Two of the hottest teams in MLS took the pitch at RFK Stadium on Saturday evening, with Chivas USA riding a four-game winning streak and D.C. United having won three of four.
D.C. United extended their lead atop the Eastern Conference, while the San Jose Earthquakes dug their hole even deeper at the bottom of the West.
Eddie Johnson scored from the penalty spot and Luis Silva added another from open play in the first half as United overcame Chris Wondolowski’s sixth goal of the season for a 2-1 victory Friday night.
Goals by Nick DeLeon and Perry Kitchen gave D.C. United a 2-1 win over Toronto FC with all three strikes coming in a wild second half that came to a crescendo when TFC were cut down to 10 men in the final minutes Saturday evening at BMO Field.
West was the best in a meeting of conference leaders Saturday night at RFK Stadium as the Seattle Sounders cruised to a 1-0 victory over D.C. United.
Chad Barrett’s first-half strike would be enough for Seattle in the teams’ return to MLS play following the World Cup break.
There was plenty for the neutral to enjoy on Wednesday at Stade Saputo, as the Montreal Impact and D.C. United scored six goals between them in a frantic first half.
A Luis Silva hat trick was the difference, however, as D.C. picked up the three points and moved to the top of the Eastern Conference (7-4-4, 25 pts) with a 4-2 win on Wednesday. Nick DeLeon scored the other D.C. goal.
About four hours after Cesc Fabregas missed an early penalty kick in Spain’s 2-0 win over El Salvador, Fabian Espindola flubbed an injury-time PK that allowed the Columbus Crew to escape FedEx Field with a 0-0 draw on Saturday night in the nightcap of a Road to Brazil doubleheader.
Fabián Espíndola scores when he wants to. And apparently, when he isn’t even trying to as well.
After a slow, scoreless first half of play, the skies and the game opened up in a second half that featured a little bit of everything, ending in a New England Revolution 2-1 victory over Eastern Conference rival D.C. United Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
What a difference a year makes.
Just a season after being swept in their three-game series with the Houston Dynamo by a combined score of 8-1, D.C. United made easy work of the Dynamo on Wednesday night, riding goals from Fabian Espindola and Chris Rolfe to a 2-0 victory at RFK Stadium.
The wait is over for Eddie Johnson.