The Semper Soccer MLS Week 27 Recap
The Major League Soccer season made the turn toward the stretch run this week. Summer is not officially over, but we are now past Labor Day and a little over a month remains on the MLS schedule. It feels like we can finally start talking about the end of season scenarios since MLS Week 27 saw Toronto clinch a playoff spot. We’ll recap all the action you may have missed or want to relive with the Semper Soccer blog’s weekly MLS recap.
MLS clubs played a total of 12 games this past week with a single midweek match and the usual array of weekend games. Results matter more than ever this time of year with points dropped or gained holding serious sway in the races for the playoffs. Let’s look at the MLS Week 27 scoreboard.
- New York City FC 1 – Sporting Kansas City 0
- Chicago Fire 1 – New York Red Bulls 1
- Toronto FC 4 – San Jose Earthquakes 0
- New York City FC 0 – Portland Timbers 1
- D.C. United 1 – Orlando City 2
- New England Revolution 1 – Montreal Impact 0
- Minnesota United 1 – Philadelphia Union 1
- Houston Dynamo 0 – Colorado Rapids 1
- Vancouver Whitecaps 3 – Real Salt Lake 2
- Columbus Crew 1 – Sporting Kansas City 1
- Atlanta United 3 – FC Dallas 0
- Seattle Sounders 1 – Los Angeles Galaxy 1
5 Things To Know
- Toronto clinched their playoff spot. And that isn’t much of a surprise. The blistering pace Toronto set all season long has them running away with not only the Eastern Conference but also the Supporters Shield. This week saw them dispatch San Jose by a score of 4-0. Would you pick them over the field when the MLS Cup playoffs roll around? They’re the odds-on favorite and nobody has shown the ability to stop them yet.
- Atlanta opened their new stadium. What a way to welcome yourself to a new home. They dominated FC Dallas from beginning to end for a 3-0 victory. Even better, United earned that win in front of a sell-out crowd of 45,314 at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This town has proven itself to be a promising soccer market. Atlanta touted great signings going into the season, play an exciting style and could certainly be in the playoffs in year one. A new stadium and passionate fans make this team one to watch for years ahead.
- Orlando City finally grabbed a much-needed win. The Lions fought through a tough eight-game stretch. Their last win came at the end of June. That’s two winless months down in Florida. But it wasn’t easy. Orlando rushed out to a 2-0 lead within the first 30 minutes. From there, it was a white knuckle ride down the stretch. Servando Carrasco and Seb Hines were sent off with late red cards, forcing Orlando to finish the game with nine players. Kofi Opare pulled a goal back for D.C. in the 89th minute but the Lions saw it out for a win that keeps them five points back from a playoff spot in the East.
- It took six months, but Houston lost a home game. Not only that, but it was one the Dynamo would never be picked to lose. They put their 9-0-3 home record on the line against the West’s worst team Saturday and it was the Colorado Rapids who emerged as winners. It was a shocking loss that cost Houston a chance to jump into a tie for third place in the Western Conference. If they have to go on the road for a single elimination playoff match, they’ll point to this result as one where they dropped some serious points.
- New England wins with Nguyen. The Revolution is still in the playoff picture thanks to Lee Nguyen’s heroics. After more than an hour of scoreless soccer against Montreal, their play makers goal in the 68th minute broke the deadlock. Now they sit in eighth place, four points back from the red line. New England hasn’t lost a home game in September since 2013 so they’ll have a chance to going momentum toward a playoff spot this month. Nguyen is just the player to lead the way. He’s been a staple in New England for years. With nine goals and 14 assists, this has been one of his best seasons yet.
Player Of The Week
This week, our top player award goes to the guy who was the best player on the best team. Jozy Altidore bagged two goals in the second half, leading the way for a 4-0 Toronto beat down of San Jose. Altidore started with a 48th-minute goal, coolly putting home a perfect through ball. His second came in the 64th minute with a spot-on header. The big forward now has 13 goals on the year, equaling his career-high from 2015. With more than a month to play in this season, he’s certain to pass that mark. Two goals and playoff spot earned Jozy Altidore our nod as the MLS Week 27 Player of the Week.
Now it’s time to check the tables after MLS Week 27 action.
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