MLS News and Notes — Week 12

Chris Asbrock looks at Eastern Conference bottom-feeders taking points from some top clubs and the start of Concacaf Gold Cup action in this week’s News and Notes.

MLS has taken somewhat of a step back with international play taking priority. The Copa America and Euro 2020 tournaments concluded this weekend, and the Concacaf Gold Cup started. Before that, MLS saw midweek action beginning with bottom of the league Toronto FC stunningly knocking off the top team in the east, New England Revolution. Not even 25 minutes in, the Revolution were already 3-0 down, thanks to goals from Yeferson Soteldo, Kemar Lawrence and Tsubasa Endoh. The Revolution clawed two goals back in the second half through Carles Gil and Adam Buksa, but it wasn’t enough. In another stunning result, the Chicago Fire knocked off Orlando City 3-1 at Soldier Field. Andres Perea got the visitors on the board before Boris Sekulic leveled it for the Fire just before the half. The second half belonged to Chicago as it bagged two more goals to take the three points.

While the lesser sides in the standings came away with two big victories, the rest of the action on Wednesday was dominated by better sides. Four of those games were clean-sheet victories. The Colorado Rapids, Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles FC all won by a 2-0 scoreline over Minnesota United, Houston Dynamo and Austin FC respectively. The other match saw the LA Galaxy take care of FC Dallas by a 3-1 scoreline. Rayan Raveloson and Kevin Cabral scored before the half to give the Galaxy a healthy lead heading into the break. Ethan Zubak added another just seven minutes into the second half to extend the Galaxy lead.

Thursday night saw a pair of draws as Nashville SC and Atlanta played to a 2-2 tie and the New York Red Bulls and Philadelphia Union each scored in their 1-1 draw. The only action on Friday was the dramatic Hell is Real Derby between FC Cincinnati and Columbus Crew which resulted in a 2-2 stalemate.

The Gold Cup is in full swing with a full slate of matches. Mexico and Trinidad kicked off Group A play with a 0-0 draw, while El Salvador knocked off Guatamala 2-0 in the other Group A game. Over in group B, Canada got off to a flying start with a 4-1 victory over Martinique. The United States got things rolling in its game with a solid 1-0 victory over Haiti with a goal from Colorado Rapids defender Sam Vines. Costa Rica and Jamaica were winners in group C. Costa Rica knocked off Guadeloupe 3-1, while Jamaica dispatched Suriname 2-0. One of the other top teams in Concacaf, Honduras, easily handled Grenada 4-0, while Panama and Gold Cup guest and 2022 World Cup host Qatar played to a 3-3 draw.

Below is the schedule for MLS clubs in action, this 13th week of play.

Upcoming schedule (Subject to Change)

Trinidad vs. El Salvador – 7:30 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Guatamala vs. Mexico – 9:30 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)

Haiti vs. Canada – 7:30 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Martinique vs. United States – 9:30 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)

Guadeloupe vs. Jamaica – 7:30 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Suriname vs. Costa Rica – 9:30 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)

Atlanta United vs. New England Revolution – 5 p.m. (ESPN)
New York Red Bulls vs. Inter Miami – 7 p.m.
CF Montreal vs. FC Cincinnati – 7:30 p.m.
Toronto FC vs. Orlando City – 7:30 p.m.
Grenada vs. Qatar – 9:30 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Philadelphia Union vs. D.C. United – 7:30 p.m.
Columbus Crew vs. New York City FC – 7:30 p.m.
Nashville SC vs. Chicago Fire – 8:30 p.m.
Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Quakes – 9 p.m.
Panama vs. Honduras – 9:30 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. LA Galaxy – 10 p.m.
Portland Timbers vs. FC Dallas – 10:30 p.m.
Los Angeles FC vs. Real Salt Lake – 10:30 p.m.

Minnesota United vs. Seattle Sounders – 2 p.m. (ESPN)
Martinique vs. Haiti – 5 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
United States vs. Canada – 5 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Mexico vs. El Salvador – 10 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)
Guatamala vs. Trinidad – 10 p.m. (CONCACAF Gold Cup)

As always, stay tuned to Cincinnati Soccer Talk as we take a look at the upcoming road match for FC Cincinnati against CF Montreal on Saturday.

@iamchrisasbrock for @CincySoccerTalk

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