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MLS Weekly Wrap Up: Short and sweet heading into the All Star game

The MLS all stars faced Athletico Madrid on Wednesday

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As the Major League Soccer All Star squad prepped to face Athletico Madrid on Wednesday, there were only a handful of games this weekend. Here’s how the matches shaped up, as well as some transfer news as we inch closer to the window closing.


NYC FC 3-1 Sporting KC

Sporting KC had a rough match against NYC FC on Friday. Anton Tinnerholm scored the first goal of the match at 41’, followed shortly by Heber Araujo dos Santos’ 54th minute goal. Sporting’s Roger Espinoza was shown a red card at 61’. Down a man and two goals, Sporting KC finally found the back of the net at 73’ thanks to Ilie Sanchez. NYC FC finished it off with a goal from Alexander Ring at 77’.

Transfer window watch: Sporting KC picked up defender Luis Martins. NYC FC grabbed Eric Miller from Minnesota United.

LAFC 4-3 Atlanta United

There were a lot of goals between LAFC and Atlanta United. Mo Adams scored bright and early for Atlanta at 2’. LAFC responded with two back-to-back goals. The first from Adama Diomande at 33’, the second from Diego Rossi at 38’. Carlos Vela would give them a third goal at 42’ on a penalty. Before half time, there were two fast goals. The first from LA’s Eduard Atuesta at 45’, the second in stoppage time from Atlanta’s Josef Martinez at 45+2’. Atlanta would get one more chance thanks to an own goal from Eddie Segura at 51’. LA got another win.

Transfer window watch: LAFC recently acquired Eddie Segura, who had that own goal.


New England Revolution 4-1 Orlando City

Orlando City were outscored by three this weekend against the New England Revolution. New England scored fast, the first coming from Gustavo Bou at 3’. At 47’, Cristian Penilla brought their lead to two. Two more New England goals would be scored before Orlando got on the board, one from Carles Gil (P, 60’) and Diego Fagundez (75’). Tesho Akindele gave some hope to Orlando with his goal at 77’, but it was a little too late.

Transfer window watch: Neither of these teams have made any moves since we last spoke.

New York Red Bulls 2-3 Columbus Crew

The New York Red Bulls and Columbus Crew scored back-to-back early goals. First, New York’s Brian White found the net (15’) followed by Luis Argudo (16’). Pedro Santos gave Columbus the lead with his first goal at 46’. New York tied it up thanks to Daniel Royer’s penalty goal at 63’. Santos saved the day for Columbus, netting his second and the winning goal at 84’.

Transfer window watch: Columbus Crew picked up defender Chris Cadden, who is on loan until 2020.

Chicago Fire 0-0 D.C. United

It was a boring match between Chicago Fire and D.C. United. Chicago took a total of 14, compared to D.C.’s 10. D.C. maintained possession at 53%. Other than that, not much happened.

Transfer window watch: Chicago Fire has acquired Jonathan Bornstein.

FC Dallas 0-0 Real Salt Lake

Another boring match up, this time between FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake. Real Salt Lake took a total of 17 shots, while FC Dallas took 10. Dallas maintained possession at 51%.

Transfer window watch: Nothing much has been done by either of these teams.

Houston Dynamo 0-1 Seattle Sounders

The Seattle Sounders scored only one goal but that was all it took to come out on top against the Houston Dynamo. The lone goal belonged to Jordan Morris who found the net at 59’.

Transfer window watch: The Seattle Sounders have extended their loan of Brad Smith with AFC Bournemouth.

Minnesota United 0-0 Vancouver Whitecaps

Another scoreless match, this time between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Minnesota United. Shots and possession favoured Minnesota, but they couldn’t get lucky.

Transfer window watch: Minnesota grabbed Wilfried Moimbe, a defender, and Robin Lod, a midfielder.

Montreal Impact 4-0 Philadelphia Union

The Montreal Impact shut out the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. Lassi Lappalainen (4’, 46’) and Orji Okwonkwo (36’, 66’) each had a pair of goals.

Transfer window watch: Lappalainen was claimed on loan and had a great start to his run with Montreal. The Union picked up a goalkeeper in Joe Bendik from Columbus.

San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 Colorado Rapids

The San Jose Earthquakes continue to win and move up the standings. The Colorado Rapids’ Lalas Abubakar scored an own goal at 2’ that got San Jose their first goal of the match. They followed it up with two more goals, one from Valeri Qazaishvili at 34’, the other from Shea Salinas at 83’. Colorado got on the board with a goal from Diego Rubio at 88’.

Transfer window watch: The San Jose Earthquakes have acquired striker Andres Rios.

Portland Timbers 4-0 LA Galaxy

This was a rough match for the LA Galaxy. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will sit out the next match after getting his fifth yellow card. Two red cards were dealt to his teammates Efrain Alvares (84’) and Diego Polenta (90+4’). Portland’s Darion Aspirilla was also given a red card on that exchange with Polenta. The four goals were scored by Cristhian Paredes (37’, 81’), Diego Valeri (41’), and Jeremy Ebobisse (88’).

Transfer window watch: Not much to report here for either team.