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MLS: Jared Watts’ big gaffe

Portland Timbers 2-0 New York Red Bulls: Despite a red card in the 80′ minute, the Portland Timbers were able to give fans at Providence Park a home win – and three points.

Larrys Mabiala was shown the red card for the Timbers. He did not have a yellow card in the match prior to the red card.

After the Timbers’ red card, substitute Darren Mattocks netted the game-winning goal in the 90’+6′ minute, going past New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. The first goal of the match was scored by Diego Valeri in the 65′ minute.

As for the Red Bulls, the loss snapped a two-game winning streak under head coach Jesse Marsch. The Red Bulls had three yellow cards shown to Fidel EscobarDerrick Etienne and Sacha Kljestan.

Montreal Impact 3-1 Real Salt Lake: Six yellow cards doomed Real Salt Lake on the road, Saturday night.

While the visitors spent too much time racking up cautionary cards, the home side tacked on three goals past Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando. The Montreal Impact had goals scored by Ignacio Piatti (11′, 29′) and Anthony Jackson-Hamel (47′).

Meanwhile, only one yellow card went to goalkeeper Evan Bush.

Real Salt Lake had one goal scored in the 26′ minute from midfielder Luis Silva. Meanwhile, six yellow cards went to David HorstChris Wingert,  Tony BeltranSunnyBrooks Lennon and Silva.

Orlando City SC 1-1 Columbus Crew SC: Dom Dwyer and Cyle Larin were absent from the score sheet in Orlando City Stadium against the Columbus Crew SC.

Instead, it was Giles Barnes that put his mark on the match. Barnes scored the lone goal for the Lions in the 67′ minute, equalizing the match. Meanwhile, for the Crew, Lalas Abubakar, a defender, scored his first MLS goal in the 35′ minute on the road.

However, for the Crew, having only 10 men on the pitch since the 77′ minute certainly didn’t help. It was Harrison Afful that received a straight red card in the match.

The Crew also had yellow cards handed out to Mohammed AbuJustin Meram and Cristian Martínez. As for the Lions, only Yoshimar Yotún received a yellow card from the referee.

Chicago Fire 1-3 Toronto FC: Toronto FC still remains the top team in the MLS Eastern Conference.

They extended their points lead to an eight-point lead against New York City FC. However, they have 12-point lead against the Chicago Fire.

Marco Delgado tacked on Toronto’s first goal in the 13′ minute. Toronto finished the match with three goals, with two second half goals from Nicolas Hasler (63′) and Sebastian Giovinco (90′).

As for the Fire, one goal was scored by David Accam in the 54′ minute.

The Fire had no yellow card shown on their home turf, at Toyota Park. Meanwhile, the visitors had two yellow cards shown to Eriq Zavaleta and captain Michael Bradley.

Sporting Kansas City 2-0 FC Dallas: When Dom Dwyer left Sporting Kansas City for the Orlando City SC Lions, many thought that the attacking game for Sporting Kansas City would be gone.

However, Diego Rubio and Gerso have proven that wrong.

The two players tacked on goals in their home win, at Children’s Mercy Park, against FC Dallas. Sporting Kansas City currently sits at second place in the Western Conference, holding onto 40 points.

Rubio’s goal was scored first, in the 42′ minute, while Gerso’s came in the 90’+2′ minute.

Each team had one yellow card shown to a player on their sides. Ilie Sánchez received Sporting Kansas City’s yellow card, while Maynor Figueroa received FC Dallas’ yellow card.

Colorado Rapids 0-1 D.C. United: In a tale of two bottom of the table teams in the MLS, D.C. United barely came out of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with three points.

The Colorado Rapids might want to keep Jared Watts out of the public spotlight for a while. The defender launched an own-goal past goalkeeper – and teammate – Tim Howard in the 27′ minute.

D.C. United didn’t need another goal in the match. Watts’ gaffe was enough.

Furthermore, Watts was the only Rapids player to receive a yellow card. As for D.C. United, yellow card recipients included Nick DeLeon and Luciano Acosta.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Houston Dynamo: The Houston Dynamo still continue to have troubles on the road in the MLS.

Meanwhile, the Vancouver Whitecaps are silently climbing their way up the Western Conference ladder. The Whitecaps are currently sitting in sixth place, taking ownership of 34 points.

The Whitecaps – at BC Place on Saturday night – had goals scored by Fredy Montero (17′) and Yordy Reyna (32′). The Whitecaps were close to having a perfect match, until Dynamo forward Romell Quioto scored in the 51′ minute.

Four yellow cards went to players from each side. For the Whitecaps, recipients included David OustedJordan HarveyJakob Nerwinski and Montero. As for the Dynamo, yellow cards were shown to Adolfo MachadoA.J. DeLaGarzaJuan Cabezas and Boniek García.

San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 Philadelphia Union: While the Vancouver Whitecaps are slowly climbing up the ladder over in the Western Conference, the Philadelphia Union are desperately trying for more points in the Eastern Conference.

Jack Elliott (35′) and Roland Alberg (55′) scored, but it wasn’t enough for the Union to take three points on the road. The San Jose Earthquakes defended Avaya Stadium, and Chris Wondolowski once again became the hero with the equalizing goal in the 90’+5′ minute.

The Earthquakes also had a goal scored by Valeri Kazaishvili in the 3′ minute.

Of note for the Earthquakes, head coach Chris Leitch made the decision to bench David Bingham from the goal. Instead, goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell starting the match, making three saves for San Jose.

As for the Union, John McCarthy still continues to feature in net, due to Andre Blake’s injury.

New York City FC 2-1 New England Revolution: New York City FC are now on a three-game winning streak after defeating the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium.

New York City FC have been singing the praises of David Villa for the entire season. It’s for a good reason, though, as Villa’s goal in the 77′ minute became his 19th goal of the season.

New York City FC also had a goal from Jonathan Lewis in the 90’+4′ minute, crediting him with the game-winning goal.

As for the Revolution, a single goal was scored on the road by Teal Bunbury in the 57′ minute.

Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 Minnesota United FC: Have no fear, Seattle Sounders fans. Clint Dempsey is here.

Dempsey knocked home the game-winning goal at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night against the Minnesota United FC Loons in the 90’+4′ minute. Dempsey’s shot was a converted penalty kick past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth.

The Sounders first got on the board at home from Chad Marshall in the 31′ minute.

Ethan Finlay, in his debut for the Loons after being traded from the Columbus Crew SC, scored in the 21′ minute. However, it wasn’t enough for the Loons to take the upset win – or at least a point.

The Sounders had no yellow cards shown to any of their players. Meanwhile, the Loons had two yellow cards shown to Jermaine Taylor and Abu Danladi.


Photo of Jared Watts courtesy of Stephen Brashear/Getty Images.

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Rachael McKriger
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Rachael McKriger writes for RSEN Report (Lead Editor), Pittsburgh Sports Castle (Content Editor), Mon Goals and W2M Network, in addition to being a sports stringer/reporter for the Mon Valley Independent newspaper.

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