MLS Week Two is officially in the books, which means we’re back with more top stories and highlights of the week. Week two was full of late drama, top class saves, and some star performances from MLS newcomers.
A couple games this week went down to the wire, with multiple goals being scored after the 90th minute. First up was Columbus Crew SC who after scoring two goals in a span of three minutes to take a 2-0 lead into the half, somehow found themselves in a tie game late on. After Luis Argudo drew a foul in the box, Gyasi Zardes put away the PK in the 94th minute for his second and Columbus’ third goal of the match.
Twitter: When you score the game-winner in your home debut!!!
@gyasinho notches a brace FTW!
#CLBvMTL | #CrewSC https://t.co/I5eMVI2Eos (@ColumbusCrewSC)
After a 48th minute goal by Diego Fagundez to go up 1-0, the New England Revolution also found themselves in a tie game late on. In steps defender Chris Tierney who, with a little help, put a free kick past Tim Howard in the 93rd minute.
Twitter: .@ChrisTierney8 with the game-winning goal!
#NERevs https://t.co/gLHjmxCJzZ (@NERevolution)
Sporting Kansas City also found themselves in some trouble after being up 2-0 at the half. After Nemanja Nikolic and the Chicago Fire scored three goals between the 70th and 82nd minutes, Sporting found themselves in a hole with just 8 minutes left. The comeback began a minute later, though, with Jimmy Medranda tieing the match in the 83rd. Felipe Gutierrez then finished off a nice team goal in the 86th to win it 4-3.
Twitter: WATCH the go-ahead goal from Felipe Gutiérrez! Lovely build-up play from the visitors!
Sporting KC leads 4-3 with… https://t.co/RKyN2qTyxO (@SportingKC)
Diego Rossi‘s 2 goals and 3 assists:
For the first time in a decade, a player was involved in all five of his team’s goals. Rossi scored two and assisted the other three on the night and has now been a part of all of LAFC’s goals through the first two weeks. In addition, he leads the league in both goals (tied at 3) and assists (3).
Twitter: Yesterday’s highlights, today. https://t.co/zHbc2BBjqq (@LAFC)
Atlanta United’s Attack Wakes Up:
I started writing about how Atlanta’s attack was struggling and had only one goal through the first two matches…then the 73rd minute happened. After a 4-0 defeat last week, Atlanta easily beat D.C. United 3-1. It’s a relatively similar attack to last year, with Yamil Asad the only main departure. They even signed rising star Ezequiel Barco (granted he’s out for 4-5 weeks). Atlanta only finished behind Toronto FC in goals for last year, so you’d have to imagine they’ll be somewhere near the top again this year.
Zack Steffen’s Save of the Week:
Just like Joe Bendik last week, not much needs to be said here. Finger tip save with the ball behind him. Easily save of the week.
Twitter: Save of the match!!! Check out @zackstef_23’s incredible pinky-save from the 81st minute of tonight’s match! … https://t.co/lwMIHMRku2 (@ColumbusCrewSC)