Major League Soccer’s rivalry week is always a fun one. With matches spread out from Wednesday to Sunday, you may have missed some things along the way. No worries, we’ve got you covered!
NYC FC 1-0 Columbus Crew
So, Wednesday didn’t really feature heavy rivalry matches, but that’s okay. The first match of the week was between NYC FC and Columbus Crew. Only one goal was scored between the teams and it came off the foot of Valentin Castellanos at 36’.
The New York Red Bulls scored early against D.C. United, thanks to Alejandro Romero’s goal in the 6th minute. Wayne Rooney’s time in the match would end shortly after, as he was shown a red card at 24’. That wasn’t the last red card the match saw. In stoppage time (45+3’), New York’s Amro Tarek was given a red card as well. Ola Kamara tied it up for D.C. with his goal at 55’, but New York regained the lead with a penalty goal from Daniel Royer at 59’.
LAFC 4-0 San Jose Earthquakes
This one is kind of a rivalry, right? Bay Area Vs. Southern California. LAFC had the last laugh, shutting out the San Jose Earthquakes 4-0. Diego Rossi (6’), Carlos Vela (17’ (P), 41’), and Joshua Perez all found the back of the net. That was Perez’s first MLS goal.
Sporting KC 1-0 Minnesota United
Thursday’s lone match was a one goal win for Sporting KC. Minnesota United were outplayed on the pitch. Sporting took more shots and kept possession of the ball. Putting balls on net paid off when Erik Hurtado scored at 88’.
Atlanta United game out on top against Orlando City. The 1-0 final saw a goal from Josef Martinez at 60’. This was the 12th straight match he’s scored in!
It was a close one between the Pacific Northwest rivals. The Seattle Sounders scored first from Cristian Roldan at 22’. They’d bring their lead to two with a goal from Raul Ruidiaz in the opening minutes of the second half (47’). The Portland Timbers finally got on the board thanks to Diego Valeri at 54’. The comeback never came, though. Seattle came out on top.
NYC FC 2-1 New York Red Bulls
NYC FC got their third straight win. The Hudson River Darby opened up with New York Red Bulls goal scored by Alex Muyl at 10’. The rest of the game belonged to NYC FC. They scored two unanswered goals. The first goal came from Maximiliano Moralez (43’, P) and the second from Herber Araujo dos Santos (53’). Ronald Matarrita was given a red card at 90+3’, but the game was pretty much over.
The Chicago Fire fell short this weekend against the New England Revolution. The Revolution struck first thanks to a 17th minute goal from Wilfried Zahibo. Chicago’s Francisco Calvo tied it up at 41’. Gustavo Bou scored the winning goal for the Revolution at 86’.
Philadelphia Union 3-1 D.C. United
D.C. United had a rough week. They lost their second straight game, this time to the Philadelphia Union. The Union didn’t waste any time scoring. Kacper Przybylko scored at 5’. Philadelphia would score all three of their goals before forty minutes. Brendan Aaronson (16’) and Ilsinho (36’) had the other goals of the match. Luciano Acosta got D.C. on the board at 56’, but they couldn’t keep the momentum.
The Colorado Rapids were shut out by Real Salt Lake on Saturday. This game was a weird one. It started with Kei Kamara’s red card that left Colorado down a man from the 89th minute on. Both goals were scored in very late stoppage time. Joao Plata had the first goal at 90+6’ on a penalty. The second came from Jefferson Savarino at 90+9’.
Icing on the Rocky Mountain Cake pic.twitter.com/HDb9w0gEBC— Real Salt Lake (@realsaltlake) August 25, 2019
San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
The San Jose Earthquakes got their groove back when the faced off against the Vancouver Whitecaps. Vancouver’s Jake Nerwinski struck bright and early at 6’, but so did San Jose’s Judson at 7’. Chris Wondolowski (34’) and Andres Rios (73’) scored two unanswered goals for the win.
FC Cincinnati 1-3 Columbus Crew
Another week, another FC Cincinnati loss. Columbus’ Gyasi Zardes scored two back-to-back goals at 22’ and 33’. Those were followed by Luis Diaz Espinoza’s 45+1’. FC Cincinnati did get on the board, though, with a goal from Kekuta Manneh at 89’.
FC Dallas had themselves a game against the Houston Dynamo. They came out hot with two goals scored in thirty minutes (Reto Ziegler at 24’ (P) and Jesus Ferreira at 29’). Zdenek Ondrasek then had a pair of goals (56’, 64’). Down 4- nil, Memo Rodriguez attempted to revive his squad with his goal at 80’. FC Dallas weren’t done yet, though. They got one last goal from Michael Barrios in stoppage time (90+6’).
LAFC 3-3 LA Galaxy
LAFC have still yet to beat the original Los Angeles team. LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened up scoring nice and early at the two minute mark. LAFC’s Latif Blessing tied it up with his goal at 12’, only to have Zaltan give the Galaxy the lead back at 15’. Christian Pavon made the lead 3-1 with his goal at 16’. Blessing would score his second before the first half closed (45+1’). Carlos Vela tied it up for his team at 53’ before being pulled with a hamstring injury. The game stayed 3-3.