Brenner scored in the 63rd minute and FC Cincinnati overcame finishing a man down to hand the visiting Seattle Sounders FC their first defeat of the young season with Saturday night’s 1-0 victory.
Moments after Brenner hit the side of the net following a Seattle turnover by goalkeeper Stefan Frei, the Brazilian did not miss his next opportunity.
Following another Sounders’ giveaway in their own end, some nifty Cincinnati passing led the ball to the foot of Brenner, whose low, side-footed shot deflected off the hand of a sprawling Frei. It was his first goal of the season coming in the 63rd minute.
FC Cincinnati forward Brenner (9) reacts after scoring a goal against the Seattle Sounders FC
DALLAS 1, VANCOUVER 1
The Vancouver Whitecaps and FC Dallas played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, thanks to an own-goal by Dallas’ Paul Arriola.
Sebastien Ibeagha scored in the 5th minute to give Dallas (1-1-1) the lead. Nkosi Tafari had an assist on the goal.
Vancouver (0-2-1) pulled even in the 34th minute on Arriola’s miscue.
Dallas outshot Vancouver 11-10, but the Whitecaps had a 4-2 edge in shots on goal.
Yohei Takaoka made one save for Vancouver. Maarten Paes had four saves for Dallas.
FC Dallas’ Sebastien Ibeagha, gets his head on the ball in front of Whitecaps’ Sergio Cordova
COLUMBUS 1, TORNTO 1
Jimmy Medranda scored in the 75th minute in his first game with the Columbus Crew, moments after entering the match as a substitute, and the Crew earned a 1-1 draw with host Toronto FC Saturday night at BMO Field.
Medranda, who came over from the Seattle Sounders in the offseason as a free agent, got clear of the line of defenders and appeared close to being offside before he blooped the ball over the goalkeeper’s head. The linesman’s flag went up for offside, but after a review on video, the goal was allowed.
Columbus (1-1-1, 4 points) was the attacking team in the final minutes after Medranda’s goal. But the Crew could not come up with a winner before time expired despite attempts such as Lucas Zelarayan hitting the left goalpost with a shot in the first minute of second half stoppage time.
Columbus Crew players celebrate after a goal by midfielder Jimmy Medranda against Toronto
PHILADELPHIA 1, CHICAGO 0
Joaquin Torres scored the game’s lone goal in the 90th minute to lift the Philadelphia Union to a 1-0 win over the visiting Chicago Fire on Saturday in an Eastern Conference match in Chester, Pennsylvania.
Chicago played the final 40 minutes and added time with 10 men after Fabian Herbers was assessed his second yellow card of the rough-and-tumble match in the 50th minute.
Torres took a pass from Jose Martinez just outside the box and unleashed a left-footed shot into the bottom-right corner for the game winner over a Fire team that had controlled the match until Herbers’ dismissal.
Chicago Fire defender Carlos Teran reacts during the first half against the Philadelphia Union
NASHVILLE 2, MONTREAL 0
Jacob Shaffelburg scored a first-half goal and Joe Willis made it stand up without having to make a save as Nashville SC blanked CF Montreal 2-0 on Saturday night.
Shaffelburg found the net in the 37th minute with an assist from reigning MVP Hany Mukhtar. Taylor Washington added an insurance goal for Nashville (2-0-1) in the 89th minute. Shaq Moore and Alex Muyl notched assists on the score.
Montreal (0-3-0) is the only team in the league without a goal or a point through the first three matches of the season. Only four other teams in league history have opened a season with three straight shutout defeats – NYCFC (2020), Seattle Sounders (2018), Toronto (record four straight in 2007) and the 1999 Kansas City Wizards.
Nashville SC defender Taylor Washington celebrates after scoring a goal against CF Montreal
RED BULLS 1, MINNESOTA 1
Andrés Reyes scored a goal in the snow early in the second half to help the New York Red Bulls earn a chilly 1-1 draw with Minnesota United on Saturday night.
John Tolkin notched an assist on Reyes’ equalizer in the 49th minute for New York (0-1-2).
Bongokuhle Hlongwane staked Minnesota United (1-0-1) to a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal in the 18th minute.
Minnesota United came into the match with two straight road wins over the Red Bulls. New York’s only previous trip to Minnesota came in United’s inaugural 2017 season – a 3-0 Red Bulls victory.
Minnesota’s Bongokuhle Hlongwane shoots a rebound off Red Bulls keeper Carlos Miguel Coronel
AUSTIN 2, REAL SALT LAKE 1
Austin FC teenager Owen Wolff scored the go-ahead goal, joining an exclusive club in a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
The 18-year-old midfielder made him and his father – Austin head coach Josh Wolff – the eighth father-son combo to score a goal in a MLS match. Josh Wolff debuted with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and scored 80 goals until retiring in 2012.
Wolff helped Austin (2-1-0) take a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute when he picked up an assist on a goal by defender Jon Gallagher.
Justen Glad – with assists from Damir Kreilach and Andrew Brody – scored the equalizer in the 22nd minute for Real Salt Lake (1-2-0).
Real Salt Lake midfielder Damir Kreilach (8) is given a red card and ejected against Austin FC
GALAXY 0, KANSAS CITY 0
Despite hammering the Galaxy defense with 30 shots, including 11 on LA goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, host Sporting KC failed to find the back of the net, extending their goalless drought to start the 2023 season in a 0-0 draw Saturday night.
The hosts failed to capitalize on their six-game home winning streak to end the 2022 season.
The Galaxy (0-1-1, one point) looked like they were going to have a quality shot at the win in extra time after a Kansas City turnover deep in its own half gave the visitors a three-on-two advantage, but some desperate defending led to a corner that amounted to nothing.
Kansas City forward Willy Agada greets Galaxy goalkeeper Jonathan Bond (1) after their match
RAPIDS 1, EARTHQUAKES 0
Cristian Espinosa scored the lone goal as the San Jose Earthquakes produced a 1-0 victory over the visiting Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
Espinosa’s first goal of the season gave San Jose (2-1-0, 6 points) its second consecutive victory.
Earthquakes goalkeeper JT Marcinkowski didn’t have to make any saves in his first appearance of the season. The shutout is the 15th of his career.
The Rapids (0-2-1, 1 point) remained scoreless on the season and didn’t place a single shot on net. Colorado’s drought is reminiscent of the 2015 season when the Rapids were blanked in each of their first four games.