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The stage was set for international superstar Gonzalo Higuain last Sunday.
As MLS’s latest marquee signing, much was expected of the former Juventus striker who made his debut for Inter Miami over the weekend. Instead, what followed, was a rude awakening for Higuain against a motivated Philadelphia Union opposition.
Favoring long passes and taking advantage of mistakes made by Miami, Philadelphia were brilliant with their finishing that stunned Higuain and his teammates in a 3-0 win for the Union. To make matters worse for the Argentine newcomer, he also launched a penalty shot into the stands that should have been a simple debut goal.
Undoubtedly, a frustrating introduction to MLS for Higuain.
Carried by an impressive performance by Diego Fagundez, Revolution kicked off their noteworthy week with a solid 3-1 win over the Impact.
Although they would eventually go back to their losing ways later on in the week, Atlanta’s six-game winless streak was snapped last Wednesday in their 1-0 win.
In what could have easily ended in a 0-0 draw, Toronto has gifted a late penalty that helped secure their narrow 1-0 win off a goal from Alejandro Pozuelo.
Once a struggling side, Chicago was firing on all cylinders in last week’s one-sided win. Keep an eye on the Illinois club that would later go on to find more success in the weekend.
A fairly dull affair which only featured one shot on target in total from both sides. A draw seemed all but assured throughout the game.
Another big performance from Columbus’ Pedro Santos and Lucas Zelarayan, who both pitched in with a goal and assist each.
More problems for Sporting Kansas City. The two-time MLS Cup champions have now suffered three losses in their last four games.
The beginning of a highly disappointing week for Miami. After allowing four goals at home, the Florida squad later went on to allow three in Higuain’s debut just a few days later.
A red for Russell Canouse halted DC United’s momentum, and an ensuing goal for Daniel Rios in the 70th minute helped earn the win for Nashville.
Not a bad run of form for the Rapids. For the second time this month, Colorado has scored five times in a single game.
A step forward for a Real Salt Lake roster that had shown a number of defensive issues in recent games. Goals in the 2nd half helped clinch just their third victory since August.
Despite the fact that it was Seattle who had more attacking efforts and possession, it was Portland who sneaked past their rivals with an early goal from Yimmi Chara.
The award for the most dominant result of the week goes to LAFC, who scored five of their six goals before halftime. If only they could keep up that form in their following match…
Despite the fact that Nashville fans were gutted that they allowed a goal in the 89th minute, it ultimately wasn’t a bad week for the team that claimed 4 points from two games.
An incredible bounce back from a New York side that were held scoreless in their previous defeat. Two goals from Alexandru Mitriță helped lead the way.
Two goals that arrived after the 85th minute secured a second consecutive win in a row for New England. The Revolution are now undefeated in their last three games.
Another high-scoring win for the Red Bulls. Following their 4-1 win over Miami, New York once again collected four in their latest victory.
Keeping up their goalscoring form, Robert Beric and Fabian Herbers both found the back of the net for a second consecutive game for Chicago.
Union spoiled the party for Higuain in his debut for Miami. An eye-opening MLS welcome for the Argentine superstar.
Are Toronto dark horses for the MLS Cup title? Wins against New York City FC and Columbus point to a promising end to the season.
Goalkeepers Dayne St. Clair and Andrew Putna halted a long list of changes that could have easily made this a high-scoring result for either team.
Orlando appeared ready to earn another win before being shown a red in the 69th minute. Down to 10 players, the Florida team failed to find the back of the net.
Another narrow win for a Timbers roster that seems to be showing a penchant for early goals. Portland is now heading into this week with a three-game winning streak.
In a result which perhaps says more about the Galaxy’s problems than Seattle, the Sounders clinched their third victory of the month.
The worst defensive team in the league defeated one of the best-attacking teams in the league. Go figure.
Toronto is showing that they can keep up with some of the very best in the league. In what should be a thrilling game against the Philadelphia Union, Toronto should have enough momentum to reach a victory.
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