The MLS’s 7th week concluded with full of action and some of the most memorable moments of the tournament, including a lot of late dramatics and a few rivalry results. Here’s your summary if you missed the big stories from the week that was.
Marvelous David Villa
You might have heard that New York City FC forward and defending MLS MVP David Villa scored a goal from more than 50 yards out on Saturday. It’s true — his speculative effort snuck in under the crossbar and beat reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake. It was the capper on a 2-0 road win for NYCFC over Philadelphia.
The question is whether this will be MLS Goal of the Year?
Larin’s 91st Minute
Orlando got the 2-1 win over Los Angeles on Sunday, all thanks to the Canadian sensation. The star striker found his moment in the 91st minute on a corner kick with fine finish for three quality points.
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 15, 2017
San Jose Earthquake’s “never say die” attitude
Jahmir Hyka may have had a more conventional goal, but he left it late, scoring in the 94th minute on the final kick of the game to steal a point for the San Jose Earthquakes in their 1-1 draw against FC Dallas on Saturday. The Quakes have grabbed a late result two weeks in a row now, leading some to wonder if a certain “never say die” attitude has been resurrected.
Fredy Montero the power of two
The Seattle Sounders’ all-time leading scorer in the club’s MLS-era faced his old team for the first time on Saturday, and he broke some Seattle hearts. Fredy Montero scored twice to power the Vancouver Whitecaps to a much-needed 2-1 Cascadia Cup win at BC Place.
It was a fired up week, with amazing action happening throughout the week. Bastian Schweinsteiger was perhaps not as transcendent as Villa in the Chicago Fire’s 3-0 win over 10-man New England on Saturday, but the German scored the opening goal and added an assist, while working on bringing an overhauled squad into better chemistry as a group. They’re unbeaten in the three games since Schweinsteiger arrived, and between him, Dax McCarty and Juninho in midfield, and Nemanja Nikolic up front, the new guys are working out just fine in Chicago.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) April 16, 2017