Fernando Aristeguieta

MLS Snapshot: Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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The game in 100 words (or less): Soccer on drugs. I really could leave it at that, but I’ll expound a bit more. Three absolute howlers from the two goalkeepers, a pair of goalmouth scrambles leading to nothing and a pair of goals in second-half stoppage time. Three points is three points for Sporting KC, but the ragged, uninspired performance for 91 minutes can’t be ignored. Peter Vermes’s side has a long, long way to go if they want to make the playoffs in the Western Conference.

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Three moments that mattered

3′ — Marin’s early mistake puts the Union ahead — Luis Marin’s first MLS howler put the home side down early, as the Chilean goalkeeper completely whiffed his attempted punch of Sebastien Le Toux’s corner kick. One of Andrew Wenger or Jacob Peterson, positioned at the back post, chested the ball goalward and Jalil Anibaba’s attempted clearance was ruled a millisecond too late by the assistant referee, as the ball had already crossed the line.

16′ — Molhi’s with a howler of his own — Rais Mbolhi matched and perhaps one-upped Marin with his latest howler. Benny Feilhaber’s corner kick was sent to the top of the six-yard box, where Mbolhi’s poor route to the ball left the Algerian ‘keeper well short of the high cross. Dom Dwyer headed the ball downward to net his first of the season.

94′ — Nemeth steals it for the home side — Feilhaber’s stoppage-time corner kick found Matt Besler at the near post, where the U.S. national team defender flicked the ball on for Krisztian Nemeth at the far post. Nemeth and Raymond Lee combined to bundle the ball over the line and send the Sporting Park faithful into raptures.

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Man of the match: Rais Mbolhi — In all honesty, this game exuded the quality of a really poor 0-0 draw, if not for a number of shoddy goalkeeping blunders. Mbolhi “wins” out here, because he committed more horrific errors than his counterpart, and his team lost the game. Sorry, Rais.


Sporting Kansas City: Marin, De Jong (Sinovic 46′), Besler, Opara, Anibaba, Carrasco (Mustivar 78′), Espinoza, Feilhaber, Medranda (Nemeth 64′), Dwyer, Peterson

Goals: Dwyer (16′), Anibaba (91′), Nemeth (94′)

Philadelphia Union: Mbolhi, Fabinho (Lee 79′), Vitoria, Edu, Gaddis, Wenger, Carroll, Lahoud, Ayuk (Sapong 71′), Le Toux, Aristeguieta

Goals: Peterson (OG – 3′), Aristeguieta (19′)

MLS transfers: FC Dallas add Colombian winger, Union sign ex-Nantes striker

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Two interesting signings in MLS have been lumnfirmed today: the Philadelphia Union’s loan move for former Ligue 1 striker Fernando Aristeguieta and FC Dallas’ signing of Colombian winger Michael Barrios.

The Toros have agreed to terms with Barrios, as his official arrival is pending the acceptance of his P-1 visa and ITC.

Barrios, 23, played four seasons at Categoría Primera A’s Uniautónoma and made 136 appearances in that span, while netting 35 goals overall.

“Despite being only 23 years old, Michael has a lot of experience in the first division in Colombia,” FC Dallas head coach Oscar Pareja said. “He is a player that we know can come in and help us offensively right away. He has the speed and talent to be a great player in this league.”

Dallas employed the fast-paced counterattack as a key component to their attack last season, and the speedy Barrios, similar to Andres Escobar and Fabian Castillo, should mesh well with this offensive intention.

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Over to Philadelphia, the Union have snagged a Designated Player in Aristeguieta, and due to league policy, terms of the deal were not revealed.

From January 2013 to now, the 22-year-old converted nine goals in 45 games at French top-division side Nantes, where USMNT regular Alejandro Bedoya also performs. On the international level, the Venezulan buried one goal in 12 caps since his 2010 debut.

Philadelphia manager Jim Curtin has high aspirations for his new athlete.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on the kid but I do see him as a guy set up to score goals in MLS,” Curtin said, per CSN Philly. “He can do it in a lot of different ways. He can shoot from outside the box. He can shoot off the dribble. He can run by a guy. He scores a lot from his head. He’s a big, strong kid and I’m excited to get him in the group.”