The Colorado Rapids had the worst record in Major League Soccer. Under an interim coach, the team have begun a revival. They continue to climb, adding a fourth game to their win column this week. Here’s how they and the rest of the league shaped up this week.
Minnesota United started their week off on a low note as the reigning champion Atlanta United shut them out. Franco Escobar got them on the board early with his goal at 23’. The game would remain 1-0 until stoppage time, when Josef Martinez scored at both 90+1’ and 90+4’ to secure a win. Watch his final goal for yourself!
Philadelphia Union 1-1 Colorado Rapids
Sure, this wasn’t a win, but a draw against the Philadelphia Union is still a positive outcome for the Rapids. The Union’s Sergio Santos Gomes struck first with a goal at 26’. It looked like just maybe the Rapids would lose this one, until Jonathan Lewis shot one home at 72’.
Our enemies got a big win over Real Salt Lake this week. The Montreal Impact had the first two goals of the game, one from Omar Browne in stoppage time (45+2) and the other from Saphir Taider (68’) on a penalty. Sam Johnson got Real Salt Lake on the board late in the game with his goal at 84’.
A lot of goals were scored between D.C. United and Chicago Fire, but they ended the match in a draw. C.J. Sapong (12’) and Dorde Mihailovic (14’) gave Chicago an early lead. Ulises Segura tied it up himself with his two goals at 43’ and 61’. Luciano Acosta would get a go-ahead goal at 81’ and it seemed like D.C. would take the match. Chicago had other plans, though. A stoppage time goal from Francisco Calvo at 90+2’ ended it in a draw.
Sporting KC 0-2 LA Galaxy
The LA Galaxy are finding their groove again after a brief losing streak. The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic was felt instantly. Fabio Alvarez would strike first at 55’. Zlatan would wrap up the game with his goal at 86’.
Montreal Impact 0-3 Orlando City
Montreal didn’t come out on top on Saturday. Orlando City finished them off with three goals. Nani struck first on a penalty (27’). Tesho Akindele brought the lead to two with his goal at 36’. Will Johnson finished it off in the first half with his strike at 42’.
Happy to have helped the team bring home these 3 points. Showing our quality and working hard to improve each week. Great job guys! pic.twitter.com/Uc4OZgalxL— Nani (@luisnani) June 2, 2019
Atlanta United 2-0 Chicago Fire
Same week, different win for Atlanta United. Josef Martinez was the man of the match, netting both goals himself. The first came at 12’ and the second at 43’. Short and sweet.
These two are just getting started— Atlanta United FC (@ATLUTD) June 1, 2019
Lethal from Pity and Josef pic.twitter.com/nUNBtonnU7
New York Red Bulls 4-0 Real Salt Lake
Tough week for Real Salt Lake, but a big one for the New York Red Bulls. A four goal game and a clean sheet is a pretty big deal! The goals came from the boots of Marcelo Silva (an own goal at 58’), Daniel Royer (59’), Michael Amir Murillo (64’), and Omir Fernandez (83’).
Columbus Crew 2-2 NYCFC
Gyasi Zardes kicked things off for Columbus Crew with a penalty goal at 28’. NYC FC wouldn’t respond until the 57th minute with a goal from Heber Araujo dos Santos. Columbus responded, with a goal from Pedro Santos at 61’. NYC FC had no plans to lose it, scoring at 76’ from Valentin Castellanos.
The Seattle Sounders were taken down by FC Dallas this week. Well, they kind of took down themselves. The two Dallas goals were own goals from Xavier Arreaga (33’) and Brad Smith (38’). Two own goals one after another. They also scored against FC Dallas thanks to Raul Ruidiaz at 65’. What a weird match.
D.C. United 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
Another draw for D.C. United as they took on the San Jose Earthquakes. Chris Wondolowski extends his record with a goal at 37’. Luciano Acosta responded at 67’ to tie it all up.
Colorado Rapids 3-1 FC Cincinnati
Another big win for the Rapids and another sad loss for FC Cincinnati. Andre Shinyashiki opened up scoring at 43’, but that would be the only first half goal scored. Cincinnati would tie it up at 72’ from Kekuta Manneh. Colorado responded almost instantly when Nicolas Mezquida found the net at 73’. Diego Rubio finished it off with his goal at 82’.
Houston Dynamo 1-1 Sporting KC
Both of the goals scored in this draw match between the Houston Dynamo and Sporting KC came within the 60th minute. Sporting KC scored first, thanks to Yohan Croizet at 63’. The Dynamo responded quickly from Alberth Elis at 69’. The scoring ended there.
Portland Timbers 2-3 LAFC
The Portland Timbers fell short this week to LAFC. Carlos Vela got them on the board quickly with a goal at 6’. Diego Rossi brought LA’s lead to two with his goal at 34’. Cristhian Paredes started the Timbers revival at 46’, but LAFC’s Latif Blessing gave them the lead back at 54’. Brian Fernandez scored for Portland at 84’, but they couldn’t form a comeback.
Minnesota United 2-3 Philadelphia Union
Philadelphia’s Jamiro Monterio opened up scoring with a penalty goal at 18’. Minnesota responded quickly with a goal from Hassani Dotson at 28’. Haris Medunjanin gave the Union their lead back at 44’. Kevin Molino gave Minnesota another goal, but Auston Trusty wrapped it up with his goal at 86’.
LA Galaxy 1-2 New England Revolution
The Galaxy’s luck run out against the New England Revolution on Sunday. Cristian Penilla (45’) and Teal Bunbury (60’) gave the Revolution a 2-0 lead. Zlatan would get LA on the board (84’) but the Galaxy failed to break even.