FC Dallas thrash Houston in Texas derby: MLS gameweek 9 round-up

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In comparison to the Barclays Premier League, MLS has been dubbed as a "boring" league, however this 2015 campaign has proved its critics wrong, and gameweek nine has provided us with more evidence that after all, it is anything but boring.

There have been plenty of derbies to relish including scraps, sending-offs and stunning goals. Here's our rundown of all of the action.

Texan Derby Ends in Tears

FC Dallas were left in the trail of a Friday night battering just a few weeks ago against Colorado Rapids, but this time Oscar Pareja's men enjoyed beating Texan rivals, Houston Dynamo, in style.

Ryan Hollingshead got the scoring underway with a thunderous strike that Tyler Deric couldn't keep out, and when Fabian Castillo put the ball on a plate for David Texeira, the outcome was inevitable.

Giles Barnes hit back before time with a free-kick that Dan Kennedy will be quite annoyed with. The 32-year-old got a strong hand to the ball, but could only push it onto the post where it eventually deflected in.

A rocket-like effort from Mauro Diaz put the game out of sight in the second half before Fabian Castillo's cheeky outside-of-the-foot flick found the bottom corner.

Tyler Deric was labelled as the "super-keeper" at the start of the season, but after conceding four goals in back-to-back games, his reputation has somewhat gone down the drain.

Red Bulls unbeaten run ends

New York Red Bulls were living very dangerously in terms of their unbeaten run during their midweek tie against Colorado, but they managed to rescue a point. However, their run of luck didn't last much longer when in form New England Revolution taught them a lesson in football.

Charlie Davis scored his third goal in as many games with a stylish diving header to make the AT&T Goal of the Week shortlist.

Teal Bunbury doubled the Revs' lead to round off a spectacular piece of play from the home side, but Sacha Kljestan scored his second of the campaign, virtually tapping into the gaping goal, to cook up a spicy end to the game, but the visitors couldn't save their unbeaten run, and so tasted defeat for the first time in 2015.

Stunning Giovinco Strike for TFC

Toronto FC look to be back in full force ahead of their return to the renovated BMO Field after back-to-back victories.

Jozy Altidore was the key man last week against Orlando City when the Big American scored a storming brace. However, Sebastian Giovinco took centre stage this week with an outrageous 35-yard free kick.

It was only a fortnight ago that the Italian scored a delightful free-kick against FC Dallas, but this dead ball strike was far more impressive.

Other Results:

Seattle Sounders are gathering pace with victories coming week-in-week-out and their away win at struggling New York City. No prizes for guessing who got on the score sheet for the Sounders.

It took a worldie of a goal to separate the two teams a few weeks ago, but San Jose and Real Salt Lake shared the points on Friday night; the key talking point was an outrageous refereeing decision that saw Chris Wondolowski score from an offside position clearly.

D.C. United continued their rampant form, also. Columbus Crew have stringed together a few positive results in recent weeks, but even they weren't good enough to dismantle the capital club.

The retirement of Landon Donovan seems to have destroyed LA Galaxy's 2015 campaign. They seem to be lacking something up front, and a draw at home to Colorado Rapids certainly doesn't represent the Galacticans' formidable persona.

Sporting Kansas City are quite fond of their late goals, but the Wizard's gave their fans a bit more breathing space this week. Paulo Nagamura's 74th minute goal saw the home side take all three points against Chicago Fire.

Next Week:

There are plenty of MLS fixtures to look forward to next week, including the mouth watering New York derby. Can the Red Bulls return to winning ways, or will City ground out a win for the first time since March 15th. 

Elsewhere, New England will hope to keep their Supporters Shield title bid alive against Orlando City whilst Montreal Impact return to the league from their CONCACAF Champions League Final with a tough test against Portland Timbers.

That, and much more thrilling Major League action awaits. Join us next week for another round-up of brilliant football in the States.

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