New York Red Bulls 4, New York City FC 0
The New York Red Bulls turned back the clock to the early years of the NY Derby on Saturday, routing their crosstown rivals New York City FC 4-0 in a comprehensive victory fuelled by a roaring start.
Alejandro Romero “Kaku” Gamarra and Florian Valot got the hosts off to a dream beginning with two goals in the first four minutes, as a sleepy NYCFC side were thoroughly swamped by RBNY’s energy and intensity at Red Bull Arena.
Bradley Wright-Phillips deepened the divide with a simple finish 10 minutes before halftime, and substitute Derrick Etienne Jr. added a late exclamation point to conjure up memories of the “Red Wedding,” RBNY’s 7-0 thrashing in a 2016 edition of this clash.
- 2′ – RBNY – Kaku
- 4′ – RBNY – Florian Valot
- 35′ – RBNY – Bradley Wright-Phillips
- 79′ – RBNY – Derrick Etienne Jr.
Los Angeles Football Club 1, FC Dallas 1
Paced by a well-struck goal and 90-plus hard-charging minutes of hard work from Maximiliano Urruti, FC Dallas held Los Angeles Football Club to a 1-1 draw on a hot Los Angeles Saturday afternoon in the second match at Banc of California Stadium.
The home side were superior in the first half and carved out a deserved lead when Steven Beitashour ranged forward to net an angled finish under goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer in the early going. But LAFC failed to build on that solid start, allowing Dallas to haul themselves onto level terms after the break.
Taking full advantage of Laurent Ciman’s overeager step forward, Urruti pivoted past the Belgian center back and drilled a crisp low blast into the right side of the net. While LAFC labored in search of a late winner, driven on by debutant Lee Nguyen, the late drama that powered last week’s home-opening win over Seattle did not materialize.
- 9′ – LAFC – Steven Beitashour
- 55′ – DAL – Maxi Urruti
Houston Dynamo 3, LA Galaxy 2
The Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy traded goals in an electric match highlighting Romell Quioto’s set-piece prowess on early goals in each half, and response goals late in each half with goals involving the team’s three top-flight offensive players. In the end, however, it was a 90th-minute Memo Rodriguez header that delivered the Dynamo a 3-2 win, and some recaptured home-field swagger, on Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The scoring opened on a free kick just two minutes into the match. Quioto, taking for Houston, sent a curling free kick to the far post, where recently arrived Venezuelan defender Alejandro Fuenmayor neatly finished. The goal was initially waved offside, but Video Review allowed the goal to stand.
The Galaxy answered in the 39th minute on a play initiated when Ola Kamara stripped Darwin Ceren of the ball, dribbled downfield, and with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Giovani dos Santos to choose from on either flank, he went with the Swede. Though Ibrahimovic’s shot was blocked by Dynamo goalkeeper Joe Willis, dos Santos pounced on the rebound to equalize.
The second half started much like the first, with Quioto taking a 47th-minute free kick and squeezing the ball through the Galaxy wall to put the Dynamo back up. Again, late in the half, Ibrahimovic, dos Santos, and Kamara combined on a play that netted Kamara an 85th-minute goal that looked to get the Galaxy level for good. But in the 90th minute, a Dynamo attack led to Honduran international Boniek Garcia stealing the ball and getting downfield quick enough to cross in the ball that eventually, after a pinball sequence in front of goal, found Rodriguez’s head for the game-winner.
- 2′ – HOU – Alejandro Fuenmayor
- 39′ – LA – Giovani dos Santos
- 47′ – HOU – Romell Quioto
- 85′ – LA – Ola Kamara
- 90′ – HOU – Memo Rodriguez
Orlando City SC 3, Real Salt Lake 1
Once again, Orlando City fell behind in the first half and once again, they came back in the second. The Lions scored three goals in the final half-hour – including two in four minutes – to pick up a 3-1 win over Real Salt Lake, a club-record sixth in a row.
Orlando were forced to work from behind when Corey Baird opened the scoring after the visitors broke a spell of early spell pressure. Damir Kreilach lofted a through ball into Baird’s path, and the Homegrown forward chipped Joe Bendik for his second goal of the season.
After an early RSL flurry to start the second half, Orlando turned the game on its head with two goals just after the hour mark. In the 61st minute, Sacha Kljestan found a streaking Dom Dwyer with a floated cross, and who then redirected it into the goal for his sixth in as many games. Then, three minutes later, Yoshi Yotun connected with an unmarked Lamine Sane on a corner kick for the Senegalese defender’s first MLS goal.
The goals brought the home crowd to life, and Yotun would give them further reason to celebrate when he slammed home a rebound to give Orlando some insurance heading into the final stretch of the game.
- 13′ – RSL – Corey Baird
- 61′ – ORL – Dom Dwyer
- 64′ – ORL – Lamine Sane
- 78′ – ORL – Yoshimar Yotun