MLS week 7: Georgia stalemate, LAFC rebound and TFC returns

Atlanta United and New York City FC battled, LAFC rebounded and Toronto FC brought back to earth in our roundup of week seven action of Major League Soccer.

Fresh off their pumping of LAFC, Atlanta United set their gaze on New York City FC. The clubs came into the match sitting in second and first place – respectively – and looked to establish early-season bragging rights.

Twice Atlanta scored, and twice New York City responded. Greg Garza’s opener was canceled out by David Villa’s penalty and then by a howitzer from NYCFC’s Alex Ring. Taking a pass 30 yards out from Villa, Ring took a touch before launching a curling shot, hitting the underside of the bar and bouncing over the line.

LAFC rebounded from their bruising defeat to Atlanta to bag two second-half goals and beat a thoroughly underwhelming Vancouver Whitecaps side. Carlos Vela scored the winner in the 59th minute.

Taking the ball just inside the 18-yard-box, he took a few strides forward before unleashing a dipping, diving shot that looped to the right of the keeper and found itself nestling into the top corner. Standard stuff for the Mexican. Diego Rossi added the insurance goal 11 minutes later, wrapping up the morale-boosting win.

Toronto FC returned to league action for the first time in two weeks after battling their way to a CONCACAF Champions League final with a win over Mexican side Club America. TFC took a 3-1 win in the first leg against Club America and followed it up with a 1-1 draw Estadio Azteca.

Last season’s champions returned to the league seemingly with a bit of a hangover. Jack Price scored his first ever MLS goal just over a minute into the contest and cruised to a win.

To give TFC some credit, the Canadian club came in to the match with a depleted squad with coach Greg Vanney making 10 changes to rest his players between the Champions League semifinal and final.

Sweetly struck:

  • Jordan Harvey – who spent seven seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps – made his return to Vancouver and was given a standing ovation from the home crowd when substituted in the 86th Lovely.

  • Alex Ring and his cannon of a shot. Quite literally: sweetly struck. Oof.
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic now has three goals in 127 minutes of play. Not bad at all.

Wayward attempts:

  • More of a lament for Seattle. After earning a penalty that could give them a lead and set them on their way to their first win of the season, the video assistant referee overturned the call.
  • Another week, another loss for the Impact. I’m hoping they turn it around just so Hatem Ben Arfa signs


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