The game of the week from MLS Week 5 was the Chivas USA-San Jose Earthquakes tilt at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night.
The Goats took it 3-2, halting the Quakes’ two-game winning streak, and the match had a little bit of everything—four great goals, a budding Name Hall of Fame candidate in Chivas USA’s Chukwudi Chijindu, and a referee, Edvin Jurisevic, who looked like Thom Yorke.
Here are the highights:
On to the other games:
RBNY 2, Philadelphia 1: We attended this one, and when we stepped off the train into a steady procession of chanting, singing, insult-slinging Union fans, we thought, All right, there’s going to be some atmosphere today.
Not quite: the Union fans were herded into the upper deck, which they had pretty much to themselves, and it turned out there were only a few hundred of them.
Total attendance was just over 15,000, and while the crowd was lively, it should have been bigger, especially when you consider that it was 68 degrees and sunny at kickoff.
In any case, RBNY won the game, thanks to a 67th-minute handball in the box by the Union’s Michael Orozco. It was the second straight week that the Red Bulls scored a winning goal from the spot (both by Juan Pablo Angel).
They are now 4-1, and one win away from equaling their victory total from last season—yet they’re still not dominating games.
On the plus side, new forward Salou Ibrahim got his first goal, and new winger Brian Nielsen, whose paperwork was finalized the day before the game, got the start and showed some promise. He nearly set up a goal on his first sequence with the team, stripping a Union player, getting sprung down the left and sending in a dangerous cross. Watch the highlights here.
Columbus 1, Real Salt Lake 0: Guillermo Barros Schelotto buried a penalty to pip the defending champs—who are 1-3-1 out of the gate in 2010—in front of 14, 322 at Crew Stadium.
Colorado 2, New England 1: This one, played in front of a paltry 8,142 at Gillette Stadium, put up a strong challenge to the Chivas-San Jose matchup for game of the week: Three great goals, including a 73rd-minute rocket of a winner from Pablo Matroeni.
Also: Colorado’s new Man City–style unis, decent target-forward work from Conor Casey, and a bicycle kick off the bar by Mehdi Ballouchy. Click here for the highlights.
Chicago 2, Houston 0: A chippy one in front of 11,312 at foggy Toyota Park. There were 10 yellow cards and two reds—all in the second half—and sadly, a season-ending injury to Dynamo midfielder Geoff Cameron, who tore his right PCL. Baggio Husidic and Peter Lowry got the goals. Highlights here.
Kansas City 0, Los Angeles 0: White-hot Galaxy forward Edson Buddle was held scoreless, and so was Kansas City’s Kei Kamara, despite being presented with the Mother of All Sitters in the 16th minute. Kamara somehow whiffed at the ball as it bounced softly on the LA goal line. Watch it here. Attendance: 10,045.
Toronto 2, Seattle 0: Dwayne De Rosario had a goal and an assist to lead Toronto to its second win of the year and pick up the MLS Player of the Week award. A typically healthy crowd of 18,392 turned up at BMO Field.