Another tough MLS week for Toronto FC fans. I’m sure you were avoiding news around the league as you mourned another hard loss. The Portland Timbers got their first win this weekend, though, so there’s still hope, guys.
Orlando City got their third win of the season this weekend against Philadelphia. Though the Union controlled 56% of possession and had 19 shots, they just couldn’t find the net. Dom Dwyer had the opening goal for Orlando City (38’). Christopher Muller would follow suit at 45’, giving Orlando the victory.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-2 Los Angeles FC
LAFC were back on their grind this week after a 5-0 loss to Atlanta last weekend. They sent 16 shots toward goal and maintained 52% possession. Carlos Vela found the net first at 59’, and Diego Rossi would seal the deal for LA at 70’.
NY Red Bulls 3-1 Montreal Impact
The Impact were handed a second straight loss this week. They were completely overrun by the Red Bulls, who had 11 shots on goal compared to their three. Bradley Wright-Phillips found the net almost immediately (5’), setting the tone for the game. Alejandro Romero (aka Kaku) had goal number two for New York (57’), his first MLS goal. Michael Amir Murillo finished it off with a goal at 76’.
The Zlatan Ibrahimovic show was back in town this weekend against the Chicago Fire. Although Chicago maintained the majority of possession at 60%, Zlatan was the only one on the pitch who could find the net. His goal came in at stoppage time during the first half (45+1).
D.C. United 1-0 Columbus Crew
Talk about coming in hot: Ulises Segura scored the first and only goal of the game in the opening minute. Not only was it the first goal of the game, it was his first MLS goal. Columbus had a total of 23 shots but just couldn’t connect the dots. D.C. even drew a red card at 51’ when Paul Arriola fouled Artur de Lima Jr. Somehow with a man down and only 31% possession, D.C. United came out with their first win of the season.
New England had nearly ten more shots than FC Dallas, and more possession, but it just didn’t pan out for them. The game stayed relatively boring until FC Dallas’ Jacori Hayes found the net for the lone goal of the game at 76’.
Portland Timbers 3-2 Minnesota United
It happened, the Portland Timbers broke their streak of bad luck. Alvas Powell hit the back of the net first for Portland at 20’, and Diego Valeri joined him shortly after (23’), bringing Portland’s lead to 2-0. Darwin Quintero made it 2-1 at 64’ with his first goal for Minnesota. Fanendo Adi got another one for Portland at 74’. I’m sure the Timbers wished they would have ended the goal scoring then, because at 81’ Bill Tuiloma scored an own goal, bringing the final score to 3-2. It’s all good, though, since Portland won, finally!
Magnus Eriksson had his first MLS goal last week, and his second this week. Eriksson found the back of the net for San Jose at 26’. Tomas Martinez responded for the Dynamo at 48’, making it a tied game. Mauro Manotas gave Houston the lead at 63’. Jahmir Hyka scored at 85’, ending the game with a 2-2 draw.
Sporting KC’s Ilie Sanchez scored the first goal of the match at 34’ on a penalty shot. Will Bruin scored in stoppage time of the first (45+3), bringing the score to 1-1. Seattle would score another goal at 73’, but it wasn’t enough to give them the win. Graham Zusi quickly responded for Sporting (78’), and the scoring would end there.
Different game, same score. Atlanta FC and NYCFC, two MLS powerhouses, held each other to a draw on Sunday. Atlanta had the first goal from Greg Garza at 29’. NYC responded on a penalty kick at 38’. On to the second half; Atlanta struck first when Chris McCann scored at 56’. NYCFC wouldn’t let it end there, as Alexander Ring tied it up at 73’.
Here is the current table via MLSSoccer.com.