Here’s What You Missed From MLS Opening Weekend

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The United States Domestic league began last Sunday. This 10 game marathon started with heartbreak in New York and ended with a thumping victory in Los Angeles. Let’s take a brief look at each game and see how Major League Soccer kicked off.

 

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New York Red Bulls 0-2 Toronto FC

The US domestic opener was a thrilling match with chances at both ends. Sam and Wright-Phillips shone as the attacking threats, forcing Toronto Keeper Clint Irwin to pull out a number of impressive saves. The duo will be sure to pose as a lethal combination during the season.

However, the two could not get it done today, as an 82nd minute penalty from Sebastian Giovinco put TFC ahead only for last year’s MVP to continue his amazing run and add an assist to his tally as Delgado clinched the game with a 90th minute goal.

Orlando City 2-2 Real Salt Lake 

My personal favorite game of the day, OCSC games never fail to entertain. Two yellows in 20 minutes for RSL’s left back Demar Phillips made it seem like RSL was doomed from the start but a Plata penalty score put Salt Lake up just six minutes after.

This was followed by a Darwin Ceren red card on the stroke of halftime, reducing both teams to 10 men and giving RSL hope. Plata, the hero of the first two thirds of the game, added another goal in the 66th minute.

It looked as if RSL would snatch all three points away from home but MLS Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin had other plans. The forward came in clutch with a 90th minute goal, rallying Orlando City to grab another goal in the 94th minute.

Chicago Fire 3-4 New York City FC

This game saw pretty much everything but solid defense. McNamara opened the scoring with a wonderful curling shot in the 10th minute giving the traveling club NYCFC a 1-0 lead. Cocics equalized for the Fire shortly after.

The third goal will be remembered for years to come, but not in a good way. In trying to acrobatically clear a loose ball in the box, Chicago defender Joao Meira managed to catch teammate Michael Harrington in the face. With both defenders incapacitated NYCFC forward Tony Taylor was left with the simple job of burying the ball in the net.

Khiry Shelton added another to the Blues’ tally in the first half, with rising star Igboananike clawing one back for the Fire in the 49th minute. Diskerud left his mark on the game in the 63rd minute with a cracking half volley putting NYCFC in the lead, 4-2. A David Accam penalty kick score gave the Fire hope with 20 minutes remaining but the Fire would ultimately fall.

San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Colorado Rapids

A quiet game when compared to the rest of the matches, San Jose was the winner thanks to none other than Chris Wondolowski who ensured victory for the Earthquakes.

The Rapids will lament their defeat but rumors of their possible acquisition of legendary keeper Tim Howard will be sure to boost their spirits. Colorado also managed to acquire Jermaine Jones who will contribute as a more than competent holding mid once his suspension has been served.

Houston Dynamo 3-3 New England Revolution

Two dynamic teams that never fail to entertain, games like these are always a joy to watch. Diego Fagundez reminded us all why he is one of the top prospects in MLS with a lovely strike in the 4th minute. Houston equalized thanks to Maidana on the stroke of halftime.

The Dynamo came out of the break guns blazing as Wenger put them ahead in the 50th. This lead only lasted for 2 minutes as Chalie Davies pulled the Revolution back level. A 77th minute goal from Giles Barnes sent Houston ahead again only for Daigo Kobayashi to break hearts in Houston’s home opener in stoppage time.

FC Dallas 2-0 Philadelphia Union

On a nice afternoon in Dallas who else would you expect besides Fabian Castillo to open the scoring in the 22nd. Urruti sealed the deal with a nice finish in the 79th minute. Philadelphia never really stood much of a chance here. This may end up being a Phyrric victory for Dallas however, as Castillo had to be stretchered off.

Portland Timbers 2-1 Columbus Crew

The most anticipated match of the weekend, and last year’s title rematch, had a lot to live up to. At the 23rd minute the stadium erupted in joyous roars as Valeri delivered a perfect free kick that bounced inside the six and past Columbus keeper Steve Clark.

Fans of both teams as well as neutrals will all agree the game’s shining moment came in Columbus’ goal in the 68th minute. Ethan Finlay attempted a cross to Federico Higuain that was deflected on the way, but the clever Argentine improvised and executed a stunning bicycle kick to bring the Crew level.

Portland would clinch the game thanks to a 79th minute goal from Adi. Both Portland and Columbus look eager for a rematch in the title game.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-3 Montreal Impact

A Drogba-less Impact still managed to snatch victory on the road against the Whitecaps. Ignacio Piatti had a fantastic first half: scoring in the 19th and assisting forward Dominic Orduro in the 42nd. Jordan Harvey pulled one back for Vancouver in the 45th.

Oduro returned the favor for Piatti in the 88th with an assist. Kendall Watson brought back some hope for the Whitecaps with a stoppage time goal but Montreal held fast and took the points.

Seattle Sounders 0-1 Sporting Kansas City

Seattle got off to a very bright start forcing numerous saves out of Tim Melia. New singing Jordan Morris also had a chance to score on his MLS debut, but could not convert. The tide shifted when Seattle right back Oniel Fisher came in with a two footed tackle that got him sent of immediately.

Fans in Seattle were shocked when SKC debutee Nuno Andre Coelho scored a goal from 30 yards out that bounced right in front of Sounders keeper Stefan Frei and into the back of the net.

LA Galaxy 4-1 DC United

Neagle put DC United ahead in the 4th minute, but as we’ve seen all too often it’s possible to score to early. Goals from Steres, Magee (2), and Keane (PK) gave the Galaxy a comfortable win over a questionable DC side.

Magee was the hero of the game, with two goals and an assist to his name. The January acquisition from Chicago did all this coming off the bench after halftime no less.

 

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About Jack Reifenberg

18 year old kid from Cincinnati. Soccer player, fan, enthusiast. Arsenal and Columbus.

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