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Week 18 News & Notes: Higuaín Brothers Become Latest to Feature on Same MLS Club

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HIGUAÍN BROTHERS BECOME LATEST TO FEATURE ON SAME MLS CLUB
 
The acquisition of Federico Higuaín by Inter Miami CF to join his brother Gonzalo on the expansion club has added another set of brothers to appear as teammates on the same MLS team.
 
The Higuaín brothers are now the 18th set of brothers to be members of the same team in league history. In all, there are four sets of brothers currently on the same team in the league: Cristian and Alex Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC); Diego and Yimmi Chará (Portland Timbers); and Gabriel and Nicholas Slonina (Chicago Fire FC).
 
Earlier this season, when the Roldan brothers and the Chará brothers all appeared together in the Seattle-Portland game on Sept. 23 at Providence Park, it marked the first time in MLS history two sets of brothers faced off against each other in the same match.
 
BROTHERS ON SAME TEAM IN MLS HISTORY
Chris and Sean Henderson
1996–98 Rapids
Alexi and Greg Lalas
1997 Revolution
Judah and Micah Cooks
2000–01 D.C. United
DaMarcus and Jamar Beasley
2001 Fire
Martin and Fausto Klinger
2001 MetroStars
Daouda and Ibrahim Kante
2003 Revolution
Brian and Jeff Carroll
2006-07 D.C. United
Jim and Jeff Curtin
2007 Fire
Gabriel and Michael Farfan
2011-12 Union
Chris and Stephen Wondolowski
2008 Dynamo
Bradley and Shaun Wright-Phillips
2015 Red Bulls
Jose and Jaime Villarreal
2017 LA Galaxy
Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos
2017-18 LA Galaxy
Cristian and Alex Roldan
2018-20 Sounders
David and Mathieu Choinière
2018 Impact
Diego and Yimmi Chara
2020 Timbers
Nicholas and Gabriel Slonina
2020 Fire
Federico and Gonzalo Higuain
2020 Inter Miami
 
If the Higuaín brothers do combine on a goal, they would be performing a feat that has occurred seven times previously in MLS history – including twice this year.
 
The Chará brothers have now combined on two goals for the Timbers this season, on Sept. 16 vs. San Jose, and Oct. 7 vs. the LA Galaxy. The Charás joined the Beasleys (Jamar and DaMarcus) as brothers who have combined on a pair of goals in their careers; three others have all done it once (Chris and Sean Henderson, Bradley and Shaun Wright-Phillips, Cristian and Alex Roldan).
 
BROTHERS COMBINING ON A GOAL IN MLS
DATE
MATCH
MIN
GOALSCORER
ASSISTS
6/28/1997
COL vs KC
12
S. Henderson
C. Henderson, Paule
4/21/2001
CHI at DAL
81
J. Beasley
Whitfield, D. Beasley
7/4/2001
CHI at KC
44
Wynalda
J. Beasley, D. Beasley
8/1/2015
NYR at PHI
74
B. Wright-Phillips
S. Wright-Phillips
4/16/2018
SEA at KC
73
C. Roldan
Bruin, A. Roldan
9/16/2020
POR at SJ
33
Y. Chará
D. Chará
10/7/2020
POR at LA
14
Mora
Y. Chará, D. Chará
 
  • Credit: Elias Sports Bureau
 
 
RED BULLS’ CADEN CLARK MAKES HIS MLS DEBUT ONE FOR THE BOOKS
 
Caden Clark of the New York Red Bulls certainly made his professional debut one for the record books. Mere hours after he was signed by the club last Saturday, Clark was put into the lineup for his club’s match vs. Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
 
Then shortly after the halftime break, Clark latched onto a half-cleared corner kick at the edge of the penalty area, hammering home the rebound into the top of the goal for the only tally in the match – his first professional goal on his full debut.
 
Clark became the fifth-youngest player in MLS history to score a goal in his first league match, the sixth under the age of 18. Clark moved ahead of teammate Ben Mines, who was the last player to score on his MLS debut, when he did it for the Red Bulls on March 10, 2018 vs. Portland.
 
YOUNGEST PLAYERS TO SCORE ON DEBUT IN MLS HISTORY
PLAYER
AGE
MATCH
Jesus Ferreira
16 years, 161 days
6/3/2017, DAL v RSL
Diego Fagundez
16 years, 173 days
8/6/2011, NE v CHV
Jack McBean *
16 years, 312 days
10/23/2011, LA @ HOU
Fuad Ibrahim
16 years, 332 days
7/12/2008, TOR @ CHI
Caden Clark *
17 years, 136 days
10/10/2020, NYR @ ATL
Ben Mines *
17 years, 301 days
3/10/2018, NYR v POR
* -- starter
  • Credit: Elias Sports Bureau
 
 
MLS WEEK 18 – LOOK AHEAD
 
 
MONTREAL IMPACT vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #221)
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
7:30 p.m. ET (TSN / TVA Sports; NBC-Bos)
 
REFEREE: Joseph Dickerson. AR1 (bench): Claudiu Badea; AR2 (opposite): Ian McKay; 4th: Sergii Demianchuk; VAR: Chris Penso; AVAR: TBD
MLS Career: 35 games; FC/gm: 26.7; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 7; pens: 11
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Impact 10 wins, 32 goals … Revolution 11 wins, 33 goals … Ties 3
MONTRÉAL HOME GAME: Impact 6 wins, 21 goals … Revolution 4 wins, 16 goals … Ties 2
  • The Impact had their two-game undefeated run come to an end, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park on Sunday evening. Amar Sejdic scored his first MLS goal for the Impact tally.
  • The Revolution took points for a fifth time in the last six games, defeating New York City FC 2-1 at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Lee Nguyen set up Teal Bunbury’s early tally, then scored late, his first goal and assist since returning to the club earlier this season.
  • The teams are meeting for the fourth time this season. Henry Kessler, Gustavo Bou and Diego Fagundez netted goals as the Revolution won 3-1 on Sept. 23 at Gillette Stadium. The teams also met in group play in the MLS is Back Tournament, Gustavo Bou scoring the game’s only goal to give New England the win on July 9. On Opening Day (Feb. 29) at Olympic Stadium, Teal Bunbury gave the Revolution an early lead, but Romell Quioto and Maxi Urruti scored on either side of halftime to give the Impact the 2-1 win
  • The Revolution win in the last meeting ended a two-game Impact winning streak at Gillette Stadium, which had ended a four-game Revolution winning streak there in the series dating back to 2016. The Impact have a win and a draw from their last two home games, which ended a two-game Revolution winning streak in Montréal.
IMPACT: Romell Quioto collected his second assist of the season; he has a goal or an assist now in four consecutive games, with three goals and one assist in that time.
 
REVOLUTION: Lee Nguyen became the first player in Revolution history to reach 50 goals and 50 assists for his club career. … It was the 13th time in his MLS career Nguyen has had at least one goal and one assist in the same game. Nguyen has played 251 games, the 95th player to reach that total.
 
 
TORONTO FC vs. NEW YORK RED BULLS
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #222)
Rentschler Field, Hartford, Conn.
7:30 p.m. ET (TSN; MSG)
 
REFEREE: Guido Gonzales Jr. AR1 (bench): Kyle Atkins; AR2 (opposite): Brian Dunn; 4th: Adam Kilpatrick; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Thomas Supple
MLS Career: 14 games; FC/gm: 25.9; Y/gm: 4.1; R: 5; pens: 4
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Toronto FC 9 wins, 36 goals … Red Bulls 16 wins, 60 goals … Ties 7
TORONTO HOME GAME: Toronto FC 7 wins, 26 goals … Red Bulls 4 wins, 21 goals … Ties 5
  • Toronto FC became the first time to clinch a place in the 2020 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, following their 1-0 win over FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium on Sunday evening. Patrick Mullins scored his first goal of the season, set by Alejandro Pozuelo’s league-leading 10th assist of the season.
  • The Red Bulls put paid to a two-game losing slide, defeating Atlanta United by the game’s only goal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • Just hours after signing with the Red Bulls, Caden Clark scored the game’s only goal. At age 17 years, 136 days, Clark became the fifth-youngest player in MLS history to score on his debut, the 18th-youngest to score a goal in league annals.
  • The teams met twice a season ago. 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, their first win in the series since Sept. 30, 2017. The Red Bulls then took a 2-0 win Aug. 3 at Red Bull Arena.
  • The Red Bulls are 12-2-2 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.
TFC: Alejandro Pozuelo has reached double figures in assists in his two MLS seasons. … Richie Laryea recorded his third assist of the season, a single-season career-high in his fifth MLS season. … Quentin Westberg was credited with one save in recording his fifth shutout of the season, his first since posting clean sheets in three consecutive games Aug. 18-28. Westberg had four shutouts a year ago in his first MLS season.
 
RED BULLS: Ryan Meara was credited with one save in recording his second shutout of the season in his seventh start, his last coming on Aug. 12. The two shutouts are one shy of his single-season career-high, set in his rookie season in 2012 in 18 starts.
 
 
ORLANDO CITY SC vs. NEW YORK CITY FC
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #223)
Exploria Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
7:30 p.m. ET (FOX 35 Plus; YES)
 
REFEREE: Silviu Petrescu. AR1 (bench): Gjovalin Bori; AR2 (opposite): Brooke Mayo; 4th: Natalie Simon; VAR: Daniel Radford; AVAR: Kyle Longville
MLS Career: 163 games; FC/gm: 27.7; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 25; pens: 40
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Orlando City 6 wins, 20 goals … NYCFC 5 wins, 25 goals … Ties 4
AT ORLANDO: Orlando City 3 wins, 8 goals … NYCFC 2 wins, 10 goals … Ties 2
  • Orlando City SC had their scheduled match with Columbus Crew SC on Sunday postponed. In their last match, OCSC extended their club-record undefeated streak to 10 games, reaching a goalless draw with Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Oct. 7.
  • NYCFC saw their three-game winning streak come to an end, dropping a 2-1 decision to the New England Revolution at Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Alexander Callens netted the NYCFC goal, his first of the season.
  • The teams met earlier this year in group play in the MLS is Back Tournament. Chris Mueller scored a pair of goals to lead Orlando City SC to a 3-1 win on July 14.
  • The win in the first meeting ended a six-game NYCFC undefeated streak in the league series, the teams reaching draws in their two meetings in 2019 following a four-game NYCFC winning streak. All four wins had come by shutout; the first OCSC goal last year ended a 458-minute shutout streak vs. New York City FC.
  • NYCFC has come away with points on their last three trips to Orlando; OCSC last winning at home in the series in 2017.
OCSC: Brian Rowe was credited with three saves in recording the shutout in his 2020 season debut. It was his first clean sheet since last Aug. 14 vs. Sporting KC.
 
NYCFC: Alexander Ring collected his team-leading fourth assist of the season, all coming in the last three games. The four assists are one shy of his single-season MLS career-high set last year.
 
 
FC CINCINNATI vs. COLUMBUS CREW SC
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #224)
Nippert Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
7:30 p.m. ET (WSTR – Star 64; FS-OH)
 
REFEREE: Rubiel Vazquez. AR1 (bench): Peter Balciunas; AR2 (opposite): Cory Richardson; 4th: Lukasz Szpala; VAR: Hilario Grajeda; AVAR: TBD
MLS Career: 41 games; FC/gm: 22.1; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 7; pens: 6
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: FCC 0 wins, 3 goals … Crew SC 3 wins, 12 goals … Ties 2
AT CINCINNATI: FCC 0 wins, 1 goal … Crew SC 1 win, 3 goals … Ties 1
  • FC Cincinnati had their losing skid continue, falling by the game’s only goal to Toronto FC at Nippert Stadium on Sunday evening.
  • Columbus Crew SC had their scheduled match with Orlando City SC on Sunday postponed. In their last match, Crew SC saw their long home undefeated run come to an end, falling 2-1 to the Montréal Impact at Mapfre Stadium on Oct. 7. Crew SC had their home winning streak snapped at 7 games, equaling the third-longest in club history, and their undefeated streak in Columbus ended at 11 games.
  • The teams are meeting for the fourth time this season. Crew SC is undefeated in the Hell is Real Derby, as the teams met twice within a week in the continuation of play. Gyasi Zardes scored two goals and Pedro Santos had a goal and an assist as Crew SC took a 3-0 win Sept. 6 at Mapfre Stadium; the teams played to a goalless draw Aug. 29 at Nippert Stadium.
  • The teams met earlier this year during group play in the MLS is Back Tournament. Lucas Zelarayán scored a stunning goal directly from a free kick and also added a pair of assists, while Gyasi Zardes netted a pair of goals, leading Crew SC to a 4-0 win July 11.
  • The clubs met twice last year in FC Cincinnati’s inaugural season, over the span of two weeks. They reached a 2-2 draw Aug. 10 in Columbus at Mapfre Stadium, then Crew SC claimed a 3-1 win at Nippert Stadium on Aug. 25.
FCC: Goalkeeper Przemysław Tytoń came out of the game through injury and was replaced by Spencer Richey, the first time in the club's MLS history FC Cincinnati substituted a goalkeeper in the middle of a match.
 
CREW SC: Gyasi Zardes scored his 10th goal of the season, now sitting in second place in the MLS Golden Boot standings, two goals behind Diego Rossi of LAFC. Zardes has a goal and an assist in the last two games.
 
 
D.C. UNITED vs. PHILADELPHIA UNION
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #225)
Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
8 p.m. ET (WJLA 24/7 News; PHL 17)
 
REFEREE: Marcos de Oliveira. AR1 (bench): Corey Parker; AR2 (opposite): CJ Morgante; 4th: Luis Arroyo; VAR: Alan Kelly; AVAR: Adam Wienckowski
MLS Career: 39 games; FC/gm: 24.8; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 4; pens: 12
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: D.C. United 8 wins, 30 goals … Union 14 wins, 48 goals … Ties 4
AT D.C.: D.C. United 5 wins, 19 goals … Union 4 wins, 24 goals … Ties 4
  • D.C. United had their winless skid continue in their first game without Ben Olsen at the coaching helm for 10 years, falling 2-1 to Chicago Fire FC at Soldier Field on Sunday evening.
  • The Union won a second consecutive game and for a seventh time in the last nine, defeating the Montréal Impact 2-1 at Subaru Park on Sunday evening. Jamiro Monteiro scored his first goal of the year before halftime and Sergio Santos netted his fourth just after the break to send the Union on their way, both goals set by Ilsinho.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Kacper Przybylko scored a pair of goals and added an assist as the Union cruised to a 4-1 win Aug. 29 at Subaru Park.
  • The Union have won the last seven league meetings between the teams, over the past four seasons, with a 22-5 edge in goals. The Union have won the past seven meetings in Chester, Pa., over the last five seasons, also winning both meetings all-time at Audi Field.
  • The teams also met last season in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, with 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: Chad Ashton served as the club’s interim head coach, his first in charge in an MLS game.
 
UNION: Brenden Aaronson recorded his club-leading fifth assist of the season, his second in as many games. … It was the second two-assist game of Ilsinho’s MLS career, the first coming Aug. 5, 20177 vs. FC Dallas when he also netted a goal.
 
 
INTER MIAMI CF vs. ATLANTA UNITED
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #226)
Inter Miami CF Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
8 p.m. ET (MyTV 33 / TUDN App; FS-SE)
 
REFEREE: Ismail Elfath. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Jose da Silva; 4th: Elvis Osmanovic; VAR: Younes Marrakchi; AVAR: Jozef Batko
MLS Career: 156 games; FC/gm: 25.6; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 44; pens: 50
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Inter Miami 2 wins, 4 goals … ATLUTD 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 1
AT INTER MIAMI: Inter Miami 1 win, 2 goals … ATLUTD 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
  • Inter Miami CF have won consecutive games for the first time in the club’s history, defeating the Houston Dynamo by the game’s only goal at Inter Miami CF Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Lewis Morgan converted a penalty kick for the game’s only goal, his third goal in the last three games.
  • Atlanta United had their two-game undefeated run come to an end, falling to the New York Red Bulls by the game’s lone goal at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the fourth time this season, and Inter Miami have won the last two. Lewis Morgan scored both goals for Inter Miami, leading the club to a 2-1 win on Sept. 9 in Fort Lauderdale, then Juan Agudelo and Brek Shea scored in the opening 11 minutes as IMCF took the 2-1 win Sept. 19 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The teams also reached a goalless draw at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sept. 2.
IMCF: John McCarthy was credited with two saves in recording his first shutout of the season in his second start. It was the fifth shutout of his MLS career in 23 starts, the last coming Sept. 23, 2018 for the Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting KC.
 
ATLUTD: Marcelino Moreno made his ATLUTD and MLS debut, starting and playing 61 minutes.
 
 
MINNESOTA UNITED FC vs. CHICAGO FIRE FC
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #227)
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
7 p.m. CT (FS-North; ESPN+ / WGN-TV)
 
REFEREE: Victor Rivas. AR1 (bench): Logan Brown; AR2 (opposite): TJ Zablocki; 4th: Ismir Pekmic; VAR: Fotis Bazakos; AVAR: Jeff Muschik
MLS Career: 13 games; FC/gm: 26.5; Y/gm: 4.3; R: 3; pens: 8
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: MNUFC 2 wins, 4 goals … Fire 1 win, 4 goals … Ties 0
AT MINNESOTA: MNUFC 1 win, 2 goals … Fire 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
  • Minnesota United FC had their scheduled match with FC Dallas on Sunday postponed. In their last match, MNUFC extended their undefeated run to three games with a second draw in that time, reaching a goalless draw with Nashville SC at Nissan Stadium on Oct. 6.
  • Fire FC gained a third victory in their last five games, defeating D.C. United 2-1 at Soldier Field on Sunday evening. CJ Sapong netted his second goal of the year and Boris Sekulic scored the first of his MLS career, both goals set up by Álvaro Medrán.
  • The teams met once a season ago. Nicolás Gaitán and Aleksandar Katai scored first-half goals as the Fire took a 2-0 win May 11 at SeatGeek Stadium.
  • Minnesota United FC won the first two meetings between the teams, once at each home ground. They won in 2017 in Bridgeview, Ill., before winning the next year at TCF Bank Stadium.
MNUFC: Dayne St. Clair was credited with three saves in recording a third consecutive shutout, his fourth in eight career starts in MLS (all this season). St. Clair extended his shutout streak to 290 minutes, the eighth-longest in MLS this season.
 
FIRE FC: Álvaro Medrán has assisted on each of the last three Fire FC goals.
 
 
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. NASHVILLE SC
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #228)
BBVA Stadium, Houston, Texas
7:30 p.m. CT (QuestTEXAS Ch. 55; MyTV30)
 
REFEREE: Nima Saghafi. AR1 (bench): Nick Uranga; AR2 (opposite): Matthew Nelson; 4th: David Gantar; VAR: Rosendo Mendoza; AVAR: TBD
MLS Career: 69 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.9; R: 9; pens: 24
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Dynamo 0 wins, 1 goal … Nashville SC 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 1
AT HOUSTON: First meeting.
  • The Dynamo weren’t able to build upon a first win in seven games, falling by the game’s only goal to Inter Miami CF in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday afternoon.
  • Nashville SC had their four-game undefeated streak put to an end, dropping a 2-1 decision to Sporting Kansas City at Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday evening. Walker Zimmerman scored his second goal of the season; he netted the first in the club’s MLS history in the season opener on Feb. 29.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season and in their histories. Daniel Ríos gave Nashville SC the lead early in the second half, but Darwin Quintero hit for the 89th-minute leveler to leave the teams in a 1-1 draw Sept. 26 at Nissan Stadium.
DYNAMO: Darwin Quintero has his three-game streak with a goal and/or an assist come to an end.
 
NASHVILLE SC: The four-game undefeated streak for Nashville SC matched the club’s longest in its inaugural MLS season, also from Aug. 30-Sept. 12 (2-0-2).
 
 
FC DALLAS vs. SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #229)
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
7:30 p.m. CT (FS-SW / FCDTV; FS-KC)
 
REFEREE: Armando Villarreal. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Chris Elliott; 4th: Michael Radchuk; VAR: Malik Badawi; AVAR: Johathan Johnson
MLS Career: 148 games; FC/gm: 22.4; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 28; pens: 34
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: FC Dallas 26 wins (1 shootout), 104 goals … Sporting 25 wins (2 shootout), 94 goals … Ties 13
AT DALLAS: FC Dallas 15 wins (0 shootout), 60 goals … Sporting 10 wins (2 shootout), 34 goals … Ties 5
  • FC Dallas had their scheduled match with Minnesota United FC on Sunday postponed. In their last match, FCD had a run of draws put to an end, falling 2-0 to the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Stadium on Oct. 7.
  • Sporting won their third game on the trot, defeating Nashville SC 2-1 at Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday evening. Gerso Fernandes scored his second goal of the season before Erik Hurtado hit for the game-winner from an absolutely stunning full volley off a cross.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season, with the first two coming at Children’s Mercy Park. Franco Jara gave FCD an early lead, but Khiry Shelton equalized just before halftime, leaving the teams in a 1-1 draw Sept. 2. Jara then netted goals on either side of halftime, pacing FC Dallas to a 3-2 win Sept. 19.
  • FCD has come away with points from the last four meetings in Kansas City, winning three, the club’s first wins there since 2011. SKC had won five of the seven meetings in between, with two draws.
  • Sporting last won at Toyota Stadium on Oct. 21, 2018, a 3-0 win, their first in Frisco since 2011; FC Dallas had a five-game home undefeated streak in the series put to an end.
FCD: FC Dallas took 28 total attempts at goal, tied for second-most in the club’s history (record: 36, 8/19/1998 at Miami Fusion).
 
SPORTING: Johnny Russell recorded his third assist of the season, his second in as many games. Russell has been involved in six of SKC’s last nine goals, over the last six games (4 goals, 2 assists). … Amadou Dia was credited with the second assist of his MLS career, the first coming Sept. 27, 2015, vs. Seattle.
 
 
REAL SALT LAKE vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #230)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
7:30 p.m. MT (KMYU-12; ROOT-NW)
 
REFEREE: Robert Sibiga. AR1 (bench): Adam Garner; AR2 (opposite): Jeffrey Greeson; 4th: Allen Chapman; VAR: Alejandro Mariscal; AVAR: Fabio Tovar
MLS Career: 111 games; FC/gm: 21.9; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 28; pens: 34
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Real 7 wins, 34 goals … Timbers 9 wins, 36 goals … Ties 8
AT SALT LAKE: Real 5 wins, 18 goals … Timbers 5 wins, 18 goals … Ties 2
  • Real saw their losing slide extended following a 2-1 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Providence Park on Saturday evening. Damir Kreilach scored his seventh goal of the season, tied for seventh-most in MLS this season.
  • The Timbers extended their winning streak to five games, one shy of the club’s record in MLS, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 at Providence Park on Sunday evening. Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored a pair of goals, the third two-goal outing from a Timbers player in the last two games, while Felipe Mora added his seventh of the year, his fourth goal in the last three games.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Giuseppe Rossi and Sam Johnson scored goals from the 90th minute on, pulling RSL back from a two-goal deficit and leaving the teams in a 4-4 draw Aug. 29 at Providence Park.
  • The Timbers are undefeated in the last five meetings between the teams, a four-game winning streak coming to an end in the first meeting this year. The Timbers have come away with points on six of their last seven league visits to Rio Tinto Stadium, dating back to 2014, with five wins and a draw in that span.
  • The teams also met in Round One of the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs. Jefferson Savarino scored the game-winner three minutes from the end, giving RSL the 2-1 win on Oct. 19 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
REAL: Maikel Chang recorded his club-leading fifth assist of the season, his first since Sept. 19. … Justin Meram collected his second assist of the year.
 
TIMBERS: Diego Chará recorded a pair of assists, now with six assists for the season, a single-season career-high in his 10th MLS campaign. It was his second career two-assist game in 276 MLS league appearances – both coming in the last five games. … Eryk Williamson recorded his fifth assist of the season, a third consecutive game with an assist. … Marvin Loria recorded his second assist of the season, the third of his MLS career.
 
 
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #232)
Providence Park, Portland, Ore.
7 p.m. PT (TSN; YouTube TV / Estrella TV)
 
REFEREE: Tori Penso. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Cameron Blanchard; 4th: Timothy Ford; VAR: Drew Fischer; AVAR: Kathryn Nesbitt
MLS Career: 1 game; FC/gm: 22.0; Y/gm: 2.0; R: 1; pens: 0
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Whitecaps FC 1 win, 4 goals … LAFC 3 wins, 16 goals … Ties 1
VANCOUVER HOME GAME: Whitecaps FC 1 win, 1 goal … LAFC 1 win, 2 goals … Ties 0
  • Whitecaps FC snapped a four-game losing slide, coming from behind to defeat Real Salt Lake 2-1 in a home game played at Providence Park on Saturday evening. Lucas Cavallini hit for the game-winner 15 from time.
  • LAFC won their second game in a row and a fourth in the last six, defeating Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday evening. Danny Musovski scored a pair of goals, his first career two-goal game, while Francisco Ginella made his first MLS goal one to remember with a long-range bomb.
  • The teams are meeting for the second time this season. LAFC set an MLS record by scoring the first four goals in the opening 14 minutes, and tied the MLS record with the first five goals in the opening 33 minutes (equaling the mark set by Seattle Sounders FC just 13 days earlier) in rolling to a 6-0 win at Banc of California Stadium on Sept. 23.
  • The teams split their two meetings a season ago, each winning on their home ground. Hwang In-beom scored the game’s only goal to lead Whitecaps FC to the victory April 17 at BC Place, their only win in four meetings all-time in the series. On July 6 at Banc of California Stadium, Carlos Vela scored a pair of goals and added an assist, leading LAFC to a 6-1 win.
WHITECAPS FC: Evan Bush was credited with two saves in recording his first victory between the posts for the Whitecaps. It was his first goalkeeper win in MLS since Aug. 28, 2019, when he won with the Montréal Impact – vs. Vancouver.
 
LAFC: Danny Musovski also added an assist, the first of his MLS career. … Bradley Wright-Phillips collected his fifth assist of the season, a third consecutive game with an assist – the longest such streak in his MLS career. … Eduard Atuesta recorded his second assist of the season, the first coming July 13 during the MLS is Back Tournament.
 
 
LA GALAXY vs. SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 (Week 18, MLS Game #233)
Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, Calif.
7:30 p.m. PT (SpecSN; NBCS-CA)
 
REFEREE: Alex Chilowicz. AR1 (bench): Jason White; AR2 (opposite): Kevin Lock; 4th: Ramy Touchan; VAR: Ricardo Salazar; AVAR: TBD
MLS Career: 36 games; FC/gm: 24.6; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 6; pens: 12
 
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Galaxy 32 wins (4 shootout), 114 goals … Earthquakes 25 wins (1 shootout), 104 goals … Ties 16
AT GALAXY: Galaxy 21 wins (2 shootout), 64 goals … Earthquakes 7 wins (0 shootout), 44 goals … Ties 6
  • The Galaxy had their scheduled match with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday postponed. In their last match, the Galaxy saw their losing slide extended, falling 6-3 to the Portland Timbers at Dignity Health Sports Park on Oct. 7. The six goals matched the most conceded by the Galaxy in a game, the fifth time in club history and the second this season.
  • The Quakes saw their three-game winning run come to an end, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park on Sunday evening.
  • The teams are meeting for the fourth time this season. Andrés Ríos converted a late penalty kick as the Quakes overcame an early deficit to take a 2-1 win Oct. 3 at Earthquakes Stadium; 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 teams also reached a goalless draw Sept. 13 at Earthquakes Stadium.
  • The Earthquakes win in Carson last year was just the second there for the Quakes since 2012. The Galaxy have won just twice in the last 20 regular season games in northern California, across four stadiums.
  • Known as the California Clásico, the Galaxy and Earthquakes have met 89 times in all competitions. In regular season play, the Galaxy have won 32 times and the Quakes 25, with 16 draws, since their first meeting April 28, 1996.
GALAXY: Cristian Pavón scored a goal and added an assist, the fourth time in his MLS career (and second time this season) he’s had a goal and an assist in the same game. … Julián Araujo scored the first goal of his MLS career, in his second season (28 league appearances). … Ethan Zubak scored his second goal, his first coming Aug. 22.
 
QUAKES: Oswaldo Alanis returned to the lineup and played the full 90 minutes following a five-match absence.
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