MLS MEDIA RESOURCES: WEEK 17 NEWS & NOTES
News and notes and statistical trends from around Major League Soccer
DAVID VILLA MAKING HIS CASE FOR INCLUSION AS AN MLS ALL-TIME GREAT
In just his third season in Major League Soccer, New York City FC forward David Villa has made his application for entry into the pantheon of the League’s all-time greats.
Against reigning MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, Villa converted a penalty kick for the tying goal in the 52nd minute – his 50th league goal since coming to MLS. In just his 78th regular-season appearance, Villa is the fifth-fastest to reach the 50 league goals mark in MLS history:
|FASTEST TO 50 GOALS IN MLS HISTORY|
|Raul Diaz Arce||67|
|* credit: Elias Sports Bureau|
Then in the 77th minute, Villa scored the game-winning goal for a 2-1 NYCFC victory. It was the 13th multiple-goal game for Villa since coming to MLS in 2015 – the most of any player in that time:
|MOST MULTIPLE-GOAL GAMES (since 2015)|
ORLANDO CITY SC HAVE BECOME MASTERS OF THE LATE, LATE, LATE SHOW
When Jonathan Spector scored the tying goal for Orlando City SC in their 3-3 draw with the Montréal Impact on Saturday evening, the equalizing goal came four minutes deep into stoppage time. Since Orlando City SC has come into the MLS, they scored 13 goals in added time – the most of any team in MLS.
Of the 13 goals scored in stoppage time by Orlando City, seven have been the deciding goal of the game – either the game-winning goal or the game-tying goal. That’s also the most in the MLS over the past three seasons (along with D.C. United). In all, Orlando City has gained nine standings points from stoppage-time goals, turning a loss into a tie, or a tie into a victory.
|STOPPAGE-TIME GOALS (since 2015)|
|Orlando City SC||14||2||6|
|Columbus Crew SC||10||1||3|
|New York City FC||8||2||1|
|Seattle Sounders FC||7||1||4|
|Sporting Kansas City||7||3||2|
|New York Red Bulls||5||0||0|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC||5||1||1|
|San Jose Earthquakes||4||0||2|
|New England Revolution||3||0||2|
|Real Salt Lake||2||1||1|
* game-winning and game-tying goals include only those goals which provide the final result
(includes games of June 21)
THE MASTER OF CEREMONIES OF THE LATE, LATE SHOW: ALAN GORDON
Alan Gordon of the Colorado Rapids once again provided some late heroics, when he headed home the game-winner in the 89th minute of his club’s 2-1 win against Columbus Crew SC.
For Gordon, it was his 22nd goal scored after coming off the substitutes’ bench (out of 54 career league goals scored), the second-most of any player in MLS history. Of players with at least 10 goals scored after coming on as a substitute, Gordon has the second-highest career percentage:
|PERCENTAGE OF GOALS AS A SUBSTITUTE (ALL-TIME IN MLS)|
|* minimum: 10 goals as substitute|
Gordon is tied for fifth all-time in goals scored in stoppage time, with seven of his goals coming after the regulation 90 minutes have been completed. Six of those goals have been either the game-tying goal or the game-winning goal – the most of any player in MLS history.
|GOALS IN STOPPAGE TIME -- INDIVIDUALS|
|Dwayne De Rosario||6||1||2|
|Sebastien Le Toux||6||1||3|
ALONSO, MARSHALL REACH RARE AIR IN TOTAL GAMES PLAYED IN MLS CAREERS
On Saturday afternoon, Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso started and played the full 90 minutes in his club’s 2-1 loss at New York City FC. It was the 300th appearance in all official competitions for Alonso – MLS league play (241), MLS Cup Playoffs (22), U.S. Open Cup (15) and CONCACAF Champions League (22).
For Alonso, all 300 appearances have come with Seattle Sounders FC – the 11th-most total appearances over all competitions with one club by a player in MLS history.
|GAMES PLAYED IN ALL COMPETITIONS IN MLS (ONE CLUB)|
|426||Jaime Moreno, D.C. United|
|392||Cobi Jones, LA Galaxy|
|372||C.J. Brown, Chicago Fire|
|340||Logan Pause, Chicago Fire|
|331||Brad Davis, Houston Dynamo|
|320||Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake|
|317||Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy|
|308||Kyle Beckerman, Real Salt Lake|
|305||Shalrie Joseph, New England Revolution|
|301||Matt Reis, New England Revolution|
|300||Osvaldo Alonso, Seattle Sounders FC|
In the same match, defender Chad Marshall made the 399th appearance in all competitions in his MLS career – 354 regular-season appearances, 24 in the MLS Cup Playoffs, 13 in the U.S. Open Cup and 8 in the CONCACAF Champions League, with both Columbus Crew SC (2004-13) and Seattle Sounders FC (2014-present).
With his next match played, Marshall will become the 13th player in MLS history to reach the 400-appearance mark over all competitions:
|GAMES PLAYED IN ALL COMPETITIONS IN MLS (TOTAL)|
|Dwayne De Rosario||434||2001-2014|
|Landon Donovan||431||2001-2014, 2016|
MLS WEEK 17 (MIDWEEK MATCHES) – LOOK AHEAD
D.C. UNITED vs. ATLANTA UNITED
Wednesday, June 21 (Week 17, MLS Game #174)
RFK Memorial Stadium, Washington, D.C.
7:30 p.m. ET (NewsChannel 8; FS-South)
REFEREE: Nima Saghafi. AR1 (bench): Cameron Blanchard; AR2 (opposite): Danny Thornberry; 4th: Robert Sibiga
MLS Career: 11 games; FC/gm: 25.8; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 3; pens: 5
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: D.C. United 1 wins, 3 goals … Atlanta United 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
AT RFK STADIUM: First meeting.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Luciano Acosta scored one goal and set up another as D.C. United took the first meeting ever between the clubs, 3-1 on April 30 at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
D.C. United saw their winless streak extended to three matches in a 2-0 loss to Toronto FC at BMO Field on Saturday evening.
United were shut out for a third consecutive match, now 299 minutes since their last goal. It was their sixth attacking shutout in the last seven games.
Since Luciano Acosta scored in the 55th minute of the first meeting with Atlanta United on April 30, D.C. United have scored one goal – from a penalty kick (May 27 at Vancouver), now 665 minutes since their last goal from open play. That’s the fourth-longest streak in MLS history without a goal from open play, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Atlanta United put an end to a two-game losing run, defeating Columbus Crew SC 3-1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was a third consecutive home win for Atlanta United. Over the last eight games, ATLUTD are 3-0-0 at Bobby Dodd Stadium, 0-4-1 away from home.
Josef Martinez scored his sixth goal of the season, his first since March 18 (when he had five goals in the first two games), making a second consecutive appearance off the substitutes’ bench after missing 10 games through injury.
According to Opta, Martinez is averaging 1.7 goals scored per 90 minutes -- best in MLS this season. The next best among MLS players with at least five goals is Nemanja Nikolic (CHI), with 0.8 goals per 90 minutes (33 players have at least five goals so far this year). …
DC UNITED: Bill Hamid was credited with five saves in goal for D.C. United, the ninth time in 14 starts this season he’s recorded five saves or more in a game. Hamid leads MLS with 66 saves this season, 10 more than second-place Joe Bendik (ORL). … According to Opta, Bobby Boswell is averaging 6.0 clearances per 90 minutes played this year, 10th-best in the league amongst players who have started at least five games. … In the eight games Boswell has started for D.C. United this season, the team averages 1.3 points per game. In the seven games he has not started, that number falls to 0.7 points per game.
ATLUTD: Hector Villalba scored his sixth goal of the season, his second in the last four games. Villalba has two goals and two assists over his last five games, dating back to May 20. … Miguel Almíron scored his eighth goal of the season, one of 11 players tied for fourth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings. Almiron has scored six goals in the last five matches, dating back to May 20. … Yamil Asad recorded his eighth assist of the season, now in a tie for the MLS league lead with Victor Vazquez (TOR). Asad has six assists over his last seven games, dating back to April 30. … Kevin Kratz collected his first career MLS assist, making his eighth appearance of the season.
MINNESOTA UNITED FC vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS
Wednesday, June 21 (Week 17, MLS Game #175)
TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
7 p.m. CT (WFTC My29; KPDX)
REFEREE: Ted Unkel. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Jeff Hosking; 4th: Fotis Bazakos
MLS Career: 48 games; FC/gm: 24.9; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 19; pens: 31
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: MNUFC 0 win, 1 goal … Timbers 1 win, 5 goals … Ties 0
AT TCF BANK STADIUM: First meeting.
The teams are meeting for the second time. Diego Valeri scored a pair of goals and added an assist, while Fanendo Adi also scored a brace, as the Timbers won 5-1 in Minnnesota United FC’s first-ever MLS game, March 3 at Providence Park.
Minnesota United FC suffered a second consecutive loss, both on the road, in a 1-0 defeat by Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Timbers had their two-game winning run put to an end, falling 2-1 to the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening.
It was a fourth consecutive road loss for the Timbers, the third-longest away losing run on their MLS history (long: 7 games, 7/31-10/23/2016).
MNUFC: MNUFC were shut out at the attacking end for a second consecutive game, their first back-to-back shutouts in their MLS history. … It was a third consecutive loss away from TCF Bank Stadium. MNUFC is still winless away from home in their MLS history (0-6-2), one of four teams this season still without an away victory this year. … Kevin Venegas made his second MLS start, his first appearance and start since March 25. … Abu Danladi returned to the lineup after a two-match absence, starting in the midfield and playing 71 minutes. … According to Opta, Ibson led Minnesota with 94 touches against RSL last weekend. He is currently averaging 93 touches per 90 minutes played this season, the second most of any MLS player with at least six appearances.
TIMBERS: Diego Valeri collected his sixth assist of the season, his second consecutive game with an assist. Valeri has a goal and/or assist now in three games in a row, with two goals and two assists in that span. … Sebastian Blanco scored his second goal in MLS, his first since April 29. Blanco has a goal and an assist over the last two games.
COLORADO RAPIDS vs. LA GALAXY
Wednesday, June 21 (Week 17, MLS Game #176)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.
7 p.m. MT (Altitude; Spectrum SN / Spectrum Deportes)
REFEREE: Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; AR2 (opposite): Andrew Bigelow; 4th: Younes Marrakchi
MLS Career: 109 games; FC/gm: 23.8; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 33; pens: 35
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Rapids 25 wins (1 shootout), 79 goals … Galaxy 35 wins (2 shootout), 109 goals … Ties 10
AT COLORADO: Rapids 18 wins (0 shootout), 47 goals … Galaxy 12 wins (1 shootout), 41 goals … Ties 5
The Rapids won their third game on the trot, coming back to defeat the Portland Timbers 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening. It’s the first time the Rapids have won consecutive games this season, their longest winning run since a three-game streak last Oct. 1-13.
It was also a fourth consecutive win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the Rapids, their longest home winning streak since taking six games in a row last March 12-May 11.
Alan Gordon scored a goal for a second consecutive week, his second goal with the Rapids. Both of Gordon’s goals have been scored after coming off the substitutes’ bench; of Gordon’s 54 goals, 22 have been netted as a substitute, the second-most of any player in MLS history.
The Galaxy extended their undefeated streak to seven games with a second consecutive draw, hitting for a late equalizer in a 2-2 result with the Houston Dynamo at StubHub Center on Saturday evening.
It was a third consecutive home draw for the Galaxy, now four games since their last victory at StubHub Center, equaling the third-longest home winless run in club history.
The Galaxy have the best record winning percentage-wise on the road this season (.643, 4-2-1) – and have the worst record winning percentage-wise at home this season (.357, 1-3-3). The Galaxy are one of two teams in MLS this season with a below-.500 record at home, and one of only two teams in MLS with a record above .500 on the road.
The Rapids won in the only meeting a year ago at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a 1-0 victory on March 12, which put an end to a two-game Galaxy winning streak in Commerce City.
The teams reached a pair of draws in the two meetings last year at StubHub Center, a goalless result on June 22, and a 1-1 draw Aug. 13. The teams have played to draws in the last three meetings in Carson; the last Galaxy win there came in 2014 – a 6-0 victory, the largest-ever victory in the all-time series. Colorado last won at StubHub Center in 2013.
RAPIDS: Dominique Badji scored his fourth goal of the season, his first since May 13. … Mohammed Saeid collected his third assist of the season, all having come over the last six games, a second consecutive game with an assist. … Kevin Doyle recorded his second assist of the season, both coming over the last four games. Doyle has a goal and two assists in that time (since May 20). … Caleb Calvert was credited with his first career assist in MLS play. Calvert has a goal and an assist over the last four games, the first goals he’s been involved in over his five MLS seasons.
GALAXY: Romain Alessandrini scored his seventh goal of the season, his first since May 14, the three-game span between goals matching the longest in his MLS career. … Alessandrini also added an assist, also his seventh of the season (tied for third in the MLS assist standings). It was the first time in MLS Alessandrini has scored a goal and added an assist in the same game; he has been involved in multiple goals in a game five times in his 14 MLS starts. … Emmanuel Boateng scored his second goal of the season, his first since March 18. It was the goal (of four scored in his MLS career) that Boateng did not score against Real Salt Lake. … Bradford Jamieson IV collected his first assist of the season – his first in MLS play since making his league debut July 19, 2014. … Jose Villarreal recorded his first assist of the season, his first since Oct. 18, 2015. … LA Galaxy Academy product Hugo Arellano made his full MLS debut, starting in central defense and playing the full 90 minutes. … Clement Diop made his first start between the posts since April 15, missing seven matches through injury.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs. ORLANDO CITY SC
Wednesday, June 21 (Week 17, MLS Game #177)
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
7:30 p.m. PT (JOEtv; WRDQ-TV 27)
REFEREE: Ismail Elfath. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Eduardo Mariscal; 4th: David Gantar
MLS Career: 92 games; FC/gm: 25.2; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 22; pens: 25
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sounders FC 2 wins, 7 goals … Orlando City 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
AT SEATTLE: Sounders FC 1 win, 4 goals … Orlando City 0 wins, 0 goals … Ties 0
The teams have met twice ever, and Sounders FC have won both, a 4-0 victory in 2015 in the first meeting between the clubs, at CenturyLink Field, and a 3-1 triumph last Aug. 7 at Camping World Stadium.
Sounders FC had their road losing streak extended to four matches, falling 2-1 to New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The four-game losing run on their travels is the second-longest in the club’s MLS history, the record a seven-game streak June 6-Aug. 22, 2015.
Orlando City SC concluded a three-game homestand with a second consecutive draw, coming back for a late 3-3 result with the Montréal Impact at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening.
OCSC conceded their first goals at home after back-to-back shutouts, the first Montréal goal ended a 204-minute shutout streak.
Jonathan Spector scored his first career MLS goal, netting the equalizer four minutes into second-half stoppage time. Spector was making his 14th league start, playing the full 90 minutes in each match.
It was the second time this season Orlando City scored the deciding goal in added time (also: W 2-1 vs LA 4/15, Larin 91+). Orlando City have scored 13 goals in stoppage time since coming into MLS, the most of any team in the league.
SOUNDERS FC: Osvaldo Alonso made his 300th appearance for Sounders FC over all competitions. That’s the 11th-most of any player for a single club in MLS history. … With his next appearance, Chad Marshall will reach 400 appearances in all competitions for his MLS career. He will be the 13th player in league annals to reach that total. … According to Opta, Alonso has completed 11,596 passes since the start of the 2010 season, the most of any MLS player. Only two other players have completed more than 10,000 passes, and only an additional three have completed more than 8,000. … Cristian Roldan scored his second goal of the season, his first since May 27. Roldan has a goal and an assist in the last two games; he has his two goals and one assist for the season since May 27.
OCSC: Matias Perez García scored his first goal of the season, his first since Sept. 27, 2015, when he was with the San Jose Earthquakes, a span of 41 games between MLS goals. … Perez García also added an assist, his second of the season, first since March 18. It was the second time in Perez García’s MLS career he scored a goal and added an assist in the same game (also: June 20, 2015, SJ vs SEA). … Kaká recorded his second assist of the season, his first since May 17. Kaká made his first start since May 21, playing the full 90 minutes for the second time this season (also May 13). … Carlos Rivas scored his third goal of the season, his first since May 17, matching his MLS single-season high set last year. … Giles Barnes recorded his second assist of the season, his first coming in the season opener on March 5. Barnes has a goal and an assist in the last three games.
MLS WEEK 17 (WEEKEND MATCHES) – LOOK AHEAD
TORONTO FC vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Friday, June 23 (Week 17, MLS Game #178)
BMO Field, Toronto, Ont.
8 p.m. ET (TSN 2; CSN-NE)
REFEREE: Hilario Grajeda. AR1 (bench): Claudiu Badea; AR2 (opposite): Gianni Facchini; 4th: Geoff Gamble
MLS Career: 145 games; FC/gm: 24.4; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 25; pens: 24
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Toronto FC 5 wins, 26 goals … Revolution 11 wins, 43 goals … Ties 9
AT TORONTO: Toronto FC 3 wins, 18 goals … Revolution 3 wins, 18 goals … Ties 5
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Juan Agudelo scored a goal and added an assist, and Diego Fagundez and Benjamin Angoua also hit the back of the net as the Revolution claimed a 3-0 win June 3 at Gillette Stadium.
The Revolution have lost once in the last 10 meetings between the teams – a 4-1 TFC win last Aug. 6 at BMO Field. The win snapped an eight-game Revolution undefeated streak in the series, dating back to 2013. It was the first home win in the series for TFC since 2010, snapping a six-game winless streak (and three-game losing streak) vs. New England at BMO Field.
The Revolution are undefeated in the last five meetings in Foxborough, with three wins and two draws in that time.
Toronto FC won their sixth consecutive game at BMO Field, defeating D.C. United 2-0 on Saturday evening.
The six-game home winning for TFC is a club record, surpassing their five-game run last July 9-Aug. 6.
Sebastian Giovinco recorded a pair of assists, his first assists since April 28, now with three assists for the season. It was the fourth multiple-assist game of his MLS career (last: Aug. 24, 2016 vs Orlando); it was the 24th time (in 72 career appearances) Giovinco has been involved in multiple goals in a game.
The Revolution had their three-game home winning streak put to an end, falling 2-1 to the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
TFC: Jozy Altidore scored his first goal since May 6, a span of three games, his seventh goal of the season. He had not gone more than two consecutive games without a goal since last April 2-July 23 (eight games). … Jordan Hamilton scored his second goal of the season, both coming in the last three games. Hamilton has two goals and an assist in that span, since May 26. … Alex Bono was credited with two saves in keeping the clean sheet, his fourth shutout of the season, equaling his single-season career-high set last year. It was his second shutout at BMO Field; seven of his eight career shutouts have been at home. … TFC reached a 1-1 draw with the Montréal Impact in the first leg of the Canadian Championship final on Wednesday at Stade Saputo in Montréal. Jozy Altidore scored the TFC goal, equalizing the game in the first half.
REVOLUTION: The loss to Chicago was the first loss of the season on their home ground for the Revolution. It put an end to an 11-game undefeated streak in league play, dating back to last Sept. 3, the third-longest run without a loss at home in club history. … Antonio Mlinar Delamea netted his first career MLS goal, still ever-present this season in league play, having played every minute of his 16 starts. … According to Opta, in the 10 games Juan Agudelo has started for New England this year, the Revs average 1.0 points per game. In the six games when he hasn’t started, the Revs average 1.7 points per game.
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. FC DALLAS
Friday, June 23 (Week 17, MLS Game #179)
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
8 p.m. CT (UniMás)
REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Brian Dunn; AR2 (opposite): Craig Lowry; 4th: Daniel Radford
MLS Career: 303 games; FC/gm: 25.1; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 72; pens: 80
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Dynamo 10 wins, 40 goals … FC Dallas 9 wins, 40 goals … Ties 9
AT HOUSTON: Dynamo 7 wins, 25 goals … FC Dallas 4 wins, 23 goals … Ties 3
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. The teams reached a goalless draw May 28 at Toyota Stadium.
The Dynamo concluded their two-game road swing with a result in their last match, gaining a 2-2 draw with the LA Galaxy at StubHub Center on Saturday evening.
FC Dallas continued their road swing with a first result last time out, reaching a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Saturday evening. The draw ended a two-game losing run on the road for FC Dallas, though they have still gone three games winless on their travels.
At BBVA Compass Stadium, the Dynamo are still undefeated for the season, with a 7-0-1 home record (tied for best in MLS with the Chicago Fire). The Dynamo have scored 29 goals this season, second-most in MLS – they lead the league with 24 goals scored in home games.
FC Dallas have conceded just 14 goals this season, second-lowest in the league. They have allowed just seven goals on their travels this season, tied for fewest road goals conceded in MLS this season (with Philadelphia Union).
The Dynamo have defeated FC Dallas just once over the last four seasons – a 5-0 victory last March 12 at BBVA Compass Stadium, the most goals scored by a team and the largest margin of victory in the Texas Derby. FC Dallas have won six of the last nine league meetings over the last four years, with two draws. FCD won all five regular-season meetings between the teams from 2013-15.
FCD has won in each of the last three years at BBVA Compass Stadium, and have won five of the last six matches in all competitions between the teams at the Dynamo's home ground. From 2006-2012, FC Dallas won just once in 12 matches in all competitions all-time in Houston (1-6-3 in league play).
The last Dynamo victory in Frisco came in 2011, FCD winning three home meetings in a row before draws in each of the last two Toyota Stadium encounters, including a goalless result on May 28 of this year.
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. The Dynamo currently hold possession of the cannon after winning last year’s series on goal differential. FC Dallas had won it the previous three seasons; overall, the Dynamo have won the prize six times in 11 seasons.
DYNAMO: The Dynamo remained winless away from home this season, now 0-6-2 on their travels, one of four teams still without an away win this season. It was a second draw in their last three away matches. The two goals matched their season-high for an away game (also: 2-4 at POR, 3/18). … Mauro Manotas scored his fifth goal of the season, his second in the last three games. The five goals are one shy of his MLS single-season career-high (set last year). … Alberth Elis scored his sixth goal of the year, his first since May 12. Elis has not gone more than one game where he’s played without a goal or an assist since April 15. … Boniek García collected his third assist of the season, his second in the last three games. García made an appearance off the substitutes’ bench for a third consecutive match.
FCD: Maximiliano Urruti scored his eighth goal of the season, his second in the last three games, now one of 11 players tied for fourth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings. … Urruti has scored nine goals in his last 15 league appearances, dating back to the end of last season. He had five goals in his previous 24 MLS matches.
NEW YORK RED BULLS vs. NEW YORK CITY FC
Saturday, June 24 (Week 17, MLS Game #180)
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
1:30 p.m. ET (FOX / FOX Deportes)
REFEREE: Alan Kelly. AR1 (bench): Matthew Nelson; AR2 (opposite): Adam Wienckowski; 4th: Marcos de Oliveira
MLS Career: 70 games; FC/gm: 25.3; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 15; pens: 28
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Red Bulls 5 wins, 18 goals … NYCFC 1 win, 5 goals … Ties 0
AT RED BULL ARENA: Red Bulls 3 wins, 8 goals … NYCFC 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 0
The teams have met six times in league play in their history, and the Red Bulls have won five, with an 18-5 goal differential. The teams met three times in 2015, the first year for NYCFC in Major League Soccer, and the Red Bulls won all three.
The Red Bulls have won all three meetings league lifetime at Red Bull Arena, including the lone meeting in Harrison a year ago, a 4-1 win on July 24.
The Red Bulls defeated NYCFC 7-0 last May 21 at Yankee Stadium, matching the largest margin of victory in MLS history – all of which were achieved by teams playing on the road. The seven goals scored by the Red Bulls was also the most in a single game in the club’s 21-year history, tied for the second-most goals ever scored by one team in an MLS game.
The teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup fourth round on June 14 at Red Bull Arena, Daniel Royer scoring the game’s only goal for the Red Bulls victory. NYCFC still have yet to win a U.S. Open Cup match in their history.
Bradley Wright-Phillips has netted eight goals in six meetings all-time vs. NYCFC, scoring in five of the six matches. Last year, Wright-Phillips scored four goals in the three meetings, netting two goals on two occasions, May 21 at Yankee Stadium and July 24 at Red Bull Arena.
The Red Bulls won for a second time in their last three matches, defeating Philadelphia Union 2-0 at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The win snapped a six-game losing streak away from home for the Red Bulls, the club’s longest since a nine-game losing streak during the 2009 season. The club record is 12, set over the end of the 1996 season and start of 1997.
NYCFC won their second game on the trot, coming back for a 2-1 win against Seattle Sounders FC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
David Villa scored a pair of goals, now with 10 goals for the season, sitting in a tie for second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings, three behind Nemanja Nikolic of Chicago.
For Villa, it was the 50th and 51st league goals of his MLS career, making his 78th appearance, the fifth-fastest player to reach the half-century mark in MLS history.
It was also the 13th multiple-goal game of Villa’s MLS career, the most of any player in his time in the league (since 2015). Villa scored the two goals from seven shots attempted; in eight of his 13 multiple-goal games, he has taken five shots or less.
RED BULLS: Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a pair of goals, now with four goals over his last four games. Wright-Phillips has eight goals for the season, one of eight players tied for fourth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings. … It was the first multiple-goal game of the season for Wright-Phillips, the 17th of his MLS career (since 2014, in 123 league appearances). … Gonzalo Veron collected assists on both Red Bulls goals, his first assist in league play since Sept. 25, 2015, the first multiple-assist game of his MLS career. Veron had one assist in his first 41 regular season MLS appearances. … Kemar Lawrence recorded his fourth assist of the season, his second over the last three games. It was the fourth assist of the season for Lawrence, equaling his MLS single-season career-high (set in 2015). … Sal Zizzo collected his second assist of the season, his first since March 19.
NYCFC: Jack Harrison collected his fourth assist of the season, his first since May 21. Harrison has a goal or an assist in four of the last five games, with two goals and two assists in that span. … NYCFC concluded a three-game homestand undefeated, taking seven of a possible nine points. The win extended NYCFC’s home undefeated streak to four games, matching the second-longest in the club’s MLS history (record: 11 games, 6/18/2016-4/01/2017).
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. D.C. UNITED
Saturday, June 24 (Week 17, MLS Game #181)
Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.
7 p.m. ET (WPVI-6abc; NewsChannel 8)
REFEREE: Sorin Stoica. AR1 (bench): Jeff Muschik; AR2 (opposite): Peter Balciunas; 4th: Mark Kadlecik
MLS Career: 65 games; FC/gm: 29.0; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 25; pens: 32
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Union 8 wins, 30 goals … United 8 wins, 25 goals … Ties 4
AT CHESTER: Union 6 wins, 13 goals … United 3 wins, 7 goals … Ties 0
Union suffered their third consecutive loss, falling 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls at Talen Energy Stadium on Sunday afternoon. It’s the second-longest losing slide of the season for Union (previous: 4 games, March 18-April 14).
Union also had their three-game home winning streak, and four-game home undefeated streak, at Talen Energy Stadium put to an end. It was their longest run without defeat in Chester since a club-record tying 10-game skein over the end of the 2015 season and start of 2016.
D.C. United put an end to a three-game winless run, coming from behind for a 2-1 victory against Atlanta United at RFK Stadium on Wednesday evening.
D.C. United also put an end to a four-game winless streak at RFK Stadium, the club’s longest since going seven games without a win at home over the end of the 2013 season and the start of 2014.
United scored their first goal since May 27 with the first-half equalizer, ending their attacking shutout streak at 322 minutes, the seventh-longest in the club’s 22-year history (but second-longest this year, going 366 minutes April 30-May 27).
It was also D.C. United’s first goal from open play since the first meeting with Atlanta United on April 30. The string of 698 minutes between goals from open play was the third-longest such streak in MLS history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Jose Guillermo Ortiz and Luciano Acosta netted United’s first goals of the season for their first victory in 2017, a 2-1 triumph April 1 at RFK Stadium. Then on May 13 in Washington, Haris Medjunanin, Fafa Picault, Oguchi Onyewu and Fabian Herbers all scored their first career MLS goals in a 4-0 Union win.
The Union win in the last meeting ended a six-game United undefeated streak in the series at RFK Stadium. Union’s last victory on East Capitol Street had come April 21, 2013.
Union have won the last three meetings in Chester, over the last two seasons, without conceding a goal. The teams have met four of the last six years in the U.S. Open Cup, each winning twice.
UNION: Union were shut out at home for the first time since April 14, having scored multiple goals in each of their four previous home games. … According to Opta, Haris Medunjanin has completed 738 passes so far this season, the most of any Union player. The next closest player has completed only 485 passes.
UNITED: Luciano Acosta scored his fourth goal of the season, his first since April 30, when he netted the last non-penalty kick goal for D.C. United. … Patrick Nyarko scored his first goal of the season, his first since last Aug. 27, a span of 15 games between goals. Nyarko has now scored at least one goal in each of 10 MLS seasons. … Ian Harkes collected his first career MLS assist, the first goal he’s been involved in league play. Harkes scored a goal for United in their U.S. Open Cup fourth-round match vs. amateur side Christos FC. … Chris Korb recorded an assist, his first in an MLS game since July 26, 2015, when he was credited with a career-best two assists vs. Philadelphia Union. … New signing Deshorn Brown made his D.C. United debut, coming off the substitutes’ bench for the final 28 minutes. Brown had last appeared in an MLS game March 7, 2015, with Colorado.
ATLANTA UNITED vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
Saturday, June 24 (Week 17, MLS Game #182)
Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
7 p.m. ET (FS-SE; Altitude)
REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. AR1 (bench): Peter Manikowski; AR2 (opposite): Kevin Klinger; 4th: Caleb Mendez
MLS Career: 128 games; FC/gm: 27.8; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 18; pens: 30
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: First meeting.
Atlanta United suffered a third defeat in the last four starts, falling 2-1 to D.C. United at RFK Stadium on Wednesday evening.
It was a third consecutive road defeat for Atlanta United, now winless in their last five games on their travels dating back to May 7.
Yamil Asad collected his ninth assist of the season, now sitting all alone atop the MLS assist leaderboard. It was a second consecutive game with an assist for Asad; he has recorded at least one assist in six of his last eight games (dating back to April 30), with seven assists in that span.
The Rapids saw their three-game winning streak put to an end, falling 3-1 to the LA Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday evening. It was the first time the Rapids had won consecutive games this season, their longest winning run since a three-game streak last Oct. 1-13.
The defeat by the Galaxy concluded a four-game homestand where the Rapids had taken nine of a possible nine points to start. The loss ended the club’s home winning streak at four games, their longest home winning streak since taking six games in a row last March 12-May 11.
The Rapids hit the road without a single point on their travels this season, with six losses from six away matches, one of four winless teams in MLS this season on the road and the only one without a road point. The Rapids are riding a seven-game road losing streak dating back to the end of last season, the longest since a club-record equaling nine-game streak during the 2014 season.
ATLUTD: United return home riding a three-game winning streak, after their 3-1 victory vs. Columbus Crew SC in their last appearance at Bobby Dodd Stadium on June 17. They have scored 10 goals over the three-game streak. … Rookie Julian Gressel scored his third goal of the season, all three goals coming over the last six matches, since May 14. Gressel has appeared in every league match this season, starting 15 of 16. … Miguel Almíron recorded his fifth assist of the season, his first since April 22. Almíron has a goal and an assist over the last two matches.
RAPIDS: The Rapids allowed a season-high three goals, equaled twice previously, both times away from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. … This is the Rapids’ second meeting with a member of the expansion class of 2017, suffering a 1-0 loss at Minnesota United FC on April 23. … Dillon Serna scored his first goal of the season, his first since last May 11, a span of 10 league appearances between goals. … Dominique Badji collected his second assist of the season, his first since May 13, when he had a goal and an assist vs. San Jose. Badji has a goal and an assist over the last two games. … Josh Gatt collected his second career assist, both coming over the last three games. … The Rapids have come back to win with goals scored after the 80th minute in their last two victories. They had come from behind to take only a single point from a losing position from their first 12 MLS games this year.
COLUMBUS CREW SC vs. MONTREAL IMPACT
Saturday, June 24 (Week 17, MLS Game #183)
Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
7:30 p.m. ET (TVAS; Spectrum SN OH / CW Clb)
REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. AR1 (bench): Nick Uranga; AR2 (opposite): Corey Parker; 4th: Robert Sibiga
MLS Career: 82 games; FC/gm: 22.7; Y/gm: 2.9; R: 20; pens: 20
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Crew SC 7 wins, 22 goals … Impact 5 wins, 21 goals … Ties 3
AT COLUMBUS: Crew SC 5 wins, 15 goals … Impact 1 win, 8 goals … Ties 2
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Justin Meram scored a hat trick, hitting for the game-winning goal in second-half stoppage time to give Crew SC a 3-2 win May 13 at Stade Saputo.
The Crew SC win in the first meeting ended a three-game winning streak at Stade Saputo for the Impact in the series. Crew SC had last won in Québec Sept. 14, 2013 at Stade Saputo, a 2-1 win.
The Impact have won the last three home meetings in league play with Crew SC, including a 2-0 victory last April 9 at Olympic Stadium in the only contest played in Montréal.
The Impact have come away with points on their last three trips to Columbus in league play, including draws in both meetings there last year, and a 2-1 win June 6, 2015, their only victory there in eight meetings there all-time.
Crew SC suffered their second consecutive defeat, both away from Mapfre Stadium, in a 3-1 loss to Atlanta United at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was a fourth consecutive road defeat for Crew SC, matching their longest away losing slide since a club-record seven-game road streak set June 5-Sept. 7, 2013.
Crew SC conceded multiple goals away from home for a sixth consecutive match. Crew SC have allowed 20 goals in nine road matches, third-most in MLS this season.
The Impact extended their undefeated streak to four games with a second consecutive draw, reaching a 3-3 result with Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening.
The draw extended the Impact’s away undefeated run to four games (1-0-3), equaling the club record set twice previously, last June 18-July 31 of last season.
Ignacio Piatti scored a pair of goals, now with eight for the season, one of 11 players tied for fourth in the MLS Golden Boot standings. Piatti’s last two games with goals have been two-goal games, now with seven multiple-goal games for his MLS career, five having come over the last two seasons.
CREW SC: Federico Higuaín scored a goal for a third consecutive match, now with seven goals on the season. The three-game streak with a goal matches his MLS career-long, set twice previously, including April 29-May 10 this season. … Higuaín has three goals and an assist over the last three matches, involved in four of Crew SC’s last five goals. … Ola Kamara collected his second assist of the season, his first since May 6. Kamara has two goals and one assist over his last five matches. … Harrison Afful recorded his first assist of the season, his first since last July 16. … Crew SC have alternated losses and wins in their last four home games. Both of their wins were shutouts in which they scored multiple goals.
IMPACT: Ignacio Piatti scored his goals in consecutive minutes (58’ and 59’), the 18th player in MLS history to score goals in consecutive minutes played –two of the last three both Impact players (also: Didier Drogba, 54’ and 55’, 10/25/2015). … Piatti also collected an assist, his third of the season and his second in the last three games. Piatti was involved in three goals for the third time in his MLS career (last: 1 goal, 2 assists, 7/23/2016 vs PHI). … Piatti has five goals and two assists over the last five games, involved in seven of the Impact’s 11 goals in that span, dating back to May 13. … Blerim Dzemaili scored his second MLS goal, both coming in the last three matches. Dzemaili also collected his second MLS assist, his first game in the league with a goal and an assist. Dzemaili has a goal and/or an assist in each of his last three matches, with two goals and two assists in that span. … Matteo Mancosu collected his first assist of the season, his first since last Sept. 28. Mancosu has a goal and an assist in the last two games. … The Impact reached a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Canadian Championship final with Toronto FC on Wednesday evening at Stade Saputo. Matteo Mancosu gave the Impact an early lead, before Jozy Altidore leveled terms at the half-hour.
MINNESOTA UNITED FC vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Saturday, June 24 (Week 17, MLS Game #184)
TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
7 p.m. CT (TSN 1/4; WFTC My29)
REFEREE: Jose Carlos Rivero. AR1 (bench): Jason White; AR2 (opposite): Jose da Silva; 4th: Baboucarr Jallow
MLS Career: 78 games; FC/gm: 26.5; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 20; pens: 32
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: First meeting.
It’s the second meeting against an expansion club in four weeks for Whitecaps FC, after their 3-1 win vs. Atlanta United on June 3 at BC Place.
Whitecaps FC have faced expansion clubs four times, winning three, in their MLS history. They defeated Montréal 2-0 in that club’s first-ever MLS game on March 10, 2012, then split with the expansion class of 2015, winning 1-0 at Orlando City SC, but falling 2-1 at home to New York City FC.
Minnesota United FC put an end to a two-game losing streak, defeating the Portland Timbers 3-2 at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The win was the second in a row on their home ground for MNUFC. MNUFC is still winless away from home in their MLS history (0-6-2), one of four teams this season still without an away victory this year.
Whitecaps FC concluded a four-game homestand with a third result, reaching a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas at BC Place on Saturday evening.
Whitecaps FC ended their homestand with seven of a possible 12 points. The trip to Minnesota is the first of back-to-back road games, and a string of six of the next eight games away from BC Place.
MNUFC: Minnesota United scored three goals vs. Portland, their second-most in an MLS game (previous: 4-2 vs. Real Salt Lake on April 1). MNUFC had been shut out at the attacking end in back-to-back games for the first time in their MLS history; the own goal opener ended their shutout streak at 221 minutes. … Christian Ramírez netted his ninth goal of the season, now sitting in a tie for fourth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings. Ramírez has four goals over the last seven matches, dating back to May 7, netting four of MNUFC’s nine goals over that span. … Rookie Abu Danladi scored his second career goal, his first coming May 7, as he made his fifth start over the last seven matches. But Danladi will miss out on the Whitecaps FC after he was sent off in the 70th minute vs. Portland. … Kevin Molino collected his fourth assist of the season, his first since April 15. … MNUFC has faced 5.8 shots on target per game so far this season, second-most of any team in the league.
WHITECAPS FC: Cristian Techera scored his fourth goal of the season, his second in the last four matches. It was his first goal scored directly from a free kick in MLS play. Techera has a goal and an assist in the last two games. … According to Opta, in 569 minutes with Alphonso Davies on the field, Vancouver averages 1.6 goals per 90 minutes played. In 759 minutes without him this season, that number falls to 1.1 goals per 90.
CHICAGO FIRE vs. ORLANDO CITY SC
Saturday, June 24 (Week 17, MLS Game #185)
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Ill.
7:30 p.m. CT (CSN-Chi; WRDQ-TV 27)
REFEREE: Jorge Gonzalez. AR1 (bench): Eric Weisbrod; AR2 (opposite): Eric Boria; 4th: Juan Guzman
MLS Career: 141 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 45; pens: 35
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Fire 0 wins, 6 goals … Orlando City 2 wins, 8 goals … Ties 4
AT ORLANDO: Fire 0 wins, 4 goals … Orlando City 2 wins, 6 goals … Ties 1
The Fire extended their undefeated streak to eight matches with a second consecutive victory, defeating the New England Revolution 2-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
The eight-game undefeated run in league play is the longest since an eight-game streak in 2011, matching the longest since the club-record 12-game unbeaten run Oct. 23, 2008-May 28, 2009.
The Fire return to Toyota Park riding a six-game home winning streak, the second-longest home winning streak in the club’s history, also done is 2012; the club record is eight consecutive home wins, in 2000-01.
The Fire are undefeated in their last 11 home games, dating back to the end of last season, the second-longest home undefeated streak in club history. The club record is 15 games unbeaten at home, set May 24, 2000-May 26, 2001). The Fire are still one of five teams in MLS still without a home loss, now 7-0-1 at Toyota Park, tied with the Houston Dynamo for the best home record in MLS this season.
Orlando City SC gained a third consecutive draw yet again in dramatic circumstances, scoring the equalizer in stoppage time with literally the final touch of the game for a 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday evening.
It was the second consecutive game OCSC scored the equalizer in stoppage time, and their fourth goal scored in second-half added time this season. In their MLS history, Orlando City has now scored 14 goals in stoppage time – most in MLS (since 2015). Of those, six have been the game-tying goal, two have been game-winners.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Orlando City SC played two men down for the final 24 minutes, but the teams still ended in a scoreless draw on June 4 at Orlando City Stadium.
Orlando City have yet to lose to the Fire in league play, with two wins in six meetings all-time (with four draws. They have not won at home, however, playing to a draw in each meeting in Orlando.
OCSC won on their first two visits to Toyota Park, both in the club’s inaugural season – a 3-2 win on June 6 and a 1-0 victory on Sept. 19. The teams also met in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals last year, the Fire advancing with a 3-1 win at Toyota Park.
FIRE: Nemanja Nikolic scored for a second consecutive match, leading the MLS Golden Boot standings with 13 goals this season. … Nikolic also collected an assist, his second of the season, first since May 13. It was the second time Nikolic had a goal and an assist in the same game (also: 2 goals, 1 assist, May 13 vs SEA). … Luis Solignac scored his fourth goal of the season, his second in as many games. Since coming to the Fire, Solignac has six goals in 28 matches. … Michael de Leeuw recorded an assist, his first since May 17, his fourth assist of the season. It’s a new single-season career-high in his two MLS seasons.
OCSC: Despite the late heroics in Seattle, OCSC still saw their road winless streak extended to five games, dating back to May 3, with three losses and two draws in that span. … Scott Sutter scored his first career MLS goal for the late equalizer, the first goal he’s been involved in since recording the third of his three assists on May 13. … Kaká collected his third assist of the season, his second in as many games. Kaká was starting in a second consecutive match, his first starts since May 21. … In the 10 games Giles Barnes has started for Orlando City this year, they average 1.6 points per game. In the seven games Barnes hasn’t started this year that number falls to 1.4 points per game.
LA GALAXY vs. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Saturday, June 24 (Week 17, MLS Game #186)
StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.
7:30 p.m. PT (Spectrum SN / Spectrum Deportes; FS-KC)
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. AR1 (bench): Mike Kampmeinert; AR2 (opposite): Adam Garner; 4th: David Gantar
MLS Career: 233 games; FC/gm: 25.0; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 81; pens: 80
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Galaxy 24 wins (0 shootout), 87 goals … Sporting 20 wins (2 shootout), 69 goals … Ties 14
AT LA: Galaxy 16 wins (0 shootout), 48 goals … Sporting 5 wins (1 shootout), 26 goals … Ties 7
The Galaxy stretched their current undefeated streak to eight games, defeating the Colorado Rapids 3-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday evening. The Galaxy are 4-0-4 over the streak, which started April 29.
The victory also extended the Galaxy’s road undefeated streak to five games, with a fourth victory in that time, the club’s longest since going five away games without loss over the end of 2012 and start of 2013.
The Galaxy have the best record winning percentage-wise on the road this season (.688, 5-2-1) – and have the worst record winning percentage-wise at home this season (.357, 1-3-3). The Galaxy are one of two teams in MLS this season with a below-.500 record at home, and one of only two teams in MLS with a record above .500 on the road.
The Galaxy return home coming off three consecutive home draws, now four games since their last victory at StubHub Center, equaling the third-longest home winless run in club history.
The Galaxy netted three goals in the win at Colorado, the sixth time in the last seven games they’ve hit for multiple goals in a game. The Galaxy have scored 17 goals on their travels this season, most of any team in MLS.
Sporting Kansas City ran their undefeated streak to three games with a second consecutive draw, playing to a goalless result with the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on Saturday evening.
While Sporting snapped a two-game road losing streak, they did see their winless run on their travels extended to six matches, longest since a 12-game road swing without a win last April 17- Aug. 27.
The teams met three times a year ago, and each one ended in a draw. There were results of 1-1 on May 1 and 2-2 on Sept. 18 at Children’s Mercy Park, and a goalless result June 2 at StubHub Center.
The Galaxy have not won in Kansas City since 2007; Sporting have won four of their nine home games since, with five draws.
Sporting’s last win against the Galaxy in Carson came in 2010 – the last victory by the visiting team in the series; the Galaxy had won three home meetings in a row with KC before last year’s draw.
GALAXY: Jack McBean scored a pair of goals, the first multiple-goal game of his MLS career. They were his first league goals since March 17, 2013, when he scored goals in two of the first four appearances of his career. McBean was in the first XI in a league game for the first time since April 1. … McBean had scored two goals in a game for the Galaxy once previously: a CONCACAF Champions League match vs. Isidro Metapán of El Salvador on Oct. 25, 2012. McBean has four career goals in 28 career league appearance dating back to his debut Oct. 23, 2011. … Jaime Villarreal made his first career MLS start, coming into the midfield and playing the full 90 minutes. Villarreal started alongside brother Jose – the first time the pair had been on the field together in an MLS game. They were the ninth set of brothers to play together in the same game in MLS history, the fifth pair to start a game together. … Romain Alessandrini converted a penalty kick for his eighth goal of the season, his second game in a row with a goal, one of 10 players in a tie for sixth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings. Alessandrini has a goal and/or an assist in six of the last seven games, with four goals and five assists in that span, involved in nine of the Galaxy’s 16 goals in that time (dating back to May 6).
SPORTING: Goalkeeper Tim Melia was credited with three saves in recording the shutout, his second in the last three games. Melia leads MLS with nine shutouts for the season – the total is a single-season career-high for Melia, after collecting eight shutouts each of the last two years. … Melia has conceded 11 goals in his 17 appearances this season, second in goals against average in MLS at 0.65 (leader: Matt Lampson, CHI, 0.63). … Sporting have conceded a league-low 11 goals this season. Just seven of those have come from run of play.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. REAL SALT LAKE
Saturday, June 24 (Week 17, MLS Game #187)
Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
7:30 p.m. PT (NBCS-CA; KMYU-12)
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Logan Brown; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal
MLS Career: 66 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 14; pens: 21
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Earthquakes 9 wins, 35 goals … Real 9 wins, 38 goals … Ties 9
AT SAN JOSE: Earthquakes 6 wins, 24 goals … Real 5 wins, 19 goals … Ties 3
The Quakes won 2-1 on Oct. 1 of last year in the only meeting at Avaya Stadium, their second consecutive home win in the series. RSL had won twice on their previous four visits to San Jose, with two draws, dating back to 2013.
The teams have reached draws in their last two matches at Rio Tinto Stadium, including a 1-1 result there last July 22 in the only game in Sandy. The Quakes have won on two of their last six trips to Utah (with two draws).
The Quakes put an end to a two-game losing slide but still saw their winless run extended to three games, reaching a goalless draw with Sporting Kansas City at Avaya Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was the second time this season the Quakes have been shut out in back-to-back games (also: April 19-22), now having gone 233 minutes since their last goal.
Real put an end to a two-game losing skid, defeating Minnesota United FC by the game’s only goal at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening.
It was a third consecutive home win for Real, their last two by 1-0 scorelines. RSL have now not allowed a goal in the last 266 minutes on their home ground. Real have allowed 11 goals in their last two away matches.
QUAKES: Andres Imperiale made his 2017 league season debut, playing the full 90 minutes in the back four. Imperiale last made an appearance Sept. 28, 2016. … Jackson Yueill made his full MLS debut, coming on a substitute for the final 15 minutes. Yueill had made his professional debut at midweek, starting in the Quakes’ U.S. Open Cup vs. San Francisco Deltas, scoring his first professional goal after just four minutes. … Shea Salinas came off the substitutes’ bench for the final 20 minutes, his first appearance since April 22 when he came off at halftime with a knee injury. … In 603 minutes with Tommy Thompson on the field, the Quakes average 1.2 goals per 90 minutes played. In the 911 minutes without Thompson on the field, that number falls to 0.8 goals per 90 minutes played.
REAL: Yura Movsisyan scored his fifth goal of the season, his first since April 15, going nine games without a goal. Movsisyan came off the substitutes’ bench for the final 20 minutes, his fourth appearance as a substitute over the last seven games (after starting each of the first 10). … Nick Rimando returned between the posts and was credited with one save in recording a second consecutive shutout, his fourth of the season and the 133rd of his MLS career, the all-time record. Rimando has not allowed a goal in his last 228 minutes. … Justen Glad made his 2017 MLS season debut, playing the full 90 minutes in the back four. … Brooks Lennon made his first appearance since May 6, playing the full 90 minutes in a midfield role. … Danilo Acosta made his first appearance since April 29, starting and playing 79 minutes in the back four.
PORTLAND TIMBERS vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Sunday, June 25 (Week 17, MLS Game #188)
Providence Park, Portland, Ore.
7 p.m. PT (ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes)
REFEREE: Ricardo Salazar. AR1 (bench): Jeffrey Greeson; AR2 (opposite): Kyle Atkins; 4th: Drew Fischer
MLS Career: 237 games; FC/gm: 26.2; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 66; pens: 82
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Timbers 5 wins, 27 goals … Sounders FC 9 wins, 32 goals … Ties 4
AT PORTLAND: Timbers 5 wins, 23 goals … Sounders FC 2 wins, 17 goals … Ties 2
The Timbers suffered their second consecutive loss, falling 3-2 to Minnesota United FC at TCF Bank Stadium on Wednesday evening. It was a fifth consecutive road loss for the Timbers, equaling the second-longest away losing run on their MLS history (also in 2012; club record: 7 games, 7/31-10/23/2016).
Sounders FC saw their home winning streak put to an end but still extended their undefeated run at CenturyLink Field, hauled back into a late 1-1 draw with Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening.
Sounders FC had won three consecutive home games, dating back to May 20 – all three wins by shutout. The Orlando City goal, deep into stoppage time, was the first conceded by Sounders FC officially in 426 minutes at home.
The teams are meeting for the second time in league play this season. Cristian Roldan netted the game’s only goal after just four minutes, as Sounders FC held out for the victory May 27 at CenturyLink Field.
The Timbers have won the last three league meetings in Portland, over the last two seasons, scoring 11 goals in the process. One of the clubs has hit for four goals in four of the last five meetings at Providence Park. Sounders FC last won in Portland on Aug. 24, 2014, a 4-2 victory. When the Timbers took a 4-1 win June 28, 2015, the three-goal victory equaled Portland’s largest margin of victory against the Sounders since a 3-0 win on June 11, 1977, at Civic Stadium.
The Timbers have never won in Seattle in MLS regular season play, Sounders FC now with a 7-0-2 league record in games at CenturyLink Field, with a 15-4 goal differential. Sounders FC have won the last five league contests between the clubs in Seattle (though the Timbers did win in Seattle in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2013).
Sounders FC also took a 2-1 win in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 13 at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. It was the third time in four years the teams have met; Sounders FC have advanced twice (also in the 2014 quarterfinals).
One of North America’s longest and most heated rivalries, versions of the club have faced one another in the NASL, Western Soccer League, APSL/A-League/USL First Division and now MLS. Overall, the clubs have met 97 times in official competitions since their first meeting in 1975 in the old North American Soccer League, Seattle winning 50 times, Portland winning 35, and 12 draws.
The rivalry takes on an added luster, matching the MLS Cup winners from the past two seasons. MLS Cup 2015 was the first championship in the long history of a Portland Timbers soccer team, which started in 1975. The 2016 title was the first MLS Cup won by Sounders FC, the first championship for the club since the 1995 A-League championship.
Two big stars have played big parts on both sides of the rivalry. Clint Dempsey has scored eight goals in seven league games vs. Portland, and Fanendo Adi has scored seven goals in nine league appearances (six starts) vs. Seattle.
TIMBERS: The Timbers return home off back-to-back wins at Providence Park, with a four-game home undefeated streak still intact, dating back to April 22. … Diego Valeri converted a penalty kick for his ninth goal of the season, tied for fourth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings. … Valeri has a goal or an assist now in four consecutive games, dating back to June 2, with three goals and two assists in that span. Valeri has been involved in six of the Timbers’ last eight goals. … Amobi Okugo made his second start of the season, his first since March 25. … Marco Farfan also came into the back four, his first start since April 15, playing the opening 45 minutes.
SOUNDERS FC: Will Bruin scored his fifth goal of the season, his second in the last three games. It’s his most goals in a season since scoring 11 for the Houston Dynamo in 2015. … Nouhou Tolo made his first career MLS start, coming into the back four and playing the full 90 minutes. Tolo had come off the substitutes’ bench in each of the previous three matches.
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