The Eastern Conference and Western Conference standings will come into more focus this week as the MLS Week Five schedule is made up almost exclusive of intra-conference affairs, with several enticing matchups on tap on Saturday.
New York City FC kicked off Saturday’s proceedings at Yankee Stadium against a revamped Toronto FC side. A first-half Jesus Medina finish gave NYCFC the lead, but a Jacob Shaffelburg equalizer helped the Canadian side leave the Bronx with a point.
The New York Red Bulls take their two-match winning streak to Subaru Park against a Philadelphia Union side still searching for its first home win of the season.
In the Western Conference, Austin FC visits the LA Galaxy hoping to continue an impressive start to its inaugural MLS season. The Houston Dynamo visit the Colorado Rapids in a battle of teams off to good starts.
SBI’s editorial staff will be providing scoring updates on all of Saturday’s action throughout the day, as well as post-game breakdowns so be sure to follow the action here.
Enjoy the action:
(All Times Eastern)
NYCFC 1, Toronto FC 1 (Final)
(Jesus Medina 56′) – (Jacob Shaffelburg 74′)
LA Galaxy 2 Austin FC 0 (Final)
(Sebastian Lletget 35′) – (Javier Hernandez 77′)
Man of the Match: Julian Araujo was excellent for the Galaxy in the victory over Austin. Playing right back, Araujo was a pivotal part in the clean sheet and constantly applied pressure going forward, assisting Javier Hernandez for the second goal.
Moment of the Match: In the 77th minute, Javier Hernandez put the match out of reach after touching home a cross from Julian Araujo and adding another goal to his league lead of 7.
Match to Forget: Danny Hoesen. The Dutch striker could not get anything going for the Verde and he was subbed out in the 62nd minute. His replacement, Kekuta Manneh was a game changer and Hoesen’s grip on the starting striker spot may be slipping after a fourth match without a goal.
Atlanta United vs. CF Montreal, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.
Minnesota United vs. FC Dallas, 8 p.m.
Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo, 9 p.m.
Real Salt Lake vs. Nashville SC. 9:30 p.m.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Portland Timbers, 10 p.m.