Toronto FC may have ended their match in a draw this week, but the San Jose Earthquakes FINALLY got their first win. Sure, we are not Earthquake fans, but this is a big deal. They haven’t won a game since March of last year. Truly, this is an insane moment. Here’s how the week shaped up.
LA Galaxy hit Canada to face the Vancouver Whitecaps. They came out on top, scoring two second half goals to find the win. Daniel Steres got the Galaxy on the board at 63’. Zlatan Ibrahimovic did his thing and netted one at 71’, shutting out the Whitecaps.
It was a boring one at Yankee Stadium between NYCFC and the Montreal Impact. NYCFC looked better on paper, controlling the ball more and taking more shots at net. When Montreal’s Maximillano Urruti was shown a red card at 70’, NYCFC had the man advantage but still struggled to find the net. The match ended with a 0-0 draw.
LAFC dominated against D.C. United this weekend. Carlos Vela opened up scoring at 15’. Diego Rossi would net a hat trick, scoring at 27’, 32’, and 76’. D.C.’s Wayne Rooney was given a red card at 52’, giving Rossi the man advantage on one of his goals.
New York had a rough week. The Red Bulls also fell short this weekend, falling 2-1 to Minnesota United. Abu Danladi got Minnesota on the board at 34’, while Romario Ibarra brought their lead to 2-0 with a goal in the opening minute of the second half (50’). The Red Bulls saw a glimmer of hope when Cristian Casseres Jr. found the net at 70’, but the game went to Minnesota.
good morning, Minnesota— Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) April 7, 2019
hope you slept well pic.twitter.com/QXoYISYGEp
Another loss for the Colorado Rapids. This week, they took on Orlando City and it was a close one. Kei Kamara got them on the board early (9’). Nani responded, netting his first Orlando City goal at 31’. Tesho Akindele gave Orlando a 2-1 lead with his goal at 33’. As the second half rolled in, Nicolas Mezquida for Colorado at 61’. They eventually found the lead, thanks to Cole Basset at 71’, but Orlando weren’t done yet. Christopher Mueller scored at 81’ and Nani had his second on a penalty at 89’, giving Orlando the victory.
What a crazy night! My first goals for the team. Weather delay ⛈ ! We felt the fans hearts and support every minute till stoppage time.— Nani (@luisnani) April 7, 2019
Os meus primeiros golos em Orlando!! ⚽⚽#VamosOrlando #MLS #win #goals@OrlandoCitySC @MLS pic.twitter.com/c9Mxag7cOT
FC Dallas came out hot, scoring at 10’, thanks to Reto Ziegler. That would be the only goal they would score for the remainder of the match, as well as the last goal this game would see until the 85th minute. The Philadelphia Union’s Cory Burke tied it up at 85’. It wasn’t until stoppage time when Alejandro Bedoya netted one (90+2’) that we had a winner.
The match between the Columbus Crew and the New England Revolution was pretty evenly played. While Columbus controlled the ball more, New England was right there with them. Columbus’ Josh Williams won it for them in the first half (42’). The Revolution’s Michael Mancienne was given a red card at 64’, but Columbus couldn’t capitalize on the man advantage.
San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 Portland Timbers
So, the San Jose Earthquakes won, while also shutting out the Portland Timbers. It was an upset I’m sure no one saw coming. Shea Salinas opened up scoring at 15’. Danny Hoesen brought the lead to two with his goal at 33’. A minute later, Cristian Espinoza finished the game off with his goal (34’). They won, guys. They did it!
The Seattle Sounders controlled ball possession, but Real Salt Lake put more shots on net. The match could have gone either way, but Seattle sealed the deal with a goal from Nicolas Lodeiro at 18’.
FC Cincinnati kept their point streak going with a draw against Sporting KC. They struck first when Darren Mattocks scored at 19’ on a penalty shot. Sporting KC kept themselves in it, maintaining ball control and putting more shots at net. It paid off for them when Gianluca Busio tied it up at 62’.