This week was another tough one for Toronto FC, but the league goes on. This weekend was an action-packed one. Two of three Canadian teams drew red cards, Atlanta United continues to dominate, and the Pacific Northwest teams finally had a successful weekend. Here’s what you may have missed around the league.
Vancouver were completely dominated by Sporting KC on Friday. Sporting’s Johnny Russell scored a hat trick, netting goals at 10’, 16’, and 48’. Prior to Russell’s third goal, Jimmy Medranda found the back of the net for Sporting (30’). At the 40’ mark, a fight broke out after Vancouver’s Kendall Watson tackled Roger Espinoza. Yordy Reyna and Efrain Juarez were both sent off as a response. With the two-man advantage, Sporting’s Cristian Lobato (54’) and Yohan Croizet (77’) would score. Sporting KC’s keeper Tim Melia had an incredible save that set the tempo of the game early on. Sporting KC maintained 80% of ball possession.
Montreal Impact 3-5 Los Angeles FC
Another game with a hat trick and a red card. Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti would score two goals minutes into the game (9’ and 16’ (P)). Laurent Ciman would respond for LAFC with a goal at 24’. Victor Cabrera took down Marco Urena in the penalty box resulting in a red card at 31’. Piatti completed his hat trick with his third goal at 43’. The score was 3-1, but Montreal would begin to crack here. Benny Feilhaber scored at 52’, Jukka Raitala netted an own goal (57’), Carlos Vela scored on a penalty and Latif Blessing sealed the deal with a goal at 89’, giving LAFC the win.
Although the Red Bulls came up with 22 shots, they just couldn’t find the net. Chicago struck first with a goal from Aleksandar Katai at 30’. Nemanja Nikolic would bring their lead to two with a successful penalty kick at 69’. New York maintained the majority of ball possession (63%), but wouldn’t find the net until Bradley Wright-Phillips scored at 81’.
The game started off with an own goal by Andrew Farrell at 9’ giving Columbus the early lead. Teal Bunbury responded shortly after for New England (14’). Gyasi Zardes attempted to give Columbus the lead before halftime, finding the net at the 43’ minute mark. The lead didn’t last long when Cristian Penilla responded in stoppage time (45+1’). New England and Columbus both had several good shots at the net, but neither team could finish it off, leaving the game a draw.
Christopher Muller came in hot scoring in the second minute for Orlando. Sacha Kljestan would follow up his goal at 35’. Dom Dwyer made the Orlando lead 3-0 at the 69’ minute mark. It looked all but over, but San Jose didn’t let up. Florian Jungwirth would score two late goals (78’, 90’) in an attempt to revive the team. It was just a little too late.
The Union may have had the ball more (54% posession), but FC Dallas dominated them anyway. They had ten good shots on goal compared to Philadelphia’s two. Mauro Diaz scored on a penalty at 64’. Maximiliano Urruti followed it up with a goal at 74’ and that was that!
In a strange twist of fate, keeper Tim Howard was shown a red card at the 20’ mark. He handled the ball outside of the box, giving the Rapids their second red card of the match. That was the absolute turning point. The Rapids were dominating prior to losing a man and Real Salt Lake turned the game around as Colorado began to crumble. They went on to maintain 71% possession but didn’t find the back of the net until late in the second half. Joao Plata scored on a penalty at the 82’ minute mark. Damir Kreilach followed up with a goal at 89’. In stoppage time, Albert Rusnak netted one (90+2’) to seal the deal.
LA Galaxy 0-2 Atlanta United FC
Even Zlatan couldn’t compete with Atlanta’s reign over the league. The game was pretty evenly matched, but Atlanta took more shots, nineteen to LA’s seven. Josef Martinez had the first goal early on (22’) and Miguel Almiron had the second in stoppage time (90+4’) on a penalty shot.
You guys, Seattle FINALLY got their first win of the season! They had 16 shot attempts and held 51% possession. They seemed to have finally got their groove back. Gustav Svensson got on the board first with a goal at 23’. Will Bruin quickly followed suit, scoring at 25’. Christian Ramirez cut the Minnesota deficit by one with a goal at 66’. Seattle responded with a stoppage-time goal by Jordy Delem (90+5’) to give Seattle the win!
That stoppage-time dagger. pic.twitter.com/S4DLh8qnAU— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) April 23, 2018
The struggling Portland Timbers managed to shut out a pretty good NYCFC team. Though NYC controlled the ball with 75% posession, Portland managed to hold strong. Sebastian Blanco netted one at 26’. Fanendo Adi scored at 38’. Larrys Mabiala finished it off with a goal at 66’. Pacific Northwest soccer fans rejoice, your teams had a good weekend for once this season.
Here is how the tables are shaping up courtesy of MLSsoccer.com