Top Things to Watch in MLS This Week
- CCL Semifinal-Bound: At least one MLS club will advance to the semis in when the Philadelphia Union host Atlanta United, but will there be others?
- Big MLS TV Weekend Kicks off Saturday: Three rivalry matchups on over the air networks begin with Saturday’s battle for El Capitán between Houston and Dallas on Univision (3:30 p.m. ET) and El Tráfico featuring LA Galaxy vs. Los Angeles Football Club on FOX and FOX Deportes (8 p.m. ET).
- ABC Spotlights MLS Doubleheader on Sunday: Some southern hospitality has Inter Miami CF welcoming Atlanta United at 1 p.m. ET before the rivalries continue with the 112th meeting of the Portland Timbers against Seattle Sounders FC at 3 p.m. ET.
- 17-Year-old Scoring Standouts Showing Young Players Keep Producing: New York Red Bulls midfielder Caden Clark (New York Red Bulls) has two goals in his first three games, and San Jose Earthquakes forward Cade Cowell is tied for the league lead in combined goals and assists after being involved in five of the club’s eight goals this year.
Huge MLS TV Weekend Stacks Rivalries in Primetime Windows
It’s a heavy-hitting Major League Soccer broadcast weekend that will be chock-full of network coverage, with six nationally televised games over two days and some major primetime rivalry matchups gracing network channels.
Among those will the hotly contested El Tráfico on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET on FOX and FOX Deportes that will – for the first time – feature Javier “Chicharito” Hernández against Mexico National Team teammate Carlos Vela after the Texas Derby pits FC Dallas against the Houston Dynamo on Univision at 3:30 p.m. ET.
On Sunday, an ABC doubleheader will feature Phil Neville coaching Inter Miami CF against Gabriel Heinze’s Atlanta United before continued MLS coverage rolls into the storied Cascadia rivalry match between the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC.
FS1 will hosts the final matchup of the weekend on Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. ET, with a Western Conference nightcap of Sporting Kansas City bringing in debutants Austin FC.
*Below is the schedule of nationally televised MLS games in Week 4.
Saturday, May 8
- FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo FC (3:30 p.m. ET, Univision / TUDN)
- Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC (6 p.m. ET, ESPN / ESPN Deportes)
- LA Galaxy vs. Los Angeles Football Club (8 p.m. ET, FOX / FOX Deportes)
Sunday, May 9
- Inter Miami CF vs. Atlanta United (1 p.m. ET, ABC / ESPN Deportes)
- Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC (3 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN Deportes)
- Sporting Kansas City vs. Austin FC (7:30 p.m. ET, FS1, FOX Deportes)
Primetime El Tráfico on FOX Ups Ante with First Chicharito vs. Vela Matchup
The LA Galaxy host the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) on Saturday in one of the most thrilling rivalries on record during this edition of the always electric El Tráfico, a match that will finally feature the long-awaited meeting of two of biggest stars in MLS: Javier “Chicharito” Hernández against Carlos Vela, 2019 Landon Donovan MLS Most Valuable Player and winner of the Golden Boot presented by Audi.
Hernández opened the 2021 season in spectacular form, netting five goals over two games for the Galaxy’s best start in over a decade. However, Mexico’s all-time leading scorer did not convert in Week 3 as the Galaxy experienced a swift 3-0 fall from grace at the hands of Seattle Sounders FC last week.
LAFC remain unbeaten in their first three outings, and things are looking up thanks to the return of Diego Rossi, who last season scored 14 goals in 19 appearances as the league’s leading scorer. With Vela on the mend and anticipated to return as well this week, will he put up a showstopping performance against a familiar foe, or is Hernández perfectly primed to strike again?
The LA Galaxy face LAFC on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX / FOX Deportes.
Most Storied Rivalry Set to Air Sunday on ABCSunday will mark the 112th meeting in all competitions between the Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers – most of any two U.S.-based clubs. These two clubs first met in 1975 NASL, with Seattle holding the advantage of 54 wins to the Portland Timbers 42 victories. In MLS play alone, we have witnessed 12 wins for Seattle, 10 for Portland, and seven ties.
Unbeaten Sounders FC are off to a revenge-seeking start after falling to Columbus Crew SC in MLS Cup last December. In the first three weeks of 2021, Seattle has outscored opponents 8-1, most recently securing a 3-0 result over LA Galaxy. Raúl Ruidíaz leads the goalscoring display from Seattle with four goals in three matches and including two last weekend, ranking second in MLS for goals scored behind only LA Galaxy’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández after Week 3.
Meanwhile, the Timbers have allowed six goals this season, scoring only three through three matches to date and are trying to find their stride as they look to climb in the Western Conference standings.
The match will air on ABC and ESPN Deportes at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 9.
Battle for “El Capitán” Begins Saturday on Univision
FC Dallas hosts Houston Dynamo FC at Toyota Stadium on Saturday. The match will be nationally broadcast on Univision and marks the first of three meetings between the cross-state rivals this season. Some of the brightest young stars in the league will be on display for FC Dallas who are coming off a 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.
Eighteen-year-old, Dante Sealy, son of MLS Great Scott Sealy notched his first MLS goal in the FC Dallas victory last weekend and became the sixth player in MLS history to score a goal, who also had a dad score in MLS. The other father-son scoring duos are: Roy and Ariel Lassiter, Alex and Teal Bunbury, David and Jesus Ferreira, Jon and Ian Harkes and Adolfo and Jose Valencia. While 20-year-old FC Dallas forward Jesús Ferreira missed the first three matches of the season due to injury, Dynamo striker Ariel Lassiter has made an appearance as a second half substitute in each of Houston’s matches this season.
Another Dynamo player that has caught attention this season is Tyler Pasher. The Canadian winger enjoyed his 27th birthday last week and celebrated with a game-tying finish against LAFC at BBVA Compass Stadium, his first goal since joining the Houston Dynamo FC organization in January and first in Major League Soccer. Pasher began his career playing for Newcastle United before joining the Toronto FC Academy, though has struggled to find his professional identity in Major League Soccer, spending the majority of his professional career in the United Soccer League.
Can Pasher continue this incredible early season resurgence? Tune in to Univision on May 8 at 3:30 p.m. ET time to find out.
It’s All to Play For in Concacaf Champions League Quarterfinals This Week
The unprecedented five MLS quarterfinalists in the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League return to action this week in the second legs of their series with all still to play for – with three of the clubs facing trips to Mexico to face Liga MX teams.
MLS is guaranteed of having one semifinalist, as the Philadelphia Union carry a three-goal advantage in their series with Atlanta United in Tuesday’s second leg at Subaru Park (8 p.m. ET; FS1 / TUDN). Kacper Przybylko netted a pair of goals for the Union in their comprehensive victory last week at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But ATLUTD have overturned a healthy deficit in the CCL before, coming back from a 3-1 deficit to win their quarterfinal series with CS Herediano of Costa Rica in the round-of-16 in 2019.
In Tuesday’s other match, Toronto FC will have to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg when they take on CDSC Cruz Azul at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City (10:15 p.m. ET; FS1 / TUDN). While the iconic venue has proven a difficult place to play for visitors, it’s a site where TFC has seen some success – gaining a 1-1 draw there with Club América in the CCL semifinals in 2018 in winning that series 4-2 on aggregate. The goalscorer that night for TFC? Jonathan Osorio, who also won the CCL Golden Boot that year, and who has scored in each of the last two matches for TFC, their 2-2 draw with Vancouver in their last league match (April 24) and in the first leg vs. Cruz Azul.
On Wednesday, both MLS teams head to Mexico level on aggregate goals following the first legs. Columbus Crew SC will meet CF Monterrey at Estadio BBVA Bancomer in Nuevo León (8 p.m. ET; FS2 / TUDN), with that series tied 2-2. Miltón Valenzuela and Lucas Zelarayán scored the goals for Crew SC in the first leg, and they’ll need more to advance to the semifinals after nearly coming away from the home tie before conceding a late goal.
In the final quarterfinal, the Portland Timbers will also head to Estadio Azteca to face Club América after the clubs reached a dramatic 1-1 draw in the first match at Providence Park. Felipe Mora converted a penalty kick deep in second-half stoppage time to pull the Timbers level on a vibrant night in the Rose City – setting the stage for what is certain to be a can’t-miss second leg (10:15 p.m. ET; FS1 / TUDN).
GAME NOTES: WEEK 4
Friday, May 7
Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes, 9:30 p.m.
- Real Salt Lake remain the only team undefeated and untied on the new season, winning for a second time in two starts in defeating Minnesota United FC 3-1 at Allianz Field on Saturday evening.
- Rubio Rubin scored a pair of goals, his first in MLS, after recording two assists in his league debut the week before. Damir Kreilach scored a goal and added a pair of assists, the second time in his MLS career he was involved in three goals in a game (he had a hat trick 9/1/18 vs. LA).
- The Quakes was their second game on the trot in rampaging fashion, defeating D.C. United 4-1 at PayPal Park on Saturday evening.
- Jackson Yueill scored a pair of goals – the first two-goal game of his MLS career – and added an assist, while 17-year-old Cade Cowell scored a goal and added two assists – he has now been involved in five of the Quakes’ eight goals this year (2 goals, 3 assists).
- The teams met once a season ago, Chris Wondolowski scoring both goals as the Quakes took a 2-0 win at home on Oct. 28.
- The Quakes now own a six-game undefeated streak in the series in San Jose, with five wins in that span, the last RSL win there a 1-0 triumph on April 5, 2015. Real are undefeated in their past six home meetings with the Quakes, with three wins and three draws in that time, last a 1-0 win Sept, 11, 2019. The last San Jose victory in Sandy came in 2013.
Saturday, May 8
Chicago Fire FC vs. Philadelphia Union, 1 p.m.
- Fire FC went down to a second consecutive defeat on the road, falling 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon.
- The Union were left looking for a first league win in 2021 with a second consecutive reversal, falling 2-0 to New York City FC at Subaru Park on Saturday evening.
- The teams met once a season ago. Kacper Przybylko and Cory Burke scored on either side of halftime as the Union took a 2-1 win Oct. 28 at Subaru Park.
- The teams are meeting for the first time at Soldier Field. The Fire win in the final matchup at SeatGeek Stadium, a 2-0 win Aug. 17, 2019, ended a three-game Union winning streak in the series, though the Fire did win six of the final seven matchups overall in Bridgeview. The Union have won the last four meetings in a row in Chester; the last Fire win there came in 2013.
New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC, 1 p.m.
- The Red Bulls won for the first time in 2021 following a pair of losses, defeating Chicago Fire FC 2-0 at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon. Caden Clark and Cristian Casseres Jr. each scored their second goals in three games on the season.
- Toronto FC return to action in league play after a weekend away, their last MLS outing a 2-2 draw vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Exploria Stadium on April 24. Homegrown Player Luke Singh scored his first league goal in his second career league appearance.
- The teams met twice a season ago. Tom Barlow and Brian White netted goals three minutes apart in the first half as the Red Bulls took a 2-1 win at Red Bull Arena on Decision Day (Nov. 8). Earlier, Caden Clark made MLS history as the youngest player to score in his first two games, hitting for the 77th-minute equalizer to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw Oct. 14 at Rentschler Field in Hartford, Conn.
- The Red Bulls are 13-2-2 all-time in home matches vs. Toronto FC. When TFC took a 2-0 win on March 6, 2016, it was its first win ever at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls were 5-0-1 all-time in Harrison before the TFC win; the triumph also snapped an eight-game home undefeated streak for the Red Bulls vs. TFC (7-0-1), which began Oct. 25, 2009.
Columbus Crew SC vs. D.C. United, 1:30 p.m.
- Crew SC returned to league action after a weekend away, reaching a second goalless draw in two games, against CF Montréal at CRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon. Eloy Room recorded three saves for his second shutout of the season.
- D.C. United went down to a second successive defeat, falling 4-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening at PayPal Park. Antonio Alfaro scored the United goal, his first in four MLS seasons.
- The teams met once a season ago. Julian Gressel scored the game’s only goal in the 31st minute as United took the win at Audi Field on Oct. 28.
- United’s win in their last visit to Columbus, a 1-0 win April 24, 2019 with the game’s lone goal coming from a Wayne Rooney free kick, was the first there for D.C. since the 2007 season. Crew SC had won eight of the 11 meetings in between on their home ground, with three draws. United have won both meetings all-time at Audi Field.
Nashville SC vs. New England Revolution, 1:30 p.m.
- Nashville SC reached a third draw in three games to open the season, all at Nissan Stadium, playing to a goalless result with Inter Miami CF on Sunday afternoon.
- Joe Willis recorded a pair of saves for his first shutout of the season; he led MLS with nine shutouts in 2020.
- The Revolution remained undefeated on the season with a second consecutive victory, defeating Atlanta United 2-1 at Gillette Stadium – the club’s first win ever in the all-time series between the teams.
- Carles Gil converted a penalty kick for his first goal of the season; he also added an assist, now involved in three of the Revolution’s five goals on the season.
- The teams met twice during Nashville SC’s inaugural season. Nashville’s Walker Zimmerman and the Revolution’s Adam Buksa traded goals three minutes apart in the second half to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw Oct. 23 at Nissan Stadium; they played to a scoreless draw Oct. 3 at Gillette Stadium.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. CF Montreal, 3 p.m.
- Whitecaps FC suffered their first loss in the season in three matches, falling by the game’s only goal to the Colorado Rapids at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday evening.
- CF Montréal remained undefeated on the season with a second successive draw, reaching a goalless draw with Columbus Crew SC at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon. Clément Diop was not called upon to make a save in recording his first shutout of the season.
- The teams met three times a season ago. Romell Quioto and Lassi Lappalainen each scored in the first half in a Montréal 2-0 win Aug. 25 at Stade Saputo. They then met twice in four days’ time, both at BC Place, splitting the matches, Montréal winning 4-2 on Sept. 13, and Whitecaps FC taking a 3-1 win Sept. 16.
- The ‘Caps victory in the last meeting ended a three-game Montréal winning streak in the series. The last Vancouver win had come in the lone meeting in 2018, the second of back-to-back Whitecaps victories in the series.
- The teams have met four times in the Canadian Championship, the last two times in the semifinals in 2017 and 2018
FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo FC, 3:30 p.m.
- FC Dallas claimed their first victory of the season, rolling to a 4-1 win against the Portland Timbers at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. Andrés Ricuarte, Jader Obrian, Bressan and Dante Sealy each scored their first goals of the season – for Obrian and Sealy, the first of their MLS careers.
- Dynamo FC reached a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles FC at BBVA Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Pasher scored the first goal of his MLS career.
- The teams met four times a season ago. FC Dallas won the two matches at Toyota Stadium, a 2-1 win Sept. 12 when Franco Jara hit for the winner, and a 3-0 win Oct. 31 behind a pair of goals from Fafa Picault. The Dynamo took a 2-0 win Oct. 7 at BBVA Stadium with goals from Darwin Quintero and Darwin Céren; the teams reached a goalless draw Aug. 21 in Houston.
- The Dynamo have won in the series each of the last two seasons. Since the start of 2013, FC Dallas are 10-3-7 in league play against Houston, and have won the three meetings between the teams in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
- FC Dallas has won five of the 13 matches (with four draws) between the teams over all competitions at BBVA Stadium. The Dynamo haven’t won in Frisco since 2011, FCD winning the last four there.
- The clubs play for “El Capitán,” the 19th-century Mountain Howitzer cannon to be awarded to the winner of the season series by supporters’ groups for both clubs.
Orlando City SC vs. New York City FC, 6 p.m.
- Orlando City SC remained undefeated on the season with their first win of the year, defeating FC Cincinnati 3-0 at Exploria Stadium on Saturday evening. Nani scored his second goal of the season while Tesho Akindele opened the scoring after just 31 seconds – the earliest goal in OCSC club history.
- NYCFC won their second game on the trot, defeating the Philadelphia Union 2-0 at Subaru Park on Saturday evening. Valentin Castellanos scored for a third consecutive game this season, and Jesús Medina hit for his third goal in the last two matches. Sean Johnson was not called upon to make a save in recording a second consecutive shutout.
- The teams met twice during the regular season a year ago. Chris Mueller scored early for OCSC and Keaton Parks netted after the break for NYCFC, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw Oct. 14 at Exploria Stadium. The teams met earlier in group play in the MLS is Back Tournament, as Mueller scored a pair of goals to lead Orlando City SC to a 3-1 win on July 14.
- The win in the first meeting ended a six-game NYCFC undefeated streak in the league series, the teams reaching draws in their two meetings in 2019 following a four-game NYCFC winning streak. All four wins had come by shutout; the first OCSC goal last year ended a 458-minute shutout streak vs. New York City FC. NYCFC has come away with points on their last four trips to Orlando, OCSC last winning at home in the series in 2017.
- The teams also met in an epic match in Round One of the MLS Cup Playoffs, Orlando City taking the victory in the club’s first-ever game in the MLS Cup Playoffs in remarkable circumstances, winning in a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw on Nov. 21 at Exploria Stadium. Rodrigo Schlegel was the hero, stopping one of two penalty kicks he saved after he took over between the posts following the red card issued to starting goalkeeper Pedro Gallese during the penalty shootout.
LA Galaxy vs. Los Angeles Football Club, 8 p.m.
- The Galaxy saw their perfect start to the 2021 season come to an end, falling 3-0 to Seattle Sounders FC at Lumen Field on Sunday evening.
- LAFC remained undefeated on the year with a second consecutive draw, playing to a 1-1 result with Houston Dynamo FC at BBVA Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Corey Baird scored his second goal of the season for LAFC.
- The teams met four times a season ago, splitting the four matches. The Galaxy won twice by shutout, once at each ground, to a 3-0 win at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sept. 6 and a 2-0 win Aug. 22 at Banc of California Stadium. LAFC won 2-0 at home in the final meeting on Oct. 25, their first victory in four league meetings in downtown LA.
- The teams also met in group play in the MLS is Back Tournament – and it was another historic meeting. Diego Rossi scored four goals – the 13th player in league history to net that many in a game – and combined for five goals and assists, as LAFC won 6-2 on July 18. It was the eighth time in MLS history a player had five goals plus assists in a game, Rossi the first player to do it twice. The win marked the first time in league play LAFC defeated the Galaxy.
- There have been 47 goals scored in the nine meetings in all competitions between the clubs.
- The teams also met in 2019 in the Western Conference Semifinals – and LAFC came away victors, claiming a wild 5-3 victory at Banc of California Stadium on Oct. 24, as Carlos Vela scored two goals and added an assist.
Colorado Rapids vs. Minnesota United FC, 10 p.m.
- The Rapids posted their victory of the 2021 season, defeating Vancouver Whitecaps FC by the game’s only goal at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday evening. Diego Rubio scored the goal directly from a free kick – the club’s first since Rubio did it Sept. 29, 2019 vs FC Dallas.
- MNUFC fell to their third defeat to open the 2021 season, dropping their first meeting ever with Austin FC by the game’s only goal at Allianz Field on Saturday evening.
- The teams met twice in league play a season ago. An 89th-minute own goal was the difference as Minnesota United FC took a 2-1 win Oct. 28 at Allianz Field. The teams also met during the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament on July 22. Ethan Finlay scored twice, but Jonathan Lewis came off the substitutes’ bench to net a second-half equalizer, leaving the teams in a 2-2 draw.
- The clubs also faced off in Round One of the MLS Cup Playoffs. Kevin Molino scored a pair of goals as MNUFC won 3-0 at Allianz Field on Nov. 21.
- The Rapids have won the last two meetings at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the last coming June 8, 2019, as Kei Kamara scored the game’s only goal.
Sunday, May 9
Inter Miami CF vs. Atlanta United, 1 p.m.
- Inter Miami extended their undefeated run to two matches, playing to a scoreless draw with Nashville SC at Nissan Stadium on Sunday afternoon. John McCarthy made three saves in recording his first shutout of the season, the sixth of his MLS career.
- ATLUTD went down to defeat for the first time in the 2021 MLS season, dropping a 2-1 decision to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Marcelino Moreno converted a penalty kick for his first goal of the season.
- The teams met four times in Inter Miami’s inaugural season, and Inter Miami were undefeated over the series, winning twice. Lewis Morgan scored both goals for Inter Miami, leading the club to a 2-1 win on Sept. 9 in Fort Lauderdale, then Juan Agudelo and Brek Shea scored in the opening 11 minutes as IMCF took the 2-1 win Sept. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The teams reached a 1-1 draw Oct. 14 in south Florida, and played to a goalless draw at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 2.
Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC, 3 p.m.
- The Timbers fell to a 4-1 reversal by FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening. Eryk Williamson scored his first goal of the season for the Timbers tally.
- Sounders FC remained undefeated on the season with a second win, defeating the LA Galaxy 3-0 at Lumen Field on Sunday evening. Raúl Ruidíaz scored a pair of goals, his second two-goal game already this season, the seventh multiple-goal game of his MLS career.
- The teams met four times a season ago. The teams split the two meetings at Providence Park: Raúl Ruidíaz scored two goals and set up a third as Sounders FC hit for a late three-goal blitz in 14 minutes on their way to a 3-0 win Aug. 23, then Yimmi Chará scored the game’s only goal as the Timbers won Sept. 23. The Timbers came away with results on both visits to Seattle: Eryk Williamson scored the opener and set up the late winner as the Timbers took a 2-1 win on Sept. 6; the teams reached a 1-1 draw Oct. 22 as Will Bruin hit for a stoppage-time equalizer for the Sounders.
- The Timbers win in the last meeting in Portland ended a six-game winning streak by the visiting team in the series. Sounders FC had won the previous three regular-season matchups at Providence Park, the win in 2018 their first win in Portland since 2014. When the Timbers took a 4-1 win on June 28, 2015, the three-goal victory equaled Portland’s largest margin of victory against the Sounders since 1977.
- The Timbers have come away with points from the last four matches in Seattle, winning three – their only wins ever in Seattle in MLS regular season games (Sounders FC were 7-0-3 leading up to the first win), though the Timbers won at home in the MLS Cup Playoffs meeting between the clubs.
- The teams met in 2018 in the MLS Cup Playoffs, the Timbers winning in a dramatic penalty shootout in the Western Conference Quarterfinals after ending 4-4 on aggregate. The Timbers won the first leg 2-1 at Providence Park, then Sounders FC won 3-2 in extra time, sending the tie to the decider. It was a second win in a playoff series for the Timbers, also winning the 2013 Western Conference Semifinals.
- The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers have met 111 times in all competitions, the most between two U.S.-based clubs, the second-most in U.S./Canadian soccer history. Since their first meeting in 1975 in the old North American Soccer League, Seattle has won 54 times and Portland has won 42, with 15 draws. In MLS league play, Sounders FC have won 12 matches, the Timbers have won 10, and seven have been draws.
Sporting Kansas City vs. Austin FC, 7:30 p.m.
- Sporting went down to defeat for the first time in three games in 2021, dropping a 3-1 decision to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Alan Pulido scored his first goal of the season for SKC, his seventh in 15 career MLS league appearances.
- Austin FC won for a second consecutive match, defeating Minnesota United FC by the game’s only goal at Allianz Field on Saturday evening. Diego Fagundez scored for a second consecutive match after netting the first goal in club history the weekend before. Brad Stuver was called upon to make two saves in posting the first shutout in ATXFC history, the second clean sheet of his MLS career, the first coming in 2019 with New York City FC.
- The teams are meeting for the first time in their histories. They are scheduled to play again June 12 at Children’s Mercy Park, then Nov. 3 at Q2 Stadium in Austin.