GAMES THAT HELPED
Philadelphia 1 - Colorado 1
The Union were quite unlucky not to score more goals. Le Toux and Mwanga created chance after chance with no luck until they connected in the 71st minute. The halftime show for this game showed only Philadelphia highlights, I kid you not. It looked like Philadelphia was going to be really unlucky when Jeff Larentowicz scored a goal off post corner kick madness in the 59th minute. Justin Mapp came into the game as a sub... yeah we aren't mi$$ing anything. This game helped because Colorado is up on us by 7 points and we have 3 games in hand. Best to keep them close even if it means giving a point to Philly.
Los Angeles 1 - New York 0
Another day, another goalless game for Thierry Henry. Edson Buddle scored in the 13th minute and that no doubt had the Fox Soccer Channel folks salivating for a goal war. Instead the Red Bulls do not get any goals or any points and the Fire are just 10 points behind in the standings with 4 games in hand. Three wins and a tie? Yeah I think we can do that. Catching LA Galaxy though? They might as well be in another... well yeah, you get the point.
Salt Lake 2 - Columbus 0
Javier Morales provided all the firepower in this game with goals in the 11th and 60th minutes. This was a borderline help as I don't think we can reach Columbus but keeping them down doesn't hurt. If anything Real Salt Lake's success makes the wounds of last year's semi-final defeat feel better. At the time I thought we had lost to a fluke team but hats off to them, they have the mark of a dynasty starting.
Seattle 0 - Chivas USA 0
Zach Thornton and Kasey Keller stifled both of their opposing offenses and fans left the Home Depot Center without a single goal. This game is a big big help to the Fire because I fully expected Seattle to get yet another recent victory. Seattle is ahead of us by 8 points but we have a whopping 5 games in hand. Our match in Seattle on August 28th and the home match against them on September 25th are going to be key games in the playoff race.
GAMES THAT HURT
New England 1 - Houston 0
Houston's season is really going to pieces so for them to get the odd win here would have been nice. Illja Stolica scored in the 62nd minute to give Revs the victory. Don't look now but the Revolution are tied with us with 21 points. We have two games in hand but much of that advantage will be lost if the team can't beat New England this Wednesday at Toyota Park. I'll have more on that matchup later.
Dallas 3 - D.C. 1
D.C. United continues to be an almost guaranteed three points for whoever they play this year. Dallas was coasting after goals by David Ferreira (36th minute) and Eric Alexander (49th) until Dallas' own Jair Benitez made it interesting for D.C. in the 80th minute with an own goal. Jeff Cunningham put out any D.C. hopes for points in the 93rd minute after he caught Dejan Jakovic snoozing. Cunningham then continued to embarrass D.C. goaltender Bill Hamid to make it 3-1. There is nothing spectacular about FC Dallas but they just refuse to lose. We have 3 games in hand on them but a difference of 12 points. I don't think they are a team we could realistically catch.
San Jose 1 - Kansas City 0
Chris Wondolowski scored in the 35th minute for the Earthquakes and that is all she wrote. A tie obviously would have been best but I would even take a KC win. The Earthquakes just seem to be a more solid team and they are talking about adding a designated player. Meanwhile KC confirmed this week that they are investing into Omar Bravo but not until the 2011 season. Wizards now trail us by one point with three games down and the Quakes are up by 5 points on us with a 2 game disadvantage.
Yes, we have games in hand on every team. 16 games played while every other team has at least 18 games played. We'll start picking up on teams this Wednesday when we are the only match of the day.