MLS Today: Plenty of July 4 fireworks

There were plenty of fireworks in MLS on July 4 as the five games produced 25 goals. The stunner: last-place Real Salt Lake's 6-2 win at LA Galaxy, depleted by injuries (six players), call-ups (Giovani dos Santos and Gyasi Zardes) and the suspension to captain Jelle Van Damme.

Young first-year players Jefferson Savarino and Albert Rusnak, both DPs, combined for three goals and two assists in the RSL win. The six goals were the most it has ever scored on the road.

The flurry of goals pushed the season average to 2.87 goals per game, which puts MLS on course to his highest per-game average since the 2003 season.

MLS Goals Per Game:
YEAR GPG
2017: 2.87
2016: 2.81
2015: 2.76
2014: 2.86
2013: 2.62
2012: 2.68
2011: 2.58
2010: 2.46
2009: 2.54
2008: 2.81
2007: 2.66
2006: 2.62
2005: 2.87
2004: 2.61
2003: 2.89
2002: 3.01
2001: 3.28
2000: 3.19
1999: 2.86
1998: 3.57
1997: 3.26

FC Dallas moved ahead of Sporting Kansas City for the lead in the Western Conference on goal difference thanks to its 4-2 win over D.C. United.

Expansion Atlanta United moved into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, who lost for the first time in three games under new coach Chris Leitch.

The Seattle Sounders climbed two spots into sixth place in the Western Conference with a 3-1 victory at Colorado, getting two goals from Clint Dempsey. They won despite losing veteran defender Chad Marshall and captain Osvaldo Alonso in the first half with injuries.

MLS STREAKS:
UNBEATEN
10 Chicago (8 wins, 2 ties)
5 NYCFC (4 wins, 1 tie)
5 Sporting KC (2 wins, 3 ties)
4 FC Dallas (2 wins, 2 ties)

WINLESS
4 Orlando City (1 loss, 3 ties)
4 Portland (2 losses, 2 ties)
4 Houston (2 losses, 2 ties)
4 Montreal (1 loss, 3 ties)

MLS RESULTS, WEEK 19:
Tuesday, July 4
Atlanta United 4 San Jose 2.
SJ: Tommy Thompson 2
ATL: Carlos Carmona 55
ATL: Josef Martinez (Greg Garza) 65
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Nick Lima) 66
ATL: Anton Walkes (Julian Gressel) 81
ATL: Josef Martinez (Miguel Almiron) 89
Atlanta -- Reynish; Gonzalez Pirez, Larentowicz, Parkhurst; Asad (Vazquez 85), Carmona (Kratz 76), Garza, Walkes; Almiron, Martinez, Villalba (Gressel 74).
San Jose -- Bingham; Bernardez, Imperiale, Lima, Sarkodie; Hyka (Yueill 55), Jungwirth, Salinas (Cato 38), Thompson; Hoesen (Dawkins 83), Wondolowski.
Red Cards: San Jose -- Sarkodie 34, Bernardez 90+4.
Att.: 44,974.



Tuesday, July 4
Minn. United 0 Columbus 1.
CLB: Kekuta Manneh (Wil Trapp) 58
Columbus -- Steffen; Abubakar, Crognale, Naess (Williams 35); Jimenez, Abu, Trapp, Raitala; Finlay, Kamara (Jahn 90+3), Manneh (Meram 63).
Minn. United -- Shuttleworth; K.Venegas, Thiesson, Greenspan, Davis, Jome (Kadrii 77); Molino, Cronin, Ibson (Ibarra 77), Danladi (Warner 43); Ramirez.
Att.: 18,564.



Tuesday, July 4
FC Dallas 4 D.C. United 2.
DC: Ian Harkes (Patrick Nyarko) 30
FCD: Atiba Harris (Victor Ulloa) 41
FCD: Roland Lamah 45+3
FCD: Maximiliano Urruti (Michael Barrios) 47
FCD: Roland Lamah (Mauro Diaz, Michael Barrios) 55
DC: Deshorn Brown (Luciano Acosta) 57
FC Dallas -- Gonzalez, Grana, Harris, Zimmerman, Hollingshead, Gruezo, Ulloa, Lamah (Cermeno 70), Barrios, Diaz (Morales 79), Urruti (Akindele 84).
D.C. United -- Worra; Kemp, Opare, Birnbaum, Odoi-Atsem; Harkes, Jeffrey; Nyarko (Ortiz 70), Acosta, Sam (Buescher 78); Brown (Neagle 64).
Att.: 16,291.



Tuesday, July 4
Colorado 1 Seattle 3
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Joevin Jones) 6
SEA: Will Bruin (Clint Dempsey, Nicolas Lodeiro) 30
COL: Dominique Badji (Marlon Hairston, Micheal Azira) 78
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Will Bruin, Stefan Frei) 85
Colorado -- Howard; Castillo (Gordon 64), da Fonte, Miller, Williams (Calvert 46); Hairston, Boateng (Azira 59), Saeid, Serna; Badji, Doyle.
Seattle -- Frei; Delem, Torres, Marshall (Alfaro 22), Tolo; Lodeiro, Svensson, Alonso (Kovar 17; Shipp 84), Jones; Bruin, Dempsey.
Att.: 17,432



Tuesday, July 4
LA Galaxy 2 Real Salt Lake 6
RSL: Albert Rusnak (Luke Mulholland) 36
LA: Ashley Cole (Jose Villarreal) 41
RSL: Kyle Beckerman (Albert Rusnak) 45+1
RSL: Yura Movsisyan (Demar Phillips, Albert Rusnak) 62
RSL: Jefferson Savarino 72
RSL: Jefferson Savarino 77
RSL: Joao Plata (Brooks Lennon) 81
LA: Bradford Jamieson IV 89
LA Galaxy -- Diop; Smith, Romney, Diallo, Cole (Lassiter 67); Jaime Villarreal, Joao Pedro; Jamieson, Jose Villarreal (McBean 75), Boateng; McInerney (Alessandrini 46).
Real Salt Lake -- Rimando; Beltran, Glad, Maund, Phillips; Savarino, Beckerman, Mulholland; Movsisyan (Lennon 71), Rusnak, Plata.
Att.: 25,667.

MLS SCHEDULE, WEEK 19:
Wednesday, July 5
New England vs. NY Red Bulls 7:30 pm
Orlando City vs. Toronto FC 7:30 pm
Houston vs. Montreal 8:30 pm
Vancouver vs. NYCFC 10 pm
Portland vs. Chicago 10:30 pm
Thursday, July 6
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia 8:30 pm
All times ET.

MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
37 Chicago 11-3-4 35/17
35 Toronto FC 10-3-5 31/18
33 NYCFC 10-5-3 34/21
30 Atlanta United 9-7-3 39/27
29 Orlando City 8-6-5 21/26
28 Columbus 9-10-1 30/32
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23 NY Red Bulls 7-8-2 17/23
22 Philadelphia 6-7-4 24/20
21 Montreal 5-5-6 26/26
20 New England 5-8-5 27/28
18 D.C. United 5-11-3 14/31
Western Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
31 FC Dallas 8-3-7 30/18
31 Sporting KC 8-4-7 23/13
26 Portland 7-7-5 32/29
26 San Jose 7-7-5 22/26
25 Houston 7-7-4 31/28
24 Seattle 6-7-6 25/28
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22 LA Galaxy 6-8-4 28/32
21 Vancouver 6-7-3 21/25
20 Real Salt Lake 6-12-2 23/40
19 Colorado 6-11-1 19/27
18 Minn. United 5-11-3 25/42


MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
16 Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago)
12 Erick Torres (Houston)
11+1 Maxi Urruti (FC Dallas)
11 David Villa (NYC FC)
10 David Accam (Chicago)
10 Christian Ramirez (Minn. United)
10 Diego Valeri (Portland)
9 Fanendo Adi (Portland)
9 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
9+2 Josef Martinez (Atlanta United)
9 Ola Kamara (Columbus)
9 CJ Sapong (Philadelphia)

4 comments about "MLS Today: Plenty of July 4 fireworks".
  1. beautiful game, July 5, 2017 at 9:40 a.m.

    San Jose v Atlanta was another howler for the referee who showed total delinquency in enforcing TLOTG. What a joke.

  2. Kevin Brunton, July 5, 2017 at 3:59 p.m.

    What does the +1 or +2 mean in the Leading Scorers?

  3. Matt D replied, July 5, 2017 at 10:09 p.m.

    It means they scored that number of goals in the last week/round of games.

  4. Craig Cummings, July 8, 2017 at 9:58 p.m.

    Does anyone know what country David Accam represents or can play for.How many Americans on this list. I believe 2.

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