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MLS Weekend Hatewatch, Week 20: Crossbranding Opportunities

While the World Cup reached its climax, MLS kept humming along

MLS: Columbus Crew at New York City FC Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Football never came back home and France won the World Cup. Oh, and the Taste of Chicago was also last week. Pretty good week if you ask me.

Oh there were some MLS matches going on as well?

Guess I can talk about that.

NYCFC 2-0 Columbus Crew

That yellow team’s questionable form of late continued against a Manchester feeder team that plays in a baseball field. Sean Johnson had a great save early on in the match. Reminded me of the good ol’ days when he was defending the Harlem End. The match was even throughout the game then all the sudden NYCFC got two goals in a span of ten minutes before the final whistle was blown.

D.C. United 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

Would you look at that, D.C. United won a game! This was the start of a new chapter for DC. New stadium and they somehow convinced Wayne Rooney to join them. Yamil Asad shot outside the box to give DC the lead on the 26th minute. The Whitecaps had chances to get on the scoresheet via some set-pieces but they couldn’t finish to save their lives. Paul Arriola doubled the lead on the 69th minute. Towards the end Rooney set up Arriola for his double and the third of the night. The Whitecaps got their consolation goal during injury time.

Orlando City 2-1 Toronto FC

Toronto is so bad that Orlando managed to beat them. If someone said that last year, you would laugh at them. Orlando had a lot of squandered chance in the beginning of the first half while Toronto looked lost. On the 34th minute Chris Schuler gave Orlando the lead with Dom Dwyer doubling the score shortly after the start of the second half. Toronto woke up and nearly scored in the 58th minute but the shot from Sebastian Giovinco was saved. Toronto finally scored in the dying minutes via a goal from Nick Hagglund.

Atlanta United 1-1 Seattle Sounders

Another struggling powerhouse took on the MLS attendance champions on Sunday resulting in a 1-1 draw. A handball from Franco Escobar on the 45th minute gave Seattle a penalty which Nicolas Lodeiro easily converted. Atlanta leveled in the 48th minute from a goal courtesy of Josef Martinez. That was Martinez’s 19th goal of the season and he has a staggering 0.9 goal ratio. If he keeps this up he can bag at least 30 by the end of the season - the current record is 27. On the 63rd minute Seattle were down to 10 men but Atlanta failed to capitalize on that.

LAFC 0-0 Portland Timbers

High-flying LAFC led by the fearless Bob Bradley couldn’t score against Portland Timbers. The Timbers were easily the best team in the beginning of the game but couldn’t finish well with their chances. In the second half, both teams looked equal out on the pitch but squandered every opportunity they had. Then in the dying moments of the game, Lee Nguyen was shown red for a dirty challenge against Sebastian Blanco. Womp womp.