MLS Week 21: Excitement Before All-Star Break
MLS Week 21 kicked off Friday night in Carson, where San Jose caused a stir with a 2-1 win over the Galaxy. Jeremy Ebobisse put San Jose in 52nd place. The Galaxy equalized in the 65th minute by Victor Vasquez, but gave up an own goal in the 71st minute. The result changed the end of playoff positions in the west. San Jose moves up to 7th place, the Galaxy moves up to 4th place.
“We’ve been improving for a while,” said Earthquakes trainer Matias Almeyda. âWe have earned more victories in some of our draws. I think our performance tonight stood out as this was a derby. I like the way the team played. I like how they played the last game even though we lost a player for 80 minutes. We have regained our identity as we want to be in San Jose. “
Saturday’s schedule began with Minnesota and Sporting Kansas City going goalless at Allianz Field. Sportings Remi Walter saw red in the 21st minute. United had the lead with the shots 24 to 11 and the shots at goal 7 to 5.
“Well, I’ll watch the week and Galaxy, San Jose and this game ... should, if you look at it logically, sit on maybe seven points, chances we had,” said Minnesota coach Adrian Heath. âOpportunities compared to the opposition. Possessions that we had. Crosses. Corners. For every statistic you want to think of, we’ve been miles ahead of everyone else in all of the games. So it’s very disappointing to only get two points and it’s not that we didn’t have a chance to win the game. “
The Sounders extended Columbus’ losing streak with a 2-1 comeback win at Lower.com Field. After a goal from Bradley Wright-Phillips in the 77th minute, Xavier Arreaga equalized for Seattle in the 88th minute. Will Bruin met a minute later. Seattle’s lead at the top of the Western Conference is now three points over Sporting, with both teams playing 21 games.
New England took points to the top of the Eastern Conference with a 4-1 home win over FC Cincinnati. Tajon Buchanan scored the goals in the 7th minute. Emmanuel Boateng doubled Revolution’s lead in the 21st and Adam Buksa made the 3-0 in the 33rd round. Brenner pulled back a goal for Cincinnati in the 54th minute, but Buksa scored again in the 61st minute.
Philadelphia and Montreal finished 1-1 in Chester. Djorde Mihailovic scored for Club de Foot in added time in the first half. Philadelphia equalized in the 87th round through Quinn Sullivan and scored a goal with his only shot on goal.
Inter Miami defeated Toronto 3-1 in Fort Lauderdale. Rodolfo Pizarro put Miami in 15th place and Robbie Robinson doubled the lead in 35th place. It was Pizarro again in the 48th to make it 3-0. Inter made an own goal in the 62nd minute.
Atlanta United’s turnaround continued at DC United, advancing to 8th place with a 2-1 win. Atlanta is now in the tiebreaker of overall wins for the final playoff spot behind 7th place in DC. Josef Martinez put Atlanta in 35th place. DC United’s Yordy Reyna equalized in the 54th minute, but Marcelino Moreno sent the points to Atlanta with an 82nd-minute goal.
Houston and Dallas split 2-2 at BBVA Stadium. Fafa Picault converted a Dynamo penalty into the opening goal in the 25th minute. Dallas responded with goals from Mkosi Tafari in the 54th and Ricardo Pepi in the 58th minute.
“It’s difficult because the moment they scored their first goal there was really no reason to think we weren’t going to win the game.” It would have been easy to just hold the ball and let them do it bring to hunt. We talked about it, let’s keep the ball, let’s chase them and eventually we’ll get more chances. But we couldn’t keep the ball. “
Orlando defeated Chicago 1-0 at home. Benjo Michel scored the only goal of the game in the 51st minute. Mason Stajduhar made five saves to keep the clean sheet.
“It’s a huge frustration, but I can’t say anything bad about the effort, the way the team played, the way the team worked together,” said Chicago coach Raphael Wicky. “There is no lack of effort or tactical understanding.”
Colorado returned to beat Real Salt Lake 2-1 in Commerce, moving into 3rd place ahead of the teams in front of them with two games in hand. After a goal from Albert Rusnak in the 51st minute, Diego Rubio equalized for the Rapids in the 64th minute. Mark-Anthony Kaye scored the winning goal in the 71st minute.
Austin took a surprising home win, defeating Portland 3-1. Cecilio Dominguez converted an Austin penalty in the 11th minute. Diego Fagundez scored in the 14th and Sebastian Driussi scored the 3-0 for Austin on the 29th. Dairon Asprilla scored a goal for the Timbers in the 55th minute.
Week 21 ended at BC Place and Vancouver returned to beat LAFC 2-1. Diego Rossi converted a two-minute LAFC penalty into first-half stoppage time. The Whitecaps equalized in the 60th minute with a goal from Brian White and took the final lead when Ryan Gauld scored in the 89th minute.
Field problems due to the weather have postponed the Red Bulls against NYCFC.
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