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Day two saw some stunning knocks, propelling the clubs to a much-needed victory after chaotic opening results into the weekend. In the east, Chris Durkin earned D.C. United a draw against Orlando City. But it was the Western Conference that really delivered this past weekend, as Christian Espinosa, Timothy Tillman and John Gallagher took the lead.
Here are the top goals of the weekend.
To start, we have LAFC’s Timothy Tillman against the New England Revolution.
He scored the team’s third goal, hitting a left-footed kick past goalkeeper Djorge Petrović. This was the player’s first tally since joining LAFC on February 10, 2023 from Greuther Fürth.
John Gallagher set the tone for Austin FC against Real Salt Lake.
The player was able to steer a rocket with his left foot into the top corner to open the scoring in Q2. There was nothing goalkeeper Zach McMath could do to prevent that ball from hitting the back of the net.
The goal inspired Austin to come back from an embarrassing 0-3 loss to Violet in the CONCACAF Champions League.
It had to be Taylor Washington.
The player doubled Nashville’s lead against Montreal, sending Shack Moore’s cross to goalkeeper Jonathan Siroa in the 89th minute to seal all three points at Giudice Park.
Nashville went undefeated in the 2023 MLS campaign, landing in second place on the Eastern Conference table.
Chris Durkin played hero for D.C. United, scoring the equalizer in the 80th minute to earn one point against Orlando City. The homegrown midfielder managed a stunning left-footed shot to the far post, inspiring the Black and Reds to remain unbeaten at the Audi Stadium in 2023.
D.C. United is now eighth on the Eastern Conference table, with four points and a 1W-1L-1D record.
Last but not least, Christian Espinosa rounded out the top five best goalscorers this week thanks to his goal against the Colorado Rapids. His stunning right-footed goal earned the San Jose Earthquakes a much-needed late win and three points as they moved up in the Western League.
The players are starting to take off under new coach Luchi Gonzalez, escaping last year’s fate of finishing last in the West.