You probably didn't get to watch every MLS match this weekend. That's what we're here for. Here's what you missed, while you were doing who knows what.
"STAY HUMBLE, YOUNG BUCK": New York Red Bulls 4-5 Chicago Fire earned itself a Game of the Year nomination on Saturday night following a crazy second half that saw six second half goals fly in, hat tricks for each of Bradley Wright-Phillips and Harry Shipp and one thinly veiled tweet from MLS veteran to a future star of the league. (WATCH HIGHLIGHTS HERE.)
Following the game, Shipp, fresh off his first professional hat trick (and later to be named MLS Player of the Week), decided to take a fairly tame, innocent dig at Red Bulls fans on Twitter. The tweet by Shipp has since been deleted, but not soon enough to avoid the ire of the Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty.
What say you, readers of MLSsoccer.com — fair or foul by Shipp and McCarty?
WHO'S YOUR TAILOR, BRO? We're told it was part of the club's 40th anniversary celebrations which have been ongoing all season long, but the home announcers for Saturday night's broadcast of the San Jose Earthquakes vs. FC Dallas (WATCH HIGHLIGHTS HERE) wore the following suits on real, live television, in the year 2014.
The announcers for the Quakes-FC Dallas match. Yeah…. pic.twitter.com/OhkmBZu0ox— Eric J. Kekeis (@pezkoreaddict) May 11, 2014
Perhaps it's just the dull shine emanating off the guys' suits, but the game may have or may not have also been broadcast using television cameras from 1974, the first year in Quakes club history.
MAKING POPS PROUD: Since his son was born, Tim Cahill has done things on soccer fields from Merseyside, to New Jersey, to Melbourne to give 10-year-old Kyah cause to smile, celebrate and proudly say, "That's my dad."
On Saturday, Kyah, an aspiring actor and musician, was the one who left his pops smiling from ear to ear and beaming with pride — after the initial ball-of-nerves look had left his face, of course — when the young Cahill sang the pregame "Star-Spangled Banner" at Red Bull Arena.
FRUSTRATIONS ABOUND IN MONTREAL: Sporting Kansas City really turned the screws on the Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon, to the tune of not only a resounding 3-0 victory — this coming on the back of a 4-0 thrashing of the Quebec side three weeks ago — but also a whole slew of MLS record-breaking statistics on the day (READ HERE).
After the game, Impact owner Joey Saputo was none too happy with his team's performance or the current direction of the club, taking to Twitter to share his frustrations and promise steps will be taken to reverse the club's fortunes.
Nos supporters méritent mieux. Il y aura des changements, je vous le garantis. Our fans deserve better. Changes will be coming, guaranteed.— Joey Saputo (@JoeySaputo) May 10, 2014
Was Saputo simply responding to the ire of fans inside Stade Saputo on Saturday, though?
Translation: The crowd is chanting "Schällibaum."
MLS FANS REMEMBERING THEIR OWN: The tributes for original Sons of Ben member Eric Shertz have been anything but lacking in number and respect over the last three weekend of MLS play.
On Saturday, the next in a long line of tributes to Shertz came at a most meaningful time, during the Philadelphia Union's match against D.C. United, 20:10 having passed on the game clock. 20 minutes, 10 seconds signifying the Union's first year in Major League Soccer — 2010.