MLS Week 10: What We Learned



searchNine of 11 games ended in shutouts in Week 10 of the Major League Soccer season. Four of those were decided by three goals or more, while three ended 1-0.

SKC’s Defense Cracked

It was a topsy-turvy week for Sporting Kansas City (5-2-3, 18 points). A 2-0 win over New York on Wednesday briefly lifted SKC to the top of the Western Conference standings. A stifling defense was once again on display, limiting the Red Bulls to six shots. Only one team in league history allowed fewer goals through its first nine games — the 2010 Los Angeles Galaxy allowed two, and went on to win the Supporters Shield.

Then Kansas City gave up two goals before halftime on Sunday in its loss 2-0 at Minnesota (3-5-2, 11). Abu Danladi and Christian Ramirez scored to produce the surprising result. United kept a shutout, the expansion club’s second of the year. 

A Good Week for Toronto

Toronto (5-1-4, 19) managed an impressive six points last week. On Wednesday night, it hosted Orlando (6-3-0, 18) and came away with a 2-1 win. Sebastian Giovinco scored two goals in the first half.

Coach Greg Vanney chose to rest several players, including Giovinco, for Toronto’s weekend match in Seattle (2-3-4, 10). His lineup rotation yielded a 1-0 win. Jozy Altidore earned, then scored a penalty for the game’s only goal. The Reds have won four in a row, and lead the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia Wins First

Philadelphia (1-4-4, 7) won, 3-0, at home over the Red Bulls, sending New York (5-5-1, 16) to its second loss of the week after a three-game home winning streak. The game was sloppily for the first hour, but the Union took advantage as it opened up late. C.J. Sapong scored all three goals for his first career hat trick. Sapong is now tied for the most goals in MLS, with seven. The win ended the Union’s 15-match winless streak, the fourth longest in league history.

Dynamo Dominate

Houston demolished Orlando 4-0 in the week’s most lopsided match. Cubo Torres was missing from the lineup, having undergone the concussion protocol, but that did not slow them down. The Dynamo wingers had a field day with Orlando’s defense. Alberth Elis opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. In attempting to come back, Jason Kreis played a high back line that was repeatedly exposed by long balls played over the top. Mauro Manotas missed a penalty, but still ended up with a pair of goals on the night.

Galaxy and Fire Stumble to a Draw

Neither team could be satisfied after Chicago (3-3-3, 12) and Los Angeles (2-5-2, 8) played to a 2-2 draw Saturday night. The Fire jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on goals from David Accam and Nemanja Nikolic, but could not keep it. The Galaxy’s two goals came early in the second half, on their only shots on target. Los Angeles finishes its three-game home stand without a win. 

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