MLS Preseason Recap: Red Bulls top Galaxy; Revs, ‘Caps stay unbeaten & more

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By CALEB SONNELAND

Goals from Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry lifted the New York Red Bulls over the Los Angeles Galaxy Wednesday night in a 2-1 win, but it wasn't enough to see the team into the final of the Desert Diamond Cup, as the Galaxy marched to the title game by virtue of goal difference.

A free kick from L.A.'s Marcelo Sarvas gave the Galaxy the goal they needed in the 78th minute, when his low, curling freekick found the bottom left corner of Ryan Meara's goal.

Cooper had opened scoring in the 31st minute, when he cooly slotted the ball home from the top of the area after Connor Lade found the big striker in space. His strike partner, Henry, doubled the advantage after he finished off a flowing move with a powerful header coming off a Dane Richards cross.

The Galaxy will face the New England Revolution in the championship game, while the Red Bulls will face RSL in the third-place match. 

REVOLUTION STAY PERFECT, TOP RSL

The Revolution continued their perfect preseason, defeating Real Salt Lake 2-1 to reach the Desert Diamond Cup final.

Diego Fagundez gave the Revs the early lead in the 8th minute before Bjorn Runstrom — an unsigned training camp participant — sealed the win in the 56th. RSL had found an equalizer from Nico Muñiz in the first half. 

The result ushered New England into the tournament final with a 3-0-0 record and marks the team's six consecutive preseason victories.

WHITECAPS BLANK SKC, DYNAMO THROUGH AT DISNEY CLASSIC

It's a scoreline that not many would have projected last season, but the Vancouver Whitecaps routed Sporting Kansas City 3-0 in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic last night.

Vancouver has been dominant thus far in the tournament, registering seven goals while conceding noneen route to a 3-0-0 record. The result sees the Whitecaps top Pool 1 and head into the final of the contest. 

Sebastien Le Toux starting things off in the 50th minute when Davide Chiumiento chipped a ball into his path for him to power home with a header. The goal marks his third goal in as many games, with two coming from the penalty spot.

Russell Teibert and Carlyle Mitchell completed the rout with goals coming in a five-minute span in the 62nd and 67th minutes, respectively. Teibert struck low from 18 yards out to beat SKC keeper Jon Kempin, while Mitchell smashed home a close-range attempt.

The Houston Dynamo and the Montreal Impact slugged out a 1-1 draw to earn the former second place in Pool 1 and a spot in the consolation game of the tournament on goal difference. 

Will Bruin put the Dynamo on the scoresheet in the 49th minute when he headed home a cross from Colin Clark at the back post.

Montreal's Patrice Bernier brought his side back to level pegging with a lovely free kick into the upper-left corner in the 56th minute.

Highlights of the match can be seen here (Bernier's goal is at 1:57).

The final two games of the tournament will be played Saturday. The consolation match will kick off at 6 p.m., and the championship will begin at 8.

UNITED WINS THIRD STRAIGHT CCC

Despite Dwayne de Rosario not seeing any action, D.C. United brushed off the hosting Charleston Battery with a 3-1 win Wednesday night to clinch their third straight Carolina Challenge Cup.

Goals from Maicon Santos, Ryan Richter and Hamdi Salihi put the clash to bed over the 10-man Battery. The goal marks Salihi's second in as many games for the club.

United DP Branko Boskovic cut open the Battery defense with a pass to Santos in the 13th minute. The Brazilian striker worked some room for himself in the box before lashing a shot and beating keeper Kevin Klasila at his near post. 

Klasila's forgettable night continued as he gifted the MLS side its second goal in the 31st minute when Richter headed a somewhat tame effort on goal only for the ball to slip straight through Klasila's hands and into the net.

Salihi capped off a night of scoring after Andy Najar went on a classy run up the right-hand side of the field before crossing to Salihi for an easy finish from the Albanian striker.

The win nearly came at a cost for D.C., as Charleston's Mark Wiltse took out Danny Cruz with a two-footed challenge and was sent off. According to the club, X-rays on Cruz' ankle came back negative and showed just a bone bruise. 

With one round of games yet to play, United will take home the Cup regardless of the next slate of results as a result of its head-to-head advantage over the current second place team, the Chicago Fire.

MONTERO BRACE PACES SOUNDERS

Fredy Montero was back to what he does best last night as the Seattle Sounders (5-0-2) saw off its Mexican opponents, Jaguares de Chiapas, in the third annual "Community Shield" charity match in Seattle.

Montero notched his brace in the second half of the contest, bringing his preseason tally to a team-high of five. 

It took just a little more than hour for the Colombian to get off the mark when he rose highest to an Adam Johansson cross to give his side the lead in the 61st minute.

Just 12 minutes later, Montero found space on top of the Jaguares area after being found by Osvaldo Alonso. Montero then turned and chipped a beautiful lob into the top left corner of the goal to seal the win.

Mauro Rosales was named the captain for the night, and coach Sigi Schmid told reporters that the Argentine will "certainly" wear the armband again next week. Seattle must now prepare for its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal first leg against Santos Laguna next Wednesday.

Highlights of the match can be found here.

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Who do you see winning the Desert Diamond Cup and Disney Classic? What do you make of the Revolution and Whitecaps so far this preseason? Think it is a taste of things to come this season? Whose goal did you like better: Bernier's or Montero's? 

Share your thoughts below.

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27 Responses to MLS Preseason Recap: Red Bulls top Galaxy; Revs, ‘Caps stay unbeaten & more

  1. cajun says:

    Absolutely sublime chip, leaving the GK for Jaguares rooted, by that hippie Fredy Montero on the 2nd goal!

  2. EARL says:

    Here is an awesome clip of the Montero lob, as well as a nice call by new play by play guy Ross Fletcher.

    link to youtube.com

  3. Andrew says:

    Le Touxxxxxxxxx. Good to see him killing it.

  4. RK says:

    Matt Mathai had an awesome photo of that Cruz takedown…

  5. Luis F says:

    This is more of the same from Le Toux, scoring a significant portion of his goals from the penalty spot. Given the difficulties many players have scoring from the spot, you have to give Le Toux credit for converting his chances. But penalties make up a lot of his goals. In 2011, 4 of 11 were from the spot (it was less drastic in 2010, where 3 of 14 came from the spot).

    I like that Le Toux has enjoyed success since leaving Seattle and I wish the guy well. But I’m just not sure how good the guy is.

  6. Brain Guy says:

    Despite the raft of disappointing preseason results, RBNY have looked pretty decent when their first-string guys were playing (against Pumas and LA).

  7. $herman Maje$ty says:

    When will Kenny Cooper get some respect? Every one including SBI still hating on him!!! He is a star; will have All-Star year; and should be on USMNT. Cooper!!!!

  8. Gnarls says:

    When will American soccer have a real community shield match? Supporters’ Shield winner vs. USOC winner. LA vs. Seattle. It’d draw a ton of viewers.

  9. Gnarls says:

    Because he falls over with a slight gust of wind. He’s a turd.

  10. fischy says:

    It’s nice, but Fagundez isn’t getting the love for attempting an even trickier chip at full speed, straight on. The ball struck the bar on the way down, missing a goal by inches. Check out MLS highlights of that.

  11. fischy says:

    Really hope he can be persuaded to join the other red, white and blue.

  12. deflater mouse says:

    …think Seattle could have used a reliable PK taker the past 2 years?

  13. Luis F says:

    Without a doubt. But Le Toux would never have been on the field to take one, other than Open Cup matches.

  14. chris says:

    2000 lbs / (200 lbs per viewer) = 10

  15. jgsm1tty says:

    Ask Sigi that. I am sure he would LOVE to have Le Toux starting with Montero right now.

  16. Luis F says:

    jgsm1tty – You are probably right that Le Toux would be starting right now. But I don’t think he’d start over Johnson or Ochoa when they are both healthy and fit (and I acknowledge that with Ochoa, being fit is not guaranteed).

    I never rated Le Toux highly because his technical ability is poor for an attacking player. He does work hard, and his effort gets him into good scoring positions. He has abilities that allow for a certain degree of success in MLS. But in the final analysis, there’s a reason teams keep letting him go.

  17. go usa says:

    Brilliant! LOL :-)

  18. JJ says:

    Exactly

  19. Gnarls says:

    Clearly I was referring to a gross ton, or 2,240 pounds. That’s 11.2 viewers. And 200 pounds is the Mississippi average, not the California or Washington average. In all reality, we’re looking at an easy 12.4 viewers.

  20. Joe+G says:

    It’s not so much willingness, but Diego doesn’t have a Green Card, so he’s no closer than 5 years away from being a citizen (based on Boston Globe articles, I get the feeling he wasn’t even here legally). Like Najar, there really isn’t any option to wait for us. If he gets the call up from Uruguay, he has to go.

  21. JP says:

    Why isnt Montero on the Colombian national squad? He’s good!

  22. Charles says:

    The Sounders did that against Colorado last year. Drew a little better than last night.

    They show those games on TV, with commercials ( missed a goal last night ), I am sure they are watched. dont know how many.

  23. Charles says:

    There is a reason yeah, Sigi made a mistake.

    One, playing him in the wrong position.

    Two, keeping others over him.

  24. chris says:

    We are not Europe

  25. deflater mouse says:

    Nope… Less than 7,500 for the Rapids preseason game… 11,000 last night…

  26. $herman Maje$ty says:

    Gnarls: you are not the sharpest knife in the drawer are you? Do you know anything about futbol? Have you completed High School? When Cooper has an great year this year in MLS; you will remember what I said and then maybe you will realize you are an dumb@$$.

  27. Luis F says:

    It’s hard to argue that if you look at who was protected in that year’s expansion draft.

    Alonso, Osvaldo
    Evans, Brad
    Gonzalez, Leo
    Hurtado, Jhon Kennedy
    Ianni, Patrick
    Jaqua, Nate
    Keller, Kasey
    Ljungberg, Freddie
    Marshall, Tyrone
    Montero, Fredy
    Zakuani, Steve

    The only guys I would quibble with are Ianni (who played a lot that year) and Evans (who I just don’t like, but started when healthy). Jaqua had 9 G 7 A that year in 2200 minutes, while Le Toux had 1 G 3 A in 1500 minutes. Given those numbers, who would you protect?

    Sigi saw them every day in practice, we didn’t. I don’t think he made a mistake. I think Le Toux landed in a great situation, and his numbers showed. But Philly wouldn’t have moved him if they thought he was one of their best options up top.