The Catch-Up - Week 3

If you missed any games over the weekend, you probably don't want to read through a four paragraph story on each game. You need something quick, the meat and potatoes of each match if you will. That's where the Catch-Up comes in. We'll give you four things you need to know from each game, so you can get on with your life and on to next week.

In Week 3, Portland showed their stuff, Dallas remained unbeaten, and red cards were flying. Let's get in to the Week 3 Catch-Up. 

New York City FC 1-1 Montreal Impact

  • The home side were in charge in the first half and took the lead through Rodney Wallace right before the halftime whistle.
  • Dominic Oduro brought the guests level with a smashing finish in the 68th minute.
  • Mark Geiger didn't send anyone off, although tempers flared between the teams at times.
  • NYCFC attendance was under 20 thousand for the first time in their MLS history. 

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-2 Toronto FC

  • A moment of madness from newcomer Brek Shea turned the match as he was shown yellow and then red for dissent all within seconds of each other.
  • Victor Vasquez came off the bench to score the winning goal, his first tally in MLS.
  • Jozy Altidore doubled the lead minutes later to secure three road points for Toronto.
  • Carl Robinson's Whitecaps are winless in 3 MLS games and the coach's seat is getting warmer and warmer.

Atlanta United 4-0 Chicago Fire

  • Brandon Vincent turned a Julian Gressel cross into his own net just four minutes in, signaling the start of a bad afternoon for the Fire.
  • It went from bad to worse for Chicago when Johan Kappelhof saw straight red for DOGSO in the 10th minute.
  • Atlanta's trio of young DPs continue to impress as Miguel Almiron and Josef Martinez combined on Atlanta's goal and Hector Villalba scored their third.
  • The Venezuelan Martinez leads MLS with five goals in his first 3 matches in North America.

D.C. United 0-2 Columbus Crew SC

  • 270 minutes in to the 2017 season, and D.C. have yet to find the back of the net.
  • Columbus scored both goals from the penalty spot, first through Federico Higuain and then Ola Kamara in the second half.
  • Homegrown defender Alex Crognale made his MLS debut and shined, earning man of the match honors in the road clean sheet.
  • Luciano Acosta made his 2017 debut after an injury but forward Patrick Mullins had to make his way to the trainer's table in the first half.

Orlando City SC 2-1 Philadelphia Union

  • Orlando showed no rust after having last week's game postponed, and earned their second win in two tries.
  • Canadian Messi Cyle Larin really loves his new home, scoring a brace, adding to his goal in the opening match.
  • Philadelphia are now winless in 10 straight but played well in the second half.
  • The Union's play in the second half nearly resulted in a last minute equalizer with Ilsinho hitting the post and Alejandro Bedoya's header denied by Joe Bendik.

FC Dallas 2-1 New England Revolution

  • New England, like Orlando, had their match postponed last week but the Revs came out of the gate well, taking the lead on Lee Nguyen's 10th minute penalty.
  • Dallas had the opposite of the rest New England had, earning a midweek Champions League victory, but their short rest quickly became a non issue.
  • Maxi Urruti struck twice in six minutes during the second half and the Argentine is in flying form early in 2017.
  • Dallas gets a much needed rest before they go to Mexico on April 4 to try and make history in the Champions League semifinal against Pachuca.

Sporting Kansas City 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes

  • San Jose head coach Dominic Kinnear missed the match because of an illness. We wish Dom all the best and hope he is back to full health soon.
  • Benny Feilhaber wasn't called up to the USMNT but he didn't let that get him down as he scored a gorgeous curling effort from outside the box past a motionless David Bingham to open the scoring. 
  • Perhaps Bingham should have remained motionless late in the second half when Soony Saad's tame effort was guided in to the net by Bingham, a howler fit for any season blooper real.
  • Bingham's gaffe proved to be the difference when German defender Florian Jungwirth scored for San Jose in second half stoppage time to reduce the final gap to one.

Colorado Rapids 2-2 Minnesota United

  • No one, our staff included, thought Minnesota could go to Colorado and get a result, but that they did, earning their first MLS point.
  • The Loons looked to be on their way to three points when Christian Ramirez gave the visitors a 2-1 lead in the 58th minute.
  • The lead lasted only a minute however, when Marlon Hairston brought the Rapids level.
  • Minnesota had to hold on for the final twenty minutes a man down after defender Justin Davis saw red for a challenge on Hairston.

Real Salt Lake 1-2 LA Galaxy

  • DP Albert Rusnak put the ball right on Yura Movsisyan's forehead and the Armenian gave RSL a 1-0 lead 18 minutes in.
  • The game turned when Kyle Beckerman got two yellow cards in a ten minute span and was sent to the locker room after 44 minutes.
  • Defender Dave Romney equalized off a corner in the 69th and Emmanuel Boateng got LA's winner in the 74th minute. 
  • Boateng continued his dominance against RSL with his fifth goal in four appearances against the Utah side, he's yet to score any other goals in his 27 career appearances. 

Portland Timbers 4-2 Houston Dynamo

  • Both teams traded controversial penalties in the first half, Diego Valeri and Cubo Torres scoring from the spot to make the game 1-1 early.
  • Houston showed just how lethal their counter-attack is when Alberth Elis wonderfully picked out fellow Honduran Romell Quioto to give Houston a 2-1 halftime lead.
  • Portland dominated the second half and got three second half goals from Valeri, David Guzman, and Fanendo Adi.
  • Portland is the only perfect team in MLS, who have played three games, winning three times and scoring ten goals.

Seattle Sounders 3-1 New York Red Bulls

  • Seattle's home opener included all their championship festivities including the unveiling of the MLS Cup Champions banner.
  • Jordan Morris earned a first half penalty that Clint Dempsey converted to give Seattle a lead.
  • Bradley Wright-Phillips gave the Red Bulls hope in the second half when he directed a header past Stefan Frei to equalize.
  • A Joevin Jones nutmeg set up a Morris goal and Harry Shipp's deflection rounded out the scoring to give New York their first loss in 19 regular season matches.