This weekend was an interesting one. Sebastian Giovinco’s wasn’t the only red card given out on Saturday; four other teams across the league also played their matches one man down. Also, Atlanta United continues to roll, while the LA Galaxy fall for the fourth week in a row.
Houston got the first goal of the match when Tomas Martinez scored at the 35’ mark. Vancouver responded shortly thereafter with a goal from Jose Aja (44’). It seemed like the game was going to go in Houston’s favour when Mauro Manotas scored at the 90’ mark. Vancouver responded in stoppage time with a goal from Kendall Watson (90+4), ending the match with a draw.
The San Jose Earthquakes have had a rough start to their season. Saturday brought them their second win of the season against Minnesota. Magnus Eriksson scored the first goal of the match in the opening minutes on a penalty (2’). Minnesota’s Christian Ramirez responded at the 26’ mark. That would be the lone goal for Minnesota on their 17 shots. San Jose’s Danny Hoesen (69’) and Chris Wondolowski (76’, pen.) finished the game off.
Double the red cards, double the fun. Both the Union and Impact were presented red cards on Saturday. Cory Burke scored the opening goal of the game (43’) and he would also draw the first red card of the match. The Union was playing down a man when the Impact’s Daniel Lovitz was also sent off with a red card (67’). The Union would come back to score one more goal thanks to Haris Medunjanin (88’).
FC Dallas 3-2 LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy had a man advantage, as well as more shots on goal, but just couldn’t finish this one off. Maximiliano Urruti scored first for FC Dallas (28’). Roland Lamah had his first of two goals at 44’. LA’s Ola Kamara responded, getting the Galaxy on the board at 47’. Lamah’s second goal came shortly after at 52’. Reto Ziegler was then sent off at 73’ with a red card. Emmanuel Boateng scored with the man advantage at 83’, but that would be it for goals. FC Dallas got the win.
Columbus completely dominated Chicago this weekend. With 56% possession and 19 shots, the game was theirs. Federico Higuain scored the opening goal of the match on a penalty at 28’. Gyasi Zardes had both the second and final goals of the match at 50’ and 70’.
D.C.’s Paul Arriola started the game off with a quick goal at 9’. Real Salt Lake’s Corey Baird responded with a goal at 21’. Joseph Mora would be sent off with a red card in the minute after the RSL goal. Real Salt Lake would score again on the man advantage with a goal from Albert Rusnak at 26’, bringing the score to 2-1. Real Salt Lake would strike again with a goal from Jefferson Savarino (56’). D.C. was not down and out just yet, though, as Steve Birnbaum scored at 83’. That would be it; Real Salt Lake won the match, 3-2.
Another game, another early goal. This time it came from the Red Bulls. Daniel Royer scored the opening goal of the match at 5’. Scoring would slow down until the second half when the Red Bulls would get their second goal of the match from Derrick Etienne at 76’. Colorado would get on the board thanks to Jack McBean at 85’.
The battle of the Pacific Northwest went in Portland’s favour this weekend. Both teams have had a rough season so far and were evenly matched. Portland maintained 51% possession and took 10 shots to Seattle’s five. Sebastian Blanco had the lone goal of the match at 86’.
Orlando City 1-2 Atlanta United
Orlando City couldn’t keep Atlanta United from winning on Sunday. Atlanta got on the board early with a penalty goal from Josef Martinez (10’). Ezequiel Barco brought the score to 2-0 with a goal at 31’. Justin Meram would get Orlando on the scoreboard with a goal at 57’, but Atlanta got another win.
Barco. Banger.— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) May 13, 2018
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Los Angeles FC 2-2 New York City FC
David Villa had the opening goal of the match for NYCFC at 13’. Sebastien Ibeagha had an own goal at 23’, bringing the score to 1-1. Carlos Vela shifted the score to LAFC’s favour with a goal at 66’. NYC’s Ismael Tajouri would tie it up at 75’. The game ended in a draw.
Here’s how the table is shaping up, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com