Major League Soccer is FINALLY BACK! I’m so happy to be back to recapping each week’s games for you guys. Toronto FC had a stellar opening day, but some other MLS teams were not so lucky. The first week back brought us a lot of draws. Here’s how the league shaped up!
NYCFC had a pretty good run last season. They kicked things off for 2019 with an early goal scored by Ebenezer Ofori at 13’. Alexander Ring would score the next goal in the contest (45’) to bring NYCFC up 2-0 by halftime. Orlando FC would bounce back in the second half, scoring two unanswered goals. The first came off the boot of Christopher Mueller (59’). Tesho Akindele would tie it up for Orlando at 75’. The first draw of the season.
Same day, different draw. The New York Red Bulls could not maintain ball possession, coming in at 32% by the end of the game, but managed to strike first. The early goal was scored by Andreas Ivan at the 6’ mark. Columbus Crew would get on the scoreboard just before the end of the first half thanks to Gaston Sauro (41’). The second half would go scoreless.
My god, ANOTHER draw. This one was a bit more interesting, though. FC Dallas’ Michael Barrios got them on the board early at the 13’ mark. The remainder of the half would go scoreless as Dallas maintained possession. The New England Revolution would tie it up early in the second with a goal from Carles Gil (57’).
That goal from Michael Barrios in the 13th minute looks even better in slow motion. pic.twitter.com/n9AXVHHdhx— FC Dallas (@FCDallas) March 3, 2019
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but this game ended in a draw. At least there was a red card though, right? Kei Kamara scored at 16’ to give Colorado the early lead. Axel Sjoberg would receive a red card at 27’, leaving Colorado down a man the rest of the game. Diego Valeri responded for the Portland Timbers at 29’. Sebastian Blanco would give Portland the lead in stoppage time (45+1’). Benny Feilhaber would go on to score early in the second half (46’) to tie the game up. Deklan Wynne scored an own goal at the 66’ mark to give Portland the advantage, but Colorado bounced back with a stoppage time goal from Andre Shinyashiki (90+4’). What a match.
Erik Godoy quickly got the Vancouver Whitecaps on the scoreboard at 6’ in the first game I’ve told you about that actually had a winner in the end, and it wasn’t even his team. Minnesota United’s Darwin Quintero scored on a penalty kick at 37’ to tie up the match. United would go on to dominate the match, with goals scored by Francisco Calvo (66’) and Romario Ibarra (70’) to give them a two goal lead. Vancouver would strike again with a goal from Doneil Henry (81’), but were ultimately outshot and lost the match.
Good Morning, Minnesota...— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) March 3, 2019
...how did everyone sleep? pic.twitter.com/kfh0o7AAmA
Another draw and another red card. Albert Rusnak got Real Salt Lake on the board before the end of the first half (40’). Though Real Salt Lake outshot Houston, they still found their chance to stay in the match. Mauro Manotas scored at 62’ to tie it up. Matias Vera would be shown the red card at the 81st minute, but the man advantage couldn’t generate another goal for Real Salt Lake.
Chicago Fire looked a lot better in this match than they did last season. It seemed as though they had it in the bag when C.J. Sapong scored early in the second half (49’), but you can never completely count out the LA Galaxy. Daniel Steres tied it up at 68’, while none other than the lion himself, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, found the net at 80’ to win the match.
Finally a blow out, and it came at the expense of the new guy. FC Cincinnati, the newest expansion team, fell hard in their first match. They came out hot though, Leonardo Bertone found the net at the 13’ mark giving them the early lead. The game belonged to Seattle from that point on, though. Kelvin Leerdam tied it up with his goal at 27’. Jordan Morris would give Seattle the 3-1 advantage with his back-to-back goals (33’, 43’). Raul Ruidiaz would seal the deal with his 87’ goal. Poor Cincinnati.
The San Jose Earthquakes got themselves a new coach during the off-season after a pretty miserable record last year. They fell short on opening day, but at least they got a goal, right? Magnus Eriksson had the opening goal of the match, netting one at 11’, Montreal Impact would bounce back, though, getting two goals past the Quakes for the win. Ignacio Piatti scored first at the 29’ mark, followed by the game winner scored by Saphir Taider at 44’. The game was over before the first half came to a close.
Atlanta United didn’t bring the heat they brought all last season to game number one. They were shut out by D.C. United. Paul Arriola got D.C. on the board during stoppage time (45+1). Luciano Acosta would bring the lead to 2-0 with a second half goal (58’).
LAFC - Sporting KC
Sporting KC went into halftime against LAFC with a 1-0 lead. Krisztian Nemeth netted an early goal at 16’. Things got entertaining come the second half. Diego Rossi tied it up for LA at 47’. Sporting’s Roger Espinoza was given a red card at 84’. With the man advantage, LAFC struck with a goal from Adama Diomande in late stoppage time (90+4’).
Adama Diomande WINS it in the 90'+4'! https://t.co/DppWDHGqnP— Major League Soccer (@MLS) March 4, 2019
Week one is in the books! Who caught your eye this weekend? Let us know your league predictions in the comments!