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MLS Round Up: Did Marco Donadel deserve red?

The MLS didn’t have any international interruptions this week.

A slew of matches- ranging from controversial calls to blowout wins- ensued. The most controversial match was Friday’s lone match. Read below why, and see how your team did, in this week’s MLS round up.

LA Galaxy 2-0 Montreal Impact: Many fans of the Montreal Impact, and MLS in general, are calling into question a straight red card shown to Marco Donadel in the 44′ minute of their match against the LA Galaxy on Friday night. The red card came after an elbow foul on Donadel against Galaxy midfielder Jermaine Jones. After the match, Donadel had some words on the call.

“But the only thing that’s clear, the news today, is that Jermaine Jones, coming here to Los Angeles, is going to be very good to watch,” Donadel said. “Hollywood is here close by. He is training in the morning and in the afternoon he is going to Hollywood to act. He’s very very good, because when you do this, you see the referee, and you say, ‘you touch me here.’ I think that in another month he will be ready for any kind of part. He’s only unlucky because two months before, he could have run for the Oscars, but that’s a good story. Maybe next February.”

Either way, the Impact were down to ten men, which helped the Galaxy bring home three points. The Galaxy had their two goals scored by Romain Alessandrini in the 15′ minute and Jones in the 74′ minute. The Galaxy had one yellow card shown to Joao Pedro in the 54′ minute, while the Impact only had one yellow card shown to Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla in the 64′ minute.

Chicago Fire 1-0 Columbus Crew SC: After his MLS debut last weekend, Bastian Schweinsteiger made another MLS start for the Chicago Fire. However, he wasn’t the Fire member that scored the lone, and game-winning goal, for the club.

Instead, Nemanja Nikolic scored the Fire’s lone goal in the 22′ minute, putting the ball past Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Steffen was forced to make five saves throughout the entire match, while Chicago’s goalkeeper Jorge Bava made three saves.

In the yellow card count, Chicago’s Dax McCarty received the Fire’s lone yellow card in the 86′ minute. The Crew also only had one yellow card handed out, being shown to Alex Crognale in the 84′ minute.

New England Revolution 2-0 Houston Dynamo: After a dominant performance against the New York Red Bulls last weekend, the Houston Dynamo let up on the gas this week, falling to the New England Revolution on the road.

The Revolution, who earned a draw last weekend against the Portland Timbers, had their two goals scored by Kei Kamara in the 52′ minute and Juan Agudelo in the 72′ minute. The Revolution also had a clean match, having no yellow or red cards shown to any players. Meanwhile, the Dynamo had one yellow card shown to Ricardo Clark in the 16′ minute.

D.C. United 2-1 New York City FC: After collecting their first MLS win of the 2017 season last weekend, D.C. United decided to tack on another win, at home, against New York City FC.

Lloyd Sam opened up scoring in the 53′ minute, and was followed by another goal from teammate Luciano Acosta in the 10′ minute. For New York City FC, their lone goal was scored by David Villa in the 84′ minute. However, it wasn’t enough, and D.C. United gave their home fans a three-point winning match.

D.C. United also did not have any yellow cards, or red cards, shown to any of their players. However, New York City FC had two yellow cards shown to Alexander Callens (11′) and Ronald Matarrita (35′).

Philadelphia Union 1-3 Portland Timbers: The downward spiral of the Philadelphia Union continues, while Fanendo Adi made Portland Timbers club history.

Adi made history with his goal in the 88′ minute, which came off a penalty kick. The goal made Adi the club’s all-time leading scorer. Adi is nowhere near done, but decided to spread the wealth, as Darlington Nagbe (32′) and Roy Miller (66′) found the back of Andre Blake‘s net. As for the Union, their lone goal was scored by Richie Marquez in the 26′ minute.

The match was filled with yellow cards, as each side had three given out to three different players. For the Timbers, David Guzman (16′), Lawrence Olum (73′) and Adi (89′) received yellow cards, while the Union had their cards handed out to Haris Medunjanin (45’+3′), Blake (85′) and Oguchi Onyewu (90’+4′).

Toronto FC 2-2 Atlanta United FC: Two of the top clubs in the Eastern Conference met in Toronto on Saturday night. However, the match ultimately went with the points being split up between the two clubs.

Toronto had their two goals scored by Sebastian Giovinco in the 20′ minute (off a back-heel assist from Jozy Altidore) and Justin Morrow in the 44′ minute. As for Atlanta United FC, their two goals were scored by Héctor Villalba in the 15′ and 47′ minutes.

Atlanta United FC picked up a two yellow cards- being shown to Villalba (18′) and Jeff Larentowicz (10′)- but also had a red card. The instant red card was shown to Yamil Asad in the 75′ minute. Just like Marco Donadel’s red card, it was highly speculated among MLS fans. Meanwhile, Toronto only had one yellow card shown to Nick Hagglund in the 80′ minute.

FC Dallas 2-0 Minnesota United FC: After suffering a heartbreaking loss to Pachuca of the Liga MX in the CONCACAF Champion’s League, FC Dallas bounced back to MLS action with a win over the dismal Minnesota United FC.

FC Dallas’ two goals were scored by Javier Morales in the 43′ minute and Michael Barrios in the 49′ minute. FC Dallas did also rack up a few yellow cards, as they were shown to Carlos Gruezo (30′), Jesse Gonzalez (88′) and Hernán Grana (89′). Meanwhile, Minnesota United FC had three yellow cards shown to Collen Warner (5′), Ibson (61′) and Brent Kallman (72′).

Real Salt Lake 3-0 Vancouver Whitecaps: What a debut for Mike Petke. The new Real Salt Lake head coach, who replaced fired managed Jeff Cassar, earned his first wins as new manager.

Real Salt Lake didn’t get on the board until the second half, but it was enough to earn the win. Albert Rusnák  scored first, in the 54′ minute, and was followed by goals from Yura Movsisyan (74′) and Luke Mulholland (78′). In the goalkeeper department, both goalkeepers, Nick Rimando and David Ousted, made three saves each.

Real Salt Lake did pile on more yellow cards than the Vancouver Whitecaps. Real Salt Lake had their first yellow card shown to Chris Schuler in the 40′ minute and was shortly followed by another yellow card to Kyle Beckerman in the 42′ minute. As for the Whitecaps, only one yellow card was issued to Matias Laba in the 29′ minute.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 Seattle Sounders: The Seattle Sounders thought they had won their match in the 84′ minute, when Nicolás Lodeiro scored. The Sounders thought that was the game-winning goal, but the San Jose Earthquakes had other plans.

Specifically, it was Chris Wondolowski that had other plans, as he scored the equalizer in the 90′ minute for the home team. While Wondolowski scored, Anibal Godoy (33′) and Fatai Alashe (83′) were shown yellow cards. For the Sounders, Lodeiro was shown the team’s lone yellow card in the 45’+1′ minute.

Orlando City SC 1-0 New York Red Bulls: While the beginning of the season woes continue for the New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC remains unbeaten in their brand new stadium.

Orlando City SC routed the New York Red Bulls by only one goal on Sunday. In the 17′ minute, Antonio Nocerino fell to injury, prompting Orlando City SC to bring Servando Carrasco in the match. In the 34′ minute, Carrasco scored on a header, putting it right past Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles.

While the Red Bulls didn’t get any goals, they did have fewer yellow cards, only having one shown to Aurélien Collin in the 76′ minute. As for Orlando City SC, they had three yellow cards shown to Cristian Higuita (61′), Luis Gil (86′) and Donny Toia (90’+4′).

Sporting Kansas City 3-1 Colorado Rapids: Let’s hope Dom Dwyer and Tim Howard can patch things up before the United States Men’s National Team meets up next time.

Dwyer, who just became an American citizen and is likely to be called into a future USMNT camp, got into an exchange, imitated by Howard, after the match. Dwyer scored against Howard in the 85′ minute. However, Sporting Kansas City had two goals scored before Dwyer’s by Seth Sinovic (8′) and Gerso (58′). Meanwhile, the Rapids had one goal scored in the 90’+4′ minute by Kevin Doyle.

The Rapids had two yellow cards shown throughout the entire match, given to Eric Miller (84′) and Jared Watts (86′). As for Sporting Kansas City, their lone yellow card went to Ilie Sánchez in the 38′ minute.


Photo of Marco Donadel from the Montreal Impact’s official Twitter.

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