LOS ANGELES (AP) Lee Nguyen and Diego Rossi each scored in the second half to help Los Angeles FC beat the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Sunday night.
Nguyen scored the opener for LAFC (12-7-6) in the 49th minute, gathering Jack Price’s attempted clearance back into the area, rolling it back with his right foot to evade a defender and spinning around to create an opening for a left-footed finish.
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In the 80th minute, Diego Rossi took Adama Diomande‘s back-heel flick just past midfield, dribbled it up the right side and finished his eighth goal of the season past goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The Rapids (6-13-6) had their three-game unbeaten streak snapped.
With the win, LAFC moved into a tie for second place in the Western Conference standings with Sporting Kansas City as both teams are on 42 points, just three behind first-place FC Dallas. LAFC also has a four-point gap above RSL in fourth place.
The Rapids meanwhile, averaging less than a point per game, sit in second-to-last place in the standings.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) Edgar Castillo and Niki Jackson scored eight minutes apart in the second half, and the Colorado Rapids tied the Los Angeles Galaxy 2-2 on Tuesday night.
Castillo tied it at 1 for Colorado (6-12-6) in the 74th minute after sending a loose ball in from distance. Jackson knotted it at 2 in the 82th with a deflected shot over the head of David Bingham.
Ashley Cole scored his first goal of the season for Los Angeles (10-8-7). He got a friendly bounce at the edge of the area, split two defenders to get to the corner of the 6-yard box and sent it past Tim Howard in the 59th minute. Sebastian Lletget scored in his second straight game to give Los Angeles a 2-1 lead in the 78th by bending a shot around Howard.
It was the second meeting in the last 10 days, with Colorado winning 2-1 at home.
Denmark hasn’t really worked out for Bill Hamid. Thankfully, he has old friends to fall back on.
The U.S. international has returned to Major League Soccer after just six months away, signing with old club D.C. United on loan from Danish club FC Midtjylland, the team and league both announced.
The 27-year-old signed with Midtjylland on a free transfer in January after the expiry of his MLS contract following last season, but has made just five appearances for them across all competitions. Since United extended him a contract offer which he turned down, the club retained his league rights, and thus gets his services upon his return.
Hamid’s contract with Midtjylland runs through 2022, but with Danish veteran Jesper Hanses firmly entrenched as the #1, they decided to let Hamid find playing time with his old club. Hamid is no shoo-in to play immediately at D.C. United, but will compete with Dave Ousted and Steve Clark for time. Ousted has held the #1 spot since the beginning of the year, but has yet to keep a clean sheet with D.C. sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The 27-year-old has struggled to reach expectations placed upon him a few seasons ago, when he was believed to be the heir apparent to Tim Howard‘s USMNT spot. He has hoped to reach that peak, but instead struggled in his final year with D.C. and has been on the outside of the USMNT picture looking in, playing poorly in a 2-1 loss to Ireland back in May. Still, playing in front of his home nation’s fans could give him the boost he needs back into the national team picture with the direction of the squad facing towards youth and new blood.
His teammates may have done much of the heavy lifting, but Wayne Rooney was on hand to grab the finish and pick up the first goal of his Major League Soccer career to put D.C. United up 1-0 on the Colorado Rapids.
With the game just past the half-hour mark, Junior Moreno began things with a pinpoint tackle in midfield to snatch a wayward pass, and 24-year-old Luciano Acosta delivered a fabulously weighted ball that slipped Rooney in past a pair of defenders whom he had split. The former Manchester United veteran then capped it off by sending the ball through the legs of Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Of course, he celebrated with his trademark jumping fist pump.
Of course, the goal fittingly came against his former Manchester United teammate Tim Howard. The two were at Old Trafford together from 2004-2006, although they never crossed paths at Everton.
D.C. United is still sitting in a distant last place in the Eastern Conference, with Toronto F.C. still eight points ahead coming into the match, but Rooney performing well gives the fans something to enjoy for the rest of the season, plus promising potential for next year as well.
Not only did Rooney grab his first goal, but he did so while wearing the captain’s armband, high praise for a player who just arrived at a club not even a month prior. D.C. United did not have a captain named for the season until this match, with Steve Birnbaum listed as captain on teamsheets but nobody wearing the armband.
It’s the latest in a line of big moments for Major League Soccer, with the Vancouver Whitecaps announcing the sale of the gem of their developmental program: 17-year-old left winger Alphonso Davies.
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A reported fee that could reach as high as $22 million will send Davies to Bayern Munich, where the Canadian teen will look to build on an MLS season which has already seen him score three goals with six assists in 20 games.
Again, he’s 17. From FCBayern.com:
“Alphonso Davies is a very big talent,” declared Bayern Sporting Director Hasan Salihamidzic. “At the age of 17, he offers a lot of promise for the future. Alphonso already possesses great ability, which is why a lot of top clubs were keen on him. I’m delighted he’s chosen FC Bayern. I want to thank everyone who worked on this transfer, especially our scouting and legal departments. It was outstanding teamwork.”
Davies will stay with Vancouver through the MLS season, as he cannot sign with Bayern until his 18th birthday (Nov. 2).
Canada will hope that Davies can be their Christian Pulisic or better. The American teen broke into the Borussia Dortmund senior team when he was Davies’ age, scoring in his third and fourth Bundesliga starts.
Of MLS’ major sales to overseas clubs, the top success stories are Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, and Geoff Cameron. None of those successes made their moves at too tender of an age.
Davies has been with Vancouver since he was 15, playing with Edmonton clubs before that. He’s a bonafide league success story scooped up by one of the storied clubs of world football, and carries the potential of both a country and a league over to the Allianz Arena. No pressure.