🇺🇸 State of the Union: MLS red card drama, NYRB madness, Austin go top! | OneFootball

🇺🇸 State of the Union: MLS red card drama, NYRB madness, Austin go top!

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Blaise Bourgeois

There was a whole lot of drama on Wednesday!


Seeing red!

An incredible injury time at Sporting KC saw four red cards handed out. Auston Trusty was the first to go on 90+1′, team-mate Lucas Esteves went along with the hosts’ Andreu Fontàs on 90+6′ and Daniel Sallói, who had scored both of KC’s goals in a 2-1 win, was shown red on 90+9′.

Insanity!


Tight at the top

Philadelphia Union hold on to top spot in the East despite drawing a fifth straight game. They were held to a 0-0 against Inter Miami, making it six without a win after winning their previous five. New York City are now just a point behind with a game in hand.

And top spot changed hands in the West, where Austin FC beat LAFC to leapfrog them on goal differential.


A strange ‘achievement’ for NYRB

With Xherdan Shaqiri and Patryk Klimala trading goals in the 89th and 91st minutes the Red Bulls and Chicago Fire played out to an entertaining 3-3 draw at Red Bull Arena.

Despite the rather strange anomaly of going winless at home in their first six and going unbeaten in their first six away games, the New York Red Bulls are having a pretty decent season and arer currently fifth in the East on 20 points (five wins, five draws, two defeats).


James Sands features in UEL final

Sands, on loan from New York City FC, came on for Joe Aribo in the 101st minute as Rangers lost the Europa League final on penalties.

The 21-year-old impressed in his 20-minute cameo, hitting a brilliant ball over the top that nearly led to a late match-winner, when Kevin Trapp made his miraculous diving save.

Sands became just the second American to appear in the Europa League final after Clint Dempsey and Fulham fell to Atlético Madrid 2-1 back in 2010.

Eintracht Frankfurt and USMNT right-back Timothy Chandler did not feature.


Cristian Roldan wins MLS Goal of the Week

As if winning the Concacaf Champions League wasn’t enough, Roldan and Seattle keep scoring goals like this.


👕 Throwback rack

In addition to the Los Angeles Galaxy players collecting an extra $50,000 minimum (which, in 2001, could have been double their MLS salaries), the Galaxy missed out on a chance to play European champions Real Madrid, African champions Hearts of Oak (Ghana), and Asian champions Júbilo Iwata (Japan).

Fifa had promised over $40m to the competing teams. The tournament’s demise was credited to Fifa’s marketing partner Traffic, who failed to land sponsors and broadcasters for the event.

After winning the Concacaf Champions League earlier this month, Seattle Sounders are set to finally become MLS’ first team to compete in the Club World Cup, though some fear a similar fate as there has yet to be an announcement regarding the tournament.


📆 What’s going on today?

Christian Pulisic and Chelsea host Leicester City in their penultimate match of the Premier League season.