With the World Cup in full swing, MLS may have gotten lost in the background for you this week. Here is what you may have missed.
The lone Friday match took place between Minnesota United and FC Dallas. Minnesota had more shots at 13 while also maintaining 53% of ball possession, but they struggled to find the net. Roland Lamah had the lone goal of the match, putting FC Dallas up at the 59’ mark.
It was certainly a rivalry weekend. Saturday’s first match was between Pacific Northwest rivals the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers. Portland struck first with a goal from Larrys Mabiala (48’). Victor Rodriguez tied it up for Seattle at the 51’ mark. Samuel Armenteros quickly responded for Portland (57’) and the game was back to leaning in Portland’s favour. Chad Marshall tied it up for Seattle (68’), but Mabiala scored his second of the match (74’) to give the Timbers the victory.
Though this game seemed fairly evenly matched, the Impact dominated when it came to scoring. Although they only had five shots on target, two were able to find the back of the net. The first goal came from Ignacio Piatti at the 54’ mark. The second and final goal of the match was a penalty shot from Alejandro Silva Gonzalez (70’).
Atlanta had another dominating match this weekend, this time against Orlando. They had 15 shots at goal and maintained a total of 62% ball possession. Josef Martinez came out swinging, finding the net at 3’. Miguel Almiron scored his first of two goals at 55’. Ezequiel Barco brought the lead to 3-0 with a goal at 57’. Almiron finished it off with goal at 78’.
How about that reign storm last night? pic.twitter.com/p2X2biZK9P— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) July 1, 2018
Gyasi Zardes started the game off with a successful penalty kick goal in the opening six minutes. Eduardo Sosa brought the Crew’s lead up to 2-0 with another early goal at 23’. This is all it would take for Columbus. Real Salt Lake found the net thanks to Albert Rusnak at 74’, but it was over. Columbus took home the victory.
Coming off signing England legend Wayne Rooney, who is not set to make his debut until later in July, D.C. United failed to win their match this weekend. Cristian Penilla scored for the Revolution at the 18’ mark. Yamil Asad tied it up for United at 43’. The Revolution were able to regain the lead prior to halftime, with a 45+1’ goal from Teal Bunbury. D.C. responded with a penalty shot goal from Asad at 73’. Penilla would give the Revolution the lead back with his own successful penalty at 78’. Odd how that all shaped up.
Another early goal in this match put the Fire up by one at 6’ from Nemanja Nikolic. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi tied it up for NYCFC at 36’. Jo Inge Berget would give NYC FC the lead with a goal at 40’, but Aleksander Katai had some tricks up his sleeve. He netted two goals for Chicago (47’, 52’), sending them to victory.
Los Angeles FC 4-1 Philadelphia Union
Oh man, did LA’s Adama Diomande have a game this weekend. He got himself a hat trick, finding the net at 25’, 43’, and 55’. Fafa Picault attempted to bring life to his Union team with a goal at 45’, but they just couldn’t find their momentum. LA would strike again with a goal from Latif Blessing in stoppage time (90+6).
The Cali Clasico is never a disappointing match up. The Quakes had more possession at 56% and had more shots on target with six, but LA held up. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored within the opening minute, his first of two goals in the match. Chris Wondolowski responded with his first goal of the match at 15’. Romain Alessandrini gave the Galaxy the lead back with a goal at 20’. Zlatan struck again (25’), with San Jose’s Valeri Qazaishvili finding the net at 39’. It looked like a Galaxy win until Wondolowski took a penalty and scored for the Quakes at 69’. The Cali Clasico ended in a draw.
Although Vancouver controlled the majority of possession and had 25 shots, luck was on Colorado’s side. Vancouver did capitalize on their shots on goal… it was just the wrong goal. Marcel de Jong scored an own goal in favour of Colorado at the 43’ mark. That was it for the match
Here is how the table currently sits thanks to MLSSoccer.com.