Hat tricks save LAFC and Vancouver; Inter Miami wins; Crew scores five

Hat tricks save LAFC and Vancouver;  Inter Miami wins;  Crew scores five
Hat tricks save LAFC and Vancouver;  Inter Miami wins;  Crew scores five

More Major League Soccer action continued on Saturday, with key results in the United States.

These are the main topics of conversation.

Bogusz and LAFC keep rocking

Scorer: Bogusz 20′, 58′, 72′. Red: Cabral 62′.

There were many eyes on this match as leaders LAFC recorded a 3-0 victory over fourth-place Colorado Rapids.

One man was once again the star of the show as Mateusz Bogusz scored a hat-trick in the 52nd minute to ensure his team stayed ahead.

His first came when he turned in a cross from Denis Bouanga at the back post. The next was when he took advantage of a loose ball above the penalty spot.

His third goal was a powerful run and shot into the penalty area, completing his first hat-trick for the club.

Colorado will wonder what would have happened if they had more than one shot on goal. And if Kevin Cabral hadn’t been sent off after an hour, they could have prevented Bogusz’s celebration.

LAFC are level at the top with rivals LA Galaxy but have a game in hand, with the Rapids trailing by nine points.

White the hero for Whitecaps

Scorers: White 37′, 54′, 61′, Picault 90′; Blom 7′, Lowen 12′ (P), Thorisson 90+3′

On the West Coast, another hat trick was recorded as Vancouver fought back to beat St. Louis City 4-3.

After Njabulo Blom’s long shot was saved within minutes and Eduard Lowen scored from the penalty spot, the home fans held their breath.

That was until Brian White seized the opportunity for the Whitecaps, his first attempt being a deflected effort before he pulled a brutal scorpion kick to make it 2-2.

The No. 24 was then left unmarked and headed home to secure his 24-minute hat trick. His three goals make White the first club player to record multiple hat tricks in MLS play and the fifth in Whitecaps history.

Late drama ensued as Fafa Picault added a fourth and Nokkvi Thorisson ensured St. Louis finished with a big win after bundling their third at home, but it was too little too late.

The result means the Whitecaps are seventh in the West, while St. Louis is 12th.

Miami Holds On To Nashville

Goalscorers: Mukhtar 73′ (P); Battle 40′, Alba 44′

Inter Miami recorded their third straight win after beating Nashville SC 2-1.

Without star players Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, the visitors had to hope that other names could perform on Saturday.

Possession was split between these two sides as they tinkered with the opener, but two goals in four minutes before halftime gave Miami the lead.

Ian Fray scored a first-time header before Jordi Alba scored a potential Goal of the Season contender to double the lead from distance.

However, Nashville did not give up and put pressure on the visitors.

Hany Mukhtar made it 2-1 from the penalty spot, making the match dramatic, but in the end Miami held on even after nine minutes of injury time.

They are two points above Cincinnati (who have played one fewer game), while Nashville is seventh.

Columbus is crushing five wins over New England

Scorers: Boateng 9′; Hernandez 16′, Arfsten 42′, 45+2′, Camacho 72′, Moreira 80′

Visitors Columbus Crew chose Gillette Stadium as their home after a five-star performance against New England Revolution.

It looked like Emmanuel Boateng’s opening goal would give the home side a win, but the barrage opened.

Cucho Hernandez cushioned a ball downfield and completed a strong solo run before Max Arfsten curled one into the top right corner. A fluid team move saw Diego Rossi take third place.

Rudy Camacho scored a thumping header for his first club goal before Steven Moreira tapped in the fifth through a clinical counter-attack.

The Crew finished the game with five goals and six attempts on goal. With the win, they moved up to fourth place in the East. New England, meanwhile, will be scratching its head again, sitting in 14th.

Goal Scorers: Martinez 36′, Elliott 56′ (OG), Yankob 89′, Teixeira 90+2′; Sullivan 29′, Bueno 42′

Montreal showed what it means to never say you’re dying after battling for a 4-2 win over Philadelphia Union.

The visitors opened the scoring with Quinn Sullivan’s slick shot hitting the post before Josef Martinez rose highest for the equaliser.

Jesus Bueno’s substitute turned things back in the Union’s favor until the home side mounted the attack.

An own goal from Jack Elliott made it 2-2 and then Montreal stole all three points in the closing stages.

Some fine footwork from Dominik Yankov saw him strike the winner from distance as the home fans erupted, with Ruan Gregorio Teixeira then adding a late fourth.

Looking at the table, Montreal is in 10th place and the Union is in 12th.

Other results…

We’ll be back tomorrow for more!