We returned to winning ways with a convincing win at home to Houston. We had no problem! Cristian Espinoza netted the opener after excellent work from recalled right-back Paul Marie. Fellow full-back Marcos Lopez later rounded off a superb move to double our lead and seal a 2-0 win against weak opposition.
We fell behind against second placed Los Angeles Galaxy but Andres Rios scored a sweetly struck strike to equalise after great work from Gilbert Fuentes on his first start of the season. We dominated the second-half against a rattled Galaxy only for an absolute howler from young goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski deep into injury time cost us dear. He’s been superb for us up to this point and the error will only make him stronger. On a more positive note, with the transfer window open, Omar Kharbin, Christoph Kropfl and Reuven Niemeijer joined the squad.
We bounced back from defeat against LA with a 1-0 win in Minnesota. I don’t need to tell you who scored… Rios netted his eighth of the campaign with $8m Kharbin watching from the bench! We repeated that result against Real Salt Lake with Rios again the goalscorer. He finished off a fine move by Kropfl and Thato Mokeke.
Having welcomed a few players into the club, a few headed the other ways. This included talented wideman Vako, just recovered from injury, who headed to Spain to join Levante after they paid his release clause of over $7m. Danny Hoesen, who banged in the goals in pre-season but had since fallen down the striker pecking order, also headed to Europe.
We then played LA Galaxy again (I don’t understand how this league works!). We dominated but fell behind before Gilbert Fuentes missed a couple of great opportunities. It was a shame because the teenager was once again displaying his star quality. Fortunately, $8m man Kharbin stepped off the bench to equalise and make it us who inflicted last minute heartbreak this time!