MLS Rewind: Charlotte FC take down Union, Crew shock Red Bulls
The Philadelphia Union handed Los Angeles FC a golden opportunity at a late Supporters’ Shield lead. The Union were shocked by Daniel Rios with four goals, as Charlotte FC keeps a narrow possibility at a playoff berth alive. With Cucho Hernandez out and Lucas Zelarayan coming off the bench, Derrick Etienne emerged as the hero for the Columbus Crew. Etienne scored twice in the final five minutes of the Crew’s important matchup against the New York Red Bulls. The Crew will head into Decision Day with the ability to finish as high as fifth in the Eastern Conference. A playoff spot is not guaranteed, however. Atlanta United, meanwhile, missed out on the playoffs to all but finish a tumultuous 2022 season. Josef Martinez scored an incredible goal to level the match, but the New England Revolution’s Gustavo Bou scored to hand the already-eliminated Revs all three points. Here are the results from Week 33 in MLS. LA Galaxy 1, RSL 1 (Douglas Costa (pen) 68′) – (Sergio Cordova 25′) Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Zac MacMath made seven saves, including a penalty kick save in the first half, to secure a massive road point for RSL. Moment of the Match: Douglas Costa kept the Galaxy’s Decision Day next week from becoming even more uncertain by leveling the match in the 68th minute. The converted penalty also put a halt to the Galaxy’s penalty kick woes in recent weeks. Match to Forget: Kevin Cabral had several late opportunities to score, but couldn’t make any of them count. Whitecaps 2, Austin FC 0 (Ryan Gauld 7′, Lucas Cavallini 62′) Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Ryan Gauld scored the opener for Vancouver before assisting on the Whitecaps insurance goal in the second half. The Scottish forward also won seven duels in the victory. Moment of the Match: Gauld needed only seven minutes to break the deadlock at BC Place, capping off an impressive Whitecaps attack. Match to Forget: Alex Ring lost seven duels and picked up one yellow card in the loss, struggling to deal with the Whitecaps attacking midfielders. Quakes 2, Loons 0 (Shea Salinas 52′, Benji Kikanovic 71′) Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Shea Salinas delivered the opening goal in his final home match as a member of the Earthquakes. Moment of the Match: Benji Kikanovic’s cool finish doubled San Jose’s lead and put Minnesota United to the sword at PayPal Park. Match to Forget: Minnesota United’s attack struggled to string anything together as Luis Amarilla and Mender Garcia stood out as ineffective in the final third. CF Montreal 1, D.C. United 0 (Donovan Pines (OG) 41′) Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Victor Wanyama kept the run of play going in CF Montreal’s favor. He completed 92.9% of his passes and won four duels, while being involved in the most duels of any player in the game. Moment of the Match: David Ochoa saved a penalty kick in the 80th minute, showing he may be the answer in goal for D.C. United next season and giving D.C. United a lifeline. Match to Forget: Donovan Pines had a shockingly poor night. He failed to clear a cross, leading to an own goal in the first half. Then, he shoved Ismael Kone in the box to get sent off in the second half. FC Cincinnati 2, Chicago Fire 3 (Luciano Acosta 78′, Brandon Vazquez 89′) – (Jhon Duran 56′, 75′, Brian Guitérrez 59′) Man of the Match: Jhon Duran’s brace topped the scoresheet in the upset win. Moment of the Match: Duran’s 75th-minute chip shot was stylish, but more importantly, the dagger in what could have been a special night in Cincinnati. A win would have guaranteed Cincy its first playoff berth in club history. Match to Forget: Sergio Santos managed to earn a red card during a meaningless scuffle when the game was out of hand. Crew 2, Red Bulls 1 (Derrick Etienne 89′, 90+3′) – (Frankie Amaya 53′) Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Derrick Etienne may have saved the Crew’s season. His two goals helped the Crew take all three points in a must-win in the playoff push. Etienne’s heroics come as Lucas Zelarayan was unable to start and Cucho Hernandez missed the match injured. Moment of the Match: Derrick Etienne punched in a deflected effort from Jacyn Russell-Rowe in the final minute of the game. Match to Forget: Patryk Klimala was not the answer to the Red Bulls’ center forward issues. Klimala was subbed out at halftime, failing to record a single shot. Revolution 2, Atlanta United 1 (Giacomo Vrioni (pen) 32′, Gustavo Bou 85′) – (Josef Martinez 81′) Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Gustavo Bou was one of the most active attacking players on the field. Bou scored the winning goal, and produced four shots with two on goal. Moment of the Match: Atlanta United leveled the match with a highlight-reel goal from Josef Martinez, whose scissor kick in the 81st minute added some late drama. Match to Forget: The penalty call on Atlanta United goalkeeper Raul Gudino may have been close, but it appears Gudino could have gone more directly to the ball in the air instead of running into Revs striker Giacomo Vrioni. Rapids 1, FC Dallas 0 (Diego Rubio 66′) Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Diego Rubio scored the game’s only goal and also generated half of the Rapids’ total shots on goal with three. Moment of the Match: Diego Rubio scored one of the Rapids’ few chances by turning in a Michael Barrios cross in the 66th minute. Match to Forget: Marco Farfan allowed Michael Barrios to dribble deep into the box. Farfan didn’t act quickly enough before Barrios crossed and assisted the game’s only goal. Charlotte FC 4, Union 0 (Daniel Rios 24′, 54′, (pen) 72′, 90+1′) Griffin Zetterberg-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Daniel Rios kept Charlotte FC’s playoffs hope alive in a huge way with four goals. Moment of the Match: Daniel Rios doubled the lead early in the second half, sidestepping Leon Flach to score from close range. Match to Forget: Kai Wagner lifted his arm in the 71st minute to stop a shot from Nuno Santos, leading to a penalty and little opportunity for the Union to fight back from there. Friday Toronto FC 0, Inter Miami 1 (Gonzalo Higuain 86′) Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Man of the Match: Gonzalo Higuain continued his recent form of scoring late winners for Inter Miami, netting the go-ahead goal at BMO Field. Moment of the Match: Higuain’s late strike propelled Inter Miami in front for good. Match to Forget: It was a forgettable night for Lorenzo Insigne who missed both of his shot attempts and offered little in terms of distribution in the final third.