Orlando’s fine start has come to an end, while a 100th match-up loss for Seattle, frustration in Toronto, and red cards galore dominated the headlines in this week’s action of Major League Soccer.

Orlando City’s six-game win streak finally came to an end in a narrow 2-1 loss to Atlanta United. The Georgia club scored twice in the first half – including a 10th minute penalty – to seal the win.

But it was a late no-call that left Orlando fans furious. Midfielder Will Johnson looked to go down on the edge of the box before contact (he truly and utterly dove), but Orlando fans were left apoplectic and decided the best way to show their frustration was by throwing any manner of trash they could get their hands on, on to the field.

The shower continued after the final whistle was sounded just to highlight the poor sportsmanship.

Over on the west coast, Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders faced off for their 100th match against one another. As these affairs tend to go, it was a bit of a damp squib.

Portland’s Sebastian Blanco scored the match winner in the 86th minute, latching on to a delicious through ball that cut through Seattle’s centre-backs. One touch, and it’s nestled in the corner of the net – cue pandemonium.


It continues Seattle’s torrid start to the season. Last season’s runners-up find themselves rooted firmly to the bottom of the Western Conference table with eight points from nine games.

Heading back across the continent, it was a bad day at the office for Sebastian Giovinco and Toronto FC. Another of the early season strugglers, Toronto were looking to stage a late comeback against the New England Revolution.

Giovinco scored an 89th minute penalty to bring TFC within one goal only to be sent off before the following kick-off.

It was one of five reds handed out across the league this weekend.

Plus a belated shoutout to Columbus Crew who staged one of the more dominant performances this weekend, with a 3-0 win over the Chicago Fire. The Crew had 56 per cent possession and 19 shots, thoroughly deserving their win.

Sweetly struck:

  • Kendall Waston saving the Whitecaps’ bacon with a last-gasp equaliser against the Houston Dynamo. The Whitecaps produced one of their worst performances of the season in the first half of their match, looked better in the second, but were on the verge of losing before their captain scored the equaliser.
  • Ezequiel Barco followed up his debut goal last week with a fantastic effort from the top of the 18-yard box.

Wayward attempts:

    • The Whitecaps’ first half: truly one of the more insipid displays this season. Long balls pumped from the back and little attacking verve.
    • Sebastian Giovinco and his wandering hands. It’s just incredibly petulant and outright dumb to grab an opponent’s face. Deserved sending off.