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MLS Weekly Wrap Up: San Jose rises as Zlatan falls

San Jose rises up on the table while Zlatan sees his 5th yellow card of the season.

MLS: San Jose Earthquakes at LA Galaxy Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Morgan’s World Cup success didn’t rub off on her husband’s team after she made an appearance at this weekend’s LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes match. The Earthquake’s are slowly but surely making their way up the table under new manager Matias Almeyda. The 3-1 victory lead to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s fifth yellow card of the season. He will be eligible for this weekend’s El Traffico against LAFC, though. Here’s how all that and more went down this weekend.


D.C. United 2-2 New England Revolution

Teal Bunbury opened up scoring early for the New England Revolution. His 4th minute goal was followed by Carles Gil’s 32’ shot. Down 2-0, D.C. United’s Leonardo Jara found the back of the net at 43’. New England’s Wilfried Zahibo was shown a red card at 63’. With the man advantage, Quincy Amarikwa tied it up at 86’.

Transfer window watch: New England have let go of defensemen Gabriel Somi and acquired Gustavo Bou. D.C. United have yet to make any moves.

Houston Dynamo 1-3 LAFC

The Houston Dynamo scored early thanks to Romell Quioto (3’). The rest of the match would belong to LAFC. Adama Diomande scored two back-to-back goals (45+2’, 49’). Diego Rossi would bring their lead to three with his goal at 88’.

Transfer window watch: Houston pick up a defender in Jose Bizama. LAFC haven’t made any moves yet.

LA Galaxy 1-3 San Jose Earthquakes

Things looked promising for the LA Galaxy when Rolf Fletcher netted the opening goal almost instantly at 2’. The San Jose Earthquakes would bounce back hard, though. They scored three unanswered goals from Valeri Qazaishvili (61’), Danny Hoesen (64’), and Jackson Yueill (85’).

Transfer window watch: The Earthquakes signed Carlos Fierro. The Galaxy haven’t made any moves.


Orlando City 1-0 Columbus Crew

Orlando City came out on top over the Columbus Crew. There was only one goal scored, off the boot of Benji Michael at 84’. Orlando’s Dom Dwyer was shown a red card at 90+3’, but nothing came with the late man advantage for Columbus.

Transfer window watch: These two teams made a trade. Robinho is headed to Orlando for 50,000 in targeted allocation money, as well as more money possible in the future. Columbus wasn’t done, though. They also traded Patrick Mullins and acquired Jordan Hamilton from Toronto FC. They brought in a new keeper, Eloy Room, as well as midfielder Luis Diaz and striker Romario Williams.

Chicago Fire 1-2 FC Cincinnati

FC Cincinnati opened up scoring within the first minute of the match with a goal from Allan Cruz. Chicago Fire would tie it up after Nicolas Gatian at 45+4’. FC Cincinnati would come back in the second half to secure a victory, thanks to Fanendo Adi (83’).

Transfer window watch: Chicago Fire sent Mo Adams to Atlanta United. For FC Cincinnati, Kendall Watson extended his stay with the club. They also picked up Maikel van der Werff.

Minnesota United 1-0 FC Dallas

Minnesota United shut out FC Dallas this weekend. The lone goal of the match was scored by Mason Toye in stoppage time of the second half (90+1’). Talk about winning it at the last minute.

Transfer window watch: Minnesota United picked up Robin Lod. FC Dallas also did some work. They sold Carlos Gruezo and picked up Edwin Gyasi on loan.

Real Salt Lake 4-0 Philadelphia Union

Real Salt Lake had a field day against the Philadelphia Union. The 4-0 shutout saw goals from Jefferson Savarino (23’, 71’), Albert Rusnak (81’), and Damir Kreilach (89’).

Transfer window watch: Real Salt Lake haven’t picked anyone up yet. The Philadelphia Union picked up USA International player Andrew Wooten and MLS’ own RJ Allen. They also extended contracts to both their head coach Jim Curtain and midfielder Jamiro Monterio.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-3 Sporting KC

Another shutout, this time between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Sporting KC. Scoring opened up with an own goal from Vancouver’s Ali Adnan (24’). Felipe Gutierrez scored next at 56’. Gerso Fernandes finished it off with his goal at 90’.

Transfer window watch: Neither the Whitecaps nor Sporting KC have finalized anything.

Portland Timbers 2-2 Colorado Rapids

The Portland Timbers got the first goal of the match, an own goal from Tommy Smith at 27’. The Colorado Rapids quickly recovered, finding the net thanks to Jonathan Lewis at 28’. The Timbers’ Julio Cascante was given a red card at 55’ before taking the lead again with a goal on a penalty from Diego Valeri (63’). Colorado tied it up, though, thanks to Sam Nicholson at 76’.

Transfer window watch: Portland have extended manager Giovanni Savarese’s contract. Nana Boateng has agreed to part ways with the Colorado Rapids.


Seattle Sounders 2-1 Atlanta United

The Seattle Sounders kicked off scoring in the second half of the match with a goal from Raul Ruidiaz (58’). Atlanta United leveled the score with a goal from Josef Martinez at 65’. The Sounders would finish it off, though, thanks to Harry Shipp at 71’.

Transfer window watch: The Seattle Sounders have yet to make a move. Atlanta United picked up Emerson Hyndman on loan from Bournemouth. They sent Romario Williams to the Columbus Crew.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 NYC FC

The battle between the New York teams ended in favour of the New York Red Bulls. NYCFC Struck first, though, with an early goal from Heber Araujo dos Santos at 7’. The NY Red Bulls’ Daniel Royer finished off the match with his two goals at 45+1’ (penalty) and 60’.

Transfer window watch: The Red Bulls haven’t finalized any moves yet. NYC FC lost Gio Reyna and signed Gary Mackay-Steven.