A short Saturday schedule was it for week 27 of the 2019 MLS season. With players missing due to international duty, MLS played on with five games starting in Yankee Stadium. NYCFC came back to beat New England 2-1 at home. The Revs went up in the 2nd minute through Juan Fernando Caicedo, but were playing a man down from the 9th minute with a red card to Antonio Mlinar Delamea for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Jesus Medina equalized for NYCFC in the 70th and converted a penalty six minutes into stoppage time.
“I’m just sorry for the fans that came out and the players, we weren’t afforded the opportunity to have a good game,” New England coach Bruce Arena said. “It could’ve been a good game, it really could’ve been.”
FC Cincinnati’s woeful expansion season continued with a 5-1 home loss to Toronto FC. Patrick Mullins opened the scoring for Toronto in the 10th minute with Nick DeLeon doubling the lead in the 21st. Marco Delgado made it 3-0 in the 28th. Michael Bradley scored in the 63rd with Nicolas Benezet finishing off the Toronto goals in the 85th. Toronto went a man down in the 88th with a second yellow to Eriq Zavaleta for unsporting behavior. Cincinnati’s Emmanuel Ledesma converted a penalty two minutes into stoppage time.
Orlando City drew 2-2 with LAFC at home. Once again, Carlos Vela was out of the lineup for LA, who took the lead in the 12th minute with an Adrien Perez goal. Orlando equalized a minute later when Nani scored and took the lead from a Benji Michel goal in the 20th. Diego Rossi equalized for LAFC in the 78th minute.
Colorado shutout Seattle 2-0 at home. Andre Shinyashiki scored in the 41st and 70th minutes. Backup goalkeeper Clint Irwin kept the clean sheet for the Rapids with two saves. Seattle was missing multiple players due to international duty.
“A lot of it was about them having to recognize certain things once we adjusted our stance,” Rapids coach Robin Fraser said. “The front group did a really good job of getting pressure higher up the field. If they didn’t actually win the ball, then they made the balls that got played into the back group much more predictable which also made them more effective. But the resiliency of the group is the first thing that jumps out at me.”
Week 27 concluded in Portland with the Timbers coming back to beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1. Benny Feilhaber scored for Sporting in the 65th minute. Jeremy Ebobisse equalized in the 83rd with Brain Fernandez scoring Portland’s winner four minutes into stoppage time.
“First of all, we needed a win like this,” Portland coach Giovanni Savarese said. “These are the type of wins that give you more belief that we’re on the right path. It wasn’t only about the sacrifice and the work that the team put in, but the quality. Today, we played very well. We moved the ball very well. We created chances. Very pleased with the performance today.”
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