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By MIKE GRAMAJO
ORLANDO, Fla. — When Cyle Larin bagged his brace in the 54th minute during Orlando City’s 5-2 thrashing of the Columbus Crew, it not only tied the forward for most goals scored by a rookie in a single MLS season with 11 goals, but also set a benchmark in the club’s short history in the league.
With 11 goals to his name this season, the Canadian international also became the club’s all-time leading goalscorer in Major League Soccer, and it drew plenty of praise from Orlando City boss Adrian Heath.
“We all know how important goals are, and I think we have somebody that’s on a hot streak,” Heath said on Larin’s rookie season. “His confident is up, and I told him ‘I thought you worked really hard tonight’ and I’m a big believer in you get out of football in what you put in.
“He has all the tools to be a top-line striker. People don’t realize how strong and how quick he is, we do because see it every day, and if he keeps working, and God willing, he keeps injury free, he has a bright future.” Continue reading
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By AARON CRANFORD
For the first time since Aug. 20, 2014, the LA Galaxy claimed a win away from the StubHub Center, and in both cases, the Colorado Rapids were on the unfortunate side of history.
The Galaxy’s common contributors in 2015 were the ones who found the back of the net Saturday, as Sebastian Lletget, Robbie Keane and Alan Gordan handed the Rapids their first loss since June 27. With the 3-1 victory the Galaxy have won five out of their last seven matches.
In order to finally break the road curse, the Galaxy needed to show a bit of anger and emotion, and star Steven Gerrard was the figure to become fiery, as he and former Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas were involved in a heated exchange minutes before Keane’s stoppage-time dagger. Continue reading
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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD
A heavily physical encounter between the newest additions to the Western Conference saw both sides share a point Saturday.
Rivals Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo fought it out in a 1-1 draw, with goals at each end of the match’s duration. Dom Dwyer and Ricardo Clark both scored set piece goals, and yet again, Benny Feilhaber assisted the Sporting KC corner-kick goal, which Dwyer headed in from eight yards away in the 6th minute.
On the same end of the field, Clark also sent a header from short-range into the net in the 78th minute. Brad Davis assisted Clark from the corner flag.
Sporting KC midfielder Krisztian Nemeth thought he had the winner late in the match, but he was rightfully waved offside. SKC also may have had a chance to win a penalty in stoppage time, but the referee ruled that the ball did not touch Luis Garrido’s outstretched arm. Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
NEW YORK – While the off-the-field headlines generated by the signing of Didier Drogba proved to be a major win for the club, Saturday’s on-the-field performance by the Montreal Impact proved to be the week’s most impressive achievement.
Visiting Yankee Stadium, the Impact bested the New York City FC backline time and time again, earning a hard-fought 3-2 road win to pick up the team’s third victory in four games.
The win, which gives the Impact 27 points through 19 games, was just the team’s second road win of the season and eighth in the franchise’s three-and-a-half year MLS history.
Led by the performances of Dominic Oduro and Ignacio Piatti, the Impact displayed a bit of swagger in picking apart NYCFC’s defense, continuously pinging passes up and over opposing backline to create chance after chance.
Oduro, who provided the game’s opener, said that was all part of the plan, as the Impact were fully prepared to exploit space left unoccupied by NYCFC’s less-pacey defense. For the Imapct, it was all about execution, something made all the easier by the confidence generated in recent weeks.
“I think Didier coming in put a little spark into the team,” Oduro said. “Everybody is excited. The city of Montreal is excited. Coming here, we came with great confidence and I think him coming to join the team, it will be a great push. We’re confident going into our next game. We have a couple of games coming up and hopefully we can get points. Continue reading
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By JOE TANSEY
CHESTER, PA — Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips combined for the first time as teammates just outside the City of Brotherly Love to hand the New York Red Bulls a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
The Eastern Conference clash at PPL Park started with a whimper as the two sides combined for zero shots on goal in front of boisterous sets of visiting and home fans.
Although he was not credited with any saves through 45 minutes, Luis Robles did jump into action on two occasions to swat away dangerous looking crosses from the left wing from Sebastien Le Toux and Cristian Maidana respectively.
Sacha Kljestan created the best chance of the opening stanza in the 40th minute, when he knocked a shot from the left side of the penalty area into the side netting.
As the second half began, the action started to ramp up as the two teams started to dish out physical fouls in front of the sellout crowd of 18,883. Continue reading
By MIKE GRAMAJO
ORLANDO, Fla. — After a winless month of July, Cyle Larin’s brace sealed Orlando City SC’s path to winning ways, as Adrian Heath’s men rallied from one goal down to defeat the Columbus Crew, 5-2, on Saturday night in front of 26,586 at the Citrus Bowl.
Federico Higuain’s opener in the first five minutes of the game put Gregg Berhalter’s men on the scoresheet first, but Cyle Larin’s equalizer in the 18th minute and Darwin Ceren’s go-ahead goal in the 38th gave the Lions the lead before heading into halftime.
Corey Ashe connected with Larin in the 54th minute to bag his brace, before Aurelien Collin scored Orlando’s fourth goal of the game in the 76th minute.
“It was an incredible performance from our boys,” the Orlando City boss told reporters on his team’s victory. “If you look at the table, it’s getting closer by the week, as I said before, every game in the Eastern Conference is going to be huge, it’s going to go down to the wire. Goals change games, and more importantly for us tonight, we scored at really good times.”
Kaka earned his second assist of the game when the Brazilian star connected with Cristian Higuita to cap the Lions’ first win over Columbus this season when he headed in the captain’s cross past goalkeeper Steve Clark in the 84th minute. Continue reading
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By JOE TANSEY
CHESTER, PA — Since Shaun Wright-Phillips started training with the New York Red Bulls, the players in the squad were aware of the impact he would make once he touched the field in a Red Bulls uniform.
Wright-Phillips gave the Red Bulls a taste of what he can do in the run up toward the playoffs during the club’s 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. After entering in the 61st minute, Wright-Phillips earned a penalty and assisted on brother Bradley’s 74th-minute goal.
“We knew he’d make a difference. He’s been training with us for the past few weeks. We know what he’s capable of. To our advantage, the league is not fully aware of what he’s capable of,” Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles said.
The addition of the former Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers man changed the complexion of the match, which many in the Red Bulls locker room admit wasn’t their best of the season by any stretch of the imagination.
“(The first half)’s easily the worst 45 minutes we’ve had this season,” Robles said. Continue reading
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By JASON MITCHELL
SEATTLE — Gauntlet thrown.
The Vancouver Whitecaps received a brace from the unlikeliest of sources and an insurance goal from a returning Designated Player to top the Seattle Sounders 3-0 in front of 53,125 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.
It was quite the tone-setting match for two teams that will see each other three more times this month alone, once in league play and twice in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
Chad Marshall took an elbow to the throat, Gonzalo Pineda left the match in the second half with blood gushing from his cheek, multiple shoving matches broke out, and both teams probably earned penalty kicks that referee Mark Geiger — yes, that Mark Geiger — didn’t call.
To top it off, the reeling Sounders (10-11-2, 32 points) were upset with what they considered excessive celebrating by several Whitecaps players after the match.
Center back Pa-Modou Kah scored early in each half to provide a dominant Whitecaps team all the scoring they needed. They were just the second and third goals in the Gambian’s three year career.
Late substitute Pedro Morales — making his second straight appearance after missing six weeks with a niggling calf injury — sealed the win with a dazzling free kick from 25 yards out in the 75th minute.