MLS week 24: New York dominance, Portland’s streak snapped

After a long delay (I’m looking at you World Cup), we’re back with our weekly roundup of Major League Soccer action. While we’ve been gone, the Vancouver Whitecaps have sold their best (and arguably Canada’s) player to Bayern Munich. Ezequiel Barco has found himself on the outs for untold reasons despite plenty of rumours, Patrick Veira has left for European shores and Seattle has turned itself around.

First things first: Wayne Rooney showed a glimpse of his pre-MLS form with a lung busting effort to make a last ditch tackle to stop a potential goal and then floated a cross across the pitch to set up the winning goal as DC United beat 10-man Orlando City SC.

His performance has funnily enough set up a discussion about praising a former European great for doing what younger players in the league would do, but casting aside the deeper look: it’s just fun to watch.

The New York Red Bulls haven’t let up this season, and Luis Robles eighth clean sheet of the season ensured they took a 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 15th of the season, tied with Zlatan Ibrahimovic for second in the league.

Over in Coloardo, Nana Boateng picked a good time to record his first MLS goal. Boateng tucked his shot away in the 93rd minute to help the Rapids edge the San Jose Earthquakes.

Heading west, the Seattle Sounders have quietly rightened their ship. The Sounders are unbeaten in eight matches — good enough for seventh place in the Western Conference, and beat Conference-leaders FC Dallas in Seattle for their fifth straight victory. Not bad for a club that was being written off at the start of the season.

Finishing out west, the Portland Timbers suffered their first loss since way back in April. They had gone 15 matches unbeaten before the Vancouver Whitecaps strolled in to town and beat them 2-1.

Striker Kei Kamara opened the scoring for the Whitecaps, with Cristian Techera notching the winner in the 43rd winner. It’s the first loss at home for the Timbers all season.

Sweetly struck:

  • Rooney deserves to be on the list for the tackle alone. The cross — which just might have been a hopeful hit — seals the deal.
  • Vancouver’s faced fan criticism (over a player and his supposed support of values that don’t align with supporters) but they ditched off-the-field drama to snap a rival’s impressively long unbeaten streak.

Wayward attempt:

  • Barco’s suspension from the first team has coincided with a drop in form for Tata Martino’s Atlanta squad, but for finding himself in this situation in the first place, Barco deserves to be on this list.

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