Late magic was the story of the week in Week Six of the 2013 Major League Soccer season. Five of the week’s 16 goals were scored in the final 15 minutes of matches, with many of them being decisive in their respective final results. In addition to the late tallies, Portland and Chicago got off the schneid while Colorado picked up an impressive win over Real Salt Lake despite being hampered by injuries.
RESULTS AND STATISTICS
CONCACAF Champions League (Home Clubs on Left)
Seattle Sounders 0-1 Club Santos Laguna (Herculez Gomez 54’)
Seattle’s 11th loss in 25 CCL matches (12-2-11 all-time). Sounders drop their second straight CCL first leg against a Mexican club in the 2012-13 installment of the tournament.
Los Angeles Galaxy (DeLaGarza 28’) 1-2 Monterrey (Suazo 82’, De Nigris 90’)
Los Angeles drops to a W-D-L record of 14-8-9 in 31 CCL matches. The Galaxy have scored 53 goals and allowed 41 in the competition.
Major League Soccer (Home Clubs on Left)
Sporting Kansas City (Bieler 89’) 1-0 D.C. United
Sporting’s 249th all-time win in its 615 match across all competitions. D.C. United remains on 299 all-time victories across all competitions. SKC improves to 13W-5D-6L at home against United.
Toronto FC (Braun 85’, Russell 90’) 2-2 FC Dallas (Jacobson 34’, Perez 59’)
Trailing 2-0, Toronto FC pulls off a huge comeback by scoring two goals in the final six minutes to pick up a big point. TFC continues to struggle against the ‘Hoops, as the Reds have now beaten Dallas just once in 12 tries (1W-5D-6L).
Columbus Crew (Oduro 72’) 1-1 Philadelphia Union (McInerney 34’)
Columbus extends its home unbeaten streak at Crew Stadium to 11 matches (7W-4D-0L). Philadelphia’s late struggles continue, as the Union has allowed four of seven goals this season in the final 30 minutes of matches.
Colorado Rapids (Harris 5’) 1-0 Real Salt Lake
If Colorado gains just one point in its next match against Real Salt Lake, the Rapids will claim the Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time since 2006. Rapids break the deadlock in the all-time series and now hold an edge of 10W-8D-9L in 27 all-time meetings.
Portland Timbers (R. Johnson 55’, 73’) 2-0 Houston Dynamo
Portland’s first win of the season and the first victory in the Caleb Porter era. A player with the last name “Johnson” has scored the last four goals for Portland this season.
San Jose Earthquakes (Wondolowski 18’) 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (Hertzog 62’)
Wondo has scored 60 percent (3/5) of San Jose’s goals this season. Vancouver stops a two-game losing skid to pick up its first point since a March 9 win over Columbus.
Chicago Fire (Paladini 44’, Maicon Santos 83’, 89’) 3-1 New York Red Bulls (Olave 17’)
Chicago’s first win of the 2013 season. Maicon Santos’ first goal was Chicago’s 700th goal in Major League Soccer regular-season play, making the Fire the eighth club to surpass this threshold.
Total goals scored (Week Six): 16
Average goals per match (Week Six): 2.29
Total goals scored (Season): 116
Average goals per match (Season): 2.37
Week Six was the second lowest attended week of the season, both in terms of total (104,374) and average (14,911) attendance. Through 49 matches, total attendance in 2013 is at 852,113, or 17,390 per match.
How does this compare with the 2012 season? Not well, really. Through 49 matches in 2012, the league had recorded a total attendance figure of 964,222, or 19,678 per contest. The current season’s total and average attendance figures are down 11.6 percent from last year.
Sporting Kansas City, Portland, and San Jose recorded the three sellouts of the week. SKC is the only club in the Eastern Conference to have recorded a sellout to this point of the season, and Friday’s match against D.C. United marked the third time it has done so in 2013. Columbus had the lowest attendance (10,293) and capacity percentage (51 percent) of the week.