Saturday smack-down day in MLS

Posted on 09 May 2010 by ASN Staff

It was a Saturday of spankings in Major League Soccer. Four of the seven matches were decided by three goals or more, as teams from New York, Philadelphia and Seattle turned in lackluster (or worse) performances. The LA Galaxy continued their dominance in the latest sign that maybe, just maybe, MLS’ culture of parity is coming undone a bit. Or not, judging by events in Toronto and Columbus.

The Galaxy returned to the scene of their MLS Cup defeat and demonstrated why they are the best team in the league by defeating Seattle Sounders 4-0. It was the first time a visiting team has scored more than twice at Qwest Field. The drubbing leaves the men in green to wonder what exactly went wrong – and how they can turn around their increasingly disappointing season. “We got beat and we got beat solidly,” said Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid. “It’s not the kind of game we ever want to repeat again.” ASN’s Nick Schiffler reports from Seattle and provides Sounders player ratings.

Action from RSL's 3-0 defeat of Philadelphia ©Julie Harper/ASN

The team that defeated the Galaxy in that MLS Cup match had an easy time of it on their home ground as the Philadelphia Union rolled over at Rio Tinto Stadium and Real Salt Lake strolled to a 3-0 lead. Patrick McShane reports from Sandy, Utah and provides player ratings for the victorious home side. A photo gallery is on the way as well (sneak preview on the right). ASN Philly has an initial reaction from head coach Piotr Nowak as well.

The Houston Dynamo got goals from Brad Davis and Adrian Serioux in the first eight minutes of the match and Chivas USA never recovered at the Home Depot Center Saturday night. With the 2-0 loss, Chivas’ three game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end. “We came out flat, and they took advantage,” head coach Martin Vasquez said after the match. “That was the difference.” ASN’s Tony Bruce reports from Carson, Calif. and provides player assessments for the home side. Also, Chivas’ discussions forum is open for business for fans to discuss matters amongst themselves.

A few hundred miles to the north, the home side had far better luck. A poor decision by Luke Sassano 13 minutes into turned costly for the visiting New York Red Bulls at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. A surprise starter at right back, Sassano’s studs up challenge on the San Jose Earthquakes’ Bobby Convey earned an automatic ejection. The team kept its shape for about 30 minutes before things came apart. The home side scored on the stroke of halftime and the floodgates opened in the second half. Tim Ream and Bouna Condoul played poorly to contribute to the Red Bulls’ malaise. Final score: Quakes 4, Red Bulls 0. The RBNY reaction is up, complete with player ratings for the visiting starters. The Quakes POV to follow.

FC Dallas followed a mid-week first ever win at Robertson Stadium against heated and hated rival the Houston Dynamo with 1-0 win over visiting DC United Saturday night at Pizza Hut Park. This extends to 12 the unbeaten game streak at home, dating to June 2009 for regular season play. ASN’s Phil Woodruff was on hand in Frisco, Tex., and filed the following report.

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