All 22 teams were in action this past week in MLS. There were many rivalry games this past week! Buckle up for a full recap of all the games, goals and glory from This week around MLS, week Seven.
Philadelphia Union 0 New York City FC 2
NYCFC continue to look hot; while the Union are now the only winless team in MLS. David Villa hit a half field chip to bury the Union in the 90th minute! Full recap here: Change came, but so did another loss: Union lose 2-0 to NYCFC
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Seattle Sounders 1
Vancouver welcomed Cascadia rivals Seattle to town last week. The thrilling rivalry game produced one of the best games of the weekend. Clint Dempsey almost put Seattle up in the first half with a half field chip that hit the cross-bar, but other than that attempt it was a tame first half. In the second Half Freddy Montero heated up. He got two goals from headers in the box. The ex-Seattle man ended up getting the winner on his second goal. Seattle came back and scored a scrappy goal late, but couldn’t find the equalizer. Vancouver will be happy to beat their rivals at home; Seattle will be rueing the fact they let Montero go.
San Jose Earthquakes 1 FC Dallas 1
San Jose and Dallas squared off in a great game in week seven. The first half told the story of the match to come; a lot of back and forth play. In the second half Dallas opened the scoring Urruti showed of his dribbling skills, and found Kellyn Acosta in the box. He chipped a sliding defender and a diving goal keeper to put Dallas up. San Jose looked beaten, but in the fourth minute of stoppage time they found numbers in the box. A bouncing ball found the foot of Jahmir Hyka, whose attempt found the back of the net. Dallas will be mad they couldn’t get three points on the road, while this tie will feel like a win for San Jose.
Montreal Impact 2 Atlanta United 1
This game was one where it looked like Atlanta would continue to be hot, and Montreal would continue to slump. Atlanta found the opener at the end of the first half; Kenwyne Jones found the net. The return of Ignacio Piatti helped Montreal back into this match. He converted a penalty right before the half ended to tie the match. The second half was wide open. Both teams pushed and defended well, until the third minute of stoppage time. Bernadello hit a shot for Les Blues and Anthony Jackson-Hamel deflected it to beat the keeper for the winner. Montreal will be glad to get their first win; Atlanta will hate not getting a road point.
Orlando City SC 2 LA Galaxy 1
Orlando continues to look strong at home. Will Johnson put the Lions up in the eighth minute off a great strike. LA pushed to get into the game, but couldn’t find the equalizer until late in the second half. Romain Alessandrini showed some skill to create some space to get the shot off, and his effort hit the inside of the post and went in. The game looked sealed at 1-1, but Cyle Larin had other ideas. a late corner for OCSC was sent in, and Larin got on the end of it and rifled it in. Orlando win their fourth home game, and will be glad to have a fortress of a home field, LA will be mad they couldn’t preserve the one point.
Chicago Fire 3 New England Revolution 0
This game was a rough one for New England. They went down to 10 men in the first half hour of the match. Chicago capitalized. Schweinsteiger opened the scoring, and Nikolic scored two after that. New England were completely depleted after going down a man. They couldn’t find anything in the attack, they sat back and let Chicago beat them. Chicago will love the three points and a clean sheet at home, New England will wonder how they can come back from this poor performance.
New York Red Bulls 2 DC United 0
Red Bulls and DC United renewed their rivalry for the first time of 2017. This game was Red Bull acting and DC reacting. NYRB opened the scoring in the second half off of a corner. DC didn’t act fast enough, and Muyl headed home the effort. Later in the half Bradly Wright-Phillips was allowed to run off the back shoulder of the defense in on goal. He beat Hamid to make it 2-0. DC tried to push after that but it was too late. NYRB will love beating their rivals at home, while DC will have a lot of explaining to do as to why they were so slow to react.
Columbus Crew SC 2 Toronto FC 1
Columbus continues their hot start to the season by beating rivals Toronto FC. However TFC opened the scoring, through Jozy Altidore, early in the first half. That was just the spark the Crew needed to get into the match. Ola Kamara tied the game off a great counter attack, and late in the first half Justin Meram scored from a corner. Columbus spent the rest of the match combating Toronto’s strong attackers, leading to the W for first place Columbus Crew. TFC will be mad to concede two after getting the lead. Columbus will be happy to beat their rivals at home.
Houston Dynamo 2 Minnesota United 2
Houston’s hot start was combated by Minnesota last weekend. The Dynamo scored two in the first half which looked to bury the Loons, but they rallied in the second half. Minnesota reacted quickly in the second half finding two goals before the hour mark of the match. The rest of the time Houston pushed but couldn’t break the vastly improved Minnesota defense. The Loons will love the point on the road, while Houston will have trouble believing they couldn’t take all three points at home.
Colorado Rapids 1 Real Salt Lake 2
Colorado looked to rebound after losing their last match agaisnt an RSL side who just won their first match. Colorado scored the opener in the 25th minute on a nice bit of transition play. The game looked to be Colorado’s until a deliberate handball in the box put them down to 10 men late in the second half. RSL capitalized by converting the penalty to tie the game, then pushed for the winner. They found it off a laser shot from Brooks Lennon. Colorado will be mad that one slip up cost them all of the points at home, while RSL will feel great about fighting back and winning on the road.
Portland Timbers 0 Sporting Kansas City 1
This match was a great one and one that looked like the two best teams in the west going head to head. The game was very back and forth with some great passing, and saves from both keepers. SKC found the only goal of the game in the second half off of some great build up play. Dwyer headed home the opportunity and Helped SKC take the points on the road. SKC keeper Tim Melia made an unbelievable save late to secure the road points. SKC will gladly take the three points home, while Portland will have tot asses how to be better.
Heres a look at where every team stands after week seven
|Columbus Crew SC||13||1.86||7||4||2||1|
|Orlando City SC||12||2.4||5||4||1||0|
|New York City FC||10||1.67||6||3||2||1|
|New York Red Bulls||10||1.43||7||3||3||1|
|Atlanta United FC||8||1.33||6||2||2||2|
|New England Revolution||7||1.17||6||2||3||1|
|Sporting Kansas City||12||2||6||3||0||3|
|San Jose Earthquakes||8||1.33||6||2||2||2|
|Real Salt Lake||8||1.14||7||2||3||2|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||7||1.17||6||2||3||1|
|Seattle Sounders FC||6||1||6||1||2||3|
|Minnesota United FC||5||0.71||7||1||4||2|
Here’s the MLS goal of the week, save of the week and team of the week from week seven:
Goals of the week:
Quality all around, but which one is #ATTGotW?
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 17, 2017
Saves of the week:
Five saves, one winner.
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) April 18, 2017
Team of the week:
Bench: Joe Bendik, ORL; Tim Parker, VAN; Dax McCarty, CHI; Bastian Schweinsteiger, CHI; Alex Muyl, NY; Kevin Molino, MIN; David Villa, NYC
Here are the matches for week eight of MLS action:
New England 0 vs San Jose 0 Final
Toronto 3 vs Chicago 1 Final
Philadelphia vs Montreal
Houston vs San Jose
Portland vs Vancouver
New England vs DC United
NY Red Bulls vs Columbus
Dallas vs Kansas City
Real Salt Lake vs Atlanta
NYCFC vs Orlando
LA Galaxy vs Seattle
Minnesota vs Colorado
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Mandatory Credit: James Lang-USA TODAY Sports