Yet another Saturday night of Major League Soccer action is in the books, with Week 14 nearly completed (just a pair of Sunday afternoon/evening games remain).
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Remember that whole “it’s hard to win on the road in MLS” thing from the last few weeks? Well, here’s the thing: forget about that for a week, OK? Because on Saturday night, five of the seven games ended in resounding victories for road teams. Just remember: None of us know anything about MLS.
Without any further ado, your roundup of Saturday’s MLS action…
D.C. United 1-2 Toronto FC
When you’re right, you’re right. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. Sebastian Giovinco continues to be the best player in the league by a country mile (two more goals) and makes TFC a really, really, really scary proposition once the playoffs roll around and they’ve had a full season to gel. Look out, Eastern Conference, they’re coming. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Vanney: “If anyone is not considering us a team that compete for the Eastern Conference, they’re overlooking us. That would be dangerous.”
— Kurtis Larson (@KurtLarSUN) June 7, 2015
Portland Timbers 2-0 New England Revolution Late drama at Providence Park, as the Timbers got a pair of 85th-plus-minute goals from Fanendo Adi. No Jermaine Jones and no Juan Agudelo left Jay Heaps with little choice but to play it safe and hope for a draw. With the victory, the not-so-long-ago-hapless Timbers are up to fourth place in the Western Conference. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Seattle Sounders So, here’s the thing: it probably shouldn’t have been a penalty, and Seattle’s disallowed goal should have definitely been allowed. That said, Sporting end a ridiculous five-game stretch against four of the league’s top teams and come out miles ahead of where anyone would have predicted they’d be, and they did it with half of their roster injured. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
#SportingKC 5-game stretch with games vs. DC, NE, SEA (x2) and FCD…8 points would have been acceptable. Won 11 of 15 instead.
— Andy Edwards (@AndyEdMLS) June 7, 2015
LA Galaxy 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
Kekuta Manneh can outrun and out-swivel his pants more effectively than Omar Gonzalez, which is really what this game came down to. The Whitecaps unleashed the Gambian speedster into the open field, where he does his best work. It resulted in the game’s only goal and three massive points for the struggling ‘Caps. | FULL RECAP WITH HIGHLIGHTS
Chicago Fire 2-3 Orlando City SC
Don’t sleep on the Lions, y’all. Adrian Heath has his expansion side playing some good soccer, but more importantly, grinding out and getting results. Cyle Larin, who scored the late equalizer before Adailton’s second own goal of the game gifted Orlando City the three points, gets better and better every single week, which very few rookies actually do.
Kennedy Igboanike and David Accam — the latter by the grace of Harry Shipp — put the Fire on the board and in the lead with a half-hour to play. That’s the kind of implosion that breaks spirits inside a locker room, while it’s the kind of comeback that signals a corner having been turned and better days ahead. For now, OCSC will settle for fourth place in the East.
Philadelphia Union 1-2 New York City FC
New York City FC got their first road victory in club history, thanks to second-half goals scored by Thomas McNamara (long live the mullet) and Patrick Mullins. CJ Sapong opened the scoring for the home side with his third goal in four games, but the Union couldn’t hold on for their fourth win in five games.
Columbus Crew SC 1-2 Montreal Impact
What happened to Crew SC? Gregg Berhalter’s side is now winless in five (two draws, three losses) and falling quickly in the Eastern Conference. So quickly, in fact, that they’re now sixth in the East and just two points clear of ninth.
Maxim Tissot and Andres Romero provided second-half goals for the Impact on Saturday night, which was more than enough to hold off a lethargic Crew SC side, whose only consolation came in the form of Federico Higuain’s late tally. Don’t look now, but L’Impact are just two points off the final playoff places and have four games in hand.