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Philadelphia Union vs.Los Angeles FC Recap 03-08-2020

In a back-and-forth contest flush with scoring opportunities, Los Angeles FC rallied from three separate deficits to force a 3-3 draw with the visiting Philadelphia Union on Sunday. Carlos Vela, Diego Rossi and Eddie Segura all scored goals for LAFC (1-0-1), which first trailed less than 30 minutes into the game and played catch-up on multiple occasions as they remained unbeaten two weeks into the MLS season. Sergio Santos, Jakob Glesnes and Brenden Aaronson all scored for the Union (0-1-1), which rebounded from a 2-0 defeat at FC Dallas in the season opener. Aaronson's goal came shortly after it was announced he was added to the roster for Team USA Olympic qualifying. LAFC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer made two saves, while Union goalkeeper Andre Blake had eight saves. Vela, the MLS's reigning MVP, not only scored his 50th career MLS goal, he also set a league record with a goal in 12 consecutive home games going back to last season. He delivered off a free kick from about 20 yards out in the 38th minute. Rossi's goal for LAFC came in the 49th minute to tie the score 2-2 and Segura's goal in the 71st minute tied the game 3-3. Santos gave the Union a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute when he put a bending ball off his left foot into the top left corner of the goal past Vermeer. After Vela scored, Glesnes scored on an unexpected strike from 40 yards out off a free kick when his blistering shot found the upper left of the LAFC goal. Aaronson gave the Union a 3-2 lead in the 69th minute when he took a feed from Santos in the penalty area, spun to his left and scored into the left side of goal past Vermeer. The two second-half leads for Philadelphia lasted less than four minutes combined, however. LAFC will now head back to CONCACAF Champions League play with a home game against Cruz Azul on Thursday and a return game between the teams March 18 at Mexico City's Az

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs.Los Angeles FC Recap 07-06-2019

Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 74th minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps pulled off a 1-0 victory on Saturday over the Los Angeles Galaxy to spoil the home debut of striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez. The Whitecaps' Ali Adnan moved in along the end line to the left side of the Galaxy goal before feeding a pass back to Ricketts, who one-timed a shot past Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham. It was Ricketts' first goal of the season and second goal in 10 career games with Vancouver. Bingham saved a penalty shot by the Whitecaps' Lucas Cavallini in the 89th minute, to keep the Galaxy's comeback hopes alive but Los Angeles failed to score in seven minutes of second-half injury time. The promise of a potent Galaxy offense with Hernandez, Cristian Pavon and Jonathan dos Santos still has not been realized. Hernandez's contributions were limited on this night just as they were in last Saturday's 1-1 tie at Houston. Dos Santos made his 2020 debut after missing the opener with a groin injury, then left at halftime with quadriceps tightness. The Galaxy was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Joe Corona received his second yellow card in the 75th minute. The Whitecaps (1-1-0) were able to show progress from Week 1, when they took a 3-1 defeat at Sporting Kansas City in the season opener for both teams. The Galaxy (0-1-1) will next head to Florida for Inter Miami CF's inaugural home game next Saturday. Bingham finished with three saves, while Whitecaps goalie Maxime Crepeau needed to make just one save. There was plenty of anticipation for Hernandez's debut with the Galaxy announcing a sellout. The longtime scoring threat on Mexico's national team was brought on board in January on a transfer from Spanish side Sevilla to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic. So far Hernandez has found it hard to match the scoring prowess of Ibrahimovic, who had 52 goals in MLS play over two sea

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Columbus Crew SC vs.Seattle Sounders FC Recap 03-07-2020

Raul Ruidiaz scored on a second-chance penalty kick in the 79th minute as the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders rallied for a 1-1 draw with the visiting Columbus Crew on Saturday night. Gyasi Zardes scored for Columbus (1-0-1, four points), and goalkeeper Eloy Room made three saves. Stefan Frei stopped two shots for Seattle (1-0-1). The Sounders were awarded a penalty kick after Columbus' Harrison Afful was called for a hand ball in the 18-yard box. Room made a diving save on Ruidiaz's initial shot toward the bottom left corner of the net, but video review determined the goalie came off his line before the kick was taken, and Ruidiaz was given another try. Ruidiaz put the second attempt just inside the left post to even the score and spoil Room's bid for a second consecutive shutout, after a 1-0 victory against visiting New York City FC in the opener. Zardes converted in the 33rd minute after some nifty passing. Artur got the ball in the center of the field about 30 yards out from goal and passed to Luis Diaz on the right wing. Diaz settled the ball and then sent a low, bending cross to the far post, the ball skipping once off the turf before Zardes ran onto it and knocked it into the open side of the net with his left foot from about 3 yards out. The Sounders' Miguel Ibarra appeared to tie the score in the 53rd minute off a pass from Jordan Morris, but video review determined Ibarra was offside on the play. Morris scored twice last weekend, the last in second-half stoppage time, as the Sounders rallied for a 2-1 victory against visiting Chicago in the season opener. The Sounders had a chance to take an early lead on Saturday. Columbus was unable to fully clear a corner kick in the fourth minute, and defender Xavier Arreaga raced onto the ball and unleashed a 25-yard shot that forced Room to make a diving stop at the right post. --Field Level Media

Orlando City SC vs.Colorado Rapids Recap 03-07-2020

Drew Moor's 90th-minute header gave the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 victory over visiting Orlando City on Saturday night. Jack Price's corner kick found Moor on the left side of the net, and the veteran defender made no mistake for his first goal in a Rapids jersey since July 11, 2015. After playing for Toronto FC for the last four seasons, Moor re-signed with Colorado in the offseason and was playing in front of the Rapids' home fans for the first time in 2020. For the second consecutive week, the Rapids scored a game-winning goal in the final minutes. Jonathan Lewis' stoppage-time marker gave Colorado a 2-1 road victory over D.C. United last Saturday in the Rapids' season opener. Colorado (2-0-0, 6 points) has won its first two matches for the first time since the 2012 season, and for just the third time overall in the club's 25-year history. While the Rapids relied on a familiar face for the winning score on Saturday, newly-acquired designated player Younes Namli put Colorado ahead in the 64th minute with his first goal in Major League Soccer. Namli opened his Rapids account in impressive fashion. The midfielder made a canny move to find space amidst three defenders, and then fired a shot from outside the box that found the back of the net. Orlando City equalized in the 82nd minute, as substitute Chris Mueller scored just three minutes after his entry into the game. Mueller took a pass inside the box amidst three defenders, and was able to roll a shot just inside the post for his first goal of the season. It was also his team's first goal of the season, after opening the season with a scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake. The Lions' efforts to hold on for a draw on Saturday were hampered by a leg injury to Rodrigo Schlegel in the 79th minute. Since Orlando (0-1-1, 1 point) had already used all three substitutions, Schlegel had to play through obvious discomfort for

Houston Dynamo vs.Sporting Kansas City Recap 03-07-2020

Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda showed up big for the second straight game for host Sporting Kansas City. Pulido scored one goal and assisted the two others as Sporting defeated the Houston Dynamo, 4-0, on Saturday night. Pulido has two goals and two assists in his first two games with the club. The third goal was a beautiful feed from the right side of the box to Kinda, another newcomer to the SKC side, who fired it past Houston keeper Marko Maric in the 65th minute. Kinda also has two goals in his first two Sporting games. Khiry Shelton, back with SKC after a year with Bundesliga side SC Paderborn, scored Sporting's fourth goal from close range in the 77th minute. Sporting (2-0-0, 6 points) joins Atlanta and Minnesota as the first three clubs to reach 6 points. Houston (0-1-1, 1 point) never mounted much of an attack against the Sporting defense with just one shot on goal. Sporting jumped in front on a goal in the 16th minute by Pulido. Kinda recovered a loose ball just inside the Houston box. After a brief scramble, the ball found Pulido's right foot and he obliged with a shot to the lower right corner past Maric. In the 26th minute, Roger Espinosa extended the lead to 2-0 on a sliding goal past Maric. Johnny Russell fed Pulido from a free kick. Pulido couldn't get a good strike on it, but Espinosa finished it. Sporting almost had a third goal in the 38th minute. Maric came out of his box to stop a break-away by Pulido. The ball hung in space before Russell tried to lob it over a quickly retreating Maric. The shot just missed the goal to the right as the crowd of 21,188 gasped. Sporting controlled the pace, holding possession just over 60 percent of the time. Neither team mounted a lot of chances in the first half, combining for just nine shots. SKC had the only two shots on goal, with both of them counting for goals.

FC Cincinnati vs.Atlanta United FC Recap 03-07-2020

Ezequiel Barco and Emerson Hyndman each scored in their second straight match to lift host Atlanta United to 2-1 victory over FC Cincinnati on Saturday. Barco added an assist, Pity Martinez had two helpers and Brad Guzan made three saves for Atlanta United (2-0-0, six points), who played their first match without superstar forward Josef Martinez. The former MLS MVP sustained a torn ACL in his right knee during the second half of the club's 2-1 victory over expansion Nashville SC in the season opener last Saturday. Martinez was shown in attendance with teammate Franco Escobar in a suite at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He was able to get to his feet to celebrate Barco's goal. Designated player Yuya Kubo scored his first career MLS goal in the 64th minute, and Spencer Richey finished with two saves for FC Cincinnati (0-2-0, zero points), who dropped a 3-2 setback to the New York Red Bulls last Sunday. The Five Stripes struck first in the 21st minute. Pity Martinez raced up the right wing and gained a step on FC Cincinnati defender Kendall Waston before a sliding Barco converted Martinez's centering feed to open the scoring. Barco celebrated by holding up seven fingers to honor Josef Martinez, who wears No. 7 on his jersey. Atlanta doubled the advantage in the 55th minute after Barco's pass into the left side of the box was settled by Hyndman, who quickly unleashed a shot that sailed inside the left post. Kubo halved the deficit just nine minutes later when his shot from well outside of the box caught Guzan flat-footed. FC Cincinnati's Brandon Vazquez and defender Greg Garza received a warm response from the crowd prior to the start of the match. Vazquez and Garza played three and two seasons with Atlanta, respectively, and both were on the 2018 MLS Cup-winning club. Cincinnati's Haris Medunjanin played in his 100th MLS match on Saturday. --Field Level Media

Minnesota United FC vs.San Jose Earthquakes Recap 03-07-2020

Ike Opara scored two goals, both off corner kicks, and Minnesota United FC continued to show off its scoring prowess with a 5-2 road victory Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes. Jan Gregus, Luis Amarilla and Robin Lod also scored first-half goals for Minnesota United (2-0-0), while goalkeeper Tyler Miller had four saves. The Loons earned a 3-1 victory at Portland last Sunday to start the season. Magnus Eriksson and Valeri Qazaishvili scored goals for the Earthquakes (0-1-1), who were unable to rally for a point like they did in their season opener last weekend against Toronto FC when they trailed by two goals and got even five minutes into second-half stoppage time. The eight goals for Minnesota United are the team's most over the first two games of a season. The team is also 2-0-0 to open its schedule for the second consecutive season. The Loons earned an early corner kick, with Opara scoring his first of the season off a header from a perfect out-swinging feed from the corner by Gregus. The Earthquakes responded in the 19tth minute when Eriksson scored from the penalty spot. San Jose's Tommy Thompson was fouled at the edge of the penalty area by Minnesota United's Chase Gaspar in a call that was confirmed on VAR replay. Gregus put Minnesota United in the lead for good in the 26th minute, scoring his first of the season off a pass from Amarilla. Just six minutes later, Amarilla was rewarded just like Gregus was with a goal of his own for a 3-1 lead. It was his second of the season. Three minutes into first-half stoppage time, the Loons increased their lead to 4-1 when Lod found the back of the net immediately after a penalty kick from Amarilla was saved by Earthquakes goalkeeper Daniel Vega. It was Lod's first of the season. Qazaishvili scored his first of the season for San Jose in the 53rd minute to cut the deficit to 4-2. Opara, the

New York City FC vs.Toronto FC Recap 03-07-2020

Rookie Ifunanyachi Achara enjoyed a memorable MLS debut by scoring his first career goal in the 81st minute and Toronto FC beat New York City FC 1-0 in its home opener on Saturday. Achara, who led Georgetown to a national title last season before being picked by Toronto, nearly scored in the 11th minute but a video review ruled he went offsides and the goal was disallowed. He then wound up scoring the deciding goal in the first meeting between the teams since Toronto beat NYCFC in the Eastern Conference semifinals en route to an appearance in the MLS Cup. He scored moments after a turnover by NYCFC at midfield. Toronto (1-0-1, 4 points) quickly moved the ball upfield to Jozy Altidore, whose shot from the left side of the box was deflected into the net by Achara after the ball also deflected off an NYCFC defender. Achara's clutch goal came in a game he was not supposed to start. He was inserted into the starting lineup after midfielder Tsubasa Endoh failed a fitness test. After allowing two goals in the second half last week at San Jose, goalkeeper Quentin Westberg made three saves for his fifth career shutout as Toronto ran its regular-season unbeaten streak to 12 games (7-0-5). NYCFC (0-2-0, 0 points) was shutout for the second straight time and opened a season with two straight losses for the first time in team history. NYCFC had 11 shots but only three were on target. NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson made eight saves, two shy of his career high set in 2013. After Achara's goal was overturned, Toronto had numerous chances in the final minutes of the half. Altidore was robbed by Johnson in the 39th minute, Alejanadro Pozuelo hit the crossbar in the 41st minute before Johnson made stops on Erickson Gallardo in the 42nd minute and punched away a shot by Achara three minutes later. --Field Level Media

Montreal Impact vs.FC Dallas Recap 06-09-2018

Ricardo Pepi booted home a rebound six minutes into second-half stoppage time to lift FC Dallas to a stunning 2-2 draw with the visiting Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon in Frisco, Texas. Pepi's goal, which came off a deflected shot by Zdenek Ondrasek after a pass deep into the box, found the net for his first career goal. The 17-year old forward has played in nine games in two seasons for FCD. Pepi's heroics overshadowed the performance of Montreal's Maximiliano Urruti, who scored twice in a nine-minute span to give the Impact a 2-0 lead. Urruti, who played for FC Dallas from 2016-18, was on the doorstep in the 59th minute when Saphir Taider lifted a ball into the box and onto the head of Orji Okwonkwo, who hit the left post with a shot from close range. The ball bounded to Urruti, who rolled it past FCD keeper Jesse Gonzalez and into the net. Urruti had just four goals in 31 games for the Impact last season. He has three this year after scoring the game-winner for Montreal (1-0-1, 4 points) in its season-opener on Feb. 29. Urruti's second goal came in the 68th minute as Zachary Brault-Guillard send a cross into the box off a Dallas defender and onto his right foot for the easy goal. FCD cut the lead in half in the 83rd minute when Ondrasek headed home a pass from Reggie Cannon, with Thiago Santos garnering the goal's second assist. FC Dallas (1-0-1, 4 points) had the only two real scoring chances in the first half as Montreal goalkeeper Clement Diop turned away shots from Jesus Ferreira in the 18th minute and from Matt Hedges 13 minutes later. FCD dominated the statistics, outshooting Montreal 17-7, putting five shots on goal to two for the Impact and leading 9-2 in corner kicks. It also led in possession percentage (58.9 percent to 41.1 percent), total passes (548-401) and passing accuracy (84 percent to 80 percent). --

New York Red Bulls vs.Real Salt Lake Recap 03-17-2018

Damir Kreilach scored in the 91st minute to give Real Salt Lake a 1-1 tie with the New York Red Bulls in Sandy, Utah, on Saturday. Kreilach scored the first goal of the season for RSL (0-0-2, 2 points) with an uncontested header from six yards off a cross by Aaron Herrera. Cristian Casseres Jr. scored in the 13th minute for the Red Bulls (1-0-1, 4 points). The Red Bulls are 0-6-6 in Utah and 0-6-3 at Rio Tinto Stadium in the regular season. They did win the 2008 Western Conference championship in the venue. RSL led in shots 21-4 and Red Bulls keeper David Jensen made two saves. Casseres, a 20-year-old Venezuelan midfielder, scored less than two minutes after Jensen made an outstanding move to keep the match scoreless. Kreilach had a knockdown header off a corner by Albert Rusnak that took a bounce in front of Jensen, who dove left to push the ball off the right post and out of harm. Casseres responded with a 30-yard strike that dipped in front of Zac MacMath (one save) into the lower left corner. RSL's hard luck continued when Kyle Duncan in the 19th minute and Sean Davis in the 36th cleared shots off the Red Bulls goal line to preserve the lead. Duncan, who had a goal and two assists in a 3-2 win against Cincinnati FC in the season opener, slid in front of a shot by Kreilach at the right post. Davis got his right foot waist-high on an attempt by Corey Baird and kicked the ball away. Salt Lake had the tying goal by Douglas Martinez overturned in the 70th minute after video review because his header hit his left arm to send the ball into the goal. Salt Lake plays at the Columbus Crew on March 14. New York plays Minnesota United on March 15 in the second of three straight road matches. --Field Level Media

Chicago Fire vs.New England Revolution Recap 08-24-2019

Veteran defender Jonathan Bornstein scored the tying goal in the 70th minute to lift the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday at Foxborough, Mass. MLS newcomer Adam Buksa opened his scoring account in the 28th minute for the Revolution, who join the Fire with identical 0-1-1 records. The Revolution nearly pulled out a dramatic victory, but Justin Rennicks' shot sailed high in the final seconds of stoppage time. Moments after New England failed on three golden scoring chances inside the box, Chicago equalized with 20 minutes left in official time. Bornstein converted a stellar flick-header inside the right post off a terrific Djordje Mihailovic bend from the far touchline. It was Bornstein's first MLS goal since 2008, while playing for Chivas USA. New England nearly reclaimed the lead in the 77th minute. Buksa's point-blank shot was stopped right in front of the goal by Chicago forward Fabian Herbers, who was in the right spot to save the day with the clearance. Francisco Calvo also made a key in-box clearance for the Fire, who were victims of a stoppage-time goal in last weekend's 2-1 loss at reigning MLS champion Seattle. New England took advantage of some poor defending early by Francisco Calvo, who failed to attack the ball and allowed Buksa to take possession in the box. Buksa then easily beat goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm (two saves). Chicago nearly equalized three minutes later, but Herbers' blast from the right side of the box was punched over the goal by New England keeper Brad Knighton (five saves), who got the call in net over Matt Turner. Playing their home opener, the Revolution were looking for a better result following a 2-1 opening defeat at Montreal. --Field Level Media

Minnesota United FC vs.Portland Timbers Recap 03-01-2020

Kevin Molino scored two goals, and Ethan Finlay had a pair of assists to lead visiting Minnesota United to a 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers in the MLS opener for both teams on Sunday night. Luis Amarilla also scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Minnesota, while goalkeeper Tyler Miller, who helped lead Los Angeles FC to the Supporters' Shield in 2019, made two saves in his debut for the Loons. Diego Valeri scored on a penalty kick for Portland. Steve Clark finished with one save for the Timbers. The Loons took a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute on Molino's 24th career goal. The score came at the end of a two-on-one break that saw Finlay make a crossing pass from the right wing for Robin Lod. Clark smothered it at the left edge of the box, but Molino poked the ball out of Clark's grasp and then shot it straight into the net. Portland tied it five minutes later on Valeri's penalty kick, his 19th in 24 career attempts. The goal was set up when Minnesota's Ike Opara, the reigning MLS Defender of the Year, tripped Felipe Mora in the right corner of the box for a foul. But 20 minutes later, Minnesota took control with two goals in the span of two minutes. Amarilla got the first in the 76th minute when he headed Finlay's crossing pass from the right side of the box underneath Clark. Molino then notched his brace in the 78th minute. Finlay flicked a half-volley over his head to the unguarded Molino in the center of the box, where he one-timed a right-footed volley past Clark. Portland finished with a 7-2 edge in shots during a scoreless first half that featured just one shot on goal, a weak left-footed attempt by Yimmi Chara from the center of the box in the 30th minute that Miller easily stopped. The Timbers' best chance at scoring came in the fourth minute when midfielder Cristhian Paredes had an attempt just outside the middle of the 6-yard box

Chicago Fire vs.Seattle Sounders FC Recap 06-23-2018

Jordan Morris scored twice, including the winner in second-half stoppage time, as the defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders rallied for a 2-1 victory against the visiting Chicago Fire on Sunday in the season opener for both teams. Morris, who came on at halftime, scored in the 62nd minute to pull the Sounders level after Chicago's Robert Beric tallied in the opening minute of the second half. The winner came in the third of six minutes of stoppage time. Newcomer Joao Paulo's corner kick found Cristian Roldan at the top of the 6-yard box. He flicked a header to Morris, who was positioned near the left post, and his header from short range left Fire goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm with no chance. Morris scored the tying goal after defender Kelvin Leerdam worked the ball down the right wing and chipped a pass ahead to Roldan near the end line. Roldan's cross went through the legs of one defender and Morris beat another to the ball before putting it over Kronholm from the top of the 6-yard box. After a scoreless first half, Beric gave the Fire a 1-0 lead less than 45 seconds after the intermission. Midfielder Alvaro Medran chipped a pass over the defense at the top of Seattle's 18-yard box. Djordje Mihailovic chested the ball to the feet of Beric on the right wing, whose low, 15-yard shot beat Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei and made its way just inside the right post. Morris created several opportunities for the Sounders. An apparent goal by Roldan, set up by Morris, was disallowed in the 56th minute by video review as it was determined Morris was offside when he received the ball. In the 72nd minute, Morris gained control of the ball near midfield and lifted it over Chicago's defensive line, springing Leerdam and Raul Ruidiaz on a two-on-one breakaway. Leerdam dribbled to the penalty spot, drawing a defender and the goalkeeper to him, before making a pass to Ruidiaz on the le

FC Cincinnati vs.New York Red Bulls Recap 04-27-2019

Kyle Duncan scored his second career MLS goal and added two assists, Kaku and Daniel Royer also scored, and the New York Red Bulls held on to defeat FC Cincinnati 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in both teams' season opener in Harrison, N.J. Florian Valot had two assists in his first MLS appearance since he suffered a season-ending knee injury in March 2019, and Royer also added an assist on Duncan's opener. New York led 15-11 in shots and 6-5 in efforts on target despite conceding the majority of possession. Those numbers were far more slanted in the early stages before New York took a commanding 2-0 lead into halftime. Allan Cruz scored moments after the break to cut Cincinnati's deficit in half, and Jurgen Locadia added his first MLS goal to make things interesting late. The second-year team looked considerably more potent offensively than the unit that scored only 31 goals in their expansion 2019 season. But Red Bulls goalkeeper David Jensen made three saves to preserve the victory, while his opposite number Spencer Richey also had three stops in the loss. New York took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. Royer acrobatically kept a pass from going out of bounds over the left touchline, then found Valot to his right. Valot turned and passed the ball across the penalty arc to Duncan, who controlled it and then finished past Richey from about 8 yards out. The same players helped the Red Bulls double their lead 11 minutes later, with Duncan intercepting Richey's clearance and finding Valot entering the right side of the penalty area. Valot crossed toward Royer on the other side of the box, but Kaku had a better angle and Royer allowed him to side-foot a first-time finish between a diving Richey and the left post. Cruz had Cincinnati on the board less than a minute into the second half, sliding to finish off Brandon Vazquez's low cross. Royer made it 3-1 in the 70t

New York City FC vs.Columbus Crew SC Recap 06-01-2019

Lucas Zelarayan scored in the 56th minute in his debut as the host Columbus Crew recorded a 1-0 victory over New York City FC on Sunday in the season opener for both teams. NYCFC played down a player for 87 minutes after defender Maxime Chanot was issued a red card in the third minute. Zelarayan, who was acquired in the offseason from Tigres of the Mexico for a franchise record $7 million transfer fee, scored after taking an entry pass on the right side of the penalty area from Harrison Afful. Zelarayan spun to his left to shirk a defender on his back and fired a left-footed shot inside the far post. Eloy Room had three saves for the Crew while Sean Johnson stopped five shots for NYC. NYCFC got off to an ominous start when Chanot was ejected for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity to Zelarayan. Zelarayan took a long ball past midfield and Chanot tracked him from behind, but his left foot clipped the right foot of the Argentine attacking midfielder. NYCFC entered the match off a pair of CONCACAF Champions League wins against Costa Rica's AD San Carlos, including Wednesday in Harrison, N.J. Despite that schedule, first-year coach Ronny Deila went with a strong lineup that was bolstered by the insertion of Brazilian striker Heber, who had 15 goals in MLS play last season. NYCFC avoided falling behind 2-0 in the 74th minute when Luis Diaz was unmarked from seven yards after a pass by Zelarayan, but his shot sailed wide left. It almost proved costly four minutes later after NYCFC midfielder Keaton Park's header sailed over the crossbar. The match marked the final full season at Mapfre Stadium, which opened in 1999 as the first soccer specific stadium in MLS. The Crew will move into a $300 million stadium in downtown Columbus scheduled to open in the summer of 2021. The teams play again Saturday with the Crew

Sporting Kansas City vs.Vancouver Whitecaps FC Recap 02-29-2020

Sporting Kansas City reaped the benefits of a busy offseason as Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda scored in the first half of their MLS debuts for SKC, which defeated the host Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 in the teams' season-opener on Saturday night. SKC paid a club-record transfer fee to add Pulido -- the leading scorer of Liga MX last season while playing with C.D. Guadalajara -- and he needed just 17 minutes to record his first MLS goal. The Whitecaps' Yordy Reyna fouled Ilie Sanchez to set up a free kick for Kansas City. Graham Zusi's strike caromed high into the air before Roberto Puncec settled under it and sailed a header that Pulido redirected past diving keeper Maxime Crepeau to give Sporting a 1-0 lead. The home side needed just 11 minutes to respond. Vancouver's David Milinkovic sprinted by Zusi and attacked the SKC end line before centering to a sliding Jake Nerwinski, who tapped home the equalizer from inside the goal area. In the 39th minute, Luis Martins found Kinda just inside the penalty area, and the Israel native drilled the go-ahead goal under the crossbar to give SKC the 2-1 advantage at intermission. The Whitecaps had several chances to tie the match in the second half but were not able to beat SKC keeper Tim Melia. Melia denied the Whitecaps' top striker Lucas Cavallini from point-blank range with a sliding save in the 88th minute. Sporting controlled the ball throughout stoppage time, and Erik Hurtado sealed the win over his former team moments before the final whistle with his 15th career-goal. --Field Level Media

Philadelphia Union vs.FC Dallas Recap 02-29-2020

Zdenek Ondrasek and Paxton Pomykal each scored a goal to lift host FC Dallas past the Philadelphia Union 2-0 in the season opener for both clubs on Saturday. FC Dallas began the 25th season in Major League Soccer as the second-youngest team behind only Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Even with five minutes of second-half stoppage time, the Union were shut out. The game was rather chippy with five yellow cards handed out, four to the Union. In the 18th minute, FC Dallas had the best scoring chance to that point as Fafa Picault crossed the ball to a streaking Michael Barrios in the box. But Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made a sprawling save to keep the game scoreless. Picault, who previously played for the Union, led FC Dallas' offensive charge for much of the first half, including a couple of times in four minutes of stoppage time. The Union generated four corner kicks but were unable to capitalize. They managed only one shot on goal in the entire half and the game was scoreless as both clubs entered their respective locker rooms. FC Dallas controlled possession immediately after halftime, and Thiago Santos fired a shot off the near post in the 50th minute. In the 61st minute, the aggressive nature of FC Dallas paid off as Ondrasek fired a low-lining shot from outside the box, and it eluded Blake and found the corner of the net for a 1-0 lead. It was Ondrasek's eighth goal in eight games dating to last season. Philadelphia's Kacper Przybylko had a strong scoring opportunity in the 70th minute when he received a pass in the box, turned around and ripped a shot just wide of the goal. Union midfielder Alejandro Bedoya appeared to have a clear shot in the 83rd minute, but he was unable to hit it cleanly, and Jesse Gonzalez made the relatively easy save. Pomykal extended the FC Dallas lead to 2-0 in the first minute of stoppag

Real Salt Lake vs.Orlando City SC Recap 02-29-2020

Orlando City and visiting Real Salt Lake shared the spoils Saturday as the sides battled to a scoreless draw in the 2020 curtain-raiser for both clubs. Oscar Pareja took charge of his first game as Orlando City manager, while Freddy Juarez roamed the sidelines for RSL on a permanent basis after having his interim tag removed in the offseason. The home-standing Lions had the better of the play early on and controlled the ball for most of the first 45 minutes. Their first chance of the half came just five minutes in as Tesho Akindele got in behind the RSL defense but slipped as he tried to control with his chest, and the chance went wanting. New man Junior Urso produced a quality chance for the hosts in the 35th minute, latching onto a ball in the box following a cross from Chris Mueller, but the shot was deflected wide. Aaron Herrera had RSL's best scoring chance of the opening half on the stroke of halftime, firing it on frame, but Orlando City goalkeeper Pedro Gallese got down to his left to collect. Orlando kept coming on the attack in the second half and produced another chance as Joao Moutinho played an excellent ball over the top down the left flank for Mueller, who quickly turned it across the face of goal, but RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath was quick off his line to snare it. Chances were few and far between for RSL in the second half, but the game was there to be had, and Juarez sent new signing Giuseppe Rossi on in the 79th minute hoping for some instant offense. As the clock reached four minutes of added time, both clubs continued to send numbers forward looking for a late winner, but neither side could find a breakthrough as the clubs and the 25,000-plus in attendance had to settle for a draw. --Field Level Media

Toronto FC vs.San Jose Earthquakes Recap 02-29-2020

Oswaldo Alanis scored on a free kick in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time as the host San Jose Earthquakes overcame a two-goal deficit to post a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Andres Rios also tallied in the 53rd minute and Daniel Vega finished with two saves for the Earthquakes, who own a 9-11-3 record all-time in season openers. Alejandro Pozuelo converted a penalty kick in the 40th minute and defender Richie Laryea scored in the 51st minute for Toronto FC, who fell short in their bid to win for the fifth time in their last seven season openers. Quentin Westberg made three saves before Alanis' tally prevented the Reds from making coach Greg Vanney a winner in his 100th match with the club. Alanis' goal extended Toronto FC's winless drought to five matches in San Jose. The Canadian contingent last won on the road against the Earthquakes in 2010, courtesy of a 3-1 decision at Buck Shaw Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore was taken down in the penalty area by Rios to set up a penalty kick. Pozuelo calmly sent a right-footed shot inside the right post to open the scoring in the 40th minute. Pozuelo is looking to build on an impressive first season with Toronto FC in 2019. He led the club in goals (12) and assists (12). Toronto FC doubled the advantage 11 minutes later. Tsubasa Endoh's shot from the center of the box was denied by Vega, however an unmarked Laryea cleaned up the rebound. The goal was Laryea's second of his MLS career. Rios responded two minutes later after converting Cristian Espinoza's cross for his first career MLS goal. San Jose captain Chris Wondolowski, who is the MLS' all-time leading scorer, entered the match in the 66th minute. The 37-year-old has indicated that this season likely will be his last. --Field Level Media

Los Angeles FC vs.Houston Dynamo Recap 07-12-2019

A second-half goal from Houston's Mauro Manotas canceled out an early wonder strike from Los Angeles' Cristian Pavon, as the visiting Galaxy and Dynamo played to a season-opening 1-1 draw on Saturday. While there was naturally much hype surrounding the MLS debut of Mexican superstar Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, it was budding league star Pavon who stole the spotlight from his new Galaxy teammate to open the season. Pavon, who posted four goals and eight assists over 13 total 2019 games in his first season with L.A., delivered a stunning goal in the 13th minute that won't soon be forgotten. Streaking down the left wing, Pavon put on the brakes just inside the box, made a short dribble, then drilled a strike that was out of the reach of Houston keeper Marko Maric to open the Galaxy's 2020 scoring account. It was a particularly frustrating moment for the Dynamo, who failed to score in the first half even while holding 59 percent of the possession and taking nine overall shots. Houston was finally rewarded for its effort when Manotas took advantage of a Galaxy defensive breakdown, and out-of-position keeper David Bingham, to level the match in the 54th minute. While the Dynamo continued to control the possession, Los Angeles looked as if it would take the lead back. The 31-year-old Chicharito, who has starred in La Liga and the Premier League, was more active around the hour mark as L.A. threatened. Teammate Joe Corona got two quality looks in the 66th minute, but the first was blocked with Maric out of position and the second went high. Houston forwards Alberth Elis and newcomer Darwin Quintero were not available for selection on Saturday. Meanwhile, a reported groin injury kept star Galaxy midfielder Jonathan dos Santos out of the lineup. --Field Level Media

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