Bruce Arena Sets Sights on Coaching Win Record with Revolution: Week 12 MLS News & Notes
May 15, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) News Release
en Bruce Arena on Tuesday was named head coach and sporting director of the New England Revolution, he again set course on becoming the all-time winningest coach in Major League Soccer history.
Arena has 202 career wins in regular season play over his 14 seasons at the helm, one of just two coaches in league history having hit the double-century mark in wins, behind only the late Sigi Schmid, the all-time leader with 240.
With the Revolution, Arena takes charge of his fourth MLS team, tied for the most of any coach in league history. Also serving as bench boss of four different clubs is Bob Bradley, currently head coach of the Los Angeles Football Club, who is fourth on the all-time list with 148 career league wins, as well as Thomas Rongen.
The naming of Arena as head coach of the Revolution marks the third coaching change in MLS this season. The most in any one season came a year ago, when six coaching changes were made over the course of the season.
ALL-TIME MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER COACHING RECORDS
COACH TM W L T PCT PTS
Sigi Schmid LA-CLB-SEA 240 183 125 0.552 843
Bruce Arena DC-NYR-LA 202 121 89 0.598 671
Dominic Kinnear SJ-HOU-LA 169 137 135 0.536 642
Bob Bradley CHI-MET-CHV-LFC 148 104 66 0.569 500
Peter Vermes KC 135 103 86 0.549 491
Arena will be aiming to bring the Revolution back to MLS Cup, which they have reached five times, tied for second-most of any club in league annals, yet still to win the MLS title. Arena has won MLS Cup on five occasions - the most of any coach in league history - and his seven appearances in the championship match are also the most of any head coach.
MOST MLS CUPS - COACHES (ALL-TIME)
COACH WINS APPS TITLES WON
Bruce Arena 5 7 DC 1996, DC 1997, LA 2011, LA 2012, LA 2014
Dominic Kinnear 2 4 HOU 2006, HOU 2007
Sigi Schmid 2 4 LA 2002, CLB 2008
Frank Yallop 2 2 SJ 2001, SJ 2003
LARENTOWICZ BECOMES FIFTH PLAYER IN MLS HISTORY TO REACH 400 GAMES
With his appearance for Atlanta United on Sunday afternoon, Jeff Larentowicz became the third outfield player - and just the fifth player in MLS history - to reach the 400-game mark.
Larentowicz began his career in 2005, when he made one appearance that season after being selected in the fourth round of the MLS Supplemental Draft (the eighth overall draft round that year). Atlanta United are his fifth club, where he won a second MLS Cup (also winning in 2010 with the Colorado Rapids).
The all-time leader among field players is Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake, who has played in 472 matches over his career which this year reached 20 seasons - the most in MLS history.
The all-time record for games played is held by goalkeeper Nick Rimando, now with 492 appearances, also this year in his 20th season in Major League Soccer.
MOST GAMES PLAYED - FIELD PLAYERS (ALL-TIME)
Kyle Beckerman 472
Chad Marshall 409
Jeff Larentowicz 400
MOST GAMES PLAYED - GOALKEEPERS (ALL-TIME)
Nick Rimando 492
Kevin Hartman 416
GETTING RESULTS MATTERS: NO DRAWS IN WEEK 11
For the 16 matches played in Week 11 in Major League Soccer, every single one ended with a winner. That equals the most games played without a draw over a single match week in MLS history, with 16 matches also played from June 20-26, 2016.
It was the second time this season a match round was completed without a draw, with 13 matches played from April 17-21 without the teams ending in a tie.
With points more and more at a premium with the league's new playoff system, draws are at their lowest level in the past decade, with just slightly more than 20 percent of the matches thus far this season having ended in a deadlock. The three lowest percentages of draws over the course of a season all occurred from 2000-2002 - the first three seasons where matches could end in a draw in MLS history, and all three seasons where extra time was played in the regular season in the event of a tie score at 90:00.
DRAWS BY SEASON (SINCE 2010)
GP TIES PCT
2019 135 28 20.74%
2015 340 72 21.18%
2018 380 82 21.58%
2012 323 76 23.53%
2017 374 90 24.06%
ATLANTA UNITED MAKE HISTORY WITH FOURTH SHUTOUT WIN IN ROW
Atlanta United added to their already historic legacy this past weekend following their 1-0 victory against Orlando City SC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The win was Atlanta United's fourth in a row by shutout - matching the all-time MLS record set on eight previous occasions. Two teams performed the feat a year ago - New York City FC and Sporting Kansas City; no team has ever won five consecutive matches by shutout. The all-time record for consecutive shutouts was set by the Houston Dynamo in 2007, with seven (going 5-0-2 over that streak).
CONSECUTIVE VICTORIES BY SHUTOUT
Colorado Rapids 4 7/9/2003 8/9/2003
New England Revolution 4 4/27/2005 5/14/2005
Los Angeles Galaxy 4 10/24/2009 4/10/2010
Sporting Kansas City 4 10/15/2011 3/17/2012
San Jose Earthquakes 4 8/14/2015 8/28/2015
New York Red Bulls 4 5/18/2016 6/19/2016
New York City FC 4 7/8/2018 7/26/2018
Sporting Kansas City 4 8/4/2018 8/25/2018
Atlanta United 4 4/27/2019 5/12/2019
Credit: Elias Sports Bureau
MLS WEEK 12 - LOOK AHEAD (MIDWEEK)
TORONTO FC vs. D.C. UNITED
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #137)
BMO Field, Toronto, Ont.
8 p.m. ET (TSN; FloSports)
REFEREE: Drew Fischer. AR1 (bench): CJ Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Claudiu Badea; 4th: Luis Guardia; VAR: Matt Franz; AVAR: Jeff Muschik
MLS Career: 108 games; FC/gm: 25.6; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 16; pens: 28
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Toronto FC 10 wins, 42 goals ... D.C. United 14 wins, 50 goals ... Ties 6
AT BMO FIELD: Toronto FC 6 wins, 21 goals ... D.C. United 8 wins, 20 goals ... Ties 2
Toronto FC have lost consecutive games for the first time this season, following their 2-1 defeat by the Philadelphia Union at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon. It was a second consecutive defeat at home for TFC, following a five-game undefeated run at BMO Field to start the season.
D.C. United have won back-to-back games for a second time this season, defeating Sporting Kansas City by the game's lone goal at Audi Field on Sunday evening. It was a second consecutive home victory, both over a five-day span, on the heels of a three-game winless skid in D.C.
The teams met twice a season ago. D.C. United won the inaugural meeting in the series at Audi Field, taking a 1-0 win on Oct. 17 through a Wayne Rooney goal. On June 13, each team scored in the 90th minute or later, leaving the clubs in a 4-4 draw on June 13 at BMO Field.
United have come away with points on four of their last six trips to BMO Field, over the past five seasons, including two victories. TFC ended their history at RFK Stadium by coming away with points on four of their final five visits there, before D.C. United's win in the Audi Field opener last year.
TFC: Alejandro Pozuelo scored his fifth goal of the season, whipping home a free kick. ... Pozuelo has played a part in half of TFC's 22 goals on the season, with five goals and six assists.
UNITED: Paul Arriola netted a goal for a second consecutive game, his third goal of the year. ...Wayne Rooney provided the assist, his fourth of the year; he's played a part 10 of United's 17 goals this season (with 6 goals). ... Bill Hamid was credited with four saves in recording his sixth shutout of the season, tied for the MLS league lead (with Sean Johnson of NYCFC).
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. PORTLAND TIMBERS
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #138)
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
7:30 p.m. CT (KUBE 57; ROOT-NW)
REFEREE: Ted Unkel. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Gjovalin Bori; 4th: Rosendo Mendoza; VAR: Malik Badawi; AVAR: Jonathan Johnson
MLS Career: 85 games; FC/gm: 23.6; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 31; pens: 49
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Dynamo 5 wins, 24 goals ... Timbers 5 wins, 22 goals ... Ties 4
AT HOUSTON: Dynamo 4 wins, 15 goals ... Timbers 0 wins, 7 goals ... Ties 3
The Dynamo had their two-game winning streak put to an end with a second consecutive home loss, falling to Seattle Sounders FC by the game's only goal at CenturyLink Field on Saturday evening.
The teams met twice a season ago, each winning on their home ground. The Timbers took a 2-1 win on July 28 at Providence Park, then the Dynamo captured a 4-1 victory on Sept. 15 at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo have never lost to the Timbers at home. The Dynamo have won three of the six meetings all-time in Houston, with three draws, winning the last two there.
The Timbers have a six-game undefeated streak at Providence Park alive in the series, winning the past three. The Dynamo's lone league win there came in the first meeting between the teams in Portland in 2011.
DYNAMO: The Dynamo come into the week riding a five-game home winning streak at BBVA Compass Stadium, matching their club record set four times previously, last over the end of the 2012 season and the start of 2013. ... The Dynamo were shut out at the attacking end for the first time in 2019, the first time in a league game since last Sept. 22. They were the final team to be shut out in MLS this season.
TIMBERS: With their 11th game of the season at Houston, the Timbers will have surpassed the longest road stand to open a season in MLS history. The previous longest was 10 games, by Sporting Kansas City while awaiting the opening of Sporting Park in 2011; the Timbers will still have one more away match remaining (May 25 at Philadelphia) before making their bow at renovated Providence Park on June 1 vs. the Los Angeles Football Club.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. ATLANTA UNITED
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #139)
BC Place, Vancouver, B.C.
7 p.m. PT (TSN; FS-South)
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. AR1 (bench): Philippe Briere; AR2 (opposite): Cory Richardson; 4th: Joseph Dickerson; VAR: Alejandro Mariscal; AVAR: Mauricio Navarro
MLS Career: 276 games; FC/gm: 25.2; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 100; pens: 106
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: itecaps FC 1 win, 4 goals ... ATLUTD 1 wins, 5 goals ... Ties 0
AT VANCOUVER: itecaps FC 1 win, 3 goals ... ATLUTD 0 wins, 1 goal ... Ties 0
itecaps FC have won back-to-back games for the first time in 2019, defeating the Portland Timbers by the game's only goal at BC Place on Friday evening. The 'Caps have two wins and a draw in their past three home games.
Atlanta United won a fourth consecutive game - all by shutout - defeating Orlando City SC 1-0 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The four consecutive wins by shutout tie the all-time MLS record, set eight times previously in league history.
The teams have split their two meetings over Atlanta United's first two seasons, each winning on their home ground. ATLUTD took a 4-1 win last March 17 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in the lone meeting between the clubs; itecaps FC won the inaugural meeting between the teams, a 3-1 win June 3, 2017, at BC Place
WHITECAPS FC: Fredy Montero scored for a second consecutive game, now with three goals on the season. Montero scored in double digits in goals in each of his first five MLS seasons. ...Russell Teibert collected his first assist of the season.
ATLUTD: Pity Martínez scored his first MLS goal, netting the game's only goal vs. Orlando City FC. ... Atlanta United extended their shutout streak to 366 minutes, the second-longest in the club's history (long: 440 minutes, 9/16-10/3/2017). ... Brad Guzan extended his personal shutout streak to 366 minutes, now the second-longest of his MLS career (his personal record: 542 minutes, 9/16-10/22/2017).
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC vs. ORLANDO CITY SC
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #140)
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash.
7:30 p.m. PT (JOEtv / YouTube TV [SEA]; YouTube TV [ORL] / My65)
REFEREE: David Gantar. AR1 (bench): Jeff Hosking; AR2 (opposite): Jeremy Kieso; 4th: Farhad Dadkho; VAR: Daniel Radford; AVAR: Cameron Blanchard
MLS Career: 75 games; FC/gm: 24.4; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 29; pens: 15
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sounders FC 3 wins, 10 goals ... Orlando City 0 wins, 2 goals ... Ties 1
AT SEATTLE: Sounders FC 1 win, 5 goals ... Orlando City 0 wins, 1 goal ... Ties 1
Sounders FC extended their undefeated streak to four games with a first win in that span, defeating the Houston Dynamo by the game's only goal at CenturyLink Field on Saturday evening. The win stretched Sounders FC's home undefeated streak to 10 games, dating back to last Sept. 29, the fourth-longest in the club's history.
Orlando City SC suffered their second consecutive defeat by shutout, falling 1-0 to Atlanta United at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday evening.
Sounders FC have never lost to Orlando City in four meetings in the all-time series. Sounders FC took a 2-1 win in their lone meeting last year, Oct. 17, 2018 at Orlando City Stadium - their second win in two visits to Orlando.
The teams reached a 1-1 draw in their last meeting at CenturyLink Field on June 21, 2017; Sounders FC won the inaugural matchup between the clubs there, a 4-0 victory in 2015.
SOUNDERS FC: Cristian Roldan scored for a second consecutive win, his third goal of the season, netting the only Sounders FC goal for a second game in a row in the win vs. Houston.
OCSC: Orlando City SC were shut out at the attacking end for a second consecutive match, now 252 minutes since their last goal, the seventh-longest streak in MLS this season.
LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB vs. FC DALLAS
Thursday, May 16, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #141)
Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles, Calif.
7:30 p.m. PT (ESPN / ESPN Deportes)
REFEREE: Allen Chapman. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Mike Kampmeinert; 4th: Alex Chilowicz; VAR: Guido Gonzales Jr.; AVAR: Felisha Mariscal
MLS Career: 144 games; FC/gm: 22.4; Y/gm: 3.6; R: 32; pens: 64
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: LAFC 0 wins, 2 goals ... FC Dallas 1 win, 3 goals ... Ties 1
AT BANC OF CALIFORNIA STADIUM: LAFC 0 wins, 1 goal ... FC Dallas 0 wins, 1 goal ... Ties 1
LAFC extended their undefeated run to four games with a second win in that time, defeating Columbus Crew SC 3-0 at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening.
Carlos Vela scored a goal, his league-leading 12th of the season (in 12 games), and also added an assist, his sixth of the season, having played a part now in 18 of LAFC's 29 goals this year.
FC Dallas suffered a second consecutive defeat, falling 3-1 to the New York Red Bulls at Toyota Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Jesús Ferreira scored his fourth goal of the season, his third in the past five games, netting FCD's lone tally vs. the Red Bulls.
The teams met twice a year ago in LAFC's inaugural MLS campaign. The teams reached a 1-1 draw on May 5 at Banc of California Stadium; FC Dallas then took a 2-1 win on June 2 at Toyota Stadium.
LAFC: Carlos Vela scored at least one goal and added at least one assist in the same for the ninth time in 40 career MLS appearances, and the fifth time this season. ... Mark-Anthony Kayenetted his third goal of the season, his fifth in his two MLS campaigns (in 31 appearances). ...Adama Diomande scored his third goal of the season, his first since netting in the opening two matches of the year. ... Tyler Miller was credited with one save in recording a second consecutive shutout, his fifth in the last eight games. Miller has a goals against average of 0.67, leading all MLS goalkeepers with at least five starts; his five shutouts are second-most in the league (Bill Hamid, DC; Sean Johnson, NYC, 5 each).
FCD: Jacori Hayes collected his first assist of the season, the second of his MLS career, the first coming March 24 of last year. ... FC Dallas conceded a season-high three goals in the loss at the Red Bulls.
MLS WEEK 12 - LOOK AHEAD (WEEKEND)
MONTREAL IMPACT vs. NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #142)
Stade Saputo, Montréal, Qué.
1 p.m. ET (TVA Sports; NBCS-Bos)
REFEREE: Ramy Touchan. AR1 (bench): Gianni Facchini; AR2 (opposite): Logan Brown; 4th: Fotis Bazakos; VAR: Jorge Gonzalez; AVAR: Robert Schaap
MLS Career: 8 games; FC/gm: 24.8; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 0; pens: 2
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Impact 9 wins, 29 goals ... Revolution 9 wins, 28 goals ... Ties 2
AT MONTREAL: Impact 5 wins, 19 goals ... Revolution 4 wins, 15 goals ... Ties 1
The Impact have alternated wins and losses for a fourth consecutive match, falling 2-1 to FC Cincinnati at Nippert Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Revolution put an end to a four-game winless streak in Mike Lapper's head coaching debut, defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 at Gillette Stadium.
The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Anthony Jackson-Hamel netted a pair of goals late as the Impact eased to a 3-0 victory on April 24 at Gillette Stadium.
The Impact win in the first meeting ended a four-game Revolution winning streak in the series at Gillette Stadium, dating back to 2016. The Impact won the last matchup at Stade Saputo, a 4-2 victory last May 5, which ended a two-game Revolution winning streak in Montréal.
IMPACT: Orji Okwonkwo scored the Montréal goal. ... Maximiliano Urruti recorded the assist on the goal; Urruti has played a part in each of the Impact's past three goals, with a goal and two assists.
REVOLUTION: Carles Gil scored his fourth goal of the season. ... Cristian Penilla scored his second goal of the season, his first coming April 20, and also added his first assist of the season. ... Edgar Castillo was credited with his second assist, both coming in the last three games. ...Tajon Buchanan recorded his second assist, both coming in the last four games. ...
REAL SALT LAKE vs. TORONTO FC
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #143)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
1 p.m. MT (CTV / TSN; KMYU-12)
REFEREE: Joseph Dickerson. AR1 (bench): Philippe Briere; AR2 (opposite): Apolinar Mariscal; 4th: Rosendo Mendoza; VAR: Allen Chapman; AVAR: Jozef Batko
MLS Career: 16 games; FC/gm: 26.3; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 3; pens: 5
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Real 8 wins, 21 goals ... Toronto FC 6 wins, 15 goals ... Ties 3
AT SALT LAKE: Real 7 wins, 19 goals ... Toronto FC 1 win, 8 goals ... Ties 1
Real put an end to a two-game losing slide, defeating the Colorado Rapids 3-2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening.
The teams met once a season ago, Toronto FC claiming a 3-1 win at BMO Field on March 30. TFC have come away with two wins and a draw in the last three meetings between the teams; RSL had won four consecutive meetings between the teams prior.
RSL has never lost to TFC at Rio Tinto Stadium, and have lost at home to TFC just once in nine meetings - a 2-1 Toronto FC victory on July 4, 2007 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, the first meeting ever between the clubs. Real had won six consecutive meetings in Sandy before the teams reached a goalless draw in the last meeting there on March 4, 2017
REAL: Sam Johnson scored his fourth goal of the season, all coming over the last five games. ... Albert Rusnák scored his fifth goal of the season, three coming on penalty kicks. ... Corey Baird netted his first goal of the season, his last coming last Oct. 18, the final of his eight goals on the year which led all rookies. ... Nick Besler recorded an assist for a second consecutive game, the first two assists of his MLS career.
TFC: Play D.C. United at BMO Field at midweek.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES vs. CHICAGO FIRE
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #144)
Avaya Stadium, San Jose, Calif.
12:30 p.m. PT (Univision)
REFEREE: Alex Chilowicz. AR1 (bench): Brian Dunn; AR2 (opposite): Felisha Mariscal; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal; VAR: Victor Rivas; AVAR: Cameron Blanchard
MLS Career: 11 games; FC/gm: 25.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 2; pens: 4
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Earthquakes 10 wins (1 shootout), 44 goals ... Fire 16 wins (0 shootout), 56 goals ... Ties 11
AT SAN JOSE: Earthquakes 8 wins (0 shootout), 26 goals ... Fire 6 wins (0 shootout), 23 goals ... Ties 5
The Quakes saw their four-game undefeated streak come to an end, falling 3-1 to the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Fire have won back-to-back games for the first time this season, recording a third consecutive shutout in a 2-0 win against Minnesota United FC at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Fire have won consecutive games for the first time since June 10-July 1, 2017, when they won four games in a row.
The Fire won the lone meeting between the teams last season, a 2-1 victory on June 2 in Bridgeview, Ill., their third consecutive victory in the series.
The Fire won on their last trip to San Jose, a 4-1 victory at Avaya Stadium on Sept. 27, 2017, the first victory for the road team in the series since 2010, when each team won away in the two meetings that year.
The Fire have won the past three encounters between the clubs at Toyota Park; the Quakes have not won on their last four trips to Bridgeview.
QUAKES: Vako Qazaishvili scored the lone San Jose goal, his first of the season. ... Danny Hoesen collected his first assist of the season.
FIRE: The Fire have not allowed a goal for 277 minutes, the eighth-longest shutout streak in club history. The three consecutive shutouts are one shy of the club record, set in 2009. ... David Ousted's three consecutive shutouts are one shy of his personal record (achieved in 2014). ...Nicolás Gaitán scored his second goal of the season, both coming in the last two matches. Gaitan has two goals and two assists in the last two matches. ... Aleksandar Katai scored his second goal of the year; he has a goal and two assists in the last two games.
Przemyslaw Frankowski collected his third assist of the season; he has a goal and an assist in the last two games.
PHILADELPHIA UNION vs. SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #145)
Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.
7:30 p.m. ET (PHL 17; JOEtv / YouTube TV [SEA])
REFEREE: Marcos de Oliveira. AR1 (bench): Jose da Silva; AR2 (opposite): Eric Boria; 4th: Lorant Varga; VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero; AVAR: Craig Lowry
MLS Career: 21 games; FC/gm: 25.9; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 3; pens: 7
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Union 5 wins, 14 goals ... Sounders FC 4 wins, 11 goals ... Ties 2
AT UNION: Union 3 wins, 9 goals ... Sounders FC 0 wins, 4 goals ... Ties 2
The Union won a third consecutive game in extending their undefeated to five matches, defeating Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field on Saturday evening.
The Union won the lone meeting between the teams a year ago, a 1-0 victory at CenturyLink Field on Sept. 19, their second consecutive victory in the series. It was the Union's second win ever in Seattle in six trips, their first since 2011.
The Union have never lost to Sounders FC in Chester, Pa. After a 3-1 Philadelphia win vs. Seattle in the grand opening of the new stadium in 2010, the teams played to draws there in their next two meetings, before the Union claimed wins in the last two matchups there, including a 2-0 win in 2017 in the last matchup at Talen Energy Stadium.
UNION: Jamiro Monteiro scored the game-winning goal, his second goal of the year. Monteiro has two goals and two assists over the last five games. ... Kacper Przybylko recorded an assist; he now has a goal or an assist in four consecutive games (his first four MLS starts).
SOUNDERS FC: Play Orlando City SC at CenturyLink Field at midweek.
MINNESOTA UNITED FC vs. COLUMBUS CREW SC
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #146)
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minn.
7 p.m. CT (FS-North; ST Ohio)
REFEREE: David Gantar. AR1 (bench): Brian Poeschel; AR2 (opposite): Kyle Longville; 4th: Baldomero Toledo; VAR: Malik Badawi; AVAR: Thomas Supple
MLS Career: 75 games; FC/gm: 24.4; Y/gm: 2.8; R: 29; pens: 15
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: MNUFC 0 wins, 2 goals ... Crew SC 2 wins, 4 goals ... Ties 0
AT MINNESOTA: MNUFC 0 wins, 0 goals ... Crew SC 1 win, 1 goal ... Ties 0
Minnesota United FC had their three-game undefeated streak put to an end, falling 2-0 to the Chicago Fire at SeatGeek Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Crew SC suffered a sixth loss in their last seven matches, falling 3-0 to the Los Angeles Football Club at Mapfre Stadium on Saturday evening.
Crew SC have won both meetings between the teams all-time, over Minnesota United FC's first two MLS seasons. Crew SC took a 1-0 win the inaugural meeting, July 4, 2017, at TCF Bank Stadium; they also took a 3-2 win on Decision Day last year (Oct. 28) at Mapfre Stadium in the lone meeting between the teams, as Gyasi Zardes hit for a hat trick, canceling out a brace from MNUFC's Francisco Calvo.
MNUFC: Minnesota United was shut out on the road for the first time this season in the loss at Chicago, the final team to be held without a goal in an away match this season. MNUFC has scored 14 road goals, second in MLS this season (first: LAFC, 15); they scored 19 road goals in 2018, tied for sixth-fewest in MLS.
CREW SC: Joseph Bendik made his second appearance between the posts this season, his first in a 0-3 result vs. Philadelphia Union on March 23.
HOUSTON DYNAMO vs. D.C. UNITED
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #147)
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas
7:30 p.m. CT (KUBE 57; FloSports)
REFEREE: Rubiel Vazquez. AR1 (bench): Ian Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Andrew Bigelow; 4th: Elvis Osmanovic; VAR: Jon Freemon; AVAR: Kevin Klinger
MLS Career: 16 games; FC/gm: 20.1; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 5; pens: 5
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Dynamo 14 wins, 43 goals ... D.C. United 6 wins, 25 goals ... Ties 5
AT HOUSTON: Dynamo 9 wins, 21 goals ... D.C. United 1 win, 7 goals ... Ties 2
The teams met once a season ago, reaching a 2-2 draw in a match played at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md., on March 17.
D.C. United last won in the series in 2014, a 3-1 win at BBVA Compass Stadium, the teams reaching draws in three of the last four meetings.
The home team has not won in the last five matches in the series. The last home wins came in the first two meetings in 2014, United winning 2-0 at RFK Stadium on May 21, and the Dynamo winning 1-0 Aug. 3 in Houston.
DYNAMO: Play Portland Timbers at BBVA Compass Stadium at midweek.
UNITED: Play Toronto FC at BMO Field at midweek.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #148)
Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kan.
7:30 p.m. CT (TSN; FS-KC+)
REFEREE: Timothy Ford. AR1 (bench): Corey Rockwell; AR2 (opposite): Gjovalin Bori; 4th: Michael Radchuk; VAR: Sorin Stoica; AVAR: Jonathan Johnson
MLS Career: 6 games; FC/gm: 24.0; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 1; pens: 1
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Sporting 8 wins, 29 goals ... itecaps FC 3 wins, 17 goals ... Ties 3
AT KC: Sporting 5 wins, 17 goals ... itecaps FC 1 win, 7 goals ... Ties 1
Sporting suffered a second consecutive loss, both by shutout, falling 1-0 to D.C. United at Audi Field on Sunday evening. SKC saw their overall winless streak extended to six games, dating back to the start of April.
Sporting rolled to a pair of victories in the two meetings between the clubs last year. Johnny Russell netted a hat trick in the opening 48 minutes as Sporting cruised to a 6-0 victory on April 20 at Children's Mercy Park, then SKC took a 4-1 win on Oct. 17 at BC Place behind two goals from Daniel Salloí.
itecaps FC had won the previous two meetings between the teams, both coming in 2017, once at each ground. The win at Children's Mercy Park was their first ever for itecaps FC in Kansas City in league play. Sporting had won four of the first five meetings there in MLS play (with one draw), though Vancouver did win there in group play in the Concacaf Champions League in 2016.
Sporting have won on three of their seven visits all-time to Vancouver, with two draws.
SPORTING: Sporting were shut out at the attacking end for a second consecutive match, now 187 minutes since their last goal. Sporting were last shut out in back-to-back league games May 20-27, 2017.
WHITECAPS FC: Play Atlanta United at BC Place at midweek.
ORLANDO CITY SC vs. FC CINCINNATI
Sunday, May 19, 2019 (Week 12, MLS Game #150)
Orlando City Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
3 p.m. ET (YouTube TV [ORL] / My65; WSTR - Star 64)
REFEREE: Nima Saghafi. AR1 (bench): Eduardo Mariscal; AR2 (opposite): Chris Elliott; 4th: Luis Guardia; VAR: Geoff Gamble; AVAR: Eric Weisbrod
MLS Career: 45 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 6; pens: 16
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: First meeting.
FC Cincinnati put an end to a five-game losing streak and a seven-game winless slide overall, defeating the Montréal Impact 2-1 at Nippert Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Allan Cruz and Fatai Alashe scored the FCC goals, the opening strike snapping the club's goalless streak at 528 minutes, the sixth-longest in MLS history.
FCC interim head coach Yoann Damet won the game in his debut, the youngest head coach ever in MLS history (at 29 years, 53 days for the match).
The teams are meeting for the first time in their histories, the first of two meetings this season. Their return match is set for Sept. 29 at Nippert Stadium.
OCSC: Play Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field at midweek.
FCC: Fatai Alashe scored his first goal in MLS play since Oct. 1, 2016, when he was with the San Jose Earthquakes, a span of 35 games. ... Darren Mattocks recorded his second assist, his last coming March 17. ... Leonardo Bertone collected his second assist, his last coming March 17.
FC DALLAS vs. LOS ANGELES FOOTBALL CLUB
Sunday, May 19, 2019 (Week 11, MLS Game #151)
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2 p.m. CT (FCDTV; YouTube TV / UniMás KFTR 46)
REFEREE: Chris Penso. AR1 (bench): C.J. Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Cory Richardson; 4th: David Barrie; VAR: Silviu Petrescu; AVAR: Jeff Muschik
MLS Career: 153 games; FC/gm: 23.9; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 44; pens: 55
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: FC Dallas 1 win, 3 goals ... LAFC 0 wins, 2 goals ... Ties 1
AT TOYOTA STADIUM: FC Dallas 1 win, 2 goals ... LAFC 0 wins, 1 goal ... Ties 0
The teams are meeting on the back end of a home-and-home series over four days, after having played Thursday at Banc of California Stadium.
NEW YORK RED BULLS vs. ATLANTA UNITED
Sunday, May 19, 2019 (Week 11, MLS Game #149)
Red Bull Arena, Harrison, N.J.
5 p.m. ET (FS1 / FOX Deportes)
REFEREE: Robert Sibiga. AR1 (bench): Matthew Nelson; AR2 (opposite): Claudiu Badea; 4th: Lorant Varga; VAR: Edvin Jurisevic; AVAR: Peter Manikowski
MLS Career: 83 games; FC/gm: 22.4; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 20; pens: 25
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Red Bulls 3 wins, 7 goals ... ATLUTD 0 wins, 2 goals ... Ties 1
AT RED BULLS: Red Bulls 1 win, 2 goals ... ATLUTD 0 wins, 0 goals ... Ties 1
The Red Bulls won a third match in their past four games, defeating FC Dallas 3-1 at Toyota Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was the first away win of the season for the Red Bulls.
The Red Bulls have never lost to Atlanta United in four meetings all-time, winning three. The Red Bulls won both matchups a year ago: Bradley Wright-Phillips scored a pair of goals four minutes apart in the second half to propel the Red Bulls to a 3-1 win on May 20, 2018, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium - their second victory in two visits to Atlanta - then New York took a 2-0 win on Sept. 30 in Harrison, N.J.
The teams met twice in Atlanta United's inaugural MLS season - and the Red Bulls came away with points from both. The Red Bulls won 2-1 on March 5 at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta United's first league match; the teams played to a scoreless draw Oct. 15 at Red Bull Arena.
RED BULLS: Sean Nealis scored his first career MLS goal in his second appearance, his first league start. ... Cristian Casseres scored his second goal of the season, his first coming April 6. ... Brian ite scored his second goal of the year; he has two goals and one assist over the last six games. ... Andreas Ivan collected his first career MLS assist. ... Michael Amir Murillorecorded his third assist of the season, his first since gaining an assist in each of the opening two games of the season.
ATLUTD: Play Vancouver itecaps FC at BC Place at midweek.
LA GALAXY vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
Sunday, May 19, 2019 (Week 11, MLS Game #152)
Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, Calif.
5 p.m. PT (Spec SN; Altitude)
REFEREE: Drew Fischer. AR1 (bench): Frank Anderson; AR2 (opposite): Michael Barwegen; 4th: Alejandro Mariscal; VAR: Hilario Grajeda; AVAR: Apolinar Mariscal
MLS Career: 108 games; FC/gm: 25.6; Y/gm: 3.1; R: 16; pens: 28
LEAGUE HEAD-TO-HEAD: Galaxy 37 wins (2 shootout), 118 goals ... Rapids 26 wins (1 shootout), 84 goals ... Ties 11
AT GALAXY: Galaxy 24 wins (1 shootout), 73 goals ... Rapids 7 wins (2 shootout), 34 goals ... Ties 6
The Galaxy suffered a third consecutive loss on the heels of a seven-game undefeated run, dropping a 2-0 decision to New York City FC at Dignity Health Sports Park on Saturday evening.
The Rapids remained winless to start the season, now 0-9-2 following their 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening. The 11-game start to a season without a win matches the longest in MLS history (previously set by Real Salt Lake, 0-5-6, in 2007).
The teams met twice a season ago, both matches coming in a 10-day span. The Rapids got the game-winner in the 90th minute for a 2-1 win on Aug. 4 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park; they then reached a 2-2 draw on Aug. 14 in Carson, Calif.
The Rapids' victory last year snapped a four-game winless streak, and two-game losing streak, in league play in the series, their first vs. the Galaxy since a 1-0 win at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, on March 12, 2016.
The Galaxy have a six-game undefeated streak in Carson in the series, with two wins and four draws over the span. The last Rapids victory there was on Sept. 7, 2013, a 1-0 victory.
GALAXY: The Galaxy's three-game losing slide in their longest since April 21-May 12 of last year. ... The Galaxy were shut out on their home ground for the first time since April 21, 2018 (0-2 vs. Atlanta United), a span of 20 games in Carson.
RAPIDS: Kellyn Acosta scored his first goal of the season, his third since coming to Colorado from FC Dallas at midseason last year. ... Danny Wilson scored his first career goal in MLS in his second season (28 career appearances). .... The Rapids lost for a fourth match while scoring multiple goals in a game, a second consecutive 2-3 defeat.
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