed just nine shots in total, a week after four away to Sporting KC. Meanwhile, the Whitecaps keep finding ways to win, even without their best player. But are they MLS Cup contenders? Let’s wait another month and see, OK? | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS

D.C. United 1-1 Houston Dynamo

Chris Rolfe scored a stunning free kick (below video) from 22 yards out, far post and upper-90 to beat Tyler Deric in the 36th minute, but Ricardo Clark’s put-back (65th minute) of Will Bruin’s saved shot earned the visitors a good away point, keeping La Naranja in the West’s final playoff place, for the time being.