MLS Week 3 Roundup [Some Big Surprise]

Week three of the 2021 MLS season saw a dropoff in the number of goals scored this weekend with just 30 goals scored. Some big names were disappointing and there were more than a few surprises.

Saturday, May 01

New York Red Bulls 2:0 Chicago Fire
Real Salt Lake 3:1 Sporting KC
CF Montréal 0:0 Columbus Crew
Houston Dynamo 1:1 LAFC
New England Revolution 2:1 Atlanta United
Orlando City 3:0 FC Cincinnati
Philadelphia Union 0:2 New York FC
FC Dallas 4:1 Portland Timbers
Minnesota United 0:1 Austin United
San Jose Earthquakes 4:1 D.C. United

Sunday. May 02

Nashville SC 0:0 Inter Miami
Seattle Sounders 3:0 LA Galaxy
Vancouver Whitecaps 0:0 Colorado Rapids

This Week’s Highlights

FC Dallas 4:1 Portland Timbers

This was a very entertaining game at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. FC Dallas opened the scoring in the second minute with a sharp finish from Andrés Ricaurte after a great one-two from Ryan Hollingshead and Freddy Vargas. Jáder Obrian made it 2:0 after12 minutes when he got on the end of a long clearance from goalkeeper Phelipe Megiolaro Alves. Obrian took advantage of the center backs and ran through and chipped the young goalie Hunter Sulte. Matheus Simonete Bressanelli made it 3:0 just before half-time after the Timbers failed to clear a corner kick.

The Timbers made a game of it in the second half with Diego Valeri orchestrating many great chances. Eryk Williamson pulled a goal back when he picked the ball up just over the half-way line. He stormed forward through the Dallas defense, played a one-two with Diego Valeri and put the ball in the net. It was a solid run and finish from Williamson but it was poor defending and goalkeeping from Dallas.

Hollingshead got a yellow card in the 75th minute when he got into a sideline incident with Timbers manager Giovanni Savarese. The game got a little heated in the last ten minutes. FC Dallas put the game beyond doubt in the 85th minute when substitute Dante Sealy scored his first goal for the team.

San Jose Earthquakes 4:1 D.C. United

Javier López opened the scoring for San Jose in the first minute on a fast break with a curling left foot shot from the edge of the box. Cade Cowell made it 2:0 in the 26th minute when he picked up with a great run from his own half. The seventeen year old showed great pace when he out ran the defender and beat the goalie on the near post.

Antonio Alfaro pulled a goal back for D.C. United in the 26th minute when the Earthquakes goalie and defense made a complete mess of a corner kick. Jackson Yueill made it 3:1 just before half-time with one of the strikes of the season. He got on the end of a deflected pass with a stunning right-foot volley as he was falling down outside the D.

D.C. United had some chances in the second half, the best on in the 84th minute. The San Jose goalie, JT Marcinkowski gave the ball away trying to play out of the back. Florian Jungwirth cleared the ball off the line, but it was an under-hit shot from forward Erik Sorga. Jackson Yueil scored his second with a header in the 84th minute to seal the victory.

Seattle Sounders 3:0 LA Galaxy

After winning their first two games and Chicharito scoring five goals expectations were high for this game. Maybe our extractions are unrealistic for the Galaxy as this is a rebuilding year under new coach Greg Vanney. The Galaxy have 13 new players this season, that is half of their squad. Raúl Ruidíaz gave the Sounders the lead on the 20th minute with a volley of the inside of his right foot from outside the six yard box. Brad Smith would make it 2:0 a few minutes later when he forced the ball over the line after his initial shot was saved. Smith had not scored for the Sounders in three years. He now have goads in back-to-back games.

The Galaxy tried to change things up in the second half with three changes at the break. Greg Vanney can not have been happy with what he saw in the first half. They had a few half-chances as the game progressed but the Galaxy never threatened Stefan Frei clean sheet. Seattle had the best of the chances in the second half. Kelyn Rowe had a couple of good chances, the best one a looped header that hit the crossbar and the post.

Raúl Ruidíaz cleaned up in the dying minutes with a one-touch finish from a cross from Jimmy Medranda. A well-deserved win by the Seattle Sounders.