MLS saw a show from former European stars this weekend. Wayne Rooney played in his second match with D.C. United this weekend and netted his first goal. He also walked away with a nice souvenir in the form of a broken nose. LA Galaxy’s own Zlatan Ibrahimovic brought back a lifeless LA Galaxy team from a 3-0 deficit. Here’s how this weekend’s games shaped up.
Orlando City 0- 2 New York City FC
New York City FC continues to impress, winning the opening match of the MLS weekend on Thursday. Both goals came in the first half of the match. The first came from Maxi Moralez at the 40th minute. Anton Tinnerholm secured the lead in stoppage time (45+1’). The second half was a bit boring, until Orlando’s Shane O’Neill was given a red card for violent conduct after a late challenge (83’).
Los Angeles FC 2-2 LA Galaxy
Another battle of LA went down on Thursday, but this one resulted in a draw. The opening goal came early from LAFC’s Carlos Vela (7’). They would bring the lead to 2-0 with a goal shortly after from Lee Nguyen at the 20’ mark. The two LAFC goals came early, and the second half was all Galaxy. Romain Alessandrini got the Galaxy on the board at 82’, followed shortly by an Ola Kamara goal (86’). The match would end with a 2-2 draw in the city of angels.
This match brought us two own goals, one from each team. That really made this match a fun one to watch. Columbus brought the heat early, scoring two goals in 17 minutes. The first came from Jonathan Mensah at 7’, the second was scored by Patrick Mullins (24’). The score would be 3-0 for Columbus come the 31st with an own goal from Sean Davis. The Red Bulls would get on the board at 50’ with an own goal from Mensah, followed by a goal from Daniel Royer (69’), but the comeback fell short.
Good news, guys. Toronto FC took home a win this weekend, while the Impact fell short to the dynamic Atlanta United. Josef Martinez had both goals for Atlanta, scoring the first at 31’ and the second at 57’. Montreal scored their lone goal of the match thanks to Ignacio Piatti at the 87’, and that was it.
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D.C. United 2-1 Colorado Rapids
Wayne Rooney has made his mark in MLS after netting his first goal in the league and also getting a broken nose all in the same match. He had the opening goal of the game, slipping the ball between Tim Howard’s legs at the 33’ mark. Kellyn Acosta tied it up in his debut match for the Rapids (82’). Niki Jackson would score an own goal at the 90’ mark, giving D.C. United the victory.
Zlatan’s hat trick may have been the talk of the weekend, but FC Dallas’ Michael Barrios did it first this weekend. His first came at 23’, the second at 62’, and the third at 74’. Sporting attempted to revive themselves when Gerso Fernandes found the net at 50’. In the seven minutes of added time, Daniel Salloi scored for Sporting KC (90+7), but it was too late. FC Dallas would be victorious.
Vancouver dominated this match. They had the opening goal of the game from Yordy Reyna at 35’. Alphonso Davies would have his first of two goals at the 56’ mark, the second would come at 89’. Kei Kamara found the net at the 64’ mark. Minnesota United would attempt to recover lost ground, scoring two back-to-back goals late in the match. The first came from Ibson (82’), and the second would be from Abu Danladi (87’). Vancouver still came out on top.
Another fairly uneventful match from the San Jose Earthquakes. I actually attended this match on Saturday, and I have to say the Quakes looked the best they have in awhile. Although they didn’t find the back of the net, they had some good looking chances. They took 15 shots, while Real Salt Lake took 8. The Quakes are still pretty bad, though.
The game was tied up from the jump. The first goal came from Portland’s Sebastian Blanco at the 7’ mark. Houston quickly responded, Romell Quioto scoring at 12’. The game would stay 1-1 until Portland’s Fanendo Adi scored at the 80’, leading them to victory. This would be his last match for Portland, being sent to FC Cincinnati on Monday.
Seattle Sounders 3-1 NYCFC
Another unlucky game for NYCFC this weekend. This time they were taken down by the Sounders. Seattle’s Cristian Roldan scored the first game of the match at 36’. Gustav Svensson would make the score 2-0 at 51’. NYCFC would get on the board with a goal from Jesus Medina at the 68’ mark. Harry Shipp would bring the Sounders’ lead to 3-1.
LA Galaxy 4-3 Orlando City SC
What. A. Match. It looked like City had this one on lock. Cristian Higuita had the opening goal at 18’. Giovani dos Santos tied it up for the Galaxy at 39’. Michael Ciani’s own goal at 44’ brought Orlando’s lead to 1-2. Dom Dwyer also had an Orlando goal at the 54’ mark. Although this was entertaining enough, Zlatan had to get involved. He would score a hat trick with goals at 47’, 67’, and 71’, giving the Galaxy the victory.
Here is how the table looks after this weekend’s matches from MLSSoccer.com