The game in 100 words (or less): It’ll be months and months — the very end of October, to be exact — before clarity is achieved in the race for Western Conference playoff places, mostly thanks to the inability of every team not named FC Dallas (and maybe the Colorado Rapids, it remains to be seen) to string together victory after victory and separate themselves from the rest of the pack (inevitably, even FCD and the Rapids will falter and find themselves back in the muck). On Saturday, the Vancouver Whitecaps — and Real Salt Lake (below) — became the latest sides to drop points to inferior (at least according to the standings) Eastern Conference opposition at home. The ‘Caps blew a 2-1 halftime lead against Orlando City SC, and based on the chances that were created at 2-2, probably should have lost. It was a wild, back-and-forth affair, though, which we certainly appreciate.
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Three Four Five moments that mattered
14′ – Baptista hits a slow roller and pay dirt — David Ousted looked down, and there was the ball. He looked up, and there it went into his goal.
35′ — Mezquida heads home a loose ball for 1-1 — With the ball pin-balling its way around the penalty area, Nicolas Mezquida was the right man in the right place at the right time.
43′ — Kudo heads home to take the lead — Pedro Morales hits a decent dead ball, doesn’t he? He made Masato Kudo’s job very easy on this one.
50′ — Larin equalizes with a header of his own — Cyle Larin is simply too big, too powerful and too good. Unreal lift, simple header.
60′ — Baptista skies a penalty badly — Simone Zaza (remember him?) thinks that Baptista’s penalty was really, really poor.
Man of the match: Pedro Morales
Goalscorers: Baptista (14′), Mezquida (35′), Kudo (43′), Larin (50′)
The game in 100 words (or less): This game was very bad. Real Salt Lake and the New England Revolution combined for 26 shots, three of which which they managed to actually put on target. It’s a solid road point for the Revs (as they all are for every team), and another disappointing result for RSL, who have now won just four times in their last 14 games after beginning the season with four wins in six. RSL hold onto fourth place in the Western Conference, two points behind the LA Galaxy, while the Revs move back ahead of D.C. United for the sixth and final playoff place in the East.
Man of the match: Aaron Maund