You never know what you’re going to get with MLS. Going into Week 8, the popular choice for match of the weekend was Sporting Kansas City’s visit to FC Dallas. In that match you had the last two unbeaten teams in the league squaring off, plenty of attacking characters to watch, charismatic managers and attractive styles of play for both sides. All the ingredients were there for a highlight-filled 90 minutes.
Instead…the match was a bit of a dud. FC Dallas got a deserved victory thanks to a nice back-post header from Maynor Figueroa, but outside of that, there just wasn’t that much to talk about.
Luckily, the weekend’s other games more than made up for the relative disappointment. For more, let’s go to the MLS XI for Week 8:
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Last week against Kansas City, Darlington Nagbe had a potentially brilliant golazo canceled out by an incredible save.
Nagbe more than made up for it on Saturday. Feast your eyes on the Timbers star’s touch, movement away from defenders and lethal shot past David Ousted.
Actually, they did worse. They blew a 3–0 lead. But after Ignacio Piatti made the score 3–1 with a brilliant solo goal, the Union decided to fulfill their utmost meme potential and surrender two more for a highly disappointing draw at home.
Get a full sense of the shift in momentum here (and look out for the aforementioned Piatti goal):
Good gesture for the planet: Commissioning Earth Day jerseys made from recycled ocean plastic.
Bad gesture for fans: Making those jerseys gray and off-white.
The jerseys were featured in the NYCFC-Orlando and Seattle-LA games on Sunday, and if you happened to be watching either you got the unexpected challenge of constantly trying to figure out which team was which.
At the risk of tooting my own horn…CALLED IT.
Are NYCFC & Orlando really going to be wearing these jerseys against each other on Sunday? Looks like it'll be a nightmare to tell em apart. pic.twitter.com/EgRX2LtTvS
Rodney Wallace has been having an excellent season for NYCFC thus far. Not only is he contributing on the attacking end, but his burly, physical presence has been an asset on the defensive side of things.
That own goal gave the Sounders a 2–0 lead in what would eventually be a 3–0 win at StubHub Center, with U.S. internationals Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris providing the other scores. The Galaxy, MLS’s most decorated club, sit second to last in the Western Conference and have the third-worst points-per-game average in the league.
David Bingham has developed into one of MLS’s best goalkeepers in his time with San Jose, but his form in 2017 has been more than a little concerning for the Earthquakes. Saturday marked the third time this season that a Bingham error has cost his team a chance at points, as he came out wildly for a cross and allowed Alberth Elis an easy look at goal: