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MLS Rewind: Sounders cruise past Loons, Ferreira carries FC Dallas past Galaxy, and more

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The Seattle Sounders continued their push up the Western Conference table on Sunday, claiming an important three points at Lumen Field against Minnesota United in comeback fashion.

Brian Schmetzer’s side scored three second-half goals, earning a 3-1 home win over the Loons and moving up to 11th place in the Western Conference. Cristian Roldan led the way with one goal and one assist, while Raul Ruidiaz and Nicolas Lodeiro also added their names on the scoresheet.

Robin Lod propelled Adrian Heath’s side in front in the 34th minute, putting the hosts under early pressure in front of their home fans. However, the Sounders kicked it up a gear after halftime.

Ruidiaz’s penalty-kick finish tied things up for the Sounders in the 50th minute before Cristian Roldan’s eventual game-winning goal continued a strong season for the U.S. men’s national team midfielder.

Nicolas Lodeiro iced the victory with an insurance goal in the 94th minute, moving the Sounders to one point behind Minnesota United in the West standings.

Some key results in the Eastern Conference highlighted Saturday’s action in MLS Week 11, with the New York Red Bulls earning a point against the leading Philadelphia Union, and Orlando City keeping pace with an exciting late win in Toronto.

FC Dallas earned a massive road win over the LA Galaxy, with USMNT striker Jesus Ferreira scoring two goals. Dallas moved into second in the Western Conference, jumping over Austin FC after Austin lost at Real Salt Lake.

Jeremy Ebobisse scored two goals for the San Jose Earthquakes in one of the wildest games of the weekend, in which the Whitecaps earned a 3-3 draw against the Quakes at home. Erik Godoy scored the equalizing goal in stoppage time.

Two more players in the USMNT mix scored this weekend, with Djordje Mihailovic continuing his hot streak and Gyasi Zardes converting a penalty kick for his first goal in a Rapids uniform.

Here is a closer look at all of the results from Week 11 of MLS:


Sounders 3, Loons 1

(Raul Ruidiaz 50′, Cristian Roldan 74′, Nicolas Lodeiro 90+4′) – (Robin Lod 34′)

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Man of the Match: Cristian Roldan not only scored the winning goal for the Sounders, but also assisted on the insurance goal scored by Nico Lodeiro. Roldan is enjoying a career-best season for the Sounders, taking his tally up to two goals and two assists in league play.

Moment of the Match: Roldan’s blistering effort in the 74th minute swung momentum back into the Sounders favor for good.

Match to Forget: Wil Trapp conceded the penalty kick opportunity for the Sounders early in the first-half, truly giving the hosts a lifeline for an eventual comeback win.


Atlanta United 2, Revolution 2

(Thiago Almada 15′, Luiz Araujo 63′) – (Adam Buksa 30′, 55′)

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Man of the Match: Thiago Almada’s lively start to his Atlanta United career continued Sunday, with the Argentine playing a key role on both of the Five Stripes’ goals.

Moment of the Match: Tommy McNamara isn’t known for his goalscoring ability, but the veteran midfielder almost played the hero for Bruce Arena’s side in the dying moments at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. McNamara’s long-range strike in the 87th minute rattled the left post and almost propelled the Revs to three points.

Match to Forget: Ronaldo Cisneros was shut down by the Revs backline, being held without a shot on goal in the draw.


Toronto FC 0, Orlando City 1

(Kyle Smith 90+3′)

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Man of the Match: Joao Moutinho did a lot of the heavy lifting in central midfield for Orlando City, preserving the shutout and making five tackles while winning nine duels.

Moment of the Match: Kyle Smith’s near-post header stole three points on the road for Orlando, earning the club its fourth win in the past six matches.

Match to Forget: Ralph Priso-Mbongue struggled to add much to the attack for TFC. Bob Bradley subbed him off for Ayo Akinola at halftime.


Rapids 2, LAFC 0

(Gyasi Zardes (pen) 17′, Diego Rubio (pen) 28′)

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Man of the Match: The Rapids’ attack thrived against the top club in the Western Conference, thanks in large part to Bryan Acosta’s efforts in midfield. Acosta supplied four key passes and made three tackles.

Moment of the Match: LAFC thought it had earned a break when John McCarthy saved Diego Rubio’s penalty kick, but McCarthy jumped off his line, a VAR review found. Rubio retook the penalty and scored.

Match to Forget: The first penalty kick call was a little debatable, but Francisco Ginella committed a clear error for the second PK call. Diego Rubio allowed the Rapids a solid advantage by burying the spot kick.


Charlotte FC 0, CF Montreal 2

(Djordje Mihailovic 45′, Alistair Johnston 67′)

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Man of the Match: Alistair Johnston turned in an outstanding performance, holding Charlotte to a shutout with three tackles. The fullback got involved offensively, dishing three key passes and scoring the second goal.

Moment of the Match: Djordje Mihailovic continued his excellent start to the 2022 season, scoring off an inch-perfect feed from Romell Quioto in the 45th minute. The goal showed CF Montreal’s speed in creating dangerous chances.

Match to Forget: Brandt Bronico found himself out of position on the second goal, and nearly gave up another chance minutes earlier. Charlotte FC struggled to stop CF Montreal’s attack from moving into the attacking third.


NYCFC 2, Crew 0

(Talles Magno 9′, Valentin Castellanos 57′)

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Man of the Match: Castellanos scored what will surely be remembered as one of this week’s best goals, and powered the attack with six shots and three of them on goal.

Moment of the Match: Castellanos sealed another dominant home win for NYCFC with a beautiful chipped goal past Crew goalkeeper Eloy Room.

Match to Forget: The Crew’s attack did not manage a shot on goal. Miguel Berry was taken off in the 72nd minute after taking only one shot.


Whitecaps 3, Earthquakes 3

Lucas Cavallini 52, Ryan Raposo 75′, Erik Godoy 90+1′) – (Jamiro Monteiro 62′, Jeremy Ebobisse 73′, 81′)

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Man of the Match: The Quakes’ defense continues to leak goals at an alarming rate, but Jeremy Ebobisse provided the finishing touch to earn a point on the road. Ebobisse scored twice to bring his 2022 goal total to seven.

Moment of the Match: Erik Godoy found himself unmarked in the middle of the box to cleanly knock in a late equalizer off a corner kick.

Match to Forget: Florian Jungwirth struggled to assert himself in central defense against his former club. The Whitecaps defender was involved in two Quakes goals in which the ball came across the face of goal.


Union 1, Red Bulls 1

(Daniel Gazdag 47′) – (Luquinhas 66′)

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Man of the Match: Luquinhas kept the Red Bulls’ attack going, even after the team went down a man. Luquinhas had two shots, both on goal, and provided the goal that allowed the Red Bulls to take a point from this tough match on the road against the Eastern Conference leaders.

Moment of the Match: Luquinhas seized the initiative in a key moment, scoring a little more than 10 minutes after the Red Bulls went down a man.

Match to Forget: Dylan Nealis left the Red Bulls in a lurch with his sending off in the 55th minute. Nealis made an unnecessary late challenge well after the ball had left the opposing player’s feet.


Fire 1, FC Cincinnati 2

(Jhon Duran 83′) – (Rafael Czichos (OG) 33′, Luciano Acosta 85′)


Man of the Match: Luciano Acosta was busy in his 88-minute shift and secured the road win for FC Cincinnati.

Moment of the Match: Acosta’s late game-winner marked his fifth-straight game with a scoring involvement and extended Cincinnati’s club-record winning streak to four.

Match to Forget: Fire defender Rafael Czichos’ own goal was the fatal flaw that guaranteed his side’s five-game losing (eight-game winless) streak across all competitions


Inter Miami 2, D.C. United 2

(Leonardo Campana 31′, Damion Lowe 45′) – (Taxi Fountas 45+3′, Ola Kamara 74′)

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Man of the Match: Taxi Fountas continues to star for D.C. United. He scored in first-half stoppage time, then beat a defender to start the play for Ola Kamara’s 74th-minute goal.

Moment of the Match: Kamara scored his fifth goal of the season in the 74th minute to earn a point for D.C. United.

Match to Forget: DeAndre Yedlin struggled to stop Fountas on D.C.’s left wing, and didn’t add much more to Inter Miami’s attack as the club dropped points at home.


Dynamo 2, Nashville SC 0

(Adalberto Carrasquilla 16′, Darwin Quintero (pen) 53′)

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Man of the Match: Darwin Quintero kept the Dynamo’s attack chugging along, with two of the team’s shots on goal. He converted a penalty kick to ensure the Dynamo would win, despite being a man down for most of the game.

Moment of the Match: Quintero’s converted penalty kick in the 53rd minute was a decisive moment for the Dynamo to grab all three points.

Match to Forget: Joe Willis conceded a penalty kick with a late slide fairly early in the second half. The error gave the Dynamo a two-goal lead and let Nashville’s chance to push for an equalizer with a man advantage slip.


RSL 2, Austin FC 1

(Maikel Chang 55′, Andrew Brody 88′) – (Alex Ring 24′)

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Man of the Match: Andrew Brody capped a strong defensive showing with the game’s winning goal. Brody made one tackle and won four of six duels.

Moment of the Match: Andrew Brody sealed the win win an incredible upper-90 finish from the top of the 18-yard box in the 88th minute to hand RSL all three points.

Match to Forget: Austin FC central midfielder Dani Pereira put the club in a tough spot when he was sent off in the 47th minute. Pereira was sent off after denying an obvious goalscoring opportunity.


Timbers 7, Sporting KC 2

(Bill Tuiloma 12′, Sebastian Blanco 46′, 52′, Nathan Fogaca 56′, 69′, Marvin Loria 88′, Santiago Moreno 90+2′) – (Johnny Russell 57′, Marinos Tzionis 75′)

Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Man of the Match: Sebastian Blanco made a huge mark on this game, scoring twice and assisting two more goals as the Timbers’ offense found a spark it badly needed.

Moment of the Match: New signing Nathan Fogaca scored his first goal in a Timbers uniform in the 46th minute.

Match to Forget: Robert Voloder struggled to stop the Timbers from consistently threatening Sporting KC’s goal. To make matters worse, Voloder was sent off after a rough tackle in the 78th minute.


Galaxy 1, FC Dallas 3

(Jesus Ferreira 11′, 23′, Paul Arriola 20′) – (Douglas Costa 67′)

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Man of the Match: Jesus Ferreira completed a first half brace for FC Dallas in what ended up being a comfortable victory in Los Angeles. With his brace Ferreira moved into first place in the Golden Boot standings with 8 goals through 11 matches.

Moment of the Match: It has been a slow start for Douglas Costa with the Galaxy, but in the 68th minute the former Juventus and Bayern Munich attacker showed his quality with a beautiful left-footed free kick goal to help the Galaxy avoid the shutout.

Match to Forget: As evident by the score line, the Galaxy back line struggled to contain the FC Dallas attack, but newly acquired left-back Chase Gasper was not at his best in his first start with the Galaxy. The 26 year old defender was beaten badly for the first FC Dallas goal and looked out of sync with his new teammates in possession.

SUNDAY

1:30 p.m. – Revolution vs. Atlanta United, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

4 p.m. – Sounders vs. Minnesota United, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Comments

  1. Its going to be seriously interesting if Vasquez and Ebobisse keep on scoring the way they do. Another thing I like about this duo is their physical and athletic abilities, which will be an necessity / advantage when our team is overrun by superior talent in the WC.

    Vasquez
    Height – 6′ 2″
    Weight – 196 lbs

    Ebobisse
    Height – 6′ 0″
    Weight – 181 lbs
    (didn’t know he was actually born in Paris, FRA)

    To put things into perspective, Jozy Altidore, that seems to out muscle defenders is 6′ 1″ and 175 lbs, Josh Sargent is 6′ 1″ and 174, Tim Weah is 6′ 0″ and 146. Both Vasquez (196 lbs) and Ebobisse (181 lbs) have good pace, great physical presence, quick on the ball, can hold their own in quick one touch passing and can score with both their head and Feet. If they keep this form up I really hope they get invited to camp……

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  2. FC Dallas is DYNAMIC because of Ferreira and Arriola and are a joy to watch!!!! Wow….. with USMNT strikers not scoring (or even starting) regularly, it is very refreshing to see Ferreira and Arriola developing chemistry and delivering /executing a successful game plan that is resulting in GOALS….FOR THE BOTH OF THEM!!!!
    With those two moving FC Dallas towards success, Brandon Vasquez being a bright spot (and contributing significantly) in Cincinnati’s rebirth and Djordje Mihailovic literally carrying Montréal on his back…..I strongly hope GB picks the right / in form players from our pool of players, and avoids favoritism. Wishful thinking but gotta keep hoping……

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    • Pomykal was winning everything in midfield for them too.
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      Ebobisse has gone fairly unnoticed this season but he has 7g for a pretty bad SJ club.

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      • Haven’t watched Ebobisse much at all…you think he’d be an upgrade on the likes of Haji Wright?

      • Hard to say I only see the highlights of Haji. Consistency has been an issue for him during his career. So has he finally figured it out or are we about to hit his usual dry spell.

      • JR- So Jesus has a bunch of goals this season but just one assist where he had 8 and 8 last year. Is he playing more like a 9, 10, or false 9? I don’t even know the difference between a false 9 and a 10 other than I’m guessing a false 9 is a 10 without a 9. … Also, I believe you said Servania was playing better than Pomykal this season. Has that changed lately?

      • Quozzel: Haji another goal and assist today! Gregg has said he’s coming and he should be.
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        Tele: yes, Ferreira is playing as a 9 this season. He operates mostly as a true #9 stretching the backline but sometimes checks back (false 9 like). If they bring Jara off the bench they’ll drop him in as a 10 for the last 15-20 minutes. Last year he had to play as the ten because Jara was being paid 6 million so to get him on the field he had to be the 10. Then the Pepi Train got going so to get both on the field it worked for Jesus to feed him.
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        Don’t think it was me that said Servania was playing better than Pomykal, maybe if I was talking a particular match. Brandon has played more this season and seems back in form, was really hot 1g 3a over 4 match span earlier. Last year he returned from his loan in June and never really got going having not really had an offseason. I’m not sure why but they suddenly switched to their draft pick Ntsabeleng as a starter who hasn’t had the numbers of Servania.
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        Paxton has been very good as an 8. Tough in the tackle, progresses the ball both by dribbling and with the pass. His numbers don’t jump off the page 0g 1a (3a if you count hockey assists), he often gets their offense going and once they get going it is peddle to the metal. His ceiling is higher than Roldan or Acosta but I’m not sure he’s an upgrade today, needs to improve his finishing and final ball.

    • Neither LA team looked ready for their game. The Galaxy in particular looked really slow vs. Dallas. Re Ebobisse, I didn’t see his goal in this game, but one thing I’ve noticed is that he seems very good in the air. I said at the end of last season that he deserved a look in the 2022 January camp. I think he missed it because of injury. With the friendlies there’s no limit on how many guys you bring into camp. Berhalter should bring him in just to compare him to the other strikers we have.

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      • Listing of Ebobisse’s goals this season (just an FYI, I agree he is good in the air)
        1. PK vs Austin
        2. Left footed from 10 yards out vs Hou
        3. Headed goal on cross 10 yards out far post vs Hou
        4. Free kick 24 yds out curls it into far corner with his left foot
        5. Stabs home deflection with left foot from 5 yards out
        6. Tap in from 6 yds out empty goal vs Van
        7. Redirects cross from Cowell far post from 6 yards vs Van
        The FK and the header were beautiful goals the rest have just been being in the right place at the right time. However if you’ve done that 5 times in 11 matches it’s not luck. Good to see him getting to play CF since Portland usually forced him to play winger.
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        Gregg has said Haji is coming, you have to assume Ferreira is a lock, Pefok, Dike, and Sargent injured, Pepi needs a rest but does Gregg bring him to build confidence? Then are Hoppe and Nico given a shot since they performed well in GC. That leaves Ebobisse and Vazquez (another guy I think is good in the air, but maybe I’m thinking 17 yr old Brandon not 24 yr old) maybe on the outside looking in. The good thing about the MLS guys is they have their entire season to prove themselves whereas Sargent, Dike, Hoppe are going to have only 10 matches or so to prove they’re in form before Gregg has to submit rosters probably less before the final camp. If Vazquez and Ebobisse continue to score like this and are at 18-22 goals for the season they have to be considered. Kind of like Edson Buddell and Herc Gomez going to South Africa. Field of forwards much deeper 12 years later though.

      • Its going to be seriously interesting if Vasquez and Ebobisse keep on scoring the way they do. Another thing I like about that duo is their physical and athletic abilities
        Vasquez
        Height – 6′ 2″
        Weight – 196 lbs

        Ebobisse
        Height – 6′ 0″
        Weight – 181 lbs
        (didn’t know he was actually born in Paris, FRA)

        To put things into perspective, Jozy Altidore, that seems to out muscle defenders is 6′ 1″ and 175 lbs, Josh Sargent is 6′ 1″ and 174, Tim Weah is 6′ 0″ and 146. Both Vasquez (196 lbs) and Ebobisse (181 lbs) have good pace, great physical presence, quick on the ball, can hold their own in quick one touch passing and can score with both their head and Feet. If they keep this form up I really hope they get invited to camp……

      • Bizzy, I’ve always thought Jozy’s listed weight has to be from 2012. There’s no way he weighs 175 now.

      • Johnny, that would makes more sense…..he “looks” closer to the 190 – 200 range, which would better explain his ability to physically “move” defenders

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