Columbus Crew SC’s 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders was one of the multiple exciting finishes in MLS’s Week 2. A couple of teams have established themselves as offensively productive and we had some thrillers to continue the 25th Major League Soccer season. Let’s begin the second Massive Roundup of 2020.
The first game of Week 2 finished as a draw with the Revolution and Fire each getting their first point of 2020. New England’s new striker Adam Buksa scored his first Revs goal with an easy finish in the 28th minute. The Fire got the game-tying goal in the 70th minute with a header into the bottom corner from former U.S. international Jonathan Bornstein.
The Revolution will stay at home for Week 3 when they host the Portland Timbers at Gillette Stadium. The Fire will play its third straight road game to start the season when they travel to Florida to take on Orlando City.
Real Salt Lake got a last-second equalizer to rescue a point at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Red Bulls. New York took the early lead with Christian Casseres’ first goal of the season in the 13th minute. Salt Lake pushed and pushed for the game-tying goal and thought they had it in the 69th minute. but Douglas Martinez’s finished was overturned by VAR.
Salt Lake finally, after many efforts, got the goal to get the team’s second point. Damir Kreilach scored the wide open header in stoppage time after 21 RSL shots. Real will take its unbeaten record to Columbus on Saturday. The Red Bulls will also travel with an unbeaten record as they face Minnesota Sunday night.
It was a remarkable second half at Toyota Stadium in Frisco where Dallas scored two late goals to draw with the Montreal Impact, keeping both teams undefeated. Maximiliano Urruti kept himself in-form with a brace midway through the second half. Urruti has three goals in the first two games.
That didn’t stop FC Dallas. Zdenek Ondrasek brought one back for Dallas in the 84th minute and then a moment of history occurred in the fifth minute of stoppage time when 17-year-old American Ricardo Pepi scored his first ever MLS goal with the equalizer late. A stunning finish!
Dallas heads to New York City FC to start a two-game road trip. The Impact will have next weekend off with the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals beginning for them back at Saputo Stadium on Tuesday. They play CD Olimpia two weeks straight before their third league game at Minnesota on March 21.
D.C. United 2 Inter Miami 1
It was an incredibly weird game at Audi Field between D.C. United and Inter Miami. The Pink & Black scored the team’s first MLS goal courtesy of Rodolfo Pizarro just two minutes after kickoff. D.C. had a nightmare first half with Ola Kamara and Joseph Mora coming off due to injuries. The tables turned drastically in the second half.
Miami had the worst nine-minute span the club might ever have. In the 51st minute, Lewis Morgan saw his goal disallowed due to VAR. Two minutes later, Ramon Torres was sent off after a handball. In the 55th minute, Vitor Ulloa conceded a penalty that Yamil Asad scores for United. Then in the 60th minute, D.C. took the lead with Fredric Brillant’s goal.
D.C. will try to win two straight when they play FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium next weekend. Inter Miami will host one of the marquee matches of the season, their inaugural home-opener at Lockhart Stadium against the LA Galaxy, the former team of Miami owner David Beckham.
Toronto FC 1 New York City FC 0
New York City will have to wait another week for a goal after losing 1-0 to Toronto FC at BMO Field. Toronto’s lone goal didn’t come until the 81st minute with the debut MLS finish for 2020 first-round pick Ifunanyachi Achara. The former Georgetown Hoya pounced on an open header to clinch Toronto’s first three points of 2020.
The Reds will stay home in Ontario to host Nashville SC next week while NYCFC has a two-game week ahead of them, in New York hosting Tigres on Wednesday in the Champions League and then a league match against FC Dallas.
Atlanta United 2 FC Cincinnati 1
Another week, another Atlanta win. The Five Stripes were the first team to hit two wins out of two after the 2-1 victory against FC Cincinnati. The scoreline was the same as last week’s win in Nashville and the goal scorers were the exact same also. Ezequiel Barco scored in the 21st minute and Emerson Hyndman in the 55th. Former Crew striker Adam Jahn started for the injured Josef Martinez.
Atlanta looks to keep its reputation as an MLS powerhouse alive next week with a trip to Club America in the Champions League on Wednesday followed by a home match against Kansas City. Cincinnati will have its home opener against D.C. United in Week 3.
Minnesota United has looked like the best team in MLS to start things with a resounding 5-2 win in San Jose to stay perfect. The Loons scored four goals in the first half to become the first away team to accomplish that feat since 2014. Luis Amarilla scored and got an assist, Ike Opara got a brace and Jan Gregus had a goal and two assists.
With eight goals in their first two games, Minnesota is red-hot heading home to Allianz Field for its home opener against the Red Bulls. The Earthquakes will have their first road game in Philadelphia.
Sporting KC 4 Houston Dynamo 0
Kansas City is another team that stayed perfect with a 4-0 win at home against the Dynamo. Sporting has found its new dynamic duo with Mexican Alan Pulido and Israeli Gadi Kinda starting their SKC careers off on fire. Both scored last week and both scored again this week.
Pulido and Kinda look to keep Sporting’s run going when they head to Atlanta next week in a battle of two perfect teams. Houston has a point and look to build on that at home against the Sounders.
Colorado Rapids 2 Orlando City 1
It was another week with a late Rapids goal. Colorado got a 90th-minute winner from Drew Moor to get its first win of the season and hand Orlando City its first loss. Orlando did score its first goal of the season as Chris Mueller got his ninth goal for the Lions. Colorado has shown the resilience to find a way to score late and has started the season strong.
The Rapids will take this unbeaten record to Vancouver while Orlando returns to Florida to host the Chicago Fire.
LA Galaxy 0 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
It was a disappointing home debut for Chicharito Hernandez and the Galaxy with a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps in Carson, California. Tosaint Ricketts scored the lone goal in the 75th minute with the assist from Ali Adnan. The Galaxy played with 10-men for the last 15 minutes after Joe Corona got sent off. Chicharito had one shot the whole game and it was blocked.
With no wins yet, the Galaxy will be the first guests of Inter Miami in next week’s FOX game. The Whitecaps host the Rapids next week at BC Place.
Portland Timbers 1 Nashville SC 0
The Timbers were able to get win number one at Providence Park against Nashville SC. Diego Valeri’s early 12th-minute wonder goal got Portland the three points and puts Valeri amongst the top scorers in MLS during the early days of the year. Nashville will have to wait just like first season counterpart Inter Miami for its first MLS point.
The Timbers will start a two-game road trip in Foxborough against the Revs at Gillette Stadium next week. Nashville once again continues its gauntlet schedule to start its MLS existence when the team heads to Toronto before a four-game homestand.
The last game of Week 2 was the game of the week with a 3-3 draw between LAFC and the Union late Sunday night. The first half ended at 1-1 with Sergio Santos scoring the first Philly goal this season and Carlos Vela’s free kick to give him 50 MLS goals and extending his scoring streak to 11 games.
The second half was wild with Jakob Glesnes rifle quickly followed up by a Diego Rossi goal. Philly then took a lead for the third time in the 69th minute with Brendan Aaronson’s strike and, for the third time, the lead was lost quickly as Eddie Segura converted the sixth of the game. I’ll leave the full highlights cause it was an epic contest.
LAFC joins Montreal with a weekend off because of Champions League action. Los Angeles hosts Cruz Azul on Thursday while the Union plays its first home game at Talen Energy against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Week 2 Fun Facts
- Four teams remain perfect (Atlanta, Minnesota, Kansas City and Colorado)
- 25 of 26 teams have scored already, NYCFC is the only team without a goal
- The Crew, RSL and Sporting KC have only conceded one goal, Columbus being the only one who haven’t conceded in open play
- Four teams remain winless (Nashville, Inter Miami, NYCFC and FC Cincinnati)