MLS' Week 26 was full of surprising -- and exciting -- results. Below, our four picks. Vote now and let us know which game you think should take the nod.
FC Dallas 2, New England 2 [Watch full highlights]
No one expected it. Certainly not Dallas. The Revs had racked up an unimpressive away record, so when Ilija Stolica buried one five minutes, the surprise was great. Even more astounding was the fact that the Revs netted a second one just past the hour mark.
But FCD, encouraged by a message on a dry erase board, kept chipping away at the New England wall until it finally came down. David Ferreira buried a penalty in the 80th minute and, in a last-gasp effort, Jeff Cunningham scored in injury time to extend FCD’s unbeaten streak.
Kansas City 4, Houston 3 [Watch full highlights]
The 2010 season has been an uncharacteristic one for Houston. Thus, when the Dynamo took a 3-1 lead over Kansas City into halftime, they were feeling pretty good about themselves. A win, just their second in eight games, seemed likely. But a two-goal lead is, they say, the hardest to preserve.
The Wizards pulled a goal back in the 60th minute and Dynamo defender Adrian Serioux scored an own-goal to tie things up. The teams reached the 90th minute tied at three. But, at the tail-end of a very long injury time addition, Josh Wolff stepped up in the 97th minute and headed in KC’s winner.
Los Angeles 0, New York 2 [Watch full highlights]
The buzz was there, the stars were out. This was, after all, one of the most anticipated games in MLS, if not the most. Out of the two star-studded teams in the league, the Galaxy looked better, at least on paper.
But the game began and it was a totally different story. New York, led by Rafa Márquez and Juan Pablo Angel (Thierry Henry, injured, couldn’t make the date), had a surprisingly easy time against the league leaders.
The Red Bulls midfield dominated and the attackers targeted LA’s inexperienced pair of center backs, whose errors permitted NY to net two goals. And there was nothing David Beckham and Landon Donovan could do about it.
Real Salt Lake 1, Colorado 1 [Watch full highlights]
Before Colorado on Saturday, Real Salt Lake had received 23 visitors, and each had left without a victory. No, the Rapids didn’t walk away with a win, either, but they were thisclose to doing so.
Conor Casey’s laser-like header put Salt Lake down in the 36th minute and, try as they might, the defending champions just couldn’t equalize. Even a controversial hand-ball call didn’t go their way.
Just when all seemed lost, Nat Borchers came to the rescue. The RSL defender snapped his own header to give the Rio Tinto boys a draw in the 93rd minute, extending their home unbeaten streak to 24.