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MLS Weekly Wrap-up: NYCFC sneaking up on Atlanta for first place

Meanwhile, the Portland Timbers are getting hot

MLS: Colorado Rapids at New York City FC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

This week was a positive one for Toronto FC fans, so you may have been busy celebrating Friday’s victory to keep up with scores across the league. Don’t worry, I got you covered on the matches you may have missed. New York City FC delivered a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids, while the Portland Timbers defeated Los Angeles FC, sending them up the table after a tumultuous start to their season.

Saturday:

NYCFC 4-0 Colorado Rapids

NYCFC is proving they are a force to be reckoned with after Saturday’s big win over the Colorado Rapids. They maintained 66% ball possession and took 14 shots. Colorado put up a fight, putting 11 shots toward the net. They just couldn't keep up with NYCFC. David Villa had two goals, one at the 22’ mark, the other at 74’. Ronald Matarrita (49’) and Maxi Moralez (56’) had the other two goals.

Portland Timbers 2-1 LAFC

Portland continued their hot streak on Saturday against LAFC. The goals came late in the game, with Cristhian Paredes getting Portland on the board at 52’. LAFC tied it up with a goal from Carlos Vela (74’). LAFC maintained the most possession at 60% and put up a strong fight, but just couldn’t find the goal with only 10 shots to Portland’s 21. Samuel Armenteros scored the game-winner at 81’.

FC Dallas 2-2 Vancouver Whitecaps

This match was fairly evenly matched, ending in a draw. FC Dallas had the ball 53% of the time and took more shots — Dallas had 16 shots, while Vancouver had six. Reggie Cannon scored first for FC Dallas (40’). Maximiliano Urruti had Dallas’ second goal of the match at 78’. Maynor Figueroa netted an own goal at 82’, bringing the score to 2-1. Vancouver would go on to score the tying goal in stoppage time (90+10’) from Kei Kamara.

Philadelphia Union 4-1 Real Salt Lake

Philadelphia dominated a game that very easily could have gone either way. They maintained 53% possession and only had six more shots than RSL did. They started their scoring off with a goal from Marcus Epps at 21’. Borek Dockal found the net for Philly at 34’. Real Salt Lake would score their lone goal at 65’ from Damir Kreliach. The Union would go on to score twice more, Ilsinho at 74’ and Keegan Rosenberry at 81’, ending the match with a 4-1 final score.

New England Revolution 0-1 Columbus Crew SC

The difference-maker in this match was ball possession and shots, both falling in Columbus’s favour. They had the ball 59% of the time and took 16 shots. Lalas Abubakar had the lone goal of the match, a late winner at 85’.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-3 D.C. United

The San Jose Earthquakes lost again this week. Although they maintained possession at 53% and took more shots with 18, they just can’t find the net. Zoltan Stieber scored first for D.C. United (15’). Darren Mattocks (20’) and Yamil Asad (37’) followed his lead, giving United a 3-0 advantage going into the second half. San Jose’s Danny Hoesen attempted to revive his squad with a goal at the 43’ mark, but it was too little too late.

Sunday:

Minnesota United 1-1 Sporting KC

Kansas City completely dominated this match but failed to get balls in the net. They maintained 62% ball possession and took 24 shots to Minnesota’s six. They struck early and fast with a goal at the 8’ from Khiry Shelton. That would be their only goal. Minnesota scored at 20’ from Darwin Quintero and that was it. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.

Chicago Fire 2-3 Houston Dynamo

This game was an entertaining one right off the bat. Romell Quioto got the Dynamo on the scoreboard at the 4’ mark. Chicago’s two goals came back-to-back, one from Nemanja Nikolic at 14’ and the second from Diego Campos at 16’. Alberth Elis went on to score two goals for Houston, one at 56’ on a penalty and the second at 74’, giving the Dynamo the win.

Atlanta United 1-3 New York Red Bulls

Red hot Atlanta United struck first with a goal from Ezequiel Barco at the 26’ mark, and then had another goal disallowed by VAR shortly after. This would be the end of their hot streak, as New York would go on to win this one. Daniel Royer tied the match up with a penalty goal at 42’. Bradley Wright-Phillips had two headed goals in short order, one at 51’ and the other at 55’. Atlanta just couldn’t recover and it went from bad to worse when they lost a man due to Greg Garza receiving a red card at the 71’ mark. They lost this match but still sit in first place on the table.

Monday

Montreal Impact 0-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

This rare Monday afternoon game didn’t have a lot of scoring, but it might’ve had the most headline-grabbing moment of the weekend. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off on the brink of halftime for slapping Impact defender Michael Petrasso in the side of the head for stepping on his foot. Montreal couldn’t capitalize on the advantage, though, despite taking 22 shots to LA’s 7, and holding onto 56% of possession. Ola Kamara scored the winner for LA at the 75’ mark.

Here’s how the table is shaping up this week courtesy of MLSsoccer.com