Breaking the rules didn't even help Tally Hall beat the Sounders
Seattle Sounders 2-0 Houston Dynamo. The sequence surrounding Brad Evans' penalty kick goal really highlights the inconsistency of MLS refereeing. Shortly after David Estrada's opening, Baldomero Toledo whistled for a penalty kick as Geoff Cameron pushed Patrick Ianni from behind while Ianni was trying to get a head on a corner kick. It was a tough call because of the timing and because of the commotion in the box, but Toledo got it right when most other MLS referees get that very same play wrong all the time. But then on the penalty kick attempt, Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall was way off his line. Like 2-3 steps off his line. And Toledo made no call. Inconsistency I tell ya.
Toronto FC 0-3 San Jose Earthquakes. What is with TFC? They punch the LA Galaxy in the mouth twice in the CCL, but can't even handle the Quakes at home? Three San Jose players actually had time to stop and play rock, paper, scissors in the box on their second goal. Shea Salinas won with rock, so he got to be the one to score.
New England Revolution 1-0 Portland Timbers. Dammit Timbers. You had to go and let down the entire Western Conference by losing to the Revolution, who pulled a very Backian move by starting Shalrie Joseph in central defense. Somehow it worked.
Columbus Crew 2-0 Montreal Impact. My prediction of a tie in this match was going just smoothly until the Impact started committing fouls all over the place - some worth of red cards, some inside the box.
Chicago Fire 1-0 Philadelphia Union. D.C. United has scored one goal this season and has improved in each of its three matches. That's more than the Union can say. Good news, guys. A spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs has opened up!
New York Red Bulls 4-1 Colorado Rapids. I guess the West's dominance of the East couldn't last forever. A devastatingly bad performance from Matt Pickens and the Colorado defense made this one too easy for the Red Bulls, as they went with a very un-Backian starting 11 that actually included its best players.