Houston, we have history. Almost. The Houston Dynamo picked up a 2-0 win over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes in what, from the outside, seemed to be just another impressive win over a solid foe. Yet it was more than that, catapulting the back-to-back Eastern Conference champions into a tie with Real Salt Lake for the best home unbeaten streak of 34 matches. Let’s just say that the Dynamo’s April 14 home date with the Chicago Fire just got a lot more interesting.
RESULTS AND STATISTICS
Major League Soccer (Home Clubs on Left)
Toronto FC (Earnshaw 29’, Osorio 78’) 2-2 Los Angeles Galaxy (Magee 16’, Villarreal 90’ + 2)
Second time this season Toronto FC has allowed a goal in the final 15 minutes of a match. Fourth time in six all-time meetings between the clubs in Toronto which has ended in a draw.
New York Red Bulls (McCarty 55’, Henry 81’) 2-1 Philadelphia Union (Casey 63’)
In eight all-time meetings, these clubs have never tied. New York holds a 6-2 advantage in league meetings. The Red Bulls have taken all 12 points from four meetings between the clubs at Red Bull Arena.
New England Revolution 0-1 FC Dallas (Perez 87’)
Just Dallas’ 13th win in 39 attempts against the Revolution. Second straight heartbreaker for the Revolution against Dallas, as Perez’s 87th-minute goal this season came nearly as late as Ugo Ihemelu’s winner in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time on April 5, 2012.
Colorado Rapids (Powers 18’, Thomas 48’) 2-2 Portland Timbers (Will Johnson 55’, 71’)
Colorado’s 100th MLS regular-season draw in its 531st league match (202W-100D-229L). Rapids become just the sixth MLS club with 100 MLS regular-season draws.
Houston Dynamo (Bruin 17’, Barnes 42’) 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
Houston’s 300th match in all competitions (124W-87D-89L). The Dynamo have tied Real Salt Lake for the MLS record by going unbeaten in 34 home matches.
Sporting Kansas City (Bieler 5’, Zusi 80’) 2-0 Montreal Impact
Claudio Bieler’s early goal broke a 197-minute scoring drought for SKC. First time in two league meetings which has seen SKC earn a home win against Montreal. First time in 2013 Montreal has allowed more than one goal in a match.
Real Salt Lake (Findley 8’, Gil 35’) 2-1 Seattle Sounders (Evans 57’)
Real Salt Lake wins in its 300th all-time match across all competitions (107W-76D-117L). Just Seattle’s 50th loss in 185 matches across all competitions (91W-44D-50L).
Chivas USA (Davidson 12’, Avila 55’) 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (Miller 64’)
Following a season-opening loss to the Columbus Crew, Chivas USA has picked up 10 points in four matches to rank second in the Western Conference. The Goats’ first ever win over Vancouver in seven league meetings. Kenny Miller’s goal in the 64th minute was the 100th goal scored in MLS league play this season.
Total goals scored (Week Five): 22
Average goals per match (Week Five): 2.75
Total goals scored (Season): 100
Average goals per match (Season): 2.38
Week Five generated a pretty solid set of attendance figures, by most accounts. Four clubs played to 75 percent capacity or higher, with Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake recording sellouts No. 11 and 12 of the 2013 season, respectively. Despite not having a sellout, Toronto FC had a healthy crowd of 18,355 at BMO Field for an exciting match against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy.
Despite catching fire and shocking the league with points in four straight matches, Chivas USA continues to struggle. The Goats had 8,354 on hand to witness a 2-1 victory over visiting Vancouver and are averaging a paltry 7,425 in three home matches this season.
Through the eight matches of the week, a total of 120,974 fans made their way to MLS stadiums to net an average of 15,122. This brings the season total to 747,739 through 42 league matches, generating an average attendance of 17,803 per match.