MLS Roundup: Villa scores twice, NYC beats Seattle
NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa didn’t let the rain bother him Saturday, scoring twice in leading New York City FC past Seattle 2-1.
The star striker from Spain scored his 50th and 51st MLS career goals in the second half.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute on a goal by Cristian Roldan. He got free after the ball was deflected and made his way through the water-clogged Yankee Stadium turf to score.
But Villa tied it with a penalty kick in the 52nd. And 25 minutes later, he volleyed home Jack Harrison’s cross.
The hosts are 8-5-3 for 27 points in the Eastern Division. Defending MLS champion Seattle is 5-7-4 for 19 points in the Western Division.
Atlanta United 3, Crew 1
ATLANTA — Miguel Almiron scored the go-ahead goal amid a bevy of defenders in the 67th minute and expansion Atlanta United beat the Columbus Crew.
The game, the first between the teams, was delayed 22 minutes because of lightning.
Orlando City 3, Impact 3
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jonathan Spector scored his first MLS goal and Orlando City rallied for a draw with the Montreal Impact.
Orlando City (7-5-4) was without star forward Cyle Larin, who was arrested Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence. The Lions have just one win in their last nine matches after winning six of seven to open the season.
Fire 2, Revolution 1
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Nemanja Nikolic and Luis Solignac scored and the Chicago Fire handed the New England Revolution their first home loss of the season.
New England, which outshot Chicago 24-8, spent the final minutes on the attack but failed to get the equalizer despite several frantic moments in front of Chicago’s net.
New England (5-6-5) had five wins and two draws at home before the loss. Chicago (9-3-4) is unbeaten in eight matches.