These moments marked week 3 of the MLS season. Wayne Rooney stood out as the best player of the day, and Cincinnati played at home and got a victory.
Week 3 of the 2019 MLS season is over leaving great moments like the surprise victory of Cincinnati against the runner-up of the 2018 season. A splendid performance by Rooney against Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy playing like 'El Mellizo' wants and the fall of Atlanta United and San José Earthquakes.
The current MLS champion and the Quakes need to make a critical analysis after failing to win the first three games of the season, to obtain positive results since De Boer has a lethal team and Almeyda had the opportunity to put together the squad he wanted for the season.
Cincinnati wins in front of his fans
The new franchise of the MLS managed to get three points from a game that painted to be complicated as they were facing the runner-up of the 2018 tournament, but when the match began, and the fans showed their love and support for the colors blue and orange everything changed. The locals became the favorites to take the game.
The match ended 3-0 with goals from Kendall Waston, Allan Cruz, Mathieu Deplagne. All aspirations of the Timbers vanished at the 70th minute when Larrys Mabiala was sent off for cutting a promising Cincinnati advance earning him the second yellow card in the match.
Frank de Boer can't deliver
The Atlanta United strategist fails to win after three games, which has become the worst start for the franchise since being in the MLS. This time they faced Philadelphia Union without his best player, Marco Fabian.
What worries the most is that they don't show that verticality and forcefulness of two years ago, besides not making one of the most imposing stadiums in the league count. The game against Union ended tied at one.
The top scorer of the English National team continues to prove his outstanding level and definition quality against the rival frame. This occasion he dispatched three goals and one assist in DC United's win over Real Salt Lake.
The game should have been a tribute to Rimando, Lakes goalkeeper former DC keeper, but instead, it was a party in favor of the English who did what he wanted when he was in front of the honoree who will end his career as a professional at the end of the 2019 season.
LA Galaxy won without Zlatan
Guillermo Barros Schelotto's team played again without their star center forward, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but unlike week 2, the team managed to get all three points against Minnesota United.
The highlight of the match was the great touch of the ball that the team showed, which was reflected by the tremendous 25-touch play they made in the second goal. The task for the Argentine and company is to keep playing like this with or without Zlatan.
Matías Almeyda and his worst start as coach
Almeyda sums his third defeat in the MLS, leaving him with the worst start he has had with a club since he became a manager. With River, the first club he coached, he led them to three consecutive victories. Then he was in charge of Banfield where he started with two losses to then get his first win in day 3.
With Club Guadalajara, he began with a defeat to then get two consecutive victories against Querétaro and Veracruz. Now with San Jose Earthquakes, the Argentine adds his third straight loss against Montreal Impact and Minnesota United at home and in week three was thrashed by New York Red Bulls 4-1 in his visit to the 'Big Apple.'