MLS Sunday Recap
Sporting Kansas City vs. L.A. Galaxy
Despite ending in a 2-2 draw, this match was an entertaining one that saw Landon Donovan score his first goal since returning to the league.
The Galaxy were the first to go ahead in the match. Alan Gordon headed home an Emmanuel Boateng cross in the 7th minute to put the away side ahead.
Sporting Kansas City had the majority of the goal-scoring chances in the first half but were unable to come up with an equalizer. They would have to wait until the 50th minute to see their first goal come. Jacob Peterson was the goal scorer with Dominic Dwyer providing the assist.
The home side would take the lead in the 69th minute when Dwyer scored after a quick restart from Sporting Kansas City. Saad Abdul-Salaam and Benny Feilhaber were credited with the assists.
Donovan would make his appearance in the 74th minute as he entered the match as a substitute for the second straight week. It took him less than three minutes to find the back of the net as the veteran midfielder curled a low driven shot into the bottom corner.
In the end, it finished 2-2. Both clubs will sit in second and sixth place in the Western Conference, as we head into another important weekend in the race for the playoffs.
Toronto F.C. vs. New York Red Bulls
This was one of the most anticipated matchups of the weekend, and in the end, it did not disappoint. Both clubs played a hard fought 90 minutes and ended up with a point a piece.
The first goal of the match was by Toronto F.C. defender Steven Beitashour. A low driven cross was misjudged by Beitashour and he ended up sending it into his own net. Another defensive mistake in the 31st minute led to a Bradley Wright-Phillips goal that made it a 2-0 Red Bulls lead.
Just before halftime, Toronto came up with a big goal to bring them back into the match. American midfielder Michael Bradley was the goal scorer, in what was his first MLS goal of the season.
The Red Bulls regained their two-goal advantage in the 48th minute when Wright-Phillips scored his second of the match. Sacha Kljestan and Alex Muyl were the credited with the assists.
Jozy Altidore responded with a brace of his own in the second half to tie things back up. The American striker scored his first in the 68th minute with a fantastically taken free kick and slotted home a second in the 86th minute.
New York Red Bulls finished 3-3, as Toronto F.C. will hold onto first place in the Eastern Conference, and become the first club to clinch a playoff spot.