The Seattle Sounders saw their winning run halted by Atlanta United, which made sure to take a point for the long trip back to Georgia.
Josef Martinez’s 86th-minute penalty kick, drawn when Brad Smith fouled Brooks Lennon in the penalty area, helped Atlanta United earn a 1-1 draw at Lumen Field on Sunday.
Raul Ruidiaz needed just six minutes to get the Sounders off to a flying start with an early goal, but the Sounders never could add to that lead, and the home team ultimately paid the price for allowing the visitors to stick around.
The Philadelphia Union made it three wins in a row with a 1-0 victory over D.C. United at Audi Field. Kacper Przybylko provided the winner in first-half stoppage time to keep the Union rolling while D.C. continues to have growing pains under new head coach Hernan Losada.
Nashville SC closed out Sunday’s action with a 1-0 win against Austin FC, with Randall Leal delivering the game’s lone goal.
Saturday’s MLS schedule was headlined by the LA Galaxy’s visit to Portland, and it wound up being a trip to forget for Greg Vanney’s side. A first-half red card issued to Derrick Williams turned a 0-0 match into a Timbers romp, with Felipe Mora coming off the bench and scoring a pair of second-half goals in a 3-0 victory at Providence Park.
The New England Revolution maintained their hold on first place in the East, shaking off an early deficit and benefiting from an Andres Reyes red card to rally to a 3-1 victory against the 10-man Red Bulls. Gustavo Bou scored a goal and set up another to lead Bruce Arena’s men to their fourth win of the season.
Here is a look back at all of the weekend’s action in MLS:
Sounders 1, Atlanta United 1 (Final)
(Raul Ruidiaz 6′) – (Josef Martinez 86′)
Man of the Match: Joao Paulo set up Seattle’s only goal, and provided steady service all match, delivering six key passes, though the Sounders paid the price for not converting them.
Moment of the Match: Brad Smith’s foul on Brooks Lennon gave Atlanta United the opening it was looking for to escape Seattle with a point.
Match to Forget: Brad Smith was having a forgettable day even before his clumsy challenge gifted Atlanta United the equalizer.
D.C. United 0, Union 1 (Final)
(Kacper Przybylko 45+1′)
Man of the Match: Andre Blake continued to show why he is one of the best goalkeepers in MLS, making seven saves for the Philadelphia Union on Sunday night. Blake helped the Union a third shutout out of their past five matches and move into third place in the Eastern Conference.
Moment of the Match: Blake’s best save came in the 62nd minute, as the Jamaican international denied Kevin Paredes’ strong effort. The midfielder cut onto his right foot before unleashing a shot that Blake had to punch over the bar.
Match to Forget: Brendan Hines-Ike was the guilty party that kept Kacper Przybylko onsides before the striker scored the eventual winning goal. A veteran defender like Hines-Ike will certainly be disappointed with his decision on the play, one that cost his team a chance at one point on the night.
Nashville SC 1, Austin FC 0 (Final)
(Randall Leal 36′)
Man of the Match: Randall Leal provided the winner and was a handful for Austin FC much of the evening.
Moment of the Match: Jared Stroud looked to have an equalizer, but VAR stepped in to correctly rule he was offside.
Match to Forget: On a night when Austin FC created few dangerous chances, Rodney Redes was especially invisible, failing to register a single shot, complete a dribble or deliver a key pass.
CF Montreal 1, FC Cincinnati 2 (Final)
(Djordje Mihailovic 56′) – (Jürgen Locadia 70′, Gustavo Vallecilla 86′)
Man of the Match: In his second start of the season, center back Gustavo Vallecilla held down a solid 90-minute shift defensively and headed in the go-ahead goal to open his Cincinnati and MLS accounts.
Moment of the Match: Jürgen Locadia’s equalizer in the 70th minute provided the spark needed for the team to pull off an uncharacteristic comeback victory.
Match to Forget: Romell Quioto had an empty net opportunity in the 45th minute. Instead of making the most of the time in his run-up to calculate, he fired off an errant shot that went wide for the most embarrassing miss of his career.
Timbers 3, LA Galaxy 0 (Final)
(Felipe Mora 47′, 60′, Diego Valeri 69′)
Man of the Match: After a bone-crushing tackle by Derrick Williams, Felipe Mora was brought on to replace Andy Polo and scored a brace as part of a comfortable victory for the Timbers.
Moment of the Match: On the eve of half time, LA Galaxy defender Derrick Williams was given a straight red for a horror tackle on Andy Polo and leaving the Galaxy with 10 men for the remainder of the match. Polo was seen in a leg brace in the second half, but hopefully he escaped a serious injury.
Match to Forget: Derrick Williams. His red card in the 44th minute completely changed the game and the Irish international is facing a one match ban at the minimum.
Fire 1, Inter Miami 0 (Final)
(Luka Stojanovic 69′)
Man of the Match: Luka Stojanovic. His decisive strike may have come via a bit of good fortune, but it gave the Fire the lead they deserved after coming close on several other occasions earlier in the match.
Moment of the Match: Game-winning blunder. The Chicago Fire snapped their goal-less drought and grabbed their first win of the season with a free kick from Stojanovic in the 69th minute, but it was only made possible by an ugly gaffe from Inter Miami goalkeeper John McCarthy.
Match to Forget: Federico Higuain. The Inter Miami playmaker had his worst showing of the season, failing to make the type of impact that he had regularly delivered in his previous outings.