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Eastern Conference Roundup: Week 3

Atlanta United 4-0 win vs. Chicago Fire

Atlanta United put Chicago Fire to the sword with a 4-0 hammering in front of a sold-out Bobby Dodd Stadium. Atlanta netted a quick 4th minute goal with the help of Chicago Fire when cross by United’s Julian Gressel was deflected by Fire defender Brandon Vincent, resulting in an own goal. Johan Kappelhof earned himself a red card after taking down Atlanta’s Josef Martinez, reducing Chicago to 10 men before United’s Hector Villalba’s goal in the 67th minute and Martinez's brace the 60th and 82nd minutes. 

Orlando City SC 2-1 win vs. Philadelphia Union

The Sunshine State won again at home as Orlando striker, Cycle Larin, netted one in the 39th minute with a one-touch off a cross from Carlos Rivas. Union returned fire in the second half when CJ Sapong scored off a close-range header in the 52nd minute. Larin made sure his team came out on top, however, with a 73rd minute game winner, his third of the season.

New York Red Bulls 3-1 loss at Seattle Sounders FC

The New York Red Bulls were on an 18-match winning streak in regular season matches until Seattle spoiled their fun. The Sounders ran past the Red Bulls in a 3-1 home opener. Clint Dempsey netted a penalty kick for Seattle in the 28th minute after New York goalkeeper took down Jordan Morris inside the box. New York equalized in the 57th minute, but Seattle thwarted the streak after finding the back of the net again in the 66th minute and 79th minutes. 

Toronto FC 2-0 win at Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Canadian teams battled it out for what was looking to be a scoreless draw. However, after a pair of yellow cards was shown to Vancouver’s Brek Shea, the Whitecaps were forced to play a man down.  Six short minutes later, Toronto capitalized on their disadvantage, and Victor Vazquez put his team on top in the 76th minute. Jozy Altidore sealed the Whitecaps’ fate with a goal in the 80th minute to double the lead.

New York City FC 1-1 draw vs. Montreal Impact

It was a battle of the halves for New York City FC and Montreal Impact. New York dominated the first half with a surplus of scoring chances. They eventually found the back of the net in the 44th minute with a side-volley by Rodney Wallace. However, Montreal had New York goalkeeper Sean Johnson at their mercy when Patrice Bernier lofted a pass over New York’s backline to Dominc Oduro, who smashed it in the back of the net in the 68th minute, tying the match.

Columbus Crew SC 2-0  win at D.C. United

D.C. United seemed to have nothing to worry about since they hadn’t lost to Columbus at home since 2015, but the Black & Gold set them straight with a 2-0 road victory. Both goals were scored via penalty kicks after United’s Steve Birnbaum fouled forward Ola Kamara in the box. United’s keeper Bill Hamid guessed correctly on both midfielder Federico Higuain (38th minute) and Kamara’s (66th minute) shots but was unable to stop them from finding the back of the net.

New England Revolution 2-1 loss at FC Dallas

The New England Revolution thought they had three points in the bag after Lee Nguyen converted a penalty earned by Antonio Delamea. Alas, “Don’t Mess with Texas” was proven true for FC Dallas when Maxi Urruti took the Revs by storm with back-to-back goals in the second half, putting his team ahead with a 2-1 win. Urruti has now scored three times in his past two appearances. 

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