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MLS: A hectic afternoon at Rio Tinto

New York Red Bulls 1-1 New York City FC: Ever since the beginning of the New York Derby, there has never been a draw in the match.

However, that changed on Friday night, at Red Bull Arena. The stadium will be hosting a U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifying match against Costa Rica this Friday. But last Friday, it was home to one of the best rivalries in the MLS.

The visitors hit the scoreboard first, with Maximiliano Morález scoring the opening tally in the 56′ minute. However, a penalty kick was given to the Red Bulls in the 70′ minute. Gonzalo Verón stepped up to the line, and slotted the goal past NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson.

For a rivalry match, it was relatively clean. The Red Bulls had one yellow card shown to Kemar Lawrence in the 35′ minute. Meanwhile, New York City FC had two yellow cards shown to Alexander Ring and Rodney Wallace.

D.C. United 1-0 New England Revolution: D.C. United is still in last place in the MLS’ Eastern Conference. However, they have won their last three matches in a row.

At RFK Stadium on Saturday night, the nation’s capital team hosted the New England Revolution. Midfielder Luciano Acosta was the hero of the match, scoring the lone goal in the 71′ minute.

In total, D.C. United took six shots on goal, while the Revolution took four shots on goal.

Both teams had two yellow cards shown to respective players. For the visitors, the Revolution had yellow cards shown to Claude Dielna and Kei Kamara. D.C. United had two yellow cards shown to Russell Canouse and Marcelo Sarvas.

Philadelphia Union 2-2 Atlanta United FC: It’s always sunny in Philadelphia? Not for Philadelphia Union defender Joshua Yaro.

Yaro received a straight red card in the 52′ minute minute, at home, against Atlanta United FC. In addition, yellow cards were shown to his teammates Alejandro Bedoya and C.J. Sapong.

The red card was a difference maker, as Atlanta scored their game-winning goal after it. Midfielder Tyrone Mears scored the goal, occurring in the 90’+1′ minute. Atlanta’s first goal of the match was scored by Yamil Asad in the 26′ minute.

As for the Union, two goals were scored by Roland Alberg (18′) and Bedoya (23′). However, after going down to only 10-men, the Union had trouble finding the back of Brad Guzan’s net.

Of note for the Union, the match featured the return of goalkeeper Andre Blake. Blake had been out for the Union since the middle of July, after suffering a hand injury in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against the United States.

Columbus Crew SC 2-1 FC Dallas: The Columbus Crew SC have spent the remainder of the MLS season climbing up the MLS Eastern Conference chart.

The club is now in third place, right behind Toronto FC and New York City FC. As for FC Dallas, they’re doing the opposite. Once a top three team in the Western Conference, FC Dallas has now dropped down to seventh place.

Ola Kamara (50′) and Jonathan Mensah (71′) scored the two tallies for the Crew, both in the second half. Meanwhile, FC Dallas’ lone goal was scored in the 78′ minute by defender Walker Zimmerman.

The Crew had a clean match, with no yellow or red cards shown. As for the visitors to MAPFRE Stadium, FC Dallas had two yellow cards shown to Matt Hedges and Tesho Akindele.

Orlando City SC 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps: Holding the fort down isn’t going so well for the Orlando City SC Lions.

At Orlando City Stadium on Saturday night, the Lions hosted the Vancouver Whitecaps. The visitors left sunny Orlando, Florida with three points – disappointing many Lions fans.

However, Tommy Redding scoring an own goal past his teammate, goalkeeper Joe Bendik, didn’t help much either. Reading’s own goal was the first for Vancouver, occurring in the 9′ minute.

Meanwhile, the Whitecaps had their game-winning goal scored in the 53′ minute from Brek Shea. Orlando City’s goal scored, in Vancouver’s net, occurred in the 62′ minute from Cyle Larin.

The Lions had three yellow cards shown to Donny ToiaCristian Higuita and team captain Kaká. As for the Whitecaps, one yellow card Aaron Maund.

Chicago Fire 1-2 Minnesota United FC: All of a sudden, Minnesota United FC is not the last place in the Western Conference. Now, they’re in ninth place.

A playoff spot is still an incredibly far stretch for the Loons. They sit in ninth place, barely above the LA Galaxy and Colorado Rapids, with 25 points. To get to sixth place, a playoff spot they would have to catch up to the San Jose Earthquakes, who have 36 points.

Abu Danladi was the Man of the Match for the Loons on Saturday night. Danladi, a midfielder/forward, scored both goals in the victory over the Chicago Fire, in the 36′ and 45′ minutes.

As for the Rapids, one goal was scored by David Accam in the 77′ minute.

Danladi earned the lone yellow card for the Loons, while the Fire had two yellow cards shown to Bastian Schweinsteiger and Dax McCarty.

Real Salt Lake 4-1 Colorado Rapids: Two red cards in this match, one for each team.

Real Salt Lake’s Danilo Acosta was shown the first red card, in the 57′ minute. It was a straight red card, as he did not receive any yellow card beforehand.

As for the Colorado Rapids, their recipient came 20 minutes later, in the 77′ minute. The recipient was forward Alan Gordon. Gordon’s red resulted in two yellow cards, as his first came in the 73′ minute – just four minutes before the second.

However, Real Salt Lake still managed to earn all three points at Rio Tinto Stadium in Utah. Four goals were scored by three different players, including Joao Plata (41′), Luis Silva (50′, 90’+2′) and Brooks Lennon (90’+6′).

As for the visitors, the lone goal was scored in the 82′ minute by Joshua Gatt.

Montreal Impact 1-3 Toronto FC: Rivalry weekend turned into just a rivalry day.

Sunday was filled with three MLS rivalry matches, with the Montreal Impact hosting Toronto FC as the first. Toronto FC were the visitors, but they went in and out with Saputo Stadium with three points.

Sebastian Giovinco put the visitors on the board first, with a curling free kick goal in the 41′ minute. Jozy Altidore then scored the second goal, before heading on international duty, in the 52′ minute. Lastly, Giovinco had the game-winning goal in the 90’+3′ minute.

As for the home side, the Impact had one goal scored by Ignacio Piatti in the 90’+2′ minute.

Toronto only had one yellow card, shown to Eriq Zavaleta. Meanwhile, the Impact had three yellow cards shown to Blerim DzemailiVíctor Cabrera and Laurent Ciman.

LA Galaxy 0-3 San Jose Earthquakes: The CaliClassico title remains in San Jose.

At the StubHub Center, the LA Galaxy hosted the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday. San Jose left the visitor’s home with three points. The Galaxy are struggling to find consistent wins, even with Sigi Schmid at head coach.

Speaking of coaches, Dominic Kinnear, the former head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes (who was replaced by Chris Leitch in the middle of the season), has been added to the Galaxy coaching staff as an assistant.

Back to the match, the Earthquakes had their three goals scored by Valeri Qazaishvili (45’+3′), Marcos Ureña (80′) and Chris Wondolowski (90’+2′). The Earthquakes had two yellow cards shown to Fatai Alashe and Danny Hoesen.

As for the Galaxy, one yellow card went to Bradley Diallo. Meanwhile, the Galaxy also had a red card, shown to Nathan Smith in the 57′ minute. Smith entered the match as a substitute in the 26′ minute for Pele van Anholt.

Seattle Sounders FC 1-1 Portland Timbers: And what would one more rivalry match in the MLS be if there wasn’t just one more red card?

The Seattle Sounders hosted the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday night. Nouhou Tolo was the recipient of the final red card of the MLS week, occurring in the 90’+3′ minute. It was the only disciplinary card shown to the Sounders in the entire match.

As for the Timbers, two yellow cards were shown to Sebastián Blanco and Lawrence Olum.

The Timbers couldn’t find a game winning goal after Tolo’s red card. Instead, both goals of the match – one for each club – were scored in the first half.

Before heading off for international duty on the East Coast, Cristian Roldan scored Seattle’s opening tally in the 18′ minute. Back in Portland, fans cheered when Diego Valeri scored the equalizing goal in the 45’+2′ minute.


Photo courtesy of Chris Nicoll/USA Today Sports.

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Rachael McKriger
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