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MLS Monday: Everything you need to know about Matchweek Five

Philadelphia and LAFC remain undefeated, Sounders win on the road, New England and Red Bulls play the ugliest game so far this year

New York Red Bulls Vs. New England Revolution At Gillette Stadium
That’s why they call it “the beautiful game.”
Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

MLS was back at it after the international break with all 28 teams playing in Matchweek Four. That gives us plenty of fodder for the fire that fuels MLS Monday, the weekly feature that covers one of North America’s two biggest leagues.

Top games from Matchweek Five

New England Revolution 0 - 1 New Jersey Red Bulls

A dumpster fire that lasted 90+ minutes, this game had everything you could wish for two of your favorite conference rivals: Red cards (one for each team), poor play, passes that should go straight to a blooper reel. The Red Bulls won thanks to a 90th-minute own-goal by Revolution holding midfielder Matt Polster. The next time you Google “win ugly” you’ll find links to this game.

Philadelphia Union 2 - 0 Charlotte FC

Philadelphia rolled over Charlotte to solidify their hold on first place with 13 points after five games, and to snap the expansion side’s two-game winning streak. Charlotte never had a chance. Philadelphia ceded possession but scored two (sound familiar?), for their fourth win in a row and their third consecutive shutout.

Minnesota United 1 - 2 Seattle Sounders

Seattle notched an impressive away win in Minneapolis, scoring two goals before giving away a penalty to Minnesota in the 80th minute. Seattle looks composed, collected, and dangerous.

Orlando City SC 2 - 4 LAFC

LAFC logged a convincing win on the road against Orlando to extend their so-far-invincible season by another game. LAFC and Philadelphia both have 13 points after five games, but Los Angeles has the advantage on goal differential: Thirteen goals scored, four allowed. LAFC next face Los Angeles Galaxy in El Traffico.

MLS scoreboard for Matchweek Five

Saturday, April 2

Chicago Fire 0 - 0 FC Dallas

Cincinnati FC 3 - 4 CF Montréal

Toronto FC 2 - 1 New York City FC

Columbus Crew 0 - 1 Nashville SC

DC United 0 - 1 Atlanta United

New England Revolution 0 - 1 New Jersey Red Bulls

Orlando City SC 2 - 4 LAFC

Philadelphia Union 2 - 0 Charlotte FC

San Jose Earthquakes 2 - 2 Austin FC

Minnesota United 1 - 2 Seattle Sounders

Vancouver Whitecaps 1- 0 Sporting Kansas City

Colorado Rapids 1 - 1 Real Salt Lake

Inter Miami 1 - 3 Houston Dynamo

Sunday, April 3

Portland Timbers 1 - 3 Los Angeles Galaxy