Best and Worst of MLS Week Nine

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Best of MLS Week Nine
It has to be the New York Red Bulls for their annihilation of league-leading FC Dallas. A 4-0 result with three incredible goals made for a memorable night at Red Bull Arena. Through nine matches, I think there’s two things upon which we can all agree with this squad:

1) You don’t know what’s going to happen in any given match.
2) When they win, man it’s fun to watch (4-3 vs. Houston, 3-2 vs. Orlando City, 4-0 vs. FC Dallas).

If they can figure out how to win away from home … look out.

Best of MLS Week Nine Honorable Mentions
NYCFC picked up the elusive first win at home (3-2 over Vancouver).
The San Jose Earthquakes! Down a goal and a man for the final 30 minutes of a cross-country road trip to Philadelphia (have I set the scene well enough?), the ‘Quakes held firm and nicked an 83rd-minute equalizer off the foot of Simon Dawkins. Well done.
Jordan Morris scores his third goal in as many matches during 1-0 win over Columbus.
Patrick Nyarko of DC United. The former Chicago Fire man was very reserved in celebrating his goal against his former club. Classy.
Nick Rimando’s double save, the second of which came right off his face!
Both goals of the Sporting KC – LA Galaxy match. Wow!
Toronto FC. No, they didn’t so much as get a point at Portland Sunday evening, but their long, strange season-opening road trip has come to an end! The Reds are back at an expanded BMO Field Saturday vs. FC Dallas.

Worst of MLS Week Nine
You get a draw! You get a draw! And you get a draw! Eight of the week’s 13 matches were played to a draw, including all three of the matches played Wednesday evening (all 1-1 results).

Upside: at least none of them were scoreless.

Worst of MLS Week Nine Honorable Mentions
Vancouver’s schedule. The Whitecaps drew Sporting KC 1-1 at home Wednesday and then had to fly all the way to NYC for a Saturday road match. Credit to them, as they made it tough for NYCFC.
Houston continues to struggle. Starting to get a bit worried about this side, as it has only picked up one point since week two.
Gone in 60 seconds: Ashley Cole picks up two quick yellows in less than a minute at Sporting KC.

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Best and Worst of MLS Week Eight

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Best of MLS Week Eight
The Los Angeles Galaxy! Bruce Arena’s men absolutely eviscerated the final unbeaten side in MLS, Real Salt Lake, by a 5-2 scoreline. Five goals from five different players in this one. Take a bow.

The Gyasi Zardes goal was really special. The image above shows how little chance Nick Rimando had to do anything to stop it.

Best of MLS Week Eight Honorable Mentions
Colorado and Philadelphia continue to silence doubters with wins
Jordan Morris scores again for the Sounders
DC United’s 3-0 thumping of New England
Toronto FC picks up second straight road shutout win (2-0 at Montreal)

Worst of MLS Week Eight
Major officiating decisions! Again. Let’s see, there was THIS missed offside call on a Colorado goal, THIS missed penalty call which could have vastly changed the SJ-SKC match, and THIS missed red card (not a penalty) which would have helped Orlando City. Tough week!

Worst of MLS Week Eight Honorable Mention
Keep an eye on this SKC skid of three straight matches. Things don’t get much easier in the coming games (at Vancouver, vs. LA)

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