So much for the Los Angeles Galaxy season collapsing.
The Galaxy halted its recent slide in commanding fashion, delivering a 3-1 victory against the Columbus Crew on Saturday to regain sole possession of the best record in MLS and ease fears that the team was in danger of falling apart.
Los Angeles stepped up with a needed win, but several other teams in dire need of three points fell woefully short. Playoff pretenders Toronto FC and the Chicago Fire both entered their matches expected to record precious points, but both were shut out, leaving them both in serious danger of falling out of the playoff race.
One team that rebounded well was the New York Red Bulls, which shook off last week's loss to Real Salt Lake by handily beating a Colorado side that never looked like a threat.
Here is a look at last weekend's MLS action:
Chivas USA 2, New England Revolution 0
The playoffs are still a REAL longshot, but Martin Vasquez's team put together a strong and promising performance. Meanwhile, the Revs were just plain awful, leaving the playoffs looking like a pipe dream. HIGHLIGHTS
New York Red Bulls 3, Colorado Rapids 1
The Red Bulls have found a starting lineup that works, and Thierry Henry is starting to look like his old self. The real key for the Red Bulls is the play of wingers Dane Richards and Joel Lindpere. As for Colorado, the Rapids paid for a slow start and must still learn how to win on the road, and are still relying too much on Omar Cummings. HIGHLIGHTS
D.C. United 1, Toronto FC 0
There wasn't a more embarrassing result than this one for Toronto, which has suddenly gone from unbeatable at home to very vulnerable. This loss could be the first major step in another late-season slide, while D.C. appears to be responding to new coach Ben Olsen. HIGHLIGHTS
Philadelphia Union 1, Chicago Fire 0
The Fire learned what many have learned, that the Union can be very touch to deal with at PPL Park. Sebastien LeToux continues to build his MVP case (though it's still a losing one) while Brad Knighton stakes his claim to the starting goalkeeping job. As for Chicago, the Fire is running out of time to catch the pack in the playoff race. HIGHLIGHTS
San Jose Earthquakes 0, FC Dallas 0
The Dallas defense put together another strong road performance while San Jose has to feel disappointed at its inability to generate many quality scoring chances. The FC Dallas unbeaten streaks is made even more impressive by the fact that Schellas Hyndman has been starting rookies Zach Loyd and Eric Alexander. HIGHLIGHTS
Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Columbus Crew 1
The Galaxy rediscovered some much-needed swagger in thrashing the Crew. Landon Donovan showed some energy that has been lacking in recent weeks, while the Galaxy attacked showed it could still produce without Edson Buddle. Columbus won't spend much time dwelling on this one with CONCACAF Champions League looming, but Andres Mendoza's consolation goal was a good start for the Peruvian newcomer. HIGHLIGHTS
What did you think of this week's matches? Consider Los Angeles the MLS Cup favorite again? Starting to think the Red Bulls can win MLS Cup this year? Think Chicago and Toronto FC are doomed to miss the playoffs?
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