Week Six of the MLS season was action packed; all 22 teams featured. Lets see how everyone fared this week around MLS, week six edition.
LA Galaxy 2 Montreal Impact 0
LA and Montreal started off week six. LA Found an early lead in the fifteenth minute thanks to their newcomer Roamian Alessandrini. Fifteen minutes in and the home team were on top. Aside from a free kick that hit the bar, Montreal had very little opportunities. At the end of the first half Montreal’s frustrations became festered into an elbow into Jermaine Jones. A straight red for that, saw Montreal play down for the rest of the game. In the end Jones had the last laugh, as he scored LA’s second goal that iced the game. LA got an impressive home win, and Montreal came a long way just to lose.
Chicago Fire 1 Columbus Crew 0
Chicago made the most of a crucial opportunity in the first half. Dax McCarty put a perfect ball through four Columbus defenders to find Nikolic who put the ball past the diving Columbus Keeper. After the goal, Columbus tried to push but couldn’t find any finishing efforts. They had chance after chance all game, but kept missing. The team that started the day in first place, couldn’t find a way to push Chicago after going down. Chicago did push to find a second, but Zack Steffen kept making saves for Columbus. At the end of the day, Chicago got a crucial three points, and Columbus found out they have a legit keeper behind their back line.
New England Revolution 2 Houston Dynamo 0
After a first half of nothing from both sides, New England took control of the match. New England’s strikers found their shooting boots. Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo got second half goals off of uncharacteristic Dynamo mistakes. Houston couldn’t get anything going offensively. It looked like their cross-country trip took a toll on them. New England will gladly take the three points at home, Houston will wish they had been able to wake up on the road.
DC United 2 NYCFC 1
DC did just enough to beat New York at home. After a boring first half, DC found the lead thanks to Lloyd Sam. He pressed NYC into a mistake and took advantage of it. Sam again put an attempt on goal that was saved by Sean Johnson; a rebound in the box fell to Acosta who put DC up 2-0. When it looked like NYCFC couldn’t find anything from the match David Villa found a late goal. The goal was a good consolation for NYCFC, but they still fell short in the match. DC will be happy to get the home points, while NYCFC will kick themselves for letting up easy chances.
Philadelphia Union 1 Portland Timbers 3
The Union started a three game home stand on the right foot. A first half goal saw them go ahead of the Timbers. However just before half Darlington Nagbe found the equalizer for Portland. This goal was the beginning of the end for the Union. Early in the second half, Portland scored a second goal. Philly pushed but this led to many breaks for Portland. On one of them, Portland received a penalty as Andre Blake clipped a player in on goal. Fernando Adi finished the penalty and the game ended 3-1. Portland will take the three road points while the Union will be looking for answers.
Toronto FC 2 Atlanta United 2
Toronto welcomed Atlanta in a match between two high-flying eastern conference teams. Atlanta got on the board first after a nice finish from Villalba. Toronto countered with a goal that included a back heal from Altidore that found Giovinco for his first goal of the year. Before the first half ended, Toronto found the lead. The Second half started just like the first, a brilliant finish from Villalba. Atlanta tied the match, and the rest of the game was both side pushing for goals that wouldn’t come. This was an impressive road point for Atlanta who continue to impress in their first season in MLS. Toronto will rue the fact that they gave up the equalizer and couldn’t find the winner.
FC Dallas 2 Minnesota United 0
Dallas put Minnesota in their place with two great team goals. The first was in the first half. Some great passing saw the ball played into the box. Javi Morales flung a foot up and got enough of the ball to chip the keeper. Dallas’ second goal came in the second half thanks to Kellyn Acosta. He found the ball with a chance to go to goal. He faked his shot causing the keeper to dive one way and passed the ball to Barrios who had the whole net to shoot at. He finished and put Minnesota away. Minnesota had some chances to get a goal, but couldn’t capitalize. Dallas will take the good home win; Minnesota will wish they made more of their opportunities.
Real Salt Lake 3 Vancouver Whitecaps 0
Salt Lake got their first win of the season on a snowy night. RSL had all of the chances in the game. The first half they had five chances to score and missed all of them. Then the second half came and so did the snow. Real Salt Lake scored three in a snowstorm of a second half. They took advantage of the situation and conditions to get their first three points of the season. Vancouver looked like they missed the warmth of their enclosed stadium on the snowy night. They showed no creativity in the attack, and let RSL take the game to them. Newly appointed head coach Mike Petke will take the first win for RSL. Vancouver will wish that this game hadn’t been played.
San Jose Earthquakes 1 Seattle Sounders 1
San Jose battled Seattle in week six. The game saw a lot of chances but no goals until late in the match. Nico Lodeiro found a goal for Seattle in the 84th minute. Clint Dempsey had a free kick ricochet off the wall, and Lodeiro hit it first time into the left corner of the net. But this game was not over yet. Chris Wondolowski found the equalizer in the 90th minute. The game ended 1-1. The last 10 minutes was the best, and most action packed of the game. Seattle will not like giving up the late goal, while San Jose will be happy to get the late equalizer.
Orland City SC 1 New York Red Bulls 0
Orlando got another one goal home win. Early in the game, the Red Bulls had the most of the chances. As the game went on Orlando found more chances. At the end of the first half Orlando found a goal from a corner kick. They had the lead, and kept it in the second half. NYRB pushed but couldn’t find anyone to finish the chances they created. Orlando is now 3-0 in their new stadium. They will love that fact! New York will be wondering why they couldn’t finish any of their chances.
Sporting Kansas City 3 Colorado Rapids 1
SKC and Colorado closed the week out. And Kansas City opened up the scoring in the first half. They dominated Colorado and passed the ball through them for the opener. They did the same in the beginning of the second half. Dom Dwyer made it 3-0 later, after starting the play at half field and running with the play to find open space to slot a chance away. Colorado got a consolation goal in stoppage time but this one was all SKC. Colorado will miss the days of their 2016 1-0 road wins, while SKC will love getting three goals for three home points.
Here’s where everyone stands after week six:
Week 6 standings:
Where we stand after Week 6.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 11, 2017
Here’s the MLS goals, saves, and team of the week:
Goals of the week:
Some top class goals, but which one was #ATTGotW?
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 10, 2017
Saves of the week:
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 11, 2017
Team of the Week:
Bench: Bill Hamid, DC; Tommy Redding, ORL; Atiba Harris, DAL; Darlington Nagbe, POR; Miguel Almiron, ATL; Luciano Acosta, DC; Juan Agudelo, NE
Week seven’s games have already started with three already having been played. Look for recaps of those next week; here’s a list of the games of week seven:
Philadelphia 0 vs NYCFC 2 Final
Vancouver 2 vs Seattle 1 Final
San Jose 1 vs Dallas 1 Final
Montreal vs Atlanta 1:00 PM
Orlando vs LA Galaxy 2:30 PM
Chicago vs New England 5:00 PM
NYRB vs DC United 7:30 PM
Columbus vs Toronto 8:00 PM
Houston vs Minnesota 8:30 PM
Colorado vs Real Salt Lake 9:00 PM
Portland vs Sporting Kansas City 10:30 PM
Come back to Philly Sports Network for a recap of the Union’s loss to NYCFC, an in-depth look at the Union’s problems, and of course a recap of all the week seven action from around MLS. Until then, peace out!
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