The MLS Player of the Week, Raul Ruidiaz earned his award in style last night, leading his Sounders past the Timbers with a brace and an assist, a foot in each goal. Both goals have already been posted to Soccer Seattle Magazine. The forward takes the 6th such title on the season in the top tier of USA Soccer. The nationally televised game that kept me up well past my bedtime, much beyond midnight was a 3-0 Cascadia Cup win by the MLS champs over the MIB title holder Timbers. I had Portland and Bayern so I went 1-1 on the day.read
Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, the winners of the MIB tourney Timbers take on the MLS champs Sounders. A pair of historic teams getting at it as they did in their first go 'round. As of now, the Timbers must be the favorites but you never know what may happen. Both coaches were great players, one far more experienced than the other, I know both and wish them both well.read
Bayern was the better of the teams, top to bottom. Many goals were expected, I did not think one would be enough for either side but the Coman header off a scoop pass stood the test of the rest of the time, 30' of the game. The ref did miss some things, a PK for Mbape as his foot was kicked out in the area, but was Lewandowski also fouled in the area, and Davies? Being consistent is what is asked of the man in the middle, but he did a great job, neither team should be taking issue, he let them play a bit when it got a bit physical but began to card players as the level raised.read
Highlights may be found on Soccer Vancouver Magazine as well as Soccer Toronto Magazine. Next up in Canadian MLS action is Tue. as the 'Caps take on the Impact at 5 p.m. PT on TSN1/4 & TSN Radsio 1040.
The very start had this set to be a tight game, the sole goal is amongst the highlights we have for you, the swift Richie Laryea hit the lower right 90, barely eluding Hasal who had a great MIB tourney for the 'Caps.read
They were undefeated coming into the game yet had not won a game. They had not lost a game but were scoring less than a goal a game.They had not given up more than 1 goal a game but had yet to win. All that changed, even getting a goal after going a man down, they had already given one up while a man up in another game. Is this the tipping point they sought from the opening whistle of all games? Doubt it as they had a great many lulls where they yet again, played down to the level of their opponents.read