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MLS Roundup: Toronto FC bags three more wins

Columbus Crew SC 1-2 Toronto FC: What a busy time for Toronto FC. This match was the third of five matches in the span of 16 days for the men in red.

All five matches were won by Toronto, but in this match the club had both of their goals scored by one player. Tosaint Ricketts came into the match in the 40’ minute for Chris Mavinga. Ricketts scored two late goals in the 81’ and 90’ minute to secure the win for Toronto.

Federico Higuaín was the man that got the Crew on the board first, but it wasn’t enough in the Wednesday night match. Higuaín’s goal was scored in the 28’ minute on a penalty kick. The Crew also were the only side to receive yellow cards, with the first going to goalkeeper Zack Steffen (37’) and the final to Adam Jahn (82’).

Houston Dynamo 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps: The lone match of Friday night “football” had the Houston Dynamo host the Vancouver Whitecaps at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Alberth Elis struck first for the Dynamo, scoring in the 15’ minute. The second goal from the home side came in the 68’ minute, on a converted penalty kick from Erick Torres. Brek Shea scored the lone tally for the Whitecaps in the 85’ minute, but it was too little, too late.

The Dynamo racked up three yellow cards compared to the two shown to the Whitecaps. The Dynamo’s yellow cards went to Adolfo Machado (21’), Mauro Manotas (61’) and A.J. DeLaGarza (90’+2’). For the Whitecaps, the two yellow cards went to Matias Laba (39’) and Kendall Waston (67’).

Toronto FC 3-2 Minnesota United FC: Toronto’s fourth of five wins came in their home stadium of BMO Field to kick off Saturday’s matches.

Sebastian Giovinco was awarded a penalty kick in the 20’ minute, which he converted. The next few goals became a shoot-out for both sides. Minnesota than equalized with a goal from Kevin Molino in the 52’ minute. However, Toronto re-took the lead in the 54’ minute on an own-goal from Christian Ramirez.

Molino wasn’t finished though, scoring another equalizer in the 62’ minute. However, Ricketts became the hero again for Toronto, scoring the game-winning goal in the 77’ minute.

One yellow card was shown in the entire match to Jozy Altidore in the 90’+3’ minute.

Colorado Rapids 3-0 San Jose Earthquakes: The Colorado Rapids desperately needed a win against the San Jose Earthquakes to keep moral at a relative medium.

All three points were gained by the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, with three goals against the California club. The win was the 250th all-time win by the Rapids. Shkelzen Gashi scored the first goal in the 29’ minute, and followed with another in the 56’ minute. In between the two goals from Gashi was a single goal from Dominique Badji in the 35’ minute.

Two yellow cards were handed to players in the Rapids uniform. The first yellow card went to Dillon Powers in the 42’ minute, followed by a 55’ minute yellow card to Eric Miller.

Montreal Impact 2-3 Columbus Crew SC: Bouncing back from their Wednesday loss to Toronto FC, the Columbus Crew SC went on the road to Montreal to face the Impact.

The Crew returned to Columbus with all three points, in a 3-2 victory. The three goals for the Crew were scored by Justin Meram in the 14’, 28’ and 90’+1’ minutes. As for the yellow card count for the Crew, Jahn (31’), Steffen (52’) and Higuaín (58’) received yellow cards.

The Impact only had two yellow cards and two goals scored. For the goals, Ignacio Piatti scored first in the 52’ minute and was followed by Anthony Jackson-Hamel in the 77’ minute. The Impact’s two yellow cards went to Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla in the 57’ minute and Chris Duvall in the 89’ minute.

Philadelphia Union 4-0 D.C. United: It took a while for the Philadelphia Union to win their first MLS match of the season, but now they won’t stop scoring.

The Union upset D.C. United at RFK Stadium. The Union did have some help, as three of their four goals were scored after D.C. United’s Luciano Acosta was shown an instant red card in the 55’ minute. After the red card, Oguchi Onyewu (64’), Fabrice Picault (78’) and Fabian Herbers (88’) all scored. Philadelphia’s first goal was scored by Haris Medunjanin in the 39’ minute.

“I mean obviously the red card hurt us, but I think we had a couple of chances to get back in the game,” United defender Taylor Kemp said. “We have to give credit to them because they scored some pretty good goals tonight. But we have to find a way to do better. Even when we were down I think they dropped off, and we could have kept the ball but gave it away in some bad spots.”

“We have to look ourselves in the mirror a little bit because that’s now two losses at home, and we got shut out both times,” Kemp continued. “We have to get back to the drawing board and figure out how to score some goals and keep them out of our own net.”

Two yellow cards were shown to each side, with the Union’s Fabinho (4’) and Alejandro Bedoya (9’) receiving the yellow cards for their side. For D.C. United, Lamar Neagle (19’) and Marcelo Sarvas (64’) received yellow cards.

Orlando City SC 2-2 Sporting Kansas City: Orlando City SC still remain unbeaten at home in their new stadium, but the club picked up its first draw of the 2017 season against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Goals from Cyle Larin (16’) and Kaká (26’) weren’t enough for the Lions, as Sporting Kansas City had both of their goals scored by Latif Blessing in the 9’ and 74’ minutes.

“Difficult game. Really difficult game against a really quality opponent in my opinion,” Lions Head Coach Jason Kreis said. “Really pleased with the guys’ effort, work rate, commitment, togetherness. I have to say at the end of the day a draw was a fair result and pleased to take the point. Our objective is always going to be to have three points, to go after three points at home, but sometimes we’ll have to settle for one.”

In the yellow card count, Orlando City SC received two cards compared to Kansas City’s three. For the Lions, José Aja (11’) and Cristian Higuita (40’) received yellow cards while Kansas City’s Graham Zusi (48’), Ilie Sánchez (79’) and Blessing (79’) were the culprits.

New England Revolution 4-0 Real Salt Lake: Reality has certainly set in for Mike Petke, the head coach of Real Salt Lake.

After winning his initial first matches as head coach, Petke has now lost his last four matches. The loss against the Revolution was a blowout, as RSL was completely blanked at Gillette Stadium.

The Revolution’s four goals were scored by Scott Caldwell (4’), Kei Kamara (18’), Diego Fagundez (34’) and Lee Nguyen (41’). Also recording “four” tallies was Real Salt Lake, but not with goals, but with yellow cards. The four yellow cards were shown to Omar Holness (35’), Ricardo Velazco (44’), José Hernández (80’) and Luis Silva (84’).

Two yellow cards were shown to Real Salt Lake’s Caldwell (29’) and Andrew Farrell (79’).

Chicago Fire 4-1 Seattle Sounders: The upset that nobody in the MLS saw coming happened during Saturday night’s last match between the Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders.

The match, located at Toyota Park in Chicago, had the Fire strike first and last. Nemanja Nikolic scored in the 25’ minute to put the first point on the scoreboard. Clint Dempsey of the Sounders quickly fired back with a goal in the 28’ minute. However, the second half was owned by Chicago with goals from David Accam (60’), Luis Solignac (73’) and Nikolic (76’).

Meanwhile, the Sounders had a late red card shown to Joevin Jones in the 89’ minute. The red card occurred only two minutes after Jones was shown a yellow card in the 87’ minute. The second yellow in the 89’ minute resulted in his removal from the match.

Meanwhile, Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei also received a yellow card in the 26’ minute. The Fire had two yellow cards shown to Matt Lampson, goalkeeper, in the 48’ minute and Brandon Vincent in the 78’ minute.

Portland Timbers 1-1 Atlanta United FC: After some meager matches, Atlanta United FC managed to earn a point against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.

The visiting side took the first goal, with Julian Gressel scoring in the 46’ minute, right at the start of the second half. However, Atlanta’s lead was short, as Liam Ridgewell of the Timbers scored the equalizer in the 50’ minute. The Timbers also had another opportunity for a game-winner in the 90’+2’ minute, but was knocked off the post.

The Timbers had three yellow cards handed out in comparison to the two yellow cards given to Atlanta United FC. The Timbers’ yellow cards were shown to David Guzman (54’), Vytautas Andriuskevicius (73’) and Roy Miller (84’). As for Atlanta, their yellow cards went to Michael Parkhurst (28’) and Carlos Carmona (36’).

New York Red Bulls 1-3 LA Galaxy: The LA Galaxy are majorly turning their season around under head coach Curt Onalfo. The first-year coach for the Galaxy led his side to an away win at Red Bull Arena, bringing three points back to Los Angeles.

The Galaxy had their two opening goals scored a minute apart from each other by Romain Alessandrini in the 8’ and 9’ minutes. In the 78’ minute, Giovani Dos Santos put the match away, scoring on a penalty kick.

However, the Galaxy did slip up late in the match when Bradley Diallo was shown his second yellow card, automatically resulting in a red card. The second yellow occurred in the 90’ minute, with the first occurring in the 27’ minute. The Galaxy also had another yellow card shown to Jack McBean in the 84’ minute.

With 10-men on the pitch for the Galaxy, Daniel Royer scored a late goal in the 90’+3’ minute for the Red Bulls. However, it was too little, too late. The Red Bulls had two yellow cards shown to Aaron Long (45’+1’) and Sacha Kljestan (55’).

FC Dallas 1-1 New York City FC: While the New York Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s number in New York, New York City FC traveled down to Dallas for a road match.

The result ended in a draw for NYCFC and FC Dallas, splitting the points. Kellyn Acosta  wasted no time in putting FC Dallas on the board, scoring the 20’ minute. The lead stayed in Dallas’ favor until the 68’ minute when Thomas McNamara scored for the visitors.

Meanwhile, one yellow card was shown to FC Dallas, going to Carlos Gruezo in the 68’ minute, which set up the set-piece that New York City FC scored on. However, NYCFC had three yellow cards shown to McNamara (34’), Alexander Ring (51’) and Ben Sweat (88’).


Photo courtesy of Toronto FC’s official Twitter.

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Rachael McKriger
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