Top 10 Most Exciting MLB Games of September

  1. Atlanta Braves 7 vs. New York Mets 10 (10 innings) (100/100) September 13th. 

After coughing up a 2-0 lead the Mets found themselves down 7-4 with the bases empty and 2 outs in the top of the 9th. Mets send it into extras on a 3 run homer by Daniel Murphy and grab 3 unearned runs in the 10th to get the victory.

Mets 9:13

2. Houston Astros 7 vs. Seattle Mariners 6 (100/100) September 30th

Mariners took a 6-3 lead on back to back home runs in the 5th inning, but the Astros battled back with a three run homer in the top of the 6th and a go-ahead bloop single by Colby Rasmus in the top of the 9th. With the win the Astros retook the lead in the AL West.

Astros 9:30

3. Tampa Bay Rays 1 vs. New York Yankees 4 (100/100) September 14th.

Yankees break up Erasmo Ramirez no-hitter to start the 8th inning but fall behind 1-0 in the bottom half of the inning. In the top of the 9th the Yankees scored 4 runs on AL save leader Brad Boxberger and hold on for the win.

Yankees 9:14

4. Toronto Blue Jays 6 vs. Boston Red Sox 7 (100/100) September 19th.

Joey Bats’ 2 run homer in the bottom of the ninth pulled the Jays within 1 run in the bottom of the 9th but the Red Sox were able to hold on for the upset road victory.

Red Sox 9:19

5. San Francisco Giants 14 vs. Oakland Athletics 10 (100/100) September 26th

Bay Bridge series pitching matchup between former teammates Barry Zito and Tim Hudson overshadowed by rookie slugger Jarrett Parker knocking in 7 RBIs on 3 home runs.

Giants 9:26

6. Detroit Tigers 6 vs. Kansas City Royals 5 (98/100) September 19th.

Tigers thought they had a walk-off on a sac-fly in the bottom of the 9th but the play was overturned after replay review. In the end the Tigers still got their walk-off on an Ian Kinsler home run in the 11th.

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 19: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers is tagged out at home plate by catcher Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals to end the ninth inning of the tied game  on September 19, 2015 at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

7. Tampa Bay Rays 7 vs. Baltimore Orioles 6 (98/100) September 20th.

Rays tie the game with a big fly to centerfield in the bottom of the 9th and Kevin Kiermaier comes up with an infield hit for the walk-off.


8. Oakland Athletics 8 vs. Los Angeles Angels 7 (98/100) September 30th

Zito starts the game for the A’s in what was likely the last start of his 15 year career. Angels hit 5 homers but leave runners on 1st and 3rd in the bottom of the 9th and fall a half game back on the Astros in the AL wildcard race.

Barry Zito

9. Toronto Blue Jays 4 vs. New York Yankees 6 (97/100) September 22nd.

Yankees give up a solo shot to Dioner Navarro in the bottom of the 9th tying the score at 3 apiece, but back for 3 runs in the top of the 10th. Yankees pulled within 2.5 games of the Jays in the AL East with the win.

TORONTO, CANADA SEPTEMBER 22:  Greg Bird #31 of the New York Yankees hits a three run home run scoring Brian McCann and  Slade Heathcott putting the Yankees ahead 6-3 during the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Center on Monday, September 22, 2015. (Photo by Anthony J Causi)

10. Baltimore Orioles 7 vs. Tampa Bay Rays 6 (11 innings)  (97/100) September 2nd.

Orioles hang in with defensive play early with a robbed home run by LF Steven Pearce and and outfield assist by CF Adam Jones. Chris Davis hits two dingers including the walk-off shot to straight away center.


Top 10 Most Exciting NFL Games of 2014/2015

1. Seattle Seahawks 24 vs. New England Patriots 28 (Super Bowl XLIX) (100/100)


This was definitely one of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent memory. Although things didn’t start out with a bang, the excitement quickly escalated after a slow 1st quarter in which neither team scored. The Seahawks punted to the Pats to begin the 2nd quarter, and their drive ended in a Tom Brady TD pass to Brandon LaFell. But the Seahawks answered right back with a TD of their own. This tied things up at 7-7, but both teams would manage to score one more TD before the end of the half. The Seahawks would score on their 1st two drives of the 2nd half and take a 24-14 lead. But that was the last time the Seahawks scored. The Patriots would score a TD with 8:00 left in the 4th, and another with 2:06 left to take home the title.

2. Seattle Seahawks 28 vs. Green Bay Packers 22 Final/OT (NFC Championship) (100/100)

imagesNot only was this one of the most important games of the season, but it also featured a wild comeback and finish. The Packers led 13-0 after the 1st thanks to two FG’s by and a TD pass by Aaron Rodgers. Things didn’t get any better in the 2nd quarter for the Seahawks, as the Packers took a 16-0 lead into halftime. But Seattle scored a TD with just under 5:00 left in the 3rd to cut the lead to 16-7. This score held until Crosby made another FG with 10:58 left, giving Green Bay a 19-7 lead. Seattle scored a TD with 2:13 to cut the lead to 19-14, and then recovered an onside kick. This set up a 24-yard Marshawn Lynch TD run, and the game-tying 2-point conversion. Seattle would win in OT on a Russell Wilson TD pass to Jermaine Kearse.

3. New England Patriots 35 vs. Baltimore Ravens 31 (AFC Divisional Round) (100/100)


This has become somewhat of a rivalry in recent years, and both teams had their season on the line in this game. The Ravens scored touchdowns on their 1st two drives to go up 14-0, but the Patriots answered with a TD to cut the lead in half. This score held until there was 3:57 left in the 3rd, when the Pats scored on Tom Brady TD pass. The Ravens answered before the half though, scoring another TD to take a 21-14 lead. Baltimore extended this lead by scoring a TD on their 1st drive of the 2nd half. But New England scored TD’s on their next two drives to tie things at 28. The Ravens scored a FG to start the 4th quarter.

4. Cincinnati Bengals 37 vs. Carolina Panthers 37 Final/OT (Week 6) (100/100)


This was the most exciting regular season game of 2014/2015. The Panthers led 7-0 after the 1st quarter, but the Bengals scored two TD’s in the 1st 3 minutes of the 2nd quarter. Both teams would trade FG’s to end the 2nd quarter, giving the Bengals a 17-10 lead at halftime. Carolina scored TD’s on their 1st two drives of the 2nd half, giving them a 24-17 lead. This score stood into the 4th quarter, until an Andy Dalton TD pass tied things up with 11:46 left. Both teams then scored TD’s on their next drive, tying the game again at 31-31. Mike Nugent hit a 38-yard FG with 2:11 left to give the Bengals the lead, but Graham Gano hit a FG as time expired to send things into OT. Both kickers made another FG in OT, which ended things in a 37-37 tie.

5. San Francisco 49ers 35 vs. San Diego Chargers 38 Final/OT (Week 16) (100/100)


Although the Chargers didn’t make the playoffs, this late-season comeback win kept their hopes alive. The 49ers led 28-7 at halftime thanks to a huge 2nd quarter in which they scored 3 TD’s. This huge lead would stand until there was 5:49 left in the 3rd quarter, when Philip Rivers threw a TD pass to Antonio Gates to make things 28-14. The Chargers would score a TD on their next drive as well, cutting the lead to 7. San Francisco scored their only points of the 2nd half on their next drive, which gave them a 35-21 lead heading into the 4th quarter. San Diego scored a TD with 5:21 left, and another with just 32 seconds left to send things into OT. The Chargers won in OT on a game-winning winning FG by Nick Novak.

6. Dallas Cowboys 17 vs. Washington Redskins 20 Final/OT (Week 8) (100/100)


Cowboys vs. Redskins is one of the fiercest rivalries in the NFL, and this was the most exciting Monday Night Football game of the season. The Redskins scored first on a FG by Kai Forbath with 9:51 left in the 1st quarter, the only points of the 1st quarter. Dallas answered with a TD in the 2nd quarter, the only points of the 2nd quarter. Washington started the 2nd half with a TD, giving them a 10-7 lead. But Dan Bailey hit a 21 yard FG for the Cowboys with 4:07 left in the 3rd to tie it up. This score held until the Redskins scored a TD with 13:44 left. Dallas would come back with a TD on the next drive, tying the game again. Neither team was able to score the rest of regulation, but Forbath made a game-winning FG in OT to win it for the Redskins.

7. Atlanta Falcons 37 vs. New Orleans Saints 34 F/OT (Week 1) (100/100)


This was the most exciting game of the highly anticipated 1st week of the regular season. These teams are NFC South rivals, and this meeting was a shootout. But there weren’t many fireworks in the 1st quarter. The Saints took a 6-0 lead into the 2nd, and each team scored on both of their possessions in the quarter. New Orleans led 20-10 at halftime, and didn’t look like they could be stopped. However, the Falcons won the 3rd quarter 14-0 thanks to 2 TD passes from Matt Ryan. This gave Atlanta a 24-20 lead heading into the 4th. New Orleans scored 2 TD’s in the 4th and forced Atlanta K Matt Bryant to make a FG with :04 seconds to send things into OT. But Bryant would be the hero again in OT, hitting a 52 yard FG to win it for the Falcons.

8. Green Bay Packers 43 vs. Atlanta Falcons 37 (Week 14) (100/100)


The Packers went 9-0 at home last season, but this was their biggest test. The Falcons came into the game with a 5-7 record, and nearly pulled off a huge upset in this shootout. Not only that, but they almost came back from a 24 point deficit. The Packers took a 31-7 lead into halftime, thanks in large part to the efforts of RB Eddie Lacy. However, the 2nd half was a completely different story. Atlanta scored 17 of the next 20 points, to cut the lead to 10. Green Bay and Atlanta would then trade TD’s, making the score 40-30. The Packers scored next on a FG from Crosby, but the Falcons answered with a TD. This made the score 43-37 with 2:15 left. Atlanta tried an onside kick, but Green Bay recovered it and ran out the clock for the win.

9. San Diego Chargers 20 vs. Kansas City Chiefs 23 (Week 7) (99/100)


This was the most exciting AFC West matchup of the season. San Diego led 7-0 after the 1st quarter after Philip Rivers tossed a TD on their 2nd drive. But the Chiefs scored on the 1st play of the 2nd quarter to even things up at 7-7. The Chargers then went 4 and out, and the Chiefs answered with a FG to take the lead. However, KC scored a TD on their last drive of the 1st half to give them a 14-10 lead at halftime. KC kept the momentum rolling in the 2nd half with a FG on their 1st drive and a TD on their 2nd drive. SD responded with FG’s on their 1st two drives of the 4th quarter to tie things at 20-20, but gave KC too much time. Alex Smith drove the Chiefs down the field and Cairo Santos made a game-winning FG for KC with 26 seconds left.

10. New York Giants 28 vs. Dallas Cowboys 31 (Week 12) (98/100)


This a great NFC East rivalry, and this game also featured a big comeback by the road team. The Giants scored a TD on their 1st drive, and the Cowboys made a FG on their 2nd drive to make the score 7-3 after the 1st quarter. The first 3 drives of the 2nd quarter all ended in a TD, but neither team would score on their last two possessions of the half. New York took a 21-10 lead into halftime. However, Dallas won the 3rd quarter 14-0 and held a 24-21 lead going into the 4th quarter. Neither team scored on their 1st drive of the 4th quarter, but the Giants scored a TD on their 2nd drive of the 4th. This put Dallas in a tough spot (down 4 with 3:06 to go), but Tony Romo brought the Cowboys down the field and threw a TD pass with 1:11 left to win it.

Top 10 Most Exciting Bundesliga Matches of 2014/2015

1. Bayer Leverkusen 4 vs. VfL Wolfsburg 5 (February 14th, 2015) (100/100)

This was the most exciting match of the 2014/2015 Bundesliga season for a handful of different reasons. These were two of the top teams in the Bundesliga at the time, there were 9 goals scored, it featured a big comeback, and the winning goal was scored in extra time. Wolfsburg F Bas Dost also put on the most impressive individual performance of the season in this match, scoring 4 goals in the winning effort. Wolfsburg took a 3-0 lead in the 1st half thanks to goals in the 6th, 17th, and 29th minute. But between the 57th and 72nd minute of the match there were 5 goals scored, 4 for Leverkusen and 1 for Wolfsburg. This tied the match at 4-4, and Dost would become the hero after scoring the winning goal in 93rd minute.


2. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim 3 vs. FC Koln 4 (November 8th, 2014) (100/100)

Neither of these sides were amongst the Bundesliga elite last season, but this was still the 2nd most exciting match of the 2014/2015 campaign. However, this match definitely featured the most exciting 1st half of the season. There were 6 goals scored in the 1st half, with the match being tied 3-3 at halftime. The 2nd half was a much slower 45 minutes of play, but there was an exciting decisive goal scored that solidified this match as one of the best Bundesliga contests in recent memory. In the 83rd minute, Pawel Olkowski connected on a left footed shot from outside the box to give FC Koln a 4-3 victory on the road.


3. Eintracht Frankfurt 4 vs. VfB Stuttgart 5 (October 25th, 2014) (99/100)

This was one of the closest and highest scoring matches of the season, and it came all the way down to the wire. The first 20 minutes of the match were relatively slow, and the 1st goal was scored in the 21st minute by Frankfurt’s Alexander Madlung. But Stuttgart would answer with 2 goals in the 34th and 36th minute, to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. Stuttgart would then add to their lead with a goal in the 51st minute, giving them the only 2 goal lead of the match. This was short lived though, as Frankfurt scored 3 goals between the 57th and 65th minute to take back the lead. Frankfurt would hold this lead until the 81st minute, but Stuttgart finished on top thanks to goals in the 81st and 84th minute.


4. FC Schalke 3 vs. VfL Wolfsburg 2 (November 22nd, 2014) (96/100)

This match was one of the best of the season because VfL Wolfsburg nearly completed a 3-0 comeback. Schalke took the lead on goals in the 10th, 22nd, and 25th minute. The first two goals were scored by the man of the match, Schalke F Maxim Choupo-Moting. Wolfsburg cut the lead to 3-1 by halftime thanks to a 37th minute goal by Ivica Olic.Then things got really interesting when Nicklas Bendtner scored in the 74th minute for Wolfsburg, cutting the lead to 3-2. But Schalke would hold on down the stretch despite a handful of shots and a few scares from Wolfsburg.


5. VfB Stuttgart 3 vs. Bayer Leverkusen 3 (October 18th, 2014) (95/100)

This was the most exciting draw of the season, and it was truly the tale of two halves. Bayer Leverkusen were the heavy favorites in this match, even being on the road. Which made it seem nearly impossible for Stuttgart to comeback after falling behind 3-0 in the first half. Leverkusen came out of the gates roaring, scoring goals in the 4th, 9th, and 41st minute. But Stuttgart was able to regroup at halftime, and put on a show in the 2nd half. Thanks to goals in the 57th, 67th, and 76th minute, Stuttgart pulled off an amazing comeback to tie the match at 3-3. The rest of the match was a back and forth tussle, but neither team could drive home a winner.


6. Borussia Dortmund 2 vs. VfB Stuttgart 2 (September 24th, 2014) (95/100)

While the 1st half of this match wasn’t anything to write home about, the 2nd half alone made it one of the best of the season. Dortmund were heavily favored in this match, especially seeing as they were at home. However, neither team was able to find the net in the 1st half. It was Stuttgart that would take the lead in the beginning of the 2nd half thanks to a 48th minute goal by Daniel Didavi. Didavi struck again in the 68th minute to give Stuttgart a 2-0 lead, and Dortmund a whole lot to worry about. But Leverkusen scored in the 73rd minute on a right footed shot to the bottom right corner of the goal to cut the lead to 2-1. The moment of the match came in the 86th minute when Ciro Immobile scored to tie the match 2-2.


7. Bayer Leverkusen 3 vs. Werder Bremen 3 (September 12th, 2014) (95/100)

This match went back and forth despite Bayer Leverkusen taking 26 shots, and Werder Bremen only taking 8. Leverkusen also had 56% of possession in this match, and looked in control a few times. But Werder Bremen used a few timely goals to keep pace with Leverkusen. Despite falling behind 1-0, Bremen’s Fin Bartels was able to tie the match up with a goal from outside the box right before halftime. This score would hold until the 60th minute, when Franco Di Santo scored from the center of the box for Werder Bremen. Leverkusen would then answer right back with goals in the 63rd and 73rd minute. But this lead would only hold for 12 minutes, as Werder Bremen scored an equalizer in the 85th minute.

8. Bayer Leverkusen 2 vs. SC Paderborn 07 2 (October 4th, 2014) (95/100)

This was one of the most thrilling finishes of the 2014/2015 Bundesliga season. SC Paderborn 07 scored 1st on a 20th minute goal by Suleyman Koc from the top right corner of the box. Bayer Leverkusen would answer before halftime though, scoring a fast break goal in the 42nd minute. Neither team would score in the second half until Moritz Stoppelkamp scored a left-footed goal in the 87th minute to give SC Paderborn 07 the lead. But Leverkusen would fend off the upset thanks to a 90th minute goal by Karim Bellarabi. SC Paderborn 07 only ended up with 36% possession in this match, compared to Bayer Leverkusen’s 64% possession.


9. Eintracht Frankfurt 4 vs. Hertha BSC 4 (December 17th, 2014) (93/100)

Not only was this match extremely high scoring, but Eintracht Frankfurt were able to pull off a huge comeback. Hertha BSC took a 3-0 lead thanks to goals in the 21st, 33rd, and 37th minute. But Stefan Ainger was able to score in the 43rd minute for Frankfurt to cut the lead to 3-1. The 1st goal of the 2nd half was scored in the 58th minute by Haris Seferovic, to bring Frankfurt a goal closer. But things stopped looking up for Frankfurt when Hertha BSC scored in the 80th minute, giving them a 4-2 lead. Both teams were scoreless for the rest of regular time, but Frankfurt scored a goal in the 90th and 91st minute to end the match tied 4-4.


10. Werder Bremen 3 vs. Hannover 96 3 (December 13th, 2014) (93/100)

This was a back-and-forth affair between two teams in the middle of the Bundesliga table. Hannover scored in the 12th minute on a goal by Lars Stindl from close range, and held the lead for the next 24 minutes. That’s when Werder Bremen’s Zlatko Junuzovic scored on a free kick that found the bottom left corner. This score (1-1) would hold until halftime. Werder Bremen would score in the 55th minute thanks to a rocket from Melvyn Lorenzen to take a 2-1 lead. But the match turned upside down just a few minutes later when Hannover 96 scored in the 62nd and 64th minute to take a 3-2 lead. Hannover kept this lead until the 88th minute, when Davie Selke taped in a goal from just a few feet away.


Top 10 Most Exciting EPL Matches of 2014/2015

1. Queens Park Rangers 2 vs. Liverpool 3. October 19th, 2014.


This was the best match of the EPL season because of 4 goals being scored in last 8 minutes. It was also an incredibly unique match seeing as 3 of the 5 goals scored were own goals. Both teams were held scoreless through the first 66 minutes of the match, and there was little indication of what was yet to come. The scoring silence was ended in the 67th minute thanks to an own goal by Richard Dunne, giving Liverpool a 1-0 lead. There would then be another 20 minute scoring drought until the 87th minute, when Eduardo Vargas would tie the match 1-1. The final 7 minutes consisted of a fury of 3 goals, including a decisive own goal by Steven Caulker in the 95th minute to give Liverpool the 3-2 win.

2. Liverpool 2 vs. Arsenal 2. December 21st, 2014.


This match was rated as high as it was because of a crazy end to the 1st half, and an even crazier end to the 2nd half. There were no goals scored in the first 43 minutes of the match, but 2 goals were scored before halftime. Liverpool knocked home a goal in the 44th minute, and Arsenal answered a minute later on a header by Mathieu Bebuchy. Arsenal would take the lead in the 65th minute thanks to a cross from Cazorla and a finish by Giroud. Things would then cool off until stoppage time, when the match came to its tipping point. Liverpool’s Fabio Borini was sent off for a 2nd yellow card in the 92nd minute, but fortunately Martin Skrtel scored in the 97th minute to earn the hosts a point.

3. Manchester City 2 vs. Burnley 2. December 28th, 2014.


Not only was this a back-and-forth match, but it was a huge accomplishment for Burnley to manage a draw. Manchester City was in 2nd place at this point, and finished 2nd place in the Premier League. Burnley was near the bottom of the table at this point, and finished 2nd to last in the Premier League. Everything seemed to be going according to plan when Manchester City took a 2-0 lead in the 1st half, but Burnley didn’t crumble. George Boyd scored a goal coming right out of halftime to cut the lead to 2-1, and Ashley Barnes delivered the equalizer in the 81st minute to send Burnley home with a result.

4. Newcastle United 2 vs. Chelsea 1. December 6th, 2014.


Newcastle United didn’t get relegated this season, but still finished in just 15th place. Chelsea on the other hand came in 1st place, which made this match one of the biggest EPL upsets of the season. No goals were scored in the 1st half as Newcastle United successfully “took the air out of the ball”. But Newcastle would be the 1st to score thanks to Papiss Demba Cissé’s goal in the 57th minute. Cisse would score again in the 78th minute, giving Newcastle a 2-0 lead. Things got especially interesting once Newcastle’s Steven Taylor was sent off with a red card in the 81st minute. Chelsea would cut the lead in half just two minutes later on a header goal from Drogba, but Newcastle was able to hold on for the win.

5. Queens Park Rangers 3 vs. West Bromwich Albion 2. December 20th, 2014.


Although neither of these sides are amongst the EPL elite, this match was one of the most exciting of the season. This was largely thanks to the performance of one player. QPR striker Charlie Austin had a hat trick to single-handedly outscore West Brom 3-2. QPR also pulled off an amazing comeback seeing as West Brom scored 1st in the 10th minute, and then again in the 20th minute. Austin would score his 1st goal in the 24th minute, but West Brom still held a 2-1 lead at halftime. Austin scored in the 48th minute to tie the game at 2-2, and the final blow would come on his 86th minute header goal.

6. Manchester City 3 vs. Aston Villa 2. April 25th, 2015.


Manchester City were the overwhelming favorites in this matchup, but Aston Villa gave them all they could handle. Things looked like they were going to go according to plan after Sergio Aguero scored a goal in the 3rd minute, and Aleksandar Kolaro scored in the 66th minute to give Manchester City a 2-0 lead. But Aston Villa would answer almost immediately thanks to a 68th minute goal by Tom Cleverley. 20 minutes later Carlos Sanchez scored for Aston Villa to tie the game up at 2-2, but Manchester City would finish on top thanks to a brilliant 89th minute goal by Fernandinho.

7. Arsenal 2 vs. Manchester City 2. September 13th, 2014.


Both of these teams finished in the top 3 of the EPL table, which made this one of the most anticipated matchups of the season. Luckily the play on the field lived up to the pre-match hype. Sergio Aguero would open the scoring up with a shot from the center of the box that found the bottom right corner. This score would stand into halftime, but Arsenal tied things up in the 63rd minute on a Jack Wilshere goal. Arsenal would then take the lead when Alexis Sanchez scored in the 74th minute, only to relinquish it less than 10 minutes later. The defining moment of the match came when Martín Demichelis scored in the 83rd minute to end the match as a 2-2 draw.

8. Newcastle United 3 vs. Crystal Palace 3. August 30th, 2014.


This match was action packed from start to finish. So much so that there was a goal scored in the very 1st minute, and the 95th minute. Dwight Gayle opened things up with a bang thanks to a rebound goal for Crystal Palace 30 seconds into the game. Newcastle would answer in the 37th minute on a left footed shot Daryl Janmaat that found the middle of the net. The first half would end tied 1-1, but the 2nd half was when most of the exciting action occurred. Crystal Palace scored coming right out of halftime to take a 2-1 lead, but Newcastle would tie it up in the 73rd minute. This all culminated with Newcastle scoring in the 88th minute to take a 3-2 lead, and Wilfried Zaha tying it back up in the 95th minute to end things in a 3-3 draw.

9. Queens Park Rangers 2 vs. Manchester City 2. November 8th, 2015.


Although QPR weren’t able to pull off the upset victory, their efforts and the near completion of this mountainous task earned this match a spot in the top 10. QPR took the lead after Charlie Austin ripped a shot into the left corner in the 21st minute, and would hold this lead for 11 minutes. Manchester City answered back on a goal by Sergio Aguero in the 32nd minute, tying the match 1-1. Things would slow down in the beginning of the 2nd half, but QPR took the lead back in the 76th minute. Luckily for Manchester City Aguero was able to save the day with another goal in the 83rd minute.

10. Chelsea 1 vs. Everton 0. February 11th, 2015.


This match wasn’t a high-scoring thriller, but the timing of the goal and a handful of great saves earned it a spot in the top 10. Chelsea took 21 shots, 7 of which were on goal, but was still unable to score until the 89th minute. That’s when Willian put home a right footed shot from outside the box to give Chelsea a 1-0 lead and the final result. US Men’s National Team goalie Tim Howard was in net for Everton, and did an amazing job keeping this match tied for as long as he could. Eventually, Chelsea’s class wore out Everton’s feistiness, and were able to come away with 3 points.

Top 10 Most Exciting MLS Matches of 2015


1. July 12th: New York City FC 4 vs. Toronto FC 4 (100/100)

This stands alone as the only MLS match of the season to earn a 100/100 excitement rating. Which is especially impressive seeing as Toronto FC was missing US national team stars Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, who were both playing with the USMNT at the Gold Cup. There was however plenty of star power on the field between NYCFC’s David Villa and Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco. Villa scored two goals, while Giovinco scored a hat trick in the first 9 minutes of the match. This was the third fastest hat-trick in MLS history. Also adding to the excitement was the fact that referee Ted Unkel issued an MLS-record 4 penalties in the box, 2 of which were converted.

2. April 25th: Houston Dynamo 4 vs. Sporting Kansas City 4 (99/100)

8 goals will make any match exciting, but it was the back-and-forth nature of this thriller that makes it the 2nd most exciting match of the MLS season thus far. Sporting KC netted the 1st goal within the 1st 2 minutes of play, but Houston responded just 9 minutes later with a goal in the 11th minute. The Dynamo then added 2 more goals from distance to make the score 3-1 heading into halftime. A pivotal moment came in the 77th minute when Dynamo D Jermaine Taylor received a red card and SKC converted on the ensuing penalty kick goal. This tied the match at 3-3, but the Dynamo were able to score playing a man down just minutes later. Finally Benny Feilhaber ended the madness with a goal in extra time, giving SKC a result (4-4).


3. April 11th: D.C. United 2 vs. New York Red Bulls 2 (99/100)

Not only is this a fierce rivalry, but both of these sides are amongst the MLS elite. Which meant there was a lot riding on this match despite its early season status. The Red Bulls took down D.C. United in late March, but neither side was able to separate itself by the end of the showdown. D.C. United took a 2-0 lead thanks to goals in the 26th and 66th minute by Perry Kitchen, but the Red Bulls didn’t crumble after falling behind. But less than a minute after Kitchen’s 2nd goal, the Red Bulls cut the lead in half with a header goal from Damien Perrinelle. It wasn’t until the 90th minute that Lloyd Sam delivered the equalizer for NY to end things in a 2-2 draw.


4. July 26th: D.C. United 3 vs. Philadelphia Union 2 (99/100)

This match received as high of a rating as it did because of the near upset pulled off by Philadelphia, and the comeback that D.C. United completed to avoid this huge upset. D.C. United is the top team in the Eastern Conference, and the Union have the 2nd worst record in the MLS. Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead within the first 4 minutes thanks to goals from C.J. Sapong and Sebastien Le Toux. Newly acquired Forward Alvaro Saborio would get D.C. United on the board in the 37th minute, but the Union took a 2-1 lead into halftime. United would complete the comeback with a 66th minute goal from Nick DeLeon, and win the match on a 79th minute goal by Fabian Espindola.


5. July 25th: Columbus Crew 3 vs. Toronto FC 3 (98/100)

Toronto FC pulled off one of the most impressive comebacks of the MLS season in this match. Columbus jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 1st half thanks to goals by Kei Kamara and Tony Tchani, and then added to their lead in the 47th minute on a goal by Ethan Finlay. This would send most teams into a downward spiral, but Toronto FC played great from that moment forward. Three minutes later Giovinco got Toronto FC on the board, and just 5 minutes after that Collen Warner scored to narrow the score to 3-2. For the next 34 minutes neither side was able to convert any of their chances, which set up a thrilling final stretch. Jozy Altidore was fouled in the penalty box in the 89th minute, and drilled home a goal to end the match in a 3-3 draw.


6. July 19th: FC Dallas 2 vs. D.C. United 1 (95/100)

This match earned the rating it did because of how late in the match the winning goal was scored. Also, D.C. United were leading the league at the time, which made this an especially impressive result. No goals were scored in the first 73 minutes of the match, until Kellyn Acosta connected for FC Dallas. But D.C. United tied things up just 4 minutes later thanks to an own goal by Matt Hedges. The match then stayed tied 1-1 until stoppage time, where Fabian Castillo became the hero. Castillo scored a rebound goal in the 91st minute that sealed the deal for FC Dallas.


7. May 30th: Orlando City SC 2 vs. Columbus Crew 2 (94/100)

Orlando City SC turned this match into one of the best of the season thanks to some brilliance in the final minutes. Columbus has played well in the air this season, and scored 2 header goals in this match. The Crew got off to an early 1-0 lead thanks a header from Tony Tchani in the 6th minute. About 10 mins later, Parkhurst (CLB) was sent off for a handling Kaka’s (ORL) shot on net off of a corner kick. Kaka (ORL) drilled the penalty kick and tied the game at 1-1. Shockingly, Kamara scored again for the Crew, putting them up 2-1 despite being a man down. But Ribero evened the match for City with a thunderous strike from outside the box in the 89th minute.


8. March 14th: San Jose Earthquakes 3 vs. Seattle Sounders 2 (93/100)

Not only was this a significant upset, but the Earthquakes managed to pull the result off while playing a man down. Things started with a bang when Clint Dempsey scored the Sounders 1st goal in first 30 seconds. But Earthquakes captain Chris Wondolowski tied the game at 1-1 with a great shot off of a cross. Wondolowski then gave the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead thanks to a mistake by the Sounders defense. The Earthquakes went a man down in the 2nd half, only to score again on a great move and strike from Innocent Emeghara in the 70th minute. This was enough to secure the victory despite some close calls down the stretch.


9. April 4th: Chicago Fire 3 vs. Toronto FC 2 (92/100)

This match was rated as highly as it was largely because this was a huge upset. The Chicago Fire currently have the worst record in the MLS, and Toronto FC is one of the top sides in the Eastern Conference. Joevin Jones started the game off with his 1st MLS goal in the 14th minute for the Fire. Giovinco responded quickly for Toronto, capping a 17-pass sequence with his 1st MLS goal since coming over from Juventus in January. Giovino set up another goal for TFC in the 54th minute, giving them a 2-1 lead. But Fire Midfielder Shaun Maloney scored his 1st MLS goal shortly after to tie the match again at 2-2. Creavalle (TFC) was sent off in the 67th, allowing the Fire to eventually close it out with a goal from Larentowicz in the 68th.


10. July 17th: Los Angeles Galaxy 5 vs. San Jose Earthquakes 2 (91/100)

This is one of the best rivalries in the MLS, and this installment of the California Classic didn’t disappoint. Not only was this the debut of one of the highest profile players to ever suit up for an MLS side, but another MLS star had a hat trick. The only thing keeping this match from being ranked higher on this list is that most of the excitement came from the LA Galaxy. Steven Gerrard enjoyed a win in his Galaxy debut as he assisted Robbie Keane for 2 of his goals, and scored a goal of his own. The Earthquakes jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half, but the Galaxy completely dominated the match the rest of the way.