By Jackee Arce @knackeredwriter on May 5, 2014
Week 9 of MLS has come and gone, and only the victors are left on their feet. There were some spectacular matches this week, and even more amazing goals. The sport continues to thrive in the USA, and this week was a prime example as to why. Here are the top 5 stories from the weekend.
Sporting Kansas City and Columbus Crew were neck and neck in the standings, and it was anyone's match at kickoff. Jacob Peterson changed the tune of the match quickly when he scored the first goal in the 10th minute. Columbus was never able to equalize, and Kansas City scored another goal in stoppage time. It is returning to the club of last year.
It is no surprise the Seattle Sounders are currently leading the league in the standings, because it seems like they have forgotten what it's like to lose. The Sounders beat Philadelphia Union 2-1 this weekend, which added more points to the overall lead. They are now a full 5 points above the rest of the clubs.
It's been a rough start for the Portland Timbers. It took it nine weeks to finally secure a win, but D.C. United did not go down without a fight; the final score was 3-2. The Timbers have a lot to be proud of including a beauty of a goal, which did not go unnoticed. Hopefully they will keep it up and continue to win.
If you are keeping track, this was the second penalty kick of the season Robbie Keane missed. The first was during LA Galaxy's season opener against Real Salt Lake. Keane's mistake was a gift of three points to the Colorado Rapids. I understand he's the captain, but maybe he should let Landon Donovan or Stefan Ishizaki take the penalty kicks from now on.
The Portland Timbers had lots of reasons to smile this weekend. The team won its first match, but also Gaston Fernandez made a memorable goal. Not only was it scored within the first minute of play, but it was also one of the most skillful shots seen this season. He took it off his own volley and was able to swing it past the goalkeeper. I have him pegged for MLS Goal of the Week.
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