15 MLS Players Named to Prelim World Cup Squad
Landon Donovan's scoring drought continued, Chicago beat New York 5-4, and nearly half of Jurgen Klinsmann's provisional roster hails from Major League Soccer.
BY Nick Kariuki Posted
May 13, 2014
May 13, 2014
The Game You Wished You SawThe Chicago Fire’s 5-4 away win against the Red York Red Bulls featured controversial and unexpected goals, trademark scoring plays, and more hat tricks than the league has ever seen in a single match before. After the contest Red Bull’s coach Mike Petke was asked if there were any positives: “Yes. I’m going to go and have a vodka.” We love that response. When a game this insane and exciting comes around, rather than immediately criticizing the defensive errors or trying to understand why the momentum swung as much as a weather vane, you’re better off just sitting back submitting to the spectacle. The scoring opened controversially in the 4th minute when Fire rookie Harrison Shipp curled in a through ball to an offside Mike Magee. The striker followed the pass but did not attempt to play the ball, leaving it to go past the clearly thrown off Luis Robles and into the goal. The officials judged that Magee was not affecting play and the goal was given, despite the protests from the Red Bull’s players and staff. New York was able to even up the score two minutes later when Eric Alexander put in a perfectly weighted cross to Tim Cahill. The Australian rose in front of the six-yard box and headed the ball in for his first goal this season. Apart from a close attempt by Magee in the 38th, the Red Bulls remained in control until half time. The host’s dominance paid off in the 39th minute when Bradley Wright-Phillips volleyed in a cross from a surging Thierry Henry. Chicago took control of the game after the break and in the 49th minute Quincy Amarikwa made a well-timed run into the the box to head in a lofted pass from Jeff Larentowicz for the equalizer. Shipp shifted into high gear at this point: The Fire's Homegrown Player scored his second in the 54th minute with a low shot in the box. His third came five minutes later when he capitalized on Kosuke Kimura’s lax defending to run in and shoot around Robles. After back-and-forth strikes and a ton of action, the final 10 minutes proved suspenseful for the Fire, which had blown a two-goal lead last weekend to lose to Real Salt Lake. This time they were able to see out the game with Sean Johnson coming up with two huge saves in the dying minutes. Check them out below: When the dust settled, Chicago prevailed, 5-4. The loss ended a four-game unbeaten streak for the Red Bulls. It was also the first game in MLS history to feature two hat tricks. Crazy, fun, compelling action.
GOALS OF THE WEEKMichel’s rocket of a free kick earns the top mention this week, even if it only served as a consolation prize in FC Dallas’ 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. The ball travels so fast if you blink you may might miss it. The runners-up this week include Erik Hurtado’s curling left-footed shot in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 1-0 win over the Columbus Crew, which would have impressed Arjen Robben impressed. Midfielder Javier Morales, also on the hat trick list this week, opened the scoring for Real Salt Lake 15 seconds into the match with this audacious chip. And take a look at Diego Fagundez’s second goal, a composed trap-and-finish effort off a cross-field pass from Teal Bunbury.
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Donovan and Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles)
Clint Dempsey, Brad Evans and Deandre Yedlin (Seattle)
Matt Besler and Graham Zusi (Kansas City)
Clarence Goodson and Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
Michael Bradley (Toronto)
Michael Parkhurst (Columbus)
Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando (Salt Lake)
Maurice Edu (Philadelphia)
Brad Davis (Houston)