Kei Kamara takes centre stage: MLS week 10 recap

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The Major League provided us with a few shocks this week along the way as colossal sides dropped crucial points in relation to their title winning status.

There was plenty more action elsewhere, also, so here's our recap of how all the drama unfolded over week ten.

Late stunner silences Galaxy

The retirement of Landon Donovan has clearly done LA Galaxy some damage. Having won only three of their eleven games played, it certainly isn't going right for Bruce Arena's side, and we were provided with more evidence for that on Saturday night when FC Dallas came up trumps against the current MLS Cup holders.

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The visitors thought they had taken the lead just before half-time through Ignacio Maganto, but his shot wasn't visible for Dallas keeper, Dan Kennedy, whose line of sight was blocked by the offside Tommy Meyer.

However, their persistent pestering of the Dallas goal would soon be rewarded, and when Gyasi Zardes nodded home in the 59th minute, all three points looked like they may be going back to California.

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But Oscar Pareja's side had other ideas when Blas Perez pulled the scoreline level with thirteen minutes to play. The Texan massacre was set to continue with an absolute onslaught from the home side, and a curling effort into the bottom corner saw Tesho Akindele net the winner. 

Sounders stunned in Supporters Shield bid

Former Norwich City forward Kei Kamara is really enjoying life in the MLS at the moment. The African now has another two goals to add to his ever growing list after assisting in the demolition of Seattle Sounders. 

Columbus Crew's other goal came from Federico Higuian's superb finish to restore the Ohio based club's lead after Clint Dempsey had equalised.

The free-scoring American forward created some discomfort around the stadium when he capitalised on a defensive mix-up to react to a Steve Irwin save. However, the home side managed to hold on for the last fifteen minutes, taking their points tally to an impressive 14 points.

Nervy D.C. earn Sporting KC draw

D.C. United have been electric this season. Their forwards have been in fine form and the same can be said for the defence who have only conceded seven goals in nine games.

But the capital club's back line was given a slightly more stern test than they have experienced so far this campaign. Jairo Arrieta opened the scoreline on Saturday evening shortly before Dom Dwyer levelled up from inside the area. 

The Wizards' top scorer this season was unlucky not to grab a second, but a good spot from the linesman saw his header ruled out.

D.C. have only tasted defeat once this season but came close to being given a second feeding by a dangerous-looking Sporting Kansas City.

New York is Red

Sunday night saw the beginning of an era in the first ever MLS New York derby. The Red Bulls hosted NYCFC and took the lead inside three minutes when Bradley Wright-Phillips pounced from close range. 

The home side were reduced to ten men before the break, however, when youngster Matt Miazga picked up a needless second yellow.

That venomous forward Bradley Wright-Phillips was in the right place once again to steer home just after the interval, and despite a 76th minute strike from Patrick Mullins, the Red Bulls managed to hold onto a piece of history.

Montreal remain winless

I don't know why Montreal Impact can't win games. Their CONCACAF Champions League final defeat was admittedly devastating, but surely they should be looking to get back onto winning ways?

They looked lacklustre in all areas for most of the time in their home defeat to Portland Timbers which saw Diego Valeri score a beautiful effort, whilst Nat Borchers reacted well to nod home earlier.

Dominic Oduro spiced things up with just under 20 to play, and the Impact were unfortunate not to ground out a point when Jack McInerney's header was disallowed.

Other Results

Vancouver Whitecaps overcame a poor run of form to torture 10-man Philadelphia Union in a convincing 3-0 victory. 

A Real Salt Lake player scored for the first time since April 5th when Alvaro Saborio got the scoring underway against Chicago Fire. Luke Mulholland's fantastic goal doubled RSL's lead but a late Jeff Larentowicz wasn't enough to earn any points for the hosts.

Orlando City SC dug deep to come from two goals down against an on fire New England Revolution, earning a point.

Toronto FC couldn't give their newly renovated BMO Field a baptism as they were beaten 2-1 by strugglers, Houston Dynamo.

What's up next week?

Montreal Impact will be desperate to lift off the foot of the table and the only way that can be done is by winning a couple of games. They should be targeting a win at Stade Saputo against Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Kaka will go head-to-head against La Galaxy, whilst a crunch match against New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas takes place at Toyota Stadium.

The old rivalry between Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps will certainly be the talking point of game week eleven. Tune in next week to find out all of the results.

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