America’s favorite review of the MLS is back! With the first week kicking off with wild results on Soccer Sunday such as a 4-3 away win for NYCFC at Chicago or two stoppage time goals to equalize for Orlando City against the Dynamo, this season is sure to produce some special moments. So without further ado, let’s get into Week Two, MLS Boogaloo.
Orlando City SC 1 Chicago Fire 1
Both sides showed some fight and promise in their first matches compared to their finishes last year, with OCSC fighting to equalize with two stoppage time goals and Chicago netting three against NYCFC (maybe not a huge accomplishment). Cyle Larin did it for Orlando and the home fans in the 4th minute with a tidy finish to the top right after some not-so-tidy dribbling to fins space. A great start…right?
David Accam had something to say about that in the 14th when he collected a long ball from John Goossens by separating from the Orlando defense with his pace, grabbing his second this season from a shot around keeper Joe Bendik. Accam looks hot with his chance creation and pace, watch out for him this season. Orlando grabbed some confidence when Chicago’s Michael Harrington played a reckless tackle with a leg swinging in the air against Brek Shea. This resulted in a few chances for OCSC but Chicago played their defense well and held on for a crucial away point.
New England Revolution 0 DC United 0
DC traveled to the Revs looking to redeem themselves after a 4-1 trouncing against LA Galaxy last week, but it wouldn’t be easy with the Revs scoring three against the Dynamo on opening day. The Revs showed the most chances but both defenses held strong to keep the clean sheet. Not the prettiest of games but showed a few crosses and shots worth seeing. The Revs definitely looked the stronger of the two sides, which is both concerning for DC fans considering their finish last year and exciting for Revs supporters since the chances seem to be coming by the dozens.
Montreal Impact 3 NY Red Bulls 0
The Red Bulls started slowly this season with two losses, considering their MLS Supporters Shield trophy they picked up last season. This match lit up in the second half with goals from Oduro capitalizing on a horrific pass from Gideon Baah, the Matt Miazga replacement. Piatti grabbed one himself after steaming past Gideon Baah (welcome to the MLS?) and showed a great game. Anthony Jackson-Hamel killed of the Red Bulls in the 94th with a nice chip assist from Harry Ship. Not a great start from the Red Bulls this season. Check out the ‘lights.
Real Salt Lake 2 Seattle Sounders 1
Seattle, looking to bounce back after their week one loss against SKC, traveled to Salt Lake City. The Sounders struck first when Alonso scored with an easy rebound after a Nick Rimando save. Sunny Obayan equalized with a header from a corner just before half-time, possibly shifting the momentum to the home side. The chances came for Salt Lake and eventually in the 86th, Jamison Olave rose above keeper Tyler Miller (Steven Frei being injured, ouch) to seal the deal for Real Salt Lake. With this win, they remain undefeated in MLS home openers, they really know how to start and not finish a season. The video highlights.
Colorado Rapids 1 LA Galaxy 0
Colorado hosted LA looking to get a better jump on the new season than last year, while LA started off strong with that big 4-1 win over DC last week. LA started strong with a chance falling to Keane and a strike off the bar, but Colorado came alive in the second half. Marco Poppa saw the ball fall to him from an LA miskick and rocketed the ball into the roof of the bar and in. The home fans loved it. A crucial win at home against a seemingly stronger side for the Rapids.
Columbus Crew 1 Philadelphia Union 2
Columbus traveled home looking to recover from their PTSD contracted at Portland in the rematch to the MLS Cup Final 2015 last week. The Crew looked hot in the first half but Chris Pontius finished just before the end of the half to put Philadelphia up by one. Pontius struck again in the 71st when the ball sat pretty for him just outside the box from a Crew deflection, a solid finish to the near post. Union keeper Andre Blake stayed strong through challenges from Meram and Mabwati, but Kamara was able to put his header past the keeper in the 87th. Philadelphia held on to grab their first win this season, and in Columbus, and the Crew finish week two with two losses.
Houston Dynamo 5 FC Dallas 0
The big one, the Texas derby. FC Dallas looked to get their second win while Houston wanted to get their first, and why not do it in style at home? David Horst struck first with a header from a beautiful cross from Andrew Wenger in the 6th. Then Matt Hedges put the ball past his keeper when he was running out to collect, an embarrassing way to go 2-0 down. Andrew Wenger delivered another beautiful cross, this time on the ground for Ricardo Clark who struck it first time for a hard shot and goal. Some sloppy defending in the 27th allowed Wenger to get himself on the scoresheet with what turned out to be a tap in after a failed Dallas clearance. Four goals in 27 minutes. Houston laid off of Dallas until the 85th when Will Bruin wrapped the game up with his goal after dummying the keeper. FC Dallas outnumbered Houston in shots 11-8, but sometimes that’s just how it goes. A tough defeat to suffer from against your state rivals.
Sporting Kansas City 2 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
SKC wanted to continue their good form at home, and they did so in style. Dom Dwyer opened the scoring in the in the 5th with a ridiculously long range strike that the keeper could do nothing about. Dwyer grabbed his second in the 41st from a great cross provided by Chance Meyers (shout out Zusi for the assist to the assist). Whitecaps’ Jordan Smith received a red for a leg breaking tackle on Zusi to put the Whitecaps at even more of a disadvantage. They received a penalty in the 69th when Tim Melia made an unnecessary tackle in the box. Pedro Morales stepped up and netted it but to no consequence, SKC walk away with 3 points. Check the goals.
New York City FC 2 Toronto FC 2
Both New York and Toronto were looking to keep their points rolling with their away wins last week. NYCFC started strong with a penalty kick from David Villa after a sloppy foul on McNamara in the box. Villa struck again in the 28th after a nice turn in the box following a set piece. Giovinco didn’t let them get too far ahead and just before the half delivered a set piece for Damien Perquis’ finish. The Atomic Ant struck again in the 76th to equalize with a boot from just outside the box with his left. That’s 24 goals and 18 assists in 34 starts for the Italian MVP. A solid result for either side but NYCFC must feel gutted to not get the win at home after starting off so strong.
San Jose Earthquakes 2 Portland Timbers 1
Similarly to the NYCFC v Toronto matchup, both of these teams got off to a good start with wins in week one. Chris Wondolowski did what he does best (…maybe not against Belgium) and slotted in a cross from Anibal Godoy with his right to take the lead in the 30th. The momentum built when Quincy Amarikwa blessed us with a potential goal of the season when he chipped Adam Kwarasey from about 30+ yards out to give the Earthquakes a two-goal cushion. Portland grabbed a consolation goal in the 89th through new signing Jack McInerney but that’s all they could muster up! Earthquakes start the season off right.