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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Inter Miami 1, Red Bulls 4

(Agudelo 39′) – (Egbo 14′, White 49′, Mines 85′, Royer 90+1′)

The New York Red Bulls have for years made their money off of pressing opposing teams high up the field.

Inter Miami just learned that the hard way.

The Red Bulls handed Inter Miami its first home loss of the season with a 4-1 victory at Inter Miami CF Stadium. Four different players scored for the Red Bulls in the lopsided win, including Brian White with a 49th-minute winner.

The Red Bulls took an early lead via a penalty kick from Mandela Egbo after just 14 minutes, but Juan Agudelo equalized for Inter Miami in the 39th minute with a clinical shot to the far post.

It was mostly all Red Bulls after the break. White scored the decisive tally shortly after halftime after the Red Bulls used their high press to win the ball off of Inter Miami high up the field.

Inter Miami had a handful of looks to pull level after that, including a Rodolfo Pizarro shot that was saved at the near post in the 72nd minute, but could not find an equalizer. That opened the door for the Red Bulls to score two late insurance goals, first from Ben Mines in the 85th minute and then from Daniel Royer in stoppage time.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Jared Stroud. Drew the early penalty kick on Blaise Matuidi that gave the Red Bulls the initial lead, and also pressed Ben Sweat into the turnover on the game’s decisive play.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

The Red Bull Press. Inter Miami had not played all that well in the first half but went into the break on level terms after Agudelo’s tying goal. The Red Bulls quickly reclaimed the lead, however, after pressing Sweat into a poor pass that transformed into White’s winner.

MATCH TO FORGET

Ben Sweat. His failure to deal with the Red Bulls’ high press led to the decisive strike, an he was also involved in two of the other goals Inter Miami conceded as well.


Nashville SC 1, D.C. United 0

(Rios 70′)

Bill Hamid’s heroics very nearly helped D.C. United escape Nashville with a point, but a Daniel Rios header beat Hamid in the 70th minute to help Nashville SC grab all three points.

Hamid made four top-quality saves to deny the home side, but he was powerless to stop Rios when he outjumped Joseph Mora to head home a redirected corner kick for the game’s only goal.

D.C. United played with 10 men for the entire second half after midfielder Russell Canouse was shown a pair of yellow cards late in the first half. Nashville used that advantage to control possession and outshoot D.C. United 16-4.

The win keeps Nashville SC in playoff position in ninth place in the East while D.C. United sits in last place in the East.

Nashville plays host to Houston Saturday while D.C. United plays host to New England on Sunday.

Man of the Match

Daniel Rios took a game-high six shots and finally broke through for his first MLS goal.

Moment of the Match

Russell Canouse’s second yellow card was a turning point, and while D.C. United will argue it was an unfair decision, there is no denying Canouse’s departure all but assured D.C. United wouldn’t leave Nashville with a win.

Match to Forget

Canouse wasn’t happy with the second yellow card but he put himself in position to draw it and can’t have too many complaints.


Rapids 5, Earthquakes 0

(Bassett 35′, Lewis 50′, Thompson OG 70′, Mezquida 79′, Shinyashiki 84′)

The Colorado Rapids became the latest team to rip San Jose to shreds, breaking open a match that was relatively close for the first 69 minutes before a late Rapids flourish delivered another blowing against the Earthquakes.

Three Rapids goals in the final 20 minutes blew the game open and marked the fifth time this season that the Earthquakes allowed five goals in a match, a new MLS record.

The victory helped the Rapids climb up to fifth place in the West, just two points behind West-leading Seattle, with a home match against Sporting Kansas City up next on Sunday. The Earthquakes faces a brutal test up next on Sunday at LAFC.

Man of the Match

Cole Bassett registered a goal and assist to lead the way for the Rapids.

Moment of the Match

The Jonathan Lewis goal made the score 2-0 and consisted of some beautiful passing and movement that unlocked the San Jose defense and sparked the romp.

Match to Forget

Tommy Thompson endured one of the worst nights you will ever see a defender have. He was beaten on three goals and scored an own goal in what should probably his last start of the season.

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