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MLS Match Day 7: Your Running Commentary

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The Western side of the United States is the place to be for MLS action tonight, as five night games are being played in home stadiums of Western Conference clubs.

Chicago's 3-2 victory over TFC kicked things off today, but a later-than-usual cluster of matches should give MLS fans plenty of enticing night-time viewing.

The main event tonight features Western Confernce leaders Real Salt Lake and San Jose squaring off, while Portland tries to halt Sporting KC's perfect start to the season.

Here is a rundown of tonight's action:

  • 7:30pm– Columbus Crew vs. Houston Dynamo
  • 9pm– Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy
  • 10pm– Vancouver Whitecaps vs. FC Dallas
  • 10:30pm– San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake
  • 10:30pm– Portland Timbers vs. Sporting Kansas City
  • 10:30pm– Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia Union

If you will be watching tonight's action, please feel free to share your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action.

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  1. I’m not sure I follow. The first red was not unreasonable, the second red was only questionable after review on slow replay. It’s tough on the ref to blame him for getting the call wrong. And as far as Lenhart, I thought the ref gave him a quick yellow for his well-earned reputation alone; I think with most other players it’s just a warning.
    RSL and their fans should have nothing to be ashamed of in this game. I look forward to the rematch in Rio Tinto.

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  2. I havn’t seen the RSL incident but Lenharts a cheater, everyone knows it. Shame really he’s good but let’s himself down.

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  3. What game were you watching?Lenhart was ahead of Olave running toward goal with the ball with nothing but space between him and Rimando and Olave tripped/pushed him down right outside the box. Watch the replay.

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  4. Rapids – Galaxy was super entertaining. Just got back from game and post tailgate. Unfortunately CO was on wrong end of scoreline, OG and missed penalty, but nice possession and shot advantage, full crowd, and converted a few casual fans. Good luck coming here next week, Chivas.

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  5. Both red cards to RSL were well-deserved to me. Studs up dangerous tackle by espindola- certainly no argument there. Ike Opara played a quick ball over the top that caught everybody but Lenhart napping. He got off quickly, got position in front of Olave who rode him to the ground just outside the box. What’s controversial about that? And besides, it’s karma for your cheating/diving last year by Saborio- even Kreis called him out for it.

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  6. First, he didn’t feign anything, and second, it wasn’t a penalty. He always goes at it with an all-in mentality and defenders foul him in order to stop him. An experienced defender like Olave should have known better than to take him down, him being the last defender, and Lenhart on a goal scoring opportunity.

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  7. Man, Real Salt Lake have been embaressed by their fanbase all over the web tonight. Sad whiner after sad whiner after sad whiner. You lost, your team shafted itself, get over it. I thought y’all were supposed to be roughy tough cowboys in Utah?

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  8. No, I’d rather see us win playing good soccer. But I hope that Lenhart’s antics are self-correcting. At his current rate of picking up yellow cards, he’ll be suspended for quite a few games.

    Interesting take on the Olave pantsing in the referee forum on BigSoccer. They think it would be impossible to spot from the center ref’s viewpoint behind the players.

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  9. But the ‘affect’/’effect’ problem is about the worst. It takes 20 min in office hours to start students on the path to fixing that mistake.

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  10. I watched this on tape, so I’m late responding, but it wasn’t a penalty. It wasn’t a dive either, as the Colorado player stretched for a ball and fell, but it shouldn’t have been called. The Galaxy delayed the pk for about 3 minutes, which put Cummings off, and he had a terrible effort. The end result was fair.

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  11. Tough loss for RSL. They gave everything and could have easily snuck away with the point. Really great team defending and effort from them.

    San Jose has played well all year, number one is not undeserved.

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  12. The ref should take the blame here. There’s always a lenhart type of player but the refs have to be better than to fall for crap like that. That wasn’t worth a card of any color. Lenhart leans into the faster and stronger Olave and almost pulls his drawers down while grabbing the crotch of the shorts. That’s some bush league refereeing right there.

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  13. Unbelievable how badly I did predicting games this week. Only got the Fire’s win and the Crew-Dynamo draw.

    Hoping I’ll be wrong tomorrow, too. Predicted NY win. Actually, I’m expecting a rain-out. If the forecasts are right, the field won’t be playable.

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  14. the second red does seem questionable. So was the yellow that Lenhart got a moment prior to that.

    Not quite sure where the 6 additional minutes came from, but the score was in the 2nd minute of stoppage time. I can definitely see where 2 minutes of additional time would be warranted.

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  15. Lenhart isn’t in 10 minutes before he’s rolling on the ground feigning a penalty – that guy is the worst. Are SJ fans proud of that type of play?

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  16. Beckerman with a great finish tied up RSL vs SJ in minute 52….

    Horrendous second red card against Olava in minute 70…..Leonhardt sold a dive as the last man to the goal and the ref blew it BIG TIME…..

    This ref is awful….just plain awful….RSL down to 9 guys….

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  17. Van still up 1-0 on Dal in the 75th but it’s heating up, Seitz just saved a Camilo drive and the Whitecaps are moving the ball very well.

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  18. Boyd clears a Sapong shot off the line and it goes into the half with Portland up 1-0 on KC. That OG really needed circus music played under it.

    And Freddy Adu has a backheel goal on a Farfan assist for a 1-0 lead on Chivas at the half.

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  19. Own Goal strikes again! This time it’s for Portland, Chance Meyers collides with his CB and puts a Kris Boyd cross into the net without really having a Timbers player anywhere near. Let’s see how KC respond down 1-0 38th.

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  20. John having a flawless game defensively. Distribution has been perfect through 45 as well. Call him up next month again for the first time Jurgen.

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  21. Was this a prediction? Because while Bruin scored on a header and assisted on Ching’s leveler, neither were what you’d call GOTW. Props to Eddie Gaven on a great 2nd strike though.

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  22. LA up 2-0 on Col at halftime. First goal an OG by Marvel Wynn. Beckham played a smart free kick to a streaking Magee, who put a dangerous header back across goal where it clipped Wynn. 2nd goal by Donovan, he and Keane run 2/3’s the length of the field, Keane plays him in where Donovan’s low shot goes right through Pickens legs. But you can’t really say LA is dominating overall.

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