Whitecaps remain pacemakers: MLS Gameweek 5 round-up

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Very much like the Premier League this weekend, we have seen outstanding goals, sending-offs, late comebacks and thrilling action as the MLS begins to soar into top gear.

Sporting Kansas City have had a very mixed start to their 2015 campaign with as many wins as ties and only one defeat in the opening five fixtures, but it is the 3-2 victory over Philadelphia Union on Sunday night that stands out like a sore thumb.

After what had been a tense game, jam-packed with own goals and disallowed strikes, Jalil Anibaba looked to have rescued a point for the Wizards in the 91st minute, but Krisztian Nemeth had other ideas when he poked home the winner three minutes later.

Whitecaps in title winning form

It may not be the right thing by speculating, but it's hard to not believe that Vancouver Whitecaps can win the league this season after being crowned worthy winners over current MLS Cup holders, LA Galaxy. 

The March Player of the Month, Octavio Rivero, may not have scored in the 'Caps previous victory over Cascadia rivals, Portland Timbers, but the Uruguayan was back on the scoresheet this week with yet another cool finish. This guy is a serious MVP challenger, so Robbie Keane and Clint Dempsey should keep an eye over their shoulder.

Scoreless Rapids slump again

Colorado Rapids have hardly given their supporters anything this season apart from abysmal performances. Although they may be on three points, they certainly haven't won any games because it seems as though the players have been programmed specifically not to score. I think the goal drought curse has released it's hold from Aston Villa in the Premier League and moved abroad for the nicer weather.

New England Revolution, whose recent form hasn't been admirable either, were taking no prisoners and went straight for all three points instead of dawdling around for a goalless draw. A beautiful chip from Juan Agudelo paired with a fine Lee Nguyen penalty sealed a comfortable 2-0 triumph for the visitors.

Javier Morales offers competition to Adam and Defoe

If you get the opportunity to watch this thunderbolt, take it with both hands. It's one of those goals where you'll be sat with your mates on your phone when you let out an almighty scream and scare everyone in the room. Or is that just me who does that?

But on a serious note, the veteran forward's free-kick may have hit the wall, but the half-volley to follow is irresistible to watch.

There must be something in the air this week with stunning strikes across the footballing world. 

Wing-back, Brek Shea, nominated for save of the week

I was slightly baffled to see Orlando City SC star, Brek Shea, on the Save of the Week shortlist down the fact that the American isn't even a goalkeeper.

However, upon watching the clip, I was stunned to see a brave goal-line clearance to deny D.C. United from taking the lead.

Despite the former Stoke City man's heroics, he couldn't prevent a 91st minute Luis Silva free-kick, giving the visitors all three points.

Elsewhere in America this week...

Seattle Sounders returned to winning ways after a turbulent couple of weeks in a tight 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo, despite ending the game with ten men.

Chicago Fire came from 2-1 down to defeat a struggling 10-man Toronto FC. Ex Wigan Athletic forward, Shaun Maloney, netted his first goal for the Quakers to aid an exciting comeback.

Vancouver Whitecaps will be thanking rivals, Portland Timbers, after beating second placed FC Dallas to give the leaders more breathing space at the peak. The Texan side were beaten 3-1.

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