Philadelphia, Inter Miami, Atlanta and DC United opener winners

Deprived of the Los Angeles derby, postponed due to bad weather in California, the MLS season opened on Saturday with the victories of Philadelphia, Inter Miami, Atlanta and DC United in particular.

By Le Figaro with AFP


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Kervin Arriaga (Minnesota United). Jerome Miron / REUTERS

The clash between the Galaxy, the most successful club in MLS, and the defending champions LA FC, scheduled for Saturday had to be rescheduled for July 4, while the United States has been hit by a series of storms since the beginning of January. At the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (89,000 seats), in the metropolis of Los Angeles, the organizers hoped to break the championship spectator record (73,000) set last year in Charlotte.

The other matches went well. Philadelphia, finalists for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, started with a 4-1 success against Columbus. Inter Miami, the team of which David Beckham is one of the co-owners and Phil Neville the coach, won 2-0 against Montreal. DC United, coached by Wayne Rooney, beat Toronto, home to Italians Lorenzo Insigne and Federico Bernardeschi, 3-2, while Atlanta edged San Jose 2-1. Thiago Almada, crowned world champion with Argentina (even if he only played six minutes during the World Cup) scored twice for the Georgia franchise in added time.

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Last year’s MLS Cup winner and Eastern Conference finalist New York City FC lost 2-0 in Nashville, as did the New York Red Bulls, who lost 1-0 in Orlando.

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