MLS 2013: Week 26 Recap

CARSON, CA — The LA Galaxy took a another lead on Saturday night against the San Jose Earthquakes. This time they didn’t give it away. Robbie Keane set up Landon Donovan’s 132nd MLS regular-season goal, converted a penalty kick, and then scored on a volley as LA dominated their California Clasico rivals, 3-0, on a muggy evening at the sold-out StubHub Center.

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KANSAS CITY, KA – Sporting Kansas City’s league goal drought is over. So is the Colorado Rapids’ unbeaten streak. Graham Zusi scored in the 88th minute on Saturday night, lifting Sporting to a 2-1 victory over the Rapids and into a three-way share of first place in the Eastern Conference.

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HARRISON, NJ – The New York Red Bulls started their match against rivals D.C. United with Thierry Henry on the bench, were reduced to 10 men in the 72nd minute and gave up a potentially game-tying penalty kick on the same play. They still managed to win. The Red Bulls defeated United 2-1 in a wild affair at Red Bull Arena to end a three-game winless skid on Saturday night.

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CHESTER, PA – The Montreal Impact maintained their hold on first place in the Eastern Conference, playing the host Philadelphia Union to a scoreless draw on Saturday evening at PPL Park.

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COLUMBUS, OH – After a severe thunderstorm delayed the match nearly two hours, the sellout crowd of 20,392 in attendance at Columbus Crew Stadium saw the home team fall 1-0 to a Seattle Sounders squad that played more than 83 minutes of the game with 10 men.

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SANDY, UT – Real Salt Lake’s offensive onslaught showed no sign of letting up as they scored four goals for the second consecutive game at Rio Tinto Stadium in a 4-2 win over the Portland Timbers Friday night. Joao Plata contributed a goal and two assists, Javier Morales hit the goal of the evening with a sensational overhead kick, and Luis Gil and Alvaro Saborio rounded things out on the scoresheet for the league’s top-scoring team.

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TORONTO, ON — A very early goal by New England’s Diego Fagundez was cancelled out by a late first-half equalizer from TFC’s Andrew Wiedeman as two Eastern Conference sides battled to a 1-1 draw at BMO Field on a rainy Friday evening in Toronto.

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