Minnesota shutout San Jose 3-0 at Avaya Stadium. Darwin Quintero opened the scoring with a 49th minute penalty. Miguel Ibarra made it 2-0 in the 52nd with an own-goal finishing off the scoring in the 75th minute. Vito Mannone kept the clean sheet with four saves.Week 2 of the 2019 MLS season saw something that's been unlikely so far in Minnesota United's history. They've won two in a row to start the season and both happened on the road. As Minnesota waits for the opening of their stadium, they're stacking up points. Shutouts were the story for Minnesota and across the rest of Major League Soccer.
"Don't get me wrong, there were some bad breaks, but to be honest it has nothing to do with our skills or our attributes," San Jose forward Chris Wondolowski said. "We need to think our game, think our way through a game and understand what it takes to play 90 minutes mentally. I think physically, we are fine. I think physically, we can do great things."
Week 2 started in Chicago with the Fire and Orlando City splitting the points 1-1. Dom Dwyer put Orlando up in the 47th minute with Chicago going a man down in the 64th with a red card to Jorge Corrales. CJ Sapong equalized for the Fire five minutes into stoppage time.
“The weather is what it is," Sapong said. "It’s the same for the other team. I think when the rain started to come in it was a bit of a factor. At the end of the day, that’s why we’re out there playing, we deal with these things. It’s a mental game sometimes and I think we responded well.”
Columbus shutout New England 2-0 on the road. Gyasi Zardes scored in the 26th and six minutes into stoppage time. Zack Steffen kept the clean sheet with three saves including a penalty stop.
“Looking back on it, we had enough chances to score a goal," Revolution coach Brad Friedel said. "We had a penalty. That was a very good save by Zack Steffen. Goals change games. If that one goes in, you never know what happens. I think we want to be a little bit more versatile in the attack, no doubt. We want to be able to combine, but also get crosses in the box. I don’t think we had the telling pass today, but that’s going to be a little bit of a work in progress as we go through with a lot of new faces."
FC Dallas won 2-0 at home over the LA Galaxy. Reto Zeigler converted a 53rd minute penalty and Bryan Acosta scored in the 61st. Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez made one save for the clean sheet.
"To be honest, since the first day I got here my teammates have helped me adapt and connect with the team," Acosta said. "The group is awesome, there is a great coaching staff and training staff as well. It helps the player adapt better with team and I thank God for that."
Houston came back to beat Montreal 2-1 at home. Saphir Taider put Montreal up in the 34th with Memo Rodriguez equalizing two minutes later. Mauro Manotas scored the Dynamos's winner in the 86th minute.
"I think we are out of control in terms of the defensive situation," Montreal coach Remi Garde said. "I think that we had a strange game. It was a strange game for me without any rhythm for both teams. Unfortunately for us we couldn't take the chances that we created. We kept it for not enough time and then after that in the second half we were not sharp. We did not let our feet move the ball like we want to do."
Real Salt Lake shutout Vancouver 1-0 at home. Albert Rusnak converted a 21st minute penalty with Nick Rimando making five saves to keep the clean sheet.
"It’s going to be crucial," RSL coach Mike Petke said about winning at home. "If we can continue the rest of the season like the first two games, a tie on the road and a win at home, were going to be in pretty good shape. It’s going to be extremely important for us to take care of business at home this year, like we did last year."
Seattle shutout Colorado 2-0 at home. Kelvin Leerdam scored in the 5th with Raul Ruidiaz doubling the lead in the 8th. Stefan Frei made three saves for the clean sheet.
"I think it was a catalog of pressure that we had on us and we just started off the pace," Colorado coach Anthony Hudson said. "When we would be pressed we would dive in and sell ourselves and they would get out easily. When a long ball would come in we would not compete and win the header or the second ball. It was all little basics. They started the game incredibly fast and we never matched it. That was the simple thing. It wasn’t a good start but beyond that there was some good stuff."
On Sunday, NYCFC and DC United drew 0-0 at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC put 6 shots on goal to DC's 3.
“It’s a good point," DC forward Wayne Rooney said. "Obviously, it’s a difficult game and a difficult place to come. I thought both teams had a couple of good chances, Bill Hamid was fantastic today for us and made some really good saves, but I think it was probably a fair result.”
Sporting Kansas City shutout Philadelphia 2-0 at home. Ilie Sanchez converted a penalty in the 11th minute. Philadelphia went a man down in the 60th with a red card to Marco Fabian. An own-goal doubled Sporting's lead in the 80th minute. Tim Melia kept the clean sheet with four saves.
"I think we were better in the second-half," Sporting coach Peter Vermes said. "I think we had a much better mentality and I think we were smarter in the game. The other thing, too, is that we dealt with their direct play a lot better in the second-half."
Atlanta and FC Cincinnati finished 1-1 at Mercedes-Benz Arena. Josef Martinez put Atlanta up in the 5th minute with Roland Lamah equalizing in the 86th.
"We want more, of course, but it’s always very hard," Atlanta coach Frank de Boer said. "Everyone is very disappointed in the result, because in the 85th minute we’re still 1-0 up. I think it was really the first real chance they get when they scored. We have to also recognize that sometimes you don’t always play your best, but you have to win those games to get the confidence."
Week 2 finished at Bank of California Stadium with LAFC beating Portland 4-1. Mark Anthony-Kaye scored for LAFC in the 14th minute with Jeremy Ebobisse equalizing in the 29th. Christian Ramirez put LAFC up for good in the 45th with Adama Diomande scoring in the 65th. Carlos Vela finished off the LAFC goals in the 68th. Portland went a man down in the 72nd with a red card to Diego Chara.
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