Michael Bradley scored his first goal since 2016 and added another in the second half for his first career multi-goal MLS game, helping Toronto FC beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on Saturday as the league opened the season.
Bradley, the eight-year MLS veteran who was scoreless in back-to-back 30-plus start seasons, scored the first goal of the 2019 season in first-half stoppage time with an easy redirection of Auro’s cross to the penalty spot. His second goal in the 62nd minute also came on an open shot from the spot.
Nick DeLeon, an offseason acquisition from D.C. United, capped the scoring in second-half stoppage time. Marco Fabian scored on a penalty kick for Philadelphia.
RED BULLS 1, CREW 1, TIE
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gaston Sauro tied it in the 41st minute for Columbus against New York.
Sauro scored on a header off Federico Higuain’s corner for the first MLS goal in his four-season career. Caleb Porter made his debut as the coach of the Crew. He sat out a year following his tenure with the Portland Timbers from 2013-17.
Andreas Ivan opened the scoring with his first MLS goal in the sixth minute, heading home Florian Valot’s cross.
NEW YORK CITY FC 2, ORLANDO CITY 2, TIE
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Chris Mueller and Tesho Akindele scored second-half goals to help Orlando City tie New York City FC.
Mueller pulled Orlando to 2-1 in the 59th when his free kick from the edge of the 18-yard box went untouched into the back of the net. Akindele tied it at 2 in the 75th with an easy tap-in of Dom Dwyer’s cross.
Ebenezer Ofori and Alexander Ring had first-half goals for New York City.
REVOLUTION 1, FC DALLAS 1, TIE
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Carles Gil tied it in the 57th minute in his MLS debut and New England held on against FC Dallas.
Michael Barrios opened the scoring for FC Dallas in the 13th minute. Luchi Gonzalez made his head coaching debut for FC Dallas.