MLS Week 2 Roundup

MLS Week 2 Roundup [See What Happened]

MLS has gotten off to a fast start this season, we are only in week two of this young season. There were goals all over the league, with 44 goals scored this weekend.

Friday, April 23

Sporting KC 1:1 Orlando City

Saturday, April 24

New York FC 5:0 Cincinnati
Nashville SC 2:2 CF Montréal
Toronto FC 2:2 Vancouver Whitecaps
San Jose Earthquakes 3:1 FC Dallas
LAFC 1:1 Seattle Sounders
Atlanta United 3:1 Chicago Fire
Minnesota United 1:2 Real Salt Lake
New England Revolution 1:0 D.C. United
Philadelphia Union 1:2 Inter Miami
Colorado Rapids 1:3 Austin United
Portland Timbers 2:1 Houston Dynamo

Sunday, April 25

LA Galaxy 3:2 New York Red Bulls

Highlights of the Week

Colorado Rapids 1:3 Austin United

Austin United made history on the road at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City (Denver) with their first-ever franchise victory. The road win looked pretty unlikely when the Brazilian forward Andre Bava Shinyashiki opened the scoring in the 36th minute. The Rapids we good value for their first-half lead, but the wheels quickly fell off in the second half, with Austin United scoring three unanswered goals in 11 minutes. Diego Fagundez scored the first goal in Austin’s short history with a tap in on the near post in the 60th minute. Soccer trivial fans, please take note. Cecilio Domínguez scored two goals in four minutes to guarantee Austin the win. His first, a well-hit right foot shot from inside the box in the 67th minute. He got his second four minutes later with a deflected shot from the edge of the box.

New York FC 5:0 Cincinnati

Can I say, I hate watching soccer games at Yankee Stadium on TV. Soccer is not meant to be played on a turned-around, narrow baseball field. They might be playing Tiddlywinks in the middle of an Olympic Stadium. It is hard to concentrate on the game as the players are so far away. When you see the score you would be fooled into thinking that this was a walkover and a one-sided game. Sean Johnson was the man of the match for New York FC. The ex-Chicago Fire goalie pulled off a series of amazing saves throughout the game. To cement his man of the match status he had a world-class double save in the second half.

Jesús Medina opened the scoring in the 7th minute with an opportunist tap in. Cincinnati native Nick Hagglund scored an own goal trying to clear a corner kick early in the second half. Four minutes later in the 57th minute Gudmundur Thórarinsson scored from a free kick well outside of the box. Valentín Castellanos made it 4:0 in the 67th minute with an assist from Maxi Morales. Medina bookended the game with his second goal in the 83rd minute. It looked like he was going to cross the ball into the box, but took an amazing swerving shot that curled into the top corner leaving goal keeper Cody Cooper looking bewildered. I would say that he dislikes Yankee Stadium more that me.

LA Galaxy 3:2 New York Red Bulls

The Sunday finale had all of the ingredients for the game of the weekend at Dignity Health Sports Park, in Carson, CA. Expectations were high for Javier Hernandez after his two goals against Inter Miami last week, and Chicharito did not disappoint. He scored his first goal in the 9th minute with a sliding shot from a tight angle after a deflected cross. It looked similar to one of his goals last week, but this one was much more difficult.

Homegrown player Andrew Gutman tied the game up for the Red Bulls in the 26th minute. Hernandez scored his second before half-time when a brilliant pass from Víctor Vázquez that split the center backs and Chicharito finished it beautify.

Chicharito made it 3:1 with an acrobatic shot to complete his hat trick in the 60th minute. Aaron Long failed to clear a cross from Julian Araujo. It ricocheted off his foot and Hernandez finished it off in style with a mid-air flying shot. Cristian Cásseres Jr pulled a goal back for the Red Bull a few minutes later with a quick header.

Is Greg Vanney’s team, a team of destiny this season? Too early to say but they are fun to watch.