September 25, 2017

The Semper Soccer MLS Week 29 Recap

Major League Soccer wraps up their September schedule soon and MLS Week 29 was loaded with important results. From individual play to teams trying to play spoiler and even handing out a trophy, this week had a little bit of everything. There was a new goal-scoring record set, teams like Minnesota and Philadelphia pulled upsets on potential playoff teams and New York City FC clinched a playoff spot. It’s time to jump into the Semper Soccer Blog’s weekly MLS recap.

The Games

MLS Week 29 saw every club in action once again with a total of 13 matches on the slate. With only around a month left in the regular season, every score matters more than ever. Here’s our weekly look at the scoreboard.

  • Atlanta United 4 – Los Angeles Galaxy 0
  • Toronto FC 3 – Montreal Impact 5
  • New York City FC 1 – Houston Dynamo 1
  • New England Revolution 2 – Toronto FC 1
  • D.C. United 4 – San Jose Earthquakes 0
  • Philadelphia Union 3 – Chicago Fire 1
  • Columbus Crew 3 – New York Red Bulls 2
  • Minnesota United 4 – FC Dallas 1
  • Real Salt Lake 2 – Seattle Sounders 0
  • Vancouver Whitecaps 2 – Colorado Rapids 1
  • Sporting Kansas City 2 – Los Angeles Galaxy 1
  • Atlanta United 2 – Montreal Impact 0
  • Portland Timbers 3 – Orlando City 0

5 Things To Know

  1. The MVP race is heating up. Reigning 2017 MLS MVP David Villa was long considered the favorite to win the award again this season. With 19 goals and nine assists in 27 appearances, he’s followed last year’s performance with another impressive campaign. It’s time to seriously consider Portland’s Diego Valeri as the new favorite. This weekend he scored in his ninth-straight match with two goals versus Orlando. Valeri has 20 goals on the season, the most by a midfielder in a single season, and leads the league in scoring. He’s also tallied nine assists while appearing in 29 matches so far. Two superstars in impressive form create a fun MVP race to watch with a month left in the season.
  2. Patrick Mullins bagged goals like nobody’s business. The D.C. United forward became the 11th player in MLS history to score four goals in a single game. In Saturday’s match, Mullins scored all four goals in his team’s 4-0 win against San Jose. He hadn’t scored a goal all season until these four. He also did so at a record-setting pace. Mullins tallied all four goals in just a 31-minute stretch. His first came in the 57th minute before polishing off the feat in the 88th. We’ll hear more about his performance a little later.
  3. Seattle’s streak snapped by a streaking RSL. The Sounders ran up a 13-match unbeaten streak before a 2-0 loss to a Salt Lake team making their playoff push. Seattle has been cooling off for a bit now, but that unbeaten streak masked it a bit. Before Saturday’s loss, they were held to draws in four straight. Meanwhile, this win propelled RSL up to fifth place in the West. We just won’t talk about Luke Mulholland’s goal celebration.
  4. Landon Donovan called out his old club. Sigi Schmid took over to rebuild the LA Galaxy in the midst of one of their worst seasons. During their 2-1 loss Sunday at Sporting Kansas City, Landon Donovan was on the broadcast team and didn’t mince words. His main complaint? The Galaxy lack a plan. “It doesn’t look like they have a real plan for what they want to do or who they want to be,” said Donovan. LA has the resources and there’s no doubt they’ll be good again before you know it.
  5. Sporting KC captured the season’s first trophy. SKC defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1 Wednesday night to claim the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  The win earned them their fourth U.S. Open Cup and third in six tournaments. Add in the 2013 MLS Cup and Sporting is the model of consistency over the last six seasons for Major League Soccer.

Player Of The Week

Patrick Mullins tallied four goals faster than anyone in MLS history to earn our MLS Week 29 Player of the Week honor.

Patrick Mullins tallied four goals faster than anyone in MLS history to earn our MLS Week 29 Player of the Week honor.

D.C United forward Patrick Mullins earned our MLS Week 29 Player of the Week award at record place. In his 16th appearance, Mullins netted his first four goals of the season. Not only that, but he bagged them in a record-setting 31-minute stretch. He opened the scoring in the 57th minute, giving D.C. a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Just three minutes later, Mullins scored a brace in the 60th minute. He polished off his hat trick with this tally in the 68th minute. With an 88th-minute free kick, Mullins became the 11th player in MLS history to score four goals in a single game and the fastest to do it in just 31 minutes. A round of applause to Patrick Mullins for his record-setting pace as our MLS Week 29 Player of the Week.

The Standings

It’s time for a regular check of the standings after MLS Week 29.

MLS Week 29 Eastern Conference Standings

MLS Week 29 Eastern Conference Standings

MLS Week 29 Western Conference Standings

MLS Week 29 Western Conference Standings

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