MLS Week 13: What We Learned

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By RYAN BRISTER

MLS logoWeek 13 in Major League Soccer began with Dallas’ loss in Chicago on Thursday night, and ended with a tie in Texas between Dallas and Houston.

Toronto Runs Rampant

Toronto (8-1-5, 29 points) has a slew of stars, but its homegrown talent was the story in a 5-0 crushing of Columbus (6-7-1, 19) on Friday night. Jordan Hamilton and Jonathan Osorio each had a goal and assist coming off the bench. The win is all the more impressive because Jozy Altidore and Sebastian Giovinco did not play, and Toronto scored two goals with 10 men. The loss was the worst in Crew history.

Red Bulls Get Much-Needed Win

The Red Bulls (6-6-2, 20) snapped a four-game winless streak with a comeback against over New England (4-5-4, 16). The Revs took an early lead on a penalty by Lee Nguyen, but the remainder of the first half was dominated by the home team. They didn’t find an equalizer until after halftime, and it took a blunder by Cody Cropper to create it. Kemar Lawrence was one of the best players on the field, and provided the assist on Daniel Royer’s winning goal.

Bragging Rights Belong to the Galaxy

Los Angeles seems to have woken up from its early-season slumber. The Galaxy (5-5-2, 17) won their third-straight road game in explosive fashion over San Jose (5-5-4, 19). The first half was wild, but Los Angeles took a 3-2 lead into the break thanks to an own goal by Victor Bernardez. Giovani Dos Santos scored a penalty in the first half, and the only goal of the second half on a header. The Earthquakes put up 19 shots to the Galaxy’s 6, but the majority were off target. David Bingham failed to make a single save for the hosts.

Seattle ‘Handled’ Rival

Portland fans are steaming about Referee Mark Geiger after their loss in Seattle. Cristian Roldan scored for the Sounders (4-5-4, 16) in the fourth minute, and that was enough. The Timbers (5-5-3, 18) felt they should have been given at least one penalty for a handball in the second half, if not two. Geiger gave neither, and Portland was unable to score from open play.

Atlanta Swarms NYCFC

Atlanta (5-4-3) hammered NYCFC (6-5-2) early en route to a 3-1 win, reversing the result from earlier this month. The visitors started the game on the front foot, but Atlanta countered and produced three goals in the span of seven minutes. Miguel Almirón scored the first and last of those goals, both on assists from Julian Gressel. Almirón came up short of his second straight hat trick, but led United to another win.