MLS had some major encounters last week where six teams were head on to mark a lead in their leagues. In case you missed out the live coverage of all the actions from these three matches, here’s the post-match review to give you the glimpse of the game.
Chicago Fire 3 – Colorado Rapids 0
The Chicago Fire remained unbeaten at home this season with a 3-0 win against the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday. Thanks to Nemanja Nikolic who struck twice and David Accam for his own goal. Nikolic, with his brace, is now the fastest player in the club hstory to reach double-digits goals. He scored 10 goals in his first 11 games with the Fire.
Nikolic struck his first goal 15 minutes into the match when Brandon Vincent delivered the service, and Nikolic capitalized at the back post with a header to give the Fire an early 1-0 lead.
Accam doubled that lead in the 57th minute with a blast to the roof from a tight angle inside the box. The passing sequence that led to the goal began with Bastian Schweinsteiger finding Matt Polster on the wing. Polster then navigated a give-and-go with Luis Solignac at the edge of the box, and followed with a quick give-and-go exchange with Nikolic inside the area. Polster centered a pass to Michael de Leeuw for a slight touch before Accam’s top-shelf finish.
— Chicago Fire (@ChicagoFire) May 18, 2017
De Leeuw picked up his second assist in the Fire’s final goal. The Dutch attacker beat his mark at near midfield with a deft first touch that sent him through toward goal. De Leeuw passed on the shot to curl a pass on the ground to the far post, where Nikolic tapped in his second of the night.
New York Red Bulls 1 – Toronto FC 1
A draw put a halt on Toronto FC’s winning streak and the New York Red Bulls’ losing streak. The Red Bulls took the lead shortly before halftime, as Bradley Wright-Phillips scored off a set piece with an acrobatic overhead kick. Soon, Toronto battled back, as substitute Benoit Cheyrou came up with a goal with 20 minutes to closer. Jozy Altidore then had the chance to put TFC ahead in the 82nd minute, but his penalty was saved by Luis Robles. Although Toronto FC were the stronger side in the final 30 minutes or so, they could not completely overturn their deficit to get the win. Tosaint Ricketts thought he had the winning goal for Toronto in the 87th minute, but an offside call on Raheem Edwards on the play chalked off the tally.
A draw was probably a deserved result, but TFC really let a seventh straight win slip right through their fingers.
— New York Red Bulls (@NewYorkRedBulls) May 20, 2017
New York City FC 3 – Orlando City SC 0
The New Yorkers finally got hold of Orlando City SC with a smashing 3-0 win. It was Captain David Villa again how crafted the win on their 2015 expansion cousins for the first time in their last seven meetings.
49 and counting… pic.twitter.com/oCci46Bl3V
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 22, 2017
Orlando, who were looking for a three-game season sweep of NYCFC, lost for the first time in their new stadium after opening the building with a 5-0-1 record. Cyle Larin missed a second-half Penalty for the Lions, who are winless in their last five.
Rodney Wallace also scored for NYCFC, who moved ahead of Orlando near the top of the crowded Eastern Conference standings on goal differential, although both teams have identical 6-4-2 overall records.