The Western Conference flexed its collective muscle yet again this weekend, with the top four teams in the West combining for a 3-0-1 record with just one goal allowed (and an own goal at that) in four matches.
Real Salt Lake stated its case as a favorite to repeat as MLS Cup champions on Saturday with a convincing 2-0 win against the Columbus Crew, which had its own hot streak going before being cooled off at Rio Tinto Stadium. Javier Morales likely scooped up MLS Player of the Week honors with his stunning two-goal performance for RSL.
The Los Angeles Galaxy returned to the winning ways of the first half of the season with a 1-0 victory against New York at Red Bull Arena. The Galaxy's stingy defense made Edson Buddle's first-half goal stand-up.
FC Dallas has been the most surprising team in MLS this season, but the club's latest victory pushes FCD a step closer to title contender status rather than upstart status. Three different players scored goals (four if you count Jair Benitez's own goal) as Dallas pushed its unbeaten streak to ten games.
Here is a rundown of the weekend's MLS action:
Union 1, Rapids 1
A questionable no-call costs the Union the win, giving the Rapids a precious point.
Galaxy 1, Red Bulls 0
Edson Buddle was clinical again, Rafa Marquez was tired and awful and Thierry Henry remains goal-less in MLS.
FC Dallas 3, D.C. United 1
Misery continues for D.C. as Dallas dominates in rare road win.
Revolution 1, Dynamo 0
Newly-signed Ilija Stolica pays immediate dividends by netting winner in his Revs debut.
Real Salt Lake 2, Crew 0
Some bulletin board material, and Javier Morales, helped RSL halt a previously red-hot Columbus squad.
Earthquakes 1, Wizards 0
Joe Cannon shines in his return to the San Jose lineup, while Chris Wondolowski recaptures his scoring touch.
Chivas USA 0, Sounders 0
Zach Thornton shuts down Seattle yet again, a job made easier after crushing Fredy Montero.
What did you think of this weekend's matches? Who impressed you the most? Disappointed with New York's performance? Starting to believe in FC Dallas as serious contender?
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