To highlight Sunday’s MLS play, the New England Revolution grabbed three important points against New York City FC. The Portland Timbers also bolstered a campaign for the playoffs that is trending upward.
One of the night’s wildest games brought CF Montreal a win over Toronto FC. Montreal trailed by two goals in the first seven minutes, but tied the game by halftime and scored two more second-half goals to solidify a third-place standing in the Supporters’ Shield table.
In the Western Conference, Nashville SC continues its tear in pursuit of a playoff spot. Hany Mukhtar rose ahead of Sebastian Driussi in the Golden Boot race, scoring twice against Austin FC to hand Nashville its fourth win in a row.
Here are the results in Week 28 of MLS action.
LAFC 2, RSL 0
(Ryan Hollingshead 49′, Cristian Arango 68′)
Man of the Match: Ryan Hollingshead had an excellent match overall, scoring the first goal and contributing to a shutout in defense.
Moment of the Match: Cristian Arango showed how dominant LAFC had been with a goal to double the lead in the 68th minute. It was his 15th goal this season.
Match to Forget: RSL goalkeeper Zac MacMath couldn’t punch the ball away on the first goal, and he dove a little too early to allow Arango to score later in the second half.
Quakes 2, Whitecaps 0
Jeremy Ebobisse 4′, Jamiro Monteiro 34′
Man of the Match: JT Marcinkowski had an outstanding game, with six saves. Marcinkowski earned the shutout, despite facing 1.36 xGA.
Moment of the Match: Jamiro Monteiro’s 34th-minute strike put the Quakes into a commanding lead heading into halftime. Monteiro started the play with a long ball across the field, then finished with a powerful shot in plenty of space.
Match to Forget: Brian White couldn’t get much going for the Whitecaps, and was subbed out after 78 minutes. White completed only 56% of his passes.
Revolution 3, NYCFC 0
(Jon Bell 12′, Noel Buck 33′, Tommy McNamara 66′)
Man of the Match: Noel Buck’s first MLS goal was a beauty as the 17-year-old helped New England claim an important three points.
Moment of the Match: Buck’s rifled finish helped the Revs keep their foot on the gas early at Gillette Stadium.
Match to Forget: Thiago Andrade lost all seven of his duels for NYCFC, offering little to nothing for the visitors.
LA Galaxy 2, Sporting KC 2
(Javier Hernandez 87“ 4′, 88′ (pen)) – (Johnny Russell (pen) 67′, Felipe Hernandez 76′)
Man of the Match: Chicharito scored twice including an 88th minute penalty kick to help the Galaxy earn one point at home.
Moment of the Match: Chicharito could’ve wrapped up a hat trick and three points for the Galaxy but missed a 96th minute penalty kick.
Match to Forget: Derrick Williams conceded one penalty kick for the Galaxy, hurting his team’s chances at a needed three points.
Toronto FC 3, CF Montreal 4
(Federico Bernardeschi (pen) 5′, Lorenzo Insigne 7′, 90+3′) – (Kamal Miller 19′, Djordje Mihailovic 21′, Kei Kamara 43′, Alistair Johnston 54′)
Man of the Match: Kei Kamara scored once and assisted once in a huge rivalry win for CF Montreal.
Moment of the Match: Djordje Mihailovic’s rocket helped CF Montreal continue to turn it on at BMO Field.
Match to Forget: Chris Mavinga and Shane O’Neill struggled to deal with the CF MTL attack, before Mavinga was substituted off at halftime.
D.C. United 0, Rapids 0
Man of the Match: William Yarbrough made saves including a key penalty kick stop on Christian Benteke in his home D.C. United debut.
Moment of the Match: Yarbrough’s PK save on Benteke helped the Rapids earn a clean sheet and one point on the road.
Match to Forget: Miguel Berry offered zero for D.C. United, losing six duels and failing to register a shot on goal.
Timbers 2, Atlanta United 1
(Santiago Moreno (pen) 38′, Dairon Asprilla (pen) 82′) – (Josef Martinez 88′)
Man of the Match: Santiago Moreno scored the opening goal for Portland and also won eight duels and completed two dribbles.
Moment of the Match: Dairon Asprilla’s penalty kick in the second half truly iced the result for Portland.
Match to Forget: Ronaldo Cisneros lost all five duels in attack for Atlanta United, struggling once again for the Five Stripes.
Nashville SC 3, Austin FC 0
(Walker Zimmerman 49′, Hany Mukhtar 82′, 90+1′)
Man of the Match: Hany Mukhtar’s stellar run of form continued with the German midfielder scoring twice in the dying moments of the match.
Moment of the Match: Walker Zimmerman’s opener was all Nashville needed to set the tone for a dominant victory.
Match to Forget: Julio Cascante lost the most duels in the match (8) while Ruben Gabrielsen’s error led to one of Nashville’s three goals.
FC Cincinnati 2, Charlotte FC 0
(Nick Hagglund 38′, Luciano Acosta 81′)
Man of the Match: Luciano Acosta helped set up Cincinnati’s opening goal before icing the win with a finish of his own.
Moment of the Match: Acosta’s top-shelf finish iced the home win for FC Cincy in sluggish weather conditions.
Match to Forget: Ben Bender was ineffective for Charlotte FC, losing seven duels and receiving one yellow card
Red Bulls 0, Union 2
(Mikael Uhre 48′, Daniel Gazdag 74′)
Man of the Match: Andre Blake made a trio of top saves for the Union to preserve the shutout.
Moment of the Match: Jack McGlynn’s stellar run helped spring Mikael Uhre’s opening goal of the match in the early stages of the second half.
Match to Forget: Dru Yearwood was sent off in the final stages after kicking the ball into the stands.
Crew 0, Fire 0
Man of the Match: Gabriel Slonina impressed by making nine saves in the road clean sheet for the Fire.
Moment of the Match: Jonathan Mensah’s 98th-minute header looked destined to break the deadlock for the Crew, but Slonina made his final save to continue the frustration for the hosts.
Match to Forget: Unlike the week prior, Luis Diaz was poor, losing 10 duels and failing to register a single shot.
Loons 0, FC Dallas 3
(Michael Boxall (OG) 55′, Alan Velasco 56′, Jesus Ferreira 58′)
Man of the Match: Sebastian Lletget completed all 33 of his passes and registered two assists for FC Dallas.
Moment of the Match: Jesus Ferreira’s goal capped off a rapid period of goals for Dallas, truly icing the road win.
Match to Forget: Michael Boxall’s own goal did not help his team’s chances of claiming three points.