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MLS wrap: Vela drives six-star LAFC, Quakes win late (video)

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Carlos Vela is too good for MLS, FC Cincinnati can win in the league, and the Caleb Porter experience in Columbus needs a major shakeup as the embattled coach can’t push the same buttons mashed by his predecessor. (video)

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It’s all in the MLS wrap.

FC Cincinnati 3-2 Houston Dynamo

For the first time since May 11 and just the fourth time this season, FC Cincinnati won a league match. It wasn’t easy despite a 3-0 lead built by Kekuta Manneh, Rashawn Dally, and Victor Ulloa, as a PK and an own goal two minutes apart allowed the visitors within one with nine minutes to play in Ohio.

Los Angeles FC 6-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

Yordy Reyna’s fifth minute goal was… misleading for the hosts, who conceded four times between the 35th and 54th minutes as Bob Bradley‘s men piled up the goals in California. Carlos Vela had two goals and an assist, while Adama Diomande, Diego Rossi, and Mark-Anthony Kaye joined a ‘Caps own goal on the score sheet.

Vela now has 19 goals and 12 assists in 19 games, which is pretty good. Both lead the league, and the goals total is six more than second-place Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Columbus Crew 1-2 Seattle Sounders

Offsetting penalty kick conversions had it 1-1 after 56 minutes, but Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro completed his brace in the sixth minute of stoppage time to pour more misery on Caleb Porter’s Crew. Turns out Gregg Berhalter did some pretty good work in Ohio. Columbus is six points back of seventh place Toronto FC and a miserable 4W-6L-2T at Crew Stadium in a league which favors the home side in a big way.

Montreal Impact 2-3 Minnesota United

Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored 27 seconds after the opening kick and the Impact had a 2-1 lead after just 13 minutes after Rudy Camacho added a marker. Sandwiched in between was a Mason Toye goal, and the youngster would follow-up an Ethan Finlay equalizer at the end of the first half to win it for the Loons just after halftime.

Sporting KC 1-0 Chicago Fire

Yohan Croizet scored for the second time this week as SKC picked up the pieces from a midweek loss to win for just the third time since May 26.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Real Salt Lake

Danny Hoesen’s goal in the third minute of stoppage time helped the Quakes rebound from a midweek hiccup and extend an impressive run to 5W-1L-2T under coach Matías Almeyda. San Jose moves into a playoff spot and sits six points back of second in the West.

Philadelphia Union (PPD) Orlando City

Lightning strikes caused a postponement until 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

Minnesota United sets club record in seven-goal rout of FC Cincinnati

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FC Cincinnati has had a pretty rough season by all standards, and Saturday’s game at Minnesota United may have been the icing on the cake.

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Minnesota United set a club record for most goals in the MLS era as it thrashed FC Cincinnati, 7-1, at Allianz Field. Ike Opara scored twice and Jan Gregus had three assists in the rout of Cincinnati, which invested heavily in the offseason in defensive-focused players, only for it to spectacularly backfire. Minnesota, on the other hand, had recent acquisitions pay off, including Gregus and Opara this offseason and drafting Mason Toye out of Indiana University in 2018, who had a goal and an assist.

2019 draft pick Hassan Dotsani also scored in an absolute blast that Spencer Richey couldn’t keep out.

FC Cincinnati was without centerback Kendall Waston and midfielders Allen Cruz (both Costa Rican National Team) and Leo Bertone (suspension, yellow card accumulation), but there’s no reason a team should concede seven goals in MLS. The team is in shambles, having pulled the trigger on firing Alan Koch just two months into the season. It’s likely the front office realized the current squad wasn’t good enough to be respectable in MLS, but on paper at least, it should be.

It’s never easy to be an expansion team – just as Minnesota United – and FC Cincinnati will grow from this. But the club needs fewer of these thrashing defeats and more close matches to keep the fans believing that it can get better in the future. Meanwhile, Minnesota United is currently two points clear of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference and absolutely looks like it could be a playoff team.

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U.S. Open Cup: Goals a-plenty as Atlanta, Minnesota advance

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The first two quarterfinal berths in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup were earned Tuesday with 3-2 away wins.

Columbus Crew 2-3 Atlanta United

A pair of goals from Brandon Vazquez helped Atlanta United overcome both the Columbus Crew and a 48-minute weather delay.

Miles Robinson also scored for Atlanta, while David Accam bagged a goal for the hosts.

A 71st minute Brad Guzan own goal set up a nervy final 20 minutes for the Five Stripes, but they navigated the obstacles and emerged into the quarterfinals

Atlanta will play the winner of FC Cincinnati and Saint Louis FC.

Houston Dynamo 2-3 Minnesota United

The Houston Dynamo thought they were cruising to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals, and instead just waltzed right out of the tournament.

Up 2-0 at home and at halftime, the Dynamo conceded three times in the final 24 minutes to bow out of the USOC.

The victor, who deserves full marks, is Minnesota United. Darwin Quintero struck twice and Mason Toye scored in the 89th minute as the Loons advanced to play the winner of New Mexico United and FC Dallas. No Texas Derby in the cup this year.

86th minute Trusty goal earns Philadelphia late road win

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A wild back-and-forth game saw the Philadelphia Union take home a 3-2 win at Minnesota United thanks to Auston Trusty’s 86th minute winner.

Philly twice held a lead, first going in front with the opener 18 minutes in from Jamiro Montiero who struck from the spot. The 25-year-old slipped his penalty inside the bottom-right corner after Brent Kallman hacked down Sergio Santos to earn the foul.

The early lead was under immediate and constant fire, with a 12th minute flurry somehow kept out before Minnesota finally leveled in the 28th minute. 21-year-old Hassani Dotson took a bouncing clear at the top of the box and rifled a volley into the back of the net for his first career professional goal.

Philly restored the lead just before halftime as Haris Medunjanin bagged a wonderful free-kick that found the top left corner of the net. The goal marked the Bosnia & Herzegovina international’s first this season and sixth for the club since joining back in early 2017.

With Philadelphia up at the break, it stayed 2-1 until Minnesota was back level again in the 77th minute on a Kevin Molino low rip from a tight angle, fed by Abu Danladi from the right flank.

Finally, Philadelphia found the winning moment four minutes from the final whistle as Auston Trusty powerfully beat Kallman to a curling Ilsinho cross and poked it past Vito Mannone. The cross had flown over the head of Kacper Przybylko who lept to try and connect, and with Kallman waiting for the ball to arrive so he could clear, Trusty came soaring in, cutting off Kallman’s angle and delivering the winning blow.

The victory for Philadelphia put them back atop the Eastern Conference, a point ahead of D.C. United and two clear of Atlanta United. Minnesota, meanwhile, suffered its first home defeat and remained in sixth, level on points with fifth-placed FC Dallas and two ahead of Real Salt Lake in seventh.

Finlay goal gives Minnesota win over former club Columbus (video)

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It had to be him.

As Columbus continues to search for itself under new management, it’s no surprise that one of its old heroes broke its heart on Saturday.

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Ethan Finlay, he of the 166 Crew appearances before being traded to Minnesota United, said earlier this week, “I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t want to beat up on them pretty bad.”

So of course Finlay scored a 70th minute tap-in to give his Loons a 1-0 win over Columbus on Saturday in St. Paul. It wasn’t “pretty bad,” but it probably felt pretty good.

The goal was Finlay’s first of the season for United, keeping the hosts unbeaten at home.

Columbus falls to 1-5 away from home under Caleb Porter, and has won just once in its last seven outings.