MLS Week 8: Win for DC, loss for Seattle

The Major League Soccer Week 8 recap begins with FC Dallas beating Houston 2-1 at home in a version of the Texas derby. Needing a comeback, Dallas fell behind in the 33rd minute to a Carlos Ferreira goal. Tsiki Ntsabeleng equalized in the 87th minute and Facundo Quignon scored the winner for Dallas three minutes after added time.

“Overall a good performance considering we played against a very good team away from home,” said Houston coach Paulo Nagamura. “We were dominant in the first half, we controlled the game. We scored a good goal. We had giveaways that resulted in half-chances for FC Dallas. Happy with the first half. In the second half we stopped playing the way we played in the first half. Move the ball faster. That finally brought FC Dallas back into play there.”

Philadelphia and Montreal drew 1-1 at Subaru Park. Union’s Julian Carranza converted a penalty in the 21st minute and Kei Kamara equalized for Montreal in the 59th minute.

Minnesota defeated Chicago 3-0 at home. Emanuel Reynoso scored in the 72nd for United while Fire’s Federico Navarro saw red in the 77th. Kervin Arriaga doubled United’s lead in the 84th and Robin Lod scored in the 88th minute.

“I thought especially in the first half when we were defending and winning the ball, we just gave it away too easily, sometimes not even under pressure,” Chicago coach Ezra Hendrickson said. “So we weren’t very clinical. We weren’t very technical that night. But these are things we can improve on and we just have to keep working on them.”

DC United defeated New England 3-2 in the first game under caretaker coach Chad Ashton. Taxiarchis Fountas fell back to a Brandon Bye goal in the 6th minute and equalized for United in the 26th minute. Michael Estrada set up DC in the 39th and Fountas scored again in the 43rd. Adam Buska pulled a goal back for New England in the 86th minute.

“But, boy, did we make some really bad mistakes that cost us dearly,” said New England coach Bruce Arena. “And again we conceded an insane amount of goals and only a couple of really bad games. So you know we deserved to lose the game. We fought hard in the second half and tried to equalize at the end. The game became a bit of a circus with wasted time and everything, but we put ourselves in that position.”

Austin knocked out Vancouver 3-0 at Q2 Stadium. Maximiliano Urruti scored on the 11th and 26th, Sebastian Driussi 3-0 on the 68th.

Sporting Kansas City drew 0-0 at home with Columbus. Sporting ended the game with three shots, all on target. The crew scored one of three shots on goal.

Colorado and Charlotte ended 0-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids haven’t had any of their 11 shots on target, while Chicago has five of their 16 on target.

Portland and Real Salt Lake ended 0-0 at Providence Park. The Timbers had five of their shots on frame, with Real Salt Lake having two of their five on target.

San Jose beat Seattle 4-3 at home in the first game of the Earthquakes under interim coach Alex Covelo. The Sounders went up after a Nicolas Lodeiro penalty in the 14th minute, while Cristian Roldan doubled the lead in the 14th minute. Cristian Espinoza scored a goal in injury time in the first half. The Sounders scored again in the 57th through Jordan Morris to make it 3-1. Espinoza scored his second goal of the game in the 64th and Jackson Yueill equalized in the 65th. Espinoza completed his hat-trick by converting a penalty four minutes into added time.

The Galaxy knocked out Nashville 1-0 at home after Dejan Jovelic scored in the 86th minute. LA had six of 16 shots on target while Nashville had one of four shots fired.

“It’s like that sometimes when you’re five in defense against a good team,” said Galaxy coach Greg Vanney. “Especially three central defenders who protect their goal well. They’re big, so you can’t just put crosses in them, it doesn’t make sense. You have to be patient. You gotta try to move these guys. You have to try to get from side to side and build your attacks from the outside because there’s just so much density in the middle.”

Sunday’s schedule began with Inter Miami beating Atlanta 2-1 at home. Atlanta took the lead through a 13th-minute goal from Ronaldo Cisneros, but Inter equalized in the 28th through Leonardo Campana. Bryce Duke scored for Inter in the 64th minute.

“We’re missing two big parts of our attack, Josef Martinez and Luiz Araujo, in terms of goal production and all that,” said Atlanta coach Gonzalo Pineda. “I’m aware of that. I think we can still score a lot more goals without these two important players. I think the way we create opportunities is important to me. We just have to do better. That’s also why the forwards earn a lot of money because they know how to put the ball in the net. That’s the game.”

The Red Bulls beat Orlando City 3-0 at Exploria Stadium. Luquinhas opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Cristian Casseres Jr doubled the lead in the 48th minute. Lewis Morgan converted a penalty in the 88th minute. Orlando ended without a shot on goal.

LAFC won 2-1 in Cincinnati. After an injury-time goal from Luciano Acosta in the first half, Kellyn Acosta equalized for LAFC in the 59th minute. Daniel Muscovski scored the winning goal for LAFC in the 79th minute.

Week 8 ended with NYCFC beating Toronto 5-4 at home. Jesus Jimenez scored for Toronto in the 13th and 27th minutes. Valentin Castellanos scored for New York in the 38th minute and Thiago equalized in the 49th minute. NYCFC took the lead in the 54th minute through Santiago Rodriguez and extended it in the 58th minute with a Keaton Parks goal. Gabriel Pereira scored the 5:2 in the 75th minute. Toronto’s Deandre Kerr scored for Toronto in the 86th minute and played a man after a red card from Alfredo Morales in the 89th minute. Toronto’s Michael Bradley drew them up to one with a goal in the 90th minute.

Photo from the New England Revolution

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