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MLS Weekend Hatewatch, Week 18: A Box Of Rival O’s

Big teams and fierce rivals all fell flat on their faces this weekend

MLS: Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

A part of me keeps forgetting that there is more soccer out there being played - and don’t act like some of you don’t feel the same way as I do. I mean, it is World Cup season. So much drama and upsets are happening, it’s so entertaining. But alas there is still soccer to be played outside of Russia.

Seattle Sounders 2 - 3 Portland Timbers

Ah the Cascadia Cup - one of the few genuine rivalries we have here in the league. Seattle was hoping to turn around their fortunes against their rivals Portland but they fell a tad bit short. Larrys Mabiala opened up the scoring sheet for Portland in the 48th minute. The next 20 minutes would prove very entertaining. Seattle equalized three minutes later with a beauty of a header from Victor Rodriguez. Portland leveled the game six minutes later and within 10 minutes, Seattle equalized once more. Portland got the winning goal on the 74th minute with a header from Mabiala once more from a set-piece.

Atlanta United 4 - 0 Orlando City SC

Ah the battle of the billboards.

Atlanta continued to exert their dominance in the league against a fizzled out Orlando. Josef Martinez got his 15th league goal of the season in about three minutes. Dude was so nonchalant about it as well after he slotted it in. Orlando almost equalized in the 37th minute but some Brad Guzan heroics prevented them from doing so. About 10 minutes into the start of the second half, the defending MLS Attendance Champions of the World added two to their score thanks to Miguel Almiron and Ezequiel Barco. Almiron sealed Orlando’s coffin in the 78th minute with his second and overall fourth goal of the day.

San Jose Earthquakes 3 - 3 LA Galaxy

This game was actually pretty good. Within just a minute of play Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored after some poor clearance from San Jose. San Jose earned a penalty in the 15th minute with Chris Wondolowski up for the task. David Bingham saved the initial shot but Wondo was able to slot in the rebounded ball. Then out of nowhere Wondo started yelling at Bingham after his goal. So much for the “nicest person in MLS.”

The Galaxy gained the lead five minutes later and Zlatan later added to that shortly after. But the curse of the 3-1 lead strikes again with San Jose tying it up in the 39th minute and with another penalty in the 69th minute. This time Wondo converted it.

LAFC 4 - 1 Philadelphia Union

Before you ask, yes David Accam failed to score again - he probably will though when he faces his former club later this month.

LAFC was dominant thanks to Adama Diomande. The Norwegian got his hat-trick in a span of thirty minutes. The Union in the meanwhile were looking dominant in the early stages of the game and they did manage to pull one back before the end of the first-half. However LAFC were just too much for them. Latif Blessing made sure the LAFC fans left feeling blessed (I’m so sorry for that) and added more misery to the Union with a goal in stoppage time.

Toronto FC 0 - 1 New York Red Bulls

Toronto continued their 2012 Flashback tour with a loss against the Metrobulls. Luis Robles was the dominant force protecting New York’s 1-0 lead against the hoists. Toronto had a chance to equalize in the 78th minute from a penalty but Robles saved it. This was Toronto’s 9th loss of the season.