Minnesota United coasts to 7-1 victory over FC Cincinnati

June 30, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ike Opara, Hassani Dotson and Ethan Finlay scored their second goals of the season in the first half and Minnesota United coasted to a 7-1 victory over expansion FC Cincinnati on Saturday, the most goals in a game for the third-year club.

Opara opened the scoring in the 19th minute for the Loons (7-7-3) when he pushed in a ball from point-blank range after a free kick. Dotson followed in the 23rd minute with a long volley from outside the box. Just seven minutes later, Finlay was clear in the box to tap in a pass from Darwin Quintero. It was 4-0 at the half after Angelo Rodriguez scored his fifth goal in the 43rd minute.

Cincinnati (3-13-2) has lost five straight and 11 of 12. It got on the board in the 56th minute on Emmanuel Ledesma's first goal.

Opara added another goal in the 70th minute, Mason Toye picked his first MLS goal in the 75th and Kevin Molino his second in the 87th as Minnesota stayed about the playoff line in the tight Western Division.

Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.


STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili scored early and San Jose beat Los Angeles in the California Clasico.

There were 50,850 fans on hand at Stanford Stadium, setting an attendance record for the rivalry.

Vako's pass was blocked by a Galaxy player back to him and he sent a low hard shot from outside the area into the left corner in the 11th minute. Vako scored the Earthquakes' last six goals in all competitions.

Shea Salinas broke Vako's streak in the 82nd minute, settling a long pass from Vako and firing it inside the left post. Three minutes later, Tommy Thompson's cross was redirected into the goal by the Galaxy's Perry Kitchen to cap the scoring.

Daniel Vega preserved his fifth shutout of the season with a diving save to deny Efrain Álvarez in the 89th minute. The Earthquakes (7-6-4) improved their unbeaten streak to five. The Galaxy dropped to 10-7-1.


SEATTLE (AP) — Kelvin Leerdam scored in the sixth minute of second-half stoppage time to lift Seattle past Vancouver in their second Cascadia Cup showdown of the season.

Seattle had a potential winning goal from promising 16-year-old midfielder Danny Leyva overturned on video review earlier in the second half. But there was no overturning Leerdam's goal after Seattle had an extended period of possession deep in Vancouver's end in the closing minutes. Leerdam's right-footed shot from near the penalty spot beat goalkeeper Zac MacMath.

It was the fifth goal of the season for Leerdam and gave Seattle (8-4-5) its first win since beating Orlando City on May 15.

Vancouver dropped to 4-7-8.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney scored on a penalty kick in the 92nd minute to give D.C. United the draw with Toronto FC.

Rooney went low and straight up the middle to beat goalkeeper Quentin Westberg for his 10th goal of the season. D.C. United (8-4-7) got the penalty kick when Frédéric Brillant was brought down by Toronto FC's Ayo Akinola in the area.

Nick DeLeon opened the scoring for Toronto FC (6-7-5) in the 19th minute, tapping home Richie Laryea's cross from the top of the 6-yard box.


ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Meram scored his first two goals for Atlanta United, netting the winner in the 83rd minute against Montreal.

Meram, who was acquired in a trade with Columbus in early May, was a step off the line when Brek Shea put a touch along the end line on a loose ball that ended on Meram's foot. The play started as a corner kick and a header sent the ball toward the goal, where a sliding Shea got his foot on it.

Meram got his 40th career goal in the 35th minute when he bent a rocket from outside the box into the far top corner. Atlanta (9-6-2) is 9-3-0 when scoring first.

Montreal (8-8-3), which missed a chance to move into first place in the Eastern Conference, tied it early in the second half on Zakaria Diallo's goal.


NEW YORK (AP) — Valentín Castellanos scored two goals in the last 20 minutes to lead New York City FC past Philadelphia.

The Union (10-4-5) twice rallied from one-goal deficits, with Maxililiano Moralez scoring on penalty kicks after Castellanos was fouled inside the box. The penalties tied it at 1 in the 23rd minute and at 2 in the 55th and gave Moralez five goals.

Fabrice-Jean Picault and Kacper Przbylko scored for Philadelphia (9-5-5).


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Teal Bunbury scored in the first minute of stoppage time to lift New England past Houston.

The Revolution (5-8-5), unbeaten in six games, tied it the 51st minute when Antonio Mlinar Delamea headed in a corner from Diego Fagundez for his first goal. Houston (7-6-3) opened the scoring in the 25th minute on Darwin Ceren's goal.


SANDY, Utah (AP) — Sam Johnson scored twice and Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City.

Johnson opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Damir Kreilach blocked Albert Rusnák's corner back into the middle of the area, Kyle Beckerman headed it along and Johnson tapped it home for Real Salt Lake (7-8-2).

Matt Besler's defensive miscue for Sporting (4-6-7) near midfield led to an RSL counterattack that ended with Johnson's second goal in the 29th. Rusnák gathered the ball that Besler misplayed, led the three-on-one into the penalty area and fed it back to the middle where Kreilach and Johnson were trailing. Kreilach touched it first, teeing it up for Johnson's strike.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Chris Mueller and Tesho Akindele scored, Nani assisted on both goals and Orlando City beat Columbus.

Mueller opened the scoring for Orlando (6-8-3) in the 41st minute, settling Nani's pass and punching it between the goalkeeper and the near post. Nani slipped a pass between a pair of defenders to find Akindele in open space in the 66th minute.

Columbus (5-11-2) has a six-game winless streak.

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