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MLS Week 15: Nothing settled in the West

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Week 17 of the 2022 Major League Soccer season kicked off in Seattle with the Sounders and LAFC tied 1-1. Albert Rusnak scored for Seattle in the 58th minute and LAFC’s Christian Arango equalized in the 79th minute.

In another Los Angeles game against Cascadia, the Galaxy drew 1-1 with Portland. Jimmy Chara increased the score for the Timbers in the 38th minute, while Dejan Jovelic equalized in the 88th.

“I think disjointed is a good word for me, and a bit slow,” LA Galaxy coach Greg Vanni said. “I think not being together completely for three weeks is also not good because of the separation… So I just felt like maybe we were a little disconnected in terms of how we move in defense, coherence, some speed. games and communication with each other. It seemed to me that sometimes we just overcomplicated situations, and everything could have been much simpler and smoother.

The Red Bulls beat Toronto 2-0 at home. Lewis Morgan scored in the 2nd minute and Luquinhas made it 2-0 in the 56th. New York City goaltender Carlos Coronel made three saves and kept the net clean.

Austin won 1-0 in Montreal. Entering the field with a red card to Daniel Pereira in the 44th minute, Maxi Urruti scored a goal for Austin in the 67th minute. Austin goaltender Brad Stuver made two saves to keep the net clean.

Columbus and Charlotte tied 1-1 at Lower.com Field. The crew got up after Eric Hurtado’s goal in the 41st minute. Charlotte’s Andre Shinyashiki equalized in 49th.

Orlando beat Houston 2-1 at home. Erkan Kara scored for Orlando in 25th and 58th. Dynamo’s Sebastian Ferreira equalized in the 59th minute.

“The easiest way to explain it is this: when you play harder, you force the team to either pressure you,” Houston coach Paulo Nagamura said. “If you break your abs, you have more room to clean behind you. Or, if you have more urgency, then they should defend and push the team back. That’s what we did, we had more sharpness with the ball and we had runs with movement that forced us to attack more and create chances in the second half. To answer your question, urgency is the answer.”

Philadelphia and Cincinnati tied 1-1 at Subaru Park. Alejandro Bedoya lifted Union to 17th while Cincinnati’s Brandon Vasquez equalized in the 39th minute.

“I thought it was a good time for us,” Cincinnati Coach Pat Noonan said. “I was very pleased with the first 45 minutes, despite conceding a goal, when we could have played a little better to finish this game and prevent a goal. After the missed ones, we found a good rhythm.”

Chicago at home DC United 1-0. Fabian Herbers scored in 78th and Fire goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina kept the net without a save.

“There were a lot of games that we drew, like Red Bull, that we had to win,” said Chicago coach Ezra Henderickson. “There are games that we lost that we probably should have drawn, like in Cincinnati. And hopefully we can stop that and change the narrative about this team that there is a team that can close games. Because tonight we showed that we have everything we need.”

Vancouver scored three points against Dallas in a 2-0 win. Lucas Cavallini scored in the 2nd minute and Deiber Caicedo made it 2-0 in the 44th minute. Whitecaps goaltender Cody Cropper made two saves to keep the net clean.

The score was the same at Rio Tinto when Real Salt Lake beat San Jose 2-0. Marcelo Silva scored in 22nd and Jefferson Savarino doubled the lead in 81st. RSL goaltender Zach McMath made one save to keep a clean sheet.

On Sunday, Atlanta beat Inter Miami 2-0 at home. Luis Araujo opened the scoring for Atlanta in 4th and Inter Miami lost to the man before Jean Mota’s red card in the 29th minute. Josef Martinez doubled United’s lead in the 61st minute, with goalkeeper Rocco Rios Novo making three saves.

“We have nineteen games left, 57 points to play,” Inter Miami coach Phil Neville. “We need to make sure we get back to working hard this week, get back to the qualities that we have, and we’re ready for Minnesota.”

New England returned to beat Minnesota 2-1 at Gillette Stadium. Emanuel Reynoso led United from the penalty spot to 37th place. Dylan Borrero equalized in the 53rd minute and Gustavo Bou scored in the 69th minute.

NYCFC and Colorado tied 1-1 at Yankee Stadium. After a goal by the Rapids in the 68th minute, Talles Magno equalized for New York in the 72nd minute.

Week 15’s schedule ended in Nashville with Sporting Kansas City winning 2-1 away. Felipe Hernandez lifted Sporting to 41st while Graeme Zusi made it 2-0 in 51st. Nashville’s Ake Arno Loba scored in the 63rd minute.

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