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Real Monarchs beat Louisville City to win first ever USL Cup

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Real Monarchs scored three unanswered goals as they routed Louisville City 3-1 at Lynn Stadium to win their first ever USL Cup title.

Noah Powder’s goal in the 66th minute sealed the deal for the visitor’s, adding to the goals scored by defenders Erik Holt and Konrad Plewa in the first half.

Surprisingly enough, it was Lou City who got off to a superb start on Sunday night, though.

Only six minutes after the initial whistle, Lou City’s leading goalscorer, Magnus Rasmussen, scored the game’s first goal, breaking a record for the fastest goal in a USL Cup final.

The defeat brings an end to Lou City’s historic run of consecutive USL Cup-winning seasons.

On July 1, former Real Salt Lake defender, Jamison Olave, took over as the Monarchs interim coach following Martin Vasquez’s unexpected resignation.

Three things learned from Portland, RSL

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Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers played out a thrilling 2-2 draw at Providence Park.

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Here’s a look at what we learned from an enthralling encounter in Oregon.

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Three Four Five things learned

Plata hammers a free kick past Kwarasey — Joao Plata scored the third free kick of the night in MLS, and Adam Kwarasey had absolutely no chance of getting a hand on this one. Hit, and stayed hit. Plata is capable of providing the X factor for RSL and this was a reminder of his incredible talent. The side from Utah need him to do this on a regular basis going forward.

Beckerman sees deserves red to put RSL in trouble… or so we thought — Kyle Beckerman was a bit late, went over the top of the ball and went studs up into the planted foot/ankle of Fanendo Adi. Check, check and check — that’s a red card. A player of Beckerman’s experience should know better and you can easily argue that his rash challenge cost his team two points.

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Movsisyan stuns everyone, gets in behind to make it 2-0 — Down a man? Who cares? Certainly not Yura Movsisyan, who robbed Nat Borchers blind and went all the way to give 10-man RSL a 2-0 lead. Movsisyan rolled back the years to put RSL ahead and stun the home fans in Portland.

Adi steps up to spark the comeback — Dairon Asprilla nearly scored the beautiful chip, but came up with only woodwork. Fortunately for the Timbers, the ball fell to the feet of Adi, who slotted it past Nick Rimando as any decent poacher should do. Adi has been the man on the spot and is becoming a game changer for the Timbers.

Olave elbows Adi, sees red, gives away PK — As a 34-year-old veteran, you simply can’t do things like this. You especially can’t do things like this on the road, clutching a one-goal lead, playing down a man. Brace for Adi.

MLS Snapshots: Montreal Impact 3-0 NY Red Bulls | RSL 2-1 Seattle Sounders

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The game in 100 words (or less): Attention, folks: the Montreal Impact are really, really good, with or without Didier Drogba, as they showed once again in Saturday’s 3-0 hammering of the reigning Supporters’ Shield-winning New York Red Bulls. Dominic Oduro, Ignacio Piatti and Anthony Jackson-Hamel provided the goals, while the Red Bulls failed to find the back of the net for the second straight game after leading the league in goals scored last season (just four shots on target through two games). Piatti (three goals and two assists through two games) looks the player likeliest to challenge Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco for Golden Boot and MVP honors this year.

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Three moments that mattered

58′ — Oduro gets in behind, finishes past Robles — With Drogba once again unavailable on Saturday, Oduro got his second straight start and center forward and scored for the second straight game.

71′ — Piatti gets in behind, makes it 2-0 — Gideon Baah made his MLS debut in generally impressive fashion last week for the Red Bulls. This week, he was the Impact’s whipping boy, having committed the fatal turnover on Oduro’s opener, and then getting caught in acres of space as Piatti waltzed into the penalty area and fired Montreal to a 2-0 lead.

90+4′ — Jackson-Hamel slots it past Robles to complete the rout — Harry Shipp’s delicately chipped through ball put Jackson-Hamel into all kinds of space inside the Red Bulls penalty area, where the 22-year-old coolly poked his first-time effort past Luis Robles for the emphatic exclamation point goal.

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Man of the match: Ignacio Piatti

Goalscorers: Oduro (58′), Piatti (71′), Jackson-Hamel (90+4′)

The game in 100 words (or less): If you spent two hours of your Saturday afternoon soldiering through the Real Salt Lake 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders, I am truly sorry. Hopefully you allowed me to watch this one so you didn’t have to. Osvaldo Alonso scored an unattractive goal — his first in 96 games — just before the half-hour mark, Sunny Obayan equalized just before halftime, and Jamison Olave scored the most “Jamison Olave” goal to snatch all three points in the 86th minute. The Sounders are without a single point through two games to begin the 2016 season, while RSL were mere seconds last week from taking all six points to open the season.

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Three moments that mattered

28′ — Alonso pokes home a rebound to make it 1-0 — Nick Rimando made an extremely Rimando-like reaction save to stop Nelson Valdez’s initial effort off the cross from Joevin Jones, but the ball sat up ever so nicely for Alonso at the back post, where the Cuban poked home with ease.

43′ — Sunny heads home from a corner, makes it 1-1 — Perfectly placed corner kick by Joao Plata, perfectly executed header from 11 yards out by Sunny. Textbook stuff from RSL, and poor marking from the Sounders.

86′ — Olave wins the jump ball, heads home for 2-1 — From Plata’s overhit free kick, Juan Manuel “El Burrito” Martinez did the simplest things: he sent the ball back into the penalty area with his first touch. Olave clashed with goalkeeper Tyler Miller in mid-air, and the Colombian brute came out on top, as he often does in aerial duels.

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Man of the match: Juan Manuel Martinez

Goalscorers: Alonso (28′), Sunny (43′), Olave (86′)

MLS Snapshot: LA Galaxy 1-0 Real Salt Lake

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The game in 100 words (or less): How does Bruce Arena do it? Landon Donovan retired last year; Robbie Keane was an insignificant piece through a dozen games this season; the Galaxy’s midfield is in a constant state of change; and the defense hasn’t had much more continuity itself. And yet, they find themselves fourth in the loaded Western Conference, having played nothing resembling even decent soccer all season. On Wednesday night, they knocked off their old friends, Real Salt Lake, 1-0, at the StubHub Center. Both sides opted to go with mostly first-choice starting lineups, though RSL’s Javier Morales and Joao Plata were only available off the bench.

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Three moments that mattered

7′ — Juninho converts from the penalty spot, 1-0 Galaxy — For whatever reason, Jamison Olave made a sliding tackle with his arm out in front, making contact with the ball inside his own penalty area. A penalty was awarded to the Galaxy, and Juninho beat the penalty-stopping master, Nick Rimando.

23′ — Maganto’s shot flashes just wide of the post — Ignacio Maganto has proven to be quite the useful rookie in recent weeks. His 23rd-minute shot from long distance sailed no more than six inches wide of Rimando’s right-hand post. Maganto’s search for a first career goal continues.

90+1′ — Olave throws an elbow, sees red — It’s probably safe to say that Wednesday night wasn’t the best night of Olave’s career. He threw a lazy elbow toward the face of Keane, and rightly saw red. Keane’s reaction is priceless in its own right, though. The Irishman immediately turns to square up to Olave, only to realize the Colombian has six inches and 40 pounds on him.

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Man of the match: Omar Gonaalez — Yet another Herculean performance in the center of defense for Gonzalez, whose 6 interceptions, 3 clearances and 1 tackle won paved the way for the Galaxy’s second-straight shutout.


LA Galaxy: Penedo, Gargan, Gonzalez, Leo, Husidic, Zardes, Vayrynen (Walker 82′), Juninho, Maganto, Villarreal (Keane 46′), Gordon (Buddle 74′)

Goals: Juninho (7′)

Real Salt Lake: Rimando, Beltran,Olave, Maund, Mansally, Beckerman, Pecka (Plata 54′), Mulholland, Gil (Morales 54′), Garcia, Saborio (Sandoval 70′)

MLS Team of the Week — Stars of Week 12

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Week 12 of the 2015 Major League Soccer season is in the books, and just as in Week 11, we were once again reminded that nobody knows anything about MLS. The only thing we know about MLS is that we know nothing about MLS.

That upside-down nature of results is reflected in Andy Edwards’ Week 12 MLS Team of the Week.

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Three Toronto FC players? Two from the Montreal Impact? One from each of the Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids? What is this world?

TFC and the Impact both snatched big home victories over the weekend, thanks to strong performances from the midfield (TFC) and rearguard (Montreal). The Rapids and Union also won in Week 12. In summation, four of the league’s bottom-five teams won over the weekend.

Thoughts? Questions? Agreements? Disagreements? (Of course not.) Leave them in the comments section, as always. I’m not afraid to defend my picks.

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MLS Team of the Week — Week 12

Goalkeeper: Evan Bush (Montreal Impact)


Defenders: Jamison Olave (Real Salt Lake), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), Fabinho (Philadelphia Union), Lauren Ciman (Montreal Impact)


Midfielders: Benoit Cheyrou (Toronto FC), Lucas Pittinari (Colorado Rapids), Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Luke Mulholland (Real Salt Lake)


Forwards: Kei Kamara (Columbus Crew SC), Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)