The world is on an international break, with the exception of MLS. The schedule is light due to the many international games that were set for this weekend. None of the international games were bigger than the United States facing Mexico. The game was only big for Mexico it seemed because El Tri dominated the United States in a 3-0 victory in front of a heavily dominated Mexican crowd. The United States played well for the first 20 minutes until the wheels fell off after a Javier Hernandez header put Mexico in the lead in the 21st minute.
While the game was close for the next 50-plus minutes, it never felt like Mexico was going to let the United States back into the game. In the 78th minute, Erick Gutierrez doubled the lead for Mexico after a bad turnover from Zack Steffen. As if it couldn’t get worse, Uriel Antuna added another one for Mexico just four minutes later. The United States had a chance to get one back through a penalty, but Josh Sargent had it saved by Jonathan Orozco. This has been a rough summer for Gregg Berhalter and the United States.
Even during the break, there were a few games that were to be played around the league. In an Eastern Conference battle, New York City FC took the top spot in the conference after a big 2-1 home victory over the New England Revolution. The visitors got on the board just two minutes in, but a red card from Antonio Mlinar Delamea in the ninth minute put the Revs down a man, which would eventually be their downfall. Jesus Medina came on as a second-half substitute and ultimately sank the Revs with two goals late in the game.
In Orlando, the home side settled for a 2-2 draw with the best side in the league, Los Angeles FC. LAFC came into the match with only 16 players dressed and without its best player, Carlos Vela. Diego Rossi salvaged a point for LAFC after a beautiful goal with just 12 minutes remaining. Out west, since the arrival of Robin Fraser as manager of the Rapids, Colorado has failed to taste defeat. The winning streak continued under Fraser with the help of rookie Andre Shinyashiki, who scored a brace to give the Rapids a big 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders. The Portland Timbers picked up a massive three points, propelling them into sixth place in the West. After a low-key first half, Benny Feilhaber got Sporting Kansas City on the board just after the hour mark. Jeremy Ebobisse leveled the match in the 83rd minute before Brian Fernandez headed home the game-winner at the death, giving Portland a crucial three points in the playoff race.
Below is the schedule for MLS clubs in action this week.
Cuba vs. Canada – 7:15 p.m. (CONCACAF Nations League)
U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Uruguay – 8 p.m. (FS1) (International Friendly)
New York City FC vs. Toronto FC – 7 p.m.
Houston Dynamo vs. Minnesota United – 8:30 p.m.
Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy – 9 p.m.
Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Quakes – 9:30 p.m.
New York City FC vs. San Jose Quakes – 12:30 p.m.
Chicago Fire vs. FC Dallas – 3:30 p.m.
Atlanta United vs. Columbus Crew – 7 p.m.
Montreal Impact vs. FC Cincinnati – 7:30 p.m.
Orlando City SC vs. New England Revolution – 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia Union vs. Los Angeles FC – 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Houston Dynamo – 10 p.m.
Portland Timbers vs. D.C. United – 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Toronto FC vs. Colorado Rapids – 5 p.m.
Minnesota United v. Real Salt Lake – 5:30 p.m.
Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls – 6 p.m.
LA Galaxy vs. Sporting Kansas City – 10 p.m. (FS1)
As always, stay tuned to Cincinnati Soccer Talk for all things FC Cincinnati as the club heads north to Canada to face the Montreal Impact on Saturday night.