RECAP: MLS RUNDOWN
Three players across Major League Soccer recorded hat tricks over the weekend. Here is a recap of the action:
Chris Rolfe scored early for DC United, and United were able to hang on against the host side Philadelphia Union in a 1-0 victory.
The problems in Montreal continued against Sporting Kansas City. Impact midfielder Collen Warner was shown red after clearing the ball off the line with his hand in just the 17th minte. Dom Dwyer converted the penalty and added another as Sporting punished the down-spiraling Impact 3-0.
Nine goals were scored between the New York Red Bulls and the Chicago Fire in a whirlwind game that saw the Fire hold on 5-4 at Red Bull Arena. Bradley Wright-Phillips gave the home side a 2-1 lead in the first half before Chicago reeled off four consecutive in just 15 minutes, fueled by a hat trick from rookie forward Harrison Shipp. Wright-Phillips nearly brought the Red Bulls back in to the game with a hat trick of his own, but the comeback bid fell short.
The Colombus Crew were unable to deliver at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps, losing 1-0 on the heels of beautiful Erik Hurtado goal. The winger took advantage of a great deep free kick from keeper David Ousted, and slotted the ball past Crew keeper Steve Clark. The Crew have now played 321 minutes consecutively without a goal.
Cordell Cato scored a goal in the 25th minute, and the San Jose Earthquakes were able to hold on 2-1 despite going down a man to FC Dallas. A dangerous tackle from Shea Salinas in the 45th minute left the Quakes with just 10 men with 45 minutes still on the board. An unfortunate own goal from Dallas striker David Teixeira gave San Jose a two goal lead in the 73th minute. Michel tallied a goal just three minutes later for FC Dallas, but Dallas was unable to steal an equalizer.
Two stoppage time goals were the story in a wild 1-1 draw between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Portland Timbers. Galaxy forward Robbie Keane had thought that he had scored the winner for the away side in the 92nd minute, when Portland playmaker Diego Valeri pushed a shot past keeper Jaime Penedo just 2 minutes later. The Panamanian international got a hand on the ball, but it wasn't enough to keep the shot out. US international hopeful Landon Donovan was unable to break the all-time scoring record in MLS, while defender Omar Gonzalez was left out of the 18 due to injury.
Honduran international Marvin Chavez scored twice past his old club, and Chivas USA beat the Colorado Rapids 3-1 on a snowy day in Colorado. Chavez had completed a transfer to Chivas USA this week, and his two goals were too much for the former club.
The New England Revolution dismantled the Seattle Sounders 5-0 in the surprise result of the weekend. The Revs jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first half behind a double from winger Diego Fagundez. The Sounders entered the match at the top of the league, but certainly didn't look the part throughout the match. The result was the worst loss for the Sounders in their MLS tenure.
Nick Rimando saved a penalty, and Javier Morales tallied the third hat trick of the week in MLS as Real Salt Lake ran away 5-2 from the Houston Dynamo on a humid night in Houston, Texas. Dynamo rookie Mark Sherrod tallied two goals, but a red card in the 27th minute to midfielder Servando Carrasco took away any chance the Dynamo had of a comeback. Morales began the scoring just 17 seconds into the match, chipping over keeper Tally Hall to jump start RSL, who had never won in Houston previously.