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The Goal King: Chris Wondolowski cements his place in MLS history

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THE GOAL KING: CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI CEMENTS HIS PLACE IN MLS HISTORY
 
On a day that was long anticipated, it wasn’t just enough for Chris Wondolowski to become the all-time leading goalscorer in Major League Soccer history.
 
Wondolowski came into last Saturday’s game between his San Jose Earthquakes and the Chicago Fire one goal behind Landon Donovan for the all-time goalscoring lead, with 144 career goals entering the contest. With his first goal in the first half, Wondolowski equaled the record, then just three minutes into the second half, he had sole possession of the all-time record.
 
With the record-breaking goal, Wondolowski took possession of the record that had been held by Landon Donovan for nearly five years, since he took over as the all-time leading MLS goalscorer in 2014. Eric Wynalda took the mantle with the only goal in the inaugural MLS game in 1996, and by season’s end, Roy Lassiter held the title as the Golden Boot winner following the first season.
 
Lassiter regained the leadership early in the 1999 season, and since then, five more players have held the title of the leading goalscorer in Major League Soccer history, with Wondolowski’s ascension last weekend.
 
ALL-TIME MLS GOALSCORING LEADER TIMELINE
GOALS LEADER
NO
DATE
Eric Wynalda
1
4/6/1996
Roy Lassiter
27
9/21/1996 (end of season 1)
Raul Diaz Arce
29
4/26/1997
Roy Lassiter
57
3/20/1999
Jason Kreis
89
6/26/2004
Jaime Moreno
109
8/22/2007
Jeff Cunningham
133
7/6/2011
Landon Donovan
135
5/25/2014
Chris Wondolowski
146
5/18/2019
 
Wondolowski didn’t leave it with just breaking the record – he had to do it with as big a splash as possible. Wondolowski netted two more goals, in the 74th and 76th minutes – his third and fourth of the game. It was the most goals he’d scored in a game in his MLS career, and became the 12th player in MLS history to score at least four goals in a single game.
 
MOST GOALS, SINGLE GAME (MLS HISTORY)
5
Clint Mathis, MET
08/26/2000 at DAL W 6-4
4
Raul Diaz Arce, DC
07/07/1996 vs. DAL W 6-1
4
Raul Diaz Arce, DC
04/12/1997 at COL W 5-2
4
Diego Serna, MIA
09/02/2000 vs. MET W 4-1
4
Mamadou Diallo, TB
05/09/2001 vs. LA T 4-4
4
Abdul Thompson Conteh, DC
05/09/2001 vs. NE W 5-0
4
Mamadou Diallo, MET
06/15/2002 vs. LA W 5-0
4
Edson Buddle, CLB
09/18/2004 vs. MET W 4-2
4
Brian Ching, HOU
04/02/2006 vs. COL W 5-2
4
Jeff Cunningham, DAL
08/01/2009 vs. KC W 6-0
4
Patrick Mullins, DC
09/23/2017 vs. SJ W 4-0
4
Chris Wondolowski, SJ
05/18/2019 vs. CHI W 4-1
 
Wondolowski’s historic day also moved him up the charts in other goalscoring records. With his fifth game with three goals or more, Wondolowski is now tied for second-most hat tricks in MLS history, one behind Atlanta United’s Josef Martínez.
 
MOST HAT TRICKS (ALL-TIME)
PLAYER
GP
HATS
Josef Martinez
66
6
Stern John
55
5
Diego Serna
124
5
Chris Wondolowski
338
5
Bradley Wright-Phillips
177
5
 
Wondolowski also equaled Landon Donovan’s total of 41 game-winning goals in netting all the goals in the Quakes’ victory, and is now tied for fourth with most multiple-goal games in league history.
 
MOST GAME-WINNING GOALS (ALL-TIME)
PLAYER
GP
GWG
Landon Donovan
340
41
Chris Wondolowski
338
41
Jeff Cunningham
365
40
Kei Kamara
326
33
Ante Razov
262
33
 
MOST MULTIPLE-GOAL GAMES (ALL-TIME)
PLAYER
GP
GAMES
Landon Donovan
340
32
Jeff Cunningham
365
22
Ante Razov
262
22
Chris Wondolowski
338
21
Bradley Wright-Phillips
177
21
 
All alone atop the list, Wondolowski is one of three current players in the all-time 10 goalscorers, the only 10 players in MLS history who have hit for the century mark in league goals.
 
MOST GOALS (ALL-TIME)
PLAYER
GP
GOALS
Chris Wondolowski
338
148
Landon Donovan
340
145
Jeff Cunningham
365
134
Jaime Moreno
340
133
Kei Kamara
326
119
Ante Razov
262
114
Jason Kreis
305
108
Bradley Wright-Phillips
177
107
Dwayne De Rosario
343
104
Taylor Twellman
174
101
active in bold
 
 
BREAKING DOWN WONDOLOWSKI’S GOALS: BY THE NUMBERS
 
Chris Wondolowski has made his goalscoring name as a poacher, especially late in matches. Of Wondolowski’s 148 league goals, the majority have come in the final half-hour of matches, and he has scored more goals from the 76th minute on as in any 15-minute block.
 
CHRIS WONDOLOWSKI – GOALS BY MINUTES SCORED
0-15
16-30
31-45
46-60
61-75
76-90+
17
21
19
24
31
36
 
Wondolowski has scored 81 goals with his left foot, 38 goals with his right foot, 28 goals with his head, and one with another body part. Of the 148 goals, 48 have come in the goal area, 97 have come in the penalty area, and five have come from outside the box.
 
Of his goals, 25 have come from penalty kicks. The majority have come from open play, 102 (with 38 of those coming on crosses, and 10 others coming on rebounds). A further 21 goals have been scored from set pieces (15 on corner kicks, 6 from free kick services).
 
HOW THE GOALS WERE SCORED
LEFT FOOT: 81
RIGHT FOOT: 38
HEADER: 28
TYPES OF GOALS SCORED
OPEN PLAY: 54
CROSS: 38
REBOUND: 10
PENALTY KICK: 25
CORNER KICK: 15
FREE KICK: 6
WHERE THE GOALS WERE SCORED
GOAL AREA: 46
PENALTY AREA: 97
OUTSIDE BOX: 5
 
Wondolowski has scored against 24 different teams – the most of any player in MLS history. He has only one club he has yet to score against – FC Cincinnati, after going without a goal when the clubs met in their lone appearance this season on May 4.
 
Wondolowski has also scored 10 or more goals in each of the last nine seasons entering this year, the most seasons in double digits in MLS history, and by far the most in consecutive seasons.
 
 
D.C.’S HAMID, TORONTO FC ENGAGE IN RECORD SHOT-FILLED NIGHT
 
When he faced a nearly record-setting 36 total attempts at goal, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid put together one of the finest performances in MLS shot-stopping history.
 
Hamid was credited with 12 saves in the scoreless draw with Toronto FC on May 15 at Audi Field – tied for the fourth-most saves in recording a shutout of any goalkeeper in league history, and the most of any goalkeeper in a clean sheet in a decade.
 
MOST SAVES IN SHUTOUT
SVS
GOALKEEPER
RESULT
14
Aidan Heaney
09/07/1996  NE  at  DAL  W 2-0
14
Zach Wells
06/12/2005  MET vs. DC   T 0-0
13
Nick Rimando
06/02/2007  RSL at  NE   T 0-0
12
Mark Dodd
09/19/1998  DAL at  KC   W 1-0
12
Joe Cannon
07/08/2000  SJ  at  COL  W 1-0
12
Scott Garlick
07/04/2000  TB  vs  DC   W 3-0
12
Tony Meola
10/16/2005  MET at  CHV  W 2-0
12
Nick Rimando
09/15/2007  RSL at  TOR  T 0-0
12
Bouna Coundoul
10/02/2010  NYR vs. KC   W 1-0
12
Bill Hamid
05/15/2019  DC  at  TOR  T 0-0
 
The 36 total attempts from Toronto FC are tied for the second-most in a single game in MLS history – and the most ever from a team without scoring a goal.
 
MOST SHOTS, ONE TEAM (SINGLE GAME)
SHT
TM
DATE
SCORE
38
MET
6/3/1998
MET  1 vs TB   2
36
DAL
8/19/1998
DAL  1 at MIA  2
36
TOR
5/15/2019
TOR  0 vs DC   0
34
KC
5/15/2016
KC   2 vs ORL  1
34
KC
4/20/2018
KC   6 vs VAN  0
34
KC
10/6/2018
KC   1 vs LA   1
 
 
MLS WEEK 13 – LOOK AHEAD (MIDWEEK)
 
NEW YORK RED BULLS vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #153)
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
8 p.m. ET (TSN; MSG)
 
REFEREE: Victor Rivas. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Brian Poeschel; 4th: Ted Unkel; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Logan Brown
MLS Career: 1 game; FC/gm: 27.0; Y/gm: 5.0; R: 0; pens: 2
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Red Bulls 2 wins, 12 goals … Whitecaps FC 3 wins, 13 goals … Ties 4
AT RED BULLS: Red Bulls 1 win, 6 goals … Whitecaps FC 2 wins, 5 goals … Ties 1
  • The Red Bulls won a second consecutive match, defeating Atlanta United 1-0 at Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon. Tom Barlow scored his first career goal in MLS, making his second career league appearance.
  • Whitecaps FC started their road swing with a second consecutive result on their travels, reaching a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday evening. Derek Cornelius scored his first career goal in MLS for the late equalizer.
  • The teams reached a 2-2 draw in their lone meeting a year ago, Aug. 18 at BC Place. The draw ended a two-game Red Bulls winning streak in the series, which are their only two victories vs. Whitecaps FC in eight meetings all-time in league play.
  • Vancouver had won the three previous meetings, each year from 2013-15; the first three encounters between the clubs were all 1-1 draws.
 
RED BULLS: Luis Robles was credited with two saves in recording his second shutout of the season in the Red Bulls’ 1-0 win vs. Atlanta United, his second shutout of the season. Robles now has 65 shutouts for his league career, moving past Pat Onstad for eighth-most all-time in MLS. … Daniel Royer collected his fourth assist of the season, his third over the last five games. … Sean Nealis recorded his first career assist in MLS, the game after scoring his first career MLS goal.
 
WHITECAPS FC: Ali Adnan recorded his second assist of the season, both coming in the last five games.
 
 
MLS WEEK 13 – LOOK AHEAD (WEEKEND)
 
ORLANDO CITY SC vs. LA GALAXY
Friday, May 24, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #154)
Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
7 p.m. ET (UniMás)
 
REFEREE: Allen Chapman. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; 4th: Thomas Snyder; VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.; AVAR: Kevin Klinger
MLS Career: 145 game; FC/gm: 22.4; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 32; pens: 64
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Orlando City 2 wins, 11 goals … Galaxy 2 wins, 9 goals … Ties 0
AT ORLANDO: Orlando City 2 wins, 6 goals … Galaxy 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
 
  • Orlando City put an end to a three-game losing slide in emphatic fashion, defeating FC Cincinnati 5-1 at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Nani scored a pair of goals for OCSC, the second two-goal game of his MLS career, now with seven goals for the season. Tesho Akindele also netted a pair of goals, the fourth multiple-goal game of his MLS career.
  • The Galaxy suffered a fourth consecutive loss with a second consecutive shutout, falling 1-0 to the Colorado Rapids at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday evening. The four-game losing slide is the club’s longest since 2017, three games shy of the club record.
  • Home form has ruled in the all-time series. The Galaxy have won both meetings in Carson, Calif., including a 4-3 win last July 29 in the only encounter last season. The Galaxy also claimed a 4-2 triumph on Sept. 11, 2016.
  • Orlando City have won both meetings played in Florida, including a 2-1 victory on April 15, 2017, in the last meeting at Orlando City Stadium. OCSC also took a 4-0 win in the first meeting ever between the teams in 2015.
 
OCSC: Dom Dwyer netted his fourth goal of the season, his first since March 31. … Joao Moutinho collected his third assist of the season. … Ruan recorded his second assist in MLS, both coming over the last six games.
 
GALAXY: The Galaxy have been shutout in back-to-back games for the first time since Sept. 16-20, 2017. … The Galaxy last lost consecutive games at home last April 8-28, when they dropped three in a row.
 
 
REAL SALT LAKE vs. ATLANTA UNITED
Friday, May 24, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #155)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
7 p.m. MT (UniMás; KMYU-12)
 
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Jose da Silva; AR2 (opposite): Jeremy Kieso; 4th: Farhad Dadkho; VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.; AVAR: T.J. Zablocki
MLS Career: 245 games; FC/gm: 23.1; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 41; pens: 76
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Real 0 wins, 1 goal … ATLUTD 2 wins, 5 goals … Ties 0
AT SALT LAKE: Real 0 wins, 1 goal … ATLUTD 1 win, 3 goals … Ties 0
 
  • Real won a second consecutive game, defeating Toronto FC 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Atlanta United saw their five-game winning streak put to an end, falling 1-0 to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday afternoon. The Red Bulls goal put an end to the Atlanta United shutout streak after 521 minutes, tied for the seventh-longest in MLS history.
  • Atlanta United have won both meetings between the teams in their histories. ATLUTD took a 3-1 win in their first encounter on April 22, 2017, at Rio Tinto Stadium, then claimed a 2-0 win last Sept. 22 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
 
REAL: Sebastian Saucedo scored a goal and added an assist, the second time in his MLS career he’s had a goal and an assist in the same game. … Jefferson Savarino scored his second goal of the season, his last coming March 30. … Damir Kreilach scored his third goal of the year, his first since April 13. … Donny Toia recorded his first assist of the season, his first since his return to RSL (and his first with the club).
 
ATLUTD: Atlanta United were shut out for the first time since March 30 (seven games); all three of their attacking shutouts this season have come on the road.
 
 
LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB vs. MONTREAL IMPACT
Friday, May 24, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #156)
Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
7:30 p.m. PT (TSN / TVA Sports; YouTube TV [LA] / KVMD)
 
REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Jeffrey Greeson; 4th: Elton Garcia; VAR: Edvin Jurisevic; AVAR: Cameron Blanchard
MLS Career: 121 games; FC/gm: 22.4; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 26; pens: 29
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: LAFC 1 win, 5 goals … Impact 0 wins, 3 goals … Ties 0
AT BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM: First meeting.
 
  • LAFC extended their undefeated streak to six games with a third draw in that time, playing to a 1-1 result with FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Sunday evening.
  • Carlos Vela scored for a second consecutive game, now with 14 goals in 14 games for the season to lead the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • The Impact were held without a goal for a second consecutive home match, reaching a goalless draw with the New England Revolution at Stade Saputo on Saturday afternoon.
  • LAFC won the first meeting ever between the clubs in a wild match last April 21 at Stade Saputo, taking a 5-3 win. Ignacio Piatti scored a hat trick before halftime for Montreal, but LAFC uncorked an MLS-record 18 shots on target to come back for the victory.
 
LAFC: Carlos Vela has played a part in 66 percent of LAFC’s goals this season (14 goals, 7 assists from 32 goals scored). … Vela’s three-game goalscoring streak matches his longest in his two MLS seasons (set previously this year from March 30-April 13).
 
IMPACT: Evan Bush was credited with four saves in recording his sixth shutout of the season, one of four players tied for second-most in MLS (Bill Hamid of DC has seven).
 
 
CHICAGO FIRE vs. NEW YORK CITY FC
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #157)
SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Ill.
2:30 p.m. CT (Univision)
 
REFEREE: Ramy Touchan. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Chris Elliott; 4th: Elvis Osmanovic; VAR: Jon Freemon; AVAR: Peter Manikowski
MLS Career: 9 games; FC/gm: 25.3; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 0; pens: 2
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Fire 2 wins, 12 goals … NYCFC 5 wins, 18 goals … Ties 3
AT CHICAGO: Fire 2 wins, 8 goals … NYCFC 1 win, 7 goals … Ties 1
 
  • The Fire had their two-game winning run put to an end, falling 4-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Aleksandar Katai netted the Fire’s lone goal, a second consecutive game with a goal; he has two goals and two assists over the past four games.
  • NYCFC return to action after a weekend off, extending their undefeated streak to seven games in their last match, a 2-0 win against the LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park on May 11. The seven-game undefeated run is one game shy of the club’s record, set over the end of the 2017 season and start of 2018.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Valentin Castellanos netted the game’s only goal after nine minutes, giving NYCFC the victory on April 24 at Yankee Stadium.
  • The Fire won in the last meeting in Bridgeview, Ill., a 3-2 victory last June 30, ending a six-game NYCFC undefeated streak in the series. It was the Fire’s first win since a 1-0 victory on April 24, 2015 in Bridgeview in the first-ever encounter between the teams.
  • The Fire have never won at Yankee Stadium. NYCFC have won the past four meetings between the teams in the Bronx, their first home wins in the series after the first two meetings ended in draws.
 
FIRE: Dax McCarty recorded his third assist, his first since April 20. The three assists already match his season total from a year ago.
 
NYCFC: Maximiliano Moralez scored his second goal of the season, scoring for a second consecutive match in the Galaxy win. … Héber netted his third goal in MLS; he has three goals and two assists over the last five games, playing a part in five of NYCFC’s eight goals in that time. … Sean Johnson was credited with one save in recording the shutout, his sixth of the season, tied for second place in MLS (leader: Bill Hamid, DC, 7).
 
 
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. FC DALLAS
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #158)
BC Place, Vancouver, B.C.
4 p.m. PT (TSN; FCDTV)
 
REFEREE: Alex Chilowicz. AR1 (bench): Mike Rottersman; AR2 (opposite): Chris Wattam; 4th: Pierre-Luc Lauziere; VAR: Ricardo Salazar; AVAR: Peter Balciunas
MLS Career: 12 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 2; pens: 4
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Whitecaps FC 5 wins, 22 goals … FC Dallas 10 wins, 27 goals … Ties 5
AT VANCOUVER: Whitecaps FC 4 wins, 13 goals … FC Dallas 3 wins, 11 goals … Ties 4
 
  • FC Dallas put an end to their three-game losing slide but still saw their winless streak reach five matches, reaching a 1-1 draw with the Los Angeles Football Club at Toyota Stadium on Sunday evening.
  • The teams met twice a season ago, with FC Dallas gaining points from both. FCD took a 2-1 win on Sept. 23 at BC Place; the teams reached a 2-2 draw on May 19 at Toyota Stadium.
  • The home team has not won in the series since 2016. The FCD win in Vancouver last year ended a seven-game home undefeated streak for Whitecaps FC in the series, going 3-0-4 over the span.
  • Whitecaps FC have come away with points on their last two trips to Toyota Stadium. Their 4-0 win there in 2017 was the club’s first ever in Frisco; FC Dallas had won the first seven meetings at home, outscoring Vancouver 14-2.
 
WHITECAPS FC: Play New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena at midweek.
 
FCD: Ryan Hollingshead scored the lone FCD goal, his second of the season, his first coming March 23. … Dominique Badji collected his second assist of the season; he has a goal and an assist over the last four games.
 
 
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs. D.C. UNITED
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #159)
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
7:30 p.m. ET (FloSports)
 
REFEREE: David Gantar. AR1 (bench): Eric Boria; AR2 (opposite): Jeff Hosking; 4th: Marcos de Oliveira; VAR: Sorin Stoica; AVAR: Thomas Supple
MLS Career: 77 games; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 29; pens: 15
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Revolution 27 wins (3 shootout), 89 goals … D.C. United 34 wins (4 shootout), 107 goals … Ties 12
AT NEW ENGLAND: Revolution 18 wins (2 shootout), 45 goals … D.C. United 10 wins (2 shootout), 38 goals … Ties 8
 
  • The Revolution gained a second successive result in interim coach Mike Lapper’s second game in charge, playing to a scoreless draw with the Montréal Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday afternoon.
  • D.C. United had their away winless run extended to three games, falling 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday evening. Wayne Rooney scored his seventh goal of the season; he has been involved in 11 of United’s 18 goals (also with four assists).
  • Each team won on their home ground in the two meetings between the clubs a year ago. The Revolution took a 3-2 win on June 30 at Gillette Stadium, then D.C. United claimed a 2-0 win on Aug. 19 in the first meeting ever at Audi Field.
  • The Revolution have a seven-game undefeated streak alive at home in the series in league play (3-0-4); United’s last win there came in 2012. United had won the final five league meetings at RFK Stadium between the MLS Original clubs, with shutouts in four, dating back to 2014.
  • The teams have also met four times in the MLS Cup Playoffs, with United winning three of the four series all-time, last a 2-1 win at RFK Stadium in the Knockout Round in 2015. They have met five times in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the Revolution winning three, last in 2017.
 
REVOLUTION: Matt Turner was credited with one save in recording his first shutout of the season, in his third start. His last shutout came on Decision Day last year (Oct. 28), a 1-0 win vs. Montréal in Foxborough.
 
UNITED: Ulises Segura recorded his first assist of the season, his second in MLS, his first coming last Aug. 15.
 
 
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #160)
Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.
7:30 p.m. ET (PHL 17; ROOT-NW)
 
REFEREE: Drew Fischer. AR1 (bench): Claudiu Badea; AR2 (opposite): Adam Wienckowski; 4th: Kevin Broadley; VAR: Jorge Gonzalez; AVAR: Eric Weisbrod
MLS Career: 110 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 16; pens: 28
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Union 1 win, 7 goals … Timbers 5 wins, 13 goals … Ties 3
AT UNION: Union 1 win, 4 goals … Timbers 1 win, 3 goals … Ties 2
 
  • The Union extended their undefeated streak to six games, reaching a goalless draw with Seattle Sounders FC at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The six-game streak is the longest since the club-record eight-game run without a loss from April 23-June 1, 2016.
  • The Timbers return to action for the final match of their 12-game road odyssey to open the season, their last contest a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 15. Brian Fernández scored the goal in his Timbers and MLS debut.
  • The Timbers have won the past three meetings between the teams over the last three seasons, including a 3-0 win in the lone meeting a year, Aug. 4 at Providence Park.
  • The Union’s lone victory in the series came on their home ground, in 2015; the teams reached scoreless draws in each of their first two meetings in Chester, Pa., in 2011 and 2013.
  • The Timbers have never lost to the Union in Portland, winning four of the five meetings between the teams.
 
UNION: Andre Blake returned between the posts for the first time since April 20, credited with one save in recording his second shutout of the season. Blake has not conceded a goal in his last 198 minutes played, over three matches. … The Union were shut out at Talen Energy Stadium for the first time this season, their first home blanking since last Oct. 21 (0-1 vs. New York Red Bulls).
 
TIMBERS: Sebastian Blanco recorded his fifth assist of the season, all coming over the last six matches. Blanco has been involved in seven of the last nine Timbers goals, since April 13 (two goals, five assists). … With a win in the final game of the season-opening road swing, the Timbers could record the second-most victories of teams starting a season with lengthy road trips. The Columbus Crew won 5 of 7 games to start on the road in 1999; last year, LAFC won 4 games from a 6-game trip. The Timbers’ 12-game road start is the longest in MLS history.
 
 
FC CINCINNATI vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #161)
Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
7:30 p.m. ET (WSTR – Star 64; MSG)
 
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. AR1 (bench): Nick Uranga; AR2 (opposite): Cory Richardson; 4th: Ted Unkel; VAR: Hilario Grajeda; AVAR: Gjovalin Bori
MLS Career: 82 games; FC/gm: 26.4; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 17; pens: 27
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: FCC 0 wins, 0 goals … Red Bulls 1 win, 1 goal … Ties 0
AT CINCINNATI: First meeting.
 
  • FC Cincinnati weren’t able to build upon a first win in eight matches, falling 5-1 to Orlando City SC at Orlando City Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Darren Mattocks scored his second goal of the season for FCC; the five goals were the most conceded by the club in its MLS history.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season and in their history. Connor Lade scored the game’s only goal in the 38th minute as the Red Bulls took the victory on April 27 at Red Bull Arena.
 
FCC: Eric Alexander recorded his first assist with FC Cincinnati, his last coming with the Houston Dynamo last March 10.
 
RED BULLS: Play Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Red Bull Arena at midweek.
 
 
MINNESOTA UNITED FC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #162)
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
7 p.m. CT (FS-North; KUBE 57)
 
REFEREE: Joseph Dickerson. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Logan Brown; 4th: Victor Rivas; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Jonathan Johnson
MLS Career: 17 games; FC/gm: 26.2; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 4; pens: 5
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: MNUFC 1 win, 5 goals … Dynamo 2 wins, 8 goals … Ties 2
AT MINNESOTA: MNUFC 1 win, 2 goals … Dynamo 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 1
 
  • Minnesota United put an end to a two-game winless skid, defeating Columbus Crew SC by the game’s only goal at Allianz Field on Saturday evening. Ethan Finlay netted the MNUFC goal, his first goal since March 10, 2018, when he tallied a pair vs. Orlando City.
  • The Dynamo snapped a two-game winless run, coming from behind to defeat D.C. United 2-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday evening. Memo Rodríguez scored his fifth goal of the season and Tommy McNamara added his first, the goals coming in successive minutes midway through the second half, matching the quickest span of goals in the club’s history.
  • The teams split their two league meetings a year ago, each winning on their home ground. Minnesota United took a come-from-behind 2-1 win on April 28 at TCF Bank Stadium, their first victory vs. the Dynamo. Then, the Dynamo captured a 3-0 victory July 7 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
  • The teams met three times in MNUFC’s inaugural MLS season, and the Dynamo claimed the only win, a 2-1 victory on Sept. 30 at Houston. The teams played to draws in the first two meetings, once at each ground – a 2-2 result on April 15 at BBVA Compass Stadium, and a goalless match July 19 at TCF Bank Stadium.
  • The Dynamo also won in a U.S. Open Cup fifth-round meeting between the clubs last year, a 1-0 win in Houston.
 
MNUFC: Romain Metanire collected his fifth assist of the season, his second in the last four games. … Brent Kallman recorded the first assist of his MLS career, coming in his third season (56 career league appearances). … Vito Mannone was not forced to make a save in recording his fourth shutout of the season.
 
DYNAMO: Tommy McNamara scored his first goal in MLS league play since Sept. 16, 2017, when he was with New York City FC. … Boniek García collected his first assist of the season, his last coming last Oct. 21. … Adam Lundkvist recorded his second assist of the season, his first coming in the season opener March 2; he had one assist last year in his first MLS season.
 
 
 
 
COLORADO RAPIDS vs. COLUMBUS CREW SC
Saturday, May 25, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #163)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.
7 p.m. PT (TSN; Altitude; STOhio)
 
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. AR1 (bench): Matthew Nelson; AR2 (opposite): Eduardo Mariscal; 4th: Guido Gonzales Jr.; VAR: Robert Sibiga; AVAR: Alicia Messer
MLS Career: 277 games; FC/gm: 27.0; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 100; pens: 107
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Rapids 19 wins (2 shootout), 58 goals … Crew SC 13 wins (1 shootout), 51 goals … Ties 10
AT COLORADO: Rapids 12 wins (1 shootout), 26 goals … Crew SC 4 wins (0 shootout), 17 goals … Ties 5
 
  • The Rapids put an end to their winless start to the season after 11 games, with Andre Shinyashiki scoring the game’s only goal for a 1-0 win against the LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park. The 11-game start to a season without a win matches the longest in MLS history.
  • Crew SC suffered a second consecutive defeat, their seventh in the past eight games, falling 1-0 to Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field on Saturday evening.
  • Crew SC won the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 2-1 win on Sept. 22 at Mapfre Stadium, their first home victory in the series since 2011. The Rapids had come away with points on their previous two trips to Columbus.
  • The Rapids won the last meeting at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a 2-1 win on June 3, 2017, their first home win in the series since 2012. Crew SC have now scored goals on their past three trips to Commerce City, Colo., after going from 2009-12 without scoring there, a span of 396 minutes between goals.
 
RAPIDS: The win for the Rapids snapped their overall winless streak at 11 games, the second-longest in the club’s history (record: 18 games, 2014-15). … Tim Howard was credited with six saves in recording his first shutout of the season, his first in MLS since last Oct. 21.
 
CREW SC: Crew SC have been shut out in consecutive games for a second time this season, now 214 minutes since their last goal scored.
 
 
SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Sunday, May 26, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #164)
Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kan.
5 p.m. CT (FS1 / FOX Deportes)
 
REFEREE: Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): C.J. Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Andrew Bigelow; 4th: Elvis Osmanovic; VAR: Jon Freemon; AVAR: Kyle Longville
MLS Career: 154 games; FC/gm: 26.9; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 45; pens: 57
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sporting 5 wins, 18 goals … Sounders FC 9 wins, 19 goals … Ties 4
AT KC: Sporting 3 wins, 14 goals … Sounders FC 4 wins, 11 goals … Ties 2
 
  • Sporting put an end to a two-game losing slide but still saw their winless run extended to seven games, reaching a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday evening. Krisztian Nemeth scored SKC’s goal; the winless streak is the club’s longest since 2016.
  • Sounders FC extended their undefeated run to six games with a fourth draw in that span, reaching a goalless draw with the Philadelphia Union at Talen Energy Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The teams met twice a season ago. Sounders FC won 3-0 at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 1, their consecutive win in the series at home; Sporting’s win there in 2016 was just their second win ever in Seattle, after SKC won 1-0 in 2009, the first meeting ever between the clubs.
  • The teams reached a 2-2 draw in the first meeting last year, April 15 at Children’s Mercy Park, the result ending a four-game winning streak for Sporting at Children’s Mercy Park, over four seasons. Sounders FC last won in Kansas City in 2013.
 
SPORTING: The Krisztian Nemeth goal snapped Sporting’s goalless drought after 224 minutes, following back-to-back shutouts.
 
SOUNDERS FC: Stefan Frei was credited with six saves in recording his fifth shutout of the season. … Sounders FC were shut out at the attacking end for just the second time this season; both shutouts have come in scoreless draws (also March 30 at Vancouver).
 
 
TORONTO FC vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Sunday, May 26, 2019 (Week 13, MLS Game #165)
BMO Field, Toronto, Ont.
7:30 p.m. ET (TSN; NBCS-CA)
 
REFEREE: Nima Saghafi. AR1 (bench): Gianni Facchini; AR2 (opposite): Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein; 4th: Marcos de Oliveira; VAR: Geoff Gamble; AVAR: Craig Lowry
MLS Career: 46 games; FC/gm: 26.7; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 6; pens: 17
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Toronto FC 5 wins, 22 goals … Earthquakes 5 wins, 19 goals … Ties 5
AT TORONTO: Toronto FC 3 wins, 12 goals … Earthquakes 2 wins, 9 goals … Ties 3
 
  • TFC had their winless stretch extended to four games with a third loss in that time, falling 3-0 to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
  • Chris Wondolowski became the all-time leading goalscorer in MLS history, netting all four goals in San Jose’s 4-1 win against the Chicago Fire at Avaya Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Wondolowski now has 148 goals for his MLS league career, matching and surpassing the total recorded by Landon Donovan (145 goals) on the historic afternoon.
  • Wondolowski also became the 12th player in MLS history to net four or more goals in a game. It was the fifth hat trick of his MLS career, tied for second-most in MLS history, and he recorded his 41st game-winning goal, tied for the most in league history. It was his 21st multiple-goal game, tied for fourth in the league annals.
  • The Quakes are undefeated in the last four home meetings in the series, following a 1-1 draw last Aug. 18 in the lone meeting between the teams. TFC last won in northern California in 2010, a 3-1 win at Buck Shaw Stadium.
  • Toronto FC have won four consecutive home matches in the series, including a 4-0 victory on Sept. 9, 2017, at BMO Field in the last meeting there. The Quakes had come away with results in their first five trips to BMO Field (2-0-3), winning there last on March 24, 2012.
 
TFC: TFC have been shut out in back-to-back games for the first time this season, now 219 minutes since their last goal scored. They have scored one goal in their last four games.
 
QUAKES: Cristian Espinoza collected his fourth assist of the season, his third in his last four games. … Shea Salinas recorded his second assist of the season; he has four goals and two assists in the nine games since moving into the starting lineup March 30. … Jackson Yueill recorded his second assist of the season, his first coming April 20. … Chris Wondolowski became the first Earthquakes player to score four goals in a game. The last two games with four-goal scorers each involved the Quakes (Patrick Mullins, DC vs SJ, 9/23/2017).
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