Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Video highlights: MLS, CONCACAF Copa Centroamericana roundup

By now, you have likely already read stories and seen highlights from the Union's 1-0 win over Toronto FC at PPL Park and the United States' 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in Prague.

Video highlights: MLS, CONCACAF Copa Centroamericana roundup

(Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)
(Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

By now, you have likely already read stories and seen highlights from the Union's 1-0 win over Toronto FC at PPL Park and the United States' 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in Prague.

Here's a roundup of what you might have missed: two MLS games and a tripleheader to open CONCACAF's Copa Centroamericana at RFK Stadium in D.C.

I usually just do this as a text piece off the wires, but I figured I'd try it in video form this time.

Let's start in MLS, where Jermaine Jones delivered an assist on the New England Revolution's first goal in a big win over Sporting Kansas City:

New England Revolution 3, Sporting Kansas City 1

New England Revolution: Teal Bunbury 45', Lee Nyguen 49', Lee Nyguen 90 +4'
Sporting Kansas City: Soony Saad 9'

The late game out west was even more of a blowout:

Chivas USA 2, Seattle Sounders 4

Chivas USA: Marco Delgado 51, Ryan Finley (PK) 60'
Seattle Sounders: Obafemi Martins 11', Obafemi Martins 16', Andy Rose 38', Andy Rose 42'

Now on to the CONCACAF action...

Costa Rica 3, Nicaragua 0

Costa Rica: Celso Borges (PK) 39', Marco Ureña 49', Armando Alonso Rodriguez 80'

Honduras 2, Belize 0

Honduras: Jeromy James (own goal) 35', Elroy Smith (own goal) 37'

Guatemala 2, El Salvador 1

Guatemala: Marco Pappa 26', Marco Pappa 64'
El Salvador: Rafael Burgos 69' 

It has to be noted that the results on the field weren't the biggest news out of RFK Stadium last night. A piece of concrete fell from an overhang near the press box during the El Salvador-Guatemala game. The Washington Post's Steven Goff chronicled the affair here and in the photos below:

If you've been to a Union-D.C. United game at RFK - or if you've been to any game at RFK with a large group of visiting supporters - you've likely heard this song at some point:

RFK is falling down, falling down, falling down
RFK is falling down on United.

Last night, it happened for real. And as Goff notes, it wasn't the first time:

And it likely won't be the last.

RFK has produced some of the all-time great games and great atmospheres in American soccer history. As I have written before, I grew up in D.C., and have been to more games than I could ever count on East Capitol Street. I have bounced in the bouncing bleachers and I have sat in the press box when the entire stadium has shaken.

But it's time for soccer to get a new home in the nation's capital. Whether you're a fan of United or not, or in the media, MLS headquarters or anywhere else, I think we can all agree on that. I'll leave you with this message from the group that has led the official charge to get United a new home:

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