It's two wins in a row to start the 2018 MLS regular season for expansion team LAFC, beating Real Salt Lake 5-1 away. Joao Plata put RSL up in the 20th minute with Diego Rossi equalizing for LAFC in the 30th. Latif Blessing scored for LAFC in the 33rd with Benny Feilhaber adding a goal in the 47th. Rossi scored again in the 81st with Carlos Vela assisting in the 81st. Rossi assisted on Vela's goal in the 86th.
"The thing that I’m going to be saying is I apologize to my owner.," Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke said. "A lot of places in the world, I’d either be fired right now or I would resign. A lot of places in the world. It’s embarrassing. And it starts from the top. I apologize to the fans who came out here for this."
New England beat Colorado 2-1 at Gillette Stadium. Diego Fagundez put the Revs up in the 48th minute with Niki Jackson equalizing in the 66th. Chris Tierney scored New England's winner three minutes into stoppage time.
Columbus beat Montreal 3-2 at home. Federico Higuain converted a penalty to put the Crew up in the 12th minute. Gyasi Zardes scored again for his new club, doubling the Columbus lead in the 15th. Ignacio Piatti pulled a goal back for the Impact in the 59th minute with Raheem Edwards equalizing in the 85th. Zardes converted a penalty for the Crew's winner four minutes into stoppage time.
Chicago lost their home opener 4-3 to Sporting KC. Felipe Gutierrez put Sporting up in the 9th minute with Johnny Russell doubling the lead in the 44th. Aleksandar Katai pulled a goal back for Chicago in the 70th. Nemanja Nikolic equalized for the Fire in the 74th and put them up in the 82nd minute. Jimmy Medranda equalized for Sporting in the 83rd with Gutierrez scoring their winner three minutes later.
"I think that we, especially in the first half, saw that we weren't ready to compete with the team that had the advantage that they had: playing competitive games before us," Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic said. "That was the main difference in the first half. But adjustments in the second half were tremendous and I think showing that we can score three goals that quickly and create even more opportunities was the positive."
Vancouver beat Houston 2-1 on the road. Kei Kamara converted a Whitecaps penalty in the 28th minute. Alberth Elis equalized for the Dynamo in the 39th minute. Kamara assisted on Brek Shea's winner in the 49th minute.
"I’ve been telling the players that throughout the season we are going to have these types of games where teams are going to come, are going to drop and try to counter attack on us because they see our strengths: speed up front," Houston coach Wilmer Cabrera said. "I think the game plan was very good and we created very good chances in the beginning of the game, but we did not put the ball in the net, and when you don’t punish your opponent then you give them a chance to do what they did."
The New York Red Bulls shutout Portland 4-0 at home. Benjamin Mines put New York up in the 18th minute. Bradley Wright-Phillips doubled the lead in the 77th. Carlos Rivas scored for New York in the 80th and three minutes into stoppage time.
“For me, it was an embarrassing match because at a certain point we had the game in control," Portland coach Gio Savarese said. "We could’ve won this match if we wanted to and we allowed them to be able to get the better of it because they wanted it more. When a team steps on the field wanting the game more, they deserve to win. And, for me, that was the key of the match.”
Minnesota United beat Orlando City 2-1 away. Ethan Finlay put United up in the 12th minute. Yoshimar Yotun equalized from the penalty spot in the 42nd. Finlay scored again in the 79th minute
Atlanta beat DC United 3-1 at home. Josef Martinez put Atlanta up in the 24th minute with Miguel Almiron scoring in the 73rd. Hector Villalba added a goal in the 75th. Darren Mattocks pulled a goal back for DC in the 86th minute.
“Well first and foremost: our energy was much better today," Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan said. "Our energy, our ability to win first balls, second balls, tackles, the dirty work, if you will. That allowed us to go and play good football at times. You need to have that base, especially in this league. There’s so many players and teams that are athletic and if you don’t bring it physically, then regardless of how good you are talent-wise, it’s not going to be able to show.”
NYCFC beat the Galaxy 2-1 at Yankee Stadium. Anton Tinnerholm put NYCFC up in the 22nd minute with David Villa scoring in the 33rd. Jonathan Dos Santos pulled a goal back for LA in the 60th minute. LA finished a man down with Ashley Cole seeing a second yellow for unsporting behavior in the 85th minute.
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