With MLS is Back weekend rapidly approaching, over half of the league's 28 teams had preseason scrimmages on Saturday.
Here's how everyone fared as preparations are fine-tuned for MLS Week 1 on Feb. 26-27.
LAFC 6, New York Red Bulls 1
The Uruguay international scored twice in the first half, then set up Carlos Vela’s strike just after halftime, to send the Black & Gold into MLS Week 1 in style. Aside from those Designated Player combinations, head coach Steve Cherundolo’s group also got second-half goals from center back Mamadou Fall and winger Kwadwo Opoku.
- 9’ — RBNY — Patryk Klimala
- 28’ — LAFC — Brian Rodriguez
- 31’ — LAFC — Own goal
- 34’ — LAFC — Brian Rodriguez
- 46’ — LAFC — Carlos Vela
- 58’ — LAFC — Mamadou Fall
- 60’ — LAFC — Kwadwo Opoku
- LAFC starting XI: Maxime Crepeau - Franco Escobar, Jesus David Murillo, Mamadou Fall, Diego Palacios - Kellyn Acosta, Ilie Sanchez, Jose Cifuentes - Brian Rodriguez, Carlos Vela, Kwado Opoku
- RBNY starting XI: Carlos Coronel - Aaron Long, Sean Nealis, John Tolkin, Frankie Amaya, Cristian Cásseres Jr., Caden Clark, Daniel Edelman, Omir Fernandez, Patryk Klimala, Lewis Morgan
Inter Miami CF 2, Charlotte FC 1
Then Gonzalo Higuain doubled Miami’s advantage in the 50th minute, with the Designated Player calmly depositing a left-footed finish off wingback Noah Allen’s cross.
Charlotte got a late lifeline when former Miami defender Christian Makoun scored a penalty kick in second-half stoppage time, but time ran out on a possible equalizer.
- 25’ — MIA — Leonardo Campana
- 50’ — MIA — Gonzalo Higuaín
- 91’ — CLT — Christian Makoun (PK)
- Charlotte starting XI: Kristijan Kahlina - Anton Walkes, Guzman Corujo, Christian Makoun, Joseph Mora, Jaylin Lindsey - Sergio Ruiz, Brandt Bronico - Titi Ortiz, Yordy Reyna, McKinze Gaines
- Miami starting XI: Clément Diop - DeAndre Yedlin, Jairo Quinteros, Damion Lowe, Christopher McVey, Noah Allen - Jean Mota, Gregore, George Acosta - Leonardo Campana, Gonzalo Higuaín
FC Dallas 2, Houston Dynamo FC 1
FCD then doubled their advantage in the 57th minute, with Obrian again turning provider in a one-two combination that homegrown midfielder Paxton Pomykal curled inside the far post.
- 4’ — DAL — Jesus Ferreira
- 57’ — DAL — Paxton Pomykal
- 75’ — HOU — Corey Baird
- Dallas starting XI: Maarten Paes - Marco Farfan, José Martínez, Matt Hedges, Ema Twumasi - Edwin Cerrillo, Brandon Servania, Paxton Pomykal - Jáder Obrian, Paul Arriola, Jesús Ferreira
- Houston starting XI: Steve Clark - Adam Lundqvist, Daniel Steres, Tim Parker, Griffin Dorsey - Memo Rodríguez, Matías Vera, Adalberto Carrasquilla - Fafa Picault, Sebastián Ferreira, Corey Baird
Portland Timbers 3, Real Salt Lake 0
Timbers midfielder Cristhian Paredes opened the scoring in the 72nd minute by slamming home a deflected Yimmi Chara cross from the right-hand side. Then Portland quickly assumed a 2-0 lead in the 76th minute when striker Jaroslaw Niezgoda deposited a penalty kick he earned.
To conclude the scoring, Portland center back Bill Tuiloma rifled home a free kick in the 92nd minute from atop the box.
- 72’ — POR — Cristhian Paredes
- 74’ — POR — Jaroslaw Niezgoda (PK)
- 90’+2’ — POR — Bill Tuiloma
- Portland starting XI: Aljaz Ivacic - Josecarlos Van Rankin, Zac McGraw, Bill Tuiloma, Claudio Bravo - Diego Chara, Cristhian Paredes, Santiago Moreno, Yimmi Chara - Dairon Asprilla, Jaroslaw Niezgoda
- RSL starting XI: David Ochoa - Justen Glad, Marcelo Silva, Erik Holt, Tate Schmitt, Everton Luiz, Pablo Ruiz, Maikel Chang, Justin Meram, Bobby Wood, Jonathan Menendez
Austin FC 0, Chicago Fire FC 1
That stood as the only goal, as Chicago posted their third shutout in four preseason matches.
- 6’ — CHI — Gastón Giménez
- Austin starting XI: Brad Stuver - Nick Lima, Julio Cascante, Jhohan Romana, Zan Kolmanic - Daniel Pereira, Alex Ring, Sebastian Driussi - Cecilio Dominguez, Maxi Urruti, Diego Fagundez
- Chicago starting XI: Gabriel Slonina - Boris Sekulic, Carlos Terán, Rafael Czichos, Miguel Navarro - Mauricio Pineda, Gastón Giménez, Fabian Herbers - Brian Gutierrez, Carlos Durán, Kacper Przybylko
LA Galaxy 2, D.C. United 2
Mexico’s all-time leading scorer punched back in the 26th and 74th minutes, tucking one-time finishes past D.C. goalkeeper Bill Hamid.
- 14’ — DC — Steve Birnbaum
- 26’ — LA — Chicharito
- 58’ — DC — Michael Estrada
- 74’ — LA — Chicharito
- LA starting XI: Jonathan Bond - Kelvin Leerdam, Nick DePuy, Séga Coulibaly, Raheem Edwards - Mark Delgado, Rayan Raveloson, Samuel Grandsir, Efraín Álvarez, Kévin Cabral - Javier Hernández
- D.C. starting XI: Bill Hamid - Steven Birnbaum, Brendan Hines-Ike, Andy Najar, Julian Gressel, Brad Smith - Moses Nyeman, Russell Canouse, Edison Flores, Griffin Yow - Michael Estrada
Sporting Kansas City 1, Toronto FC 1
SKC went ahead in the 73rd minute through Daniel Salloi, continuing the Hungarian winger’s strong preseason form. But Toronto equalized in the 89th minute through forward Hugo Mbongue, creating the final-whistle stalemate.
- 73’ — SKC — Daniel Salloi
- 89’ — TOR — Hugo Mbongue
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Minnesota United FC 2, Viking FK 2
Amarilla, back in Minnesota as a Designated Player, finished from close range and Lod curled home a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area. Both goals were scored in the second half.
- 1H — VFC
- 2H — MIN — Luis Amarilla
- 2H — VFC
- 2H — MIN — Robin Lod
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Orlando City SC 3, Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
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