MLS ROUNDUP: Dante Vanzeir’s debut goal is a winner for RBNY, as Montreal shocks Philadelphia
Dante Vanzeir scored the go-ahead goal in the 86th minute as the New York Red Bulls rallied for a 2-1 win against the Columbus Crew in Harrison, N.J., on Saturday.
The Belgian winger scored a right-footed shot at the right post after a cross by John Tolkin to give the Red Bulls (1-1-2, five points) their first lead of the season. It was his first goal since joining the club from Royal Union SG in the summer.
Alexandru Matan gave the Crew (1-2-1, four points) the first lead of the night in the 32nd minute with the first goal of his MLS career in his 38th game before Luquinhas got the equalizer in the 58th minute.
Luquinhas put in a rebound after Eloy Room made a save of a Cory Burke shot from the middle of the box.
The rivalry is used to close contests. The past seven games between the teams have all been decided by one goal or a draw, and the previous five had a result-changing goal in 87th minute or later.
Dante Vanzeir (unseen) scored his debut goal as the New York Red Bulls downed Columbus
The Crew took a 1-0 lead less than two minutes after Room made a kick save on a powerful 18-yard strike through traffic by Cristian Casseres Jr.
Matan then was able to take advantage of a blunder by goalkeeper Carlos Coronel, who was nearly 30 yards off the goal line when Steven Moreira sent a long looping ball to Matan down the right flank.
Both the backtracking Coronel and Red Bulls defender Andres Reyes went for the ball, leaving an open pathway for Matan. He cut to his left and drilled a shot from 22 yards for the Crew’s lone shot of the first half.
The Crew will look to even the regular-season series when the teams play in Columbus on July 1.
Columbus was without striker Cucho Hernandez, who was a precautionary scratch because of a sore knee. Although he had yet to score this season, his goal potential drew attention away from star midfielder Lucas Zelarayan.
Alexandru Matan (L) took the lead for Columbus off an error from the Red Bulls’ defense
CF Montreal 3-2 Philadelphia Union
A costly red card to Julian Carranza of the Philadelphia Union in the 69′ that opened the door for host CF Montreal to stage a wild late comeback, scoring two goals in the closing minutes to stun the defending Major League Soccer Eastern Conference champions for a 3-2 win Saturday.
Chinonso Offor tied the match at 2 in the 90th minute, following a shot off the underside of the crossbar with a header into the net. The winner came in the eighth minute of stoppage time, with Romell Quioto shedding his defender in the box and heading a long cross into the net.
Quioto leaped over the barrier behind the goal and rejoiced while fans in the seats were in a frenzy. It was his second goal of the night; his first had come less than three minutes into the match.
Quioto’s performance offset two goals for Mikael Uhre in the second half for Philadelphia (2-2-0, 6 points). Montreal (1-3-0, 3 points) scored its first three goals of the season.
Romell Quioto’s game-winner in the seventh minute of stoppage time sealed it for Montreal
Quioto had bagged his first goal of the night early on in the contest but Philly got two quickly
Uhre, a 28-year-old forward and designated player from Denmark, logged his first two goals of the season after scoring 13 in 2022. The Union were without their top goalkeeper, Andre Blake, due to injury.
Quioto, who is to leave to join his national team, Honduras, for upcoming international matches, converted a penalty kick in the third minute of the match after a handball by the Union in the box.
After Philadelphia went scoreless in the first half, the Union needed just 21 seconds into the second half to tie the match. Uhre was the beneficiary of a turnover and assist from Daniel Gazdag, who also had a hand in Uhre’s second goal in the 60th minute.
Jose Martinez also assisted on the second goal for the Union, who had not lost to Montreal in the previous six meetings.
Chinonso Offor’s effort at the 90′ tied the contest for Montreal
Chicago Fire FC 3-3 FC Cincinnati
FC Cincinnati scored twice in three minutes late in the second half to earn a 3-3 draw against the host Chicago Fire on Saturday.
Chicago, which led 3-1, remains winless through three games to start the season.
The Fire controlled play early, finding time in the attacking third while Cincinnati struggled to get the ball past midfield through the first six minutes.
But it was the visitors who ultimately struck first in the eighth minute.
Marco Angulo sent the ball toward the box for Brandon Vazquez cutting through to the left side. Vazquez beat Carlos Teran to the ball and sent a cross to Junior Moreno streaking into the top of the box, for a shot that deflected off Chicago defender Miguel Navarro into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Vazquez nearly doubled the lead for Cincinnati in the 19th minute off a Fire turnover but hit the right post. It was the start of a stretch of sustained possession for Cincinnati, resulting in three free kicks over a span of six minutes, but the visitors couldn’t convert.
After being down 3-1, it was a goal from Sergio Santos (17) that sparked Cincy’s comeback
Kacper Przybylko brought the Fire level in the 32nd minute, scoring on an angled shot from the left side of the top of the box into the far side corner.
Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the 45th minute when captain Rafael Czichos connected on a penalty from the spot after Chris Mueller was taken down by Yerson Mosquera in the box.
Mueller struck in the 46th minute to extend it to 3-1, taking a cross from Arnaud Souquet and firing from just above the spot into the top of the net.
Moreno appeared to cut it to 3-2 with his second of the match in the 50th minute but the goal was overturned after video review showed Brenner was offside.
Sergio Santos scored from above the goal area into the bottom right corner to pull Cincinnati within 3-2 in the 84th minute. Moreno tied it 3-3 in the 87th minute when he banked a shot off the right post into the net.
It was Junior Moreno (unseen) who scored the goal to secure points for FC Cincinnati
New England Revolution 1-0 Nashville SC
Gustavo Bou scored a second-half goal and Djordje Petrovic made it stand up to lead the New England Revolution to a 1-0 victory over Nashville SC on Saturday night.
The only goal of the match came in the 52nd minute when Bou took a pass from DeJuan Jones and scored.
The Revolution (3-1-0) are off to their second best start in club history. The 2005 squad had 10 points through the first four matches.
Bou’s goal was the first one given up by Nashville goalkeeper Joe Willis this season. Willis was trying to become the first player to open a season with four straight clean sheets.
Goustavo Bou (7) scored the lone goal that gave the Revolution their win over Nashville
Orlando City 1-2 Charlotte FC
Enzo Copetti and Kerwin Vargas scored first-half goals and Charlotte FC snapped a three-match skid to open the season with a 2-1 victory over Orlando City on Saturday night.
Copetti scored in the 26th minute with a lengthy assist from homegrown defender Jaylin Lindsey to give Charlotte (1-3-0) the lead. Vargas took a pass from Harrison Afful and scored a deflected goal 11 minutes later to make it 2-0. It was the first career goal for Vargas.
Martín Ojeda halved the deficit for Orlando City (1-1-2) with a goal in the 57th minute. Duncan McGuire, who scored in his debut with Orlando City last week, had an assist.
Enzo Copetti (9) bagged Charlotte’s opening goal in what became a win over Orlando City
Toronto FC 2-0 Inter Miami CF
Jonathan Osorio and Mark-Anthony Kaye scored second-half goals and Toronto FC picked up its first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over Inter Miami on Saturday night.
Osorio broke a scoreless tie when he found the net in the 48th minute. Richie Laryea and Federico Bernardeschi earned assists on the goal. Bernardeschi notched a second assist when Kaye scored in the 69th minute.
Toronto (1-1-2) ended a five-game losing streak against Inter Miami (2-2-0) and beat them for the first time since the first meeting. Toronto had leads in its first three matches but failed to win any of them – the first MLS team to do so.
Mark-Anthony Kaye (14) grabbed the insurance goal to secure Toronto FC’s win over Miami
FC Dallas 2-1 Sporting Kansas City
Jesus Ferreira’s goal in the 84th minute lifted FC Dallas to a 2-1 win over visiting Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in Frisco, Texas.
Alan Velasco also scored for Dallas, which improved to 2-1-1, while Daniel Salloi scored for Kansas City (0-2-2), which remained winless through four games.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Dallas pulled even in the 55th minute.
Jesus Ferreira grabbed a decisive 84′ winner for FC Dallas over Sporting Kansas City
Houston Dynamo FC 2-0 Austin FC
Amine Bassi converted a penalty kick, Hector Herrera added a late insurance tally and goalkeeper Steve Clark shrugged off a first-half injury as the Houston Dynamo FC defeated visiting Austin FC 2-0 on Saturday in the first Texas Derby match of the season.
Bassi was good from the spot in the 71st minute after Austin defender Adam Lundkvist was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty area. The call was verified by VAR.
Herrera then turned around a pass from Griffin Dorsey in the 86th minute and beat Austin keeper Brad Stuver low to his left to allow the Dynamo (1-2-0, three points) their first win of the year. It was Herrera’s first goal in MLS.
Hector Herrera (L) notched his first ever goal in MLS in a 2-0 Texas Derby win over Austin
Colorado Rapids 1-2 Minnesota United FC
Miguel Tapias scored his first career MLS goal in the 82nd minute to break a tie and give Minnesota United a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday in Commerce City, Colo.
Tapias flicked a header from the center of the box into the bottom right corner of the net off Franco Fragapane’s free kick from outside the penalty box. It gave the Loons their first victory in franchise history in eight tries (1-5-2) at Colorado.
Luis Amarilla also scored for Minnesota United (2-0-1, 7 points), who moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Football Club. Dayne St. Clair finished with two saves.
Minnesota United scored twice to notch a win over the Colorado Rapids