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MLS Saturday Rewind: LAFC spoils Timbers’ opener, Red Bulls roll, and more

It was a busy day in Major League Soccer on Saturday with the league leaders picking up the result of the evening.

Bob Bradley’s LAFC held on for a 3-2 triumph at Providence Park against the Portland Timbers. Carlos Vela was on the scoresheet again but it was Latif Blessing whose goal proved to be the winner.

Josef Martinez continued his hot run of form with a brace for Atlanta United, the New York Red Bulls rolled past Real Salt Lake, and FC Dallas ended a lengthy winless run with a slim victory over Seattle.

Here’s a closer look at Saturday’s MLS results:

Impact 0 – Orlando City 3

Orlando City earned their first shutout win since April 20th with a 3-0 success over the Montreal Impact.

It was a dominant first-half by the Lions who tallied all three goals in a 15th-minute span. Nani’s 27th-minute penalty broke the deadlock at Stade Saputo before Tesho Akindele’s close-range finish added to the visitors advantage.

Will Johnson ended the scoring in the 42nd-minute with a header past Evan Bush.

The Impact only recorded one shot on goal in the home loss.

Atlanta United 2 – Fire 0

Atlanta United made it back-to-back wins and Josef Martinez continued his recent scoring streak in a 2-0 win over Chicago.

The Venezuelan’s first came in the 12th-minute after a through ball assist from Pity Martinez allowed the striker to go on towards goal.

Martinez netted his fourth goal in a four-day span, rifling a right-footed shot past Kenneth Kronholm before halftime.

Brad Guzan made three saves in the clean sheet.

Red Bulls 4 – Real Salt Lake 0

Mike Petke’s return to Red Bull Arena ended in losing fashion as the New York Red Bulls rolled past Real Salt Lake 4-0.

All four goals came after halftime and started from an own-goal from RSL’s Marcelo Silva in the 58th-minute.

Daniel Royer was assisted by Kaku a minute later to extend the hosts lead. Michael Murillo’s first goal since April 2018 continued the hosts onslaught ahead of Omir Fernandez’s right-footed finish in the 83rd-minute.

The loss was RSL’s second in a four days.

Crew 2 – NYCFC 2

NYCFC hit back twice at Mafpre Stadium to earn a 2-2 draw against the Columbus Crew.

Gyasi Zardes’ 28th-minute penalty kick goal put Caleb Porter’s side in front but NYCFC equalized after halftime.

Heber finished off Maxi Moralez’s assist in make it 1-1 before the hour mark. Pedro Santos retained the lead for the Crew just four minutes later but again Domenec Torrent’s would fight back.

Valentin Castellanos’ long-range shot would steal a point for NYCFC.

Zack Steffen made two saves in his final home match for the Crew ahead of his move to Manchester City.

D.C. United 1 – Earthquakes 1

The points were shared at Audi Field as D.C. United hit back for a 1-1 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes.

Luciano Acosta’s fifth goal of the season earned Ben Olsen’s side a point after being down in the first-half.

Chris Wondolowski headed the Quakes in front after 37 minutes for his seventh goal of 2019.

Bill Hamid finished the busier of the two keepers, making six saves. Daniel Vega was called into action four times.

Rapids 3 – FC Cincinnati 1

Conor Casey’s Colorado Rapids extended their current unbeaten run to four matches after a 3-1 success over FC Cincinnati.

The sides were level late in the second-half but it was the hosts who pulled away with two goals in the final 17 minutes.

Kekuta Manneh canceled out Andre Shinyashiki’s opener but Nicolas Mezquida and Diego Rubio each tallied to seal the win.

Mezquida right-footed finish in the bottom-right corner put the Rapids back in front before Rubio’s header sealed the Rapids’ 10th points out of a possible 12 during this span.

Dynamo 1 – Sporting KC 1

A pair of Western Conference sides had to settle for a point apiece in a 1-1 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Alberth Elis’ right-footed strike helped the Houston Dynamo hit back against Sporting KC to earn a point. It was the Honduran’s fifth goal of 2019 and it came six minutes after SKC broke the deadlock.

Yohan Croizet put SKC in front but ultimately the team did not create much outside of that. Johnny Russell did not play and the team finished with one shot on goal.

FC Dallas 2 – Sounders 1

FC Dallas ended a lengthy winless run as they defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-1 at home.

A pair of Seattle own goals propelled Dallas to the win as Xavier Arreaga and Brad Smith were the unfortunate souls to see balls ricochet off them and past Stefan Frei.

Raul Ruidiaz’s long-range missile pulled the Sounders to within one after the hour mark, but it was the closest they would get.

Timbers 2 – LAFC 3

MLS leaders LAFC spoiled the party at Providence Park, downing the Portland Timbers 3-2.

The visitors led 2-0 at halftime after Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi each found the back of the net.

Cristhian Paredes pulled a goal back for the Timbers quickly into the second-half, but Latif Blessing retained the advantage for LAFC in the 54th-minute.

Brian Fernandez made the final few minutes interesting with his strike but LAFC would run out with the win.


  1. In the Timbers LAFC game, Carlos Vela should have gotten combat pay. It seemed like every time he got the ball even close to a defender he was knocked down.At the end of the game he must have felt like he was in a street fight. The Fernandez goal, a bicycle kick, should be a top contender for goal of the week.

    • Gary did you mean every time an LAFC player drew any contact they went down? That ref lost control of the match ten minutes into the match and it finished in chaos. It is a shame and insult LAFC has so much talent resort to embellishment and time wasting. Granted Vela was targeted but frequently after he drew contact and a Timber felt retaliation.
      Since when is a player(Vela) allowed to throw the ball at an opponents back and not see red? Or an assistant coach (Razov) can knock the ball away from the opposing team prior to a throw in and not be thrown out of the match? When is a red not shown to a player (Diomande) who runs into a jawing session and takes an opponent to the turf?
      It will be really interesting to how PRO and MLS review this match. The ref should be suspended also Vela, Diomande, Razov, and possibly Blanco and Fernandez ?


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