MLS Review: Galaxy lose California Clasico, Minnesota thrash Cincinnati

By Sports Desk June 29, 2019

LA Galaxy were well beaten in the California Clasico in MLS on Saturday, while Minnesota United thrashed Cincinnati 7-1.

Looking to capitalise on Los Angeles FC's shock loss to the Colorado Rapids, Galaxy went down to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 at Stanford Stadium.

Valeri Qazaishvili's 20-yard strike gave San Jose an 11th-minute lead and they sealed their win late on.

Shea Salinas doubled the lead with eight minutes remaining and Tommy Thompson's individual effort secured three points.

The result left Galaxy six points adrift of Western Conference leaders LAFC, while the Earthquakes jumped to fifth.

At Allianz Field, Minnesota United crushed Cincinnati 7-1.

The hosts struck four times in the first half through Ike Opara, Hassani Dotson, Ethan Finlay and Angelo Rodriguez.

They added three more goals in the final 20 minutes, including Opara completing his brace, in a thrashing of the Eastern Conference's bottom team.

Elsewhere, Justin Meram's brace lifted Atlanta United to a 2-1 win over Montreal Impact.

DC United closed the gap to Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union despite needing a 92nd-minute penalty from Wayne Rooney to draw 1-1 at home to Toronto.

DC are within a point of Philadelphia, who suffered a 4-2 loss to New York City at Yankee Stadium.

Nani set up both goals in Orlando City's 2-0 win over Columbus Crew, Sam Johnson netted a brace in Real Salt Lake's 2-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution edged Houston Dynamo 2-1.

Kelvin Leerdam's 96th-minute goal saw the Seattle Sounders overcome the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0.

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    Keaton Parks and Alexandru Mitrita scored as New York City came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

    Chris Wondolowski poked in a Valeri Qazaishvili cross to give the Earthquakes a surprise 20th-minute lead at Yankee Stadium.

    However, City were ahead prior to the break, Parks equalising before Mitrita finished clinically after an Ismael Tajouri pass in the 43rd minute.

    The result extended City's unbeaten run in MLS to seven games as they moved five points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference.

    Philadelphia Union are in second but lost ground after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC.

    Kacper Przybylko gave Union an early lead before this season's top goalscorer Carlos Vela levelled.

    Atlanta United, third in the east, suffered a 3-1 loss to Columbus Crew despite Martinez continuing his incredible streak.

    Martinez scored for the 14th consecutive MLS game to put Atlanta ahead, but second-half goals from Gyasi Zardes and Luis Diaz Espinoza and a Miles Robinson own goal saw Columbus to a surprise victory.

    Chicago Fire boosted their play-off chances with a 4-0 thrashing of Dallas and Cincinnati stunned Montreal Impact 1-0 despite a late red card to Kendall Waston.

    Nani scored a brace but Orlando City were held to a 3-3 draw by New England Revolution and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Houston Dynamo 2-1.

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    Daniel Farke will celebrate Norwich City's surprise victory over Premier League champions Manchester City with "a coffee and a piece of cake" after training on Sunday.

    Norwich produced a brilliant display to see off City 3-2 at Carrow Road on Saturday and claim their second win of a vibrant start to the 2019-20 season that has included some good moments in defeats to Liverpool, Chelsea and West Ham.

    Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell put the Canaries two goals ahead, before Sergio Aguero reduced the arrears on the stroke of half-time.

    Teemu Pukki restored Norwich's advantage after Emiliano Buendia caught Nicolas Otamendi napping, with Rodri's late effort proving solely a consolation for Pep Guardiola's side.

    Asked how he would celebrate the famous victory, Farke said: "To be honest, it was a really complicated week and I'm happy when I'm back on my sofa this evening because I'm too old and too exhausted to celebrate.

    "We have training Sunday morning and we have to analyse the game so for that I have to watch the game back.

    "So it will be a pretty late night for me to be prepared, but hopefully on Sunday afternoon on the sofa I can have a coffee and a piece of cake, I will celebrate with this.

    "All our supporters are definitely allowed to celebrate and enjoy this day because if you don't value these moments you lose your motivation, but we will definitely stay calm."

    Norwich were without seven players due to injury and Farke felt that provided additional sweetness to an unexpected success, though he always sets his team out to "reach something excellent".

    "It is definitely a proud night, without any doubt," he said. "To win against the best team in the world, with world-class players, a world-class coach, a top club, as Norwich City, as a newly promoted side who has no chance to spend an unbelievable amount of money in the summer in a situation with an unbelievable amount of injured players, it's really special.

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    Norwich were without 11 players due to injury and head coach Daniel Farke had to include two goalkeepers as substitutes in order to fill his bench, but they pulled off a stunning 3-2 home win.

    The Canaries led 2-0 thanks to goals from Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell and held their nerve despite Sergio Aguero halving the deficit before half-time.

    Nicolas Otamendi's error led to Teemu Pukki making it 3-1 and although Rodri's late strike set up a nervous finale, the promoted outfit were able to hold on for a famous victory.

    City's first loss in the Premier League since January leaves them five points behind Liverpool, who have won all five of their games in the 2019-20 campaign, as Guardiola's men seek a third consecutive title.

    "Sometimes games like this happen – we had our chances to score but didn't, so congratulations to Norwich," Guardiola said. "It is football – we had many opportunities today, they had three or four and scored three goals.

    "The first one was a set-piece we didn't defend, the second we were caught on the counter-attack and the third came from a mistake, but we know what we are as a team, we know what we have done and we know what we are going to do.

    "I love my players and it's a pleasure to be with them. They didn't create so many chances, but they got three goals – we played Bournemouth and they had more chances than Norwich did today, but we won that game – football can sometimes do this."

    Guardiola sprang a surprise by starting with Kevin De Bruyne on the bench and while he introduced the Belgium star in the second half, along with Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez, City could not find an equaliser.

    "Even at 2-0, we knew we were still in it because we can create a lot of chances in a short space of time," Guardiola added.

    "But the third goal hurt us because we had started [the second half] well and we were there, but in the end it didn't happen. In football you can't always avoid mistakes.

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