Another MLS week is in the books. This weekend the Vancouver Whitecaps draw a red card but still win the match, Atlanta United FC continues to dominate, and Los Angeles FC pulls off an exciting win for their fans after two minutes of stoppage time.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Real Salt Lake
Vancouver was able to take down Real Salt Lake even though the odds seemed to be stacked against them. Although they only maintained 31% possession and had four good shots on goal, they netted two goals and shut out their opponent. Cristian Techera had the first goal of the match at 74’ on a penalty kick. He would then get a red card after drawing his second yellow card of the match shortly after at 75’. This didn’t phase the team, though. Anthony Blondell gave them the 2-0 lead at 78’, snapping their losing streak.
The Impact opened the match up with a goal at 12’ thanks to Saphir Taider. That would be the only positive aspect of the match for Montreal, though. They possessed the ball only 27% of the match. Atlanta saw goals from Miguel Almiron, one at 69’ on a PK, the other at 83’. Kevin Kratz also had two goals, both from free kicks — one at 77’ and the second coming in at 90+3 to continue Atlanta’s domination.
D.C. United came out hot, scoring the opening goal at 6’. Philly’s Ilsinho responded with a goal at 36’. C.J. Sapong brought the Union’s lead to 2-1 with a goal at 59’. Darren Mattocks tied it up for D.C. at 69’, but Borek Dockal brought home the win for the Union at 71’.
It was a fairly uneventful matchup between these two teams. Sporting maintained the most possession at 58%, but couldn’t find the net. They had 14 shots to New England’s 16. Teal Bunbury scored the lone goal at 43’.
Columbus started off the match with a goal scored by Harrison Afful at the 27’ mark. San Jose responded with a goal from Danny Hoesen at 44’. Mike Grella would bring home the Columbus win at 83’.
Houston had a total of 19 shots, while Minnesota only had six, but it just wasn’t enough to bring home a win for the Dynamo. Alberth Elis scored for Houston in the opening minutes (9’ to be exact) but that would be their lone goal. Darwin Quintero (39’ on a penalty) and Ibson (69’) would bring United to victory.
I was able to attend this game and let me tell you, the officiating was a bit off. Nevertheless, the Red Bulls were able to bring a win back East. Daniel Royer scored the opening goal (6’). Florian Valot followed it up with a goal at 48’. Ola Kamara cut the lead in half with a goal at 58’, and Giovani dos Santos would tie it up for the Galaxy at 65’. Alejandro Romero would score on a handball penalty to end the match in New York’s favour (83’).
Orlando City had a good grasp on this game. They maintained the most possession with 56%, and only had six fouls to Colorado’s 19. Dominique Badji opened up the game with a goal at 25’, but that would be the only goal for the Rapids. Cristian Higuita (51’) and Yoshimar Yotun (76’ P) would bring it home for Orlando City.
This game had two very fast goals. The first game from NYCFC’s Jesus Medina at 2’, the second from FC Dallas’ Santiago Mosquera (9’). The pace slowed down a bit as the game went on. Both teams only had seven shots on target. David Villa would finish it off for NYC FC with two goals, one on a penalty at 35’, another at 68’.
LAFC 1-0 Seattle Sounders
This game was an intense one if you’re a LAFC supporter, especially because it was their home opener in the brand-new Banc of California Stadium. The game was very evenly matched, LAFC with 14 shots while Seattle had 13. Possession was pretty even as well, LA with 51% and Seattle with 49%. The lone goal came at 90+2’, scored on a free kick by LA’s Laurent Ciman.
Here is how the table is currently shaping up courtesy of MLSSoccer.com