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MLS Rewind: Timbers trounce Galaxy, TFC jumps into first place with win, and more


Sounders 2, Real Salt Lake 1

(Morris 28′, Gomez 61′) – (Tolo OG 68′)

The Seattle Sounders continued to set the pace in the Western Conference with another home win, this time against a short-handed Real Salt Lake side at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday.

Jordan Morris and Yeimar Gomez Andrade on either side of halftime on a night when RSL’s attack was without top stars Albert Rusnak and Damir Kreilach. As a result, RSL didn’t manage a single shot on goal all night.

The Sounders opened the scoring in the 28th minute, with Cristian Roldan and Morris combining once again after Nicolas Lodeiro sprang Roldan down the right wing.

Lodeiro played provider on Andrade’s goal in the 61st minute with a perfectly-floated free kick that Andrade was able to head home for the 2-0 lead.

Nouhou Tolo gave RSL some life seven minutes later when his clearance attempt turned into an own goal, but that was as close as the visitors were able to get.

The Sounders have won three straight, and five of six, and maintained their three-point lead atop the Western Conference standings. Up next is a trip to California to take on Los Angeles FC on Sunday. The Whitecaps, who are playing all their remaining home matches at Providence Park in Portland due to pandemic-related travel restrictions, will play host to Real Salt Lake on Sunday.

Man of the Match

Nicolas Lodeiro was a chance-creating machine, delivering five key passes and two assists on a night when he probably deserved three or four.

Moment of the Match

The Morris goal was a beautiful team goal, with intricate passing and a clinical finish from Morris.

Match to Forget

On a night when RSL needed other attackers to pick up the slack for the absent Rusnak and Kreilach, Corey Baird had a largely invisible night.

Galaxy 3, Timbers 6

(Mora 14′ 60′, Ebobisse 23′ 80′, Valeri 47′, Mabiala 63′) – (Araujo 34′, Zubak 55′, Pavon 70′)

Felipe Mora and Jeremy Ebobisse both scored a goal in each half to lead the romp over the LA Galaxy in a clash of teams heading in very different directions.

The Timbers made it four straight wins, turning a competitive 2-1 halftime lead into a blowout after four second-half goals left the Galaxy embarrassed and struggling to answer for the team’s current slump.

The Galaxy are in dead last in the Western Conference, with the team’s current five-match losing streak threatening to cost head coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto his job.

The Timbers play host to the surging San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday while the Galaxy are scheduled to play the Colorado Rapids, though the Rapids are dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that has led to the postponement of the team’s most recent matches.

Man of the Match

Felipe Mora scored two and helped set up one of Portland’s first four goals on the night to edge out teammate Jeremy Ebobisse for this honor.

Moment of the Match

Jeremy Ebobisse’s stunning left-footed free kick was hard to top.

Match to Forget

The Galaxy defense as a whole had a shocking night, with Daniel Steres having a particularly forgettable evening.

Earthquakes 3, Whitecaps 0

(Espinoza 50′, Rios 66′, Marie 90+3′)

It took more than a half to find a breakthrough, but the San Jose Earthquakes were able to keep their recent hot streak going, making it three wins in a row after handling the Whitecaps at Avaya stadium.

Cristian Espinoza, Andy Rios and Paul Marie scored second-half goals, while the Whitecaps had two players sent off, to send the Whitecaps to their fourth straight loss.

The Earthquakes take on the Timbers on Sunday, while the Whitecaps play host to Real Salt Lake in Portland.

Man of the Match

Espinoza was outstanding, scoring a beautiful opening goal while creating a game-high four key passes.

Moment of the Match

Espinoza’s spin-around goal sparked the romp.

Match to Forget

Vancouver’s centerback tandem of Andy Rose and Erik Godoy were both issued red cards.

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