Zlatan does it again
On Saturday, Chicago Fire hosted Los Angeles Galaxy in a battle of two international sensations — Bastian Schweinsteiger and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. For the Galaxy, it was Ibrahimovic who delivered in the first minute of stoppage time in the first half. The goal was all LA needed in the match as they left The Windy City with three points.
All square in Atlanta
The top two teams in the Eastern Conference met on Sunday when Atlanta United hosted New York City FC in front of 40,001 fans at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Atlanta’s Greg Garza got the scoring started in the 29th minute, only to have his goal answered by a penalty kick goal by David Villa in the 38th minute. The home team regained the lead in the 56th minute with a header to the back of the net by Chris McCann. Alex Ring banged in a sensational strike 17 minutes later from outside the box to find the equalizer as both squads left with a point
Tight Contest in the Rose City
After five games on the road, Portland Timbers finally returned home for a match at Providence Park against Minnesota United and their brand new signing Darwin Quintero. Portland struck early, as Alvas Powell kicked off the scoring in the 20th minute, while teammate Diego Valeri found the back of the net in the 23rd to give the Timbers an early two-goal lead. Quintero notched his first goal of the season in the 64th minute, but Portland’s Fanendo Adi answered right back in the 74th minute to give the Timbers the 3-1 lead. An own goal by Portland in the 81st minute made the game close, but Portland was able to hold on to the 3-2 win.
Red Bulls stay true at home
New York Red Bulls improved to 3-0-0 at Red Bull Arena in 2018 with a 3-1 victory over Montreal Impact on Saturday afternoon. Just five minutes in, Bradley Wright-Phillips kicked off the scoring giving the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead. Montreal’s Jeisson Vargas scored a beautiful free kick goal to level the match at 1-1 in the 30th minute. The 57th minute saw New York’s Kaku send a shot past Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush to put Red Bulls up a goal. A 76th-minute insurance goal by Michael Murillo sealed the deal on a 3-1 win for the Red Bulls.
MLS in Annapolis
With Audi Field not quite ready yet, D.C. United hosted Columbus Crew SC at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. DCU wasted no time, as midfielder Ulises Segura put one in the back of the net in the first minute of play. One goal is all D.C. would need, as a few key saves by goalkeeper Steve Clark helped DCU cling on to a 1-0 win.