Arena adds two
US Men’s National Team head coach Bruce Arena made a pair of roster moves on Sunday. Arena added Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan to the group that will play a pair of World Cup qualifiers later this month.
Kljestan was added as a replacement for injured forward Bobby Wood, who recently suffered a back injury, while Besler joins camp to bolster the USMNT defense.
Sounders celebrate win, raise MLS Cup banner
There was no spoiling the Seattle Sounders' celebration party on Sunday. The New York Red Bulls learned that the hard way.
The Sounders -- led by Clint Dempsey, Jordan Morris and Harry Shipp -- won their 2017 home opener by defeating New York, 3-1, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The win came as the Sounders honored their 2016 MLS Cup title by unfurling a championship banner.
Atlanta sells out, burns Fire
Atlanta United exploded Saturday night with a beat down against the visiting Chicago Fire. The onslaught started just four minutes into the match when the expansion side took the early lead off of an own goal.
The second half proved equally painful for the visitors. At the 60th minute, Josef Martinez put the home side up 2-0. Then, seven minutes later, Hector Villalba made it three for Atlanta. Martinez added his second goal of the game at the 82 minute mark to bring the final tally to four.
Late push not enough for Union
Two games at Orlando City SC's new stadium have brought three goals for Cyle Larin Lion's dominant young striker. On Saturday, he found the goal twice to give the home side a 2-1 win against the visiting Philadelphia Union.
C.J. Sapong scored a close-range header for the visitors early in the second half to level the game for a short period prior to Larin's winner. Philadelphia almost pulled out a point in stoppage time, but Ilsinho's strike hit the bottom of the post and Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik saved a back door header from Alejandro Bedoya.