This week was a fun one for MLS fans. Manchester United and England National Team legend Wayne Rooney made his debut for D.C. United. Major League Soccer has gained another Premier League great! It’ll be fun to see how his career in North America shapes up. Here’s what you may have missed this week across the league.
MLS kicked off on Wednesday this week with NYCFC claiming a victory over the Impact. Jesus Medina scored the opening goal of the match at 60’. Ronald Matarrita brought the NYCFC lead to 2-0 with a goal shortly after (65’). Jonathan Lewis sealed the deal for NYC with the closing goal of the match at 76’. NYCFC dominated the game, taking a total of 23 shots to Montreal’s three. Zero of those shots were on target for the Impact. It was definitely a rough one for them.
This match was a fun one. Both sides were evenly matched, exchanging goals back and fourth. The Union’s Haris Medunjanin had the first goal of the match at 31’. Nemanja Nikolic tied it up for Chicago shortly thereafter (39’) on a penalty. Cory Burke would give the Union the lead going into half time (45+3’). In the second, Aleksander Katai tied it up for Chicago (69’). Cory Burke had goal number two of the match to give the Union their lead back (73’). Going into stoppage time the Union had the lead, but Bastian Schweinsteiger tied it up for Chicago at 90+4’. The Union couldn’t be stopped. David Accam brought the Union the win with a goal at the last breath, at 90+5’.
New York City FC 2-0 Columbus Crew SC
NYCFC continued their domination going into the weekend. Their two goals came very late in the match. The first was scored by Jesus Medina at 80’. Anton Tinnerholm responded shortly after to seal the deal for NYC FC (90’). The Crew’s Eduardo Sosa was shown a red card in stoppage time (90+3), but the game was already practically finished at that point.
New York had a great weekend when it came to MLS wins. Bradley Wright-Phillips opened up the match with a goal (4’). Sporting KC’s Johnny Russell quickly responded with a goal at 8’. Roger Espinoza gave SKC the lead at 51’. Marc Rzatkowski had two back-to-back goals (72’ and 79’) giving New York the win.
Which goal was better? pic.twitter.com/qVyCjqUfUq— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) July 15, 2018
The LA Galaxy took home their sixth straight win this weekend in New England. This was certainly an entertaining game. Cristian Penilla was shown a red card at the 23’ mark, leaving the Revolution down a man early on. How did they respond? With a goal from Diego Fagundez at 28’. Chris Pontius tied it up for LA with a goal at 38’. New England took back the lead before the end of the first half with a goal from Luis Caicedo. The second half started off a bit slow, until Ashley Cole was given a red card at 85’. Now both teams were at even strength, both down a man. LA had some good luck, netting two goals in stoppage time. David Romney had the first at 90+2, while Pontius got his second of the match at 90+3’.
Montreal Impact 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes
The Earthquakes continue to struggle while Montreal gets their revenge after a tough game on Wednesday. The match was evenly matched when it came to shots at goal, Montreal with 13 and San Jose with 10. Ball possession was fairly even as well, with Montreal holding a bit more at 53%. San Jose just can’t find the net. The two goals of the match came from Saphir Taider (8’) and Ignacio Piatti (74’) giving Montreal the win.
D.C. United 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
D.C. United took home a victory in Wayne Rooney’s debut. Although he didn’t have the same MLS welcome that Zlatan had, he did offer up an assist in his first game with United (not the Manchester one). Yamil Asad had the opening goal of the match (27’). Paul Arriola finished it off for D.C. with two goals at 69’ and 80’. Vancouver attempted a comeback a little too late with a goal by Alphonso Davies in stoppage time (90+4’).
Ibson opened up scoring for Minnesota early in the second half (51’). Darwin Quintero followed up with a goal of his own at 62’. Miguel Ibarra quickly responded bringing the Minnesota lead to 3-0 with a goal at 68’. Real Salt Lake attempted a comeback late in the game with two goals, both from Joao Plata at 77’ and 85’. Minnesota still managed to pull of the win.
FC Dallas 3-1 Chicago Fire
First-place FC Dallas took yet another win, this one over a Chicago Fire team coming off a loss earlier in the week. Carlos Armando Gruezo Arboleda scored the first goal of the match for FC Dallas (27’). Chicago’s Drew Connor drew a red card at the 70’ mark. FC Dallas would go on to score two goals with the man advantage. The first came from Kellyn Acosta (74’) right after he entered the match, the second from Reto Ziegler (81’). Brandt Bronico got Chicago on the board with a late goal (86’) but the win went to Dallas.
Not much to say about this rather uneventful match. Colorado had a total of ten shots, while Huston had eight. The ball was fairly evenly possessed, with Colorado having the ball a bit more at 55%. With few shots, it’s no surprise no one was able to net one in.
Nicolas Loderio got Seattle on the board first with a successful penalty at the 45’ mark. Atlanta responded with a goal from Josef Martinez minutes later (48’). Seattle’s Jordan McCrary was shown a red card at 63’, but it didn’t affect the match much. It ended in a draw.
LAFC 0-0 Portland Timbers
Another 0-0 draw this week, but this one had a bit of entertainment value to it. LAFC’s Lee Nguyen was given a red card at the 84’ mark after sliding cleats-first into Sebastian Blanco. But, that was about it for that match.
Here is how the table currently shapes up, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.