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With the threat of Hurricane Irene heading towards the east coast, only six out of the scheduled nine matches were played this week due to the possibility of putting the players and fans at risk.
However, out of the matches that were played, the Seattle Sounders got an easy win against the east coast leaders Columbus Crew, proving that the eastern conference has some catching up to do if they want to compete well in the playoffs this year.
Seattle Sounders 6:2 Columbus Crew
Lamar Neagle helped secure a shocking victory for the Seattle Sounders by getting his first career hat trick. Neagle scored twice in the first half, and scored his third goal in the 70th minute. Mauro Rosales scored in the 16th minute after being awarded a penalty kick and Michael Fucito put a goal in the back of the net just before halftime.
Columbus Crew’s Josh Gardner contributed a goal for both teams, scoring a goal in the 73rd minute then putting in an own-goal shortly after.
Toronto FC 1:1 San Jose Earthquake
Toronto scored halfway through the first half in a hard-fought battle to try and secure a well-earned three points. However, a strong attacking San Jose was finally able to equalize before the final whistle sounded. Eric Avila scored in the 33rd minute, looking like the goal that would carry Toronto to victory.
However, Chris Wondolowski was able to equalize in the 87th minute, leaving both teams frantically fighting for their second goal that never came in the final three minutes.
Vancouver Whitecaps 1:0 Houston Dynamo
After a long-fought battle, Vancouver was able to pull off the victory with a goal in the 86th minute. Vancouver’s Shea Salinas came into the match as a substitute in the 33rd minute for John Thorrington.
After several attempts by both Vancouver and Houston, Salinas was able to score in the 86th minute, not leaving enough time for Houston to recover.
Chicago Fire 2:0 Colorado
Two goals from the Chicago Fire in the first half left the last half of the match uneventful. Chicago’s Dominic Oduro scored in the 17th minute, while Cory Gibbs scored 20 minutes later just before the end of the half.
Over 20 fouls were committed during the match, not allowing the game to flow and keep the fans entertained throughout the second half.
Sporting Kansas City 2:3 FC Dallas
Sporting Kansas City gave up in the second half of the match, allowing FC Dallas to comeback from a 2-0 deficit to lose by one goal. Bobby Warshaw scored his first career goal with FC Dallas in the second minute of stoppage time, giving FC Dallas the victory.
Kansas City scored in the 22nd minute from Kei Kamara, and Omar Bravo doubled Kansas City’s score in the 68th minute. But FC Dallas rallied in the final minutes with two goals from Daniel Hernandez and Maicon Santos, and won the match with the final goal by Warshaw.
Chivas USA 0:1 Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake scored in the 10th minute off the boot of Alvaro Saborio, and held the lead for the remaining 80 minutes to secure the win visiting Chivas USA.
Real Salt Lake played a man down for 67 minutes after Nat Saborio was given a red card and sent off in the 24th minute. All in all, it was a defensive battle throughout the match, leaving not many attacking chances.
Due to the unsafe weather conditions caused by Hurricane Irene; the matches involving DC United, Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, Los Angeles Galaxy, Philadelphia Union and New England Revolution were postponed.