MLS Week Nine 2021

Week Nine [Orlando Wins Florida Derby]

Orlando FC takes the honors in the Florida derby game. Gonzalo Higuaín opened the scoring in the 67th minute. Late goals from Chris Mueller and (Nani) Luís Carlos Almeida da Cunha sealed the victory for Orlando. Sporting KC and the Seattle Sounders both win at home to keep the race tight in the Western Conference.

Friday. June 25th

Inter Miami 1:2 Orlando City

Saturday, June 26th

Sporting KC 2:1 LAFC
Toronto FC 0:2 FC Cincinnati
Chicago Fire 3:3 Philadelphia Union
Real Salt Lake 1;1 Houston Dynamo
Nashville SC 1:1 CF Montréal
Seattle Sounders 2:2 Vancouver Whitecaps
San Jose Earthquakes 1:3 LA Galaxy
Portland Timbers 0:1 Minnesota United

Sunday, June 27th

Atlanta United 0:0 New York Red Bulls
New York FC 2:1 D.C. United
Austin FC 0:0 Columbus Crew
FC Dallas 2:1 New England Revolution

Featured Games

Inter Miami 1:2 Orlando City

Orlando City had numerous chances in the first half and early in the second half to take the lead but they were not sharp enough in front of goal. Gonzalo Higuaín gave Inter Miami the lead in the 66th minute with a speculative shot from outside the box. Orlando’s defense was very timid and did not shut down Higuaín, who just came off the bench. He took full advantage of the situation with a low, hard shot to the right of Brandon Austin.

Orlando leveled the score in the 72nd minute with a brilliant goal from Chris Mueller off a first-time cross from Nani. The game was won in the 80th minute when the man of the match Nani picked up the ball past the halfway line. Nani strolled to the edge of the box and curled the ball with this right foot into the top corner of the goal. John McCarthy in the Inter Miami goal was left with no chance of saving the shot. This was an impressive win on the road at DRV PNK Stadium.

Chicago Fire 3:3 Philadelphia Union

The Chicago Fire took the lead at home, at Soldier Field after just a minute. Jakob Glesnes tried to clear a cross to Robert Beric but the ball skewed off the defender boot and looped over the goalie into the top corner of the goal. The Union tied the game up in the 28th minute from a corner when a totally unmarked Quinn Sullivan (17-year-old) scored with an impressive bicycle kick. The Union took the lead of a fine finish from Corey Burke just before halftime.

The Fire tied the game up in the 56th minute with a powerful header from Boris Sekulic off a Álvaro Medrán freekick. The fire took the lead in the 66th minute when Mauricio Pineda shook off his marker and side-footed Álvaro Medrán corner kick past Andre Blake. The Union is sponsored by Artesano Bread and the Chicago Fire was hoping that they would be toast. The game started with an own goal and it ended with an own goal when the ball ricocheted off Boris Sekulic’s shoulder from a Bobby Shuttleworth save.