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.
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.
Kansas City 18,988 (sellout)
Portland 20,674 (sellout)
San Jose 10,525 (sellout)
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.”