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Road rules! A surprising night of results in MLS Round 19

Jul 15, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

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Let’s hear it for Road Rules, MLS version.

Visitors went 4-3 on the showpiece night of Round 19, a pretty healthy record in a league where even the best sides might win just half their road games — and where the worst teams will sneak in a couple of road wins each year.

Sporting Kansas City, Toronto, FC Dallas and the L.A. Galaxy were the road winners last night, and all were impressive in their own way.

The Galaxy’s romp-and-stomp over Portland’s beleaguered defense was the highlight maker and big talker, of course. But Kansas City’s shutout in Columbus will keep pressure on D.C. United for Eastern supremacy.

And how’s this for a kick in the head:

F.C. Dallas was on the verge of something historic. Winless since April prior to last night’s triumph in Colorado, Schellas Hyndman’s team was flirting with a winless streak of historic proportions. It had reached 13 games by Saturday’s trip to DSG Park outside Denver.

But thanks to all the ties lately, and thanks to last night’s win, FC Dallas and manager Schellas Hyndman this morning has the league’s longest current unbeaten streak! Funny how one night can change the narrative so starkly.

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  1. sir1389 - Jul 15, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Portland’s defense was not that bad and definitely not worse than LA’s. Portland was beaten by 3 world class strikers, mainly 2 beautiful bending kicks from Beckham, a PK by Donovan and an unbelievable cross and finish by Keane. Portland will never have to face strikers like that from any other team. If they were playing anyone else last night they probably would’ve won.

  2. Steve Davis - Jul 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Hmmm. Some fair points, but giving up five at home is just brutal. And, yes, world class strikes. But No pressure on Beckham and fouling around PA is just asking for it. So, I would argue bad defending had a part in every goal — even if they were very well-taken hits.

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