Massive review: week 1 of the MLS
Columbus Crew SCSunday’s 1-0 win over a 10-man New York City SC was certainly one of the biggest results of the start of Major League Soccer’s 25th season. The other 12 games each brought something different as Week 1 was full of great goals and great finishes. We also saw an injury that changed the league in Nashville. MLS is back and here’s the massive first roundup of the 2020 season.
Game 1 of 2020 came to a wild end as Colorado scored two unanswered to take the first three points of the campaign. After Russell Canouse scored the first goal of MLS’s 25th season, former Crew star Kei Kamara equalized with a header in the 67th minute to get the Rapids back in the game.
Colorado took the win in the final 30 seconds with a substitute Jonathan lewis complete a scramble to score his sixth career goal for the Rapids. DC is staying at home next week to face Inter Miami as the Rapids go for two straight games in their home opener against Orlando city.
The Impact was also able to come back from a 1-0 deficit and obtain a victory during Thierry Henry’s management debut for Montreal. Romell Quioto’s 37th-minute goal canceled Teal Bunbury’s opener for the Revs to send both teams down the tunnel at 1-1.
Revolution thought to take the lead with 18 minutes remaining after Wilfried Zahibo’s goal was called off for offside. The Impact then grabbed the three points with a nice bullet point. Maximiliano Urruti more than Matt Turner to clinch Montreal’s 10th victory over New England. The Revs host Chicago for week 2 while Montreal heads to Dallas to stay perfect.
Chicharito’s debut in Galaxy was spoiled by Mauro Manotas in the 54th minute. The Dynamo drew the Galaxy 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium to start 2020. Houston held the ball nearly 60 percent of the game and created 13 chances over Los Angeles’ nine.
The first goal was a beauty of the galaxy with the goalkeeper David bingham selecting Christian Pavon from his own penalty area. Pavon then cut to the right and smashed one in the top corner to start his account for the season. Manotas then slid through the Galaxy defense and had the space to pull the equalizer to earn the point.
LA is looking to bounce back at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps next week. Houston will travel to Kansas City for a clash next Saturday.
Another game, another decisive goal to death. The earthquakes sparked absolute madness with a 2-2 draw against defending Eastern Conference champions Toronto FC at Avaya Stadium. After losing 2-0 in the first 50 minutes, Andres Rios scored early in the second half to breathe life into the Quakes.
Then, after a second half of the equalizer push, San Jose got a last-minute free kick 24 yards down the left side of Quentin Westberg’s goal. Quakes center-back Oswaldo Alanis absolutely tore the ball into the side net to win the point and score the goal of the week.
San Jose will stay home for the second week and host Minnesota. Toronto will return to Canada to face its eastern rivals NYCFC at BMO Field.
Dallas beat the Union for three points at Frisco on Saturday. The game was even on possession but Philly had more shots with 15. Only three of them were on target, however.
Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez made three saves and the scorers were Czech forward Zdenek Ondrasek and substitute forward Paxton Pomykal. Dallas remains at home in Lone Star State to host the Montreal Impact next Saturday. The union has another week of travel as they head to the City of Angels to take on LAFC.
The first scoreless draw of the 25th season came in Orlando as Orlando City and Real Salt Lake failed to convert any of their 14 combined shots. With just three shots on target, neither team was able to test the keepers and achieve this key goal.
Orlando rear Joao Moutinho put together a good game with 76% passing accuracy and nine out of 13 duels won. Former crew star Justin meram came off the bench in the 70th minute for RSL and had little effect. Next week, Salt Lake will host the Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium while Orlando travel to Mile High to take on the Rapids.
The “Dirty South Derby” was action-packed as Atlanta united silenced the record crowd at Nissan Stadium with a 2-1 opening victory. Although Ezequiel Barco and Emerson Hyndman scored the goals to get the three points, Atlanta fans have just one thought in mind: Josef martinezinjury.
Martinez took an unnatural step in the second half and immediately went down holding his right knee. He returned for a few minutes until medics took a stretcher and removed it in the 69th minute. It was confirmed on Sunday that Martinez tore his ACL and is going to have surgery, probably by putting it on the sidelines for the entire season. Former Crew striker Adam Jahn looks sure to play the starter role for the 2018 champions.
Nashville fans came in droves with energy and passion for their first MLS game and were rewarded with a goal and plenty of chances to almost get their first point in MLS. Nashville’s first road MLS game is in Portland next week while Atlanta hosts FC Cincinnati at the Mercedes-Benz stadium. Too, how is that not a red card ????
It was a categorical victory for Sporting Kansas City in the Pacific Northwest above the Vancouver Whitecaps. KC scored three spectacular goals in his first game with debutant Alan Pulido who started with a precise header in the 17th minute.
The second goal was a 16-yard left-footed curler by Gadi Kinda in the 39th minute, then the recall was a Erik Hurtado stolen from inside the box with service coming from Gerso Fernandes after a sick roulette. KC will host the Dynamo next week as Vancouver heads to Los Angeles to play Galaxy.
The other battle between New York and Ohio turned in the opposite direction when the Big Apple (or New Jersey) Red Bulls beat Buckeye State’s FC Cincinnati. It was a fun and offensive game at Red Bull Arena as New York scrambled to find their next top scorer after Bradley Wright-Phillips.
New York has goals everywhere. The scorers were defender Kyle Duncan (16th), midfielder Alejandro Romero (27th) and striker Daniel Royer (70 ‘). Cincinnati got a first goal from the team’s big signing, Jurgen Locadia. The Dutchman on loan from Brighton came off the bench to score.
Cincy will stay on the road and travel to Atlanta as the Red Bulls look to capitalize on their victory when they go to Salt Lake.
The crew’s next opponent, who happens to be the defending MLS Cup champion, joined the “late winners” club for Week 1, beating the Fire 2-1 in the 90th minute. After a strike early in the second half from Seattle star Robert Beric Jordan morris got off the bench to Danny leyva.
Morris equalized the game in the 62nd minute and won it with a header from a corner corner in the 90th minute to grab all three points for Seattle on banner day. Morris’s brace was the first of the season as Seattle is once again a Cup favorite. The Champions take on the crew at CenturyLink next Saturday as the fire stays away from home, as they head to Gillette to play the Revs.
Well LAFC won and Carlos Vela Mark. Are you surprised? The 2019 MVP scored in his 10th straight MLS game with a cheeky chip on the Miami goalie Luis Robles after a brilliant solo race. The favorites to win the MLS Cup were expected to win, but Inter made it difficult for them in their inaugural MLS game.
The Pink & Blacks will move from sunny California to Washington DC to play United next week. LAFC can continue their homestand with a game against Philadelphia days before their Champions League quarter-final against Cruz Azul.
The last game of the first week was a flattering 3-1 victory for the Loons over Portland in Oregon. Diego Valeri leveled things from the start in the 56th minute, five minutes later Kevin molino opened the scoring.
Minnesota then took over with Luis Amarilla’s starting goal and the icing on the cake of Kevin Molino, putting him tied with Jordan Morris for the first Golden Boot lead. Former crew player Ethan Finlay had two assists in the win, the last one possibly being the assist of the week.
United travel to San Jose to face the Quakes while Portland opens the team’s home schedule against Nashville on Sunday, March 8.
- 10 Week 1 winners, four of whom missed the playoffs last year (Montreal, Columbus, Colorado and Kansas City)
- Columbus, Dallas and LAFC were the only winners to keep their sheets clean
- Week 2 will consist of just two games with a perfect record on the line (Dallas v Montreal and Seattle v Columbus)
- Five goals were scored in the stoppage time of the second half
- All but one Western Conference team scored (Real Salt Lake)