Seven sellouts in 16 matches, three million in total league attendance surpassed, and Robbie Keane carried the Galaxy to six points: these were the stories of the 19th week of the 2013 Major League Soccer season.
In the busiest week of the season to date, 16 matches were played and 37 goals were scored for an average of 2.31 per game. Bernardo Anor of the Columbus Crew scored the 400th goal of the season at Los Angeles, finding the back of the net in the 78th minute in what would ultimately be a losing effort by his side at the StubHub Center on July 4.
RESULTS AND STATISTICS
Major League Soccer (Home Clubs on Left)
(Brockie 6’, Caldwell 21’, O’Dea 24’) Toronto FC 3-3 Montreal Impact (Romero 1’, Camara 69’, Di Vaio 70’)
All three tallies by Toronto FC were MLS firsts for the goalscorers … The opening goal of the match by Andrés Romero took just 23 seconds and was the fifth fastest in league history … Toronto FC remains winless at home in league play this season … Second draw between the two clubs in the fifth all-time league meeting (Montreal leads the series 2W-2D-1L) … Following a five-match losing streak earlier in the season, TFC has collected at least one point in four of its last five matches.
(Duka 36’, Nyarko 47’, Rolfe 84’) Chicago Fire 3-2 San Jose Earthquakes (Gordon 14’, Lindpere OG 72’)
Chicago’s fourth win in five league matches … The Fire is now undefeated in nine matches across all competitions … Chicago is just six goals from 900 in all competitions since joining MLS (588 matches) … San Jose continues to struggle in MLS matches played at Chicago, as the Earthquakes have now posted a 2W-6D-8L record in 16 Windy City meetings.
(Collin 35’) Sporting KC 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (Camilo 45’)
Vancouver saw its three-match winning streak come to an end, but the Whitecaps have picked up points in seven of their last eight matches … Sporting KC is on a similar run, as the club has lost only once in its last seven league contests … Vancouver is just three goals away from 100 in MLS regular-season play (85 matches) … The Whitecaps remain winless against SKC in four league matches (0W-2D-2L) … Camilo has scored in five straight matches for the ‘Caps.
(Gil 75’. Morales 90 + 7’) Real Salt Lake 2-2 Philadelphia Union (Le Toux 13’, Casey 76’)
Real Salt Lake remains unbeaten in seven matches (five wins) … First time in three meetings between the clubs at Rio Tinto Stadium in which RSL didn’t come away with the full three points … Philadelphia remains winless in six all-time MLS meetings between the clubs (0W-4D-2L).
(Martins 19’, 90 + 1’) Seattle Sounders 2-0 D.C. United
Seattle’s 98th win in the club’s 199th match since joining MLS … Seattle’s third win in four matches … The Sounders picked up just their second win over DCU in four matches at home … Seattle manager Sigi Schmid improves his record over D.C. United to 17W-5D-10L in 32 matches … Seattle remains unbeaten (7W-2D-0L) this season when scoring the first goal.
FC Dallas 0-0 Chivas USA
Third straight draw for FC Dallas and 14th straight match unbeaten … Second straight draw for Chivas USA … Through 18 matches this season, FC Dallas has only been beaten three times.
(Sturgis 47’, Brown 68’) Colorado Rapids 2-0 New York Red Bulls
New York has lost three of four and has been shut out twice in the last three matches … Following a rough end to the month of June which saw the Rapids lose three straight, Colorado has picked up back-to-back wins … First time Colorado has won back-to-back matches since early May … This series remains very close, as Colorado holds a 17W-5D-15L edge in 37 MLS meetings.
(Keane 85’, 90 + 2’) Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 Columbus Crew (Anor 78’)
A brace from the penalty spot by Robbie Keane gave the Galaxy its second win in the last three league matches … Columbus, on the other hand, is struggling in a big way: three straight losses and four losses in its last five MLS matches … The Crew does hold the all-time series lead despite the loss, having gone 15W-9D-14L in 38 MLS meetings with the defending MLS Cup champions … Keane’s second goal of the match was the club’s 1,100th across all competitions (681 matches).
(Sene 13’, Imbongo 78’) New England Revolution 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
New England continues to make a case for the 2013 playoffs, picking up three points to solidify its sixth-place standing … The Revolution’s 200th MLS regular-season victory (544 matches) … Broke a three-game winning streak which the Earthquakes held in the series against New England … San Jose still holds a significant edge in the series at 20W-5D-12L.
(Clark 59’) Houston Dynamo 1-0 Philadelphia Union
Houston’s first home league win in 84 days (hard to believe, right?) … Breaks a five-match unbeaten run for the Union … Evens the all-time MLS series between the two clubs at 3W-2D-3L for each … First time the Union was held scoreless since April 27.
(Miller 4’, Mattocks 79’) Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Seattle Sounders
Vancouver’s first-ever win over a Cascadian opponent in 13 attempts … The Whitecaps are now just one goal away from 100 in MLS regular-season play (86 matches) … Vancouver’s 30th win across all competitions since joining MLS (99th match) … Seattle has been shut out in five of its six league losses this season.
(Magee 38’) Chicago Fire 1-2 Sporting KC (Feilhaber 6’, Zusi 8’)
Sporting KC is on an unbeaten streak of four matches, its second longest of the season (five matches unbeaten from March 16 – April 17) … Chicago’s season-long six-match unbeaten run has come to an end … Just SKC’s fourth win in 21 opportunities at Chicago.
(Anor 5’) Columbus Crew 1-0 Portland Timbers
Playing a man down since Pa-Modou Kah’s sending off in the 11th minute, Portland made a game effort of this one in Columbus … The loss brings an end to Portland’s club-record 15-match unbeaten streak … Bernardo Anor has scored in two straight matches for the Crew … Breaks a three-match losing streak for the Crew.
(Bernier 80’) Montreal Impact 1-1 Chivas USA (Avila 55’)
Chivas USA isn’t winning, but the club is showing significant improvement by picking up its third straight draw … Montreal has hit a bit of a skid of late, picking up its second draw in a row and is currently winless in its last three league matches … The draw was just Montreal’s 10th in 51 league matches since joining MLS.
Colorado Rapids 0-0 D.C. United
Colorado’s two-match winning streak comes to an end as D.C. United’s two-match losing streak comes to an end … D.C. United is now two draws away from 100 in league play (545 matches).
(Sarvas 65’, Jiménez 80’) Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 FC Dallas
Robbie Keane capped off a terrific week with two assists Sunday night, adding to his two goals scored vs. Columbus on Thursday … LA has picked up wins in three of its last four outings … FC Dallas has a perfectly level goal differential through 545 MLS regular-season matches in club history, having scored 802 goals and allowed the exact same number.
Total goals scored (Week 19): 37
Average goals per match (Week 19): 2.31
Total goals scored (Season): 415
Average goals per match (Season): 2.39
(All attendance figures gathered here are found in MLSSoccer.com’s match recaps.)
The 19th week of the 2013 Major League Soccer season was incredibly well attended. With 324,569 tickets sold to the week’s 16 matches, the league generated an average figure of 20,286 per contest. This is the fourth highest average attendance figure achieved to this point in the campaign.
The league also surpassed the three million mark during Week 19, specifically during the Houston – Philadelphia match on July 6. Total attendance has reached 3,121,046 throughout the 174 matches of the year, netting an average of 17,937 per contest.
Seven sellouts were achieved during the course of the week, with five of them coming in Western Conference markets. That brings the season total to 50, with 30 of the capacity crowds coming from Western Conference clubs.
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