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MLS Midweek: Everything you need to know about the oddball games just played

New Jersey lose one for the ages, weather delay sinks Columbus, Seattle are pros

Syndication: The Columbus Dispatch
If you can't see it it can’t hurt you.
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MLS scheduling will always be a mystery: The season begins so rationally, with every team playing every week, but then it descends into chaos, with three- and four-game gaps between teams. You’d think a round of midweek games like this should put the league back on course, but some of the teams that played now have 24 games on the season, others have 22. It drives us crazy, tbh.

Top Games

New Jersey Red Bulls 4 - 5 Colorado Rapids
Did anybody see Loki in the stands at Red Bull Arena? A red card changed to yellow, a stoppage-time penalty converted, a stoppage-time goal called back: Please tell us you made the time to watch our best frenemies flame out in front of 13,812 booing Red Bulls fans to one of the weakest teams in MLS — and all this just days after holding their own against FC Barcelona in a friendly. The Jersey Boys roared to a 2-0 lead, and held a 3-1 advantage after Lewis Morgan converted a penalty in the 28th minute.

The high-pressing Red Bulls should have no trouble closing out a low-scoring Colorado, right? But the Rapids grabbed one before the end of the half, then went on to score three more to make it 3-5 despite having a goal called back — it woulda been six if a marginally offside goal hadn’t been called back. Now it was New Jersey’s turn to make it interesting, first converting that 90+7’ penalty, then seemingly scoring the tying goal three minutes later only for it to be VAR’d off. Treat yourself: Make your favorite beverage, watch the highlights.

Columbus Crew 1 - 2 CF Montréal
A weather delay that lasted 90 minutes, a stoppage-time winner for Montréal: This game couldn’t have gone better for New York City FC, who will next face Columbus Crew in Ohio this Saturday: While the Pigeons will be rested and ready after sitting out this round of midweek games, the Crew will be a depleted after playing an exhausting home loss that started at 7:30 pm CT and didn’t finish until after 11 pm CT thanks to a Midwest lighting storm.

It was a tale of two games, and after some early flashes of brilliance Columbus led in the first: They were up 1-0 when the weather delay was announced in the 74th minute. After the teams retook the field, it was almost all Montréal: They dominated the run of play, with Key Kamara striking home the 88’ equalizer and Joel Waterman scoring the 90+4’ winner. Columbus are now 4-3-4 at home.

Seattle Sounders 1 - 0 FC Dallas
A professional win for a Seattle Sounders still struggling after missing striker Raúl Ruidíaz in recent games and losing midfielder João Paulo earlier this season. Seattle kept the ball, created better chances, and converted a 39’ penalty. Dallas showed more life in the second half, but Seattle was able to close out the game and climb in the table: The Sounders are now in 7th place in the Western Conference despite a patchy run of form, just ahead of arch-rivals Portland Timbers.

Scoreboard

Tuesday, August 2

New Jersey Red Bulls 4 - 5 Colorado Rapids

Seattle Sounders 1 - 0 FC Dallas

Wednesday, August 3

Charlotte FC 3 - 0 DC United

Columbus Crew 1 - 2 CF Montréal

Portland Timbers 1 - 1 Nashville SC

San Jose Earthquakes 0 - 1 Inter Miami