Monday, May 23, 2011

Football Americana Week 10: Ruiz blockbuster takes Philly top of the East

New York haven't won in three, and Philadelphia took advantage in Week 10 with a win sealed by a fine goal.

It took more than an hour for the deadlock to be broken at PPL Park, where Michael Farfan eventually gave Philadelphia Union a 1-0 lead over Chicago Fire with a long-distance pearoller past a stranded Jon Conway. Chicago equalised after just a couple of minutes but Faryd Mondragon should never have been beaten by Dominic Oduro's near post finish. Carlos Ruiz's (pictured) winner was a stunner, flying in off the crossbar from a left-footed half volley from 30 yards.

New York Red Bulls had to settle for a draw at Houston Dynamo as the teams split four goals between them. The Red Bulls went ahead after just 39 seconds, Dane Richards pouncing on Luke Rodgers' knock-down to blast in the opener. Ten minutes later Will Bruin was tripped in the area by Rafael Marquez and Brad Davis equalised with a cool penalty into the bottom corner. Sergio Koke poked in his first Dynamo goal nine minutes from time but, just as they scored in the first minute, New York would score in almost the last. Mehdi Ballouchy's header won them a point in stoppage time.

The Superclasico went the way of LA Galaxy, who beat Chivas USA 1-0. Chad Barrett's glancing header from a David Beckham free kick in the 26th minute was enough for the Galaxy to hold off their neighbours at the Home Depot Center. He should've had another just after the break but had no idea what to do in miles of space with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Seattle Sounders had to wait until second half stoppage time for their winning goal in a tight game against Sporting Kansas City. Jeff Parke's header wouldn't have made it into the corner if Sporting had put a man on the post, but the fans in rave green couldn't have cared less. Kansas City's poor run on the road continues.

All three goals between San Jose Earthquakes and New England Revolution came in a 15-minute spell towards the end of the game. Khari Stephenson hit the bar for the Revs with a great free kick in the first half but it was the Quakes who would score first and then pick up the win. Ellis McLoughlin stole in at the far post to head in Chris Wondolowski's cross with 19 minutes left, and Bobby Convey put the game beyond New England with a looping free kick that caught out Matt Reis as it floated over him and into the top corner. Chris Tierney popped in a free kick of his own but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

It was a great night for Eric Brunner as Portland Timbers hosted Columbus Crew. The Timbers again picked up a 1-0 win at home, the goal coming from former Crew man Brunner, who headed home from a quick free kick in the first minute of the second half to give Portland the lead after Columbus had the best chances of the first.

FC Dallas have gone 339 minutes and counting without conceding a goal thanks to a goalless draw in their rain-delayed match against Real Salt Lake, and the same result failed to separate Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC.

The Galaxy's win extends their lead in the West, taking them to 23 points while Dallas and RSL's draw leaves them on 18 and 17 respectively, with Seattle and Portland level on points with Salt Lake. Vancouver have just eight points from their 11 games. In the East, Philadelphia sneak above New York into first, and Kansas City have four points from their eight away games so far.

You can see all the Week 10 action here, and check out the league tables here.

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