Sensational St. Louis City continued its record-breaking perfect start to its first Major League Soccer season with a thumping 4-0 win at Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Jordan Morris
scored all four goals as the Seattle Sounders won 4-1 at Sporting Kansas City, while the Columbus Crew thrashed a depleted Atlanta United 6-1.
Expansion St. Louis became the expansion team to win its opening four games last week and it extended that record with another hugely impressive display.
opened the scoring for St. Louis with a left-foot finish in the 47th minute before Brazilian Joao Klauss
added two more goals, taking advantage of an errant clearance by Justen Glad
and a sloppy giveaway from Pablo Ruiz
before Swedish winger Rasmus Alm
finished off a flowing attack to make it 4-0.
MLS's decision to play through the international break weakened several teams but Morris, not called up for the USA's Concacaf Nations League games, used the opportunity to fire a strong reminder of his quality.
After Kansas City had taken a fifth minute lead through William Agada
, Morris slid in a low cross from Leo Chu
to bring Seattle level in the 23rd minute. Chu was the provider again, nine minutes after the interval, slipping Morris in and the striker provided a clinical finish.
Sporting had defender Ben Sweat
sent off for a second caution in the 63rd minute and within six minutes the game was put beyond them.
Morris completed his hat trick, turning in a Nicolas Lodeiro
cross from close range and then completed the rout with a header from another pinpoint Chu cross.
Atlanta United went into Saturday's game at Columbus unbeaten and on a high after last week's 5-1 mauling of Portland. But the Five Stripes were without seven first-team players, away on international duty, including Argentine World Cup winner Thiago Almada
The Crew was 1-0 up at the break but ran away with the game in the second half with forward Christian Ramirez
scoring twice. Free fall.
The Chicago Fire handed Inter Miami its third straight loss with Phil Neville
's side in free fall after winning its opening two games.
The Fire did it the hard way though, after going 2-0 up through goals from Chris Mueller
and Carlos Teran
. Miami fought back through a well-taken Franco Negri
effort and a Nicolas Stefanelli
header and the Herons looked to have earned a point until a dramatic stoppage time winner for the Fire.
Veteran striker Kei Kamara
, drilled home after being put in by Brian Gutierrez
, finding the target for his 10th club in MLS.
Last season's runners-up, the Philadelphia Union continued tits poor start with a 2-1 home defeat to Orlando City. It was Philly's second straight loss and their third in its opening five games, after goals inside the opening 10 minutes from Orlando's Martin Ojeda
and Ivan Angulo
Although Andres Perea
pulled a goal back in the 24th, Union head coach Jim Curtin
was left deflated by his team's performance.
"We let ourselves down as a team by conceding two goals early. That’s unacceptable for us, especially in this building," said Curtin, whose team won the Eastern Conference last year. "I know the expectations for the group at the start of the season have been very, very high and maybe we’re all trying to be perfect rather than just doing our job." sev/bb
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