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MLS: Minnesota, D.C. United win first matches of 2017

MLS Week 4 saw the first win of the MLS season for two teams, while other teams were shocked with draws.

Also in the MLS, a certain German international made his MLS debut with the Chicago Fire.

Read more to find out what your favorite team did this weekend!

Toronto FC 0-0 Sporting Kansas City: Up in the great north of Canada on Friday, Toronto FC were able to split one point with Sporting Kansas City in a hard-fought battle. Despite no goal, the two teams split the cost of yellow cards, as one person from each squad was shown a cautionary card.

Sporting Kansas City’s Ilie Sánchez was shown the first card in the 69′ minute, with Toronto’s Jozy Altidore shown a yellow in the 81′ minute. As for the two goalkeepers, Toronto’s Clint Irwin made five saves while Kansas City’s Tim Melia making two saves.

Seattle Sounders FC 0-0 Atlanta United FC: One of the most productive new expansion teams, Atlanta United FC, were halted by the Seattle Sounders, the reigning MLS Cup champions. Atlanta is used to putting up big scores on the board, but split the three points with the Sounders, in Seattle.

While two players from different teams were shown yellow cards, two yellow cards were shown to two players of Atlanta United FC. Atlanta’s two yellow cards were shown to Julian Gressel in the 20′ minute and Yamil Asad in the 43′ minute. Seattle had a clean sheet, in both goal and in the yellow card count.

New York City FC 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes: The San Jose Earthquakes knew they weren’t going to be able to win their match against New York City FC after an 80′ minute straight red card for Víctor Bernárdez.

However, NYCFC scored their two goals before the red card. Jack Harrison tacked on New York City’s first goal in the 10′ minute, and then the club took the lead in the 67′ minute with a goal from Thomas McNamara. However, it was San Jose that got on the board first, when Marcos Ureña scored in the 6′ minute.

While San Jose was shown the red card, they didn’t receive any additional cards- red or yellow. However, New York City FC had three yellow cards shown to Alexander Ring (54′), Rodney Wallace (59′) and Harrison (86′). New York takes home all three points.

Chicago Fire 2-2 Montreal Impact: Welcome to the MLS, Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German international scored his first MLS goal, in his MLS debut, in the 17′ minute.

However, it wasn’t enough to secure all three points for the Fire. The club had one more goal scored by Luis Solignac in the 90’+3′ minute to at least split the points with Montreal. Montreal had their two goals scored by Matteo Mancosu in the 61′ minute and Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla in the 90′ minute.

Montreal had plenty of cards handed out, with four yellow cards going to Chris Duvall (57′), Adrián Arregui (60′), Víctor Cabrera (76′) and Daniel Lovitz (78′). However, things got worse for Montreal, when Cabrera was shown a second yellow card in the 80′ minute, which automatically resulted in a red card.

Meanwhile, Chicago had the same problem, with Juninho being the only player to be shown a yellow card, in the 41′ minute. In the 71′ minute, his second yellow card appeared, resulting in his removal from the match.

Columbus Crew SC 2-0 Orlando City SC: Columbus might be on to something. After winning their first match of the season last week, the Crew were able to secure a win, and three points, over Orlando City SC.

Columbus had their two goals scored by Justin Meram, in the 13′ and 77′ minutes. Meram was also the only player for the Crew that was shown a yellow card, which occurred in the 19′ minute. Meanwhile, Orlando City had two yellow cards shown to Servando Carrasco (60′) and Tommy Redding (76′).

As for the goalkeepers, Josh Saunders of the Orlando City Lions made one single save while Columbus’ Zack Steffen made four saves.

D.C. United 2-1 Philadelphia Union: D.C. United has finally won their first match of the 2017 season. The win came over the Philadelphia Union due to two goals scored by Jose Ortiz (18′) and Luciano Acosta (27′).

As for the Union, their lone goal was scored by C.J. Sapong in the 71′ minute. However, the Union had two yellow cards shown to Ilsinho (57′) and Derrick Jones (61′). Meanwhile, D.C. United only had one yellow card shown in the 66′ minute to Marcelo Sarvas.

In net, Bill Hamid put in extra work for D.C. United, making eight saves compared to the one save made by Andre Blake.

Minnesota United FC 4-2 Real Salt Lake: Even though Mike Petke was named the new head coach of Real Salt Lake, he wasn’t in charge as RSL was shocked by Minnesota United FC.

Minnesota United FC, on the other hand, earned their first win of their MLS debut season. Kevin Molino put Minnesota on the board with a goal in the 16′ minute, and his teammates did the rest, as Christian Ramirez (52′ and 62′) and Johan Venegas (68′) totaled the other goals. Real Salt Lake did get on the board with two goals from Luke Mulholland (4′) and Yura Movsisyan (87′).

Real Salt Lake did have the upper-hand when it came to discipline, as they only had one yellow card shown to Movsisyan in the 49′ minute. Minnesota United had two yellow cards shown to Molino (20′) and Francisco Calvo (34′).

Houston Dynamo 4-1 New York Red Bulls: The Houston Dynamo have found their diamond in the rough in Erick Torres. Torres led the Dynamo to a major win over the New York Red Bulls, scoring three goals in the 41′, 56′ and 90’+1′ minute.

The Dynamo also had their fourth goal scored by Dylan Remick in the 14′ minute. Both scorers were also the only players to receive yellow cards, as Remick was shown his in the 70′ minute, and Torres in the 87′ minute.

As for the New York Red Bulls, they had their lone goal scored by Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 13′ minute. The Red Bulls also had two yellow cards shown to Connor Lade (28′) and Tyler Adams (44′).

Vancouver Whitecaps 4-2 LA Galaxy: Losing Sebastian Lletget was a major loss for the LA Galaxy, but the team rejoiced in the return of striker Gyasi Zardes, who made his appeared in the 67′ minute, subbing on for Jack McBean, after being out with injury.

However, Zardes couldn’t get the Galaxy on the board to at least draw their match against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps had four goals- scored by Cristian Techera (19′), Fredy Montero (66′) and Matias Laba (67′ and 87′)- that helped claim the win. Meanwhile, the Galaxy had their two goals scored by Romain Alessandrini in the 26′ and 30′ minutes.

The Galaxy won the yellow card count, with two yellow cards shown to McBean (60′) and Jermaine Jones (77′). The Whitecaps only had one yellow card shown to Montero in the 80′ minute.

Portland Timbers 1-1 New England Revolution: Despite the New England Revolution’s many woes this season, they were able to draw with the Portland Timbers, who currently lead the Western Conference.

The Timbers struck first, with Diego Valeri notching the first goal in the 12′ minute. However, the Revolution were able to draw the match, with Lee Nguyen scoring in the 84′ minute.

The Timbers kept a clean match, as they were shown no yellow or red cards. However, for the Revolution, they had two yellow cards shown to Xavier Kouassi (44′) and Kelyn Rowe (47′). As for the two goalkeepers, Jake Gleeson of the Timbers made three saves while the Revolution’s Cody Cropper made one save.


Photo of Bastian Schweinsteiger courtesy of Jon Durr/Bongarts.

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Rachael McKriger
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