major league soccer is back in full force, and the teams do not disappoint.
Matchday 2 featured some surprise attacks, propelling the clubs to much-needed wins after a chaotic opening weekend of results. Inter Miami held their ground with a second straight win from Robert Taylor, while the Columbus Crew recovered from an embarrassing loss against Union with a win against DC United.
Here’s a look at the best goals of the weekend…
Carlos Akapo scored the game-winning goal for the San Jose Earthquakes against the Vancouver Whitecaps and secured three points as they secured a 2–1 victory. The goal stands as Akpo’s first MLS tally.
It was a much needed victory for the players and new head coach Luchi González as the team hoped to avoid last year’s fate.
Jesus Ferreira inspired FC Dallas to a 3–1 comeback win against the LA Galaxy, scoring in the second half. But it is his first goal that should be highlighted in this list.
The USMNT figure has quickly become a leader within the team, earning praise from head coach Nico Estevez.
“I think he, overall, [used] Estevez said of Ferreira, “that was the learning experience he had to grow up there.” We cannot forget that he is still a very young player. [and] This is his second year as No. 9. I think we have to be very calm with him, help him grow as a person and as a player and we’ll see what he can do in the future.
The Italian opened the scoring against Atlanta United in the 52nd minute by volleying the ball past goalkeeper Brad Guzan. Although the visitors eventually found the equaliser, Bernadeschi’s goal was enough to earn Toronto FC an away point.
The Canadian team has seen a slow start to its 2023 MLS campaign, suffering a last-minute loss to DC United in the season-opener and a 1-1 draw against Atlanta in the second match. The team will look for its first win on Saturday when it hosts the Columbus Crew at BMO Field.
Lucas Zelarion single-handedly won the game for Columbus Crew against DC United, scoring two goals in a 2–0 win. But it was the player’s first goal that should be highlighted, as his right footed strike found the bottom right corner of the goal.
It was a much-needed win after a 1–4 loss to the Philadelphia Union on opening weekend.
What a Goal by Robert Taylor.
The player inspired Inter Miami to beat favorites Philadelphia Union 2–0 and secure their second win in a row. Phil Neville’s side stand as one of just two unbeaten teams in the Eastern Conference, which many have proved wrong.
“What we have done in the first two games this year, we have overcome a lot of psychological barriers, have not won the first few weeks of the season. [previously]I think he was hanging on to this football club,” Neville said.
The six-point lead stood in stark contrast to the previous year’s achievements, as the team struggled with consistency throughout the campaign. While it is too early to judge the upward trajectory of the team, back-to-back wins should be considered as a milestone.
Neville said of the magnitude of the result, “I think it’s too early to make big statements.” “It’s a continuation of last year’s journey and building where we feel like there’s a different feel around this football club.”