There was entertainment value in Los Angeles FC’s potential playoff preview with the Portland Timbers on Sunday in the City of Angels, but all that arrived was a scoreless draw.
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Both Giovani Savarese’s Timbers and Bob Bradley‘s nickname-free expansion club remain in the West’s Top Four. PLAFC remains unbeaten at home during their maiden voyage through Major League Soccer.
Adama Diomande came close for the hosts, who finished with 10-men when Lee Nguyen went studs-up on Sebastian Blanco‘s thigh for a pretty easy red card (though it took some time for Silviu Petrescu to produce the red).
A scrappy if not downright venomous affair between the lowly Seattle Sounders and high-flying Atlanta United ended in a 1-1 draw in Georgia on Sunday.
The Sounders went ahead through a Nicolas Lodeiro penalty kick, awarded via VAR a la this morning’s World Cup Final, but Atlanta leveled the score with a highlight which show every bit of the game story.
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Just check Josef Martinez’s barking at Stefan Frei, who made an uncharacteristic error on the play, after his 19th goal of the season (Nice cross, Julian Gressel).
Martinez needs nine more goals to break the MLS single season record, and he has 13 games to score them.
Jordan McCrary was sent off for Seattle in the 63rd minute for a second yellow, but Seattle navigated the final half hour or so to scoop up an unlikely point.
Atlanta still sits first with its earned point but opens the door for New York City FC to reach the top of the table when it plays its match-in-hand, while Seattle is now 11 points back of the West’s final playoff spot.
Patrick Mullins has dropped down the DC United depth chart, and that’s just where Columbus was happy to see him.
Gregg Berhalter and the Crew have scooped up the two-time MAC Hermann Trophy winner as the best college player, sending $150,000 in Targeted Allocation Money to the Black-and-Red.
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DC has added Wayne Rooney in addition to Jamaican striker Darren Mattocks.
Mullins, 26, is yet to score this season but has 23 goals and nine assists in five-and-a-half seasons between New England, New York City FC, and DC.
He made just two starts amongst his 10 league appearances this season.
It’s a clever scoop for Columbus, who is trading a league-allocated asset for a regular contributor to MLS score sheets and can produce like Will Bruin with more opportunities.
MLS gives us finishes this silly seemingly on the regular, so why does it surprise us when they arrive on our doorstep?
Ex-Chicago Fire man David Accam bagged a goal for his Philadelphia Union in the fourth minute of stoppage time on Wednesday. It was the seventh goal of the game, and came one minute after the Fire scored their third equalizer of the night.
Got all that?
Haris Medunjanin scored a pretty goal and Cory Burke netted twice, and the Union won a wild, back-and-forth 4-3 draw win over the Fire on Wednesday.
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The win boosts Philly into seventh, tied on points with sixth place Montreal and a point clear of the Fire.
The scoring started with Medunjanin’s cool as a cucumber finish. The Bosnian midfielder took advantage of a bad Chicago giveaway, punctuating the effort with a classy finish.
Soon-to-be Designated Player Aleksandar Katai scored and earned a PK for Chicago, converted by Nemanja Nikolic for a ninth goal of the season, and
Katai also scored his ninth goal, and it comes on the day Chicago announced his permanent transfer from Alaves.
Burke scored his first go-ahead goal in first half stoppage time, adding a second minutes after Katai bagged his marker.
But Bastian Schweinsteiger made it 3-3. Well, for a minute or so.
Jesus Medina picked up a goal and an assist as New York City FC made it back-to-back wins with a 3-0 beatdown of Montreal at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday.
Ronald Matarrita and Jonathan Lewis also scored for NYCFC, with Maxi Moralez and Matarrita adding assists on the night.
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NYCFC held Montreal without a shot on target and forced five saves out of Evan Bush. City has seven clean sheets on the season.
Montreal falls to 2-9 away from home. The Impact had won four-straight heading into the match, and sit sixth in the Eastern Conference.
Back to Medina: The Paraguayan 21-year-old scored his first goal since April with this banger, (in)adequately catered by Montreal’s top of the box defense.