DC United 2, Atlanta United 1
Atlanta United have played pretty fair in their debut season in MLS, but D.C. United appeared distinctly unimpressed.
The founding MLS club knocked off their expansion counterparts for the second time in a row on Thursday, riding a gloriously-struck Patrick Nyarko side volley to a 2-1 win at RFK Stadium.
The two sides traded goals in the midst of a lively first half, both emerging from their opponents’ errors. First Atlanta exploited a slack back pass by Ian Harkes to race out on the break, with Julian Gressel finishing firmly at close range. Six minutes later Luciano Acosta intercepted a poor pass by Alec Kann and then compounded the goalkeeper’s embarrassment by beating him at the near post with a low worm-burner.
Pressure from Miguel Almiron and company forced a sloppy pass from Marcelo Sarvas and Yamil Asad pounced on it. Asad’s pass played a streaking Almiron in behind the D.C. defense and Miguel coolly slid the ball across the face of the goal to Gressel for a gorgeous opener and Gressel’s third goal of the season.
In the second half, despite many chances, Miguel Almiron and the rest of the Five Stripes could not find a way past Bill Hamid after Nyarko’s moment of magic.
- 17′ – ATL – Julian Gressel
- 23′ – DC – Luciano Acosta
- 60′ – DC – Patrick Nyarko
- C. United with 18 points are at 9th position in the Eastern Conference
- Atlanta United FC with 21 points are at 7th spot in the Eastern Conference
Seattle Sounders FC 1, Orlando City SC 1
Scott Sutter’s first goal of the season was as dramatic as they come, as he headed in a free kick from Kaká on the final play of the match to earn Orlando City SC a 1-1 draw on the road against Seattle Sounders FC on Thursday.
Sutter’s heroics came in the fourth minute of extra time. Kaká took the set piece after Seattle’s Roman Torres was called for a foul, and the free kick was a low liner to Sutter, whose redirection beat Stefan Frei for the goal.
For much of the game, Seattle’s 1-0 lead held after Will Bruin’s fifth goal of the season, in the 19th minute, while Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bendik kept it close with five saves.
Nicolas Lodeiro was once again a driving force for the Sounders, creating problems with his speed and runs toward the box as well as a number of passes for scoring chances. The Sounders got five saves from Frei.
- 19′ – SEA – Will Bruin
- 90+4′ – ORL – Scott Sutter
- Seattle Sounders FC with 20 points are at 8th position in the Western Conference
- Orlando City SC with 26 points are at 4th spot in the Eastern Conference