Chivas couldn’t end their four game losing streak against Kansas City on Friday. For a time, about 38 minutes or so, that dream was a feasible one. Then Dom Dywer scored in the 40th minute. Benny Feilhaber added a second just before halftime and the dream was over.
Chivas served as the remedy for all that ailed Sporting KC, who entered the fixture with a four-game losing streak of their own.
Misery loves company, but only for so long. One party vows to change while the other languishes, continuing to think about what could have been.
So Sporting KC decided to pick themselves off the mat, led by Graham Zusi and Dywer. Matt Besler and Claudio Bieler, who scored the final goal in a 4-0 drubbing, registered confidence lifting performances. SKC, still near the top of the Eastern Conference, put their midsummer heartbreak behind them for at least one glorious night in California. Anything is possible. That Camaro just needs a little bit of work. Maybe she’ll take you back?
Meanwhile, Chivas continues to soldier on, and will face a Toronto FC side that will be fighting for their playoff lives on Sunday afternoon at BMO Field.
Blas Perez shines for Dallas
He wasn’t even supposed to be in Dallas, but there he was, winning MLS player of week.
Blas Perez scored twice for FC Dallas against Vancouver, helping the Hoops increase their lead over the Whitecaps for fourth place.
Yes, all of the above happened, but let’s talk about the goal. You know the one.
Was it intentional? Probably not. Did Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted make a big mistake? He acknowledged he did.
The debate raged on throughout the weekend, but the most important question is worth asking: does it matter? Enjoy Perez’s insane-what-are-you-doing-oh-my-god-what goal for what it was. That being: something we probably won’t see again for a very long time.
Dom Oduro is a FIFA 15 speed demon
Any FIFA video game
addict connoisseur knows speed kills on the flanks. If you’re building your dream team and run out of room for your Bales and Ronaldos, take a look at TFC’s Dom Oduro.
The Ghanaian speedster is the fifth-fastest player in FIFA 15, trailing only Mathis Bolly, Theo Walcott, Jonathan Biabiany and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Gus Johnson steps down as Fox Sports’ lead soccer announcer
Sports commentators have a tough job. Most fans think they can do better. They’re accused of holding incurable bias. They’re either too boring or too showy.
Gus Johnson’s breathless calls during the NCAA tournament served as hallmarks of my youth. The announcement he would lead Fox Sports’ Soccer coverage was met with criticism and skepticism. The experiment was called off by the man himself this weekend.
His explanation for the abrupt decision was as thoughtful and genuine as they come.
"What I realized about calling soccer and especially international soccer, I needed to do 35-40 games just to get my bars up and my chops going," Johnson told SI.com.
"Because of my schedule, I never had a chance to get that kind of experience and work in. I always felt like I was cramming, and I don’t think that’s a good thing. If I am not the best I can be, I did not think it was something I should continue to do."
That schedule includes college basketball and football, as well as soccer. Kudos to Gus for recognizing his limitations.
Goal of the week
Andy Rose’s late winner marked a fitting end to a thrilling encounter between two of the West’s best in Seattle.
The Sounders defeated Real Salt Lake 3-2, and while Rose’s goal was the most important, Lamar Neagle’s marker was downright filthy.