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MARTÍNEZ SHOOTS FOR SCORING STREAK RECORD – AGAIN – ON FOX SATURDAY

As the 2019 season heads toward the stretch drive and the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, Josef Martínez is once again catching fire for Atlanta United.
 
Since his return from Copa América duty with Venezuela, Martínez has scored in each of his past five games with Atlanta United. Before his departure, Martínez netted goals in his last three league contests – and the eight-game streak with a goal is now the third-longest in MLS history.
 
Martínez himself holds the league record, scoring in nine consecutive matches last season, from June 30-Aug. 24, as Atlanta United made a charge toward an eventual MLS Cup championship. Martínez equaled the mark first set by Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers, who scored in nine consecutive games from July-Sept. 24, 2017.
 
Martínez will look to equal his MLS record this Saturday, when Atlanta United face the LA Galaxy at Mercedes-Benz Stadium (5 p.m. ET, FOX / FOX Deportes).
 
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A GOAL (LEAGUE PLAY)
#
PLAYER
TM
START
STOP
9
Josef Martinez
ATL
6/30/2018
8/24/2018
9
Diego Valeri
POR
7/29/2017
9/24/2017
8
Josef Martinez
ATL
5/24/2019
current
7
Raul Diaz Arce
COL
4/12/1997
7/4/1997
7
Wolde Harris
COL
7/19/2000
8/26/2000
7
Carlos Ruiz
DAL
5/6/2006
6/11/2006
 

GIL HITS RECORD PACE AS REVOLUTION SHOOT FOR LONGEST UNDEFEATED RUN

Carles Gil has certainly been one of the hottest players in Major League Soccer over recent weeks. Pacing the New England Revolution’s current 11-game undefeated streak, which began on May 11, Gil has scored five goals and added five assists.
 
Over each of the past three games – a 4-0 win vs. Vancouver on July 17, a 2-0 win at FC Cincinnati on July 21, and a 4-1 win vs. Orlando City SC on July 27 – Gil has scored a goal and added an assist in each game. The three-game streak with at least one goal and one assist in each contest is one short of the MLS record, set by Diego Serna with the Miami Fusion in 2001, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
 
Gil will face a challenge in equaling the record – and seeing if the Revolution can equal their club-record undefeated streak, set first in 2004 – when they play host to the Los Angeles Football Club at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
 
MOST CONSECUTIVE GAMES, GOAL AND ASSIST
 
GMS
START
STOP
Diego Serna
4
6/2/2001
6/30/2001
Raul Diaz Arce
3
4/19/1997
5/10/1997
Ante Razov
3
3/20/1999
4/3/1999
John Wilmar Perez
3
7/21/2001
8/4/2001
Thierry Henry
3
3/25/2012
4/7/2012
Sebastian Giovinco
3
7/12/2015
7/25/2015
Lee Nguyen
3
5/14/2016
5/28/2016
Carlos Vela
3
3/30/2019
4/13/2019
Carles Gil
3
7/17/2019
7/27/2019
 
Credit: Elias Sports Bureau
 

ARENA’S START WITH THE REVOLUTION APPROACHING RECORD SUCCESS

Bruce Arena has certainly made an impression with the New England Revolution. Since taking over as the club’s bench boss on June 2, he has led the club to six wins and two draws in eight matches – as the Revolution has also rolled to an 11-game undefeated streak, the second-longest in the club’s 24-year history.
 
The eight games undefeated from the start of a head coach’s tenure with a club is tied for the second-longest such streak in MLS history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The record is 12 games undefeated from the start of a coach’s run – Lothar Osiander, in the first 12 games of the LA Galaxy’s existence in 1996 (12-0-0), and Jeff Cassar, who led Real Salt Lake to a 6-0-6 record after taking over in 2014.
 
MOST GAMES UNDEFEATED AT START OF COACH’S TENURE
 
TM
GM
START
STOP
W
L
T
Lothar Osiander
LA
12
4/13/1996
6/26/1996
12
0
0
Jeff Cassar
RSL
12
3/8/2014
5/24/2014
6
0
6
Bruce Arena
NE
8
6/2/2019
7/27/2019
6
0
2
Tom Fitzgerald
CLB
8
8/4/1996
9/15/1996
8
0
0
 
Credit: Elias Sports Bureau
 

LAFC, ATLUTD FLURRY ONE OF MOST ACTION-FILLED SEQUENCES IN MLS HISTORY

The Los Angeles Football Club and Atlanta United created some real magic in their meeting on ESPN last Friday evening at Banc of California Stadium.
 
With Atlanta United leading 1-0 from a second-minute goal by Mo Adams, LAFC rebounded with four first-half goals from the 33rd minute – from Adama Diomande (33’), Diego Rossi (38’), Carlos Vela (42’) and Eduard Atuesta (45’). The four goals in a 12-minute stretch equaled the eighth-fastest such streak by a single team in MLS history.
 
FASTEST 4 GOALS SCORED (ONE TEAM, SINGLE GAME)
6*
LA
6/4/1998
(Hendrickson 81; Karapetyan 82, 85, 87)
8*
MIA
9/9/2000
(Serna 55, 63; own goal 57; Beckerman 58)
9*
LA
5/19/2004
(Moreno 35, 39, 43; Ngwenya 44)
9*
LA
7/14/2012
(Beckham 19, 24; Donovan 27; Keane 28)
10*
DAL
7/10/1999
(Deering 80; Broome 84; Eck 89; Kreis 90)
10*
DC
7/27/2003
(Quintanilla (83, 91+; Kovalenko 93+; Eskandarian 93+)
11*
DC
9/26/1997
(Marsch 53; Kamler 59; Kelderman 61; Sanneh 64)
12*
SJ
10/22/2011
(Dawkins 26; Baca 27; Wondolowski 34; Dawkins 38)
12*
LFC
7/26/2019
(Diomande 33; Rossi 38; Vela 42; Atuesta 45)
 
Not to be outdone, Atlanta United got a goal from Josef Martínez in first-half stoppage time. With 14 minutes between the five goals scored, it equaled the sixth-fastest stretch of five goals by both teams in a single game in MLS history.
 
FASTEST 5 GOALS SCORED (BOTH TEAMS, SINGLE GAME)
10
MIA at DC
9/9/2000
(MIA: Serna 55; own goal 57; Beckerman 58; Serna 63; DC: Aunger 53)
11
DAL at COL
6/16/2001
(DAL: Suarez 29; Vaca 35; COL: Balboa 25; Diaz Arce 28, 36)
12
LA at DC
5/19/2004
(LA: Moreno 35, 39, 43; Ngwenya 44; DC: Cerritos 47+)
13
CLB at KC
5/2/1996
(CLB: Clark 64; own goal 65; KC: Preki 67; Johnston 70; Sorber 77)
13
LA at KC
8/5/2000
(LA: Cienfuegos 70, 78; Caligiuri 74; Hernandez 83; KC: Johnston 75)
14
DC at COL
5/6/2000
(DC: Moreno 59, 62; Llamosa 70; COL: Vermillion 56; Agogo 67)
14
HOU at SJ
3/28/2009
(SJ: Johnson 30; Alvarez 33; Weaver 44; HOU: Wondolowski 34; Davis 36)
14
CLB at PHI
10/11/2014
(CLB: Finlay 78; Meram 79; Arrieta 82; PHI: Cruz 68; Wenger 75)
14
RSL at DC
8/1/2015
(RSL: Maund 62; Mansally 68; DC: Rolfe 54; Kemp 59; Espindola 63)
14
ATL at LFC
7/26/2019
(LFC: Diomande 33; Rossi 38; Vela 42; Atuesta 45; ATL: J. Martinez 47+)
 
 

REAL’S RIMANDO MOVES UP CHARTS OF ONE MORE CAREER RECORD

In his 20th and final MLS season, Nick Rimando was named as a Commissioner’s Pick for the 2019 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target.
 
Already the all-time MLS record-holder in numerous categories, including games played (503), shutouts (150), saves (1,667) and goalkeeper wins (216), Rimando will leave the league on the record books in one more category – most All-Star Game selections.
 
Rimando was selected as an MLS All-Star for the ninth time in 2019 – tied for the third-most in MLS history – his first coming in 2001. He has now appeared in six matches, after playing the final third of Wednesday’s contest vs. Atlético de Madrid at Exploria Stadium in Orlando.
 
MOST TIMES SELECTED, MLS ALL-STAR GAME
PLAYER
SEL
GP
Landon Donovan
14
12
Eddie Pope
11
8
Jeff Agoos
9
8
Cobi Jones
9
8
Nick Rimando
9
6
Pablo Mastroeni
9
5
Kyle Beckerman
9
5
Brian McBride
8
7
Preki
8
8
 
 

MLS WEEK 22 – LOOK AHEAD

ATLANTA UNITED vs. LA GALAXY
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #274)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
5 p.m. ET (FOX / FOX Deportes)
 
REFEREE: Drew Fischer. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Philippe Briere; 4th: Kevin Broadley; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Jozef Batko
MLS Career: 114 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 17; pens: 28
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: ATLUTD 2 wins, 6 goals … Galaxy 0 wins, 0 goals … Ties 0
AT ATLANTA: ATLUTD 2 wins, 6 goals … Galaxy 0 wins, 0 goals … Ties 0
  • Atlanta United had their two-game winning streak put to an end, falling 4-3 to the Los Angeles Football Club at Banc of California Stadium on Friday evening.
  • Josef Martínez scored his 17th goal of the season. It was his eighth consecutive game with a goal, one shy of the league’s all-time record, held by Martínez (2017) and Diego Valeri (2018). Martínez now has two of the three longest goalscoring streaks in MLS history.
  • The Galaxy suffered a 4-0 loss to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Saturday evening, their first away match following a three-game homestand at Dignity Health Sports Park.
  • The teams have met twice all-time, and Atlanta United has won both, without conceding a goal. ATLUTD won 4-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in their inaugural MLS season, then last year, won 2-0 on April 21 in Carson.
ATLUTD: Mo Adams scored the first goal of his MLS career, playing in his second game (his first start) with Atlanta United since coming to the club from Chicago via trade. … Julian Gressel collected his seventh assist of the season, his third consecutive game with an assist. He had a goal and four assists over the three-match span.
 
GALAXY: According to Opta, Zlatan Ibrahimović has scored 55.3 percent of the LA Galaxy’s goals this season (16-of-30). Only two other players have scored more than 50 percent of a team’s goals over the last decade.
 
 
NEW YORK RED BULLS vs. TORONTO FC
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #275)
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
6 p.m. ET (TSN; MSG)
 
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; AR2 (opposite): Jose da Silva; 4th: Greg Dopka; VAR: Ricardo Salazar; AVAR: Thomas Supple
MLS Career: 249 games; FC/gm: 23.1; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 41; pens: 78
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Red Bulls 15 wins, 58 goals … Toronto FC 9 wins, 36 goals … Ties 7
AT RED BULLS: Red Bulls 11 wins, 37 goals … Toronto FC 2 wins, 20 goals … Ties 2
  • The Red Bulls had a five-game home undefeated streak put to an end, falling 3-2 to Columbus Crew SC at Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening.
  • Toronto FC won for a third time in the last four matches, defeating FC Cincinnati 2-1 at BMO Field on Saturday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Jozy Altidore and Alejandro Pozuelo staked Toronto FC to a lead inside the opening half-hour, TFC winning 3-1 on July 17 at BMO Field. It was the first win for TFC in the series since Sept. 30, 2017.
  • The Red Bulls are 11-2-2 all-time in home matches vs. Toronto FC. When Toronto took a 2-0 win on March 6, 2016, it was its first win ever at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls were 5-0-1 all-time in Harrison before the TFC win; the triumph also snapped an eight-game home undefeated streak for the Red Bulls vs. TFC (7-0-1), which began Oct. 25, 2009.
RED BULLS: Brian White scored his eighth goal of the season, his second consecutive game with a goal. White has scored five goals over his last seven matches, dating back to June 8. … Marc Rzatkowski collected his sixth assist of the season, his fourth over the last seven matches, dating back to June 8. … Daniel Royer scored his eighth goal of the season, his second this season from a penalty kick. Royer is now a perfect 8-for-8 from the penalty spot, one of four active players with a perfect record on spot kicks (minimum 8 attempts).
 
TFC: Jozy Altidore scored his ninth goal of the season, his fourth consecutive game with a goal (with four goals over that span). The four-game streak equaled his career-long within the course of a single season (he also scored in his first four games this season). … Nick DeLeon scored his fifth goal of the season, and added his fourth assist, both one away from his MLS single-season career-highs. It was the fifth time in his MLS career he had a goal and an assist in the same game. … Alejandro Pozuelo collected his ninth assist of the season. He has two goals and an assist in his last three games, now also with nine goals this season. … Omar Gonzalez collected an assist, in his third appearance with TFC. It was his first assist in an MLS game since June 20, 2015.
 
 
ORLANDO CITY SC vs. FC DALLAS
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #276)
Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
7:30 p.m. ET (YouTube TV [ORL] / My65; FCDTV)
 
REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. AR1 (bench): Jason White; AR2 (opposite): Eric Boria; 4th: Robert Sibiga; VAR: Sorin Stoica; AVAR: Kevin Klinger
MLS Career: 152 games; FC/gm: 27.5; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 22; pens: 37
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Orlando City 0 wins, 0 goals … FC Dallas 3 wins, 8 goals … Ties 1
AT ORLANDO: Orlando City 0 wins, 0 goals … FC Dallas 1 win, 2 goals … Ties 1
  • Orlando City fell to a second successive defeat, dropping a 4-1 decision to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • FC Dallas made it two games without a defeat – both coming by shutout – reaching a goalless draw with Real Salt Lake at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • FC Dallas is undefeated in four meetings all-time between the clubs, without conceding a goal. The teams reached a scoreless draw in the last meeting in Orlando, Sept. 30, 2017, Orlando City’s lone result in the series.
  • FC Dallas won the last meeting between the clubs, a 2-0 win last Oct. 6 at Toyota Stadium, their second win in two matches in Frisco (also winning 4-0 in 2016).
OCSC: Tesho Akindele scored his seventh goal of the season, equaling his single-season career-high set in his rookie season of 2014, while with FC Dallas. His last goal came June 29 at Columbus. … Nani collected his eighth assist of the season, to go with eight goals. He has four assists in the last five games. … Dom Dwyer recorded his third assist of the season, his last coming March 23.
 
FCD: Jesse Gonzalez was credited with five saves in recording a second consecutive shutouts, his sixth of the season. It was his third shutout in the last four games, his personal shutout streak now at 180 minutes.
 
 
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs. LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #277)
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
7:30 p.m. ET (NBCS-Bos; YouTube TV [LA] / KVMD)
 
REFEREE: Rubiel Vazquez. AR1 (bench): Andrew Bigelow; AR2 (opposite): Jeremy Kieso; 4th: Yusri Rudolf; VAR: Geoff Gamble; AVAR: Claudiu Badea
MLS Career: 22 games; FC/gm: 20.7; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 6; pens: 5
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Revolution 0 wins, 1 goal … LAFC 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 1
AT NEW ENGLAND: First meeting.
  • The Revolution won a third game in a row, extending their undefeated streak to 11 games, defeating Orlando City SC 4-1 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening. The 11-game undefeated run is the second-longest in Revolution club history, and the longest contained in a single season; the club record of 12 games without loss was set Oct. 16, 2004-June 11, 2005.
  • Carles Gil netted his eighth goal of the season, and added his ninth assist of the year. It was a fourth consecutive game with a goal, and a third consecutive assist, also with a goal and an assist in three games in his MLS career, all over the last three matches.
  • LAFC rebounded quickly from a first loss in four matches, defeating Atlanta United 4-3 at Banc of California Stadium on Friday evening.
  • Carlos Vela scored his 22nd goal of the season, in his 21st appearance this season, the fastest player in MLS history to score 22 goals. Vela also added his 13th assist of the season, also leading MLS this season; it was the 12th time this season he’s had at least one goal and one assist in the same game.
  • The teams met once a season ago in LAFC’s inaugural season, reaching a 1-1 draw Sept. 15 at Banc of California Stadium.
REVOLUTION: Gustavo Bou scored his second goal in MLS; he has a goal or an assist in each of his three games in the league, with two goals and one assist. … Diego Fagundez scored his second goal of the season, both coming over the last three games. … Cristian Penilla scored his fourth goal of the year, his last coming June 2. … Brandon Bye recorded his first assist of the season, the third of his MLS career.
 
LAFC: Adama Diomande scored a goal, his seventh of the season, and added an assist, his sixth of the year. It was the third time in his MLS career he had at least one goal and one assist in the same game, all coming this season, twice in the last three matches. … Diego Rossi netted his 12th goal of the season, matching his season total from last year, his first in MLS. Rossi has scored five goals in the last seven matches, dating back to June 1. … Eduard Atuesta scored his second goal of the season, his first coming April 21, the third of his MLS career. Atuesta has a goal or an assist in each of the last three games, with a goal and two assists in that span. … Mark-Anthony Kaye collected his sixth assist of the season, his single-season career-high in his two MLS seasons, his first since a three-assist game April 21.
 
 
FC CINCINNATI vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #278)
Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
8 p.m. ET (TSN; WSTR – Star64)
 
REFEREE: Rosendo Mendoza. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Nelson; 4th: Alan Kelly; VAR: Edvin Jurisevic; AVAR: Jeff Muschik
MLS Career: First game.
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: First meeting.
  • FC Cincinnati went down a third consecutive defeat, falling 2-1 to Toronto FC at BMO Field on Saturday evening.
  • Whitecaps FC put an end to their five-game losing slide, reaching a goalless draw with Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field on Saturday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the first time in their histories, the only league meeting this season.
FCC: Emmanuel Ledesma scored his third goal of the season, his second in the last three games, and all three coming over the last six matches (dating back to June 29).
 
WHITECAPS FC: Maxime Crepeau was credited with his one save in recording his fourth shutout of the season, his first since May 10 (a 1-0 win vs. Portland).
 
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. CHICAGO FIRE
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #279)
BBVA Stadium, Houston, Texas
8 p.m. CT (KUBE 57; ESPN+)
 
REFEREE: Ramy Touchan. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Chris Elliott; 4th: Ismir Pekmic; VAR: Hilario Grajeda; AVAR: Peter Balciunas
MLS Career: 16 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 0; pens: 2
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Dynamo 10 wins, 36 goals … Fire 6 wins, 28 goals … Ties 8
AT HOUSTON: Dynamo 6 wins, 19 goals … Fire 2 wins, 12 goals … Ties 4
  • The Dynamo weren’t able to make it back-to-back wins, falling 1-0 to Seattle Sounders FC at BBVA Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The Fire reached a second draw in the last three games, playing to a goalless draw with D.C. United at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Chicago hasn’t won in Houston since the 2007 season, now 10 consecutive visits without a victory – after the Fire won on their first two visits there ever, the Dynamo have won five meetings since, with four draws.
  • The Fire have never won at BBVA Compass Stadium. In six meetings there all-time, the Dynamo have won three, with three draws, including a 3-0 victory on Decision Day (Oct. 22) in 2018.
DYNAMO: The Dynamo won the last meeting between the clubs, a 3-2 win last May 20 in Bridgeview – their first win there since the 2009 season. The Fire had won four of the previous seven meetings in Bridgeview, with three draws.
 
FIRE: Kenneth Kronholm was credited with one save in recording the shutout, his first in 11 appearances since coming to MLS.
 
 
COLORADO RAPIDS vs. MONTREAL IMPACT
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #280)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.
7 p.m. MT (Altitude; TVA Sports)
 
REFEREE: Marcos de Oliveira. AR1 (bench): Nick Uranga; AR2 (opposite): Kyle Longville; 4th: Allen Chapman; VAR: David Gantar; AVAR: Craig Lowry
MLS Career: 25 games; FC/gm: 25.1; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 3; pens: 7
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Rapids 4 wins, 16 goals … Impact 2 wins, 12 goals … Ties 1
AT COLORADO: Rapids 3 wins, 9 goals … Impact 1 win, 5 goals … Ties 0
  • The Rapids had their winless run extended, falling 3-1 to the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The Impact put an end to their four-game losing skid in emphatic fashion, rolling to a 4-0 win against the Philadelphia Union at Stade Saputo on Saturday evening.
  • Lasse Lappalainen scored a pair of goals in his Impact and MLS debut, having been introduced by the club less than 48 hours before. He is the 18th player in MLS history to score two goals on his league debut (the second this season, along with Alejandro Pozuelo of Toronto FC).
  • The teams met once a season ago, the Impact taking a 2-1 win on July 7 at Stade Saputo, their first home win ever in the series. The Rapids had come away with a win and a draw on their first two trips to Montréal.
  • The Rapids won the last meeting at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, a 1-0 win on Sept. 30, 2017. The Rapids have won three of the four meetings in Commerce City, including twice among Rapids wins in the first three matchups between the teams, over the Impact’s first three seasons in MLS.
RAPIDS: Diego Rubio netted his fifth goal of the season, his second in the last four games, his third in the last six. … Jonathan Lewis collected an assist, his third of the season and second in as many games. Lewis has a goal and/or an assist in three consecutive games.
 
IMPACT: Orji Okwonkwo scored a pair of goals, now with six goals on the season. It was his second two-goal game, his first coming June 26 vs. Portland (his last goals scored). … Ignacio Piatti recorded his first assist of the season, making his sixth appearance of the year, his first since May 24. … Zachary Brault-Guillard was credited with the first assist of his MLS career, making his 10th league appearance. … Maximiliano Urruti recorded his sixth assist of the season, now his second-highest total in a season in his seven MLS seasons (record: 11 assists last year with FC Dallas).
 
 
REAL SALT LAKE vs. NEW YORK CITY FC
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #281)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
8 p.m. MT (KMYU-12; YES)
 
REFEREE: Timothy Ford. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Mike Kampmeinert; 4th: David Barrie; VAR: Alejandro Mariscal; AVAR: Jonathan Johnson
MLS Career: 8 games; FC/gm: 21.9; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 2; pens: 1
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Real 3 wins, 7 goals … NYCFC 1 win, 7 goals … Ties 0
AT SALT LAKE: Real 2 wins, 4 goals … NYCFC 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
  • Real extended their undefeated streak to three games in league play with a second successive draw, playing to a goalless draw with FC Dallas at Toyota Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • NYCFC won a second consecutive match, defeating Sporting Kansas City 3-1 at Yankee Stadium on Friday evening, their fifth win in the last seven matches.
  • Alexander Ring scored a goal, his third of the season, and added a pair of assists, now with four for the year. It was the first time he was involved in multiple goals in the same game in his MLS career.
  • NYCFC won the lone meeting between the clubs a season ago, a 4-0 win on April 11 at Yankee Stadium – their win ever against Real.
  • Real had won the first three meetings in the series, including both encounters at Rio Tinto Stadium, last a 2-1 win on May 17, 2017.
REAL: Nick Rimando was credited with two saves in recording his sixth shutout of the season, his fourth in the last six matches. It was the 150th shutout of Rimando’s MLS career, the most all-time in league history.
 
NYCFC: Anton Tinnerholm scored his first goal of the season, his last coming last July 26, the final of his four league goals scored. … Héber scored his ninth goal of the season, a fifth consecutive game with a goal, with six goals and one assist in that span (dating back to June 1). … Gary Mackay-Steven recorded his first MLS assist, making his second appearance, both as a substitute. … Alexandru Mitrita collected his second assist of the season; he has a goal and an assist in the last two games.
 
 
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. COLUMBUS CREW SC
Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #282)
Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
7 p.m. PT (Telemundo KSTS 48; STOhio)
 
REFEREE: Alex Chilowicz. AR1 (bench): Eduardo Mariscal; AR2 (opposite): TJ Zablocki; 4th: Elton Garcia; VAR: Kevin Stott; AVAR: Apolinar Mariscal
MLS Career: 19 games; FC/gm: 24.6; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 3; pens: 6
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Earthquakes 15 wins (3 shootout), 60 goals … Crew SC 20 wins (2 shootout), 68 goals … Ties 7
AT SAN JOSE: Earthquakes 12 wins (3 shootout), 40 goals … Crew SC 6 wins (0 shootout), 35 goals … Ties 4
  • The Quakes won their fourth consecutive match, scoring three goals in a third game in a row, rolling to a 3-1 win against the Colorado Rapids at Avaya Stadium on Saturday evening. The four-game streak is tied for the second-longest in the club’s history.
  • Crew SC won a second consecutive game following a 10-game winless run, coming back for a 3-2 win against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Saturday evening.
  • Pedro Santos netted a pair of goals, now with seven on the season. It was the first multiple-goal game of his MLS career; he has two goals and an assist in the last three games.
  • The teams met once a season ago, Crew SC taking a 2-1 on April 28 at Mapfre Stadium – their second win in the last three seasons. The Crew SC won in 2016 in Columbus, ending an eight-game undefeated streak for the Quakes in the series, dating back to 2009; the Quakes won two of the eight meetings, with six draws.
  • The Quakes won the last meeting between the teams at Avaya Stadium, a 2-1 win on Aug. 5, 2017, extending their home undefeated streak in the series to six matches (3-0-3).
QUAKES: Vako Qazaishvili scored his seventh goal of the season, a third consecutive game with a goal and his sixth goal in his last seven games. … Shea Salinas netted his sixth goal of the season, his last coming June 29 vs. LA. The six goals are as many as he had over the last five seasons combined. … Magnus Eriksson collected his sixth assist of the season; he has a goal and an assist in the last two games. … Nick Lima recorded his second assist of the season, both coming over the last four games. The two assists match his single-season career-high in his three MLS seasons.
 
CREW SC: Luis Argudo scored a goal, the first of his MLS career, and also added an assist, his second for Crew SC, both coming over the last three games. … Alex Crognale collected an assist, his first of the season and second of his MLS career, the first coming April 15, 2017. … Gyasi Zardes recorded his second assist, his first coming May 8. … Hector Jimenez was credited with a fourth assist this season, his second in as many games.
 
 
MINNESOTA UNITED FC vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #283)
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
3 p.m. CT (ESPN / ESPN Deportes)
 
REFEREE: Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): Adam Wienckowski; AR2 (opposite): Cory Richardson; 4th: Ted Unkel; VAR: Jorge Gonzalez; AVAR: Eric Weisbrod
MLS Career: 160 games; FC/gm: 23.8; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 49; pens: 60
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: MNUFC 2 wins, 9 goals … Timbers 2 wins, 12 goals … Ties 0
AT MINNESOTA: MNUFC 2 wins, 6 goals … Timbers 0 wins, 4 goals … Ties 0
  • Minnesota United FC extended their undefeated streak to six games with a second consecutive draw, reaching a goalless result with Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Allianz Field on Saturday evening. It’s the longest undefeated run in the club’s MLS history.
  • The Timbers extended their undefeated streak to six games with a second consecutive victory, rolling to a 4-0 win against the LA Galaxy at Providence Park on Saturday evening.
  • Cristhian Paredes scored a pair of goals, now with four goals for the season, his first two-goal game in MLS in two seasons.
  • The teams have met four times, twice in each of the last two seasons, and the home team has not gone down to defeat.
  • MNUFC has won both matches in Minnesota by 3-2 scorelines, last on Sept. 15, 2018. Real won the first meeting between the teams at Rio Tinto Stadium, in 2017; the teams reached a 1-1 draw in Sandy in the last meeting, Sept. 15, 2018.
MNUFC: Vito Mannone was credited with five saves in recording his seventh shutout of the season, his second in the last three games.
 
TIMBERS: Diego Valeri scored a goal, his sixth of the season, and recorded an assist, his 12th of the year and his second in as many games. It was the 18th time in his MLS career he had at least one goal and one assist in the same game, the third this season. … Jorge Villafaña recorded a pair of assists, the second time in his MLS career he’s had two assists in the same game, the first Oct. 18, 2015. … Sebastian Blanco collected his ninth assist of the season, his second in as many games. … Renzo Zambrano recorded the first assist of his MLS career, in his sixth appearance. … Jorge Moreira recorded his third assist, all coming over the last six games.
 
 
D.C. UNITED vs. PHILADELPHIA UNION
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #284)
Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
7:30 p.m. ET (FS1 / FOX Deportes)
 
REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. AR1 (bench): Corey Parker; AR2 (opposite): Logan Brown; 4th: Robert Sibiga; VAR: Ricardo Salazar; AVAR: Steve Taylor
MLS Career: 128 games; FC/gm: 22.3; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 26; pens: 30
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: D.C. United 8 wins, 27 goals … Union 11 wins, 36 goals … Ties 4
AT D.C.: D.C. United 5 wins, 18 goals … Union 3 wins, 19 goals … Ties 4
  • D.C. United completed a three-game road swing with a second result, playing to a scoreless draw with the Chicago Fire at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The Union weren’t able to make it back-to-back wins, falling 4-0 to the Montréal Impact on Saturday evening.
  • The Union have won the last four league meetings between the teams, over the past two seasons. They won at each stadium a year ago, a 3-2 win on April 28 at Talen Energy Stadium, and a 2-0 win on Aug. 29 at Audi Field.
  • The Union have won the past five meetings in Chester, over the last four seasons. United’s goal in the first meeting was their first at Talen Energy Stadium since 2014, ending a 451-minute scoreless drought.
  • The teams did meet this season in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, D.C. United winning 2-1 in dramatic fashion. Down a goal late, United leveled terms in the 118th minute, then Wayne Rooney converted a penalty kick two minutes later to give the D.C. the victory.
UNITED: Bill Hamid was credited with two saves in recording his ninth shutout of the season against the Chicago Fire during a scoreless draw on July 27, second-most clean sheets in MLS this season.
 
UNION: The Union’s win in the first meeting between the clubs at Audi Field, last Aug. 29, was their first in D.C. since 2013.
 
 
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 (Week 22, MLS Game #285)
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
7 p.m. PT (FS1 / FOX Deportes)
 
REFEREE: Ismail Elfath. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Mike Rottersman; 4th: Baldomero Toledo; VAR: Kevin Stott; AVAR: Rene Parra
MLS Career: 135 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 36; pens: 41
 
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
  • Sounders FC posted their fourth win in the past six games, defeating the Houston Dynamo by the game’s only goal at BBVA Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Sporting suffered a second successive reversal, falling 3-1 to New York City FC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Johnny Russell scored a hat trick as Sporting claimed a 3-2 victory May 26 at Children’s Mercy Park. Sporting are undefeated at home in the series over the last six meetings, with five wins in that time, dating back to 2013.
  • Sounders FC won the last home meeting in the series, a 3-0 win last Sept. 1 at CenturyLink Field, their second consecutive home win in the series. 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.
SOUNDERS FC: Jordan Morris netted the games lone goal vs. Houston, his last coming on April 28. … Stefan Frei was credited with three saves in recording his seven saves, equaling his total of a year ago.
 
SPORTING: Ilie Sánchez scored his second goal of the season, his first coming March 10. … Benny Feilhaber recorded his fourth assist of the season, his last coming June 23. … Johnny Russell collected his fifth assist of the season, his second in the last three games.
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