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MLS Wednesday Rewind: Upsets and wonder goals galore

Impact 2, Revolution 3

(Sejdic 27′, Tabla 90+2) – (Manneh 13′, Bunbury 20′, Buksa 52′)

The New England Revolution and the Montreal Impact locked horns for the fourth time this season on Wednesday, with Bruce Arena’s men emerging victorious in a five-goal thriller at Red Bull Arena.

The Revolution started the game on the front foot and dominated proceedings in the first half. Kekuta Manneh opened the scoring, slotting home into an open net. The Revs made their dominance count early on and doubled their advantage on the 20-minute mark. The goal was later reviewed, but Impact defender Clement Bayiha kept Teal Bunbury onside.

Thierry Henry’s men pulled one back shortly thereafter, with Amar Sejdič netting his second goal in as many games. Romell Quioto was once again at the heart of the action bursting past his defender with ease down the right-wing to set up the 23-year-old for an easy finish.

The second half started with the Revs exposing the Impact on the counter as the Canadian outfit searched for an equalizer. Adam Buksa was played through wonderfully on goal by Diego FagΓΊndez shortly after the restart, and the Polish striker made no mistake.

The Impact added a late consolation goal via Ballou Tabla, but ultimately it was too little too late. Henry’s men are currently clinging onto the ninth playoff spot but will need to string results together down the stretch. The Revs, on the other hand, are now comfortably in fifth place with one foot in the playoffs.

Man of the Match:

Buksa put his recent goalscoring woes behind him with an impressive performance against the Montreal Impact, netting a goal and registering an assist. The Polish hitman led the line with great aplomb, putting in one of his best shifts since joining the Revolution.

Moment of the match:Β 

Bunbury’s strike doubled the Revs’s lead within 20 minutes after a VAR review ruled him onside, and ultimately set the tone for the rest of the game, with Henry’s men playing catchup.

Match to forget:Β 

Mason Toye was rewarded with a second consecutive start by Henry, but disappointed alongside Quioto. The former Minnesota United man gave away possession cheaply on the Revolution’s third goal, condemning his side to defeat.

Orlando City 1, NYCFC 1

(Mueller 18′) – (Parks 43′)

The longest unbeaten streak in MLS remained intact on Wednesday, but New York City FC won’t complain about taking a point from Orlando City after a 1-1 draw at Exploria Stadium.

Chris Mueller opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he headed home a Ruan cross after the speedy Brazilian raced into the penalty area before chipping a cross to Mueller, who scored his eighth goal of the season.

NYCFC equalized in the 42nd minute after some excellent combination play concluded with Valentin Castellanos springing Keaton Parks with a pass in the penalty area, where Parks put a shot through Brian Rowe’s legs before racing to the loose ball and slotting it home.

NYCFC nearly took the lead in the 64th minute, but Rowe pulled off a stunning reaction save to deny a Castellanos header from close range.

Rowe saved the day again in the 83rd minute when he dove to his left to make a one-handed save on a Ismael Tajouri-Shradi shot bound for goal.

Orlando City is unbeaten in 11 matches, but has also won just once in the past four. The Lions travel to Red Bull Arena to take on the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, while NYCFC travels to Ohio to face the Columbus Crew on Sunday.

Man of the Match

Keaton Parks was excellent in NYCFC’s midfield, finishing among game leaders in total touches, tackles and defensive contributions, to go with his goal.

Moment of the Match

Brian Rowe’s 83rd-minute save to deny Ismael Tajouri-Shradi saved the point for Orlando City.

Match to Forget

Alexander Callens was a step slow and wasn’t nearly as involved defensively as he normally is.

FC Dallas 1, Sporting KC 0

(Hollingshead 43′)

FC Dallas made it two wins from two against Sporting KC this regular season, downing Peter Vermes’ side 1-0 at home.

The lone goal came in the 43rd minute when Ryan Hollingshead volleyed home a Bryan Reynolds cross just before halftime. Hollingshead struck a volley off the post, but it ricocheted off Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia and into the net for the game’s only goal.

Dallas easily could’ve led by much more, forcing six saves out of Melia on the night. As for Sporting KC, it was a disappointing result after winning three in a row prior.

Man of the Match

Hollingshead excelled both offensively and defensively for Dallas, scoring the lone goal of the match and winning eight of his 10 duels. The veteran came up clutch when his team needed.

Moment of the Match

With Dallas owning the early pressure, Hollingshead’s goal was the brightest spot of the match.

Match to Forget

After scoring a wonder strike at the weekend, Erik Hurtado struggled atop SKC’s attack. He lost six battles and failed to register a shot on goal.

Dynamo 1, Nashville SC 3

(Quintero 75′) – (Mukhtar 15′, Danladi 19′, Mukhtar 23′)

Nashville SC dominated early on the road in Houston, grabbing a 3-1 victory over the Dynamo on Wednesday.

Hany Mukhtar scored two goals in an eight-minute span while Abu Danladi also found the back of the net in between Mukhtar’s goals.

Danladi connected with Mukhtar in the 14th minute with the forward socring into the bottom-left corner for a 1-0 Nashville advantage. Gary Smith’s side continued its pressure early and snatched its second goal in quick succession.

Taylor Washington’s cross was headed home by Danladi before Mukhtar’s free kick made it 3-0 at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Darwin Quintero pulled a consolation goal back in the second-half, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Dynamo from avoiding a second-straight defeat.

Man of the Match

Mukhtar stole the show for Nashville who remains very well in the hunt for a playoff place in its debut MLS season.

Moment of the Match

Mukhtar’s free kick summed up a poor first half for Houston and ultimately sent Nashville on its way to three points.

Match to Forget

Jose Bizama was poor at right back for Houston, failing to deal with the clever play of Mukhtar.

Real Salt Lake 2, Timbers 1

(Martinez 11′, Kreilach 26′) – (Tuiloma 77′)

A fast start at Rio Tinto Stadium saw Real Salt Lake jump out to an early 2-0 lead, leaving the Portland Timbers chasing the game on the way to a 2-1 loss, their first after five straight wins.

Douglas Martinez and Damir Kreilach scored 15 minutes apart in the opening half for RSL, which was enough to get the three points. Diego Valeri connected with Bill Tuiloma in the 77th minute, but RSL would hang on for its first win over Portland since its playoff success last October.

The win moved RSL within a tiebreaker of eighth-place Vancouver for the final playoff spot in the West. The Whitecaps travel to face the LA Galaxy on Sunday while the Timbers play host to LAFC on Sunday.

Man of the Match

RSL midfielder Ruiz registered one assist in the match and was influential in the middle of the park. He completed 88% of his passes and also won four duels against a pesky Timbers midfield.

Moment of the Match

Kreilach’s goal was a beauty which also padded RSL’s first-half lead. From a corner kick, the Croatian volleyed home into the bottom corner which sucked the air out of the Timbers players.

Match to Forget

Normally known for his goals, Jeremy Ebobisse was held in check by RSL’s backline. He had one shot on goal, but also lost five battles and was ineffective.

Whitecaps 2, LAFC 1

(Cavallini 30′, 59′) – (Atuesta 83′)

The Vancouver Whitecaps made it back-to-back upset wins after downing LAFC 2-1 at Providence Park.

Lucas Cavallini shined with a brace as the Whitecaps moved up to eighth place in the Western Conference. His opener came in the 30th minute after picking up a pass from Christian Dajome and firing into the center of the goal.

The Canadian striker was at it again in the 59th minute, this time connecting with Fredy Montero and scoring down the middle of the goal.

VAR handed LAFC a late penalty kick which was put away by Eduard Atuesta, but Bob Bradley’s side suffered another disappointing loss this regular season.

Man of the Match

Cavallini excelled for the Whitecaps, scoring twice and also winning 13 of his 18 individual battles on the night.

Moment of the Match

The Canadian’s second goal proved to be the winner as he now has three goals in his last two appearances.

Match to Forget

The backline pair of Eddie Segura and Dejan Jakovic failed to deal with Cavallini and ultimately saw another L in the loss column.

Galaxy 0, Earthquakes 4

(Lima 44′, Rios 52′, Thompson 76′, Lima 90+3′)

Matias Almeyda’s San Jose Earthquakes showed a short memory after bouncing back to thump the L.A. Galaxy 4-0 at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Nick Lima scored twice for the Quakes while Andres Rios and Tommy Thompson also got on the scoresheet.

Rios and Lima connected on San Jose’s opening goal in the 44th minute, with Lima slotting home into the bottom-left corner. San Jose continued its hard work after halftime with Rios scoring from close range to give them a two-goal advantage.

Tommy Thompson added to the scoreline in the 75th minute, putting away a rebound before Lima’s screamer in the 92nd minute added an exclamation point to San Jose’s shutout win.

Man of the Match

Lima scored two goals, completed 92% of his passes, and won six duels in an overall strong performance by the right back.

Moment of the Match

While Rios’ goal padded San Jose’s lead, Lima’s stoppage time strike summed up San Jose’s strong offensive performance and the defensive issues L.A. continues to have.

Match to Forget

The entire L.A. backline failed to deal with the Quakes inside of their box and it showed on the scoreboard.


    • Probably not long. We’ll see if he can keep it up as teams begin to prepare for him. People will start watching his total game as well, can he defend, does he find the right spaces. That he’s already set up his move to Europe will lend him some cred too. This is why Red Bull wanted Struber in NY to better integrate the US players to Austria and Germany. I’m hearing Keenan Hot will be the next RB Academy kid to make the jump to RBNY with a link to Europe.
      Puts some pressure on Pomykal and Aaronson to improve their final product both have not put in the as many goals as you’d like.

    • Aaronson, Pomykal & MihailoviΔ‡ all began to garner USMNT interest after a season or 2 with their clubs. Since most MLS players get their first taste with the Sr. USMNT during the annual January Camp Cup Cake; and with Aaronson poised to transfer to Europe this winter and Pomykal injured again….Clark could find himself included in this winters camp. Not saying he’ll play, but he could get a call-up…especially since there aren’t all that many American CMs who’ll be available.

      • Yeah I think January is possible if he continues to play well the next month. Could depend if U20s have a camp at the same time. Lost I noticed since his deal got done Aaronson has moved to the wing for Union, could be coincidence or that’s where Salzburg is planning on using him. I could see Curtin moving him there to get a head start.

  1. 2020 Crew with Zelarayan and Nagbe best team in the league, without Z and Nagbe they look just like 2019 Crew who couldn’t even make the playoffs.
    Clark is showing why Leipzig has already locked him in for 2022.
    LAG with Chicharito is one of the worst teams ever, without him they were pretty good.
    Busio continues to look good, maybe still not living up to the hype but your starting to see why Europe has been showing interest.


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