MLS had another wild Saturday night of action across the country. I can’t wait for when the conversation around Atlanta United goes from rumors about player signings to drama like what we saw in Orlando, Columbus, and San Jose last night.
The home team came back in each of those three games to earn results. Those types of moments are what stick with fans. As many games as I’ve seen the USMNT play, I always think of the Landon Donovan goal against Algeria first. The special moments are what creates emotional capital for fans.
In Atlanta, those are the types of moments that will take fans from casual to hardcore. That first stoppage time goal to steal a win, or even that first late goal allowed to drop a game, those are what build an emotional link to the club. Seeing the cameras shake at Stanford Stadium on that late Chad Barrett goal are why we all love this game.
It’s fun to watch this club come together off the field, but watching games like last night just make me long for special moments to call our own.
Party in the USA
The US finishes fourth in the Copa America Centenario after a 1-0 loss to Colombia Saturday night. (Stars and Stripes FC)
Great drama at Stanford Stadium with over 50,000 treated to a 1-1 draw between San Jose and Los Angeles in the California Clasico. (Center Line Soccer)
Chad Barrett scores when he wants:
If at first you don't succeed... @CBarrett19. 1-1. #CaliClasico https://t.co/BuaEKXtg2M— #QuakeTheVote (@SJEarthquakes) June 26, 2016
"I don't think there's any place for that in the game of soccer," said Quakes midfielder Shea Salinas. "It's not something as players we condone or approve of. I was not very proud to see that happen at one of our home games." (Center Line Soccer)
New York City FC went into CenturyLink Field and shutout the Seattle Sounders 2-0. (Sounder at Heart)
The first goal was a wee bit controversial:
Handball? Hard to say. pic.twitter.com/oijEazJ7sB— Total MLS (@TotalMLS) June 25, 2016
Lamar Neagle stars as DC United dominates New England 2-0. (Black and Red United)
What. A. Rip. #DCvNE pic.twitter.com/vj29rZp3Gx— D.C. United (@dcunited) June 25, 2016
Columbus rescued a point in stoppage time against the New York Red Bulls. (Massive Report)
FT: This @OlaKamara fellow is really paying dividends. Stoppage time, game-tying goal for @ColumbusCrewSC. #CLBvNY https://t.co/kfkHRuImQq— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 26, 2016
Strong win for FC Dallas last night over Real Salt Like. (Big D Soccer)
Oh my, Fabian Castillo. He doubles @FCDallas' lead with authority. #DALvRSL https://t.co/ceCSz6Eakd— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 26, 2016
A 100th minute penalty kick converted by Kaká is the difference for Orlando as they defeat Toronto 3-2 (The Mane Land)
World Leader Pretend
Bayern Munich was like the rest of us, not overly enthralled with the Portugal vs. Croatia match yesterday:
Renato #Sanches comes on for Portugal... #CROPOR pic.twitter.com/6xrps2kBMs— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) June 25, 2016
Argentina looks for their first trophy in over 20 years as they face Chile in the Copa America Centenario final. (SB Nation)
Interesting look at 16 players from the Copa America Centenario that could be nice targets for MLS. (NYCFC)
Georgia on My Mind
The Silverbacks defeated the Georgia Revolution 2-0 last night at Silverbacks Park. Atlanta goals were scored by Joao Mora and Pedro Polaz. Bryce Billington had the shutout.
Peachtree City MOBA loses 2-1 at home to the Southern West Virginia King’s Warriors.
South Georgia Tormenta wins their fourth in a row, 3-0 over West Virginia Chaos. Sam Lofts, Nico Rittmeyer, and Eli Dent scored for Tormenta.
Getting hype here at Erk Russell Park for the match against @WVChaosUSLPDL #USLPDL #Path2Pro pic.twitter.com/Q5rPmOs8rk— @TormentaFC (@Tormenta_FC) June 25, 2016