Welcome to your weekly recap of MLS action on FMF. Here’s what went down in week 2:
Columbus Crew 3-2 Montreal Impact
Columbus built on their opening day victory over reigning champs Toronto with a 3-2 win over Montreal, but they needed a last minute penalty to do so. Federico Higuaín gave the Crew the lead after he coolly slotted home a penalty in the 12th minute, and Gyasi Zardes doubled their lead just 3 minutes later after a header from a free kick bounced off the crossbar and straight into his path. Ignacio Piatti got one back for Montreal in the 59th minute after a nice turn on the edge of the box allowed him to find a shooting lane from the left of the area, and when Raheem Edwards volleyed home from the right of the box in the 85th minute the Impact looked to be heading back to Canada with at least a point. But Edwards took down Luis Argudo as he broke into the area from the left in stoppage time and Zardes got his second of the game, securing 3 points for Columbus as he smashed home the ensuing penalty into the top left corner.
New England Revolution 2-1 Colorado Rapids
There were more late dramatics in New England as the Revolution picked up their first win of the season against the Rapids. After a goalless first half New England took the lead through Diego Fagundez in the 48th minute after he smashed home from just inside the box. Colorado had the chance to equalise on 54 minutes when they won a penalty after Revolution defender Jalil Anibaba took a large chunk out of Jack McBean when attempting to make a clearance, but Matt Turner made a fine diving save to his right from the Jack Price penalty and Price then hit the rebound over the bar and into orbit. Rookie striker Niki Jackson equalised for Colorado in the 58th minute, heading home a fine ball from Johan Blomberg, but the Revs would get the win and the 3 points in the 93rd minute when a Chris Tierney free kick from just outside the box deflected off the wall and past Tim Howard.
Real Salt Lake 1-5 LAFC
A rampant LAFC helped themselves to 3 points at the Rio Tinto Stadium with a thumping 5-1 win over Real Salt Lake. It was Real who took the lead in the 20th minute – they had a penalty after Dejan Jakovic fouled Joao Plata while he was breaking into the box from the left, and after Plata had his attempt from the spot was saved well by Tyler Miller he made no mistakes when volleying in the rebound. The lead lasted just 10 minutes – Diego Rossi finished a well worked LAFC move from the right of the area, then 3 minutes later Latif Blessing tapped into an empty net to give LA a 2-1 lead despite calls for offside. 2 minutes into the second half Benny Feilhaber increased the lead to 3-1 after some nice football down the right, Rossi picked up his second of the game from the edge of the box after beating the offside trap and former Arsenal striker Carlos Vela capped off a dominant performance on the counter attack with LAFC’s 5th goal in the 86th minute.
Chicago Fire 3-4 Sporting Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City edged a 7 goal thriller in Chicago, beating the Fire 4-3 for their first win of the season. It took just 9 minutes for Sporting to take the lead with Felipe Gutierrez heading in a rebound from 12 yards out, and they doubled their lead in the 44th minute as Johnny Russell ran onto a Daniel Salloi cross to finish from practically the same spot. 3 quick fire second half goals from the Fire turned the game on it’s head – Aleksandar Katai headed home from a Bastian Schweinsteiger cross in the 70th minute, then Nemanja Nikolic picked up 2 goals – the first a tap in from a corner in the 74th minute and the second another close range finish in the 82nd to give Chicago a 3-2 lead. But the game was far from over – 1 minute later Jimmy Medranda levelled things up when Fire keeper Richard Sanchez went rogue after making a save, then Gutierrez got his second of the game in the 86th minute to give Kansas City their 4th goal and the W.
Houston Dynamo 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver Whitecaps overcame a near 5,000 mile round trip to defeat Houston Dynamo 2-1 at the BBVA Compass Stadium and continue their winning start to the season. Dynamo came close to scoring twice in the opening 7 minutes before Kei Kamara gave Vancouver the lead from the penalty spot in the 28th minute, his second goal in 2 weeks and his 100th in MLS. Alberth Elis made sure the teams were all square going into half time when he thundered home for Houston in the 39th minute, but it was Brek Shea who gave the Whitecaps 3 points when he calmly finished a one on one after breaking free from the Dynamo defence on the half way line after 49 minutes. Houston pressed for an equaliser but Stefan Marinovic was in fine form in goal and made sure Vancouver held on for the win.
New York Red Bulls 4-0 Portland Timbers
It was an easy opening fixture for New York Red Bulls as they put 4 past the Portland Timbers at the Red Bull Arena. Benjamin Mines opened the scoring on 18 minutes after some well worked link up play between the Red Bulls front line. Victor Arboleda came close to levelling for the Timbers on 62 minutes with a header but Luis Robles was at full stretch to deny him. Bradley Wright-Phillips (yes that Bradley Wright-Phillips) made it 2-0 on 77 minutes with a header from a corner then Carlos Rivas bagged a double to make it 4-0 – the first a cool finish from the right of the area in the 80th minute and the second a tap into an empty net after a Connor Lade cross. The loss leaves Portland without a point from their first 2 matches.
Orlando City 1-2 Minnesota United
Ethan Finlay scored a goal in either half to give Minnesota United their first win of the season over Orlando City. Finlay’s first goal came in the 12th minute after he played a one-two with Kevin Molino, beating the offside trap before lifting the ball over Orlando keeper Joe Bendik. Orlando equalised from the penalty sport after Finlay barged into the back of Richie Laryea – originally a free kick was given as it happened right on the edge of the area but a VAR referral changed it to a penalty and Yoshimar Yotún stepped up and sent Matt Lampson the wrong way. Finlay got his second and the game winning goal when he hammered a Miguel Ibarra cross into an empty net in the 78th minute, and while Orlando came close twice in the closing minutes including a header cleared off the line they couldn’t break the Minnesota defence.
Atlanta United 3-1 DC United
An MLS record 72,035 were in attendance for Atlanta United’s home opener as they bounced back from last week’s 4-0 loss to Houston with a 3-1 win over DC United. Josef Martinez was first on the scoresheet, tapping home after Héctor Villalba’s cross squeezed past 2 defenders in the 24th minute. Miguel Almirón made it 2-0 on 73 minutes with the goal of the weekend, hitting a rocket from the 18 yard line into the top left corner. Villalba got a goal of his own 2 minutes later, heading home after a well worked corner. Darren Mattocks would score for DC in the 86th minute as the ball fell kindly to him in the area but it would prove to be nothing more than a consolation and DC United are still searching for their first win of the season.
New York City 2-1 LA Galaxy
New York City continued their winning start to the season and David Villa scored on his 100th MLS appearance as City beat LA Galaxy at Yankee Stadium. It was Anton Tinnerholm that gave City the lead, hitting a rapturous left footed volley off the crossbar and in from the inside right of the area in the 22nd minute. Ola Kamara should have equalised from close range for Galaxy after 26 minutes but his effort was straight at a recovering Sean Johnson in goal for New York. Villa doubled the lead in the 33rd minute, finishing a rebound on the counter attack. Jonathan dos Santos snuck in front of Johnson to get on the end of an Emmanuel Boateng cross to make it 2-1 on the hour mark but that would be the last goal of the game. Ashley Cole would see red for Galaxy, picking up a second booking for fouling Villa on a break after 89 minutes.
Eastern Conference Table
|1||Columbus Crew SC||2||+3||6|
|2||New York City FC||2||+3||6|
|3||New York Red Bulls||1||+4||3|
|5||New England Revolution||2||-1||3|
|6||Atlanta United FC||2||-2||3|
|7||Orlando City SC||2||-1||1|
Western Conference Table
|4||San Jose Earthquakes||1||+1||3|
|5||Minnesota United FC||2||0||3|
|7||Sporting Kansas City||2||-1||3|
|9||Real Salt Lake||2||-4||1|
|11||Seattle Sounders FC||1||-1||0|
|Gyasi Zardes||Columbus Crew||3|
9 players tied on 2 goals