Around the MLS: Matchweek 5

Story posted April 2, 2023 in CommRadio, Sports by Will Duerksen

After five weeks, the Major League Soccer season has continued to produce intriguing plotlines. While St. Louis remains unbeaten and the Eastern Conference remains a logjam, there were plenty of thrillers in Matchweek 5.

LAFC moved into a tie for second in the Western Conference following a 2-1 home win over FC Dallas. An early goal by Timothy Tillman gave LAFC the lead after the Dallas defense committed a turnover.

It appeared that the visitors equalized in the 18th minute, but a goal by Edwin Cerrillo was disallowed after a review, keeping LAFC in front 1-0.

Come the 32nd minute, an LAFC player collided with FC Dallas right back Ema Twumasi and was initially given a yellow card. However, the ruling was changed to a red card after VAR, putting FC Dallas down a man.

Dallas remained in the game and eventually struck back in the 73rd minute when Nkosi Tafari used his heel to flip the ball past LAFC goalkeeper John McCarthy.

After a Carlos Vela penalty was too high, LAFC got another scoring chance when it got a corner kick in the 83rd minute.

Denis Bouanga took the ball after the initial corner kick was too long for the net and fired a shot on the left side past Dallas goalkeeper Maarten Paes.

The goal ensured LAFC would hang on for a 2-1 victory, joining the Seattle Sounders in a tie for second in the Western Conference.

Elsewhere in the league, D.C. United and the New England Revolution renewed their rivalry.

The match ended in a 2-1 New England victory, as the Revs used second-half goals from Gustavo Bou and Noel Buck to claim the victory after trailing 1-0 at halftime. The win meant New England claimed the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Columbus claimed three vital points in a 6-1 win over Atlanta United. Aidan Morris started the home team's scoring with a header in the 14th minute, but the game remained 1-0 at halftime.

Christian Ramirez stole the show for the Crew in the second half.

The forward took a pass from Jacen Russell-Rowe and sent an upward shot past Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan to double his team’s lead.

Late in the game, Ramirez took a forward pass after Columbus intercepted the ball and fired a shot past Guzan to put the game out of reach.

Other notable games from Matchweek 5 include upsets by Houston (1-0 over New York City FC) and Chicago (3-2 over Inter Miami) as well as a 1-0 win for Cincinnati over Nashville.  

Will Duerksen is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email