The MLS Recap – Week 4

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Welcome to your weekly recap of MLS action on FMF. Here’s what happened in week 4:

New England Revolution 2-2 New York City

New York City dropped their first points of the season as they came from behind twice to secure a 2-2 draw at New England. Diego Fagundez opened the scoring for the Revolution in the 11th minute as his right footed curling effort from outside the box bounced off the post and in, and New York got their first equaliser in the 51st minute when Ismael Tajouri-Shradi finished a Saad Abdul-Salaam cross from the right of the area. The teams remained level for just 12 minutes as New England took the lead again, this time through Juan Agudelo who headed home a Cristian Penilla cross, but it was Tajouri-Shradi who got NYC level again in the 75th minute, holding off defenders to put away a Jesús Medina through ball.

FC Dallas 1-1 Portland Timbers

Portland got their first point of the season, coming from behind in a 1-1 draw with Dallas. Dallas opened the scoring in the 36th minute when Roland Lamah found some space on the edge of the box and drilled home a low effort into the bottom right corner. The Timbers got their equaliser in the 47th minute when Sebastián Blanco scored the goal of the weekend, breaking in from the right and bending a fine effort into the top left corner of the Dallas net. Portland went down to 10 men in the 75th minute when Lawrence Olum picked up a second yellow card for attempting (and failing) his best Maradona hand of God impression but they managed to hold on despite 7 minutes of injury time.

Columbus Crew 3-1 DC United

Columbus got back to winning ways at home, scoring all 3 of their goals in the first half of a dominant display against DC United. Milton Valenzuela was first on the scoresheet for the Crew, opening the scoring in the 20th minute when he showed patience to finish a Cristian Martínez cross from close range. Yamil Asad levelled things up for DC in the 30th minute with a bending effort from 18 yards out which left Jon Kempin rooted in the Columbus goal. Ricardo Clark put the Crew back in front on 40 minutes when he headed home a Federico Higuaín corner, then 2 minutes later Pedro Santos scored Columbus’ 3rd and final goal of the game as a Martínez cross found it’s way through the area to his feet. The second half saw no goals from either team, but the Crew came close to extending their lead in the 60th minute when Gyasi Zardes headed a corner against the crossbar.

New York Red Bulls 3-0 Minnesota United

New York Red Bulls got their second win from 3 games this season as they eased to a 3-0 victory at home to Minnesota United. Alex Muyl opened the scoring for the Red Bulls, breaking tackles on the right of the box before breaking in and finishing low and hard to the left on 15 minutes. Bradley Wright-Phillips (yes, still that Bradley Wright-Phillips) picked up the Red Bulls’ second with a deft back-heel volley from a free kick on 42 minutes, and he almost grabbed his second on 55 minutes but saw his close range effort bounce off the near post. He did eventually bag his second and New York’s third on 78 minutes, breaking on to a Muyl through ball before an outstanding one on one finish from distance with the outside of his right boot for his 89th career MLS goal. Abu Danladi came close to pulling one back for Minnesota with a header but keeper Luis Robles was at full stretch to keep the clean sheet intact.

Colorado Rapids 2-2 Sporting Kansas City

Two things are for sure with Sporting KC games this season – you will get goals and you will get drama. Colorado Rapids came firing out of the blocks in this one, scoring after just 5 minutes when Dominique Badji volleyed home a Edgar Castillo cross from close range, then they doubled their lead just 3 minutes later when Joe Mason broke an offside trap and scored despite looking like he had wasted the chance. Felipe Gutiérrez got the game back to 2-1 when the Rapids failed to clear their lines following a Yohan Croizet header which came off the post, then Diego Rubio got the equaliser in the 91st minute (just 3 minutes after coming on as a sub) when he battled his way through a mass of bodies in the Colorado box before finishing from close range. The point is Colorado’s first of the season but they will be disappointed they couldn’t hang on for all 3.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 LA Galaxy

One day after the signing that shook the world LA Galaxy showed why they picked up Zlatan Ibrahimovic as they played out a goalless draw in Vancouver.  Cristian Techera came closest for Vancouver in the 37th minute, breaking in from the right before his curling effort went just high and wide to the left of the goal. Techera also came close with a free kick in the 61st minute but his attempt brushed the top of the net. Kei Kamara showed some fantastic footwork to create a chance for himself on 71 minutes but Galaxy keeper David Bingham came out to close the angle down meaning the final effort went wide. Galaxy didn’t really create any meaningful chances in the game, but the addition of Zlatan should see that change in the coming weeks and months. The draw means the Whitecaps are on an 11 game unbeaten streak at home.

Eastern Conference Table

 

POS TEAM GP GD PTS
1 Columbus Crew SC 4 +5 10
2 New York City FC 4 +5 10
3 New York Red Bulls 3 +6 6
4 Atlanta United FC 3 +1 6
5 Philadelphia Union 2 +2 4
6 New England Revolution 3 -1 4
7 Montreal Impact 3 -1 3
8 DC United 4 -4 2
9 Orlando City SC 3 -3 1
10 Chicago Fire 2 -2 0
11 Toronto FC 2 -3 0

Western Conference Table

POS TEAM GP GD PTS
1 Sporting Kansas City 4 0 7
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 4 -1 7
3 LAFC 2 +5 6
4 Minnesota United FC 4 -2 6
5 FC Dallas 3 +3 5
6 Houston Dynamo 3 +3 4
7 LA Galaxy 3 0 4
8 Real Salt Lake 3 -3 4
9 San Jose Earthquakes 2 0 3
10 Colorado Rapids 2 -1 1
11 Portland Timbers 3 -5 1
12 Seattle Sounders FC 2 -4 0

Top Scorers

Player Team Goals
Josef Martinez Atlanta United 4
Felipe Gutiérrez Sporting KC 4
Diego Rossi LAFC 3
Roland Lamah FC Dallas 3
Bradley Wright-Phillips New York Red Bulls 3
Ismael Tajouri-Shradi New York City 3
Gyasi Zardes Columbus Crew 3

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