The 2019 MLS season resumed after a week off for the Gold Cup. The LA Galaxy shook off their US Open Cup exit with a 2-0 shutout at FC Cincinnati. Emmanuel Boateng put the Galaxy up in the 12th with Favio Alvarez doubling the lead in the 15th. David Bingham kept the clean sheet with three saves.
Chicago and Real Salt Lake drew 1-1 in Bridgeview. Aleksandar Katai put the Fire up in the 5th minute with Albert Rusnak equalizing from the penalty spot in the 33rd.
“I think we’re all a little bit disappointed, a little bit frustrated with the first half of the season,” Chicago midfielder Dax McCarty said. “We expect more. Let me put it as simple as I possibly can: we expect more out of ourselves in this locker room and I know that there’s more out there for us. Not the result we wanted tonight, definitely a frustrated locker room again, which has kind of been the little bit of the theme of the season. Got a little bit of momentum there a couple weeks back and then it’s kind of, you know, it’s dissipated a little bit and now that big break and losing in the Open Cup and now drawing, it feels like we’ve got to get going again.”
FC Dallas shutout Toronto FC 3-0 at home. Dominique Badji opened the scoring in the 41st with Bressan making it 2-0 in the 51st. Badji scored again in the 58th minute. Jesse Gonzalez kept the clean sheet with two saves.
Vancouver and Colorado finished 2-2 at BC Place. The Rapids’ Diego Rubio scored in the 8th minute with Andre Shinyashiki making it 2-0 in the 20th. Vancouver’s Freddy Montero converted a first-half stoppage time penalty and Yordy Reyna equalized in the 80th.
Portland shutout Houston 4-0 at home. Marvin Loria scored in the 39th. Diego Valeri converted a 61st minute penalty. Valeri assisted on Brian Fernandez’s goal in the 63rd and Jeremy Ebobisse’s in the 75th. Portland goalkeeper Steve Clark needed one save to keep the clean sheet.
“I came in at halftime and everyone was telling me shoot the ball,” Ebobisse said. “Whether you shoot with your left or your right, you got to shot. You’re open at the top of the box and at that moment I figured it was the same one as the first half and I just took a chance. I got a little deflection, but those go around and come around. They’ve taken some goals off me, so I am glad this time I got it.”
Week 16 ended in Columbus with the Crew losing 1-0 to Sporting Kansas City. Felipe Gutierrez scored the game’s only goal in the 48th minute. Tim Melia kept the clean sheet with four saves.
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