Montreal keeps rolling and #RivalryWeek delivers in an unusual manner with multiple exciting stalemates. The most exciting storyline, however, comes from the periphery of Major League Soccer’s Week Three in the form of Seattle’s herculean comeback against Tigres UANL. A close second, mind you, was the Texas Derby, which proved to be arguably the most exciting league match of the week.
RESULTS AND STATISTICS
CONCACAF Champions League (Home Clubs on Left)
Seattle Sounders 3-1 Tigres UANL
Huge win for Major League Soccer. Seattle picks up MLS’ 100th all-time CCL win with a 3-1 (3-2 agg.) victory over Mexican league-leading Tigres. Seattle now has a W-D-L mark of 12-2-10 in 24 CCL matches.
Santos Laguna 3-0 Houston Dynamo
Houston’s 297th match in all competitions. Dynamo have now posted a W-D-L mark of 10-9-9 in 28 CCL matches.
Los Angeles Galaxy 4-1 Herediano
Los Angeles ranks second among all MLS clubs with 14 CCL wins (30 matches). Galaxy surpassed 50 goals (now at 52) in CCL play, becoming just the second team to do so. (The other is D.C. United with 64 goals in 40 matches.)
Major League Soccer (Home Clubs on Left)
New York Red Bulls 0-0 D.C. United
This match was New York’s 600th in all competitions. (529 MLS regular season, 34 MLS Playoffs, 35 Open Cup, and 2 CCL.) D.C. United still remains just one victory from 300 in all competitions.
Sporting Kansas City 0-0 Chicago Fire
Three matches into the season, the Fire is still looking for its first goal. All-time series between the two clubs in matches played at Kansas City is an even 8-8-8.
Montreal Impact 2-1 Toronto FC
Montreal reaches 15 wins in its 37th league match and also hits the 50-goal plateau. Toronto FC’s league goal differential is back to negative triple digits at -100.
Philadelphia Union 1-0 New England Revolution
New England has yet to beat Philadelphia in league play. The Union has posted a W-D-L record of 5-3-0 against the Revolution in eight meetings.
Columbus Crew 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
Columbus remains unbeaten (4-5-0) in its last nine home openers. Just the sixth draw between these two clubs in 37 league meetings. (Crew holds upper hand, winning 18, losing 13, and drawing six.)
Real Salt Lake 1-1 Colorado Rapids
Colorado’s 600th match in all competitions. (529 MLS regular season, 34 MLS Playoffs, 29 Open Cup, and 8 CCL.) The Rapids are winless at Real Salt Lake over the last nine matches.
Seattle Sounders 1-1 Portland Timbers
Perhaps Portland is looking to be the “late magic” team of 2013: the Timbers scored for the third time in the final 15 minutes of play on Saturday night. Sixty percent of their goals this season have come between minutes 76-90.
FC Dallas 3-2 Houston Dynamo
Houston’s 298th match in all competitions. Andrew Driver’s goal for Houston in the 79th minute was the 9,700th goal scored by MLS clubs in league play. Look for 10,000 to be surpassed at some point during this season.
Los Angeles Galaxy 1-1 Chivas USA
Late goal by Chivas USA results in just the 10th non-loss for the Goats in the 26-match series against Los Angeles in regular-season play.
Total goals scored (Week Three): 17
Average goals per match (Week Three): 1.89
Total goals scored (Season): 62
Average goals per match (Season): 2.38
Don’t blink, because we’re currently already at half a million in attendance for the 2013 season. With 26 matches in the books, 509,464 have made their way to MLS stadiums in the first three weeks of the season, netting an average of 19,595 per match.
Week Three was the best attended week of the season, as 207,263 fans were in the crowd during Rivalry Week for an average of 23,029 per match.
Sporting Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, and Seattle registered the three sellouts of the week, bringing the season total to nine. SKC’s sellout was the first and so far only registered by Eastern Conference clubs to this point in the season.
Seattle hosted the largest crowd of the week (40,150) while Montreal was not far behind at 37,896 for its match at Olympic Stadium against Toronto FC.