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MLS Week 11 News & Notes: Hall-of-Famer Bocanegra Member of Rare Century Trifecta

MLS MEDIA RESOURCES: WEEK 11 NEWS & NOTES
News and notes and statistical trends from around Major League Soccer
 
HALL-OF-FAMER BOCANEGRA MEMBER OF RARE CENTURY TRIFECTA
 
Long-time U.S. national team defender and MLS veteran Carlos Bocanegra – also current Atlanta United Vice President and Technical Director – was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame this week.
 
Bocanegra is just one of three players in U.S. soccer history to have appeared in 100 matches in both Major League Soccer and England’s Premier League, as well as having won 100 caps for the U.S. national team, according to Stats Perform.
 
Bocanegra played six seasons in Major League Soccer, stints with the Chicago Fire (2000-03) and Chivas USA (2013-14) wrapped around a decade in Europe, where he spent four seasons with Fulham FC in England (2004-08). Bocanegra is tied for 11th all-time in U.S. men’s national team history with 110 caps.
 
Bocanegra, along with Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard, are the only players to reach 100 appearances in both leagues as well as the U.S. national team.
 
100+ APPEARANCES: MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER, PREMIER LEAGUE, USA
 
MLS
USA
PL
Clint Dempsey
186
141
218
Tim Howard
185
121
399
Carlos Bocanegra
117
110
116
 
Credit: Stats Perform
 
 
INTER MIAMI’S MATUIDI JOINS PANTHEON OF MLS WORLD CUP WINNERS
 
Blaise Matuidi became the 12th winner of the FIFA World Cup to appear in a match in Major League Soccer history, with his debut for Inter Miami CF in their match against Nashville SC at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Sunday evening.
 
With the appearance of Matuidi – who won the World Cup with France in 2018 – a member of each of the last eight FIFA World Cup champions has now played in the league.
 
FIFA WORLD CUP WINNERS IN MLS
Lothar Matthaus
West Germany 1990
MetroStars 2000
Branco
Brazil 1994
MetroStars 1997
Youri Djorkaeff
France 1998
New York Red Bulls 2005-06
Thierry Henry
France 1998
New York Red Bulls 2010-14
Denilson
Brazil 2002
FC Dallas 2007
Kaká
Brazil 2002
Orlando City SC 2015-17
Kléberson
Brazil 2002
Philadelphia Union 2013
Alessandro Nesta
Italy 2006
Montreal Impact 2012-13
Andrea Pirlo
Italy 2006
New York City FC 2015-17
David Villa
Spain 2010
New York City FC 2015-18
Bastian Schweinsteiger
Germany 2014
Chicago Fire 2017-19
Blaise Matuidi
France 2018
Inter Miami CF 2020
 
 
COLUMBUS CREW SC CONTINUE MARCH ON ONE OF GREATEST DEFENSIVE SEASONS
 
Columbus Crew SC are continuing on their path to make their 2020 campaign one of the greatest seasons defensively in Major League Soccer history.
 
Through their first 10 games, following their 3-0 win against FC Cincinnati at Mapfre Stadium on Sept. 6, Crew SC have allowed just two goals. That equals the fewest through a team’s opening 10 games of the season in MLS history, along with the LA Galaxy in 2010.
 
FEWEST GOALS ALLOWED, FIRST 10 GAMES OF SEASON
YR
TEAM
GA
2010
LA Galaxy
2
2020
Columbus Crew SC
2
2000
Kansas City Wizards
4
2011
Real Salt Lake
4
2012
Seattle Sounders FC
4
 
Among those 10 games, the Crew have posted eight shutouts – which also equals the most for the opening nine games of a season in league annals, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
 
MOST SHUTOUTS, FIRST 10 GAMES OF SEASON
YR
TEAM
ShO
2000
Kansas City Wizards
8
2010
LA Galaxy
8
2020
Columbus Crew SC
8
 
Credit: Elias Sports Bureau
 
 
GOALKEEPERS MAKING MOVES UP MLS SHUTOUT LEADERBOARD
 
Staying with the defensive theme, a pair of goalkeepers continued their march up the all-time league shutout standings through their performances last weekend.
 
Inter Miami CF goalkeeper Luis Robles recorded a shutout for a second consecutive match – the first two in the club’s MLS history – in the goalless draw with Nashville SC on Sept. 6. It was the 74th shutout of Robles’s MLS career, eighth-most all-time – and he is now just one shutout behind Matt Reis at No. 7, and just two adrift of Zach Thornton at No. 6.
 
That same evening, New York City FC goalkeeper Sean Johnson posted the shutout in his club’s goalless draw at D.C. United. The shutout was the 64th of his MLS career – moving him into a tie for 10th-most in league annals.
 
MOST SHUTOUTS, MLS CAREER (INDIVIDUAL)
PLAYER
GP
ShO
Nick Rimando
514
154
Kevin Hartman
416
112
Joe Cannon
342
86
Jon Busch
309
83
Stefan Frei
289
79
Zach Thornton
282
76
Matt Reis
293
75
Luis Robles
247
74
Bill Hamid
238
69
Sean Johnson
279
64
Pat Onstad
223
64
 
Bold: Active in MLS
 
 
MLS WEEK 11 – LOOK AHEAD
 
MONTREAL IMPACT vs. TORONTO FC
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #126)
Stade Saputo, Montréal, Qué.
8 p.m. ET (TSN 4 / 5; TVA Sports)
 
REFEREE: David Gantar. AR1 (bench): Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho; AR2 (opposite): Philippe Briere; 4th: Fabrizio Stasolla; VAR: Drew Fischer; AVAR: Chantal Boudreau
MLS Career: 89 games; FC/gm: 23.9; Y/gm: 2.9; R: 36; pens: 20
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Impact 8 wins, 30 goals … Toronto FC 13 wins, 41 goals … Ties 4
AT MONTREAL: Impact 5 wins, 12 goals … Toronto FC 6 wins, 18 goals … Ties 1
  • The teams are meeting for the fourth time this season, their third match in the first phase of the continuation of the MLS season. Rudy Camacho scored the game’s only goal as the Impact put an end to TFC’s 18-game undefeated streak – one game shy of the all-time MLS record – on Sept. 1 at BMO Field; Alejandro Pozuelo converted a penalty kick for the game’s only goal in TFC’s win Aug. 28 at Stade Saputo.
  • TFC are coming off a 3-2 defeat by Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place on Sept. 5, their second in a row. Alejandro Pozuelo scored his third goal of the season, his second in the last three games.
  • The Impact win in the last meeting ended a four-game TFC winning streak in the series. The teams also met during group play in the MLS is Back Tournament as 20-year-old Ayo Akinola scored a hat trick – the third-youngest player in MLS history to score three goals in a game – leading Toronto FC to a 4-3 on July 16.
  • The teams met in the final of the Canadian Championship last year – the seventh time in the last eight years they met in the tournament – the Impact winning the title in a penalty shootout after each team won 1-0 at home, the Impact on Sept. 18 in Montréal, and TFC on Sept. 25 in Toronto. It was the second time the Impact defeated TFC for the Canadian crown, also in 2014; TFC defeated Montréal for the second of their three titles in a row in 2017.
IMPACT: Romell Quioto recorded his first assist of the season; he has been involved in four of the Impact’s 11 goals this season (3 goals, 1 assist). … Saphir Taïder collected his third assist of the season; he has been involved in six of the Impact’s 11 goals this season (3 goals, 3 assists).
 
TFC: Alejandro Pozuelo added an assist, his eighth of the season, leading MLS two ahead of Houston’s Darwin Quintero. … Jonathan Osorio scored his first goal of the season; he has now scored at least one goal in each of his eight MLS seasons. … Pablo Piatti collected his second MLS assist, his first coming vs. Montréal during the MLS is Back Tournament.
 
 
INTER MIAMI CF vs. ATLANTA UNITED
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #85)
Inter Miami CF Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
8 p.m. ET (MyTV 33 / TUDN App; FS-South)
 
REFEREE: Robert Sibiga. AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Brooke Mayo; 4th: Natalie Simon; VAR: Sorin Stoica; AVAR: Jozef Batko
MLS Career: 106 games; FC/gm: 21.8; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 24; pens: 29
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Inter Miami 0 wins, 0 goals … ATLUTD SC 0 wins, 0 goal … Ties 0
AT MIAMI: First meeting.
  • Inter Miami CF played to a second consecutive scoreless draw, with Nashville SC at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Sunday evening.
  • Luis Robles recorded a second consecutive shutout for Inter Miami, the first two of the club’s history. Robles now has 74 career shutouts in MLS play, one behind Matt Reis for seventh on the all-time list.
  • Atlanta United came back for a second consecutive draw, hitting for a late 1-1 tie with Orlando City SC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday evening. Adam Jahn hit for the stoppage-time equalizer, his first goal in MLS league play since Aug. 5, 2017.
  • The teams met a week ago, reaching a goalless draw at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 2. It’s the second meeting in their club histories, both coming over a seven-day stretch.
IMCF: Blaise Matuidi made his Inter Miami CF and MLS debut, starting and playing 79 minutes, the 12th winner of the FIFA World Cup to play in Major League Soccer.
 
ATLUTD: Jake Mulraney collected the first assist of his MLS career. … Anton Walkes recorded the first assist of his MLS career, making his 28th appearance over two seasons (his first season with ATLUTD coming in 2017).
 
 
MINNESOTA UNITED FC vs. FC DALLAS
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #127)
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
7 p.m. CT (FS-North+; TXA-21 / FCDTV)
 
REFEREE: Alex Chilowicz. AR1 (bench): Kathryn Nesbitt; AR2 (opposite): Eric Weisbrod; 4th: TBD; VAR: Chris Penso; AVAR: Nick Uranga
MLS Career: 31 games; FC/gm: 24.2; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 4; pens: 10
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: MNUFC 2 wins, 9 goals … FC Dallas 5 wins, 14 goals … Ties 0
AT MINNESOTA: MNUFC 2 wins, 5 goals … FC Dallas 1 win, 2 goals … Ties 0
  • Minnesota United FC put an end to their five-game winless slide in league play, rolling to a 4-0 win against Real Salt Lake at Allianz Field on Sunday evening. Robin Lod scored a pair of goals, now with three goals for his MLS career (all coming this season).
  • FC Dallas return to play following a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Sept. 2. Franco Jara scored the FCD goal, the first of his MLS career.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Fafa Picault and Jesús Ferreira netted goals a minute apart early on, pacing FC Dallas to a 3-1 win Aug. 29 at Toyota Stadium.
  • The teams met twice a season ago. Mason Toye netted the game’s only goal in second-half stoppage time as MNUFC claimed the victory on July 13 at Allianz Field; Brandon Servania capped a wild match with a late brace as FC Dallas took a 5-3 win Aug. 10 at Toyota Stadium.
  • FC Dallas won both meetings between the clubs in 2018, without conceding a goal. FCD took a victory by the game’s only goal June 29 at TCF Bank Stadium, then won 2-0 at Toyota Stadium on Aug. 18. The teams split their two meetings in MNUFC’s inaugural season in MLS, each winning at home.
MNUFC: Dayne St. Clair made his MLS debut, making three saves in recording the shutout. … Chase Gasper scored the first goal in his MLS career, making his 24th appearance over two seasons. … Kevin Molino recorded a pair of assists, the fifth two-assist game of his MLS career. … Jacori Hayes scored the second goal of his MLS career, the first coming April 14, 2018 while with FC Dallas. … Designated Player Emanuel Reynoso made the first start of his MLS career and recorded his first assist. … Hassani Dotson collected the first assist of his MLS career, in his 33rd league appearance.
 
FCD: Bryan Acosta recorded his second assist of the season, both coming in the last two games.
 
 
COLORADO RAPIDS vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #128)
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.
7 p.m. MT (Altitude; QuestTEXAS 55)
 
REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Jason White; 4th: Ramy Touchan; VAR: Malik Badawi; AVAR: Chris Elliott
MLS Career: 96 games; FC/gm: 25.9; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 19; pens: 36
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Rapids 11 wins, 40 goals … Dynamo 10 wins, 40 goals … Ties 9
AT COLORADO: Rapids 8 wins, 20 goals … Dynamo 4 wins, 14 goals … Ties 4
  • The Rapids reached a second successive draw, playing to a 1-1 tie with the San Jose Earthquakes at Earthquakes Stadium on Saturday evening. Kei Kamara scored the Rapids goal, the 129th of his MLS league career, fourth-most all-time.
  • The Dynamo won their third consecutive game, coming back with two second-half goals for a 2-1 win against Sporting Kansas City at BBVA Stadium on Saturday evening. Darwin Quintero assisted on both goals, from Alberth Elis and Mauro Manotas; he has three goals and four assists over the last three games.
  • The teams met twice a season ago. Alberth Elis netted a goal and added an assist and the Dynamo benefited from two own goals, taking a 4-1 win on March 30 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park; the teams then reached a 2-2 draw Aug. 17 at BBVA Stadium.
  • The Dynamo win last year was their first in Commerce City since 2008, ending an eight-game home undefeated streak for the Rapids in the series (5-0-3).
  • The Dynamo won the previous meeting between the clubs in Houston, a 2-0 win on June 9, 2018, which ended a two-game Rapids winning streak at BBVA Stadium.
RAPIDS: Cole Bassett collected his second assist of the season; he has a goal and an assist in the last two games.
 
DYNAMO: Zarek Valentin recorded his third assist of the season; the total matches his single-season career-high, set in 2017 with the Portland Timbers. … Darwin Ceren was credited with his third assist of the season, his single-season career-high in his sixth MLS campaign.
 
 
REAL SALT LAKE vs. LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #87)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
7:30 p.m. MT (KMYU-12; YouTube TV / Estrella TV)
 
REFEREE: Victor Rivas. AR1 (bench): Jose da Silva; AR2 (opposite): TJ Zablocki; 4th: Elton Garcia; VAR: Edvin Jurisevic; AVAR: Fabio Tovar
MLS Career: 8 games; FC/gm: 26.4; Y/gm: 4.3; R: 2; pens: 5
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Real 0 wins, 2 goals … LAFC 4 wins, 11 goals … Ties 0
AT RIO TINTO STADIUM: Real 0 wins, 1 goal … LAFC 2 wins, 7 goals … Ties 0
  • Real Salt Lake saw their three-game undefeated streak put to an end following a 4-0 loss to Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field on Sunday evening.
  • LAFC weren’t able to build upon a first win in the continuation of play in the 2020 season, falling 3-0 to the LA Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park.
  • LAFC have won all four league meetings between the teams. The teams met twice a season ago: Walker Zimmerman scored the game-winning goals two minutes into second-half stoppage time, giving LAFC a 2-1 win March 23 at Banc of California Stadium, then Carlos Vela and Adama Diomande each netted goals as LAFC took the 2-0 victory Aug. 17 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
  • The teams also met in the Knockout Round of the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2018, with Real pulling off an upset with a 3-2 win at Banc of California Stadium. The teams met in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup a year ago, LAFC taking a 3-2 win in Sandy.
REAL: Giuseppe Rossi made the first start of his MLS career, playing 78 minutes, after coming on as a substitute six times in league play.
 
LAFC: With a goal vs. Real Salt Lake, Diego Rossi can become the fifth player in Major League Soccer history to reach 10 goals in the opening 10 games of the season. The all-time league record is 10 goals in the first 9 games of a season, set by Roy Lassiter (1999), Chris Wondolowski (2012) and Carlos Vela (2019); Carlos Ruiz (2002) also scored 10 goals in the opening 10 games of a season.
 
 
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #129)
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
7 p.m. PT (JOEtv; NBCS-CA)
 
REFEREE: Allen Chapman. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Cory Richardson; 4th: Farhad Dadkho; VAR: Jorge Gonzalez; AVAR: Joshua Patlak
MLS Career: 167 games; FC/gm: 22.1; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 41; pens: 73
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sounders FC 11 wins, 33 goals … Earthquakes 10 wins, 29 goals … Ties 7
AT SEATTLE: Sounders FC 8 wins, 24 goals … Earthquakes 5 wins, 15 goals … Ties 2
  • Sounders FC had their four-game undefeated streak overall and long home unbeaten run put to an end, falling 2-1 to the Portland Timbers at CenturyLink Field on Sunday evening. Kelvin Leerdam netted the Sounders FC goal.
  • The Quakes snapped a two-game losing slide, reaching a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at Earthquakes Stadium on Saturday evening. Chris Wondolowski converted a penalty kick for the Quakes goal, the 162nd of his MLS league career.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. They reached a goalless draw in the opening match for both teams at the MLS is Back Tournament on July 10.
  • Sounders FC have a 10-game undefeated streak alive in the overall series. A 2-2 draw in the first meeting last year on April 24 ended a three-game Sounders FC winning streak at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC have come away with points on each of their five visits to San Jose (three draws and two victories), including a 1-0 win in their last visit last Sept. 29.
SOUNDERS FC: Sounders FC lost at home for the first time in more than a year, since Aug. 4, 2019, a span of 10 games without defeat.
 
QUAKES: Chris Wondolowski has scored 26 goals from the penalty spot, third-most in MLS history (behind Jaime Moreno, 44; Landon Donovan, 31).
 
 
CHICAGO FIRE FC vs. COLUMBUS CREW SC
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #134)
Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
2:30 p.m. CT (Univision / TUDN)
 
REFEREE: Jon Freemon. AR1 (bench): Peter Manikowski; AR2 (opposite): Ian McKay; 4th: Fotis Bazakos; VAR: Edvin Jurisevic; AVAR: Peter Balciunas
MLS Career: First game.
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Fire 26 wins (1 shootout), 91 goals … Crew SC 20 wins (0 shootout), 101 goals … Ties 21
AT CHICAGO: Fire 16 wins (0 shootout), 51 goals … Crew SC 6 wins (0 shootout), 39 goals … Ties 12
  • Fire FC fell at Soldier Field for the first time in their return, dropping a 2-1 decision to the New England Revolution on Sunday evening. Fabian Herbers scored his second goal of the season, over the last four games.
  • Crew SC won a second consecutive game and recorded a third consecutive shutout, defeating FC Cincinnati 3-0 at Mapfre Stadium on Sunday evening. Gyasi Zardes scored a pair of goals, his second two-goal game this season, as Crew SC recorded an eighth shutout in 10 games this season, a fifth consecutive home shutout overall.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Darlington Nagbe and Gyasi Zardes each scored a goal and added an assist as Crew SC eased to a 3-0 win Aug. 20 at Mapfre Stadium.
  • The Fire are undefeated in their last six home meetings with Crew SC, with two wins and four draws, Crew SC’s last win at the Fire coming in 2015. Crew SC have a 10-game home undefeated streak alive in the all-time series. The Fire last won in Columbus on June 22, 2013.
FIRE FC: Miguel Ángel Navarro recorded his first career MLS assist, in his ninth appearance.
 
CREW SC: Eloy Room was not forced to make a save in recording a fourth consecutive shutout in league play, his personal shutout streak now at 461 minutes, the third-longest in Crew club history. Room now leads MLS with six shutouts. … Crew SC are one of three teams in MLS history to have recorded eight shutouts in their opening 10 games of a season, along with KC 2000 and LA 2010 – both of those clubs also recorded shutouts in their 11th league contest. … Pedro Santos scored his first goal of the season and added an assist; it was the second time in his MLS career he had a goal and an assist in the same game (also last Sept. 29 vs. Philadelphia).
 
NEW YORK CITY FC vs. FC CINCINNATI
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #130)
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
7 p.m. ET (YES; WSTR – Star 64)
 
REFEREE: Rubiel Vazquez. AR1 (bench): Kathryn Nesbitt; AR2 (opposite): Jose da Silva; 4th: Thomas Snyder; VAR: Alan Kelly; AVAR: Thomas Supple
MLS Career: 37 games; FC/gm: 22.1; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 7; pens: 6
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: NYCFC 2 wins, 9 goals … FCC 0 wins, 3 goals … Ties 0
AT NYCFC: NYCFC 1 win, 5 goals … FCC 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 0
  • New York City FC saw their three-game winning run come to an end but still stretched their undefeated streak to four games, playing to a goalless draw with D.C. United at Audi Field on Sunday evening.
  • Sean Johnson recorded the shutout, his second in a row and fourth of the season, as D.C. United were held without a single attempt at goal, just the second time that has happened in MLS history (in 5,996 games all-time).
  • FC Cincinnati saw their streak of back-to-back draws come to an end, falling 3-0 to Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium on Sunday evening. FC Cincinnati extended the longest scoreless streak recorded in MLS this season, now 484 consecutive minutes since their last goal, 10th-longest such streak in MLS history.
  • The teams met twice in FC Cincinnati’s inaugural season, and New York City FC won both by heavy margins. Héber scored two goals and added an assist and Maximiliano Moralez had a goal and three assists as NYCFC took a 5-2 win on June 6 at Yankee Stadium; Héber and Valentin Castellanos each netted a pair of goals as NYCFC claimed a 4-1 win Aug. 17 at Nippert Stadium.
NYCFC: Sean Johnson now has 64 shutouts for his MLS career, moving into a tie for 10th-most all-time. His personal shutout streak is currently at 225 minutes. … NYCFC has allowed one goal or fewer in nine of 10 games played this season.
 
FCC: FC Cincinnati extended their shutout streak to 255 minutes before conceding a goal, their first allowed since Aug. 25. It is FCC’s second streak of at least 250 minutes without conceding a goal, after going 302 consecutive minutes without conceding a goal from July 16-Aug. 21
 
 
D.C. UNITED vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #131)
Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
7 p.m. ET (WJLA 24/7 News; MSG)
 
REFEREE: Marcos de Oliveira. AR1 (bench): Corey Parker; AR2 (opposite): Brian Dunn; 4th: Luis Arroyo; VAR: Hilario Grajeda; AVAR: Matthew Nelson
MLS Career: 34 games; FC/gm: 24.9; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 3; pens: 9
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: D.C. United 35 wins (1 shootout), 137 goals … Red Bulls 30 wins (1 shootout), 117 goals … Ties 15
AT D.C.: D.C. United 21 wins (1 shootout), 81 goals … Red Bulls 13 wins (1 shootout), 63 goals … Ties 7
  • D.C. United gained points for a second consecutive match with a second consecutive shutout, reaching a goalless draw with New York City FC at Audi Field on Sunday evening. United were able to reach the draw despite not having a single attempt at goal, the second time in MLS history that has happened.
  • The Red Bulls weren’t able to come away with a result in the head coaching debut for Bradley Carnell, falling 3-0 to the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Erik Sorga scored his first MLS goal eight minutes into second-half stoppage time to give United the 1-0 win on Sept. 2 at Red Bull Arena – the latest in MLS history the game’s only goal was scored.
  • The United victory ended a 10-game Red Bulls undefeated streak in the series, with United’s last previous win coming on May 13, 2016, at RFK Stadium. The United victory also ended a 10-game Red Bulls undefeated streak in regular season matches at Red Bull Arena, their first win in Harrison since 2011. The Red Bulls have won two of the three meetings all-time at Audi Field, including a 2-1 win last Aug. 21 in the last meeting there.
  • The teams have met 96 times in all competitions over the years – the most of any two clubs in MLS history. New York has won 35 and United have won 44, including a 7-4-2 record in the postseason. They play for the Atlantic Cup, awarded to the winner of the season series by supporters’ groups from both clubs.
UNITED: Chris Seitz was credited with four saves in recording a shutout for a second consecutive game, in his third start of the season. They are his first shutouts in MLS league games since March 3, 2018, when he was with the Houston Dynamo. He currently has a shutout streak of 209 minutes.
 
RED BULLS: Dru Yearwood made his Red Bulls and MLS debut, coming on in the 83rd minute.
 
 
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #132)
Subaru Park, Chester, Pa.
7:30 p.m. ET (PHL 17; NBCS-Bos)
 
REFEREE: Guido Gonzales Jr. AR1 (bench): Claudiu Badea; AR2 (opposite): Tyler Wyrostek; 4th: Robert Sibiga; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Craig Lowry
MLS Career: 10 games; FC/gm: 26.1; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 4; pens: 4
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Union 14 wins, 47 goals … Revolution 6 wins, 31 goals … Ties 6
AT UNION: Union 9 wins, 29 goals … Revolution 3 wins, 15 goals … Ties 2
  • The Union rebounded from a first loss in eight matches, rolling to a 3-0 win against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on Sunday evening. Brenden Aaronson and Kacper Przybylko both netted goals – along the first MLS goal from Matt Real – to pace the victory.
  • The Revolution rebounded from their first loss in eight matches, defeating Chicago Fire FC 2-1 at Soldier Field on Sunday evening. Teal Bunbury scored a pair of goals, the fifth two-goal game of his MLS career.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time in league play this season. They reached a goalless draw Aug. 20 at Gillette Stadium.
  • The teams also met in the MLS is Back Tournament Knockout Stage, the Union claiming a 1-0 win in the round-of-16 match July 25. Sergio Santos scored the game’s lone goal; Andre Blake recorded five saves for the shutout.
  • The Union have won seven of the past 10 league meetings between the clubs, outscoring New England 22-3 in those victories, including wins in the last five meetings in Chester. The only Revolution win in the series since 2015 came on July 29, 2017, at Gillette Stadium, a 3-0 victory, before draws there in the last two meetings.
UNION: Andre Blake was not called upon to make a save in recording his fourth shutout of the season, tied for third-most in MLS this season. … Andrew Wooten recorded two assists, the first multiple-assist game of his MLS career, now with four in two MLS seasons (12 games). … Alejandro Bedoya collected a pair of assists, the second two-assist game of his MLS career (the first coming Sept. 23, 2018 vs. Sporting KC).
 
REVOLUTION: Alexander Buttner recorded his second MLS assist, both coming in the last four games. … Adam Buksa collected the first assist of his MLS career. … Tommy McNamara was credited with his first assist since coming to the Revolution from the Houston Dynamo.
 
 
ORLANDO CITY SC vs. INTER MIAMI CF
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #133)
Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
7:30 p.m. ET (FOX 35 Plus; CBS 4 (WFOR) / UniMás 69)
 
REFEREE: Ismail Elfath. AR1 (bench): Logan Brown; AR2 (opposite): Gjovalin Bori; 4th: Nima Saghafi; VAR: Christina Unkel; AVAR: Kyle Longville
MLS Career: 151 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 43; pens: 48
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: OCSC 1 win, 4 goals … Inter Miami 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 0
AT ORLANDO: First meeting.
  • Orlando City SC extended their undefeated streak to four games with a second successive draw, reaching a 1-1 result with Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday evening. Benji Michel scored for a second consecutive game.
  • Inter Miami extended their undefeated streak to three games with their second home victory, defeating Atlanta United 2-1 at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Wednesday evening. Inter Miami are undefeated in their last three home games, with two victories.
  • Lewis Morgan netted both Inter Miami CF goals, his first two for the club and first two of his MLS career. He is the second player in IMCF history to have a two-goal game (Julian Carranza, Aug. 22 vs. Orlando City).
  • The teams are meeting for the third time in Inter Miami’s inaugural season. They kicked off the MLS is Back Tournament against each other at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on July 8, as Chris Mueller canceled out a Juan Agudelo goal, then Nani netted the game-winner well into stoppage time to give OCSC the 2-1 win. Then on Aug. 22 at Inter Miami CF Stadium, Julian Carranza netted a pair of goals in the first half and Inter Miami held out for the first win in the club’s history, a 3-2 decision.
OCSC: Daryl Dike was credited with his third MLS assist; he has three goals and three assists in five career starts in MLS league play, all coming since Aug. 22. … Dike was named the MLS Player of the Month for August.
 
INTER MIAMI: Rodolfo Pizarro collected his second career MLS assist, the first coming Aug. 22 vs. Orlando City. … Ben Sweat recorded his second assist of the season.
 
 
NASHVILLE SC vs. ATLANTA UNITED
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #135)
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
7:30 p.m. CT (MyTV 30; FS-South)
 
REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. AR1 (bench): Benjamin Hall-Volpenhein; AR2 (opposite): Brooke Mayo; 4th: Ted Unkel; VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.; AVAR: Nick Uranga
MLS Career: 143 games; FC/gm: 22.3; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 28; pens: 33
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD:  Nashville SC 0 wins, 1 goal … ATLUTD 2 wins, 4 goals … Ties 0
AT NASHVILLE:  Nashville SC 0 wins, 1 goal … ATLUTD 1 win, 2 goals … Ties 0
  • Nashville SC extended their undefeated streak to three games with a second successive draw, playing to a goalless result with Inter Miami CF at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Sunday evening.
  • Atlanta United saw their run of back-to-back draws put to an end, falling 2-1 to Inter Miami at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Wednesday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season and in their histories. Pity Martínez netted goals late in each half, leading Atlanta United to a 2-0 win Aug. 22 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The teams also met in the season opener for both clubs this season, the first match in Nashville SC’s history. Ezequiel Barco and Emerson Hyndman scored first-half goals as Atlanta United claimed a 2-1 win Feb. 29 at Nissan Stadium.
NASHVILLE SC: Joe Willis was credited with four saves in recording his fourth shutout of the season, tied for third-most in MLS this season, his second in the last three games.
 
ATLUTD: Eric Remedi scored his first goal of the season, the first of his MLS league career, in his 51st appearance (Remedi did score a goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2018).
 
 
FC DALLAS vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #141)
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
7:30 p.m. CT (QuestTEXAS 55; TXA-21 / FCDTV)
 
REFEREE: Joseph Dickerson. AR1 (bench): Jeffrey Greeson; AR2 (opposite): Kevin Lock; 4th: Tori Penso; VAR: Daniel Radford; AVAR: Adam Garner
MLS Career: 30 games; FC/gm: 25.8; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 6; pens: 8
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: FC Dallas 11 wins, 56 goals … Dynamo 11 wins, 51 goals … Ties 14
AT FC DALLAS: FC Dallas 7 wins, 29 goals … Dynamo 3 wins, 21 goals … Ties 7
  • FC Dallas saw their four-game undefeated streak come to an end, falling 3-2 to Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field on Wednesday evening.
  • Ricardo Pepi scored his second goal of the season; with his first goal earlier this season, on March 7, he became the 12th-youngest goalscorer in MLS history (now 13th-youngest). Pepi has a goal and an assist over the last three games.
  • The Dynamo had their three-game winning run put to an end but still extended their undefeated streak to six games, reaching a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. They reached a goalless draw Aug. 21 at BBVA Stadium.
  • The Dynamo 2-1 win on May 4 last year was just their second in the series over the last eight seasons. Since the start of 2013, FC Dallas are 8-2-7 in league play against Houston, and have won the three meetings between the teams in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
  • The Dynamo haven’t won in Frisco since 2011, FCD winning the last two there, including a 5-1 win last Aug. 25 at Toyota Stadium, their heaviest victory in the history of the series. Dallas has won five of the 12 matches (with four draws) between the teams over all competitions at BBVA Stadium.
  • The clubs play for “El Capitán,” the 19th-century Mountain Howitzer cannon to be awarded to the winner of the season series by supporters’ groups for both clubs.

FCD: Bryan Reynolds recorded his first assist of the season, the second of his MLS career. … Santiago Mosquera scored his first goal of the season, his 10th in MLS. … Andres Ricuarte made his MLS debut, coming on as a halftime substitute, and recorded his first assist.

DYNAMO: Christian Ramírez scored his second goal of the season; he has two goals and an assist over the last four games. … Memo Rodríguez collected his third assist of the season, all coming over the last four games.

 
 
REAL SALT LAKE vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #136)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
7:30 p.m. MT (KMYU-12; Altitude)
 
REFEREE: Ramy Touchan. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Cameron Blanchard; 4th: Rosendo Mendoza; VAR: Younes Marrakchi; AVAR: TJ Zablocki
MLS Career: 28 games; FC/gm: 26.0; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 3; pens: 4
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Real 23 wins, 71 goals … Rapids 13 wins, 43 goals … Ties 11
AT SALT LAKE: Real 14 wins, 38 goals … Rapids 3 wins, 15 goals … Ties 6
  • Real rebounded from their first defeat in four matches, defeating Los Angeles Football Club 3-0 at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday evening. It was the club’s first win in Sandy this season, following a pair of draws.
  • Damir Kreilach scored his fifth goal of the season, his third in the last five games. Kreilach is one of six players tied for fifth place in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • The Rapids played to a third consecutive 1-1 draw, hitting for a late equalizer for the result against the Houston Dynamo at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time season. Maikel Chang had a goal and two assists and Corey Baird added a goal and an assist as Real cruised to a 4-1 win Aug. 22 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The teams also met in group play at the MLS is Back Tournament, Albert Rusnák and Damir Kreilach netting goals as RSL claimed a 2-0 win on July 12.
  • Real have not lost in the last seven meetings vs. the Rapids, winning six, over the last four seasons. Real have a 17-game home undefeated streak alive vs. Colorado. Since the Rapids’ last win in Utah, a 2-0 victory on April 30, 2007, at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Real have won 13 games with four draws. Colorado has never won at Rio Tinto Stadium (0-11-4 all-time in league play). RSL has won the last three meetings in Commerce City; they have come away with points on eight of their past 11 trips there (six wins, two draws, dating back to 2013).
  • The rivals play for the Rocky Mountain Cup, a trophy awarded by the supporters’ groups of both teams.

REAL: Justin Meram scored his second goal with the club and in 2020, both coming in the last five games. … Albert Rusnák converted a penalty kick for his second goal of the season, his first coming March 7. … Maikel Chang collected an assist; he has his one goal and three assists on the season over the last five games. … Andrew Putna was called upon to make eight saves – a single-game career-high in his 11 appearances – in recording his first shutout of the season, the third of his career.

RAPIDS: Lalas Abubakar scored the leveler in the 96’+ minute, the third goal of his MLS career, his last coming May 19, 2018 while with Columbus Crew SC. It equaled the fifth-latest goal in Rapids club history. … Sam Vines collected the first assist of his MLS career, in his third season.

 
 
SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. MINNESOTA UNITED FC
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #137)
Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kan.
7:30 p.m. CT (FS-KC; FS-North
 
REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Kyle Atkins; AR2 (opposite): Brian Poeschel; 4th: Malik Badawi; VAR: Jorge Gonzalez; AVAR: Fabio Tovar
MLS Career: 353 games; FC/gm: 24.6; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 82; pens: 96
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sporting 5 wins, 15 goals … MNUFC 3 wins, 10 goals … Ties 2
AT KC: Sporting 4 wins, 10 goals … MNUFC 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
  • Sporting Kansas City saw their two-game streak of draws come to an end, falling 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Minnesota United FC won their second consecutive game, defeating FC Dallas 3-2 at Allianz Field on Wednesday evening.
  • Kevin Molino scored a pair of goals, the fifth two-goal game of his MLS career, and his second this season (also March 1 at Portland). Molino has two goals and two assists in his last two games.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Each game scored through an own goal and Gadi Kinda also hit the back of the net as Sporting took a 2-1 win Aug. 21 at Allianz Field. The teams also met in group play during the MLS is Back Tournament, as Kevin Molino scored the game-winner seven minutes deep into second-half stoppage time to give Minnesota United FC a 2-1 win on July 12.
  • SKC has won all five matchups at home over all competitions, four in league play and one in the U.S. Open Cup, including a 1-0 win there last Aug. 22 in the last meeting at Children’s Mercy Park. Sporting’s win at Allianz Field this year was their first in six visits to Minnesota all-time in all competitions.
SPORTING: Erik Hurtado scored the SKC goal, his second of the season, his first coming in the Feb. 29 season opener at Vancouver.
 
MNUFC: Emanuel Reynoso made a second consecutive start and collected an assist for a second game. … Robin Lod collected his first assist of the season; he has two goals and an assist in the last two games. … Romain Métanire recorded his third assist of the season.
 
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. MONTREAL IMPACT
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #138)
BC Place, Vancouver, B.C.
6:30 p.m. PT (TSN 1; TVA Sports)
 
REFEREE: Pierre-Luc Lauziere. AR1 (bench): Chris Wattam; AR2 (opposite): Lyes Arfa; 4th: Silviu Petrescu; VAR: Drew Fischer; AVAR: Rene Parra
MLS Career: 1 game; FC/gm: 20.0; Y/gm: 5.0; R: 0; pens: 0
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Whitecaps FC 4 wins, 13 goals … Impact 4 wins, 11 goals … Ties 1
AT VANCOUVER: Whitecaps FC 2 wins, 6 goals … Impact 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 1
  • Whitecaps FC put an end to a three-game losing skid in dramatic fashion, hitting for a late winner for a 3-2 win against Toronto FC at BC Place on Sept. 5. Lucas Cavallini and Michael Baldisimo each scored their first MLS goals, while Jake Nerwinski hit for late winner, the third of his league career.
  • The Impact completed a three-match run against Toronto FC with a second loss in that span, falling 2-1 at Stade Saputo on Wednesday evening.
  • The teams have met once this season. Romell Quioto and Lassi Lappalainen each scored in the first half as the Impact took a 2-0 win Aug. 25 at Stade Saputo.
  • The Impact won the lone league meeting between the teams a year ago, a 2-1 win Aug. 28 at Stade Saputo, ending a two-game Whitecaps FC winning streak in the league series, which included a 2-1 ‘Caps win March 4, 2018 in the last meeting at BC Place.
  • The teams have met four times in the Canadian Championship, including each of the past two years, both times in the semifinals. Whitecaps FC took last year’s series 2-1 on aggregate, winning 2-0 at BC Place a week after the Impact won 1-0 at Stade Saputo.
WHITECAPS FC: Michael Baldisimo also recorded an assist, also his first in his MLS career. … Ali Adnan collected a pair of assists, the first multiple-assist game of his MLS career.
 
IMPACT: Victor Wanyama scored his first career MLS goal, in his seventh appearance.
 
 
LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #139)
Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
8 p.m. PT (YouTube TV / Estrella TV; ROOT-NW)
 
REFEREE: Jair Marrufo. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Jason White; 4th: Victor Rivas; VAR: Alejandro Mariscal; AVAR: Andrew Bigelow
MLS Career: 265 games; FC/gm: 23.0; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 43; pens: 86
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: LAFC 2 wins, 10 goals … Timbers 1 win, 7 goals … Ties 2
AT BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM: LAFC 1 win, 4 goals … Timbers 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 1
  • Los Angeles Football Club fell to a second successive loss, dropping a 3-0 decision to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday evening. LAFC have a record below .500 for the first time in the club’s three-year history.
  • The Timbers put an end to a four-game winless slide, defeating Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 at Providence Park on Sunday evening. Eryk Williamson scored the opening goal, his first in MLS, then set up the game-winner by Felipe Mora seven minutes from full time, Mora’s third game in a row with a goal.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Mark-Anthony Kaye scored for LAFC, surrounded by goals from Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Jeremy Ebobisse, as the teams reached a 2-2 draw in the final group game on July 23 for both teams in the MLS is Back Tournament.
  • The teams met twice a season ago and LAFC won both in a pair of goalfests. Carlos Vela netted one goal and set up two others as LAFC rolled to a 4-1 win, March 10 at Banc of California Stadium; Vela, Diego Rossi and Brian Fernández then all found the back of the net in a 3-2 LAFC win June 1 at Providence Park.
  • The teams met twice in league play in LAFC’s inaugural season. The Timbers claimed a 2-1 win May 19 at Providence Park; the teams also reached a goalless draw July 15 at Banc of California Stadium. The teams have also met in the U.S. Open Cup each season, LAFC winning a semifinal matchup 3-2 in Los Angeles in 2018, but the Timbers claiming a 1-0 in the quarterfinals a year ago in southern California.
LAFC: 18-year-old Mohamed Traore made his professional debut, coming on as a halftime substitute. … LAFC head coach Bob Bradley ran out a lineup featuring six players aged 22 or younger. It was the fifth time this season the team’s starting XI averaged less than 25 years of age.
 
TIMBERS: Diego Valeri collected his third assist of the season, the 84th of his MLS league career; he has a goal and/or an assist in three consecutive games, with a goal and two assists in that span.
 
 
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. LA GALAXY
Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020 (Week 11, MLS Game #140)
Earthquakes Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
8 p.m. PT (UniMás / TUDN)
 
REFEREE: Timothy Ford. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Kieso; AR2 (opposite): Chris Elliott; 4th: Alex Chilowicz; VAR: Ricardo Salazar; AVAR: Michael Kampmeinert
MLS Career: 17 games; FC/gm: 23.6; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 2; pens: 1
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Earthquakes 24 wins (1 shootout), 102 goals … Galaxy 32 wins (4 shootout), 113 goals … Ties 15
AT SAN JOSE: Earthquakes 17 wins (1 shootout), 58 goals … Galaxy 11 wins (2 shootout), 49 goals … Ties 9
  • The Quakes fell to a 7-1 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field on Thursday night, the most goals conceded in a game in the club’s history, one shy of the all-time MLS record.
  • The Galaxy won a fourth consecutive game, rolling to a 3-0 win against Los Angeles Football Club at Dignity Health Sports Park. Sebastian Lletget scored a pair of goals, while Cristian Pavón added a goal and an assist; he has been involved in 10 of the Galaxy’s 16 goals this season (6 goals, 4 assists).
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Cristian Pavón and Sebastian Lletget each scored goals late in the second half to lead the Galaxy to a 3-2 win Aug. 29 at Dignity Health Sports Park.
  • The Quakes won both meetings a season ago, including a 3-0 win June 29 at Stanford Stadium. The Galaxy won 4-2 on May 27, 2017 at Earthquakes Stadium in the last match there – just their second victory in the last 18 regular season games in northern California, across four stadiums. The win in Carson last year was just the second there for the Quakes since 2012.
  • Known as the California Clásico, the Galaxy and Earthquakes have met 87 times in all competitions. In regular season play, the Galaxy have won 32 times and the Quakes 24, with 15 draws, since their first meeting April 28, 1996.
QUAKES: Chris Wondolowski converted a penalty kick for a second consecutive week, his fourth goal of the season, raising his all-time MLS goalscoring leader total to 163.
 
GALAXY: Efraín Alvarez recorded his first assist of the season; he has a goal and an assist in the last two games. … Emiliano Insua collected his first career MLS assist, in his ninth appearance. … David Bingham was credited with seven saves in recording his second shutout of the season, both coming in the last four games and both against LAFC.
 
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