It's the start of the 2019 MLS season with Seattle welcoming the league's newest team FC Cincinnati in a 4-1 win at CenturyLink Field. Cincinnati took the lead with Leonardo Bertone scoring the club's first MLS goal in the 13th minute. Kelvin Leerdam equalized for Seattle in the 27th with Jordan Morris scoring in the 33rd and 43rd. Raul Ruidiaz finished off the Seattle goals in the 87th.
"It's almost the worst possible thing you can do sometimes is you can score on the road too early against a good team," Cincinnati coach Alan Koch said. "Obviously, they came to life and coming at us."
Michael Bradley scored twice in Toronto's 3-1 win at Philadelphia. Bradley opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time, making it 2-0 Toronto in the 62nd. MArco Fabian converted a penalty for Philadelphia in the 73rd. Nick DeLeon scored for Toronto four minutes into stoppage time.
"There was some space to move into," Bradley said of his opener "It's not necessarily my first thought always, but when your momentum starts takes you forward on certain plays you see them out."
Orlando drew 2-2 with NYCFC at home. Ebenezer Ofori opened the scoring for NYCFC in the 13th minute with Alexander Ring scoring in the 45th. Orlando's Christopher Mueller pulled a goal back in the 59th with Tesho Akindele equalizing in the 75th.
Columbus drew 1-1 at home with the Red Bulls. Andreas Ivan put New York up in the 6th minute with Gaston Sauro equalizing in the 41st.
FC Dallas drew 1-1 with New England at home. Michael Barrios scored for Dallas in the 13th minute with Carles Gil equalizing in the 57th.
"It was 10 minutes of casualness in the second-half that punished us for that game tying goal," Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said. "But If you remove those minutes, I have to be proud and happy about our progress among a lot of other things. We connected a lot of passes, showed confidence and courage in our play to combine under pressure."
Minnesota United beat Vancouver 3-2 on the road. Erik Godoy put the Whitecaps up in the 6th minute with Darwin Quintero equalizing from the penalty spot in the 37th. Francisco Calvo scored for Minnesota in the 66th minute with Romario Ibarra making it 3-1 in the 70th. Doneil Henry scored for Vancouver in the 81st minute.
Houston and Real Salt Lake drew 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Albert Rusnak put RSL up in the 40th with Mauro Manotas equalizing in the 62nd. Houston's Matias Vera saw red in the 81st minute.
"We didn’t play well the first 45 minutes," Houston coach Wilmer Cabrera said. "We weren’t clear with the ball, we didn’t pass the ball and we didn’t connect. There were too many lone balls. I tried to tell the guys we needed to pass and move the ball. We gave away a ball in the middle, they attacked, and one ball went through. It was a poor defensive move from us. It wasn’t a great pass. It was more that we didn’t defend well, and they just went ahead one to zero."
Colorado and Portland drew 3-3 in the snow at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Kei Kamara scored for the Rapids in the 16th minute with Colorado going a man down with a red card to Axel Sjoberg in the 27th. Diego Valeri equaled for Portland in the 29th. Sebastian Blanco put the Timbers up in first-half stoppage time. Portland went up through a 66th minute own-goal with Andre Shinyashki equalizing four minutes into stoppage time.
"It was crazy, Colorado midfielder Benny Feilhaber said. "It felt like I was back in fifth grade playing tackle football on a snow day, so it didn't even feel like a real game. But for all the guys that stuck together in that game, I think it was a huge game for us. It’s great to win at home and get three points, but to get a point the way we did today.... Coming from behind, being down a man, in those conditions, playing against a good team, everyone put in 100% effort."
The LA Galaxy came back at home to beat Chicago 2-1. CJ Sapong put the Fire up in the 49th with Daniel Steres equalizing in the 68th. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored LA's winner in the 80th minute.
"This last week has been very quick, it has been a whirlwind," Sapong said. "But when I got on the field I felt calm, a little bit at peace. I am very thankful for the guys for helping me out and communicating on a whole other level. I got a goal on my debut but I would like to have three points as well. But again, more motivation to keep grinding and I do feel I could give more to this team."
Montreal came back to beat San Jose 2-1 on the road. Magnus Eriksson scored for San Jose in the 11th minute. Ignacio Piatti equalized in the 29th with Saphir Taider scoring the Impact's winner in the 44th.
"No adverse results will ever leave me satisfied, but I don't live life being stuck on a result," San Jose coach Matias Almeyda said. "I think the team played a great game. They had two distractions; the rival's two goals from which we can correct ourselves. As the game went on, our team was competitive, a team fighting for possession, a team that pressured. Obviously, I did not like the result."
DC United shutout Atlanta 2-0 at Audi Field. Paul Arriola scored in first-half stoppage time with Luciano Acosta doubling the lead in the 58th. Bill Hamid kept the clean sheet.
Week 1 concluded at Banc of California Stadium with LAFC beating Sporting Kansas City 2-1. Krisztian Nemeth put Sporting up on the road in the 16th with Diego Rossi equalizing in the 47th. Roger Espinoza saw red for Sporting in the 84th minute. Adama Diomande scored LAFC's winner four minutes into stoppage time.
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