MLS Week 4 2021

MLS Week 4 Roundup [Derby Weekend]

After four weeks the league is starting to take shape, but there are no clear front runners just yet. At the moment everyone is in the race. most teams have won some and lost some. For me sadly, the Chicago Fire looks to be the worst team in the league at the moment. They seem to be playing without a purpose or a plan.

Friday, May 7th

Real Salt Lake 1:2 San Jose Earthquakes 

Saturday, May 8th

Chicago Fire 0:2 Philadelphia Union
New York Red Bulls 2:0 Toronto FC
Columbus SC 3:1 D.C. United
Nashville SC 2:0 New England Revolution
Vancouver Whitecaps 2:0 CF Montréal 
FC Dallas 1:1 Huston Dynamo
Orlando City 1:1 New York FC
LA Galaxy 2:1 LAFC
Colorado Rapids 3:2 Minnesota United

Sunday, May 9th

Inter Miami 1:1 Atlanta United
Portland Timbers 1:2 Seattle Sounders
Sporting KC 2:1 Austin United

LA Galaxy 2:1 LAFC “El Tráfico

The Galaxy came out on top in the first Los Angeles derby (“El Tráfico) of the season. Diego Rossi came close for LAFC in the 4th minute when he miss-hit a volley with the inside of his foot of a wonderful pass from Mark-Anthony Kaye. Chicharito broke the deadlock in the 10th minute when the ball broke to him after a crunching tackle from new signing Derrick Williams. He opened up his body and put the ball away with his right foot into the far corner of the goal. This was his sixth goal of the new season. The goalkeeper, Pablo Sisniega got a hand to it, he will be disappointed that he did not do better.

The LA Galaxy’s English goalkeeper Jonathan Bond came up big in the 31st minute when he made an amazing double save to deny Diego Rossi, and then Latif Blessing. Rossi tied the game in the 61st minute with his first goal of the season. The goal from LAFC featured great build-up play and a nice flick pass from Corey Baird.

Jonathan dos Santos scored the winner for the Galaxy in the 79th minute after Jesús Murillo tried to play out of the back. The ball made its way to Chicharito who made a no-look pass into the center of the box. dos Santos calmly slotted the ball past the outstretched arms of Pablo Sisniega. This was an emotional win for the Galaxy.

Portland Timbers 1:2 Seattle Sounders

The Seattle Sounders took the Cascadia derby on the road in Portland at Providence Park. Raúl Ruidíaz should have opened the scoring in the 11th minute after great work from Will Bruin. Bruin crossed the ball from the bi-line, Ruidíaz uncharacteristically did not get his feet set and put the ball wide of the post. Both sides had some half-chances in the first half but it ended up 0:0 at the break.

The second half started pretty much like the first, with both sides getting half chances. Until the 54th minute. The Sounders were too casual playing out of the back. The ball fell to Jeremy Ebobisse who was taken down in the box. Diego Valeri took the penalty but put it weakly down the middle of the goal onto the outstretched leg of Stefan Frei. Frei was deemed to be off his line and the referee ordered a retake. Diego Valeri composed himself and took the penalty. This time he struck the left post, outside of the grasp of Stefan Frei.. The rebound came back to Valeri and he tapped the ball home to score. But wait a minute, the penalty taker can not be the first one to touch the ball if it directly comes off the post. The goal was disallowed, and to add insult to injury Valeri was subbed off minutes later.

A minute later in the 60th minute Ruidíaz was allegedly taken down in the box by Portland goalkeeper Jeff Attinella. The decisions seemed reasonable at first glance but harsh on the replay. Ruidíaz stroked the ball into the back of the net to give the visitors the lead. Attinella. was later subbed out for Hunter Sulte, the tallest goalie in MLS (6ft, 7in). Unfortunately, Attinella suffered a season-ending knee injury and will undergo surgery to repair a ruptured right rectus femoris tend.

Seattle made it 2:0 in the 79th minute when Fredy Montero headed the ball into an empty net when the young goalie Sulte failed to claim the ball when it was crossed into the box from João Paulo’s freekick. The New Zealander, Bill Tuiloma made it 2:1 with a well-driven freekick from the edge of the box to the delight of manager Giovanni Savarese. But in the end, it was too late and the Sounders took the spoils.