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Week 3 News & Notes: MLS Youth Charge Continues to Rewrite the Record Books

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MLS YOUTH CHARGE CONTINUES TO REWRITE THE RECORD BOOKS
 
The Major League Soccer youth movement continues to set records in the league’s 25th season, yet again raising the bar for the youngest achievements on the field in its history.
 
On Saturday evening at Earthquakes Stadium, San Jose Earthquakes Homegrown Player Cade Cowell came on the field as a halftime substitute in the club’s match vs. Minnesota United FC. At age 16 years, 145 days, Cowell became the fifth-youngest player to play in an MLS match, the youngest in the Quakes’ club history.
 
Cowell continues a trend that has seen age records lowered over the past few seasons. Six of the seven youngest players to play in a game in Major League Soccer history have all made their debuts over the last five seasons.
 
YOUNGEST TO PLAY A GAME IN MLS HISTORY (years.days)
14.306
Freddy Adu
4/3/2004, DC vs SJ
15.257
Alphonso Davies
7/16/2016, VAN vs ORL
16.031
Danny Leyva
6/5/2019, SEA at MTL
16.061
Gianluca Busio
7/28/2018, KC vs DAL
16.145
Cade Cowell
3/7/2020, SJ v MIN
16.161
Jesus Ferreira
6/3/2017, DAL vs RSL
16.164
Ricardo Pepi
6/22/2019, DAL vs TOR
 
 
Also on Saturday evening, Ricardo Pepi of FC Dallas scored the dramatic equalizer in his club’s 2-2 draw with the Montréal Impact at Toyota Stadium. At age 17 years, 58 days, Pepi is the second-youngest player to score a goal in FC Dallas club history, the 12th-youngest in MLS history to score a goal.
 
In MLS history, 15 players have now scored goals by the time they are 17-1/2 years of age. Two teams – FC Dallas and D.C. United – have placed three players in that range of the youngest goalscorers in MLS history. Four teams in all have had multiple goalscorers before turning 17-1/2 years of age.
 
MULTIPLE GOALSCORERS BY TEAM BEFORE 17-1/2 YEARS OF AGE
PLAYER
AGE
RANK
Jesus Ferreira DAL
16 years, 161 days
3
Ricardo Pepi DAL
17 years, 58 days
12
Eddie Johnson DAL
17 years, 95 days
15
 
 
 
Freddy Adu DC
14 years, 320 days
1
Santino Quaranta DC
16 years, 217 days
5
Andy Najar DC
17 years, 74 days
13
 
 
 
Eddie Gaven NYR
16 years, 253 days
6
Jozy Altidore NYR
16 years, 314 days
9
 
 
 
Sebastian Anderson COL
16 years, 346 days
11
Cole Bassett COL
17 years, 92 days
14
 
 
 
CARLOS VELA BECOMES ONE OF FASTEST EVER TO 50-GOAL PLATEAU
 
Carlos Vela of Los Angeles Football Club added yet another chapter to his book of record-setting achievements in Major League Soccer, scoring the 50th goal of his Major League Soccer career on Sunday evening with a magisterial free kick vs. the Philadelphia Union at Banc of California Stadium.
 
It has taken Vela just 61 appearances in MLS league play to reach the 50-goal mark, the third-fastest in MLS history according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The top two marks were set over the last two years, with Josef Martínez scoring his 50th goal in his 54th game in 2018, then Zlatan Ibrahimovic duplicating the feat last year.
 
Before Martínez, the record stood for two decades, as Raul Diaz Arce became the first player to reach 50 goals in league history, hitting the mark on July 4, 1998 in his 67th game with D.C. United, a standard which stood until Martínez blew past it.
 
 
TM
DATE of 50th GOAL
GP
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
LA
9/25/2019
54
Josef Martinez
ATL
10/28/2018
54
Carlos Vela
LFC
3/8/2020
61
Raul Diaz Arce
DC
7/4/1998
67
Carlos Ruiz
LA
8/21/2004
69
  • Credit: Elias Sports Bureau
 
 
DIEGO VALERI ADDS YET ANOTHER CLUB TO HIS LIST OF MARKS
 
Diego Valeri of the Portland Timbers moved ever closer to another all-time league record this past weekend, after netting the only goal of the game for his club in a win vs. expansion side Nashville SC.
 
The goal was against the 22nd different opponent in Valeri’s MLS career – now the fourth-most total of individual clubs scored against in MLS history. The league’s all-time leading goalscorer, Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes, has scored against 24 different teams in his MLS career.
 
Wondolowski has yet to face this year’s expansion teams (Nashville and Inter Miami CF), and did not score in the Quakes’ only meeting thus far with 2019 expansion side FC Cincinnati. Of the next two players on the list, Kei Kamara and Josef Martínez, Kamara is still currently within reach of the top spot, having also not scored against any of the last three expansion teams, along with Atlanta United. Josef Martínez has scored a goal against every team he has played against, having not yet faced this year’s expansion sides, nor his own team in Atlanta United (also not playing any of the clubs disbanded before he came into the league, Miami Fusion, Tampa Bay Mutiny and Chivas USA).
 
 
GOALS
OPPS
NO GOALS VS.
Chris Wondolowski
159
24
CIN-MCF-NSH-MIA-TB
Kei Kamara
127
23
ATL-CIN-MCF-NSH-MIA-TB
Josef Martinez
77
23
ATL-MCF-NSH-CHV-MIA-TB
Diego Valeri
78
22
ATL-CIN-LFC-NSH-POR-MIA-TB
Will Bruin
70
21
ATL-CIN-LFC-MCF-NSH-RSL-MIA-TB
Lee Nguyen
54
21
ATL-CIN-LFC-MCF-NSH-NE-MIA-TB
Carlos Vela
50
21
CHI-CHV-LFC-NE-ORL-NSH-MIA-TB
 
 
 
BORNSTEIN RETURNS TO MLS SCORING CHARTS AFTER NEAR-RECORD SPAN
 
When Jonathan Bornstein scored the equalizing goal for Chicago Fire FC in their 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon, it was his first goal in his return to Major League Soccer.
 
For Bornstein, it was his first goal in MLS competition since Oct. 19, 2008, when he was in his third season with Chivas USA. At 11 years, 140 days since his last MLS goal, the stretch is the second-longest between goals in league history according to the Elias Sports Bureau – a span surpassed only by DaMarcus Beasley, who went 11 years, 294 days between goals before his first goal on his return to the league. Beasley’s goal in 2015 for the Houston Dynamo was his first in MLS play since 2003 … when he played for the Chicago Fire.
 
LONGEST SPAN BETWEEN GOALS (MLS LEAGUE PLAY)
 
 
START
END
11 years, 294 days
DaMarcus Beasley
10/18/2003
8/8/2015
11 years, 140 days
Jonathan Bornstein
10/19/2008
3/7/2020
9 years, 6 days
Eddie Lewis
9/19/1999
9/25/2008
8 years, 256 days
Daniel Hernandez
8/28/2002
5/11/2011
8 years, 171 days
Michael Bradley
10/16/2005
4/5/2014
8 years, 77 days
C.J. Brown
6/24/1998
9/9/2006
  • Credit: Elias Sports Bureau
 
 
MLS WEEK 3 – LOOK AHEAD
 
NEW YORK CITY FC vs. FC DALLAS
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #27)
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, N.Y
12:30 p.m. ET (YES; FCDTV)
 
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Michael Barwegen; 4th: Rosendo Mendoza; VAR: Matt Franz; AVAR: Claudiu Badea
MLS Career: 259 games; FC/gm: 23.0; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 42; pens: 83
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: NYCFC 1 win, 8 goals … FC Dallas 1 win, 7 goals … Ties 3
AT YANKEE STADIUM: NYCFC 1 win, 5 goals … FC Dallas 0 wins, 3 goals … Ties 1
  • NYCFC suffered a second consecutive defeat to open the season, both coming by 1-0 scorelines, falling to Toronto FC at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon.
  • FC Dallas remained undefeated on the new season, getting some late heroics from 17-year-old Ricardo Pepi to snatch a 2-2 draw with the Montréal Impact at Toyota Stadium. Pepi’s stoppage-time equalizer made him the second-youngest player to score a goal in FCD club history (at 17 years, 58 days), the 12th-youngest in MLS history.
  • The teams met once a season ago, reaching a 1-1 draw at Toyota Stadium on Sept. 29.
  • NYCFC won the last meeting between the teams at Yankee Stadium, a 3-1 win April 29, 2018, their only win in five meetings in the all-time series. FCD has won once – that in the first meeting between the clubs, Sept. 12, 2015, a 2-1 win in Frisco.
NYCFC: Sean Johnson was credited with eight saves between the posts, his most in an MLS league game since March 31, 2018, when he had nine at San Jose. His single-game career-high is 10, July 28, 2012, for the Chicago Fire vs. San Jose.
 
FCD: Zdenek Ondrasek scored for a second consecutive week, a third game in a row with a goal (dating back to the end of last season). Ondrasek also added an assist – all three of his assists in his MLS career have also come when he has scored a goal. … Reggie Cannon collected his first assist of the season, the fifth of his MLS career (in 64 appearances).
 
 
 
INTER MIAMI CF vs. LA GALAXY
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #28)
Inter Miami CF Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
3 p.m. ET (FOX / FOX Deportes; TVA Sports)
 
REFEREE: Drew Fischer. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Brian Poeschel; 4th: Elton Garcia; VAR: Jorge Gonzalez; AVAR: Kevin Klinger
MLS Career: 124 games; FC/gm: 25.2; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 18; pens: 32
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: First meeting.
  • Rodolfo Pizarro scored the first goal in Inter Miami club history, giving his side the lead after just two minutes, but they eventually fell to a second loss to start the season, dropping a 2-1 decision to D.C. United at Audi Field on Saturday afternoon.
  • The Galaxy began the home portion of their 2020 season with a defeat, falling by the game’s lone goal to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday evening.
  • This is the return to South Florida for Major League Soccer, the last MLS game there coming Oct. 17, 2001, when Miami Fusion FC played host to the San Jose Earthquakes in the third game of the MLS Cup Playoffs Semifinals at Lockhart Stadium (a game won 1-0 by San Jose).
IMCF: No. 1 overall SuperDraft selection Robbie Robinson collected the first assist of his professional career, in his second start.
 
GALAXY: David Bingham saved a penalty kick, the second season in a row he’s saved a spot kick vs. Vancouver (also doing it last April 5). Bingham saved two penalty kicks last season, his last coming May 24 vs. Orlando City. For his career, Bingham has seen seven penalty kicks unsuccessful against him in 29 attempts.
 
 
 
TORONTO FC vs. NASHVILLE SC
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #29)
BMO Field, Toronto, Ont.
4 p.m. ET (TSN 4 / CTV)
 
REFEREE: Nima Saghafi. AR1 (bench): Peter Balciunas; AR2 (opposite): Cory Richardson; 4th: Joseph Dickerson; VAR: Geoff Gamble; AVAR: Chantal Boudreau
MLS Career: 62 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 9; pens: 21
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: First meeting.
  • Toronto FC remained undefeated on the new season, Ifunanyachi Achara scoring the game’s only goal in the 81st minute in his full professional debut for the victory against New York City FC at BMO Field on Saturday evening.
  • The win extended TFC’s undefeated streak in league play to 12 games overall dating back to last Aug, 10, now the longest in the club’s history, surpassing its 11-game run from July 5-Aug. 16.
  • Nashville SC suffered a second setback to begin their inaugural campaign, falling to the Portland Timbers by the game’s only goal at Providence Park on Sunday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the first time in their histories. They will also face each other July 5 at Nissan Stadium.
TFC: Quentin Westberg was credited with three saves in recording his fifth career shutout, his second in the last three league games dating back to last season.
 
NASHVILLE SC: Nashville SC has allowed just four attempts at goal against over their two games, tied for second-fewest in MLS this season (with Real Salt Lake; New England has allowed three).
 
 
 
COLUMBUS CREW SC vs. REAL SALT LAKE
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #30)
Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, Ohio
5 p.m. ET (STOhio; KMYU-12)
 
REFEREE: David Gantar. AR1 (bench): Philippe Briere; AR2 (opposite): Gianni Facchini; 4th: Ted Unkel; VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.; AVAR: Eric Weisbrod
MLS Career: 86 games; FC/gm: 24.2; Y/gm: 2.9; R: 34; pens: 18
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Crew SC 12 wins, 33 goals … Real 6 wins, 27 goals … Ties 4
AT COLUMBUS: Crew SC 9 wins, 23 goals … Real 1 win, 9 goals … Ties 1
  • Gyasi Zardes netted his first goal of the season as Columbus Crew gained a second result in two games on the new campaign, playing to a 1-1 draw with Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday evening.
  • Damir Kreilach hit for the equalizer in stoppage time to give Real Salt Lake a share of the points for a second time in their second game of the year, a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
  • The teams met once a year ago, Real claiming a 1-0 win July 3 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Real are undefeated in the past four meetings between the clubs on their home ground, dating back to 2013.
  • RSL have not won in Columbus in league play since 2006, the Crew having won eight of the past nine regular-season meetings there, including a 2-1 win in the last matchup at Mapfre Stadium on June 30, 2018. Real did win the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Series between the teams in 2009 in Columbus, on their way to an MLS Cup title.
CREW SC: Luis Díaz collected his fifth assist of the season, in his 15th career league appearance. … Artur collected an assist, his first in an MLS league game since March 24, 2018.
 
REAL: Aaron Herrera recorded his fifth career assist, making the 50th league appearance of his MLS career.
 
 
 
FC CINCINNATI vs. D.C. UNITED
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #31)
Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
5:30 p.m. ET (WSTR – Star 64; WJLA 24/7 News)
 
REFEREE: Marcos de Oliveira. AR1 (bench): Jose da Silva; AR2 (opposite): Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein; 4th: Armando Villarreal; VAR: Alan Kelly; AVAR: Tom Felice
MLS Career: 29 games; FC/gm: 24.6; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 3; pens: 9
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: FCC 0 wins, 1 goal … United 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 1
AT CINCINNATI: FCC 0 wins, 1 goal … United 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 0
  • FC Cincinnati fell to a second reversal to open their second campaign, dropping a 2-1 decision to Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Yuya Kubo scored his first career MLS goal for the FCC tally.
  • D.C. United reversed the script and overcame an early deficit for their first victory of 2020, defeating Inter Miami CF 2-1 at Audi Field on Saturday afternoon. Yamil Asad (from the penalty spot) and Fredéric Brillant scored goals two minutes apart in the second half for the win.
  • The teams met twice a year ago in FC Cincinnati’s inaugural season. D.C. United claimed a 4-1 win July 18 at Nippert Stadium; they reached a scoreless draw in the season finale on Decision Day, Oct. 6 at Audi Field.
FCC: Adrien Regattin recorded his first career assist in MLS, coming off the substitutes’ bench for his second league appearance.
 
UNITED: Yamil Asad netted his first goal in his return to MLS and D.C. United, his first in a league game since Aug. 4, 2018.
 
 
 
ATLANTA UNITED vs. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #32)
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Ga.
7 p.m. ET (FS-South/SEast; FS-KC)
 
REFEREE: Ismail Elfath. AR1 (bench): Kyle Atkins; AR2 (opposite): Adam Garner; 4th: Greg Dopka; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Nick Uranga
MLS Career: 146 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 42; pens: 47
 
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: ATLUTD 1 win, 4 goals … Sporting 2 wins, 3 goals … Ties 0
AT ATLANTA: ATLUTD 0 wins, 0 goals … Sporting1 win, 2 goals … Ties 0
  • Atlanta United made it two wins from two starts to open the season, taking a 2-1 victory against FC Cincinnati at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday evening. Ezequiel Barco and Emerson Hyndman also both made it two goals from two games with the ATLUTD tallies; Pity Martínez assisted on both goals.
  • Sporting Kansas City rolled to a second victory in a row on the young season, defeating the Houston Dynamo 4-0 at Children’s Mercy Park. Alan Pulido scored for a second consecutive game to send Sporting on their way; Gadi Kinda gained an assist on the Pulido goal before scoring his second goal in as many weeks.
  • Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia was credited with one save in recording the 46th shutout of his MLS career – the most in SKC club history, surpassing the total of 45 set by Jimmy Nielsen from 2010-13.
  • The teams met once a season ago, Atlanta United taking a 3-0 win May 5 at Children’s Mercy Park, their first victory in three meetings all-time between the clubs.
  • Sporting won the last matchup between the teams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, a 2-0 win May 9, 2018. The clubs played to a 1-1 draw in their first-ever meeting, in 2017 in Kansas City.
ATLUTD: Ezequiel Barco scored a goal and added an assist in the same game for the second time in MLS, the first coming last May 5 vs. Sporting KC. … Pity Martínez recorded the first multiple-assist game of his MLS career.
 
SPORTING: Khiry Shelton scored a goal, his first of the season, and added an assist, also his first of 2020. It was the third time in his MLS career he’s had a goal and an assist in the same game, the last coming May 8, 2016 for NYCFC at D.C. United. … Roger Espinoza scored his first goal of 2020, his first in an MLS league game since Oct. 28, 2018 vs. LAFC.
 
 
 
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #33)
BC Place, Vancouver, B.C.
4 p.m. PT (TSN 1; Altitude)
 
REFEREE: Ramy Touchan. AR1 (bench): Eduardo Mariscal; AR2 (opposite): TJ Zablocki; 4th: Baldomero Toledo; VAR: Ricardo Salazar; AVAR: Mauricio Navarro
MLS Career: 23 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 2; pens: 3
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Whitecaps FC 9 wins, 33 goals … Rapids 10 wins, 34 goals … Ties 5
AT VANCOUVER: Whitecaps FC 5 wins, 20 goals … Rapids 3 wins, 15 goals … Ties 4
  • Whitecaps FC won their first game of the new season, defeating the LA Galaxy by the game’s only goal at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday evening. Tosaint Ricketts scored the game-winner 16 minutes from full time.
  • The Rapids won their second game in two outings to open the season, coming back from a goal down to defeat Orlando City SC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening. Younes Namli scored his first MLS goal to pull the Rapids level, then Drew Moor headed home his first MLS league goal since 2017 for the victory, the first time since 2012 Colorado has started a season with back-to-back wins.
  • The teams met twice a season ago. Whitecaps FC hit for the game-winner three minutes from full time for a 3-2 win on May 3 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; they then reached a 2-2 draw June 22 at BC Place.
  • The Rapids last won at BC Place on July 1, 2018, a 1-0 victory, their first win over the previous six trips to Vancouver, the first since 2014. Whitecaps FC have come away with points on each of their last four trips to Commerce City, winning in each of the last three years.
WHITECAPS FC: Ali Adnan collected his first assist of the season, his sixth in 30 career appearances in MLS. … Rookie Ryan Raposo, the fourth overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft, recorded his first career assist.
 
RAPIDS: Keegan Rosenberry collected an assist for a second consecutive game, the first time in his MLS career he’s had assists in back-to-back games. Rosenberry has had a single-season career-high three assists in each of the last two seasons. … Jack Price added an assist for a second consecutive game.
 
 
 
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #34)
Subaru Park, Chester, Pa.
7:30 p.m. ET (PHL 17; NBCS-CA+)
 
REFEREE: Guido Gonzales Jr. AR1 (bench): Kathryn Nesbitt; AR2 (opposite): Felisha Mariscal; 4th: Fotis Bazakos; VAR: Edvin Jurisevic; AVAR: Craig Lowry
MLS Career: 4 games; FC/gm: 22.0; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 3; pens: 2
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Union 4 wins, 15 goals … Earthquakes 4 wins, 14 goals … Ties 4
AT UNION: Union 2 wins, 9 goals … Earthquakes 2 wins, 8 goals … Ties 2
  • The Union grabbed their first point of the season in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Los Angeles Football Club at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday evening. Sergio Santos and Jakob Glesnes each hit wonder goals from long range (Glesnes with a direct free kick from all of 40 yards), while Brenden Aaronson also added a second-half goal.
  • The Quakes suffered their first loss on the new season, falling 5-2 to Minnesota United FC at Earthquakes Stadium on Saturday evening. Magnus Eriksson and Vako Qazaishvili netted the Quakes goals, each their first of the season.
  • The teams met once a season ago, the Union coming away with a 2-1 win Sept. 25 in San Jose. The win ended a streak of three consecutive draws in the series.
  • The Union have a six-game undefeated streak alive in the series, over the last five years, with three wins and three draws in that time. The last Quakes win came on Sept. 8, 2013, a 1-0 win at Buck Shaw Stadium. The last two matches at Subaru Park have ended in draws; the Quakes last won there in 2012.
UNION: Sergio Santos also added an assist, his second in his MLS career (in 19 appearances). Both of his assists have also come while scoring a goal (also: Aug. 31, 2019 vs. Atlanta United). … Jamiro Monteiro collected his first assist; he had nine in 2019.
 
QUAKES: Cade Cowell became the youngest player to play for the Quakes in club history, making his Earthquakes and MLS debut when he came off the substitutes’ bench to start the second half. At 16 years, 145 days, he surpassed Gilbert Fuentes, who was aged 16 years, 242 days when he made his league debut Oct. 21, 2018.
 
 
 
ORLANDO CITY SC vs. CHICAGO FIRE FC
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #35)
Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
7:30 p.m. ET (FOX 35 Plus; ESPN+ / WGN-TV)
 
REFEREE: Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): C.J. Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Ian McKay; 4th: Malik Badawi; VAR: Hilario Grajeda; AVAR: Jozef Batko
MLS Career: 170 games; FC/gm: 23.7; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 51; pens: 65
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Orlando City 2 wins, 12 goals … Fire 4 wins, 22 goals … Ties 5
AT ORLANDO: Orlando City 0 wins, 5 goals … Fire 2 wins, 9 goals … Ties 3
  • Orlando City SC fell to their first defeat of the new season, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening. Chris Mueller scored the OCSC goal, the club’s first on the year.
  • Jonathan Bornstein netted the late equalizer to give Chicago Fire FC a share of the points, reaching a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. For Bornstein, it was his first goal in MLS since Oct. 19, 2008; at 11 years, 140 days, it’s the second-longest period between goals in MLS history (DaMarcus Beasley, 11 years, 294 days).
  • The teams met twice a season ago. They reached a 1-1 draw on March 9 at SeatGeek Stadium, then in the season finale on Decision Day on Oct. 6, the Fire rolled to a 5-2 win at Exploria Stadium.
  • The Fire now have a eight-game undefeated streak in the series, over the past four seasons. Orlando City’s last win vs. Chicago came Sept. 19, 2015, a 1-0 win at Bridgeview, Ill.; the Fire have won four meetings since, with four draws.
OCSC: Andres Perea collected his first career MLS assist, making his first league start (he came off the substitutes’ bench in the season opener). … Junior Urso recorded his first career MLS assist.
 
FIRE FC: Djordje Mihailović recorded an assist for a second consecutive game, the first time in his MLS career he’s had assists in back-to-back games.
 
 
 
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Saturday, March 14, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #36)
BBVA Stadium, Houston, Texas
7:30 p.m. CT (KUBE 57; JOEtv)
 
REFEREE: Rubiel Vazquez. AR1 (bench): Andrew Bigelow; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Nelson; 4th: Elijio Arreguin; VAR: Kevin Stott; AVAR: Kevin Terry
MLS Career: 32 games; FC/gm: 21.8; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 7; pens: 6
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Dynamo 4 wins, 19 goals … Sounders FC 10 wins, 28 goals … Ties 6
AT HOUSTON: Dynamo 4 wins, 16 goals … Sounders FC 2 wins, 12 goals … Ties 4
  • The Dynamo fell to defeat for the first time in the 2020 campaign, dropping a 4-0 decision to Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Saturday evening.
  • Sounders FC remained undefeated on the new season in their second match, gaining a 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew SC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday evening. Raúl Ruidíaz scored the Sounders FC goal from the penalty spot 11 minutes from full time.
  • The teams met twice a season ago and Sounders FC won both, each by a 1-0 scoreline, on May 11 at CenturyLink Field and July 27 at BBVA Stadium. Sounders FC have a five-game winning streak alive in the series in league play, and seven wins in a row including the MLS Cup Playoffs.
  • Sounders FC have won the last two meetings between the teams at BBVA Stadium, their first ever in Houston in league play. In the first eight meetings there, the Dynamo won four, with four draws.
  • Sounders FC have never lost to the Dynamo in Seattle. In 10 league meetings all-time, Seattle has won eight, with two draws, outscoring Houston 16-3. Sounders FC have a win and a draw in two home meetings in the MLS Cup Playoffs; they also won a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at home vs. Houston.
DYNAMO: Darwin Quintero made his Dynamo debut, coming off the substitutes’ bench for the final 33 minutes.
 
SOUNDERS FC: Stefan Frei made his 200th league appearance for Sounders FC, tied for second-most in the club’s MLS history (also Brad Evans; leader: Osvaldo Alonso, 277).
 
 
 
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS
Sunday, March 15, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #37)
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.
1:30 p.m. ET (NBCS-Bos; ROOT-NW)
 
REFEREE: Robert Sibiga. AR1 (bench): Jason White; AR2 (opposite): Gjovalin Bori; 4th: Allen Chapman; VAR: Geoff Gamble; AVAR: Thomas Supple
MLS Career: 102 games; FC/gm: 21.9; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 24; pens: 28
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Revolution 1 win, 8 goals … Timbers 2 wins, 12 goals … Ties 7
AT NEW ENGLAND: Revolution 1 win, 5 goals … Timbers 0 wins, 4 goals … Ties 4
  • The Revolution claimed their first point of the new season, reaching a 1-1 draw with Chicago Fire FC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Adam Buksa netted his first MLS goal for the New England tally.
  • The Timbers rebounded from an opening day defeat for their first win in 2020, defeating Nashville SC by the game’s only goal at Providence Park on Sunday evening. Diego Valeri scored for a second consecutive week, now with both Timbers goals on the new season.
  • The teams have played to four consecutive draws in the series, including a 2-2 result last Sept. 25 at Providence Park in the lone meeting between the teams.
  • The Timbers have a seven-game undefeated streak alive in the all-time series, with six draws, undefeated in five meetings all-time in Portland. The Revolution have never lost to the Timbers at Gillette Stadium in five meetings all-time, their lone win in the series coming there in 2012; the last meeting there was a 1-1 draw Sept. 1, 2018.
REVOLUTION: Brandon Bye collected his first assist of the season, his last coming last Aug. 24. Bye had two assists in each of his first two MLS seasons.
 
TIMBERS: Steve Clark was credited with four saves in recording his first shutout of the season, the 33rd of his MLS career, his 10th for the Timbers in 34 league appearances with the club. … Andy Polo recorded his first assist of the season, the fourth of his MLS career in 43 appearances over three seasons, his last coming last May 24.
 
 
 
MINNESOTA UNITED FC vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS
Sunday, March 15, 2020 (Week 3, MLS Game #38)
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
6 p.m. CT (FS1 / FOX Deportes)
 
REFEREE: Alex Chilowicz. AR1 (bench): Chris Wattam; AR2 (opposite): Jeremy Kieso; 4th: Victor Rivas; VAR: Silviu Petrescu; AVAR: Jeff Muschik
MLS Career: 27 games; FC/gm: 24.1; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 4; pens: 10
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: MNUFC 1 win, 2 goals … Red Bulls 2 wins, 7 goals … Ties 0
AT MINNESOTA: MNUFC 0 wins, 0 goals … Red Bulls 1 win, 3 goals … Ties 0
  • Minnesota United FC rolled to a second impressive victory on the road in the new season, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 5-2 on Saturday evening. Ike Opara netted a pair of goals, Luis Amarilla scored for a second consecutive week and Jan Gregus scored one goal and set up two others; MNUFC leads MLS with eight goals scored through the opening two weeks.
  • The Red Bulls remained undefeated on the new season, playing to a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
  • Minnesota United FC claimed the victory in the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 2-1 win April 6 at Red Bull Arena, their first win in three meetings all-time.
  • The Red Bulls had won the first two encounters, both by 3-0 scorelines, once in each locale, winning in 2017 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, then March 24, 2018 in Harrison.
MNUFC: Luis Amarilla also collected his first MLS career. … Kevin Molino had an assist after scoring two goals in the season opener vs. Portland. … Robin Lod scored the first goal of his MLS career, in his 12th appearance. … Jan Gregus was involved in three goals in a game for the second time in his MLS career (recording three assists last June 29 vs. FC Cincinnati). … Minnesota United make their Allianz Field debut for 2020 undefeated in their last 10 home games in league play, dating back to last June 29.
 
RED BULLS: Cristian Casseres Jr. netted the Red Bulls goal, his first of the year, his last coming last Aug. 11 at LAFC. It was the fourth of his MLS career, in 28 league appearances.
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