Five weeks in, and Major League Soccer is quickly heating up. This week’s MLS matches boasted many hard fought games. A few games that proved to be huge this week were D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Dallas vs. San Jose Quakes, and Houston Dynamo vs. Seattle Sounders.
Friday’s D.C. vs. Vancouver game ended up being a great win for D.C. United, who were able to score 4 unanswered goals over the Whitecaps. This means that D.C. boasts the biggest win for the week, and the most goals scored by a team this week. This is a definite momentum boost and an extremely important win for D.C. who happened to be sporting a six-week winless streak.
FC Dallas hosted the San Jose Quakes on Saturday in the teams’ fifteenth meeting. FC Dallas went into this game having won the last four games against the Quakes, so this match was important for bragging-rights as well as a good record. Dallas spent a good while trailing by one, but finally tied it up; they spent the entire second half holding off the Quakes who ended up scoring again before tying it up for the remainder of the game. The winning-streak was broken, but a draw is better than a loss.
Houston Dynamo and the Seattle Sounders met in Houston on Sunday where it was a pretty back-and–forth game. The Dynamo came out strong, scoring a goal in the first ten minutes. The Sounders then trailed for most of the game until the Sounders scored an astounding time stoppage goal with only minutes left. That goal helped the Sounders hold on to their momentum from last week’s win.
In addition to these three matches, Philadelphia triumphed over Orlando City (2-1), Montreal shut out Columbus (2-0), and Sporting KC also shut out New York (2-0). All other matches this week ended in a draw.