MLS: Key takeaways from week 13’s action

There were 34 goals scored in the 11 matches in Week 13, an average of 3.09 goals per game so it was another thoroughly entertaining week of action. Here are our key takeaways:

1. Real Salt Lake’s streak comes to an end.

Salt Lake went into their game at Seattle as the only remaining unbeaten team this season, and were on a streak of 16 in MLS games. However they were brought crashing down to earth with a 4-0 thumping at the hands of the impressive Sounders who never looked in trouble. Real Salt Lake are missing several key players, but they would not have expected to lose by four goals. They must bounce back against Columbus tonight.

2. Montreal did what?!

Montreal Impact beat the New England Revolution. Wow. What a result that is. Undoubtedly the most surprising scoreline of the weekend came in Montreal as the Impact beat the high-flying Revs 2-0. New England went into the game as clear favourites, on a win-streak of five, and were stunned by the early goal and as a result couldn’t get back into the game as Montreal picked up a huge win in front of their own fans.

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3. Cascadia Cup clashes don’t disappoint.

After last week’s dramatic four-goal game in Vancouver, few would have expected this week’s match to better it, but it did. Seattle drew 2-2 with the Whitecaps last weekend in the series, and Portland hosted Vancouver in Sunday night’s seven-goal thriller. It was a relentless game that saw spectacular goals, two penalties and near misses. The Whitecaps eventually held on to win 4-3 despite late fightback from the Timbers and they are now unbeaten in seven games. We’re already counting down to the next Cascadia Cup game on July 5 when Vancouver host Seattle again.

4. Fanendo Adi will do some damage.

Portland’s on-loan striker started his first game last Wednesday against Chivas and marked the occasion with a brace that saw the Timbers win 2-0. The big, powerful forward then came on against the Whitecaps and made a difference as they fought their way back into the game following the introduction of Adi. The assist for Will Johnson’s goal was sensational, and the strike is already a contender for goal of the season.

5. What has happened to the Champions?

Sporting Kansas City picked up just one point from a possible six in a double gameweek, and they 2013 MLS Cup winners are now without a win in five games, losing five of those. They drew 1-1 with the Red Bulls last Wednesday before losing 1-0 at DC United on Saturday night and they will need to desperately start picking up points from here on. They have been stripped of central defenders but are not performing at the other end of the pitch either and Graham Zusi’s absence is hurting them. They travel to an out of sorts Houston on Saturday night.

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