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MLS Weekly Wrap Up: The Galaxy’s big win

Seven goals including a Zlatan hat-trick led to a win they desperately needed and a new single-season scoring record

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After a short one last week, we are back to wrap up a good chunk of Major League Soccer games for you! Here’s what you may have missed this week, including a big LA Galaxy win as playoffs approach.

Wednesday

Houston Dynamo 2-0 Minnesota United

Toronto F.C. may have came out with a draw on Wednesday, but it was a different story for the Houston Dynamo who came up big over Minnesota United. Both goals came before the end of the first half. Mauro Manotas struck first at 37’, followed shortly by Christian Ramirez at 44’.

Colorado Rapids 2-1 LA Galaxy

The LA Galaxy suffered another loss, this time against the Colorado Rapids. All three goals were scored late in the match. Colorado’s Cole Bassett found the net first at 79’. Giancarlo Gonzalez tied it up with his goal at 82’. It was a penalty shot that gave LA the loss. Nicolas Mezquida finished it off at 85’.

Real Salt Lake 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes

The San Jose Earthquakes were shut out mid-week. Real Salt Lake’s Damir Kreilach had a late goal (75’) bringing them to victory.

Saturday

NYC FC 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes

Luck didn’t turn around for the Earthquakes as the weekend rolled in. Chris Wondolowski got them on the board first with his goal at 20’, but NYC FC finished it off. Keaton Parks tied it up a 40’, followed by the game winning goal from Alexandru Mitrita at 43’.

Chicago Fire 4-0 FC Dallas

The Chicago Fire had themselves a game against FC Dallas. The 4-0 final saw goals from C.J. Sapong (7’, 29’), Przemyslaw Frankowski (16’), and Nemanja Nikolic (39’).

Atlanta United 1-3 Columbus Crew

Columbus Crew found a big win on Saturday over Atlanta United. Josef Martinez got Atlanta on the board early with his 19’ goal but fell flat after. Gyasi Zardes had the equalizer (53’), followed by the go-ahead goal from Luis Maro Diaz Espinoza at 60’. An own goal from Miles Robinson at 85’ sealed the deal for Columbus.

Orlando City 3-3 New England Revolution

Orlando City’s Tesho Akindele set the tone of this match with his own goal at the 15’ mark that put the New England Revolution on the board. Nani had an equalizing goal at 22’. New England would regian their lead and then some with goals from Cristian Penilla (35’) and Gustavo Bou (41’). Orlando City didn’t back down. Dom Dwyer scored at 47’, followed by Nani’s second of the match at 54’, ending this one in a draw.

Montreal Impact 0-1 FC Cincinnati

The new guys got back on their feet this week with a win over the bad guys. FC Cincinnati’s Allan Cruz’s goal in the opening minute would be the lone one of the match. Kendall Watson was shown a red card at 88’, but the Montreal Impact failed to generate anything with the late man advantage.

Philadelphia Union 1-1 LAFC

Two of the leagues best teams met up this week and proved they were both good. Of course, the Philadelphia Union’s Kacper Przybylko (3’) and LAFC’s Carlos Vela (43’) had the two goals of the match.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Houston Dynamo

The Vancouver Whitecaps opened up scoring with a penalty shot goal from Hwang In-beom at the start of the second half (54’). Houston’s Mauro Manotas tied it up at 78’. Vancouver wasn’t done, though. Fredy Montero scored the winning goal at 90’.

Sunday

Portland Timbers 0-1 D.C. United

D.C. United got this win by pure luck. The Portland Timbers’ Bill Tuiloma own goal at 25’ ultimately cost his team the game. Good for D.C., I guess?

Minnesota United 3-1 Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake’s Albert Rusnak struck early at the 17’ mark. Minnesota United would bounce back quickly. Darwin Quintero’s back-to-back goals at 20’ and 51’ would put them on top. Ethan Finlay finished it off with his goal at 83’.

Seattle Sounders 4-2 New York Red Bulls

The Seattle Sounders came up big against the New York Red Bulls. Jordan Morris’ goal at 2’ set the tone of the match. Nicolas Lodeiro brought their lead to two at 23’. New York got on the board thanks to Aaron Long at 27’. Alejandro Romero had an equalizing goal at 67’. It was Sean Davis own goal at 83’ gave Seattle momentum again. It was over when Lodeiro scored his second of the match late in stoppage time (90+4’).

LA Galaxy 7-2 Sporting KC

I was lucky enough to have attended this match on Sunday and boy was it a fun one.Things looked bleak for the LA Galaxy after Sporting KC’s Felipe Gutierrez scored at 24’. Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s failed penalty shot turned goal at 32’ turned the match around. Joe Corona had the go-ahead goal for LA at 48’, followed shortly by Zlatan’s second of the night (51’). Uriel Antuna struck next (69’), followed by back-to-back headers from Sebastian Lletget (77’ and 79’). Zlatan finished his hat trick with a goal at 85’. Sporting KC weren’t finished, though. Gutierrez scored yet again at 86’. They couldn’t score five more, though. Zlatan Ibrahimovic now holds the Galaxy’s single-season scoring record at 25 goals.