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Philadelphia Union vs.Montreal Impact Recap 09-20-2020

Kacper Przybylko scored on both side of halftime and Alejandro Bedoya and Anthony Fontana also had goals as the Philadelphia Union took advantage of the Montreal Impact playing with 10 men most of the match to win 4-1 on Sunday night at Harrison, N.J. This was technically a home game for Montreal (5-6-1, 16 points), which has resumed regular-season play against MLS teams from the United States. However, the Impact has to play at least one home match in the United States due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada. It seemed to feel like home right away for the Impact. On a free kick from just outside the top of the box, Romell Quioto drilled a strike through the Union's defensive wall and past a diving Andre Blake in the fifth minute for his sixth goal of 2020. But 11 minutes later, Quioto was issued a red card for an obvious hard foul that left the Impact a man down. That's when Philadelphia (7-2-3, 24 points) took over en route to its third straight win and fifth in six matches to move into second place in the Eastern Conference. In the 22nd minute, Philadelphia leveled the match through Bedoya's strike off a loft into the box that was brought down by teammate Andrew Wooten's chest. Right before half -- in the third minute of stoppage time -- Przybylko gave his team the lead, as he took advantage of a busy box to get to the ball into the net. Just two minutes into the second half, Przybylko scored his seventh of the season off a clean cross from Brenden Aaronson. Fontana then scored his third goal in two matches off the bench, as Montreal just seemed to run out of gas and spirit on a night that started off on the right foot. The Impact have dropped two in a row, conceding seven goals over those contests. Philadelphia, meanwhile, owns a 9-2 goal advantage during its three-game winning streak. --Field Level Media

Colorado Rapids vs.Los Angeles FC Recap 10-06-2019

Cole Bassett and Jonathan Lewis scored goals for the Colorado Rapids in their 2-0 victory over the LA Galaxy Saturday night in Carson, Calif. Lewis' fourth goal of the season sealed the win for the Rapids, who have lost just once in the past six games. Colorado (4-4-4, 16 points) vaulted into sixth place and a postseason position in the MLS Western Conference. The Galaxy played with 10 men from the 75th minute on after Julian Araujo was shown a red card. Araujo drew a yellow card for a foul in the 72nd minute, then was given red for his reaction to the call. The Galaxy (4-4-3, 15 points) saw its streak of six matches without a loss came to an end. Bassett's 40th-minute goal gave Colorado a 1-0 lead. Bassett scored off a long cross from fullback Sam Vines, who had no one marking him on the left wing as he dribbled and looked for someone in the box. The ball found Bassett's feet, and his shot was too forceful for David Bingham to stop for the Galaxy. Joe Corona got an open look from outside the top of the box in the 42nd minute for the Galaxy, but William Yarbrough stopped it for the Rapids. Yarbrough finished with four saves. The Galaxy chose not to start a pair of stars, forward Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez and midfielder Jonathan dos Santos, but both came on as substitutes in the 54th minute. Just before that, Yarbrough stopped Ethan Zubak's redirected cross from in front of the net to keep the Galaxy scoreless. Bingham came up big for the Galaxy in the 65th minute. After a shot from Lewis hit the goal bar, the rebound remained with the Rapids. Andre Shinyashiki had a chance from close range, only to have Bingham turn him away. The Galaxy fell to eighth place in the West. --Field Level Media

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Portland Timbers vs.San Jose Earthquakes Recap 09-19-2020

Diego Valeri scored twice for the first time since the 2017 season and added an assist to lead the visiting Portland Timbers to a 6-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night. Jeremy Ebobisse, Yimmi Chara, Julio Cascante and Jaroslaw Niezgoda also scored for the Timbers (5-4-3, 18 points), who drew the Quakes 1-1 in the clubs' previous meeting, also in San Jose, on Wednesday. The win marked Portland's highest scoring performance of the season as well as their second time in the last six matches of scoring four or more goals. They moved up three spots into fifth place in the Western Conference with the win. Carlos Fierro scored the lone goal for San Jose (2-5-5, 11 points), which suffered its second-worst defeat of the season after a 7-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Sept. 10. The Earthquakes had managed two draws between those defeats but are now winless in their last seven matches and remain last in the West. The Timbers took the lead in the 25th minute after a somewhat unfortunate bounce for the Quakes, when a bouncing ball struck San Jose defender Shea Salinas in the arm for a clear handball. Referee Rosendo Mendoza pointed to the penalty spot, and Valeri stepped up and drove a low finish into the left corner past Daniel Vega's dive. Portland doubled its lead only two minutes later. A San Jose defender cleared away the initial cross from a free kick from the right. The ball cycled to Jorge Villafana on the opposite flank, who drove in a second cross toward the back post, where Ebobisse met it with a powerful header past Vega. Fierro pulled the Quakes back within one just before halftime. Marcos Lopez dragged a cross from the left back toward the top of the penalty area, and Fierro hit a first-time, left-footed shot past Aljaz Ivacic and inside the right post. But Valeri's second goal 12 minutes after halftime, on a one-time strike of Yimmi Char

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs.Real Salt Lake Recap 09-19-2020

David Milinkovic scored his first goal of the season and Lucas Cavallini added the game-winner late to help the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps edge Real Salt Lake 2-1 on Saturday night. Vancouver (5-7-0, 15 points) won for the third time in four matches to climb above the red line in the Western Conference standings. The Whitecaps beat RSL in Sandy, Utah, for just the second time in their club's history. Salt Lake (3-4-5, 14 points) dropped its second straight home match and suffered its third loss in four matches overall. RSL has been outscored 7-1 during the two-game skid. Salt Lake pressured Vancouver's half early and often in the first 45 minutes. RSL came close to getting on the board a few times and outshot the Whitecaps 13-2 before halftime. Vancouver goalkeeper Thomas Hasal conjured up a pair of critical saves to preserve a clean sheet during the first half. RSL's inability to finish chances finally burned the club in the 53rd minute. A ball was fed over the top of the defense to Cristian Dajome. After tracking it down before the ball reached the end line, Dajome squared the ball and fired it up to the top of the 6-yard box. Milinkovic latched onto the pass and quickly slotted it home for the go-ahead goal. Making a comeback became complicated for Salt Lake after Kyle Beckerman got sent off in the 63rd minute. Beckerman drew his second yellow card of the match after video review showed he kicked Hasal's head in a scrum for the ball in the 6-yard box. His ejection left RSL with only 10 men over the final 27 minutes. Justin Meram came to the rescue for Salt Lake and leveled the score in the 81st minute. Maikel Chang floated a pass into Meram near the back post and he headed it forward for his third goal of the season. The Whitecaps regained the lead in the 84th minute on Cavallini's goal. Fredy Montero sent a cross to the top of the 6-yard box where Cavallini

Minnesota United FC vs.Houston Dynamo Recap 09-19-2020

Darwin Quintero and Maynor Figueroa scored second-half goals as the Houston Dynamo rallied for a 2-2 draw with visiting Minnesota United on Saturday night. Marko Maric had four saves for Houston (3-3-6, 15 points), which remained undefeated at home against the Loons in MLS play. Kevin Molino and Robin Lod scored goals for Minnesota United (5-4-3, 18 points), which had been shut out in its three previous regular-season trips to BBVA Stadium. Dayne St. Clair finished with eight saves, including one on a penalty kick by Quintero. Minnesota took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on Molino's sixth goal of the season. The Loons took advantage of a Houston turnover at midfield and Jan Gregus then hit Molino on the left wing where he fired a left-footed shot inside the far post. Seven minutes later St. Clair, making his fourth career start in place of injured No. 1 goaltender Tyler Miller (hip surgery), stopped Quintero on a penalty kick, diving to his left but still managing to kick the dead-center shot away with his right foot for his first career MLS penalty save. The Loons made it 2-0 in stoppage time just before halftime on Lod's fourth goal of the season, booting in a rebound of a Molino shot inside the right post. Houston cut it to 2-1 in the 58th minute on Quintero's fifth goal of the season. The score came after St. Clair punched away Zarek Valentin's curling cross straight to Quintero at the edge of the box. Quintero, celebrating his 33rd birthday, then chipped a shot over St. Clair into the empty net. After Maric kept it at 2-1 with a leaping one-handed deflection of a Molino blast from the top of the box, Figueroa tied it in the 69th minute when he headed in a rebound of a Quintero free kick. Molino missed a chance to put Minnesota back in front in the 84th minute when his right-footed shot clanged off the right post. Four minutes later, Gregus picked up a red car

Toronto FC vs.D.C. United Recap 09-19-2020

Griffin Yow's goal in the 88th minute salvaged a point for D.C. United in a 2-2 draw with visiting Toronto FC on Saturday. After entering the game as a halftime substitution, Yow was in prime position for the late equalizer. A cross into the box was headed by Toronto defender Omar Gonzalez right to D.C. academy product Yow, who delivered a well-placed strike past goalkeeper Quentin Westberg. It was the first career MLS goal for Yow, who celebrates his 18th birthday later this week. For Toronto FC (6-2-4, 22 points), Yow's goal was an unwelcome echo of the previous match between the two clubs this season. Frederic Brillant scored in stoppage time to give D.C. another 2-2 draw on July 13 during the MLS Is Back tournament. D.C. (2-5-5, 11 points) hadn't scored more than one goal in a game since that first Toronto meeting, a span of eight matches. Ayo Akinola scored twice in that July 13 game and continued to plague D.C. United on Saturday. In the 60th minute, Pablo Piatti flicked a pass from the far side of the box back in front for Akinola to convert a header for Akinola's sixth goal of the season. Ola Kamara put D.C. ahead just five minutes into the game, rushing on a near-breakaway after an ugly turnover from Gonzalez near midfield. It was Kamara's second goal of the season, and a rare early strike from D.C. United. It was the club's first goal scored within the first 58 minutes of any match this season. Alejandro Pozuelo equalized 12 minutes later, this time capitalizing on something of a miscue from a D.C. player. Defender Donovan Pines made a poor attempt at intercepting a Richie Laryea cross, putting the ball right at Pozuelo's feet for the striker's fourth goal of the season. The draw brings Toronto FC into third place in the Eastern Conference. --Field Level Media

Chicago Fire vs.Orlando City SC Recap 09-19-2020

Four different players found the back of the net on Saturday as Orlando City SC extended its unbeaten run to six matches with a comfortable 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire in a wet affair at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. Chris Mueller scored his seventh goal of the campaign in the 11th minute, Nani doubled the lead at 24 minutes, Junior Urso salted the game away in the 78th minute and Benji Michel put the exclamation point on a spectacular team performance with a goal in second-half stoppage time. Facing a slick turf and driving rain, the game was wide open from the outset as Orlando (6-2-4, 22 points) had the better of the play early and opened the scoring when Mueller pounced on the ball in the Fire penalty area. He didn't get much on the strike, but enough to roll it past Chicago goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. The hosts then doubled the lead when Nani drifted into the box unmarked at the back post and nodded home a Mueller cross for his fourth goal of the season. Chicago appeared to get one back at 26 minutes when Francisco Calvo tucked a glancing header past Lions goalkeeper Pedro Gallese, but upon video review, it was chalked off for offside. The Fire (2-7-3, nine points) came out of the dressing room with energy and drew a penalty in the opening minute of the second half when Mueller dragged down Miguel Angel Navarro. Robert Beric stepped up and slotted it into the bottom-right corner to cut the deficit in half. Riding some momentum, the Fire appeared to draw even in the 56th minute when a strike from Boris Sekulic took a deflection and put it past Gallese, but it was reviewed and again chalked off, this time for a handball. The hosts then put it away with 11 minutes to play thanks to Urso, who got on the end of the ball in a scramble and popped it past Shuttleworth. Michel joined the party late on, beating Shuttleworth in the fifth minute of added

FC Cincinnati vs.New York Red Bulls Recap 09-19-2020

Haris Medunjanin curled a corner kick off the back post and into the net in the 85th minute for the game's lone goal as visiting FC Cincinnati stunned the New York Red Bulls on Saturday in Harrison, N.J. Medunjanin set the table for his own "Olimpico" goal with a charge into the box and a shot that was blocked. Medunjanin's stirring goal allowed Cincinnati to snap a six-game winless streak and capture the season series with the Red Bulls 2-1. FC Cincinnati (3-6-3, 12 points) had three draws and three losses since their most recent win, which came against the Red Bulls in July in the MLS is Back tournament near Orlando. Since then FC Cincinnati had scored just one goal in its past six matches. The shutout loss was the third in a row at home for the reeling Red Bulls (4-6-2, 14 points), who had snapped a four-match winless stretch with a 2-0 road win over D.C. United on Wednesday. Neither team came close to scoring in the first half, with both managing five shots and only one each on target over the first 45 minutes. FC Cincinnati had a prime scoring chance in the 72nd minute when Brandon Vasquez was given a one-on-one breakaway inside the six-yard box by Yuya Kubo that was kicked away at the last instant by Red Bulls' keeper David Jensen. Cincinnati had extensive advantages in shots (14-10), shots on target (4-2), passing (482 total passes to 383), and passing accuracy (78 percent to 70 percent) over New York, and controlled the action throughout. Spencer Richey, making his third start of the year for Cincinnati, recorded two saves to record his first shutout of the season and third clean sheet in his 23-game MLS career. --Field Level Media

New York City FC vs.New England Revolution Recap 09-02-2020

Sean Johnson had seven saves while picking up fifth shutout of the season and New York City FC extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday afternoon in Foxborough, Mass. It was the 65th career shutout for Johnson as NYCFC (5-5-2, 17 points) improved to 4-0-2 over its last six matches. Matt Turner had four saves for New England (3-3-6, 15 points), which has yet to win a home match at Gillette Stadium (0-1-4) in the 2020 season. Johnson had four saves during the first half when New England garnered four offsides, three of which wiped out goals, including two by Gustavo Bou. Johnson also came up with a diving two-handed stop of a Teal Bunbury right-footed shot outside the left side of the box for the far post in the 13th minute to thwart New England's best scoring try of the half. He also stopped Tajon Buchanan's close-in header attempt from the middle of the box in the 25th minute. New York City had a chance to take the lead in the 70th minute when Alexander Ring found Alexandru Mitrita cutting in on the right side of the box, but Mitrita's right-footed shot was deflected over the goal off the leg of a sliding Andrew Farrell. Bou had another good scoring chance in the first minute of stoppage time but his right-footed shot from outside the left corner of the box was knocked away by Johnson. Lee Nguyen, acquired in a trade from Inter Miami on Sept. 8, made his first home start for the Revolution since Oct. 15, 2017, and played 89 minutes and set up several scoring chances. Defender Joe Scally, at 17 years, eight months and 20 days, became the youngest player in NYCFC history to start a game. Scally, who picked up a yellow card for unsporting behavior in the 47th minute, was subbed out in the 65th minute. --Field Level Media

FC Dallas vs.Sporting Kansas City Recap 09-02-2020

Ryan Hollingshead scored the go-ahead goal off a Sporting Kansas City gaffe in the 86th minute, lifting visiting FC Dallas to a 3-2 win on Saturday afternoon in Kansas City, Kan. After Johnny Russell's second goal of the match for Sporting (6-4-2, 20 points) leveled the game at 2 in the 83rd minute, Hollingshead put home a rebound of a Tim Melia kick-save off a Michael Barrios shot. It was all made possible after Kansas City veteran Graham Zusi offered a lazy back-pass attempt to Melia near the box, which was taken by Barrios. Franco Jara recorded two goals for FC Dallas (5-2-4, 19 points), who finished the game with 10 men after Bryan Acosta picked up a second yellow card late. After missing a golden opportunity early in the first half, Jara came through in the 42nd minute. Off a strong cross into traffic from John Nelson, Jara converted a splendid diving header past Melia. Three minutes into the second half, Jara used his foot this time to give FC Dallas a 2-0 lead. Finding a way to get the ball into the net amid traffic within the box, the Argentine designated player scored for the fourth time in three matches. All five of his MLS goals have come over his last five contests. However, Russell pulled one back for Kansas City with a strong effort in the 53rd minute. Russell has posted three goals over his last two matches. Each club had a quality chance early on. Russell had a left-footed bender from the top corner of the box that was saved by FC Dallas keeper Jimmy Maurer. Three minutes later, Fafa Picault sent a grounder into the sprawled gut of Melia. Kansas City's Gerso hit the post with his attempt in the 11th minute. Minutes later, Jara's point-blank header was caught by Melia. However, Jara would not be denied right before the half. --Field Level Media

Los Angeles FC vs.Seattle Sounders FC Recap 09-18-2020

Nicolas Lodeiro scored on a pair of penalty kicks four minutes apart in the first half, and the Seattle Sounders were able to finish off a 3-0 victory over visiting Los Angeles FC on Friday. Lodeiro scored in the 29th and 33rd minutes to give him four goals on the season. Raul Ruidiaz added a left-footed goal in the 82nd minute, turning a string of tight passes into his eighth score of the season. Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei made two saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season. The first Seattle shot from the penalty spot was awarded after a handball in the box charged to LAFC's Dejan Jakovic, while the second came on a foul in the box by Latif Blessing on Seattle's Yeimar Gomez. Jakovic's handball was not called on the field but was radioed to referee Joseph Dickerson to confirm via replay. It was the second consecutive victory for Seattle (6-2-3, 21 points), which moved into the top spot in the Western Conference ahead of idle Sporting Kansas City. The Sounders were coming off a 7-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Sept. 10, when they set an MLS record for the fastest five goals in a game (33 minutes). The Sounders have now defeated LAFC twice since they were eliminated by their conference rivals during the knockout stage of the MLS is Back Tournament on July 27. LAFC was eliminated one game later by Orlando City FC in penalty kicks. LAFC (4-5-3, 15 points) lost for the third time in their past four games. They have had MLS MVP Carlos Vela on the field for just 57 minutes since the second game of the season back in March. Vela opted out of the MLS is Back Tournament, then came away with a knee injury during the opening game of the second stage of the league's return to action. The Sounders are now 4-1-1 since teams returned to play in MLS stadiums last month. LAFC are just 2-5-0 over that same stretch, and their overall record has dropped below th

Portland Timbers vs.San Jose Earthquakes Recap 09-16-2020

After brothers Yimmi Chara and Diego Chara teamed up for a Portland Timbers goal, Valeri Qazaishvili equalized late in the second half for the host San Jose Earthquakes on Wednesday as the teams played to a 1-1 tie. Qazaishvili scored his third of the season in the 76th minute as the Earthquakes (2-4-5, 11 points) played to their second consecutive tie after an embarrassing 7-1 defeat to the Seattle Sounders on Sept. 10. Yimmi Chara's first career MLS goal helped give the Timbers (4-4-3, 15 points) a 1-1-1 mark over the first three games of a four-game road swing. Wednesday's game was a makeup from a scheduled Aug. 26 contest that both teams elected to not play to raise awareness for social and racial injustice. The teams will meet each other again in San Jose on Saturday. With Diego Chara, 34, getting an assist, he and Yimmi Chara, 29, became the sixth set of brothers to combine on a goal in MLS history. Yimmi Chara is in his first season with the Timbers. In the 33rd minute, Diego Chara picked up a loose ball at midfield and sent it toward the Earthquakes goal with the outside of his right foot. Yimmi Charra let the ball pass to decoy Earthquakes defender Paul Marie, caught up to it and lifted a delicate chip with his left foot over charging San Jose goalkeeper James Marcinkowski. Qazaishvili's goal came off a feed that Chris Wondolowski delivered with his head. Qazaishvili slid around Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark before scoring with his left foot just before the ball was cleared off the goal line. The score had to be verified on video review. Clark made five saves while Marcinkowski was credited with two saves. The Timbers were scheduled to fly home and then return to San Jose for the rematch on Saturday. Portland is 1-3-2 since winning the MLS is Back Tournament last month. The Earthquakes are a disappointing 0-3-3 since advancing to the quarter

Montreal Impact vs.Vancouver Whitecaps FC Recap 09-16-2020

Fredy Montero's first two goals of the season led the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-1 win over the visiting Montreal Impact on Wednesday. Montero converted a penalty kick in the 41st minute and then scored again in the 78th minute for his first multi-goal game since July 29, 2017, at FC Dallas. The veteran forward now has 70 career goals in MLS regular-season play. The Impact (5-5-1, 16 points) played the majority of the game with only 10 men after defender Rudy Camacho was issued a straight red card in the 37th minute. After Camacho was taken down by Cristian Dajome, Camacho retaliated by striking Montero in the leg as Montero was checking on his opponent. Since the blatant foul occurred within the Impact's box, the Whitecaps were awarded the penalty kick that Montero buried for the opening score. Vancouver struck again on a well-built passing play in the 44th minute. The Whitecaps moved the ball down the left side of the field, resulting in David Milinkovic crossing to Dajome for Dajome's team-leading third goal of the season. The Whitecaps (4-7-0, 12 points) have scored eight goals over their last three games. This offensive surge has come after a five-game stretch that saw Vancouver endure four shutout losses. Romell Quioto scored Montreal's lone goal of the game. In the 70th minute, the striker got the ball in the box and found enough space to turn and shoot, despite close marking from defender Ranko Veselinovic. It was Quioto's fifth goal of the season, and his third goal in as many games against Vancouver. After a 4-2 loss to the Impact on Sunday, the Whitecaps made six changes to their starting lineup and played a much sharper defensive game on Wednesday. Montreal only had four shots on goal against Whitecaps goalie Thomas Hasal, who made a pair of big saves during an Impact rally in the first half. A victory would have clinched the Impact a bert

Colorado Rapids vs.FC Dallas Recap 09-16-2020

Santiago Mosquera recorded his first career hat trick and Franco Jara added a goal as FC Dallas defeated the Colorado Rapids 4-1 in a Western Conference match in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday. It was FCD's third victory in their past five matches, lifting them from ninth place to fourth in the tight conference standings. Dallas (4-2-4, 16 points) is 3-2-3 since its season restart in August. Kyle Zobeck recorded his second straight win in goal for FCD in his fourth career game, turning away four shots while aggressively controlling play in the 6-yard box. Both teams had early offensive flurries but didn't find the net. Mosquera ended the deadlock in the 41st minute, taking a centering pass from the right sideline from Michael Barrios and ripping a right-footed shot into the lower-right corner that caught Rapids keeper Clint Irwin flatfooted. Matt Hedges also garnered an assist on the play for the entry pass to Barrios. Dallas added to the lead when Jara scored what would be the winning goal in the 49th minute. Jara elevated to get his head on a corner kick from Reto Ziegler, pushing the shot over the Rapids' Diego Rubio and past Irwin, who was screened on the play. Mosquera scored his second goal in the 57th minute after stealing the ball in the midfield and dribbling down the left side unmarked. He uncorked a shot that Irwin had no chance of stopping. The Rapids finally answered as a steal by Nicolas Mezquida on a sloppy clearing pass by Dallas turned into a chance and a goal for Andre Shinyashiki in the 63rd minute. Mosquera completed FCD's first hat trick since 2018 when he ripped a shot into the net in the 78th minute after a Colorado turnover. Mosquera had just three goals in the entire 2019 season and had only one in 2020 until his outburst on Wednesday. Colorado (3-4-4, 13 points) had snapped a seven-game winless run with its dominating 5

Los Angeles FC vs.San Jose Earthquakes Recap 03-30-2019

Goalkeeper Daniel Vega made two saves as the San Jose Earthquakes rebounded from a horrendous defensive outing to play the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy to a 0-0 draw Sunday night. The Earthquakes (2-4-4, 10 points) were coming off a 7-1 loss Thursday at Seattle and had a 5-1 defeat to Los Angeles FC the previous week. San Jose remains winless (0-3-2) since returning from the MLS is Back Tournament outside Orlando, Fla. The Galaxy (4-3-3, 15 points) had their four-match winning streak snapped and missed an opportunity to move into a tie for third place in the Western Conference. Los Angeles goalie David Bingham was also credited with two saves. Bingham's biggest save was in the 34th minute when he dove to his left to deflect a shot by San Jose's Jackson Yueill out of bounds. The match marked the return of Galaxy star Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, Mexico's all-time leading scorer who suffered a calf injury in the tourney in Florida and hadn't played since. Hernandez came on as a substitute in the 57th minute for forward Ethan Zubak, but was unable to help Los Angeles get on the scoreboard. San Jose's Andres Rios took a pass from Marcos Lopez and put a shot over Bingham and into the net in the 89th minute, but the play was ruled offside. Vega's biggest save came in the 75th minute, diving to his left to stop a header by Sebastian Lletget after a short Los Angeles corner kick. San Jose's Nick Lima received a yellow card in the third minute, while the Galaxy's Daniel Steres and Julian Araujo were booked in the 17th minute and in second-half stoppage time, respectively. Los Angeles held an 11-7 advantage in shots, but both teams only managed two on goal. --Field Level Media

Portland Timbers vs.Los Angeles FC Recap 09-13-2020

Los Angeles FC erupted from a long scoring drought to deliver three goals in a nine-minute stretch late in the first half to rally for a 4-2 victory over the visiting Portland Timbers on Sunday night. Mark-Anthony Kaye, Diego Rossi and Bradley Wright-Phillips all scored between the 37th minute and halftime as LAFC (4-4-3, 15 points) got back to .500 after falling below that mark for the first time in their MLS history. LAFC, who played without MLS MVP Carlos Vela for the fifth consecutive game because of a knee injury, entered off consecutive 3-0 defeats to the crosstown rival Los Angeles Galaxy and Real Salt Lake. The Timbers (4-4-2, 14 points) received goals from Eryk Williamson and Jeremy Ebobisse as they lost for the third time in five games since winning the MLS is Back Tournament last month near Orlando, Fla. Williamson gave Portland a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on his second goal of the season, using a feed from Felipe Mora to beat LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega. Kaye tied the game 1-1 in the 37th minute, his second of the season. Wright-Phillips sent a ball through the penalty area with his head, and Kaye redirected the ball on goal with his right foot. Rossi gave LAFC a 2-1 lead in the 41st minute with his 10th goal of the season, taking a pass from Brian Rodriguez in stride and scoring past Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark. LAFC increased its lead to 3-1 one minute into first-half stoppage time when Wright-Phillips took a pass from Francisco Ginella in front of the Timbers goal to score his fifth of the season and the 113th of his MLS career. One minute later, and on the last touch of the first half, the Timbers got within 3-2 when Ebobisse scored his fourth of the season on a looping header off a long entry pass from Jorge Villafana. LAFC's Danny Musovski scored the lone second-half goal in the fifth minute of second half stoppage t

Montreal Impact vs.Vancouver Whitecaps FC Recap 09-13-2020

Saphir Taider broke a tie with a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time and added two assists as the Montreal Impact defeated the host Vancouver Whitecaps 4-2 Sunday night in an MLS game in which both teams finished with 10 players. Orji Okwonkwo and Samuel Piette each had a goal and an assist for the Impact (5-4-1, 16 points), and Romell Quioto also scored. Goalkeeper Clement Diop made four saves. Theo Bair scored for the Whitecaps (3-7-0, nine points), who are tied with San Jose for last place in the Western Conference. A Montreal own goal gave Vancouver its only other score. Whitecaps goalie Thomas Hasal made three saves. Vancouver's Lucas Cavallini received a second yellow card for unsporting behavior and was ejected in the 57th minute. After a video review, Montreal's Emanuel Maciel got a straight red card for a serious foul on Vancouver's Cristian Dajome in the 72nd minute, leaving both teams short-handed. Bair gave the Whitecaps an early lead, scoring in the seventh minute off assists from David Milinkovic and Michael Baldisimo. Bair took a long lead pass, outran two defenders and put a 10-yard shot from right wing into the side netting on the far side. Okwonkwo tied the score in the 15th minute, putting home the rebound of a Taider shot that went off the left post. Hasal took down Quioto in the penalty area in the 45th minute, and Taider converted the kick to give the Impact a 2-1 halftime advantage. Piette, playing his 79th career match, scored his first MLS goal in the 51st minute, making a run into the penalty area and scoring on a one-timer from 6 yards out. Taider and Okwonkwo got assists on the play. Quioto made it 4-1 in the 60th minute on helpers from Piette and Zachary Brault-Guillard. Montreal defender Rudy Camacho's own goal in the 66th minute capped the scoring. The victory also kept the Impact in the running for a c

Minnesota United FC vs.Sporting Kansas City Recap 09-13-2020

Johnny Russell converted a perfect pass from Graham Zusi for a goal in the 80th minute as host Sporting Kansas City defeated Minnesota United 1-0 Sunday night. Sporting KC (6-3-2, 20 points) moved to the top of the Western Conference standings. Zusi lofted a pass up the middle from 20 yards shy of midfield and found Russell even with the four-man back line of Minnesota. Russell collected the ball, gathered himself and left-footed it past Minnesota keeper Dayne St. Clair. First place was on the line as both clubs trailed Seattle by one point heading into the match. It appeared for much of the match that neither side would leave happy. Sporting KC controlled the pace almost from the beginning but had nothing to show for it. They controlled more than 60 percent of possession and finished with a 21-6 edge in shots. The 21st shot connected. Minnesota (5-4-2, 17 points), which was without several offensive players, had trouble mounting much of an attack. The Loons picked up the pace following Russell's goal, but the Sporting defense kept them away from keeper Tim Melia and the SKC net. Sporting KC had earned a total of only two points in four matches (two draws and two losses) since their 2-1 road victory against Minnesota on Aug. 21. Sporting remains the only MLS club not to suffer a shutout in 2020. Minnesota had won two straight after a four-game losing streak that included the home loss to Sporting Kansas City. An aggressive start saw both teams leave scoring opportunities wanting. Sporting had five shots in the first nine minutes. SKC kept up the pressure, holding nearly 70 percent of the possession in the first 30 minutes with eight shots compared with just one for Minnesota. By halftime, Sporting owned a 15-1 advantage in shots, including 5-0 in shots on goal, plus a 64-36 advantage in possession. --Field Level Med

Colorado Rapids vs.Real Salt Lake Recap 09-12-2020

Diego Rubio scored his first two goals of the season to fuel the Colorado Rapids to a 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah, on Saturday night. This marked the first win for Colorado (3-3-4, 13 points) in three meetings with their Rocky Mountain Cup rival this season. It also snapped a seven-game winless streak for the Rapids. Colorado had battled to three straight 1-1 draws coming into the match. Salt Lake (3-3-5, 14 points) outscored Colorado 6-1 in the two previous matches between the clubs. RSL never recovered from early defensive lapses and played with only 10 men over the final 25 minutes. The Rapids wasted no time imposing their will on offense. Colorado scored a pair of goals within the first 10 minutes of the match. Rubio accounted for both strikes. Rubio struck first in third minute with a snap header off a corner kick, giving the Rapids a quick 1-0 lead. He extended it to a 2-0 advantage 10 minutes later. Rubio settled a long ball and threaded it in from outside the top of the box to get the brace. Salt Lake's hopes to make any sort of a comeback were dashed in the 49th minute. Sam Vines blasted home his first career goal when he was left unmarked and latched onto the ball near the back of the 6-yard box. It gave Colorado a commanding three-goal lead. Braian Galvan finished off a cross from Cole Bassett in the 55th minute for the Rapids' fourth goal of the match. Bassett put the exclamation point on the match with a goal in the 88th minute. RSL went down a man in the 64th minute. Douglas Martinez got sent off with a red card for violent conduct following a video review. Colorado had a 16-9 edge on shots over Salt Lake. RSL put only one shot on frame. --Field Level Media

Houston Dynamo vs.FC Dallas Recap 09-12-2020

Franco Jara scored the go-ahead goal in the 61st minute to lift FC Dallas to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday in Frisco, Texas. Andres Ricaurte also tallied in his first career MLS start and Kyle Zobeck made two saves for FC Dallas (3-2-4, 13 points), who improved to 2-1-3 in their last six matches. Memo Rodriguez scored on a free kick in the 41st minute and Marko Maric finished with three saves for the Dynamo (3-3-5, 14 points), who saw their six-match unbeaten streak (3-0-3) come to a halt. FC Dallas' Michael Barrios flicked the ball into the box to set up Jara, who deftly tapped it past Maric to give his side a 2-1 lead in the 61st minute. Jara's second goal of the season tied him with Zdenek Ondrasek and Ricardo Pepi for the team lead for FC Dallas, which entered play on Saturday even with Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the fewest tallies in the Western Conference. FC Dallas got the early jump after Houston's Darwin Ceren received a yellow card following a bad foul. A pair of failed clearing attempts did in the Dynamo in the 28th minute as Ricaurte unleashed a left-footed shot from outside the box that sailed into the bottom right corner of the net. Ricaurte was appearing in his second MLS game after signing with FC Dallas following a stint with Colombia's Deportivo Independiente Medellin. Houston answered in the 41st minute after Rodriguez converted a free kick into the top right corner to forge a tie. Rodriguez's goal was his third this season and 13th of his career, which ties Boniek Garcia for 12th place on the club's all-time scoring list. The Lone Star State teams were fit to be tied in the previous encounter of the Texas Derby. They played to a scoreless draw on Aug. 21 at BBVA Stadium in Houston. --Field Level Media

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