The Catch-Up - Week 5

If you missed any games over the weekend, you probably don't want to read through a four paragraph story on each game. You need something quick, the meat and potatoes of each match if you will. That's where the Catch-Up comes in. We'll give you four things you need to know from each game, so you can get on with your life and on to next week.

In Week 5, Minnesota won their first game, Cubo netted a hat trick, and goalkeepers had a rough go. Let's get in to the Week 5 Catch-Up. 

Toronto FC 0-0 Sporting Kansas City

  • Toronto played their home opener, the first game back at BMO since MLS Cup.
  • TFC keeper Clint Irwin had to leave the match in the first half with an injury, hopefully it is nothing too serious.
  • Benny Feilhaber missed the match for SKC with hamstring tightness, something to keep an eye on going forward.
  • Toronto went closest to scoring when a Sebastian Giovinvo free kick clipped the top of the crossbar in the second half.

Seattle Sounders 0-0 Atlanta United

  • A number of internationals were on the bench to start the game for both sides, calling in to action newcomers like Tony Delem and Chris McCann.
  • Clint Dempsey was one of the players on international duty who started on the bench but he came on in the second half an almost made an immediate impact when he headed a free kick off the post.
  • Atlanta nearly took all 3 points late when Kenwyne Jones appeared to have a clear shot on goal, but Cristian Roldan made a vital block to keep the match scoreless.
  • A lot of people wanted to see just what Atlanta was made of in this tough road test and they showed well, getting a point at CenturyLink Field.

New York City FC 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes

  • NYCFC went behind early with a defensive disaster all-around, started off by an Andrea Pirlo miscue, Marcos Ureña scoring for San Jose.
  • The home side quickly equalized when Jack Harrison was assisted by David Villa, and questionable goalkeeping from David Bingham.
  • The legend of Tommy Mac continues to grow, the second-half sub finished off a gorgeous team goal to give New York City all three points.
  • San Jose has now won just once in their last twenty-one road matches.

Chicago Fire 2-2 Montreal Impact

  • Bastian Schweinsteiger made his MLS debut a memorable one by opening the scoring on a header.
  • Without Nacho Piatti and Laurent Ciman, Montreal scored two second-half goals to seemingly get the road win. 
  • It wasn't to be for the Impact when Luis Solignac equalized three minutes in to stoppage time with a beautiful finish from 22 yards out.
  • The Disciplinary Committee will almost certainly be reviewing this game and the foul that got Juninho sent off. 

Columbus Crew SC 2-0 Orlando City SC

  • Justin Meram's 2017 is off to a blazing start and his brace gave Columbus another three points.
  • Orlando couldn't muster much on the attack and suffered their first loss of the season.
  • Wil Trapp, Columbus' new captain, is putting together an impressive season to date and his partnership with Artur is beginning to flourish.
  • With Columbus leading the Eastern Conference and playing well with their current lineup, it will be interesting to see where newcomer Kekuta Manneh will fit in going forward.

D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union

  • D.C. hadn't scored a goal all season coming in to this weekend so they'll take them any way they can get them, a deflected shot and a penalty.
  • Ortiz' opener gave D.C. some needed life and Acosta's spot kick put United in the driver's seat for their first win.
  • C.J. Sapong, off the bench, pulled one back for the Union but they were unable to find an equalizer and remain winless.
  • Philly couldn't find an equalizer mainly due to Bill Hamid's 7 saves and a Man of the Match performance.

Minnesota United 4-2 Real Salt Lake

  • Loons Win! Minnesota got their first MLS win and did it in front of their home crowd with a four goal performance.
  • Christian Ramirez may be hearing from Bruce Arena soon after his brace gave him four goals in 2017.
  • Ramirez's second goal was gifted by a Nick Rimando howler, a very uncharacteristic mistake by the veteran goalkeeper. 
  • RSL interim coach Daryl Shore now hands the reins to Mike Petke who has his work cut out for him with a team that desperately needs a jump start. 

Houston Dynamo 4-1 New York Red Bulls

  • RBNY got the scoring started through Bradley Wright-Phillips and probably wished the game ended at that point as the night took a turn for them. 
  • Houston equalized when left back Dylan Remick scored his first career goal.
  • Cubo Torres became the second Mexican, and first in 20 years, to score a MLS hat trick.
  • Torres has scored in all 4 of Houston's matches and now leads MLS with 7 goals. 

Vancouver Whitecaps 4-2 LA Galaxy

  • LA took a lead into the half, after falling behind early, thanks to Romain Alessandrini's two goals.
  • DP Fredy Montero came on at half time and got Vancouver's equalizer twenty minutes later.
  • Matias Laba gave Vancouver the lead a minute after the equalizer and added the winner in the eighty-seventh minute.
  • Vancouver now returns to Champions League play with a big semifinal second leg Wednesday against Mexican giants Tigres. 

Portland Timbers 1-1 New England Revolution

  • Diego Valeri continued his early season MVP campaign with a world class volley.
  • Lee Nguyen roofed a rebound six minutes from time to grab the Revs a huge road point.
  • New England started a fourth round draft pick, Joshua Smith, at center back and managed to hold the high powered Timbers to just one goal.
  • It's 2015 all over again; Portland joins Columbus at the top of the Shield table with ten points.