Sellout (and then some) in Seattle, Mike Magee remains unstoppable, and Real keeps rolling. These were the storylines of the 15th week of the 2013 Major League Soccer season, a week which included just five league matches due to scheduled 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Anyone going to the June 18 qualifier vs. Honduras? I’ll be there with the American Outlaws. If you want to meet up at the tailgate outside of Rio Tinto, send me a tweet.
RESULTS AND STATISTICS
Major League Soccer (Home Clubs on Left)
Philadelphia Union (Carroll 25’, Williams 29’, Casey 31’) 3-0 Columbus Crew
To borrow a line from Anchorman: “Boy, that escalated quickly.” That was the story of this one. Columbus dominated the early going and once Brian Carroll’s 25th-minute shot took a fortuitous deflection off of a Crew defender, the floodgates opened for the Union in an impressive performance. Just the Union’s third win in nine all-time meetings with Columbus, all of which have come in Philadelphia (five meetings).
New England Revolution 0-0 D.C. United
D.C. United is still winless since March 9, but the club has picked up two draws in its last four matches. This was a pretty big one, considering it was on the road against a red-hot rival. This was the 60th all-time meeting between the clubs, with D.C. holding a narrow 28W-9D-23L advantage.
Chicago Fire (Magee 68’, Paladini 82’) 2-2 Portland Timbers (Valeri 33’, Zemanski 58’)
That Mike Magee trade looks better by the day. The man cannot stop scoring! Three goals in three straight matches for Magee since he began representing the Men in Red. Chicago has now collected at least one point for the third straight match while Portland just keeps humming along to the tune of a 12-match unbeaten streak. This was the fourth match played in the series history between these two clubs and was the first one which did not result in a Timbers’ victory.
Real Salt Lake (Stephenson 44’, Garcia 84’, 90 + 2’) 3-1 Los Angeles Galaxy (Donovan 45 + 1’)
Don’t look now, because Real Salt Lake has already passed you. The Claret and Cobalt is red hot these days, having earned its second straight win and third in four matches to secure a tight grip on No. 2 in the Western Conference and the entire league table. This win was RSL’s 97th in 268 MLS matches. Do you think some of that “who needs Donovan?” talk following the USMNT’s 2-1 win at Jamaica Friday got to Landon? He scored one heck of a goal to temporarily level this one at 1-1 before halftime and had the look of a man who had a chip on his shoulder.
Seattle Sounders (Rose 9’, Carrasco 70’, Neagle 81’) 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps (Camilo 10’, 26’)
Always a great thing to see when the match on the field equals or exceeds the pregame hype. That’s what happened here. Nearly 54,000 (largest MLS crowd of the season) were on hand at Seattle to witness a high-scoring affair which ended with the home side scoring a late winner. That’s not a bad script at all. Seattle’s 97th win across all competition (197 matches) since joining Major League Soccer. The Whitecaps remain winless against Seattle in six MLS meetings (0W-3D-3L).
Total goals scored (Week 15): 16
Average goals per match (Week 15): 3.20
Total goals scored (Season): 335
Average goals per match (Season): 2.52
Here’s a fun fact: Seattle’s sellout crowd of 53,679 to witness the Cascadia Cup clash with Vancouver accounted for 45.3 percent of Week 15’s total attendance figure.
Week 15 marked the best average attendance figure of the season, as 118,266 tickets were sold to the league’s five matches for an average of 23,653 per contest. This beats Week Three’s 23,029 average by a decent margin.
The season total is now up to 2,318,857 for the year, or an average of 17,435 per match.
Seattle generated the lone sellout of the week, its fifth of the season and 34th of the year for the league. The four other matches of the week also saw some healthy numbers, with all five matches being played in front of crowds at 71 percent capacity or higher. Not too shabby!