Saturday’s slate of seven matches featured plenty of goals and some surprising results.
The Los Angeles Galaxy showed why they are the best team in the league this season by beating the Crew in Columbus 2-0 without Buddle and Donovan. The Crew controlled the game and outshot LA 21-3, but Bruce Arena has put together a very disciplined side that just doesn’t make mistakes and capitalizes on the opposition’s errors. (attendance 18,155)
The Revolution beat New York 3-2 in a match that saw New York play a majority of the second half shorthanded as Carlos Mendes and Roy Miller were both sent off. New England goalkeeper Preston Burpo also suffered a nasty broken leg in a collision with Dane Richards. The Revs now resort to third string keeper Bobby Shuttleworth since Uncle Fester, um I mean Matt Reis is still out with an injury. Shalrie Joseph had two great assists. (attendance 11,316)
DC United beat Chivas USA as Carey Talley converted a late penalty kick. The PK was awarded after referee Jasen Anno red carded Zach Thornton for a trip in the box. The red card was an absoulte joke of a call. Seventeen year old Andy Najar scored his first career goal for DC. An offsides call was probably missed on this goal too. Najar was signed directly from United’s Youth Academy team. (attendance 13,043)
Colorado beat a suddenly listed Seattle 1-0 on a Conor Casey chip in front of 18,166.
The champs continued to roll as Real Salt Lake hammered Kansas City 4-1. The match saw Davy Arnaud pick up two yellow cards and a heinous defensive effort by the Wizards. (attendance 15,588)
More sloppy defending was the order of the day in California as Toronto FC beat San Jose 3-1 in front of 10,214. Chad Barrett scored his fourth goal of the year as a result of shoddy defending by Jason Hernandez.
The Fire’s next MLS opponent Philadelphia Union beat the Dynamo in Houston 3-2. Rookie Danny Mwanga scored his second late goal in as many games for the victory. Shea Salinas scored an absolute beauty that should earn goal of the week honors. (attendance 13,555)
Fire vs AC Milan
Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato, Clarence Seedorf, Alessandro Nesta and Filipo Inzaghi are all expected to play today. Milan lost to DC United 3-2 on Wednesday night after Seedorf pronounced that Milan “wasn’t very motivated” for these matches.
A busy May with four league matches and three international friendlies is capped off today. I would expect that some of the younger players will see extended time today. Corben Bone, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Sean Johnson, Stefan Dimitrov, and Peter Lowry haven’t seen much league action and the Fire need to find out what they have on the bench.
I’ll be back later with the starting line-ups from Toyota Park.