There were 2 games amongst 4 teams and 4 goals scored during this MLS weekend. Did you miss watching all the football actions on DSPORT? Let’s have a look here at what all happened across MLS during week 16:
San Jose Earthquakes 0, Sporting Kansas City 0
San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City end up in a scoreless draw on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. San Jose defense – which saw Andres Imperiale making his season debut in place of the injured Florian Jungwirth – held strong. SKC were a bit unlucky, too, as a shot from Benny Feilhaber hit the post and a header from Roger Espinoza was cleared off the line by Cordell Cato.
- San Jose Earthquakes with 20 points are at 6th spot in the Western Conference
- Sporting Kansas City with 27 points are the Western Conference table topper
It was already expected to be a tough match against the Western Conference leaders, but San Jose had to approach the game without regulars Florian Jungwirth, Darwin Ceren (suspended), Marco Urena (suspended) and Fatai Alashe (injured).
SKC has struggled on the road this year, winning just once in now nine games – and scoring only three goals. But the road shutout tonight was the team’s first clean sheet away from home since that 1-0 win at Portland back on April 15. It was also Tim Melia’s ninth shutout of the year.
BINGHAM’S BIG SAVE
Quakes goalkeeper David Bingham had a couple of early hiccups – see both plays above, where he came off his line both times but didn’t come up with the ball either time. Having weathered those attempts, he made the biggest play of the game in the dying seconds. Zusi shot to Bingham’s right but the goalkeeper made the low save to preserve the shutout – and point.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Houston Dynamo 2
The Houston Dynamo missed their first road win of 2017 on Sunday. A contentious injury-time goal by Romain Alessandrini snatched a last-gasp 2-2 draw for the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center, saving the Californians from what would have been their fourth home loss of the season.
It was rough justice on Houston, who opened the scoring via Mauro Manotas and feasted on their trademark quick transitions, directing five shots on target (13 overall). After Ema Boateng equalized for LA, Alberth Elis lifted a delightful finish over Clement Diop in the 74th minute. However, in the dying moments of a lengthy stoppage-time period, the impressive Alessandrini came up big for the Galaxy once again.
- 22′ – HOU – Mauro Manotas
- 35′ – LA – Emmanuel Boateng
- 74′ – HOU – Alberth Elis
- 90+4′ – LA – Romain Alessandrini
- LA Galaxy with 19 points are at 7th spot in the Western Conference
- Houston Dynamo with 24 points are at 2nd spot in the Western Conference
Few road draws have ever felt as much like a loss as this one for Houston, who were 0-6-1 away from homecoming into this game. The Orange missed a hatful of opportunities to seal the deal and run the score to 3-1.
STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN HOUSE
In a league where home-field advantage is a statistically dominant factor, the Galaxy are upending conventional wisdom. LA are a mere 1-3-3 at home, a marked drop from their traditional StubHub dominance under former coach Bruce Arena, but 4-2-1 on the road.
Alessandrini has had a hand in nearly all of LA’s goals to date. This weekend’s timely, much-debated strike is his seventh of the season, and he notched his seventh assist of the campaign on Boateng’s finish.