Sunday, March 8
Orlando City 1 New York City 1. Highlights
Sporting KC 1 NY Red Bulls 1. Highlights
Seattle 3 New England 0. Highlights
Saturday, March 7
Portland 0 Real Salt Lake 0. Highlights
Houston 1 Columbus 0. Highlights
FC Dallas 1 San Jose 0. Highlights
Vancouver 1 Toronto FC 3. Highlights
D.C. United 1 Montreal 0. Highlights
Philadelphia 0 Colorado 0. Highlights
Friday, March 6
LA Galaxy 2 Chicago 0. Highlights
1. SEATTLE. (1-0-0), 2. Clint Dempsey took the early lead in the MVP voting with a two-goal, one-assist performance, and Brad Evans battled through a rugged MLS debut at centerback as the Sounders flattened New England, 3-0. Right back Tyrone Mears got into the flow after a couple of early blips.2. LOS ANGELES (1-0-0), 3. Life after Landon Donovan started off pretty well in a 2-0 defeat of Chicago. How’s this for balance: Homegrown product Jose Villarreal scored the first goal, reigning MVP Robbie Keane bagged the second, and backup keeper Brian Perk notched the shutout.
10. ORLANDO CITY (0-0-1), 10. A frenzied MLS debut at the Citrus Bowl nearly ended in bitter disappointment, but Kaka’s deflected free kick found the net in stoppage time to send most of the 62,150 attendees home happy. As for the clumsy, over-the-ball challenge on David Villa that earned Aurelien Collin a straight red card, it’s clear he’s already in midseason form.
11. NEW YORK CITY (0-0-1), 11. A sweet strike by Mix Diskerud got his MLS career off to a spectacular start in a 1-1 tie that NYCFC led until the final moments. Goalie Josh Saunders finished the match with his head bruised and bleeding from a collision with the goalpost and one-v-one situation, respectively. The “home” opener at Yankee Stadium is Sunday.
12. NY RED BULLS (0-0-1), 15. A slick cut inside and curling right-footed shot by Lloyd Sam earned the Red Bulls a 1-1 tie at Sporting Kansas City as the Jesse Marsch Era got underway. The midfield combo of Sacha Kljestan, Felipe Martins, and Dax McCarty looked promising, but there wasn’t a lot of supply for Bradley Wright-Phillips. Still, it’s a point.
13. COLUMBUS (0-1-0), 6. In his first game for the Crew since 2007, Kei Kamara launched six of its 18 shots in a 1-0 loss at Houston. A thunderous blast by Federico Higuain shook the crossbar and several good shots were saved, one off the foot of Kristinn Steindorsson on his MLS debut.
14. PORTLAND (0-0-1), 13. The Timbers reverted to their ways of 2014, when they tied nine of 17 home games, in a 0-0 deadlock with RSL. Diego Chara was held out and in his first MLS start George Fochive played solidly alongside Jack Jewsbury. Keeper Adam Kwarasey didn’t have much to do while logging a shutout in his MLS debut.
15. COLORADO (0-0-1), 18. Debuting for the Rapids in a 0-0 tie at Philadelphia were seven players: the back six of James Riley, Axel Sjoberg, Bobby Burling, Michael Harrington, Marcelo Sarvas and Lucas Pittinari plus BU rookie Dominique Badji up front. They held off Philly while a man down for the final 20 minutes after Burling was shown a second caution.
16. VANCOUVER (0-1-0), 5. Striker Octavio Rivero followed up a few impressive preseason showings by netting a goal in his MLS debut but not much else went right against Toronto FC despite the 1-0 lead. The ‘Caps collapsed in the second half and ex-Timbers defender Pa Modou Kah committed a foul in the final minutes that provided TFC with a clinching penalty kick in the 3-1 defeat.
17. SAN JOSE (0-1-0), 18. The Quakes were seconds away from leaving Toyota Stadium with a 0-0 tie when keeper David Bingham’s punch didn’t clear the danger and FCD drove the loose ball past him into the net. Defenders Marvell Wynne and Paulo Renato played the full 90 minutes in their first games for the Quakes, and Fatai Alashe and Innocent Emeghara came on as late subs.
18. MONTREAL (0-1-0), 16. Just days after its dramatic result against Pachuca, the Impact battled hard in a 1-0 loss at D.C. United. Keeper Evan Bush’s decision to come off his line opened the door for D.C. to score and a Hassoun Camara shot that would have tied the game was cleared off the goal line. Justin Mapp left the game with a dislocated elbow suffered when he fell heavily chasing a loose ball.
19. PHILADELPHIA (0-0-1), 17. The Union dominated the stats but didn’t get anything more than a 0-0 tie with Colorado, which failed to put either of its meager two shots on goal. Philly took 16 shots and controlled 60.7 percent of possession. Fernando Aristeguieta looked lively in his MLS debut and Andrew Wenger nailed a shot off the crossbar.
20. CHICAGO (0-1-0), 20. The Fire DP Roundup in the season opener at StubHub Center: David Accam didn’t play, Kennedy Igboananike took one shot, and Shaun Maloney was cautioned. As for other participants, captain Jeff Larentowicz’s errant clearance set up the Galaxy’s first goal but he otherwise played well at centerback alongside Eric Gehrig.