MLS Derby weekend provides fireworks

Published Monday, April 7, 2014 8:08 AM by Shane Barrow
MLS Derby weekend provides fireworks

Gotta love the MLS Derby weekend. Fireworks all around led to some wild scorelines as rivals went toe to toe across the country.

Portland Timbers 4 Seattle Sounders 4
Of all the rivalries in MLS this one is clearly the most intense. The passion of the fans is unmatched and it leads to some wild matches. Saturday was the craziest one so far between the Sounders and Timbers. Seattle got the dream start scoring within five minutes, but Portland answered right back with a pair of their own. Clint Dempsey came right back for Seattle and after only 24 minutes of play it was already 2-2. The craziness would continue as Portland blasted out of the halftime break scoring twice to take what looked like a comfortable 4-2 lead. The Sounders had other ideas though as Clint Dempsey scored twice in the final five minutes to complete his hat trick and bring Seattle back for a 4-4 draw. A great road point for the Sounders while it also denied Portland their first win of the MLS season.

FC Dallas 4 Houston Dynamo 1
Too bad these two don't play more often. The silliness of having the two clubs in different conferences limits these battles to only once a year, but the passion remains for sure. A 1-1 game was broken open in the second half as a hard David Horst tackle on speedy Fabian Castillo was harshly punished with red. The match turned on a dime right there as FC Dallas scored three goals in ten minutes to run out 4-1 winners. The newest MLS star Mauro Diaz once again starred for FC Dallas as they run their league best record to 4-0-1.

LA Galaxy 3 Chivas USA 0
Is this one really a rivalry? I know Chivas USA is improved this year. And I know both sides talked a big game leading up to the match. But it really wasn't much of a contest at all. Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan ran wild in the blowout. Looks like the Galaxy are starting to get their legs under them.

Sporting Kansas City 0 Real Salt Lake 0
It was a rematch of the 2013 MLS Cup and it turned out to be a real yawner. RSL had their chance to go back to the scene of the crime where they were beaten in penalty kicks for last year's MLS title. Instead neither side were able to find the net. With Nick Rimando on US National Team duty, RSL threw Jeff Attinella to the wolves and he came up huge making several highlight reel saves over the 90 minutes. SKC's twenty shots could not beat Attinella on the night.