MLS Week 15: Big wins for NYCFC and Sporting KC
The MLS Week 15 recap begins with a game Sunday at Yankee Stadium where the NYCFC shutout Orlando City 5-0. It’s always the lopsided scores that grab attention in any league, and Major League Soccer is no exception. Jesus Medina started the scoring in the 40th minute with Ismael Tajouri doubling the lead in the 53rd. Maxi Moralez made it 3-0 in the 65th with Malte Amundsen adding a goal in the 79th. Valentin Castellanos finished the score in the 82nd. Luis Barraza kept the clean sheet with three saves in a game where the NYCFC took 23 shots and scored 15 on goal.
Week 15 opened with Columbus beating Atlanta 1-0 on the road. Jonathan Mensah scored in the 65th minute and Eloy Room made three saves. United were ahead on shots 19-10 and target five to six.
“Sometimes in this game and at this level, the margin of error or the margin of luck or no luck is so small,” said Atlanta coach Rob Valentino. “I think we saw it tonight because they had a few chances, but then they’re going to score a free kick. This problem is frustrating, but it’s like you’re creating opportunities and they’re there and it’s not because they don’t want to. They wanted to do it and you can tell by intention. Anyone can tell by the intention of the players and they are getting into the right areas. So I can’t fault their efforts at all. I can’t fault their creative intentions at all.
Toronto won 2-1 in Chicago, taking the lead in the second minute thanks to a goal from Yeferson Soteldo. Nick DeLeon increased the score to 2-0 in Toronto in the 76th with Alvaro Medran shooting a goal back a minute later.
“I think the hardest part for us is to come out and give a bad goal right away, so you’re already under fire but I felt that was a great response from the team,” said l Assistant Fire Coach Frankie Klopas. “We pushed and we never lost confidence. When you look at the statistics, 14 shots on target, 23 shots from inside the box, 23 shots for two, so we created enough opportunities. It’s just missing, you know, that ball that goes to the back of the net. “
Minnesota beat Portland 2-1 at TQL Stadium after falling behind in the 10th minute on a Felipe Mora goal. Chase Gasper equalized for United in the 74th minute, Robin Lod scoring his winner in the 85th minute.
Nashville shut out FC Cincinnati 3-0 at home. CJ Sapong scored in the 13th minute and Randall Leal doubled the lead in the 35th. Sapong scored again in the 57th minute.
FC Dallas took advantage of the field and a weakened version of the Galaxy in a 4-0 victory. Ricardo Pepi put Dallas in the 27th, doubling the lead in the 44th and finishing the hat trick in the 50th minute. Jader Obrian added a goal in the 88th.
Real Salt Lake shutout Colorado 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium. An own own goal opened the scoring in the 14th, with Bobby Wood doubling the lead in the 30th. Rubio Rubin scored RSL’s third goal in the 76th minute.
San Jose and Houston drew 1-1 at PayPal Park. Matias Vera placed Dynamo in the 40th with an own goal equalizing the score five minutes after the first half timeout. The earthquakes ended a man down with Carlos Fierro seeing red seven minutes after the time out.
LAFC returned to draw Vancouver 2-2 at Banc of California Stadium. The Whitecaps had a two-goal lead with Deiber Caicedo scoring in the 25th and Cristian Dajome adding a goal in the 38th. Carlos Vela scored for LAFC in the 40th and Jose Cifuentes equalized in the 75th.
“There are times when late in the game there are too many bad passes,” said LAFC coach Bob Bradley. “So instead of now connecting 3-4 passes and going forward and keeping the pressure, we’re running 30 to 40 yards to put out a fire. So at the end of the day, not enough guys have great days. There’s a part where you’re late and now we have to push hard to get back into a game and so there’s some credit in that, but overall it’s not good enough tonight. Not good enough.”
New England beat Montreal 2-1 at home. Gustavo Bou scored in the 29th and 73rd minutes and Djordje Mihailovic equalized in the 79th.
“We played well, both on the road and at home,” said Bou. “We are all gaining confidence and it shows on the pitch. If we can continue to be confident that will bode well for the team. The guys in the back row, in the midfield are all playing with confidence, and I hope we can continue that way. “
Inter Miami and Philadelphia drew 1-1 at Fort Lauderdale. Robbie Robinson put Miami in the 71st with Kacper Przybylko equalizing in the 85th minute.
DC United shut out the Red Bulls 1-0 at the Audi Stadium. Ola Kamara scored in the 27th minute with Bill Hamid keeping the clean sheet with a save.
Week 15 ended in Seattle with Sporting Kansas City removing the surprise with a 3-1 victory over the Sounders. Johnny Russel scored for Sporting in the 31st and Nabiel Salloi made it 2-0 in the 42nd. Fredy Montero netted a goal for Seattle in the 51st, but it was Cameron Duke who took the win with Sporting’s third goal in the 72nd minute.
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