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MLS Weekly Wrap Up: LAFC here to play

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2018 is a good year to be an expansion team

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

The second week of the season has come to a close. For Toronto FC fans, the week was centered around the CONCACAF Champions League. Did you miss what happened around MLS? Don’t worry, I got you covered.

Saturday:

Columbus Crew 3-2 Montreal Impact

The Columbus Crew took down our rival Montreal Impact by one goal on Saturday. Frederico Higuain scored first for Columbus (12’). Gyasi Zardes followed suit, finding the net quickly after (15’). Ignacio Piatti responded for Montreal at the 59’ mark. Raheem Edwards tied it up for the Impact (85’). Zardes responded by scoring his second of the match at 90+4’ to win it for Columbus

New England Revolution 2-1 Colorado Rapids

The first goal of the match didn’t come until the second half. Diego Fagundez found the net for the New England Revolution at 48’. Niki Jackson found the back of the net for Colorado (66’), but it wasn’t enough to seal the deal. Chris Tierney scored the game-winning goal at 90+3’ on a free kick from the top of the box.

Real Salt Lake 1-5 Los Angeles FC

Both Real Salt Lake and LAFC took 21 shots on Saturday, but clearly, one team had more success than the other when it came to actually getting balls into the net. Joao Plata gave Real Salt Lake the lead early (20’) but their luck faded fast. Diego Rossi found the net at 30’, and Latif Blessing responded at 33’. Benny Feilhaber scored at 47’, and Rossi had his second at 81’. Carlos Vela sealed the deal for LA at 86’.

Chicago Fire 3-4 Sporting Kansas City

Sporting KC came out hot, finding the net at the 9’ mark. Felipe Gutierrez had his first of two, his second was the game-winning goal at 86’. Johnny Russell gave Sporting a 2-0 lead (44’). Aleksander Katai got Chicago on the board at 70’, and Nemanja Nikolic tied the game up at the 74’ mark and giving them the go-ahead at 82’. Jimmy Medranda responded, giving Sporting the lead again (83’), followed by Gutierrez’s game-winner.

Houston Dynamo 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps

The first goal of the game came from a penalty kick for Vancouver. Kei Kamara scored on the penalty at 28’. Alberth Elis responded for Houston (39’), the only goal the Dynamo would score all game. Brek Shea gave Vancouver the lead (49’), giving the western Canadians a W.

New York Red Bulls 4-0 Portland Timbers

The New York Red Bulls shut out the Portland Timbers on Saturday. Although Portland maintained 57% of possession, they couldn’t capitalize on opportunities. Ben Mines (18’), Bradley Wright-Phillips (77’), and Carols Rivas (80’, 90+3’) had the goals for New York.

Orlando City 1-2 Minnesota United

There was a trend this week of multiple goals scored by the same players, and this game was no different. Ethan Finlay struck first for Minnesota after some superb team buildup (12’), giving them the early lead. Yoshimar Yotun responded at 42’, but Finlay came back again for Minnesota, finding the net at 79’ to give them the victory.

Atlanta United 3-1 D.C. United

Atlanta dominated the majority of their home opener. Josef Martinez scored the opening goal at 24’. Three goals were scored late, two of them coming from Atlanta. Miguel Almiron scored at 73’, and Hector Daniel Villalba at 75’. Darren Mattocks tried to bring life into D.C., capitalizing at 86’, but it wasn’t enough.

New York City FC 2-1 LA Galaxy

Anton Tinnerholm scored early for NYCFC (22’), and teammate David Villa followed shortly after (33’). Jonathon dos Santos attempted to revive the Galaxy with a goal at 60’, but there was no hope for LA when Ashley Cole was handed a red card at 85’. Though no goals were scored with the man advantage, it’s still a frustrating position to be in. NYCFC grabbed their second straight win.

What do you guys think of the new season thus far? Any teams that surprise you, either good or bad? Leave your comments down below!