Besides the wide range of players being disciplined coincidentally during the first half of rivalry week, there were plenty of exciting matches across both halves of Major League Soccer. Montréal came out victorious in the Canadian Classique, Charlotte upset Atlanta, Inter Miami take points off of New England, and Sporting Kansas City leave Minnesota in the mud. Here’s a short recap of some of the action across Major League Soccer you may have missed.
Montréal Complete Their Double Over Toronto
In a Canadian Championship matchup between the teams, just days before that saw fights among fans erupt after Montréal beat Toronto 2-1, Montréal came back for a second serving and beat Toronto again with a score of 2-0. Lauri Lappalainen scored the opener 53 minutes in for Le CFM, and Toronto’s Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty was sent off just three minutes later. Former Fire player Chinonso Offor iced the cake for Montréal when he scored in the 68th minute to make it 2-0 to give delivery rights to the Quebecers.
68' On double notre avance.
Chino tucks it in and we lead by 2 👊
— CF Montréal (@cfmontreal) May 14, 2023
Charlotte Force Atlanta’s Eyes Wide Open
Charlotte FC surprised many Major League Soccer fans by beating Atlanta United 3-1 away, as former Atlanta United player Justin Meram scored a brace for Charlotte and Karol Świderski netted one from the penalty spot. Juan José Sánchez Purata scored Atlanta’s lone goal in the 86th minute, but the biggest difference maker here was former Fire youth player Andrew Gutman as he got sent off in the 51st minute, with two of Charlotte’s goals coming within the six minutes afterward. Although neither team moved around the Eastern Conference table much, scorelines like this are truly what matter when playoffs start to loom.
— Charlotte FC (@CharlotteFC) May 14, 2023
Revs Cant Take the Florida Heat
After a sixth-minute opener from Inter Miami’s David Ruiz (who was sent off in the 81st minute) and a lethal response from Carles Gil twenty minutes later, Josef Martínez scored his third goal in two games right before halftime to get Inter Miami three points over the New England Revolution. Although New England dominated the game in terms of possession and passing statistics, they were unable to separate the two teams in terms of their finishing. With FC Cincinnati getting a bye this matchday, time will tell if New England will slip out of first place in the East, with this result being Miami’s third MLS win in a row.
— Inter Miami CF (@InterMiamiCF) May 14, 2023
SKC Clip the Loons
After previously having the worst goal difference in the league, Sporting Kansas City now only has the third-worst goal difference after scoring three times against Minnesota United. SKC’s goals were scored by Daniel Rosero, Dániel Sallói, and Gadi Kinda. Sporting Kansas City jumped over the LA Galaxy to land in 13th place in the West, but the Galaxy also hold a game in hand. With this win, SKC have now won two of their last three games, showing subtle signs of improvement after being winless until matchday nine.
An assist AND a goal for Daniel Salloi! 🤩
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) May 14, 2023