So I land in Houston in the wee hours Saturday/Sunday, fire up the IPhone, check the MLS scores ... and see this:
Los Angeles Galaxy 5, Portland Timbers 3
San Jose Earthquakes 5, Real Salt Lake 0
Must have been the effects of the solar storm on the Internet machine, right? Nope, the scorelines are accurate. There were more goals scored in those two matches than Chivas USA has scored all season (11).
Chris Wondolowski’s hat trick topped David Beckham’s two terrific goals from distance. Wondo increased his season total to 17 in 20 matches. (Can you say, MVP?) The MLS single-season record is 27 by Roy Lassiter in 1996.
The Quakes have struck for five goals against both RSL and D.C. United, and four against the Galaxy this year.
Meantime, Sporting Kansas City reclaimed first place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 victory at Columbus. United needs to win at Houston on Sunday (9 p.m. ET, Comcast SportsNet/DC, Galavision) to keep pace. My preview looks at Ben Olsen’s juggling act: preparing his club and filling out the all-star roster. MLS will unveil the 18-man list around 5 p.m. Sunday during halftime of the New York-Seattle match on ESPN.
Video of Beckham’s first goal:
Video of Beckham’s second goal: