The 10th Saturday night of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and you know what? It was pretty enjoyable — not the least of which because tonight’s action ended well before 11 pm ET.
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With that, I present to you the full roundup of Saturday night’s 540 minutes (that’s six games) of MLS action:
Columbus Crew SC 3-2 Seattle Sounders
Kei Kamara is currently leading the league in goals scored (7 – tied with Clint Dempsey) after bagging two more against the defending Supporters’ Shield-winning Sounders. Federico Higuain bagged Crew SC’s third, which was just enough to top Dempsey’s brace.
If Crew SC aren’t one of the three best teams in the league, I’d love for you to name me three better than them. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
FC Dallas 2-1 LA Galaxy
Bruce Arena is smart. In MLS terms, he’s essentially the genius that wrote the “How To Win In MLS” playbook. Every now and then, though, he overthinks it and leaves his hand sitting on the stovetop a few seconds too long and scorches his own hand.
That’s what happened on Saturday night, though it was another encouraging performance from this rebuild-in-progress Galaxy side. Also: Mauro Diaz Mauro Diaz Mauro Diaz. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHS
D.C. United 1-1 Sporting Kansas City
Jairo Arrieta and Dom Dwyer scored the goals, but it’s the first half chances squandered by the visitors that’ll have Peter Vermes thinking “what if” on the long flight back to KC. And yet, Dwyer getting himself back on the scoresheet (3rd goal of the season) and Sporting KC being pretty close to deserving of a clean sheet are massive building blocks and signs of encouragement.
There may just be hope yet for Sporting to make the playoffs in the wild, wild Western Conference. As for United, wow, are they ever a different team without Fabian Espindola. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Chicago Fire 1-2 Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake picked up a huge road victory, not even 72 hours after drawing the Galaxy 0-0 on Wednesday night, away to the Chicago Fire, thanks to goals scored by Alvaro Saborio and Luke Mulholland. The 2-1 scoreline flatters Chicago grealty.
The switch back to the 4-4-2 diamond midfield has proven prosperous (four points in three days), leaving head coach Jeff Cassar with a huge dilemma on his hands: to 4-4-2 diamond, or not to 4-4-2 diamond. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 Philadelphia Union
Sure, everybody’s beating up on the Union these days, but you’ve still got to step on the field and score those two or three or four goals for yourself. They don’t (quite) score them for you, after all. On Saturday night, it was Pedro Morales, Octavio Rivero and Darren Mattocks on the Whitecaps’ scoresheet.
Question: Are the ‘Caps still uber-fun to watch? Answer:
Well, Pedro Morales has Pass of the Week locked up: http://t.co/Q7Qg2aN6R7
— Matthew Doyle (@MLSAnalyst) May 10, 2015
Montreal Impact 1-2 Portland Timbers
The Impact really do only win in Champions League, don’t they? Diego Valeri returned to the starting lineup for the Timbers, and immediately made an impact in the form of this golazo. How quickly Valeri can return to his pre-torn-ACL form will likely dictate how serious of a push the Timbers can make out West.
Will Johnson’s also just weeks away from returning to the first team, which means the Rose City’s weakest unit is soon to be its strongest once again. Random question: What is Nat Borchers, a center back, doing wearing the No. 7? That’s ain’t right.