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Proper Football's Week 5 MLS Rewind

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With over a month gone in the Major League Soccer seasons we’re beginning to get a feel for which teams are legitimate and those that need serious upgrades heading into the summer.

The Seattle Sounders continued their destructive path ahead in the Western Conference after defeating Los Angeles FC over the weekend, while the New England Revolution sit atop the East after knocking off the defending champion Columbus Crew.

FC Cincinnati’s struggles became more apparent than ever over the weekend after opening their new stadium and suffering defeat against Inter Miami. Cincy has yet to win a game this season and boasts a league-worst -9 goal differential through four matches.

Let’s rewind it back to the weekend that was Week 5 around MLS.

WEEKEND AWARDS

GAME OF THE WEEK - Seattle Sounders vs. Los Angeles FC

The Sounders continue to do what the Sounders have made a living off of under Brian Schmetzer; win. 

This Seattle team looks to be the most complete club in the league over the opening month of the season, and their pathway through six matches unbeaten against some of MLS’ top sides is beyond impressive. 

The more concerning takeaway from this one is more about LAFC though as they struggled once again without Carlos Vela. Bob Bradley’s side will need the El Tri star back in the fold in the near future if they’re going to turn things around.

WEEKEND MVP - Alan Pulido (Sporting KC)

The Mexican striker had himself a game in a blowout win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, but this was exactly the performance both Pulido and Sporting KC needed on Saturday.

There’s no doubt Sporting boasts some talent in the attacking third, especially with budding star Gianluca Busio, but the focal point has been and should remain Pulido if the club looks to build off of winning the Western Conference last season.

SATURDAY STUNNER - Jesus Medina’s Disallowed Goal

This was one of the more wild events you’ll see in a match, so let’s break it down real quick. 

Toronto goalkeeper Alex Bono gathered the ball after a sequence inside his own penalty area and looked to launch a quick counterattack by punting the ball. Easy enough, right?

As he went to clear it outside of his own area, New York City FC’s Jesus Medina jumped in front of the keeper to block the punt, which he successfully did before the ball ended up in the net.

Unfortunately for Medina, his efforts were penalized and the goal didn’t stand. (For the record, it was the correct call.)

FANTASTIC FINISHES

Each week, we’ll close out the rewind by showcasing the three best goals from the weekend that was in MLS, and the opening weekend did not disappoint in this department at all.

ALAN PULIDO vs. Vancouver Whitecaps

Alan Pulido had himself a day against Vancouver, coming up with two goals and an assist for Sporting KC. The Mexico star is really beginning to find his footing with Sporting, who are climbing back into form in the West.

ALVARO BARREAL vs. Inter Miami

Barreal scored the first goal in FC Cincinnati's new stadium over the weekend, but unfortunately it wasn't enough to give the Eastern Conference side their first win of the season.

YIMMI CHARA vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Chara's cheeky chip over the keeper kickstarted Portland's start against the Earthquakes for the team's second win of the season.

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