Toronto FC were back in action this week AND they won! Plus, Wayne Rooney got a hat trick, proving he isn’t as washed up as people think he is! Here’s what happened around the league while you were celebrating another Toronto FC victory!
The Seattle Sounder continued their reign, finding another win this week over the Chicago Fire. They scored early and fast with Victor Rodriguez finding the net at 8’. Jordan Morris brought their lead to 2-0, scoring at 15’. Just before halftime, Nicolas Lodeiro scored on a penalty at the 49’ mark. In the second half, Chicago Fire got back into it. They scored two goals, one by Raheem Edwards (56’) and another from Fabian Herbers (84’). Seattle weren’t done, though. Raul Ruidiaz netted the final goal of the match at 88’.
FC Dallas were shut out by Columbus Crew after they shut out the LA Galaxy last weekend. This game was pretty uneventful. The only goal of the match was scored within the opening ten minutes (10’ exactly) by Gaston Sauro. That was about it.
Five goals in total were scored during this match, making it a bit more entertaining than the last. The Houston Dynamo opened up scoring at 15’ when Memo Rodriguez found the net. Fredy Montero would tie it up on a penalty at 35’. Houston would regain their lead with a goal off the boot of Alberth Elis, also on a penalty at 42’. Lass Bangoura scored at 54’ for Vancouver and the game was all tied up again. Memo Rodriguez would find the net for the second time at 73’ to win the match for the Dynamo.
Another week, another rough loss for the San Jose Earthquakes. The Quakes came out hot, though, scoring first thanks to Cristian Espinoza at 5’. They would spiral downwards after that. The game belonged the the New York Red Bulls. They took 23 shots compared to San Jose’s 8. All of their goals came in the second half, scored by Alex Muyl (51’, 71’), Bradley Wright-Phillips (85’), and Daniel Royer (89’).
The Montreal Impact beat Orlando City in a game filled with stoppage time excitement. Orji Okwonkwo opened up scoring for the Impact at 14’. Ignacio Piatti would very quickly bring their lead up to 2-0 with his goal at 15’. Piatti would go on to score another goa, giving the Impact a 3-0 lead. The game went quiet until stoppage time rolled around. Orlando City got on the board with a goal from Dom Dwyer at 90+1’. The extra time drama didn’t end there, Montreal’s Zakaria Diallo was given a red card at 90+6’, but Orlando didn’t have the man advantage long enough to pull themselves out of the 1-3 hole they were in.
D.C. United had a huge game against Real Salt Lake. Wayne Rooney netted a hattrick, scoring at 34’ (on a penalty), 41’, and 65’. Lucas Rodriguez (76’ ) and Ulises Segura (80’) also found the net. At the 45+3’’ and 67’ minutes, Real Salt Lake’s Jefferson Savarino and Marcelo Silva were shown red cards. That means two of the D.C. goals were scored on the two man advantage.
LA Galaxy 3-2 Minnesota United
LA Galaxy found hard to maintain a lead and come out on top against Minnesota United on week two without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They got on the board first with a goal from Jonathan dos Santos (36’, P). Chris Pontius would bring their lead up 2-0 with his goal at 41’. Minnesota United got on the board thanks to Jan Gregus at 75’. Sebastian Lletget responded with a goal at 81’. Minnesota wouldn’t go down without a fight when Angelo Rodriguez found the net again at 87’. It was a little too late for Minnesota and the LA Galaxy found a rebound win after last week.
The battle between two opposite coast giants ended in a 2-2 draw. NYC FC struck first when Alexandru Mitrita found the net at 39’. Carlos Vela tied it up for LAFC shortly after (43’), his first of two in the match. Alexander Ring gave NYC FC their lead back at 62’. Vela got another chance on a penalty shot at 76’ and ended the game in a draw.
The new guys, FC Cincinnati, now have a win under their belt! The 3-0 shutout left the Portland Timbers with only a red card to take home with them. Kendall Watson struck first at 15’. The rest of the first half would go scoreless. Mid second half brought Cincinnati two goals in two minutes. Allan Cruz netted one at 61’, while Mathieu Deplagne followed suit at 63’. Portland’s Larrys Mabiala was given a red card at 70’, but Cincinnati couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage.
Atlanta United fought back to finish the patch in a draw after being down 1-0 to the Philadelphia Union. Brenden Aaronson scored first for Philadelphia at 47’. Ezequiel Barco fought back in the second half, scoring at 70’, keeping Atlanta in the match. The game ended there.
Worth another view— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) March 18, 2019
Crucial header to get us back in it! pic.twitter.com/RjsSckWYk5
The Colorado Rapids started their weekend out on a high note, but it wouldn’t stay that way. The first half went scoreless, but Diego Rubio scored early in the second half (54’) to give them the lead. Things went downhill when Johan Blomberg was shown a red card at 87’. Sporting KC’s Johnny Russell found the net at 88’ with the man advantage. What could have been a Colorado win, ended in a draw.