MLS 2017 scores, results: Atlanta's new star, undefeated Timbers, and best of Week 3
Major League Soccer’s clubs played their third match of the young season this weekend, and as always there were some wild, intense moments. Here’s the scoreboard and what you need to see.
New York City FC 1, Montreal Impact 1
Toronto FC 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1
Atlanta United 4, Chicago Fire 0
Columbus Crew 2, D.C. United 0
Orlando City 2, Philadelphia Union 1
FC Dallas 2, New England Revolution 1
Sporting Kansas City 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1
Colorado Rapids 2, Minnesota United 2
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Real Salt Lake 1
Portland Timbers 4, Houston Dynamo 2
Seattle Sounders vs. New York Red Bulls, 7 p.m. ET
Meet the newest star striker in MLS
You probably hadn’t heard of Atlanta’s young Venezuelan striker, Josef Martinez, before the season. But it is time to know this 23-year-old’s name. The short, pacey striker has been tearing it up this campaign, scoring five goals in the team’s first three matches.
After going scoreless in the opener, he had a hat-trick against Minnesota and then two more in the 4-0 win over Chicago. This kid understands the game well, knows when to make his runs and has been lethal in front of goal.
Portland looks strong
Remember how the Portland Timbers went from being MLS champion in 2015 to out of the playoffs last season? Well, Caleb Porter’s club is back.
The Timbers have three wins to start the season, currently the only team to go take all nine available points to start the year (Red Bulls can do it Sunday night). Portland has scored 10 goals in three matches, with four coming Saturday, and it also won on the road at Los Angeles last weekend. That’s a huge accomplishment considering this team didn’t win a single road match last year.
The players are healthy and confident, and the Timbers are a strong contender early on.
Goal of the week
David Romney of the Los Angeles Galaxy scored a brilliant goal on Saturday, rifling home a corner kick. Check it out.
And that’s a defender doing that. Golazo.
But let’s not forget Benny Feilhaber’s sick strike for Sporting Kansas City. What a hit.
It’s been a wild weekend to this point. More to come during Sounders-Red Bulls surely.