MLS week 8: Disappointing results in Canada, Seattle gets first win

It was an ugly weekend for Canadian MLS clubs; Seattle recorded its first win of the season, and Orlando’s unbeaten streak stays alive.

The Vancouver Whitecaps didn’t quite live up to their motto of “Our All, Our Honour” this past weekend after suffering a 6-0 thumping – and two red cards – to Sporting Kansas City. It all started so well for the Canadian MLS club, as they had the first major chance of the match. Peruvian Yordy Reyna beat the offside trap, only to see his shot parried away.

Kansas, however, opened the scoring and didn’t let up. Johnny Russell scored his first of a hat-trick in the 10th minute, shortly followed by a second; Jimmy Medranda made it 3-0 in the opening 30 minutes with a shot reminiscent of the one Ronaldinho scored against David Seaman in the 2002 World Cup. Red cards for Reyna and Efrain Juárez after a confrontation with Russell turned the game to hell for the Whitecaps, ending any chance of a comeback.

After a positive start to the MLS season for Vancouver, it’s been all downhill in recent weeks. Manager Carl Robinson is in desperate need of answers.

Toronto FC returned to domestic action, and got pumped 5-0 for their troubles. Mauro Manotas opened the scoring in the third minute after Toronto’s centre-backs coughed up the ball, allowing the Colombian to slip the ball home. Toronto thought they had cut the lead down in the 26th minute, to only have the goal waved off thanks to VAR. Missed clearances and awkward deflections doomed the Canadians, leaving them rock bottom of the Eastern Conference.

It was also a case of red card disappointment for the Montreal Impact against LAFC, as Victor Cabrera was sent off in the 31st minute. However, Ignacio Piatti’s first half hat-trick looked to have given the Impact a comfortable lead.

Sadly, it wasn’t to be, as Montreal fell 5-3 with two goals coming in the final seven minutes. That’s their fifth loss this season.

But there was good news for Orlando SC this weekend. Unbeaten since mid-March, the Lions kept their unbeaten streak alive with a 3-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. But it was a close affair as Florian Jungwirth scored twice for the Quakes – in the 78th and 90th minutes – threatening a tense win for the Florida club.

Sweetly struck:

  • Rookie Chris Mueller scored the fastest MLS goal in Orlando’s history, finding the net just 63 seconds after kickoff;
  • Seattle recording its first win of the season. Doesn’t get more sweetly struck than that.

Wayward attempts:

  • LA Galaxy are displaying some growing pains as they try to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimović. Since his debut and the Galaxy’s win over LAFC, Los Angeles has lost twice. Not great for a team aiming for a championship.

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