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MLS weekend in review

Player of the week: Portland’s Ryan Johnson and Chicago’s Maicon Santos scored two goals apiece and Colorado’s Clint Irwin stopped a penalty kick, but this week’s award goes to the Fire’s Dan Paladini for scoring on a courageous header, assisting on the second goal and contributing to the third in his club’s first victory of the season.

Goal of the week: Darel Russell‘s screamer in the waning moments capped Toronto FC’s furious two-goal comeback against FC Dallas.

Howler of the week I: Before Chicago’s uprising against New York, Chris Rolfe failed to put a penalty kick on frame.

Howler of the week II: On the verge of an away point, D.C. United’s mangles possession in its own end and concedes Sporting Kansas City’s go-ahead goal in the 89th minute.

Injury watch: Portland lost David Horst in the 18th minute to a knee injury and Diego Valeri 11 minutes later when he was elbowed in the face.

Bizarre episode in San Jose I: Two Earthquakes players decided to change their footwear at the same time, leaving the club severely shorthanded as Vancouver scored the second-half equalizer.

San Jose TV commentator Kelly Gray had this to say on the broadcast: “The fact that the Quakes were voluntarily playing two men down — they were voluntarily on a power play. Come on, guys. Frank Yallop has got to be furious. I can understand one player doing it, but two? Come on, guys.”

Bizarre episode in San Jose II: In an 86-second span of 2nd-half stoppage time, the Earthquakes, who are well known for their late-game heroics, hit the post, had a seemingly sure goal blocked in the box, earned three corner kicks and forced a reflex save by Joe Cannon.

Stat of the week: With defeats at both Houston and Kansas City this spring, D.C. United is now 0-15-4 in its past 19 visits to those cities.

CONCACAF watch: Both Seattle and Los Angeles were given the weekend off to prepare for the second leg of their respective Champions League second-leg semifinals. They needed the extra preparation as both are facing one-goal deficits in Mexico: The Sounders visit Santos Laguna on Tuesday night (8 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer) and the Galaxy go to Monterrey on Wednesday (10 p.m., Fox Soccer).

MLS Cup watch: After the first month, we were pegging a championship game in December in Quebec. Then, with Chivas’ surprising rise, Home Depot Center looked as a candidate to host the final for the third consecutive year. Now, despite leaking late goals at Toronto, Dallas is the league’s points leader. MLS Cup last visited Frisco in 2006.

*Attendance watch:

Kansas City 18,988 (sellout)

Toronto 16,111

Columbus 10,293

Colorado 15,227

Portland 20,674 (sellout)

San Jose 10,525 (sellout)

Chicago 12,557

Average: 14,911

Chelis quote of the week: Chivas USA was off this weekend? Booooo. In his absence, Dallas Coach Schellas Hyndman gave this review on playing in chilly Toronto:

“We come to this climate only to leave.”

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.



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Steven Goff · April 7, 2013