A word to the wise: Never bet money on MLS results. If you had this week, going with the favorites might have resulted in a lost of lost cash, as they took losses left and right, while teams that had disappointed recently broke through with big results.
The Philadelphia Union finally returned to the win column for the first time in over eight months, while Orlando City's momentum came to a crashing halt with a pair of road defeats, for example.
There was a fair amount of entertainment in between all that madness, so let’s get to it in the Week 10 edition of The MLS XI:
The Union entered the weekend as the lone winless team in MLS, but they achieved a significant victory mid-week when a released this spot-on video tribute to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
As good as the video was though, some were wondering if maybe the Union should be focusing on, you know, winning their next game against the New York Red Bulls, considering the club's last win in MLS play came on August 27 of last year. Well, they did that, too. Philly's Fresh Prince, CJ Sapong, had a hat trick in a 3–0 win, with all three goals coming in one 11-minute span in the second half.
Unfortunately for Frei and Seattle, the save didn’t lead to an eventual victory. Altidore later earned and buried a penalty kick as Toronto won 1–0.
This is his first season on MLS, but the long-range, perfectly placed golazo from outside the box is already becoming his signature move. He did it in Week 1, and he did it again in Week 10 against Orlando City.
That was the capper in a 4–0 win for the Dynamo, impressively done without the services of leading scorer Erick “Cubo” Torres. For Orlando, it capped a rough two-loss week following a midweek loss at Toronto FC.
Still out with a foot injury suffered on national team duty, Sebastian Lletget took in Saturday’s Galaxy game against the Chicago Fire from behind the lens. He was given an impromptu crash course in how important good lightning is for photography.
He also watched his team fight back from a 2–0 down to force a 2–2 draw thanks to two set-piece goals.
MLS has seen a few of its forwards go off on scoring streaks this season, and the latest is FC Dallas striker Maxi Urruti. The Argentine had two goals in a 3-0 win at Real Salt Lake on Saturday, including an especially nifty improvised finish for his second.
San Jose’s 3–0 win over Portland was one of the more unexpected results of the weekend, but the scorer of the goals could not possibly have been more predictable. Chris Wondolowski hasn’t had the best start to the 2017 season, but he notched goals Nos. 124 and 125 of his illustrious MLS career in the win.
The 125th was scored with a very Wondo-like bit of finishing:
New fact: @ChrisWondo is now the all-time leading scorer vs. @TimbersFC in MLS history with 10 goals in 13 games.
The most commonly cited weakness of the Montreal Impact going into this season was that its squad was simply too old to withstand the rigors of a long MLS regular season. But so far this season it’s been the youngsters making an impact for the Canadian club. On Saturday it was Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, who in addition to having one of the best names in MLS also has a fair bit of skill in his 18-year-old legs.