MLS Review

The Galaxy continued their losing streak, as Orlando’s winning streak was brought to an end during this weekend’s MLS action.

Dallas handed the Galaxy their fourth loss on the bounce as they are finally starting to see their captain and playmaker, Mauro Diaz, return to his playing level. Chris Wondolowski set the MLS record for goals scored for a single club as he netted his 132nd goal for The San Jose Earthquakes during their victory over Minnesota United FC. The Red Bulls earned their third win in a row to show there is more than just a single team in New York that means business this season. Orlando’s 5-game winning-streak came to an end as they suffered a defeat at home to last-season’s debutantes.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 Houston Dynamo

Neither team edges the other despite two 90+ minute goals.

Tomas Martinez put the Dynamo on the board in the 35th minute with a solid finish from the centre of the box, Alberth Elis coming in with the assist. Jose Aja brought the Whitecaps level in the 44th with a tight shot from close-range, assisted by Kendall Waston.

Mauro Manotas gave the Dynamo what looked like the winning goal in the 90th minute with a good finish coming from the centre of the box. Kendall Waston had other thoughts as his strong header from close range a mere four minutes later brought the Whitecaps back level to finish out the night, Kei Kamara getting the assist on that one.

FC Dallas 3-2 LA Galaxy

Lamah and Diaz the difference as Dallas handed the Galaxy their fourth straight defeat.

Dallas opened scoring first, with a goal coming in the 28th minute from Maximiliano Urruti from outside the box, Mauro Diaz with the assist. Roland Lamah made it two for Dallas in the 44th minute with a great shot from the centre of the box, assisted via through-pass from Mauro Diaz.

Ola Kamara got the Galaxy on the board in the 47th minute with a header from the centre of the box, assisted via cross by Romain Alessandrini. Lamah got his brace in the 52nd minute with a header from close range into the near post, Mauro Diaz coming in with his third assist of the game. Dallas defender Reto Ziegler was shown a second yellow and was subsequently sent off following a bad tackle in the 73rd minute. Emmanuel Boateng netted the second goal of the night for the Galaxy in the 83rd minute with a shot from the centre of the box, assisted by Ashley Cole.

Minnesota United FC 1-3 San Jose Earthquakes

The Quakes hammered Minnesota as Chris Wondolowski set an MLS Record.

Magnus Eriksson got the Quakes off to an early start as he converted a penalty in the second minute that he earned after being fouled by Minnesota defender Jerome Thiesson. Minnesota brought themselves level in the 26th thanks to a solid finish from Christian Ramirez.

Danny Hoesen restored the Quakes lead in the 69th minute with a point-blank finish into the top of the net, assisted via cross from Chris Wondolowski. Danny Hoesen drew a penalty in the 73rd minute after Minnesota’s Francisco Calvo committed a handball in the area, confirmed by VAR. Chris Wondolowski converted the penalty in the 76th minute to become the all-time MLS top scorer for a single club, with 132 goals for the San Jose Earthquakes.

Montreal Impact 0-2 Philadelphia Union

The Union grab the win as each side is shown a red card.

Corey Burke put the Union ahead with a strong header in the 43rd minute, assisted via cross from Raymon Gaddis.

Corey Burke was shown a red card in the 58th minute for a rough foul on Samuel Piette, bringing the Union down to ten men. In the 67th minute, Daniel Lovitz was shown a red for a rough foul on Fabrice-Jean Picault, confirmed by VAR, to bring the Impact down to ten men as well. Haris Medunjanin made it 0-2 for the Union with a solid finish from the Centre of the box in the 88th minute.

Columbus Crew SC 3-0 Chicago Fire

Zardes netted twice as the Crew put out the Fire.

Gyasi Zardes drew a penalty in the 27th minute after being fouled by the Fire’s Kevin Ellis, Federico Higuain stepped up to take it and converted it nicely to put the Crew ahead.

Zardes made it 2-0 for the crew with a close-range finish in the 50th minute, assisted by Niko Hansen. Zardes earned his brace in the 70th minute with a good finish from the centre of the box, assisted by Ricardo Clark.

New England Revolution 3-2 Toronto FC

The Revs edged Toronto thanks in part to two early goals.

Christian Penilla got the Revs on the board in the fourth minute with a fantastic shot from outside the box, assisted by Teal Bunbury. Penilla doubled the Revs lead three minutes later with another well-taken shot from outside the box.

Teal Bunbury made it 3-0 for the Revs in the 46th minute with a tight finish from the right-side of the box, assisted by Andrew Farrell. Antonio Mlinar suffered the ignominy of scoring an own-goal in the 54th minute to put Toronto on the board. Sebastian Giovinco converted a penalty in the 89th minute earned by Auro for being fouled in the penalty area to make it 3-2. Shortly after the goal, Giovinco was shown a red card for violent conduct.

Colorado Rapids 1-2 New York Red Bulls

The Red Bulls earned a solid win in Colorado to make it three wins off the bounce.

Daniel Royer got the Red Bulls off to a good start with a goal coming in the fifth minute after a solid finish into the bottom-right corner, assisted by Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Derrick Etienne made it 2-0 for the Red Bulls with a well-placed shot in the 76th minute, assisted by Alex Muyl. The Rapids managed to get one back in the 85th minute thanks to a close-range shot from Jack McBean.

Real Salt Lake 3-2 DC United

RSL managed a solid win over a ten-man DC side.

Paul Arriola got DC off to a cracking start with a finish from the centre of the box in the ninth minute, assisted via cross from Zoltan Stieber. RSL brought themselves level in the 21st minute with a strong header, assisted via through-pass from Joao Plata. DC went down to ten men in the 22nd minute after Joseph Mora was shown a straight-red for a bad foul on Jefferson Savarino. Albert Rusnak put RSL ahead in the 26th minute with a good shot from the right side of the box, assisted by Brooks Lennon.

Savarino made it 3-1 for RSL in the 56th minute with a difficult shot from the right, assisted via through-pass from Albert Rusnak. Steve Birnbaum scored DC’s second in the 83rd minute with a close-ranged header, assisted via cross from Nick DeLeon.

Portland Timbers 1-0 Seattle Sounders

A late goal earned the Timbers all three points and kept the Sounders bottom of the West.

The goal came in the 86th minute after Samuel Armenteros seized on a defensive error and sent Sebastian Blanco through a searching through-pass. Blanco sent his shot through the legs of the onrushing Sounders keeper Stefan Frei to net what ultimately proved to be the winner.

Orlando City SC 1-2 Atlanta United FC

Orlando’s winning streak came to a halt as they were shown defeat at home by top-of-the-league Atlanta.

Josef Martinez converted a penalty in the tenth minute that was earned by Greg Garza after being fouled by Cristian Higuita in the penalty area. Ezequiel Barco made it 0-2 for Atlanta in the 31st with a solid finish into the top-left corner, assisted by Greg Garza.

Justin Meram got Orlando on the board in the 57th minute with a shot from the centre of the box into the bottom-right corner of the net.

LAFC 2-2 New York City FC

Neither team showed enough to prevail over the other as both teams took a point.

David Villa scored with a diving header in the thirteenth minute off the rebounded save from his penalty attempt that was awarded by VAR following a handball by LAFC’s Eduard Atuesta. NYCFC’s Sebastien Ibeagha suffered the embarrassment of scoring an own-goal in the 23rd minute to bring LAFC level.

Carlos Vela put LAFC ahead in the 66th minute with a good finish from the centre of the box, assisted by Mark-Anthony Kaye. Ismael Tajouri-Shradi brought NYCFC level in the 75th minute with a difficult shot from the left side of the box.