MLS Wednesday Rewind: Timbers top Sounders, Red Bulls trounce Inter Miami, and more

MLS Wednesday Rewind: Timbers top Sounders, Red Bulls trounce Inter Miami, and more

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MLS Wednesday Rewind: Timbers top Sounders, Red Bulls trounce Inter Miami, and more

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Fire 4, Dynamo 0

(Beric 15′, Herbers 23′, Medran 40′, Sapong 87′)

The Chicago Fire rolled out to a multi-goal lead at Soldier Field against the Houston Dynamo and didn’t look back to earn its first win since Aug. 25th on Wednesday night.

Four different attacking players found the back of the net for the Fire who trounced the Dynamo 4-0 at home.

It was a fast start for Raphael Wicky’s side who claimed a 3-0 advantage heading into halftime. Robert Beric needed only 15 minutes to break the deadlock for the Fire, after a great cross in from Jonathan Bornstein was one-timed home by the striker.

Fabian Herbers extended the Fire’s advantage in the 23rd minute after Ignacio Aliseda played in the German with a superb through ball. Herbers chipped past Marko Maric to score his third goal at the historic venue this season.

After a Dynamo turnover in the Fire’s side of the field. Alvaro Medran scored the killer blow in the 40th minute. Medran danced his way through the middle of the field before rifling a low effort past Maric for the Fire’s third goal of the half.

Houston offered little offensively after halftime, while the Fire added a fourth goal as insurance. C.J. Sapong came off the bench and scored a penalty kick in the 87th minute, after being fouled by Aljaz Struna inside of the box.

Chicago next hosts Atlanta United on Sunday looking to make it two wins in a row while Houston aims to bounce back at Nashville SC on Saturday.

Man of the Match

Herbers continued to shine at Soldier Field, scoring his third goal at the venue and putting in an all-around good performance. He completed 94% of his passes on the night and connected well with his attacking teammates. The German has continued to be an important player for the Fire.

Moment of the Match

Just when the Dynamo thought they had some life, Alvaro Medran’s finish subdued the visitors to its second defeat out of the past four matches. Poor defending by several players allowed Medran to walk his way in front of goal before dealing the gut punch to Houston’s already slim comeback hopes.

Match to Forget

Jose Bizama was caught out several times at right back and was punished by the creative play of Herbers and Aliseda. Bizama lost seven of his 11 duels and could not get anything going defensively in an all-around dismal performance by the backline.


Crew 2, Minnesota United 1

(Zelarayan 31′, Santos 70′) (Lod 88′)

The Columbus Crew continued their league-best run of form while Pedro Santos continued to enjoy a scorching September as the Crew held off the Loons at Mapfre Stadium on Wednesday night.

Santos registered a first-half assist and a stunner of a winning goal in the second half as the Crew jumped out to a comfortable 2-0 lead. The lead could have been more if Lucas Zelarayan had not missed a penalty kick, but that didn’t deter the Crew from pushing their unbeaten run to six in a row.

Minnesota United made a game of it late, pulling one back when Robin Lod scored in the 88th minute, but there wasn’t enough time for the Loons to complete the comeback, though they came close late only to have a would-be equalizer ruled offside.

The Crew hit the road to face Toronto FC on Sunday (in Connecticut) while Minnesota United will to halt their recent three-match winless slide with a win at home against Real Salt Lake.

Man of the Match

Pedro Santos set up the Crew’s first goal and then scored a stunner for the inevitable winner.

Moment of the Match

Santos scored a stunning tight-angled blast, beating Dayne St. Claire at his near post.

Match to Forget

You will be hard pressed to find a more anonymous 69 minutes than those played by Thomas Chacon, who was largely invisible for Minnesota United, managing just three completed passes and zero shots in his start.


FC Cincinnati 0, Union 0

The Philadelphia Union missed a golden chance to keep pace with the Columbus Crew atop the Eastern Conference after a sluggish scoreless draw in Cincinnati.

Jim Curtin’s side failed to record a shot on goal in a 0-0 draw with FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium. Andre Blake made one save for the visitors, but it was crucial as it came in second-half stoppage time.

Philadelphia owned possession for most of the match, but found it tough breaking down the three centerback pairing of Kendall Waston, Tom Pettersson, and Nick Hagglund. Ilsinho had the best look towards goal late in the second-half, but found it tough to get a clear look after a nice 1-2 with Brenden Aaronson.

Joe Gyau’s left-footed strike in stoppage time look destined for the bottom corner, but Blake’s diving save did enough to earn the Union a point.

Philadelphia will look to rebound on Sunday at home against Inter Miami, but will be without captain Alejandro Bedoya through yellow card accumulation.

Cincinnati travels to NYCFC on Saturday looking to extend its unbeaten run to three matches.

Man of the Match

Frankie Amaya wasn’t very influential in the final third for Cincinnati, but put in a strong shift defensively against an in-form Union midfield. Amaya won eight of his 10 duels and also completed three tackles, dealing with the cleverness of Aaronson and Jamiro Monteiro on the opposite side.

Moment of the Match

Gyau had the best look for either team, but was denied by Blake’s strong left hand in stoppage time. When it looked like Cincy was going to just run the clock out, the speedy winger maneuvered past Olivier Mbaizo and got enough room for a shot.

Match to Forget

Kacper Przybylko scored twice in a lopsided win on Sunday, but was held in check by Cincinnati’s backline on Wednesday. The Polish striker did not register a single shot and lost eight of his 12 duels while failing to get on the end of any cross from Ray Gaddis, Mbaizo, or substitute Matt Real.


Sporting KC 1, Orlando City 2

(Russell 53′) – (Akindele 36′, Michel 38′)

Orlando City used a pair of goals in quick succession to extend its unbeaten run to seven matches in MLS play.

The Lions scored first half goals two minutes apart to earn a 2-1 road victory over Sporting KC on Wednesday. Tesho Akindele and Benji Michel each found the back of the net to give the Lions its third-straight win.

Akindele’s opener came in the 36th minute off a confident finish past Tim Melia, but it was all set up by a great through ball assist from right back Ruan. Ruan’s pass sliced between Matt Besler and Amadou Dia allowing Akindele to hit a right-footed shot past Melia.

Not long after the ensuing kickoff, Nani played a ball over the top of SKC’s backline allowing Michel to control and hit a low shot past Melia for the Lions second goal of the half.

Johnny Russell continued his good run of form with a second-half goal to pull SKC to within one. Gerso Fernandes’ cross was headed in by the Scottish winger from close range, but it would be the closest Peter Vermes’ side would come to a comeback.

Orlando City travels to FC Dallas next on Saturday while Sporting KC visits rivals Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

Man of the Match

Ruan registered a perfect assist on the opening goal for Orlando City and did well on the defensive side as well. He limited Gerso’s impact on the match and won six of his nine duels overall on the night.

Moment of the Match

After taking a lead, Orlando City kept its foot on the gas and Benji Michel’s composed finish proved to be the game-winner at Children’s Mercy Park.

Match to Forget

Matt Besler only played 45 minutes for SKC before being substituted, but overall was poor in defense. He failed to stay with Akindele on the eventual first goal and overall lost all three of his individual battles on the night.

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