The roundup of week 15 in MLS starts with a Sunday game at Yankee Stadium where NYCFC shutout Orlando City 5-0. It’s always the lopsided scorelines that get the attention in any league, and Major League Soccer is no exception. Jesus Medina started the scoring in the 40th minute with Ismael Tajouri doubling the lead in the 53rd. Maxi Moralez made it 3-0 in the 65th with Malte Amundsen adding a goal in the 79th. Valentin Castellanos finished off the scoring in the 82nd. Luis Barraza kept the clean sheet with three saves in a game where NYCFC took 23 shots and put 15 on goal.
Week 15 opened with Columbus beating Atlanta 1-0 on the road. Jonathan Mensah scored in the 65th minute with Eloy Room making three saves. United had the lead on shots 19 to 10 and on target five to six.
“Sometimes in this game and at this level, the margin of error or the margin of chance or not chance is so small,” Atlanta coach Rob Valentino said. “I think we saw that tonight because they did have some chances, but then they go and score off a set piece. That one issue is frustrating, but it’s like you create the chances and they were there and it’s not because they don’t want to. They wanted to do it and you can tell by the intent. Everyone can tell by the intent of the players and they’re getting in the right areas. So, I can’t fault their efforts. I can’t fault their intentions for creation.”
Toronto won 2-1 at Chicago, taking the lead in the 2nd minute through a Yeferson Soteldo goal. Nick DeLeon made it 2-0 Toronto in the 76th with Alvaro Medran pulling a goal back a minute later.
“I think the tough one for us is coming out and giving a bad goal right away, so you’re under the gun already but I felt it was a tremendous response from the team,” Fire assistant coach Frankie Klopas said. “We pushed and we never lost confidence. When you look at stats, 14 shots on target, 23 shots inside the box, 23 shots to two, so we definitely created enough opportunities. It’s just, you know, just lacking now that ball going in the back of the net.”
Minnesota beat Portland 2-1 at home after falling behind in the 10th minute to a Felipe Mora goal. Chase Gasper equalized for United in the 74th with Robin Lod scoring their winner in the 85th minute.
Nashville shutout FC Cincinnati 3-0 at home. CJ Sapong scored in the 13th minute with Randall Leal doubling the lead in the 35th. Sapong scored again in the 57th minute.
FC Dallas took advantage of home field and a weakened version of the Galaxy in a 4-0 win. Ricardo Pepi put Dallas up in the 27th, doubling the lead in the 44th and finishing off the hattrick in the 50th minute. Jader Obrian added a goal in the 88th.
Real Salt Lake shutout Colorado 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium. An own-goal opened the scoring in the 14th with Bobby Wood doubling the lead in the 30th. Rubio Rubin scored RSL’s third goal in the 76th minute.
San Jose and Houston drew 1-1 at PayPal Park. Matias Vera put the Dynamo up in the 40th with an own-goal leveling the score five minutes into first-half stoppage time. The Earthquakes finished a man down with Carlos Fierro seeing red seven minutes into stoppage time.
LAFC came back to draw 2-2 with Vancouver at Banc of California Stadium. The Whitecaps had a two-goal lead with Deiber Caicedo scoring in the 25th and Cristian Dajome adding a goal in the 38th. Carlos Vela scored for LAFC in the 40th with Jose Cifuentes equalizing in the 75th.
“There are times when late in the game there’s too many bad passes,” LAFC coach Bob Bradley said. “So instead of now connecting 3-4 passes and getting forward and keeping pressure on, we’re running 30-40 yards to put out a fire. So, at the end not enough guys have really good days. There’s a part where you’re behind and now we have to push hard to get back into a game and so there’s some credit on that end, but overall, not good enough tonight. Not good enough.”
New England beat Montreal 2-1 at home. Gustavo Bou scored in the 29th and 73rd minutes with Djordje Mihailovic equalizing in the 79th.
“We came in playing well, both on the road and at home,” Bou said. “We’re all gaining confidence and that’s evident on the field. If we can continue to be confident, it’ll bode well for the team. The guys in the back line, in the midfield are all playing with confidence, and hopefully we can continue that.”
Inter Miami and Philadelphia drew 1-1 in Fort Lauderdale. Robbie Robinson put Miami up in the 71st with Kacper Przybylko equalizing in the 85th minute.
DC United shutout the Red Bulls 1-0 at Audi Stadium. Ola Kamara scored in the 27th minute with Bill Hamid keeping the clean sheet with one save.
Week 15 ended in Seattle with Sporting Kansas City pulling off the upset with a 3-1 win over the Sounders. Johnny Russel scored for Sporting in the 31st with Nabiel Salloi making it 2-0 in the 42nd. Fredy Montero pulled a goal back for Seattle in the 51st, but it was Cameron Duke seeing out the win with Sporting’s third goal in the 72nd minute.
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