KRIS LINDSAY - Tuesday, April 1, 2014
From a U.S. national team standpoint, it was a very good weekend in MLS.
Recently called up midfielder Luis Gil tallied a goal, and Real Salt Lake overwhelmed Toronto FC 3-0 in Sandy, Utah. Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley's rocket in the second half ricocheted off the post, but the Reds could never find the back of the net. Five players from the match were invited to join the USA for their friendly match against Mexico on Wednesday night: Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Kyle Beckerman, Gil, and Bradley.
Graham Zusi offered two assists and a goal as Sporting Kansas City rescued three points in extra time from the host Colorado Rapids 3-2. A pass from Sal Zizzo on the right wing gave Zusi an easy tap-in to open the scoring, but the defending MLS champions would need a stoppage time blast from Dom Dwyer to put away the Rapids, with five goals being scored in the second half between the two sides.
The Montreal Impact snapped their three game losing streak by stealing a point late from the Philadelphia Union 1-1. Forward Jack McInerney logged an assist, while Maurice Edu drew a magnificent save from Impact keeper Troy Perkins. The Impact found a goal late after a red card was issued to forward Andrew Wenger for a dangerous tackle on the Union's Vincent Nogueira.
Forward Eddie Johnson continued his goalless streak while DC United remained without a win after a 2-2 draw to the visiting Chicago Fire. Johnson was key in setting up United's first goal, however, drawing a foul just outside the box. The ensuing free kick from striker Fabian Espindola found the back of the net. The first meaningful minutes back from injury didn't result in a goal for Fire forward Mike Magee, but Magee was active going forward and went the full 90'.
Defender Michael Parkhurst logged a game at centerback, and the Columbus crew pulled off a 2-1 stunner on the road against the Seattle Sounders, who were playing without Clint Dempsey (suspension).
Chris Wondolowski's equalizing goal in the 69th minute wasn't enough to hold back the New England Revolution, who beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on a stoppage time goal from Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen. Nguyen was able to juke past San Jose defender Clarence Goodson, who was making his return to the line up, and scored past keeper Jon Busch to hand the Earthquakes their first home loss since March of 2013.
The Houston Dynamo were unable to complete the comeback against the Vancouver Whitecaps, who sent the Dynamo back to Houston with a 2-1 victory. Midfielder Ricardo Clark headed home a goal in the 75th minute off of a Brad Davis free kick, but it was not enough to overcome the two goal deficit.