After four midweek games, Round 7 of the 2010 MLS season finished up with seven more on Saturday, and there were a whopping 24 goals scored in those matches.
Our statistics team is still crunching the numbers, but we’re pretty sure that that 3.4 goals-per-game clip is well above the season average.
The fireworks started in Seattle, where Landon Donovan singlehandedly demolished Sounders FC, setting up three goals and scoring a fourth. Donovan leads the league with nine assists; the goal was his first, and came off a brilliant pass from MLS leading scorer Edson Buddle.
Seattle owner Adrian Hanauer offered fans a refund after this one was over. No, seriously. Read about it right here. There was some atrocious defending (and goalkeeping; see the first goal) by the men in green, but L.A. was not going to be stopped on Saturday. They are clearly the class of the league.
Extensive highlights here:
Here are the rest of the games (home teams listed first):
San Jose 4, New York 0
We were waiting for a game like this from RBNY. Sure, the 12th-minute red card to Luke Sassano did not help, but if that happened to L.A., would the Galaxy get crushed 4-0? We say no. New York rookie Tim Ream had his first poor outing.
Columbus 3, New England 2
Entertaining game at Crew stadium, with a stellar ball from Guillermo Barros Schelotto that led to Robbie Rogers’ winner. New England got two goals from rookie Zak Boggs.
Real Salt Lake 3, Philadelphia 0
Chris Seitz with another gaffe leading directly to a goal. Wouldn’t have happened if they’d listened to us a month ago.
Toronto 4, Chicago 1
Chad Barrett bagged two against his former team in a wet, windy and cold one at BMO Field.
Dallas 1, D.C. 0
Newly minted starter Kevin Hartmann made two spectacular stops and was saved by the woodwork twice as Dallas won its second in a row. Jeff Cunningham slotted home a breakaway in the 68 th minute.
Chivas USA 0, Houston 2
Houston sweeps the season series with the Goats, scoring twice in the first eight minutes and then holding on. Brad Davis and Adrian Serioux scored the goals.