MLS Week 4 Recap: Two Games – And A Dallas Blowout

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by RYAN BRISTER

With the international break underway, only six Major League Soccer teams played on the fourth weekend of the season. The results were a draw, an away win, and a home victory.

New York City FC 1-1 New England Revolution

NYCFC couldn’t capitalize on their advantage against 10-man New England, and had to settle for a draw. After a David Villa volley hit the crossbar in the 10th minute, Tommy McNamara was there to head in the rebound. The Revs equalized on a deflected free kick by Chris Tierney late in the first half. The game tilted in the hosts’ favor when Gershon Koffie was sent off just after halftime. But while City had 18 shots, only four were on target.

Neither team is off to a great start through four games. NYCFC has controlled matches, but failed to win in three attempts at home, while New England continues to look for their first win anywhere.

DC United 0-3 FC Dallas

International absences didn’t slow down Dallas in a testy game against DC. Michael Barrios had a brace for the visitors in the opening half hour, even as DC held most of the possession. Maxi Urruti made it 3-0, and then things got out of hand. Patrick Nyarko appeared to be fouled in the box after wriggling through a trio of defenders, but no penalty was called. Urruti hit the post shortly thereafter. Referee Jose Carlos Rivero then called a penalty for DC where there clearly was none. Fabian Espindola’s effort was saved, and Marcelo Sarvas was red carded for an elbow on the ensuing counter. All that happened in a roughly five minute span.

Chaos aside, the result suggests what most already thought: Dallas is good, and DC is not.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Houston Dynamo

Vancouver defeated Houston by the margin of an early penalty kick. Masato Kudo went to the ground in going after a cross, and the referee ruled that Jalil Anibaba was responsible for bringing him down. Pedro Morales buried the penalty, already his fourth of the season. The Dynamo actually outshot the Whitecaps, and hit the post on two occasions, but weren’t able to beat David Ousted for an equalizer.

Vancouver has scored four goals in their last three games, all of them from the penalty spot. That trend is not sustainable, and Carl Robinson needs to find a way to get goals from open play. He can take solace in a defense that shut-out what had been a red hot Dynamo attack.


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