The All-Star Game has come and gone and MLS was back into the swing of things this weekend. The New York Red Bulls retired Bradley Wright-Phillips’s number 99, while the LA Galaxy fell short due to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s forced absence for sitting out the All-Star game.
This weekend there were quite a few matches that ended in a draw. This was one of them. Fairly evenly matched, D.C. had 19 shots and Montreal had 17. The opening goal of the match came quickly when the Impact’s Matteo Mancosu found the back of the net at the 5’ mark. It looked as though Montreal would take this one home, until D.C.’s Yamil Asada tied it up at 70’.
Another match, another draw. At least this one had a red card. Juan Agudelo had the opening goal of the match for the Revolution, scoring at the 7’ mark. Cristian Penilla didn’t take long to bring their lead to 2-0, with a goal at 18’. Dom Dwyer got Orlando on the scoreboard at 45’. They would go on to tie it up at the 71’ mark with a goal from Armo Tarek. Teal Bunbury gave the Revolution the lead back (76’), but Orlando were able to tie it up again with a stoppage time goal from Scott Sutter. Orlando’s Yoshimar Yotun was shown the red card at the 90+8’ mark. A bit late in the match, it didn’t have an effect. The game ended in a draw.
This match should have probably end in a draw, but the Sounders took the W. Minnesota had the opening goal of the match from Darwin Quintero (19’). That would be their only goal of the match. It would actually be the only goal of regular time. Both of the Seattle goals came in stoppage time. The first from Nicolas Lodeiro (90+1’) on a penalty shot, the second by Will Bruin (90+7). With that luck, Seattle came out victorious.
Yes, another draw. The fourth on Saturday alone. Nicolas Mezquida had the opening goal of the match for Vancouver at the 22’ mark. Jesus Medina tied it up for NYC FC with a goal in first half stoppage time (45+1). NYC FC would score in the opening minutes of the second half with a goal from Valentin Castellanos at 46’. Erik Hurtado would tie it up for Vancouver at 87’.
The Earthquakes finally got a win, and a road win at that. Valeri Qazaishvili (Vako) would open up the scoring for San Jose, scoring his first of two at 19’. FC Dallas responded quickly with a goal from Roland Lamah at 23’. Jahmir Hyka would give the lead back to San Jose at 47’. Vako’s second goal of the match sealed it for San Jose at the 88’ mark.
The Galaxy were missing Zlatan this week after he chose to sit out the All-Star game. Having lost their hero from last week, they fell short to Tim Howard’s Rapids this weekend. Things started out strong for the Galaxy when Romain Alessandrini found the net first (33’). That was all the Galaxy wrote, though. Kellyn Acosta came through yet again this week for Colorado with a goal at 50’. The second and winning goal of the match came from Sam Nicholson at the very last minute of regular time (90’).
Diego Rubio had the lone goal of the match for Sporting KC at the 74’ mark, but that is really the least of this game’s entertainment. The Dynamo somehow managed to get a total of three red cards in one match. The first was early on when Alejandro Fuenmayor was shown the red after giving Gianluca Busio a shoulder on a late, midair challenge. Darwin Ceren and Alberth Elis were both shown red in stoppage time (90+4 and 90+8). Houston were shown ten cards in total, while Sporting KC were issued two. Yikes. Oh yeah, coach Wilmer Cabrera was ejected as well. Tough one for Houston.
Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to the scoreboard this weekend with the lone Chicago goal at the 48’ mark, and man was it a pretty one. Both of Real Salt Lake’s goals would be scored by Damir Kreilach at 45+3 and 75’, to give them the win.
Portland was able to maintain a clean sheet this weekend. They scored two goals on penalty kicks, the first from Diego Valeri (58’) and the second from Darion Asprilla (84’). David Guzman secured the victory with a goal at 87’.
New York Red Bulls 2-1 Los Angeles FC
This Sunday’s lone match was a big one for the New York Red Bulls. They retired striker Bradley Wright-Phillips’s number 99. Wright-Phillips is arguably the best striker the Red Bulls have ever had and the 11th player in MLS history to net 100 goals. Congrats, Bradley! The game also ended in their favor. Both Red Bulls goals were scored by Daniel Royer (39’ and 80’). The lone LA goal was a shot from Diego Rossi (53’).
Here is how the table currently looks, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com