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MLS: David Villa scores potential Goal of the Year

The MLS has continued it action for another week, but has condensed it into Friday and Saturday.

The MLS has given its players off for the Easter holiday, and had a jam-packed two days of action.

See how your favorite team fared this week.

Philadelphia Union 0-2 New York City FC: Just like the title suggests, David Villa might have just scored the potential MLS Goal of the Year.

Villa’s goal came in the 90′ minute, securing victory for New York City FC against the Philadelphia Union. Villa beat out two defenders, at the middle of the field, and chipped a shot. It flew across half of the pitch, and went right behind Union goalkeeper Andre Blake. Another NYCFC goal went past Blake, when Jack Harrison scored the club’s first goal in the 52′ minute.

New York City FC also tallied more in yellow cards than the Union, with Alexander Ring being shown the club’s first card in the 43′ minute and Ronald Matarrita being shown his in the 55′ minute. As for the Union, only Jack Elliott was shown a yellow card, which occurred in the 25′ minute.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Seattle Sounders: The west coast rivalry of the Seattle Sounders and the Vancouver Whitecaps was packed with action on Friday night.

This time, the Whitecaps took the three points, sending Seattle home with no points. For the Whitecaps, they had both of their goals scored by Fredy Montero in the 65′ and 80′ minutes. His first goal was a header past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei, while his second goal came off another header. As for the Sounders, their lone goal was scored by Will Bruin in the 89′ minute.

The Sounders had two yellow cards compared to the Whitecaps three yellow cards. The Sounders had their yellow card go out to Nicolás Lodeiro (37′) and Harrison Shipp (44′), while the Whitecaps’ yellow cards went to Sheanon Williams (27′), Montero (53′) and Tim Parker (90’+3′).

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 FC Dallas: A dull first half, and an exciting second half, filled up the final Friday night MLS match this weekend.

FC Dallas saw the scoreboard first, with Kellyn Acosta scoring on a sliding strike in the 78′ minute. As for the Earthquakes, Jahmir Hyka mimicked Acosta, as he also slid on his 90’+4′ minute goal. As for the goalkeepers, David Bingham of the Earthquakes only had to make two saves, while Jesse Gonzalez made four saves.

The match was relatively clean, with San Jose only being shown one yellow card, while FC Dallas took home two yellow cards. FC Dallas’ cautions went to Atiba Harris (90’+2′) and Gonzalez (90’+3′) while San Jose’s went to Fatai Alashe (83′).

Montreal Impact 2-1 Atlanta United FC: Atlanta United FC has suffered their first loss of the 2017 MLS season, and nobody expected it to be at the hands of the Montreal Impact.

The Impact managed to take down the hot new expansion team. The win for the Impact was largely in part due to a red card shown to Atlanta’s Leandro González Pirez in the 45’+4′ minute. For the Impact, their goals were scored by Ignacio Piatti, off a penalty kick in the 45’+5′ minute and Anthony Jackson-Hamel in the 90’+3′ minute. As for the Atlanta United, their lone goal was scored by Kenwyne Jones in the 40′ minute.

The Impact did rack up more yellow cards, as Víctor Cabrera was shown the first card in the 13′ minute, followed by Piatti’s yellow in the 45’+1′ minute. As for Atlanta United, the lone yellow card went to goalkeeper Alec Kann in the 90’+1′ minute.

Orlando City SC 2-1 LA Galaxy: Orlando City SC has extended their winning streak at home, in their brand new stadium. Orlando City SC certainly gave their fans a show- and quite possibly potential heart attacks.

The Lions earned the lead first, as Will Johnson scored early in the 9′ minute. However, late in the match, Romain Alessandrini scored the equalizer in the 83′ minute for the Galaxy. For Orlando, it was in the 90’+1′ minute that Cyle Larin became the hero for Orlando, securing the three points for the Lions.

Orlando City SC had a clean match, as no yellow or red cards were distributed to any players. Meanwhile, the Galaxy had  two yellow cards shown to Jelle van Damme in the 52′ minute and Joao Pedro in the 64′ minute.

Chicago Fire 3-0 New England Revolution: The New England Revolution buried themselves early, on the road, against the Chicago Fire.

How? In the 27′ minute, Je-Vaughn Watson was shown a yellow card a mere six minutes after being shown a yellow card. The Fire took advantage, as Bastian Schweinsteiger struck first in the 45′ minute, and was followed by two goals from Nemanja Nikolic in the 47′ and 73′ minutes.

The Revolution didn’t have any extra yellow- or red- cards shown, while the Fire had one yellow card shown to Johan Kappelhof in the 77′ minute. As for the goalkeepers, Chicago’s Jorge Bava made one save while New England’s Cody Cropper failed to make a single save.

New York Red Bulls 2-0 D.C. United: After recent struggles on the road, the New York Red Bulls returned to their home turf and made a statement win over D.C. United.

The Red Bulls had their two goals scored in the second half, with Alex Muyl putting the Red Bulls on the board in the 46′ minute. Muyl’s goal was followed by a second goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 62′ minute. As for the goalkeepers, New York’s Luis Robles was forced to make four saves while D.C. United’s Bill Hamid made three saves.

In the yellow card count, the Red Bulls had three yellow cards to D.C. United’s two yellow cards. The Red Bulls’ cards went to Felipe Martins (40′), Sacha Kljestan (45’+2′) and Kemar Lawrence (56′). As for D.C. United, their two yellow cards went to Luciano Acosta (52′) and Sean Franklin (80′).

Columbus Crew SC 2-1 Toronto FC: After some early season struggles, the Columbus Crew SC have been winning matches left and right. Meanwhile, Toronto FC has suffered a rare loss, on foreign territory.

Toronto FC did hit the scoreboard first, which occurred when Jozy Altidore scored in the 21′ minute. However, the Crew had a goal more than Toronto, with their two goals being scored by Ola Kamara (37′) and Justin Meram (44′). Neither team scored in the second half.

In the yellow card count, each team had one card each shown. For Toronto, it went to captain Michael Bradley in the 80′ minute, while Columbus’ yellow went to Jukka Raitala in the 90’+2′ minute.

Houston Dynamo 2-2 Minnesota United FC: All is not lost for Minnesota United FC? After an incredibly dismal start to the season, Minnesota United has been picking up single points with draws.

They did so again, down in H-town, as they drew with the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo had both of their goals scored in the first half, with Mauro Manotas (14′) and Alberth Elis (43′) scoring. For the Loons, both of their goals were scored in the second half by Christian Ramirez (47′) and Johan Venegas (59′).

The Loons did rack up all three yellow cards distributed in the match, while the Dynamo remained clean at home. For the Loons, Jerome Thiesson (35′), Brent Kallman (86′) and Venegas (90’+4′) earned yellow cards.

Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake: Could it get any worse for the Colorado Rapids?

The Rapids learned that goalkeeper Tim Howard would be suspended for the next three matches after a verbal altercation with a fan after last week’s match against Sporting Kansas City. Now, to add more to the pile, the Rapids will be without Jared Watts for the next match.

Watts received a straight red card in the 85′ minute. Before his red card, the Rapids were up a goal, after Kevin Doyle scored in the 29′ minute. Meanwhile, after Watts’ red card, Real Salt Lake scooped up all three points, as Yura Movsisyan converted the 85′ minute penalty kick and Brooks Lennon scored the game-winner in the 88′ minute.

In the yellow card count, Real Salt Lake had one yellow card shown to Chris Wingert in the 52′ minute. Meanwhile, the Rapids had one yellow card shown to Mekeil Williams in the 84′ minute.

Portland Timbers 0-1 Sporting Kansas City: Dom Dwyer called Providence Park one of his favorite away venues to play at- and now we know why.

Dwyer was the lone scorer to disappoint the home fans of the Portland Timbers. Dwyer’s goal occurred in the 53′ minute off a header. Dwyer was set up by Jimmy Medranda on a near-perfect cross.

Meanwhile, the Timbers did lead in one category. The Timbers had a clean match, as no player was shown a yellow or a red card. For Sporting Kansas City, two players received yellow cards: Ike Opara (25′) and Seth Sinovic (52′).

 

Photo of David Villa courtesy of Alex Menendez/Getty Images.

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Rachael McKriger
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Rachael McKriger writes for RSEN Report (Lead Editor), Pittsburgh Sports Castle (Content Editor), Mon Goals and W2M Network, in addition to being a sports stringer/reporter for the Mon Valley Independent newspaper.

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