Week Four of the 2015 MLS season saw both Conferences beginning to take shape, with the New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas now atop their respective leagues.
DC United 1-0 LA Galaxy
The Galaxy found life difficult without star striker Robbie Keane (who was on international duty), but it did take a moment of brilliance from Nick DeLeon to defeat the Galaxy, setting up Chris Pontius for the late winner.
The win puts D.C United into second place in the Eastern Conference, leaving LA with only one win from four games.
New York City FC 0-1 Sporting Kansas City
The newly-minted New York City FC suffered their very first MLS loss in front of over 27,000 fans. Defender Ike Opara grabbed the only goal in a game where New York seemed to lack firepower without the injured Spaniard David Villa.
New England Revolution 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes
A brace from midfielder Kelyn Rowe gave the Revs their first goals of the season after three scoreless matches, relieving the pressure that appeared to be mounting on coach Jay Heaps.
Chris Wondolowski scored his third MLS goal this season from the penalty spot, which in the end turned out to be a consolation.
Montreal Impact 2-2 Orlando City
The Brazilian duo of Pedro Ribeiro and former Ballon d’Or winner Kaka salvaged a draw for Orlando in the Olympic Stadium.
The Canadians went 2-0 up within 27 minutes through Piatto and McInerney before Orlando immediately scored two in two minutes to set up a tense final hour.
That’s two goals for Kaka so far in what’s proving to be a productive season thus far.
Columbus Crew SC 1-2 York Red Bulls
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his second goal of the MLS season to help the Red Bulls move to the top of the Eastern Conference.
He then set up Mike Grella for the winner after The Crew equalised, capping off a great game for the brother of former Chelsea and Man City star Shaun.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Portland Timbers
Welsh goal-machine Rob Earnshaw scored on his debut for the Whitecaps. The veteran came on in the 87th minute and didn’t take long in scoring the stoppage time winner.
Not much of a consolation for the Timbers, but fantastic skill nonetheless from Dairon Asprilla:
Houston Dynamo 0-0 Colorado Rapids
Just five shots on target in a result which leaves the Rapids still seeking their first win. The Houston charges are now winless in three matches – having not won since the opening day.
The Rapids still haven’t scored or conceded a goal, leaving their fans hoping for more excitement as they travel home to see their team host the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
FC Dallas 0-0 Seattle Sounders
Dallas’ three-match winstreak was stopped by the Sounders.
Seattle, for their part, were without with crucial strikers Clint Dempsey and Obafemi Martins, who were both injured.
The story of this match is the debut of a rather shocking statistic:
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Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union
The Fire finally broke their duck, gaining a close victory over a Union side that conversely have yet to win in the MLS this season.
Philadelphia’s Fred was sent off for throwing a punch having come on as a substitute, making their task of equalising much more difficult.
Harry Shipp tried his best to double Chicago’s lead:
Adailton’s header though, was good enough for the three points.
Real Salt Lake 2-1 Toronto FC
Toronto missed the influence of the in-form Jozy Altidore, as they fell right at the death to a late Jordan Allen goal.
Having been 1-0 down since the 38th minute, Toronto got themselves right back into the game in the 88th minute courtesy of a strike from substitute Jackson. Allen replied on the stroke of added time to give RSL their first MLS win this season.
These results leave the table looking like this: MLS Standings
Next weekend’s games:
Friday, April 3, 2015
Orlando City SC vs D.C. United 7:00 PM EDT
Saturday, April 4, 2015
Seattle Sounders FC vs Houston Dynamo 12:00 PM EDT
Chicago Fire vs Toronto FC 3:00 PM EDT
Colorado Rapids vs New England Revolution 7:00 PM EDT
Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy 10:00 PM EDT
Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas 10:30 PM EDT
Sunday, April 5, 2015
San Jose Earthquakes vs Real Salt Lake 5:00 PM EDT
Sporting Kansas City vs Philadelphia Union 7:00 PM EDT
Chris Kelleher, Pundit Arena