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MLS Monday: Everything you need to know about Matchweek 11

Goalapalooza in Portland, last-minute heroics in Toronto, high-wattage draw in Philadelphia (OK, Chester)

MLS: US Open Cup-FC Dallas at Sporting Kansas City
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Now that Seattle Sounders are back and playing in MLS, Matchweek 11 featured a full dance card of 14 games — and after their win at home over Minnesota United, Sounders fans pretty much agree that the MLS Cup is all but theirs.

Top Games

Portland Timbers 7 - 2 Sporting Kansas City
Are you not entertained? This goal-fest started slowly, with Portland leading 1-0 at the half, but something must’ve been in the locker room Gatorade: Timbers scored three goals in the first 11 minutes of the second half, then Kansas City clawed one back one minute later. It was almost kept close. After Portland’s José Van Rinkin earned a red card in the 74th minute Sporting scored to bring it to 4-2—but then Kansas City's Robert Voloder was shown red a few minutes later, and the floodgates opened.

Philadelphia Union 1 - 1 New Jersey Red Bulls
It was an Eastern Conference top-of-the-table clash when first-place Philadelphia Union hosted second-place New Jersey Red Bulls in Chester, PA. Away games are harder for most teams, but the Red Bulls are winless at home, and have a strong road record. They came through again, coming from behind to even the score at one goal apiece despite being down to 10 players after a 55th-minute red card shown to Dylan Nealis for a late challenge. The game was packed with drama: Philadelphia’s Julián Carranza seemed to score the winning goal, but the ref called it offside after review.

Charlotte FC 0 - 2 CF Montréal
And at the end of the day, CF Montréal sit on top of the table. The Quebecois team were in North Carolina, where their Sebastian Breza (on loan from Bologna in Serie A) kept a clean sheet against expansion side Charlotte. A goal from the impressive Đorđe Mihailović in the 45th minute and a spectacular solo effort from Alistair Johnston in the 67th minute are enough to seal the away win.

Toronto FC 0 - 1 Orlando City
Orlando City find the winning goal in the 92nd minute with a header from super-sub Kyle Smith. Orlando’s Pato took the corner from the left, delivering a ball that Smith headed past Toronto keeper Alex Bono.

Goal of the Week

Portland’s Santiago Moreno makes it seven for the Timbers in the 92nd minute with a solo effort that breaks some ankles. Watch it for yourself:


Saturday, May 14

Toronto FC 0 - 1 Orlando City

Colorado Rapids 2 - 0 LAFC

Vancouver Whitecaps 3 - 3 San Jose Earthquakes

Charlotte FC 0 - 2 CF Montréal

NYCFC 2 - 0 Columbus Crew

Philadelphia Union 1 - 1 New Jersey Red Bulls

Chicago Fire 1 - 2 Cincinnati FC

Houston Dynamo 2 - 0 Nashville SC

Inter Miami 2 - 2 DC United

Real Salt Lake 2 - 1 Austin FC

Portland Timbers 7 - 2 Sporting Kansas City

LA Galaxy - FC Dallas

Sunday, May 15

Atlanta United 2 - 2 New England Revolution

Seattle Sounders 3 - 1 Minnesota United