It was a Saturday only schedule for week 4 of the 2018 MLS season with the games coming during the March international break. We start the roundup with the New York Red Bulls shutting out Minnesota United 3-0 at home. Alex Muyl had New York up in the 15th minute. Bradley Wright-Phillips added goals in the 42nd and 78th with Luis Robles making four saves to keep the clean sheet. United goalkeeper Matthew Lamson made six saves in the losing effort with the Red Bulls taking 21 shots with nine on goal to Minnesota’s ten with four on goal.
New England and NYCFC drew 2-2 at Gillette Stadium. Diego Fagundez put the Revs up at home in the 11th minute with Ismael Tajouri equalizing in the 51st. Juan Agudelo scored for New England in the 63rd with Tajouri equalizing again in the 75th minute.
“The only disappointment was we were only one goal to the good,” New England coach Brad Friedel said. “I thought we should’ve been up maybe three or four goals at halftime. Goalkeeper made a couple of good saves, hit the post, missed a couple of chances, but there were a lot of positives to take out of the performance.”
FC Dallas and Portland finished 1-1 at Toyota Stadium. Roland Lamah scored for Dallas in the 36th with Sebastian Blanco equalizing for Portland in the 47th. The Timbers played a man down from the 75th minute when Lawrence Olum saw red for a handball.
“Not being in the rhythm of the game cost us,” Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said. “Portland was cutting the flow of the game. The second half, when we had the advantage, we could not make it count due to so many cuts into the rhythm of the game. We had the better of the first half. We created chances. In the second half, they tied the game and it was very speculative. We had control until then but after that we lost our rhythm. We still created a few chances that could have given us the three points but unfortunately we could not put one away.”
Columbus beat DC United 3-1 at home. Milton Valenzuela gave the Crew the lead in the 20th minute with Yamil Asad levelling the score in the 30th. Ricardo Clark put Columbus up for good in the 40th with Pedro Santos adding a goal two minutes later.
“I think it’s focus, I think it’s us having the ball,” Columbus coach Gregg Berhalter said. “When you look at possession, we still maintained an advantage in possession in the second half. We were still able to create enough chances in the second half. Overall, I think it’s good. When you’re up 3-1, at minimum you want to end 3-1 or score more goals and we did that.”
Colorado gave up a two-goal lead at home to finish 2-2 with Sporting KC. Dominique Badji put the Rapids up in the 5th minute with Joe Mason scoring in the 8th. Felipe Gutierrez pulled a goal back for Sporting in the 57th with Diego Rubio equalizing a minute into stoppage time.
Week 4 ended at BC Place with Vancouver and the LA Galaxy playing out a scoreless draw in front of 22,120 fans.
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