KRIS LINDSAY - Monday, March 17, 2014
Several potential members of the US Men's National Team were in action over the weekend. Here is a recap of the action:
Michael Bradley and Toronto FC were victorious in the midfielder's return to the United States, posting a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders. Bradley made several key defensive plays, while newcomer Jermain Defoe posted two goals within ten minutes to put the game out of reach. Clint Dempsey slotted a shot past keeper Julio Cesar in the second half as the American captain returned to his scoring ways in a losing effort.
The Philadelphia Union took three points from the New England Revolution after a goal from Sebastien Le Toux in the 31st minute. Union midfielder Maurice Edu had his header cleared off the line in the 19th minute.
Midfielder Benny Fielhaber notched an assist for Sporting Kansas City, but it wasn't enough as Sporting were unable to tally their first win of the season, drawing 1-1 with FC Dallas after a late conceded goal. Midfielder Graham Zusi was not in the lineup for Kansas City.
Chris Wondolowski opened up the scoring in just the sixth minute for the San Jose Earthquakes, but needed a last minute goal to steal a point at home against the visiting Real Salt Lake, by a wild score of 3-3. Midfielder Kyle Beckerman answered Wondolowski's strike just minutes later, and Luis Gil assisted Joao Plata to give RSL the lead. The Quakes found two more goals from Honduran defender Victor Bernardez to finish the scoring.
The Portland Timbers were rescued late again by Gaston Fernandez in a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire. US youth international Benji Joya received his first start for the Fire, and was subbed off in the 64th minute for Patrick Nyarko.
The Los Angeles Galaxy, Sporting Kansas City, and the San Jose Earthquakes return to Champions League action midweek, with all three making return leg trips to their Mexican rivals.