Week 9 of MLS’ season brought with it three 1-1 draws in a series of midweek games highlighting first goals for a lot of newcomers.
The Vancouver Whitecaps hosted Sporting Kansas City. Cristian Techera’s corner kick was finished by Costa Rica’s Christian Bolańos who netted in his first MLS career goal for Vancouver in the 14th minute. Just 13 minutes later another first goal came, this time for Diego Rubio who tied things up after receiving a ball from Lawrence Olum. A challenge on Rubio meant a second yellow for Kendall Watson right after the second half began which meant the Whitecaps were left with 10 men fighting to keep things at 1-1.
Vancouver face NYCFC at Yankee Stadium Saturday April 30th 4pm ET
RSL host Houston Dynamo at the RioT Saturday April 30th 9:30pm ET
The New England Revs hosted the MLS Cup defending champs, the Portland Timbers, and their duel ended in another 1-1 draw, the sixth for the Revs this season. The return of Darlington Nagbe to the starting lineup and goals from Jack Barmby plus an own-goal from Jermaine Taylor meant that Portland dominated most of the night at Gillette Stadium.
New England host Orlando City Saturday April 30th 7:30pm ET
Portland host Toronto FC on Sunday May 1st 3:30pm ET
One of the more exciting midweek clashes was NYC’s match against Montreal Impact at Yankee Stadium, but a late-goal by Oduro meant the spoils were split evenly, 1-1. In his first start, RJ Allen scored his first professional goal in the second half but Oduro tied it up in the 91st minute dashing NYCFC’s hopes of ending their winless streak.
NYC will challenge the Vancouver Whitecaps at Yankee Stadium Saturday April 30th 4pm ET
Montreal host Colorado Saturday April 30th 4pm ET