Carlos Bocanegra, ladies and gentlemen! The former United States Men’s National Team captain made a triumphant return to Major League Soccer during the 21st week of the 2013 season, joining the ranks and making an immediate impact at Chivas USA. The former Rangers man helped the woeful Goats’ defense earn a shutout with merely ten men Wednesday night, picking up what was just the club’s fourth win of the season.
RESULTS AND STATISTICS
Major League Soccer (Home Clubs on Left)
(LaBrocca 62’, Goncalves OG 67’) Colorado Rapids 2-1 New England Revolution (Toja 15’)
Tough one for José Goncalves, as his own goal for the New England Revolution was the difference in this one. The win was Colorado’s third in four matches, keeping the Rapids very much alive in the playoff chase. Colorado continues a relatively strong hold on the all-time series with the Revolution, as the Rapids have now gone 19W-9D-12L in 40 meetings. In Colorado, the Revolution has struggled mightily, picking up just three wins in 20 attempts. The win was Colorado’s 210th in MLS regular-season play (547 matches).
(Torres 79’) Chivas USA 1-0 Toronto FC
The return of Bocanegra to MLS was a successful one, as he helped to turn around the league’s worst defense en route to a 10-man, 1-0 shutout of visiting Toronto FC. This win snapped a 14-match winless streak for Chivas USA, making it the club’s first victory since a 2-1 win over Vancouver on March 30. Toronto FC, meanwhile, is winless in its last five. The Reds have now given up 10 goals in the final 15 minutes of matches in 2013, something which has killed them all season.
(Yedlin 65’) Seattle Sounders 1-1 Colorado Rapids (Moor 60’)
Colorado keeps its unbeaten streak alive at five matches (three wins) while Seattle picks up its first point in three matches. The point was a big one for Colorado, as it ended a seven-match losing streak for the Rapids against Seattle. In 11 meetings between the clubs, this marks just the second time that Seattle had not picked up all three points against the Rapids.
Toronto FC 0-0 New York Red Bulls
Toronto FC snaps a two-game losing streak with this valuable home point against the Red Bulls. In 257 matches across all competitions since joining MLS, Toronto has more draws (77) than wins (70), making it the only club to have accomplished this dubious feat. This draw keeps the all-time series between the clubs completely even in matches played at BMO Field, as TFC has gone 3W-4D-3L against the Red Bulls at home. TFC manager Ryan Nelson remains winless against New York (two matches) while New York manager Mike Petke stays unbeaten vs. the Reds (two matches).
Montreal Impact 0-0 FC Dallas
In rather surprising news, Montreal has hit a major scoring skid of late, finding the back of the net just once in its last three matches. After experiencing just two shutouts all season, the Impact has been kept scoreless in two consecutive matches, something which is very unusual for a club which can claim one of the top Golden Boot contenders in Marco Di Vaio. The draw was the fourth in six matches for the Hoops, who have really been in a funk since their last league victory (1-0 over San Jose on May 25). A record crowd of 20,801 witnessed this match at Montreal’s Stade Saputo.
Columbus Crew 0-2 New England Revolution (Goncalves 90 + 1’, Fagundez 90 + 4’)
Last season, a home match against New England was something which spurred the Columbus Crew to be competitive down the stretch in the playoff race. The club trailed early and won 4-3 in a slugfest of what was one of the most exciting matches of the season. This year, the same fixture yielded a very different result, as Columbus lost what would have been a sure point in four minutes of second-half stoppage time against the visiting Revs. The loss was the fifth in seven matches for the Crew while it stopped a two-game skid New England was experiencing. Columbus’ scoring woes continue, as the Crew has outscored only one current Eastern Conference playoff team this season (Houston) and was shut out for the fifth time in 2013. New England, on the other hand, keeps up its stellar defense, as the Revolution has allowed the fewest goals (18) among Eastern Conference clubs and is tied with Portland for the fewest goals allowed in the entire league.
Philadelphia Union 0-0 Portland Timbers
The third and final scoreless draw of the week. Portland remains undefeated against the Union in four all-time meetings, posting a mark of 2W-2D-0L against Philly. With the draw, Philadelphia has picked up points in seven of its last eight matches. The Union remains just one goal shy of 150 in MLS play (119 matches).
(Rolfe 2’, 45 + 1’, Lindpere 11’, Magee 56’) Chicago Fire 4-1 D.C. United (Silva 58’)
Chris Rolfe’s first multi-goal game of the season. Mike Magee’s goal in the 56th minute was his 12th of the season, temporarily tying him with Vancouver’s Camilo atop the Golden Boot race. Magee’s goal was also the 900th across all competitions (591 matches) for the Chicago Fire, putting the club in elite company with Los Angeles, D.C. United, Columbus, and FC Dallas as the only clubs to have surpassed that threshold.
(Findley 56’) Real Salt Lake 1-2 Sporting Kansas City (Saad 67’, Opara 90 + 7’)
Thrilling to the last! This top-of-the table clash had about everything you could ask for. Sporting KC bounced back from a 1-0 road deficit to pick up a huge win when Ike Opara scored in the seventh minute of second-half stoppage time. The loss was RSL’s first league defeat since May 11 vs. Montreal (3-2 loss) and resulted in SKC’s third consecutive win.
(Villarreal 29’, Zardes 57’) Los Angeles Galaxy 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps (Camilo 19’)
Camilo’s goal in the 19th minute reclaimed his solo lead atop of the Golden Boot race with 13 goals on the year. Camilo’s goal was also his ninth in the last eight games. Los Angeles improves its one-sided lead in the series against Vancouver to a mark of 5W-1D-1L. The Galaxy is a perfect 4-0-0 against Vancouver in matches played in Los Angeles.
Total goals scored (Week 21): 19
Average goals per match (Week 21): 1.90
Total goals scored (Season): 459
Average goals per match (Season): 2.39
(All attendance figures gathered here are found in MLSSoccer.com’s match recaps.)
The 21st week of the 2013 MLS season was the sixth best in terms of average attendance figures. A total of 196,303 tickets were sold to the ten matches of the week, generating an average attendance figure of 19,630 per contest.
Four sellouts were achieved during the week (Seattle, Montreal, Philadelphia, Real Salt Lake) while two markets (Columbus and Toronto) filled their stadiums to 96 percent capacity or higher. These four sellouts brought the league’s season total to 67.
Great work by Montreal supporters, who set a Stade Saputo record with a crowd of 20,801 for a 0-0 draw against FC Dallas.
This is Brett Compton’s 300th post for WeFollowFutbol. Read more about him here.