NYCFC, Dallas, and the Crew all maintained their unbeaten run over the weekend, while Minnesota fell to a strong Red Bulls side. SKC went top of the west, tied with Vancover on points. The Galaxy were unable to earn the win in Vancouver and will be hoping that the added prowess of Zlatan Ibrahimovich will help inspire them in their next game, along with the rest of their stars returning from international duty.
FC Dallas 1-1 Portland Timbers
A ten-man Timbers managed to hold Dallas to a draw and earn their first point of the season.
Roland Lamah got Dallas on the board first with a shot from outside in the 36th minute, assisted by Jacori Hayes. Sebastian Blanco brought the Timbers level in the 47th minute with a shot from inside the box into the far corner, assisted by Fanendo Adi. Defending the point was made harder for the Timbers when Lawrence Olum was sent off for a second yellow in the 75th minute thanks to a handball.
New England Revolution 2-2 New York City FC
NYCFC dropped their first points of the season despite brace from Tajouri.
The Revs took the lead in the eleventh minute with a goal from Diego Fagundez from outside of the box, Wilfried Zahibo with the assist. Ismael Tajouri brought NYCFC level in the 51st minute with a shot from the centre of the box, assisted by Saad Abdul-Salaam. Juan Agudelo reinstated the Revs lead in the 63rd minute with a close-range header, assisted via a cross from Cristian Penilla. Tajouri earned his brace and brought NYCFC back level in the 75th minute.
Columbus Crew SC 3-1 DC United
First-half salvo helps Crew past DC to go top of the East.
Milton Valenzuela put the Crew in the lead in the 20th minute with a shot from inside the box, assisted by Cristian Martinez. DC brought themselves level in the 30th minute with a goal from outside the box by Yamil Asad, assisted by Luciano Acosta. The Crew resumed their lead in the 40th minute thanks to a headed finish of Federico Higuain’s cross by Ricardo Clark. Pedro Santos made it 3-1 for the Crew only two minutes later with a goal from the centre of the box, assisted by Cristian Martinez.
New York Red Bulls 3-0 Minnesota United FC
The Red Bulls confidently beat Minnesota with the aid of BWP brace.
Alex Muyl opened scoring for the Red Bulls in the 15th minute with a shot into the far corner of the net, assisted by Kyle Duncan. Bradley Wright-Phillips doubled the lead in the 42nd minute with a close-range shot, assisted via a headed pass from Tim parker during a corner. BWP earned his brace and scored the last goal of the match in the 78th minute with a shot from the centre of the box, assisted by Alex Muyl.
Colorado Rapids 2-2 Sporting Kansas City
SKC manage to rescue a point in Colorado thanks to talisman Diego Rubio.
Dominique Badji netted early for the rapids, with a quick goal from the centre of the box, assisted via a cross from Edgar Castillo. Only three minutes later Joe Mason scored again for the Rapids from the centre of the box, assisted by Tommy Smith.
Felipe Gutierrez netted SKC’s first of the match in the 57th minute with a solo goal from the centre of the box. Diego Rubio brought SKC level in the first minute of added time with a shot from close-range, assisted by Khiry Shelton.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 LA Galaxy
The night ended with a goal-less draw as neither side managed to find the edge.
Scoring ended level in Vancouver, with LA having brought a diminished squad due to international call-ups. Though it seemed like LA was the more promising team, the Whitecaps seemed quite capable themselves of pulling through with the win. This draw in Vancouver has extended their streak of games undefeated at home to eleven.