This week was a crazy one for MLS. The American Independence Day saw a large number of matches midweek. For the sake of your time, I’ll just be covering this weekend’s matches. A big rivalry game and a Zlatan penalty goal gave MLS excitement that rivaled the World Cup.
Atlanta continued their domination this weekend, taking the Union down 2-0. The Union put up a fight, putting more shots toward goal than United, but couldn’t get any past keeper Brad Guzan. Josef Martinez scored on a penalty at 58’, putting Atlanta on the board. Tito Villalba scored goal number two at the 76’ mark, and that was all she wrote.
This match didn’t see too much excitement. Each team only landed one shot on target. New England maintained possession at 55%, taking a total of nine shots. Seattle had six shots. This match was pretty uneventful.
Montreal had the most possession at 69%, but Colorado still managed to score. Saphir Taider had both goals for the Impact, scoring back-to-back at 55’ and 56’. Dominique Badji attempted to revive his Colorado team with a goal at 78’, but it was too late. The Impact took this one home.
Houston had a great weekend, shutting out Minnesota at home. Philippe Senderos had two goals, scoring at 36’ and 52’. Alberth Elis made the final score 3-0 with a goal in stoppage time (90+2’).
Albert Rusnak started the match off strong for Real Salt Lake, scoring on a penalty shot at 11’. Although Real Salt Lake maintained the most ball possession at 62%, the shots at goal were pretty even. Real Salt Lake took 14 shots, while FC Dallas had 13. There would be no goals until stoppage time when Luis Silva found the net at 90+1’.
The Dos Santos brothers returned to the Galaxy this weekend. Ola Kamara put the home side on the board at the 52’ minute mark. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on a penalty at 56’. Romain Alessandrini finished the match off for LA, scoring twice. The first of his goals came at 67’, the second was in stoppage time (90+3’).
⌚️Match in a Minute: Relive Saturday's big win at home pic.twitter.com/vUHlgTes6L— LA Galaxy (@LAGalaxy) July 9, 2018
The other Kamara, Kei Kamara, had two goals this weekend for Vancouver. His first came early at the 28’ mark. His second was later, finding the net at 72’. Chicago got on the board at 42’ thanks to Nemanja Nikolic. Vancouver quickly responded with a goal from Jordon Mutch at 47’. Tony Tchani scored for Chicago at 81’, but the win went to Vancouver.
Los Angeles FC 4-1 Orlando City
LA had a great MLS weekend, didn’t they? LAFC’s Adama Diomande had two goals, one at 28’, the second at 82’. Latif Blessing scored for LA at 32’. Orlando City got on the board with a goal from Sacha Kljestan at 59’. Diego Rossi wrapped it up for LA with a goal at 84’, his ninth goal in seven games.
The Earthquakes went down again this week. Samuel Armenteros scored both of Portland’s goals (14’, 53’). Of San Jose’s 14 shots at goal, only three were on target. The one goal that went in was scored by Florian Jungwirth at 87’.
The battle of New York City was the lone Sunday game this week. Both teams took 14 shots and both teams were only on target for four of them. Ball possession was also fairly even, leaning in NYCFC’s favour with 54%. The lone goal was scored by Maximiliano Moralez at 85’. With that, New York City is blue for now.
As the first week of July comes to a close, here’s how the table looks courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.