It was a quiet weekend for Orlando City news. The club held its Play Bingo Ladies Luncheon, presented by Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, on Saturday at the Rosen Plaza Hotel—providing a day of bingo, champagne, mimosas and prizes from Tiffany’s for those in attendance.
The Orlando City Foundation is doing good work in the Orlando area, making the world a better place for the children of Central Florida.
In other news, Tommy Redding and Tyler Turner left to join the U.S. U-20 team on its trip to Spain, in preparation for U-20 FIFA World Cup qualifying in January 2015. The U-20 team will compete in three matches in Marbella while overseas. The U.S. will take on Russia (U-21), the Republic of Ireland and Canada.
— Shanda Redding (@MizShan71) November 9, 2014
It is Redding’s first call-up and Tyler’s second, although the 18-year-old did not play due to injury. MLS Officiating: Still a Farce The Columbus Crew had a tall order on Sunday, trying to overcome a 4-2 aggregate scoreline on the road against the New England Revolution. The Revs had four away goals in their pocket so it was going to take something special from the Crew to get back into the tie. Columbus took the game to New England, but it was the Revs that scored first, on a Lee Nguyen goal. From that point on it was just a matter of running out the clock really, but things got ugly and stupid in the 61st minute when Ethan Finlay pursued a loose ball in the 18-yard box. Revs keeper Bobby Shuttleworth came to collect and slid into the onrushing Finlay, who appeared to try to avoid the prone keeper. But Finlay’s leg caught Shuttleworth, who writhed in pain on the turf as half the Revs lineup got in Finlay’s face–particularly U.S. international Jermaine Jones, who appeared to successfully lobby for a ludicrous red card, which was eventually produced. I get the need to protect players, but Finlay did nothing malicious. He didn’t leave his feet, or go in studs-up, nor did he intentionally leave his leg in the challenge. He was trying to score a goal and could have really destroyed Shuttleworth if that was his intention. Ultimately, the Crew fell 3-1 in the second leg and 7-3 on aggregate. But that red card was one of the worst we’ve seen this season. Here’s a representative tweet from our Twitter timeline (there were others that were far less safe for work):
Red card? Really?
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) November 9, 2014
Not Yet Done-ovan
Landon Donovan obviously isn’t quite ready for retirement. Donovan quickly left his imprint on last night’s second leg clash with Real Salt Lake. His diving header put the LA Galaxy ahead 1-0 both in the game and on aggregate just 10 minutes into his team’s 5-0 win over RSL.
He wasn’t finished. Donovan’s storming run set up a second goal with the all-time U.S. goals leader this time setting up Robbie Keane’s sliding finish to make it 2-0 just 10 minutes later. Scoring aside, Donovan seemed to be particularly in the mood, racing back defensively to nick the ball from behind, bombing forward into space, and just generally creating problems for RSL.
Then, in the 55th minute, he put the game and the tie out of reach with another outstanding goal and completed his hat trick about 17 minutes later, on maybe the best of the three. He became the first player to ever score three goals and add an assist in an MLS playoff game.
It was a nice reminder of the player Donovan has been throughout the majority of his career.
Also in MLS Cup Playoffs
DC United won the battle but lost the war on Saturday, taking the second leg of its quarterfinal series, 2-1 but falling 3-2 on aggregate. Thierry Henry, who has been spectacular in this year’s playoffs, set up the lone goal for New York Red Bulls.
The second leg of Dallas-Seattle takes place tonight, with the teams all square at 1-1 on aggregate. The Sounders got a vital away goal, but this tie is up for grabs.
Arsenal and Tottenham were toppled by Swansea and Stoke City, respectively, yesterday. Everton was drawn by Sunderland. For all the talk of Manchester United’s cold start to the season, the Reds sit one point behind the Gunners and are ahead of both Spurs and Everton after 11 matches. Parity in the BPL seems to have afflicted the entire table outside of Chelsea.
In Spain, Atletico Madrid suffered a setback in its quest to repeat as La Liga champs with a surprising 2-1 loss to drop zone team Real Sociedad. Atleti were down to 10 men for the final 40 minutes of the contest, which didn’t help. Atletico is four points below cross-city Real and just shy of a guaranteed UCL spot.