MLS Results & Weekend Review
Prediction Outcomes & MLS Weekend Highlights
By Matthew Pitt
LA Galaxy 1 – 1 Portland Timbers
LA Galaxy (-125) were odds on favorites to triumph over Portland Timbers at home, but all they could muster was a 1-1 draw, and they needed a late own goal from Timbers’ Nat Borchers to secure a point.
Timbers took the lead, and deservedly so, in the 52nd minute through a Fanendo Adi strike, and Caleb Porter’s tactics of playing a 4-2-3-1 with a deep midfield looked to be working as the Timbers were cruising to a clean sheet and all three points. That was until an unlucky Borchers, who had been exceptional all game, headed into his own goal in the 82nd minute.
Galaxy’s Nigel de Jong could find himself in hot water with the Disciplinary Committee after a crunching tackle on Darlington Nagbe resulted in only a yellow card (and an injury to Nagbe) instead of a red, much to the anger of the Timbers players and coaching staff.
Montreal Impact 2 – 0 Columbus Crew SC
Montreal Impact piled on the misery for Columbus Crew SC this weekend as they condemned the Ohio franchise to their third defeat of the season, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference and bottom in the overall MLS standings.
Crew, last year’s MLS Cup runners-up, were held to only two shots on target in a game sure to frustrate their supporters. We predicted a draw at +210 in our preview, citing that star forward Kei Kamara had to start firing on all cylinders, but that didn’t happen and Kamara failed to test the Impact goalkeeper once in 90 minutes.
Impact, on the other hand, drew four saves from Crew’s ‘keeper and took the lead in the 48th minute through Hassoun Camara, then four minutes from time, Kyle Bekker doubled Impact’s lead and all but locked up all three points.
Houston Dynamo 1 – 1 Seattle Sounders
A goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes secured a point for Seattle Sounders away to Houston Dynamo, only the fourth point the Sounders have collected in 2016 so far.
The sides were evenly matched in terms of shots at goal, but the Sounders trumped it in terms of possession, enjoying 58.3 percent to 41.7 percent of the ball. Giles Barnes netted after 35 minutes with a well-taken goal, a goal that looked set to be the match winner until Paul Rodriguez failed to deal with a whipped in cross from Oalex Anderson, leaving Chad Marshall a simple finish with what turned out to be the last kick of the game.
Other Matchday 6 results
Philadelphia Union 2 – 1 Orlando City
New England Revolution 1 – 1 Toronto FC
FC Dallas 2 -2 San Jose Earthquakes
New York City FC 0 – 0 Chicago Fire
New York Red Bulls 0 – 2 Sporting Kansas City
DC United 4 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps
Real Salt Lake 1 – 0 Colorado Rapids