4 games, 8 teams and 7 goals during this weekend. Let’s have a look at what all happened across MLS during this weekend.
Toronto FC 2, Houston Dynamo 0
Toronto FC made it two wins in their last two home games, as they defeated the Houston Dynamo at BMO Field on Saturday.
The US national team star – Jozy Altidore, who’s already scored half of his 2016 total in the first two months of this season – bagged both goals in the 2-0 win, including a particularly telepathic combination with his strike partner Sebastian Giovinco.
The hosts opened the scoring fairly early, as Jozy Altidore finished off a good team build-up in the 16th minute. He doubled the lead and his tally with a beautiful goal just after the half-hour mark, and the score stood for the remaining hour of the match.
16′ – TOR – Jozy Altidore
32′ – TOR – Jozy Altidore
Orlando City SC 2, Colorado Rapids 0
The Colorado Rapids were 2016’s biggest surprise, falling just short of the Supporters’ Shield and forging deep into the playoffs with a team-first identity and record-breaking defense. But after winning their season opener, they’ve gone winless since, losing five games and drawing one, most recently at Orlando City this weekend.
Kaká scored in his long-awaited return from injury. Carlos Rivas added his first goal of the season on a sensational strike from distance. And Orlando City SC continued its red-hot start with a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Sunday.
The Eastern Conference leaders dominated possession throughout, but lacked the cutting edge needed to secure their record fifth consecutive win at the new Orlando City Stadium until coach Jason Kreis inserted Kaká and Rivas together with a half-hour to go.
The pressure immediately increased on Zac MacMath’s goal. And after Rivas broke through on a brilliant 25-yard strike, the Rapids never seriously looked like escaping a fourth consecutive defeat. Kaká’s strike off a rebound in front of goal sealed it early in stoppage time.
70′ – ORL – Carlos Rivas
90’+1′ – ORL – Kaká
New York Red Bulls 2, Chicago Fire 1
Dax McCarty almost stole the show and a point in his return to Red Bull Arena, but the New York Red Bulls once again found a way at home.
The Red Bulls used a 71st-minute goal from Kemar Lawrence to beat the Chicago Fire, 2-1, in a tight Eastern Conference affair on Sunday morning. The Fire had pulled level earlier in the second half after McCarty fed Nemanja Nikolic in impressive fashion, but Lawrence’s slotted effort from the left proved to be the difference.
The highly anticipated match marked McCarty’s first trip back to Red Bull Arena and first game against New York since they traded him to Chicago this past January.
37′ – NY – Bradley Wright-Phillips
59′ – CHI – Nemanja Nikolic
71′ – NY – Kemar Lawrence
LA Galaxy 0, Philadelphia Union 0
The Philadelphia Union’s announced starting XI said they would be playing their traditional 4-2-3-1, however functionally the way they lined up was more of a 4-1-4-1 with Haris Medunjanin alone between the lines and Alejandro Bedoya playing up a bit higher than a traditional 4-2-3-1 might typically suggest for a midfielder.
The LA Galaxy and Philadelphia Union were each looking for a much-needed win in the MLS regular season, but the sides were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw at StubHub Center on Sunday. The closest the Union came from scoring, if one can even call this close, occurred in the 68th minute of the game.
The home team had the bulk of the chances on the night, with Joao Pedro’s shot from outside the box that bounced off both posts and away from target in the 21st minute the closest look for either team.
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