MLS Regular Season
In his weekly column “Lo Bueno, Malo y Bomba”, Juan Mesa points out the good, the bad and the unusual – or “Bomba” – as the season goes on.
Many are still trying to get their heads around this one.
The end of Sunday’s 1-1 draw between D.C. United and the Philadelphia Union on NBC Sports Network had one of the wildest and most controversial finishes of any game in recent memory. Here’s what happened after minute 90: A PK was taken twice, three red cards were shown, there was a dustup between the two teams and D.C. teammates exchanged words.
HOUSTON – Before Sunday’s match Adam Moffat told close friend and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum that he was going to “‘hit a bomb on you,’ to which the 'keeper replied, ‘I’m waiting for it.’”
Fortunately for the Dynamo, while the Crew ‘keeper was indeed ready, the bounce of the ball finally went their way.
HARRISON, N.J. -- Perder no es el plan de ningún equipo, y mucho menos hacerlo por una decisión desacertada de un árbitro.
Eso fue lo que sintieron tanto el cuerpo técnico como los jugadores Portland Timbers FC en el partido que perdieron de visitantes este domingo con marcador de 3-2 ante los New York Red Bulls.
Though the Columbus Crew let a win slip away in Houston on Sunday evening, they can take solace in knowing that Federico Higuaín's debut was a rousing success.
Higuaín (above, center), the Crew’s third Designated Player in club history, entered to start the second half and assisted on the go-ahead goal by Eddie Gaven 13 minutes later. After ex-Crew midfielder Andy Moffat tied the match, Higuaín bent a 25-yard free kick just outside the left upright in the 84th minute that would have enabled his team to retake the lead.
When the final whistle blew on the Portland Timbers’ 3-2 loss Sunday to the New York Red Bulls, Bright Dike didn’t know what to think.
The second-year forward was given his first MLS start, and on top of that scored his first goal of the season eight minutes into the contest.
But then, with his team enjoying a 2-0 lead, Dike’s dream come true turned into a nightmare. New York responded with three unanswered goals to keep the Timbers winless on the road in 12 games, spoiling Dike’s moment in the sun.
HARRISON, N.J. – Thierry Henry sat in the Red Bulls locker room hunched over with a towel on his head. He had one hand on his knee and the other on his chin as he stared blankly into space. He was like that for at least 15 minutes and while he did not provide a postgame rant, one was not needed.
His expression said it all. Henry was visibly frustrated following the Red Bulls’ 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Portland Timbers at Red Bull Arena on Sunday, and so too were many of his teammates.