KRIS LINDSAY - Monday, July 7, 2014
The members of the USA National team rejoined their club teams this weekend, with several of them featuring for their squads. Here is a recap of the action:
Brad Davis returned to the lineup for the Houston Dynamo, making an impact by scoring a penalty in a 2-2 draw against the New York Red Bulls Friday evening. Bradley Wright-Phillips tallied two goals for the Red Bulls, and extended his Golden Boot lead in MLS.
The Philadelphia Union fell 2-1 to FC Dallas on Thursday, while Union midfielder Maurice Edu drew a red card for a hard tackle in the 88th minute.
Clint Irwin had a strong night in goal for the Colorado Rapids, who were held to a 1-1 draw by the Colombus Crew. The Crew rescued a point late, with club newcomer Ryan Finlay taking advantage of a defender's error and slotting it past Irwin easily.
Real Salt Lake ended their six game winless streak with a 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution. Midfielder Kyle Beckerman and goalkeeper Nick Rimando were back in goal for the Claret and Cobalt, who featured just one day after returning home from Brazil.
A strong outing from midfielder Diego Valeri propelled the Portland Timbers to a 2-2 draw on the road against the LA Galaxy. The Timbers took the lead after netting two goals in just three minutes, but an own goal from Rauwshan McKenzie gave the Galaxy a much needed point at home.
Perry Kitchen and Nick DeLeon scored, and DC United held off Toronto FC 2-1 in Toronto. Midfielder Michael Bradley featured for the Reds, who remained at fourth place in the Eastern Conference. Luke Moore netted the temporary equalizer for Toronto, but conceded the game winner just ten minutes later.
A 30 yard rip from midfielder Sebastian Fernandez was the difference for the Vancouver Whitecaps, who took a 1-0 victory from the Seattle Sounders in an entertaining edition of the Cascadia Cup. Clint Dempsey and DeAndre Yedlin did not feature for the Sounders.
Erick "Cubo" Torres tallied another incredible golazo as Chivas USA won a second consecutive game 1-0, this time against the Montreal Impact. Chivas extended their unbeaten streak to four games, and moved four points away from the San Jose Earthquakes, who sit at the bottom of the league. Torres slammed a bicycle kick past Troy Perkins in the 93rd minute to give the Rojiblancos the win.
Sporting Kansas City welcomed back midfielder Graham Zusi Sunday evening, drawing with the Chicago Fire 1-1. Forward Mike Magee scored for the Fire, who remain winless in their last six. While defender Matt Besler did not feature for the hosts, Graham Zusi came on for the final 28 minutes of the game, providing instant quality service.