The Seattle Sounders are the hottest team in MLS, and will look to keep their torrid form going against a talented and tricky Atlanta United side in the marquee clash of Sunday’s MLS slate.
The Five Stripes have had some growing pains under new head coach Gabriel Heinze, but have also shown some good qualities and improvement on last season. With Josef Martinez back in the fold, Atlanta United will be poised to threaten the Sounders defense.
Sunday’s schedule also features the Philadelphia Union’s trip down I-95 to take on D.C. United. Jim Curtin’s men have won two straight, and look more like the Supporters’ Shield winners, and they’ll look to make it three straight against a DCU side still adapting to new head coach Hernan Losada.
Sunday night will feature Austin FC’s visit to Nashville SC, with Gary Smith’s men still undefeated on the season.
Saturday’s MLS schedule was headlined by the LA Galaxy’s visit to Portland, and it wound up being a trip to forget for Greg Vanney’s side. A first-half red card issued to Derrick Williams turned a 0-0 match into a Timbers romp, with Felipe Mora coming off the bench and scoring a pair of second-half goals in a 3-0 victory at Providence Park.
The New England Revolution maintained their hold on first place in the East, shaking off an early deficit and benefiting from an Andres Reyes red card to rally to a 3-1 victory against the 10-man Red Bulls. Gustavo Bou scored a goal and set up another to lead Bruce Arena’s men to their fourth win of the season.
SBI will provide updates and post-game breakdowns of all of Sunday’s action so feel free to follow along here.
In case you missed any of Saturday’s MLS action, you can catch up with our breakdowns of all 10 matches.
Enjoy the action:
Sounders 0, Atlanta United 0 (1st Half)
D.C. United vs. Union, 7:15 p.m.
Nashville SC vs. Austin FC, 9 p.m.
CF Montreal 1, FC Cincinnati 2 (Final)
(Djordje Mihailovic 56′) – (Jürgen Locadia 70′, Gustavo Vallecilla 86′)
Man of the Match: In his second start of the season, center back Gustavo Vallecilla held down a solid 90-minute shift defensively and headed in the go-ahead goal to open his Cincinnati and MLS accounts.
Moment of the Match: Jürgen Locadia’s equalizer in the 70th minute provided the spark needed for the team to pull off an uncharacteristic comeback victory.
Match to Forget: Romell Quioto had an empty net opportunity in the 45th minute. Instead of making the most of the time in his run-up to calculate, he fired off an errant shot that went wide for the most embarrassing miss of his career.
Timbers 3, LA Galaxy 0 (Final)
(Felipe Mora 47′, 60′, Diego Valeri 69′)
Man of the Match: After a bone-crushing tackle by Derrick Williams, Felipe Mora was brought on to replace Andy Polo and scored a brace as part of a comfortable victory for the Timbers.
Moment of the Match: On the eve of half time, LA Galaxy defender Derrick Williams was given a straight red for a horror tackle on Andy Polo and leaving the Galaxy with 10 men for the remainder of the match. Polo was seen in a leg brace in the second half, but hopefully he escaped a serious injury.
Match to Forget: Derrick Williams. His red card in the 44th minute completely changed the game and the Irish international is facing a one match ban at the minimum.
Fire 1, Inter Miami 0 (Final)
(Luka Stojanovic 69′)
Man of the Match: Luka Stojanovic. His decisive strike may have come via a bit of good fortune, but it gave the Fire the lead they deserved after coming close on several other occasions earlier in the match.
Moment of the Match: Game-winning blunder. The Chicago Fire snapped their goal-less drought and grabbed their first win of the season with a free kick from Stojanovic in the 69th minute, but it was only made possible by an ugly gaffe from Inter Miami goalkeeper John McCarthy.
Match to Forget: Federico Higuain. The Inter Miami playmaker had his worst showing of the season, failing to make the type of impact that he had regularly delivered in his previous outings.