MLS Matchday 15 Recap


Matchday 15 in Major League Soccer saw plenty of goals, including a couple spectacuar ones from St. Louis City’s Eduard Löwen and Sporing Kansas City’s Erik Thommy. Seattle got a vital win to move ahead of idle LAFC and FC Cincinnati continued to put space between themselves and the chasing pack in the Eastern Conference with their fourth straight win.

New England Revolution 3-3 Chicago Fire

For the second week running, the Fire were involved in a thrilling three-all draw, after having done the same against Atlanta last weekend. The visitors opened a 2-0 lead before a stunner from Noel Buck and another from Bobby Wood leveled the match. The Fire then regained the lead before Jozy Altidore snatched a point for the Revs just two minutes after coming off the bench.

Orlando City 1-1 Atlanta United

After a strong display, Orlando will have been disappointed to have not sealed a win at home after Tyler Wolff’s equalizer four minutes from time. For Atlanta, Brad Guzan made a surprise return from injury, making four saves for the visitors.

New York City FC 1-3 Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia look to be back up to their old tricks – the visitors got their fifth win in six games to move a point off third place in the Eastern Conference. A brace from Julián Carranza led the way for Jim Curtin’s side, who scored three goals for the second match in a row.

CF Montréal 1-0 Inter Miami CF

Montréal continue their climb up the table with four wins in their last six games. Chinoso Offor’s first half goal was the difference between the two teams as Jonthan Sirois made five saves for the hosts; the result leaves Miami bottom of the conference, while Montréal are ninth.

Toronto FC 2-1 DC United

Lorenzo Insigne had two assists in a vital win for Toronto, who have struggled in the season’s early going. The win lifted the hosts off the bottom of the table, edging past the visitors, who had made things nervy with a Christian Benteke goal three minutes from time.

St. Louis City 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

Eduard Löwen’s stunning free kick was the pick of the bunch for the hosts, who moved into second place with the win. St. Louis now have a league-best 29 goals scored, having won their second straight match.

Minnesota United 1-1 Real Salt Lake

A cagey affair at Allianz Field saw an unfortunate own goal from Justen Glad cancel out Jefferson Savarino’s opener. Substitute Pablo Ruiz hit the woodwork, but the teams shared the points, as Minnesota remained in sixth place.

Houston Dynamo FC 2-1 Austin FC

Gyasi Zardes opened the scoring for Austin with his second goal in as many matches, but the hosts battled back to take this Copa Tejas match thanks to goals from Hector Herrera and substitute Iván Franco. The win leaves Houston in seventh place, moving them above their opponents on the evening.

Colorado Rapids 0-1 FC Cincinnati

Cincinnati moved an incredible eight points clear atop the Eastern Conference with their fourth straight win. Dominique Badji’s first goal for the Orange and Blue was all Pat Noonan’s side needed as they kept up their brilliant form.

Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 New York Red Bulls

Jordan Morris’ ninth goal of the season was enough for Seattle at home as the hosts held on for a win despite João Paulo being sent off midway through the second half. The result takes Seattle into first place, although LAFC and St. Louis City both have games in hand. 

San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 FC Dallas

Nkosi Tafari scored in the third minute of added time for FC Dallas, denying the ‘Quakes a chance to move ahead of the visitors in a hard-fought match.

LA Galaxy 0-1 Charlotte FC

The hapless Galaxy lost again, their fifth defeat in six. For Charlotte, the win saw them climb into the playoff spots thanks to Karol Swiderski’s second half strike; the Polish international now has four goals on the season. 

Sporting Kansas City 4-1 Portland Timbers

Sporting Kansas City shook off an early goal from Franck Boli to record a resounding home win. Erik Thommy’s brilliant strike will have taken the headlines, while the team’s leading scorer, Dániel Sallói scored his third of the campaign.

Nashville SC 3-1 Columbus Crew

Hany Mukhtar continued his brilliant form with a goal and an assist and Daniel Lovitz added two assists as the hosts bounced back comfortably after conceding after just two minutes. The win sees Nashville move into second place ahead of the midweek round.