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MLS Roundup: San Jose shocks FC Dallas

New York Red Bulls 1-1 Toronto FC: Toronto FC didn’t lose against the New York Red Bulls, but their winning streak did end on Friday night.

At Red Bulls Arena, Toronto FC had a chance to seal the deal in the 81’ minute, but Jozy Altidore’s penalty kick was saved by Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. Robles finished the night with three saves, while Toronto’s Alex Bono finished with two saves.

“You try to get the ‘keeper to guess the wrong way and then at the end of the day you have to hit it better,” said Altidore. “I didn’t hit it as well as I wanted to probably, and at the end of it, I take it upon myself. It’s my responsibility to raise the game when I can, and tonight wasn’t my night. I take full responsibility for that, and we probably could have won the game if I scored that penalty.”

The Red Bulls found the back of the net first, with Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring the opening goal in the 38’ minute. However, Toronto FC netted the equalizer in the 70’ minute, off the boot of Benoît Cheyrou.

The match had three yellow cards shown to the home side, while Toronto FC only had two yellow cards. For the Red Bulls, Michael Murillo (69’), Sacha Kljestan (81’) and Robles (89’) were the recipients. For Toronto FC, Michael Bradley (37’) and Altidore (82’) received yellow cards.

Montreal Impact 4-1 Portland Timbers: On their home field of the Olympic Stadium, the Montreal Impact recorded three points to their name, upsetting the Portland Timbers.

The Impact have been quiet this season, but managed to score four goals against the bustling Timbers. However, three out of the four goals had some assistance, as Portland only had 10 men on the pitch. In the 18’ minute, Diego Chara of the Timbers was shown an instant red card.

After his red card, the Impact piled on the goals. Kyle Fisher (43’), Ignacio Piatti (50’) and Ambroise Oyongo (77’) scored for the Impact. Piatti had a goal before the red card as well, scoring in the 13’ minute on a penalty kick. Meanwhile, the Timbers had one goal scored by Diego Valeri in the 45’+1’ minute.

“The message after the game was that we cannot go too high or too low. We have to be balanced,” said Impact head coach Mauro Biello. “It’s important to understand how we have to work, how we have to be focused in everything we do. When we play well, these moments, these sensations are special. If we can all pull in the right direction, things will fall into place.”

Aside from Chara’s red card, the Timbers had two yellow cards shown to David Guzman (27’) and Roy Miller (71’). Meanwhile for the Impact, three yellow cards were shown to Laurent Ciman (22’), Marco Donadel (51’) and Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla (66’).

D.C. United 0-1 Chicago Fire: Coming off a big win at home against the Seattle Sounders FC, the Chicago Fire notched a win on the road, heading down to RFK Stadium to take on D.C. United.

Chicago scored their lone goal off the rocket shot from David Accam in the 52’ minute. Chicago also kept a clean sheet with goalkeeper Matt Lampson making two saves. Meanwhile, D.C. United’s Bill Hamid kept busy against the Fire’s strikers, making seven saves.

Chicago had a fairly clean match, only having one yellow card being shown to Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 66’ minute. However, D.C. United had two yellow cards shown to Marcelo Sarvas (8’) and Lamar Neagle (64’).

“We did great defensive work; everyone was working for the defense,” Schweinsteiger said. “What I liked was to see the reaction on our bench–everyone was into it and we were like a team. In our matches, which we played in the past, players who came into the game changed or helped the team at the end of the day. It’s very important that everyone is there and we have to try to keep going–it was a very important win for us.”

Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 Real Salt Lake: On of the quieter rivalries in the Western Conference, the Seattle Sounders bounced back from their loss against the Fire to blank Real Salt Lake on Saturday.

Altidore wasn’t the only United States Men’s National Team striker to have a penalty saved in Week 12 MLS action, as Clint Dempsey had his penalty kick attempt saved in the 55’ minute. Luckily for Dempsey, and the fans at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Harry Shipp already scored for the Sounders in the 42’ minute.

The Sounders had a clean match, not receiving any yellow or red cards. As for Real Salt Lake, two yellow cards went to Sunny (25’) and Kyle Beckerman (75’). In goal, both keeps had a busy night, with both Nick Rimando and Stefan Frei recording five saves each.

“Three points is the most important,” Frei said. “We’ve said it numerous times and we believe it, that we’ve had good games but nothing to show for it. At some point it doesn’t really matter how you’re going to score goals and get results, you’re just going to have to do it. Today was a perfect example of that.”

Atlanta United FC 4-1 Houston Dynamo: After a few dismal performances – after starting red-hot in the MLS – Atlanta United FC bounced back on Saturday to take down the Houston Dynamo.

At the Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Miguel Almirón grabbed a hat-trick by scoring three goals in the 30’, 42’ and 80’ minutes. Almirón’s third and final goal came off a penalty kick.

“The coaching staff asked that of me this week,” Almirón said. “I know I have to shoot when I have the opportunity and today – thanks to God – I was able to score… Today, the team is leaving happy, me especially, I’m happier with the team’s performance. I think the team deserved a victory for all of the effort we have given.”

A few minutes before the final goal, Julian Gressel tacked on a goal of his own in the 76’ minute. Meanwhile, the Dynamo had one goal scored on a penalty kick in the 90’ minute by Erick Torres.

The Dynamo had two yellow cards compared to Atlanta’s lone yellow card. For the Dynamo, A.J. DeLaGarza received the first in the 54’ minute, followed shortly by Adolfo Machado’s yellow card in the 59’ minute. For Atlanta, Greg Garza received the lone yellow card in the 51’ minute.

Philadelphia Union 2-1 Colorado Rapids: After starting the season in a horrible fashion, the Philadelphia Union have now won their last four matches.

The Union had a major comeback win over the Colorado Rapids at their own Talen Energy Stadium. The Rapids took their place on the scoreboard first, with Caleb Calvert scoring his first MLS goal in the 15’ minute. However, the tide changed when C.J. Sapong netted the equalizer in the 67’ minute on a penalty kick.

However, two minutes later, the 20-year-old Calvert received the first red card of his MLS career. Originally, Calvert received a yellow card in the 69’ minute, but it quickly turned into a red card after returning to the pitch after a potential injury without the referee’s approval. In the 75’ minute, Haris Medunjanin scored the game-winning goal for the Union.

“I thought Caleb played fantastic,” Calvert’s teammate, Eric Miller said. “He had a terrific goal. His hold-up play was great. He was dangerous all night. He got beat up by [Jack] Elliott and [Oguchi] Onyewu a lot and still was super dangerous. I don’t think it was really his fault on the red card. The referee can maybe do a little better job of saying, ‘Hey, go to their side and come on again’ instead of just two quick yellows.”

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Sporting Kansas City: After dominating the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City were blanked on the road at BC Place by the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Yet another penalty kick in the MLS – the third thus far – was saved, this time at the hands of Tim Melia. Had Fredy Montero score the penalty kick, the Whitecaps would have handed Sporting Kansas City a 3-0 loss. However, the final score remained 2-0 after goals from Cristian Techera (40’) and Tim Parker (67’).

“We’re trying to build something here, create something special,’ said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson after the match. “It’s a long way to go. We’re not fooled by that. But we’ve been very consistent and that’s what pleases me. We’ve got some really good results and today was a really good result in front of our home fans.”

Sporting Kansas City led the yellow card count with two, while the Whitecaps had one yellow card shown to Matias Laba in the 89’ minute. Meanwhile, Roger Espinoza (66’) and Seth Sinovic (77’) were the yellow card recipients for the visitors.

FC Dallas 0-1 San Jose Earthquakes: The upset of MLS Week 12 came on Saturday night at the hands of the San Jose Earthquakes.

Down at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, FC Dallas were shocked by the Earthquakes. The lone tally for the Earthquakes was scored by Albanian international Jahmir Hyka in the 81’ minute.

“I was confident that we would score in this game,” Hyka said after the match. “If it wasn’t me, maybe somebody else, but I think we started the game very good. We showed that we were here to take points and we did a good job.”

The Earthquakes had another positive, having no yellow or red cards shown to their side. Meanwhile, FC Dallas had one yellow card shown to Carlos Gruezo in the 70’ minute.

The loss was FC Dallas’ first defeat of the 2017 MLS season.

New England Revolution 2-1 Columbus Crew SC: Despite a late red card shown to Andrew Farrell in the 90’+3’ minute, the New England Revolution managed to grab all three points at their Gillette Stadium.

The Crew made it on the scoreboard first, with Ola Kamara scoring in the 19’ minute. However, Diego Fagundez tacked on two goals in the span of ten minutes to give the Revolution the equalizer, and then the lead. His goals occurred in the 24’ and 34’ minute.

“When you’re playing well, you want to get those rewards,” Fagundez said. “I think before I scored the first one, I was getting chances, I just wasn’t getting the goal. I was fine with it, because when you’re helping out the team and getting assists, that’s totally important. But it’s always nice to get a reward and score goals.”

As for the red card shown to Farrell, it was an instant red card for a foul on Waylon Francis. Meanwhile, no one else on the Revolution was shown a yellow or red card. For the Crew, Wil Trapp (55’) and Adam Jahn (90’+1’) were shown yellow cards.

Minnesota United FC 1-2 LA Galaxy: What a day for Christian Ramirez.

Ramirez went from being the hero for Minnesota United, to quickly becoming the villain. Ramirez scored the equalizer for the Loons in the 66’ minute. However, Ramirez gave the Galaxy the win, scoring an own goal in the 84’ minute.

The Galaxy’s first goal came from Giovani Dos Santos in the 38’ minute.

“It’s the worst thing you could imagine,” Ramirez said. “I hate being in that position to give that goal up. I’ll look at it and put, put that on myself for whatever reason I just think we should have not put ourselves in that situation. To let a set piece decide the game like that. After the way we performed in the second half we just can’t keep telling ourselves that this is good enough and be that team that everyone says you guys are pretty good afterwards.”

“I don’t know if it’s tough luck,” Loons head coach Adrian Heath said. “Disappointed today. Certainly done more than enough to take something out of this game today. I don’t know how many clear-cut chances we had second half but my god, you don’t get them against good teams and if you don’t take them, invariably they come back to hurt you. That’s what’s happened today.”

The Galaxy were shown four yellow cards compared to Minnesota’s lone yellow card, which went to Miguel Ibarra in the 74’ minute. For the Galaxy, Jelle van Damme (45’+2’), Daniel Steres (73’), Romain Alessandrini (79’) and Dos Santos (90’+3’).

Orlando City SC 0-3 New York City FC: Ever since Orlando City SC started playing in their new stadium this season, they haven’t lost a match in it. However, New York City FC ended that streak on Sunday night.

New York City FC struck early, with David Villa scoring on a penalty kick in the 14’ minute. Shortly after in the first half, Rodney Wallace added to the scoresheet, with his tally in the 35’ minute. Villa added the final goal in the 82’ minute.

Orlando City SC had a moment after two of New York City’s goals to cut the lead in half. However, in the 64’ minute, Cyle Larin – who has been attracting attention from overseas clubs like Borussia Monchengladbach of the German Bundesliga – hit his penalty kick off the post.

“We’re very happy with the match we played,” Villa said. “We were better from the opening whistle to the final. We had more chances, more possession and we controlled the game. The team was very good, very compact, very together and we’re very happy with how the game went.”

“Grave, grave disappointment to lose our first game in front of our home fans,” Orlando City SC head coach Jason Kreis said. “I thought the fans were excellent again tonight. The atmosphere in the crowd was terrific. It’s one of those games where, I feel like, as stupid as this is to say, goals for me change games. It’s very cliché-ish, but I really felt like that was where we were at tonight.”

Both teams had two yellow cards shown to two players. For New York City FC, Mikey Lopez (19’) and Maximiliano Morález (45’+1’) received the cautionary cards, while Orlando City had theirs shown to Carlos Rivas (34’) and Leo Pereira (90’+2’).


Photo of San Jose’s Jahmir Hyka courtesy of ISI Photos.

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