The Semper Soccer MLS Week 25 Recap
MLS Week 25 signaled the end of August for the league schedule. The slate was packed with 17 games. Among the matches were plenty of rivalries and match ups of teams fighting for playoffs spots. There’s a lot to cover in a week loaded with action so let’s jump into the Semper Soccer blog’s weekly MLS recap.
We’ve made it through one of the busiest weeks of the season. MLS Week 25 featured 17 games. It would have been 18, but flooding in Houston forced the Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City match to be postponed. Let’s run down the scoreboard from the week that was.
- Columbus Crew 2 – Los Angeles Galaxy 0
- D.C. United 1 – Atlanta United 0
- FC Dallas 3 – Houston Dynamo 3
- Toronto FC 3 – Philadelphia Union 0
- Real Salt Lake 4 – San Jose Earthquakes 0
- Vancouver Whitecaps 1 – Seattle Sounders 1
- Portland Timbers 2 – Colorado Rapids 1
- New York Red Bulls 1 – New York City FC 1
- D.C. United 1 – New England Revolution 0
- Philadelphia Union 2 – Atlanta United 2
- Columbus Crew 2 – FC Dallas 1
- Orlando City 1 – Vancouver Whitecaps 2
- Chicago Fire 1 – Minnesota United 2
- Real Salt Lake 4 – Colorado Rapids 1
- Montreal Impact 1 – Toronto FC 3
- Los Angeles Galaxy 0 – San Jose Earthquakes 3
- Seattle Sounders 1 – Portland Timbers 1
5 Things To Know
- Another rivalry week in the books. Six of the 17 games played this week were billed as part of rivalry week. For neutral fans, these games are often entertaining and feature a little extra fire between the two sides. Things started with a bang Wednesday when FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo battled to a high-scoring draw of three goals apiece. Friday night saw New York Red Bulls and New York CIty FC draw as well, which was actually the first draw in this series. On Saturday night, Real Salt Lake clinched the Rocky Mountain Cup with a 4-1 thrashing of Colorado. Toronto easily handled Montreal while San Jose dominated LA on Sunday before things wrapped up with a 1-1 draw between Seattle and Portland.
- A real good week for Real Salt Lake. This is what making a playoff push is all about. The race is notoriously close for spots in the West and Real Salt Lake look ready to compete. RSL scored eight goals this week with a 4-0 win against San Jose and the 4-1 victory against Colorado. They’ve now won three of their last four and have only lost once in their last nine games. Salt Lake sits just one point out of the playoffs and their highly touted collect of young talent is rounding into form with plenty of support from veterans like Nick Rimando and Kyle Beckerman.
- Don’t sleep on the Columbus Crew. They racked up two wins this week, over the Galaxy and a slumping FC Dallas, to jump to third place in the Eastern Conference. Alright, so they’re still 14 points back of Toronto, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make some noise. They’ve bounced back strong after a three-game losing streak around the end of July. The Crew is also benefiting from teams like Chicago slumping in front of them, but you have to take advantage of those opportunities. This is a team that recently reached the MLS Cup final so keep an eye on Columbus.
- Cascadia clubs now top the West. Seattle continues to play well despite settling for two draws this week. Portland is heating up now. The two clubs now sit one and two atop the Western Conference. MLS fans have become accustomed to seeing that recently, especially in such a storied rivalry. Sporting Kansas City slipped down to third by not playing this week, but they have two games in hand compared to Seattle and three compared to Portland. There’s no reason to believe this race won’t continue to the final week of the season so enjoy the ride.
- All the best to Houston. As we mentioned earlier, the Houston Dynamo game this weekend was postponed due to the storms going in the city. We all wish for the best as Houston recovers and rebuilds from devastating flooding. These things are bigger than sports and soccer will still be there as a welcome distraction when it’s time.
Player Of The Week
Luis Silva is on fire for the hottest team in the league right now. The midfielder has scored in four straight games, including three goals in two huge wins this week. Silva’s 29th-minute strike opened the scoring for a 4-0 blowout over San Jose. Then he had two goals in store for their Saturday night rivalry match versus the Rapids. Silva converted a 50th-minute penalty to put Salt Lake up 2-0. Then he latched onto a long ball over the top from Brooks Lennon to put a bow on the win in stoppage time. Silva is on a hot streak right now and earns the Semper Soccer blog’s nod as the MLS Week 25 Player of the Week.
With so many games on the MLS Week 25 schedule, let’s see how the teams stand.
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