It’s your favorite time of the week! Monday? No way! The US Soccer Week In Review is here! Rivalry week in the MLS, the NASL table tightens, and US Open Cup and league play in the USL. Let’s get it.
Not much regarding the women’s team or their ongoing fight for fair pay, but Carli Lloyd‘s best case return date for her injury passed this week but she is still not ready. This shouldn’t affect her trip to Rio though, never fear. Speaking of Rio, Christie Rampone was named in Jill Ellis’ squad for the first time since September. The 40-year-old suffered a knee injury just after the US’s 7-0 over Mexico. This summer is looking good for our champs.
Jurgen Klinsmann released the 23 man roster for the Copa this summer! Check it out. Most significantly, Jordan Morris was dropped from the final squad…controversial, huh? Let me know your thoughts.
Our boys faced up against Puerto Rico on Sunday in their friendly, grabbing a 3-1 victory. Check out the goals (and horrendous camera work, you never let us down Fox Sports). Tim Ream (left back for Fulham), Bobby Wood (newly signed striker for Hamburg), and Paul Arriola grabbed the goals. Arriola, the 21-year-old Tijuana forward, made his debut with a goal and an assist. Get in!
Rivalry Week! Our favorite time of the year. Where the results will…crush you. Philadelphia opened the weekend up by hosting DC United which ended with a 1-0 win for the home side via a stoppage-time volley from Richie Marquez! Philadelphia continuing their solid season.
Our next match was the by far the most absurd, to say the least. The Red Bulls traveled to Yankee Stadium and thrashed their new rivals NYCFC 7-0. That’s absurd, considering how both teams have started the season. NYCFC went into this one with a +1 goal differential, and NYRB with a -6. They switched those figures after this one. Dig on these goals.
Battle at the bottom and Chicago actually won this week, against probably their easiest opponent for the entire season, the struggling Houston Dynamo (despite their recent form). It was an early goal that got them the three points, and a smooth (maybe unintentional) finish from Arturo Alvarez. Both teams remain in last.
Toronto FC hosted Columbus in a scoreless draw. A snooze-fest in an already underwhelming season for both sides considering their results last season.
Orlando hosted their not-so-rivals Montreal. A goal for both sides in the first half led to an exciting 87th-minute winner for the Lions via Cyle Larin, with build up play from the Brazilian boys Kaka and Julio Baptista. Kaka with both assists in this one, good looks.
Dallas traveled to New England and gave them the business 4-2. It looked like The Revs would grab the three points after scoring two in quick succession in the first half, going up 2-1. Dallas then scored three straight to maintain their second place position in the West.
Ah, back to the real rivalries. Sporting KC hosted Real Salt Lake in this Western clash, with RSL stealing the three points on the road. This is their fourth straight win over Kansas City and they have looked so solid with Glad and Maund in the back with five wins. RSL into third.
Colorado traveled to Seattle in our next matchup. TBT to last season when Seattle was in first hosting last place Rapids, oh how the tables have turned. Colorado pulled out another victory, the only goal in this one coming from Sjoberg from the corner just before halftime.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 22, 2016
We love the Cascadia Cup. Vancouver traveled to Providence Park to get rocked by their rivals, 4-2. Diego Valeri, Jack McInerney, Dairon Asprilla, and Darlington Nagbe all on the scoresheet for the Timbers. Nagbe’s free kick stole the show for me, though, and you gotta love that smile. Vancouver still ahead three points in the Cup and five points in the league.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) May 22, 2016
Our final, and deepest, rivalry matchup comes all the way from the Pacific Time Zone. The Galaxy hosted San Jose in a 1-1 tie that saw two late goals. An own goal for the home side put in by Marvell Wynne and Fatai Alashe’s heading equalizer for San Jose to save the point. The Galaxy just one point above their rivals.
NASL baby. Only seven points separate first from ninth in the Spring season, so still lots to play for most teams. Let’s cover this weeks’ best.
The Indy Eleven hosted Minnesota United in a thrilling 4-2 winner for the home side. The match brought Indy level on points with Minnesota at 13, tied for third. Despite dropping the points, our best goal comes from Stefano Pinho and his Robben-esque finish to the top left for Minnesota.
Struggling Rayo OKC hosted mid-table Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in a 2-1 win for the Florida side. The Strikers move up to sixth on goal difference while Rayo OKC sunk to eighth, on eight. Check out Ramon Nunez’s ridiculous free kick to win it for Ft. Lauderdale.
The Ottawa Fury gave Jacksonville Armada the business at home with a solid 1-0 win to sink the Armada into 10th, with Ottawa gaining hope with eight points. Below is Marcel de Jong’s finish that grabbed them the win. A classic case of NASL goalkeeping? Or is Marcel on the CR7 leg day routine?
FC Edmonton hosted title contending Carolina Railhawks and held them to a clean sheet and stole the three points to move into second place with four points! Daryl Fordyce’s penalty was the only separation.
The Cosmos got what they needed this weekend against the Tampa Bay Rowdies in their 2-1 win, moving into the top spot of the division. Ruben Bover’s winner put the Cosmos on 15 points and the Rowdies into seventh on nine. Sick camera angle too.
The USL participated in the early rounds of the US Open Cup and league play this week! Unfortunately no highlights from the Cup, but check out the league results and goals of the week! Louisville and Vancouver still ahead of the divisions. Who’s in the relegation spots? Oh wait, nevermind.
— USL (@USL) May 23, 2016