Toronto FC may have had the weekend off from MLS duty again, but there were a few really entertaining games across the league this weekend. The Portland Timbers came close to obtaining their first win of the season but couldn’t finish it off, the Montreal Impact got shut out while being down a man, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic couldn’t lead the Galaxy to victory. Here’s what you may have missed this weekend.
New England Revolution 4-0 Montreal Impact
The lone Friday game was a satisfying one for Toronto FC fans. The Impact were shut out by the Revolution. Early in the game (14’), the Impact’s Saphir Taider was shown a red card for studs-up contact with Luis Caicedo. This was the beginning of Montreal’s demise.
New England responded by scoring four unanswered goals. Teal Bunbury responded to the man advantage with the first goal at 20’. Andrew Farrell scored in stoppage time in the first half (45+6’). Diego Fagundez (71’) and Wilfried Zahibo (80’) then finished it off for New England.
Atlanta United 5-0 Los Angeles FC
LAFC crumbled this weekend against the dominant Atlanta United. Julian Gressel started the game off with a goal at 17’, and Josef Martinez followed suit at 67’. Miguel Almiron had his first goal of the game at 88’. He would score again when LAFC’s first round draft pick Joao Moutinho received his second yellow card of the game at 90+2’, sending him off the pitch. Almiron scored a goal on the penalty, giving United the 4-0 lead. It didn’t end there, as Romario Williams found the net at 90+7’. It was a painful one for LAFC.
Despite maintaining 62% possession and having 22 shots to San Jose’s nine, Philadelphia couldn’t pull off a win. Magnus Eriksson had the first goal of the game, as well as his first MLS goal, for San Jose at 37’. Alejandro Bedoya scored the lone Philadelphia goal at 64’. The Quakes’ Harold Cummings was shown a red card at the 96th minute for throwing an elbow. The game ended in a draw.
FC Dallas had 63% ball possession, but couldn’t find the net until Cristian Colman scored at 89’. The Colorado Rapids had scored previously thanks to Joe Mason at 62’. Dallas had 17 shots compared to Colorado’s nine, but it wasn’t enough to seal the deal. This one was another draw.
Chicago Fire 1-0 Columbus Crew
This game was another one that doesn’t make much sense statistically. Columbus had 65% of possession and 20 shots, but only two were actually on target. They couldn’t find the net. Chicago could, however, with Nemanja Nikolic scoring at 27’.
This game was pretty evenly matched! Shots were 11-9 and possession was 54-46, both in favour of Vancouver. Despite that, Real Salt Lake struck first: Luis Silva found the net in stoppage time at the end of the first half (45+4’). Jefferson Savarino increased Real’s lead to 2-0 with a goal at 88’. Brek Shea attempted to revive Vancouver with a goal in stoppage time (90+2’), but it was too late. Real Salt Lake took the win.
Orlando City 3-2 Portland Timbers
The winless Portland Timbers put up a fight on Sunday against Orlando City. They had 13 shots to Orlando’s 24 and had 41% possession. They scored the first goal of the match at 20’, scored by Diego Valeri on a penalty They were up 2-0 by the 59’ with a goal from Bill Tuiloma. They completely lost it later in the second half with three, quick unanswered goals by Orlando (Christopher Muller at 80’, Sacha Kljestan on a questionable penalty at 82’, and Dom Dwyer at 87’). That was the end of Portland’s best chance at their first win, but again they came up short.
After the Galaxy’s incredible game last week, expectations were high when they took on Sporting KC at home. While the Galaxy had a lot of really impressive chances, one coming from Zlatan fresh off the bench, they just couldn’t deliver. Daniel Salloi scored the first goal at 56’, followed shortly by Johnny Russell’s goal at 61’.
Here’s the current table via MLSsoccer.com.