Los Angeles FC thrashed the Vancouver Whitecaps on the back of a record-breaking start, while Orlando City's fine form continued.

LAFC crushed the Whitecaps 6-0 at Banc of California Stadium on Wednesday, thanks to five goals in the opening 33 minutes.

The five goals scored in 32 minutes, 13 seconds was the fastest a team has netted five from kick-off in MLS history, according to Opta.

The Seattle Sounders had set the previous record (32:43) just 13 days ago against the San Jose Earthquakes.

LAFC went ahead in the second minute through Dejan Jakovic, who headed in a Brian Rodriguez corner.

Another corner led to Bradley Wright-Phillips finishing before the veteran forward produced another acrobatic effort in the 11th minute.

Things went from bad to worse for Vancouver when Ranko Veselinovic turned in a Rodriguez cross just three minutes later.

Diego Rossi made it 5-0 after a one-two with Mark-Anthony Kaye in the 33rd minute.

LAFC would have to wait until the second half for a sixth, Rodriguez's cross from the right leading to an Andy Rose own goal.

The win saw Los Angeles climb into sixth in the Western Conference, while Vancouver are ninth.

Orlando City extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Tesho Akindele and Benji Michel scored before half-time and Orlando held on despite Johnny Russell's 53rd-minute strike.

The Earthquakes' struggles continued with a 5-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids.

San Jose have conceded five goals in a match five times this season, which is the most allowed by a team in a single campaign, according to Opta. The Earthquakes are just 13 games into their season.

Chicago Fire recorded a 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, while Inter Miami slumped to a 4-1 defeat against the New York Red Bulls.

History was made as Nashville beat DC United 1-0, with Tori Penso becoming the first female referee to oversee an MLS game in 20 years.

Columbus Crew retained their five-point lead atop the Eastern Conference thanks to a 2-1 win over Minnesota United.

The New England Revolution beat Montreal Impact 3-1, Toronto edged New York City 1-0 and Atlanta United overcame Dallas 1-0.

Cincinnati and Philadelphia Union played out a 0-0 draw, Real Salt Lake enjoyed a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers edged the Seattle Sounders 1-0.

Nani inspired Orlando City to an impressive win in MLS, while Columbus Crew are clear atop the Eastern Conference.

Former Manchester United attacker Nani scored and provided an assist in Orlando's 4-1 thrashing of the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

After Chris Mueller opened the scoring, he crossed for Nani to head in a second in the 24th minute.

Given a chance to get back into the game, Chicago squandered it when Alvaro Medran had a penalty well saved by Pedro Gallese.

Chicago took their next chance from the spot through Robert Beric early in the second half, but Orlando sealed their win late.

Junior Urso scrambled in from inside the area after Nani's set-piece went uncleared, and the Portuguese attacker's pass later found Benji Michel to finish off in additional time.

Orlando are second in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the high-flying Columbus Crew.

Second-half goals from Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes saw Columbus record a 2-0 win over Nashville.

Diego Valeri netted a brace as the Portland Timbers crushed the San Jose Earthquakes 6-1 at Avaya Stadium.

Fresh off confirming the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, Inter Miami recorded a second win in three matches by beating Atlanta United 2-1.

Elsewhere, a 10-man LA Galaxy fell to the Colorado Rapids 2-0 and Dallas also finished with 10 but recorded a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Haris Medunjanin scored directly from a corner in the 85th minute as Cincinnati beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat a 10-man Real Salt Lake 2-1.

New York City drew 0-0 with the New England Revolution, DC United and Toronto played out a 2-2 draw, while the Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United did likewise.

Philadelphia Union closed the gap to Columbus Crew, while Inter Miami fell to another defeat in MLS on Saturday.

Eastern Conference leaders Columbus produced a late comeback to draw with Chicago Fire, but their lead is now just three points after Philadelphia enjoyed a win.

Philadelphia left it late to overcome New England Revolution 2-1 at Subaru Park.

With the game locked at 0-0, New England were reduced to 10 men when Matt Polster was shown a second yellow card in the 56th minute.

Just 17 minutes later and Philadelphia took the lead, Anthony Fontana chipping in from close range.

But a fine equaliser from Tajon Buchanan appeared to have New England set to earn a point.

However, there was late drama as Fontana drilled in a wonderful goal from 25 yards in the 95th minute.

Columbus appeared set for their second defeat of the MLS season when they fell 2-0 behind in Chicago.

But Fatai Alashe pulled a goal back for the Crew before Gyasi Zardes' 88th-minute equaliser.

At the bottom of the conference, Inter Miami slumped to a 2-1 loss to Orlando City.

Coming off a win over Atlanta United, Inter suffered their seventh loss in 11 games this season.

Elsewhere, the New York Red Bulls recorded a 2-0 win over DC United and New York City edged Cincinnati 2-1.

Nashville enjoyed a 4-2 win over Atlanta United, Dallas beat Houston Dynamo 2-1 and the Colorado Rapids thrashed Real Salt Lake 5-0.

LA Galaxy claimed a comfortable win over Los Angeles FC in El Trafico, while Columbus Crew continued their impressive campaign.

Galaxy stretched their winning streak to four games with a 3-0 victory in the derby clash at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday.

Cristian Pavon opened the scoring in the 51st minute, lobbing Pablo Sisniega after the LAFC goalkeeper was left stranded having come to attempt to collect an Emiliano Insua pass.

Just two minutes later and LAFC were dealt another blow, Mark-Anthony Kaye sent off for a rash challenge on Julian Araujo.

Galaxy capitalised on their numerical advantage as Sebastian Lletget tucked away a smart Pavon set-piece in the 73rd minute.

And 10 minutes later Lletget sealed the win, his overhead kick from Rolf Feltscher's cross finding the corner.

 

Galaxy jumped into fourth in the Western Conference after a second straight El Trafico win.

Columbus are five points clear atop the Eastern Conference after a 3-0 win over FC Cincinnati.

The Crew needed until the second half to break the game open at MAPFRE Stadium in Ohio.

Pedro Santos opened the scoring in the 52nd minute before Gyasi Zardes' brace.

Zardes got on the end of a Santos cross before later scrambling in to see Columbus to a seventh win in 10 MLS games this season.

Philadelphia Union are second to Columbus and recorded a 3-0 win over New York Red Bulls.

Minnesota United scored four second-half goals in a 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake, New England Revolution edged Chicago Fire 2-1 and Portland Timbers recorded a 2-1 victory against Seattle Sounders.

Inter Miami's struggles continued with a 0-0 draw against Nashville as former Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi made his debut, while DC United and New York City also drew 0-0.

Los Angeles FC recorded a resounding win in MLS on Wednesday, while the Galaxy extended their winning streak.

After three straight losses in all competitions, Los Angeles FC responded by thrashing the San Jose Earthquakes 5-1 at Banc of California Stadium.

Diego Rossi's beautiful finish into the corner opened the scoring after a poor turnover of possession by the Earthquakes in the 21st minute.

But LAFC had to wait until the second half to truly take control.

Another bad turnover allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips through to double the lead, before Jose Cifuentes made it 3-0.

Rossi added his second in the 69th minute before Danny Musovski made it 5-0, Danny Hoesen later adding a consolation goal for San Jose.

The win lifted LAFC up into third in the Western Conference, with San Jose sitting 11th.

The Galaxy made it three straight wins by edging the Portland Timbers 3-2 at Providence Park.

Efrain Alvarez opened the scoring for the Galaxy, completing a fine team move with a finish into the top corner from inside the area.

It took until five minutes into the second half for the visitors to double their lead through Cristian Pavon's individual effort.

Felipe Mora gave Portland hope with a 67th-minute goal, but Joe Corona struck for the Galaxy with a wonderful 20-yard strike.

Diego Valeri came off the bench to add a second for Portland in additional time.

The Timbers are sixth in the Western Conference, one spot behind the Galaxy while being level on points.

Columbus Crew returned to the top of the Eastern Conference after a 1-0 win over Philadelphia Union.

Lucas Zelarayan's deflected 25-yard effort in the 55th minute was enough for Columbus.

Elsewhere, Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City were held to a 1-1 draw by Dallas.

Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders drew 2-2 in a clash that featured a screamer from Pablo Ruiz, while Orlando City played out a 1-1 draw with Nashville.

New York City overcame New England Revolution 2-0, Houston Dynamo beat Minnesota United 3-0 and Erik Sorga scored a 98th-minute winner for DC United as they edged the New York Red Bulls 1-0.

Atlanta United and Inter Miami drew 0-0, while Cincinnati's clash with Chicago Fire also finished goalless.

A 94th-minute equaliser helped Real Salt Lake salvage a dramatic 4-4 draw at Portland Timbers in MLS action on Saturday.

Trailing 4-2 heading into the 90th minute, former Manchester United and Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi reduced the deficit for RSL in Portland – his first MLS goal.

And Sam Johnson completed the stunning comeback against the MLS is Back Tournament champions in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

In a wild showdown, the Timbers opened the scoring through Diego Chara in the sixth minute before RSL's Corey Baird restored parity 13 minutes later, but Jaroslaw Niezgoda's effort within two minutes ensured Portland led 2-1 at half-time.

After Real Salt Lake equalised again, this time courtesy of Damir Kreilach three minutes into the second half, Portland took control of the contest.

Sebastian Blanco's stunning effort with 20 minutes remaining and Felipe Mora's effort five minutes from time seemingly had the Timbers on track before the hosts capitulated.

The Timbers are fourth in the Western Conference, a point above RSL after seven matches.

LA Galaxy beat San Jose Earthquakes for the first time since 2018 thanks to their 3-2 triumph in the California Clasico.

Sebastian Lletget's 82nd-minute goal settled the five-goal thriller after the Earthquakes had led 1-0 and 2-1 against the Galaxy.

After posting just their second win in the regular season, the Galaxy are ninth in the west, while the Earthquakes are eighth.

In other results, Philadelphia Union crushed DC United 4-1, New York City accounted for Chicago Fire 3-1, Dallas defeated Minnesota United by the same scoreline and Orlando City also topped Atlanta United 3-1.

FC Cincinnati played out a 0-0 draw with Columbus Crew, New York Red Bulls drew 1-1 against New England Revolution, while Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City were held to a 1-1 draw by Colorado Rapids.

Houston Dynamo celebrated their first win of the 2020 MLS season after upstaging Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City 5-2 on Tuesday.

Darwin Quintero's second-half brace inspired Houston in Kansas City, where nearly 2,300 fans were allowed to attend for the first home match in nearly six months at Children's Mercy Park amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dynamo broke the deadlock via Alberth Elis in the 17th minute before Sporting KC's Johnny Russell equalised nine minutes later.

Houston, though, went into the interval leading 2-1 courtesy of Christian Ramirez's strike on the stroke of half-time.

Niko Hansen doubled the lead within three minutes of the restart, while Gabi Kinda reduced the deficit for Sporting KC moments later.

But Quintero's two goals in the space of four minutes just past the hour mark put the game beyond doubt.

After two defeats and four draws, Houston are ninth in the Western Conference, while Sporting KC remain four points clear atop the standings.

Elsewhere, Philadelphia Union edged New York Red Bulls 1-0 thanks to Kacper Przybylko's first-half goal.

With the win, the third-placed Union moved within four points of Eastern Conference pacesetters Columbus Crew.

Thierry Henry's Montreal Impact defeated Canadian rivals Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0, Chicago Fire accounted for FC Cincinnati 3-0, while New England Revolution prevailed 2-1 against DC United.

Sporting Kansas City continued their strong start to the MLS season, while Toronto claimed another win on Friday.

Sporting claimed a 2-1 win over Minnesota United at Allianz Field to pull clear atop the Western Conference.

Michael Boxall's 55th-minute own goal proved decisive as Sporting claimed a fifth win in six MLS games, going four points clear of second-placed Minnesota.

Gadi Kinda got on the end of a Jaylin Lindsey cross to give Peter Vermes' Sporting a 12th-minute lead.

Minnesota were level just after the half-hour mark, an unfortunate deflection off Lindsey leading to an own goal.

But Boxall turned a cross into his own net 10 minutes into the second half for what proved to be the winner.

Toronto recorded a second win in four days over the Vancouver Whitecaps with a 1-0 victory.

Richie Laryea's low finish in the 15th minute was all Toronto needed, getting back to within a point of Eastern Conference leaders Columbus Crew.

In the day's other games, Cincinnati and DC United drew 0-0, while the Houston Dynamo's clash with Dallas also finished goalless.

Columbus Crew eliminated Atlanta United from the MLS is Back Tournament, while Montreal Impact stayed alive.

Youness Mokhtar's first-half goal saw Columbus edge Atlanta 1-0 in Group E at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Tuesday.

Columbus will finish top of the group with three wins from as many games, while Atlanta are out.

Mokhtar's goal in the 18th minute came after a fine team move before the attacker tucked away a Milton Valenzuela pass.

Montreal overcame DC United 1-0 to remain a chance of progressing as one of the best third-placed teams.

Saphir Taider's deflected strike from distance just after the half-hour mark secured third place in Group C for Montreal.

While DC United have been eliminated, Thierry Henry's Montreal must wait for results in other games to see if they will feature in the last 16.

Graham Zusi's 92nd-minute winner saw Sporting Kansas City overcome nine-man Colorado Rapids 3-2 in the MLS is Back Tournament.

The Rapids looked to have secured a point when Jonathan Lewis equalised with six minutes of normal time remaining after Diego Rubio and Jack Price had been sent off in Orlando, Florida on Friday.

But Zusi's deflected shot in stoppage time ensured Sporting KC snatched all three points in a dramatic Group D clash at Walt Disney World resort.

Colorado led through Kellyn Acosta's sixth-minute opener and it was not until the 65th minute that Sporting KC restored parity courtesy of Khiry Shelton from an acute angle.

Rapids forward Rubio was ruled to have handled Zusi's cross inside the box and sent off following a VAR review seven minutes later, and Alan Pulido converted the penalty.

After Colorado's Price was shown a straight red card for dissent moments later, Lewis found the far corner of the net to make it 2-2 in the 84th minute but Zusi's long-range attempt took a wicked deflection and looped over Rapids goalkeeper William Yarbrough in the second of 12 additional minutes.

It was Sporting KC's first win after two fixtures as they improved to three points, one point adrift of Real Salt Lake and Minnesota United.

RSL and Minnesota both had the chance to reach the last 16, however, the Western Conference foes played out a 0-0 draw.

Meanwhile, DC United salvaged a 1-1 draw against New England Revolution in Group C.

Federico Higuain – the brother of Juventus forward Gonzalo – came off the bench and rescued a point with 18 minutes remaining following Adam Buksa's opener six minutes into the second half.

DC are still searching for their first win after back-to-back draws, while the Revolution are level with Toronto on four points.

Toronto's clash with DC United, which was scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed due to an unconfirmed positive COVID-19 test and an inconclusive one.

Major League Soccer (MLS) confirmed the two results in question came from players, while everyone on both teams has since been retested.

But because the results of the second tests – which took place on Sunday morning in Orlando, where the MLS is Back competition is being hosted – are not expected before the initially scheduled kick-off time, the league was left with no option but to postpone the contest.

An MLS statement read: "Major League Soccer announced that today's DC United vs Toronto FC match has been postponed and will be rescheduled. MLS will announce details later today [Sunday] for the rescheduled match.

"Under the league's health and safety protocols, clubs are tested the day before each match. The results of yesterday's tests for D.C. United and Toronto FC produced an initial unconfirmed positive COVID-19 case for one player and an inconclusive test for another player.

"Because of the arrival time of the clubs in Orlando, the league's protocol called for retesting both teams this morning and to await the results of those tests prior to playing the match.

"Major League Soccer will continue to prioritise the health and safety of all participants of the MLS is Back tournament in making these decisions."

MLS will resume play at Disney World Resort in Orlando on July 8, and a pair of Florida teams have the honour of kicking off the tournament with Orlando City facing Inter Miami.

A day after the MLS is Back Tournament was announced, the league held a draw for the group stage on Thursday, placing the 26 teams into six groups.

Sixteen teams will then progress to the knockout stage, which will begin on July 25 ahead of an August 11 final.

Aside from the opening match, the rest of the tournament schedule has yet to be announced.

 

The groups for the MLS is Back Tournament:

Group A (Eastern Conference): Orlando City, Inter Miami, New York City, Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire, Nashville SC.
Group B (Western Conference): Seattle Sounders, Dallas, Vancouver Whitecaps, San Jose Earthquakes.
Group C (Eastern Conference): Toronto, New England Revolution, Montreal Impact, DC United.
Group D (Western Conference): Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota United.
Group E (Eastern Conference): Atlanta United, FC Cincinnati, New York Red Bulls, Columbus Crew.
Group F (Western Conference): Los Angeles FC, LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers.

On April 6, 1996, the United States of America embraced a new competition as Major League Soccer debuted in San Jose.

After the collapse of the North American Soccer League 12 years earlier, a new 10-team league had formed, hoping to ride the crest of a wave from USA hosting the 1994 World Cup.

To mark 24 years to the day since Eric Wynalda's 88th-minute strike earned San Jose Clash a 1-0 win over DC United, we look at the biggest landmarks in MLS' history so far.

 

1996 - THE DAWN OF A NEW ERA

As part of the agreement to award USA the 1994 World Cup, the United States Soccer Federation had to commit to starting a new elite league.

The result was the formation of MLS - a 10-team competition with clubs such as LA Galaxy, DC United and New England Revolution all involved in that inaugural campaign.

DC United came from 2-0 down to beat the Galaxy 3-2 in the MLS Cup in front of 34,643 fans in Massachusetts.

2001 - HUNT TO THE RESCUE

After four years of dwindling attendances, the future of MLS appeared bleak when commissioner Don Garber staged a meeting in 2001 attended by both club owners and bankruptcy attorneys.

The league had lost $250million since its first game, but Philip Anschutz, the Kraft and Hunt families stepped forward to bankroll the 11 franchises between them.

The late Lamar Hunt had convinced owners not to fold the league, and it proved a shrewd decision...

2005 - THE EXPANSION BOOM BEGINS

For the first time since 1998 - when Chicago Fire and the short-lived Miami Fusion came on board - new MLS teams joined the party in the form of Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA.

MLS expanded to 13 clubs in 2007, and it grew in size in each of the next five seasons.

This season, MLS has 26 clubs and that number will grow to 30 by 2022.

2007 - DAVID BRINGS BECKS APPEAL

It could be argued no player has had a greater impact on MLS than one David Beckham.

The Manchester United and Real Madrid great arrived in the City of Stars in 2007 thanks to the 'Designated Player Rule' - nicknamed the 'Beckham Rule', allowing clubs to sign up to three players that count outside their salary cap.

LA Galaxy's acquisition of Beckham was seen as a huge coup. The England midfielder spent five seasons in Hollywood and his arrival helped put MLS on the map.

2012 - AMERICA'S SECOND FAVOURITE SPORT

As well as Beckham's arrival, the sport's popularity was also aided by USA's thrilling matches at the 2010 World Cup.

USA beat Algeria to reach the last 16 thanks to a last-gasp Landon Donovan goal, only to lose their first knockout match to Ghana in extra time.

Interest intensified, though, and in 2012 an ESPN poll found MLS was America's second-most popular sporting league among those aged 12-24 - behind just the NFL.

2018 - MARTINEZ AND ATLANTA BRING THE NOISE

The 2018 MLS Cup was watched by 73,019 fans at Atlanta United's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, shattering the previous final record of 61,316 supporters from 16 years earlier.

Atlanta, in just their second campaign, won the trophy during a memorable campaign when Josef Martinez scored a record 31 goals in the regular season.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic making the Galaxy must-watch again, Wayne Rooney transforming DC United and Carlos Vela firing at Los Angeles FC, it was one of the more memorable MLS campaigns to date.

Inter Miami suffered another loss to begin life in MLS, while LA Galaxy are also winless through two games.

Coming off a defeat to Los Angeles FC, Inter Miami went down to DC United 2-1 on Saturday.

Rodolfo Pizarro scored the first MLS goal in the club's history, sweeping in a Lewis Morgan cross to give them the lead in just the second minute.

However, the game turned early in the second half when, after Morgan thought he had doubled his side's lead, the visitors had the goal ruled out and Roman Torres sent off for a handball.

DC equalised through Yamil Asad's penalty in the 59th minute before finding what proved to be the winner just after the hour-mark.

Edison Flores hit the post with a free-kick and Frederic Brillant reacted quickest to fire in the rebound and lift DC to their first win of the season.

LA Galaxy are without a win through two games after suffering a 1-0 loss at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Tosaint Ricketts' smart side-footed finish in the 74th minute was enough for the Whitecaps.

Joe Corona was then sent off for Galaxy, who were beaten despite David Bingham later saving a Lucas Cavallini penalty.

Without the injured Josef Martinez, Atlanta United made it two wins from two by beating Cincinnati 2-1.

There are three teams with perfect records in the Western Conference in Sporting Kansas City, Minnesota United and the Colorado Rapids.

Sporting KC thrashed Houston Dynamo 4-0, Ike Opara netted a brace in Minnesota's 5-2 win over the San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado edged Orlando City 2-1 thanks to Drew Moor's late winner.

New England Revolution and Chicago Fire drew 1-1, Real Salt Lake came from behind to hold the New York Red Bulls to a 1-1 draw and Maximiliano Urruti's brace helped Montreal Impact draw 2-2 with Dallas.

Ifunanyachi Achara's goal on his MLS debut saw Toronto overcome New York City 1-0, while the Seattle Sounders drew 1-1 against Columbus Crew.

Thierry Henry made a winning start as Montreal Impact coach in MLS, while Javier Hernandez's LA Galaxy debut ended in a draw on Saturday.

At the helm of Montreal, Henry's Impact came from behind to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on the opening day of the MLS season.

The Arsenal great's side had fallen behind after just 13 minutes at Stade Olympique, where Teal Bunbury volleyed in a Cristian Penilla cross.

However, Romell Quioto headed in from close range to bring Montreal level just eight minutes before half-time.

And the hosts found an 80th-minute winner as Maximiliano Urruti spectacularly lobbed stranded New England goalkeeper Matt Turner.

Hernandez made his LA Galaxy debut in a 1-1 draw away to the Houston Dynamo.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward played 90 minutes as Houston came from behind, Mauro Manotas cancelling out Cristian Pavon's opener.

Atlanta United spoiled Nashville SC's first MLS game with a 2-1 victory at Nissan Stadium.

Walker Zimmerman scored Nashville's first goal to cancel out Ezequiel Barco's opener, but Emerson Hyndman's 37th-minute strike proved to be the winner in front of a crowd of 59,069.

Elsewhere, Oswaldo Alanis' brilliant 95th-minute free-kick helped the San Jose Earthquakes hold Toronto to a 2-2 draw.

The Colorado Rapids recorded a 2-1 win over DC United, Dallas beat Philadelphia Union 2-0, Orlando City and Real Salt Lake played out a 0-0 draw and Sporting Kansas City overcame the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.

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