Week five of the 2012 MLS season has come and gone and the biggest story going into week 6 has to be the struggling LA Galaxy, who dropped yet another game, this time to red hot Sporting Kansas City. While LA continue to try and find answers, the Montreal Impact found some, getting their first ever MLS win, defeating a tired Toronto squad. New York also continued their dominance, putting up a lopsided victory against the Crew.
No one could have predicted that the LA Galaxy would be 1-3-0 going into week six of the season. With a defeat against league leading Sporting Kansas City, LA is now dead last in the west, leaving Manager Bruce Arena wondering what exactly the cause of his teams slow start is. With David Beckham not making the trip to KC due to some lingering back issues, the Galaxy looked disorganized throughout the match, only making four attempts on goal in 90 minutes of play. Kei Kamara was the star yet again for Sporting, scoring the winning goal in the 40th minute with a header off a precision cross from midfielder Bobby Convey. Kansas City played strong defensively for the remainder of the match, leading them to their fifth straight victory of the season. Sporting is the first team in the MLS since 1996 to start the season 5-0.
After struggling to find their identity the first four weeks of the season, the Montreal Impact, Major League Soccer's newest squad, got their first win of their inaugural season. While not much can be taken away from Montreal's strong play against Toronto, Jesse Marsch's squad had a major advantage going into Saturday's match. Toronto had just come off a tough loss against Club Santos Laguna on Wednesday, eliminating them from the CONCACAF Champions League. Their fatigue showed as Toronto made useless fouls that led to three yellow cards and a 65th minute red card. This was more than enough for Montreal, who opened up scoring early against Toronto. Sinisa Ubiparipovic slotted in an easy goal in the 18th while overall first round draft pick Andrew Wenger got his first career goal in the 81st. The Impact would go on to win, 2-1.
Kenny Cooper and Thierry Henry led the way yet again for the New York Red Bulls as they put up their third lopsided number in a row with a 4-1 victory against the Columbus Crew. Cooper opened the scoring up in just the third minute off a pass from Henry and would score again just ten minutes later. Henry, who is quite possibly the best player in the MLS going into week six, gave the Red Bulls a three goal lead going into halftime with a 40th minute goal. Columbus would get a goal back in the 89th, only to be canceled out by Henry's second goal of the game and seventh of the season just one minute later. Red Bull currently sits in second place in the east trailing undefeated Sporting Kansas City by six points.
Other games this week included the crushing 6-2 defeat of Toronto FC at the hands of Santos Laguna previously mentioned. Here is something to think about. The two teams with the worst records in the MLS right now, Toronto and LA, both played in the Champions League this year. Are their early season woes due just to fatigue or is there just something not quite right with their mechanics? Either way, both squads will look to get out of their respective slumps next Saturday. Wednesday saw Real Salt Lake defeat Montreal 1-0 while Dallas edged out a 1-0 victory against New England. Other games from Saturday included a 3-1 San Jose victory over Vancouver, a nil nil draw between DC and Seattle, Real Salt Lake getting their second win of the week 2-0 against Colorado, and Chivas USA pulling out an upset victory 2-1over the Timbers.
There will definitely be a couple of games to follow next Saturday. The Galaxy will hope to turn things around as they take on Portland at The Home Depot Center. Portland has lost their last three as LA has lost their last two. Finally, the Union will try and pick up their first win of the season as they take on the 4-2-2 Columbus Crew at PPL Park. The Union match will be televised on NBC Sports Network with coverage starting at 3:30p.m. ET.