Orlando showed their potential in a 3-1 win at Inter Miami CF that earned Florida Derby bragging rights, a result manager Oscar Pareja hopes stops their seesaw-like form. DP striker Ercan Kara remained red-hot, grabbing 1g/1a to pace the Lions.
St. Louis thrashed Sporting Kansas City in the Midwest’s newest rivalry, taking a 4-0 result behind Indiana Vassilev’s brace (2g/0a) and a six-save shutout from goalkeeper Roman Bürki. CITY SC center back Tim Parker also shined in the “Soccer Capital” battle, stopping the visitors’ resurgent attack.
Supporters’ Shield leaders FC Cincinnati earned a thrilling 3-2 win over Hell is Real rival Columbus Crew, carried by 2g/0a and a decisive caused turnover from midfielder Luciano Acosta. Roman Celentano also made a result-saving stop in second-half stoppage time, placing on the bench.
Nashville SC star Hany Mukhtar is mounting an impressive defense of last year’s Landon Donovan MLS MVP award, scoring twice in a 2-1 win at Charlotte FC. Philadelphia Union midfielder Dániel Gazdag also scored twice, powering a 3-0 win over the New England Revolution.
D.C. United’s Christian Benteke (1g/1a) and Atlanta United’s Giorgos Giakoumakis (2g/0a) continued their stellar seasons and stay right in the Golden Boot presented by Audi race. Benteke’s efforts came in a 3-0 rout of the LA Galaxy, while Giakoumakis came off the bench to help earn a 3-3 draw at Chicago Fire FC.
Team of the Matchday (3-4-3, left to right): Roman Bürki (STL) - Tim Parker (STL), Andrés Reyes (RBNY), Michael Boxall (MIN) - Indiana Vassilev (STL), Dániel Gazdag (PHI), Hany Mukhtar (NSH), Luciano Acosta (CIN) - Christian Benteke (DC), Giorgos Giakoumakis (ATL), Ercan Kara (ORL)
Coach: Oscar Pareja (ORL)
Bench: Roman Celentano (CIN), Danny Wilson (COL), Ilie Sánchez (LAFC), Ryan Gauld (VAN), Jáder Obrian (DAL), Bongokuhle Hlongwane (MIN), Maren Haile-Selassie (CHI), Julián Carranza (PHI), Gyasi Zardes (ATX)
Audi Goals Drive Progress
MLS Academies have been identified as one of the most important resources for building on-field talent in North America. Through the Audi Goals Drive Progress initiative, Audi has committed $1 million per season in an effort to advance academies league-wide, and to drive progress for the sport. For every goal scored in the regular season, Audi will contribute $200 into the Audi Goals Drive Progress fund to directly support each MLS Club Youth Academy.