HARRISON, N.J. — Romain Alessandrini scored two early goals a minute apart and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat New York 3-1 on Sunday night, ending the Red Bulls’ 19-game home unbeaten streak.
Los Angeles (3-5-2), which had scored the first goal just once this season and had only scored three times in the first half, led 2-0 before the game was 10 minutes old.
Alessandrini drew a foul from Daniel Royer out of box right and put the free kick inside the far post in the eighth minute when goalkeeper Luis Robles was caught leaning the wrong way as Jelle Van Damme raced cross his vision for a possible redirect.
Alessandrini, the designated player who has scored or assisted on 10 of 13 of the Galaxy’s goals, picked up his sixth on a feed from Giovani dos Santos. Open left, dos Santos centered the ball to Alessandrini for a shot. Robles made the save but the ball dribbled into the next.
Mike Grella pulled down Alessandrini in the box in the 78th minute and dos Santos converted the penalty kick, his third goal.
Royer scored his third goal in stoppage time for the Red Bulls (5-6-1), who had the seventh-longest unbeaten streak in league history. They last lost at home on April 24, 2016, and had only allowed one goal at home this season with four clean sheets.
NYCFC 1, FC DALLAS 1
FRISCO, Texas — Thomas McNamara scored a spectacular goal before crashing into the back of the net and New York City FC tied FC Dallas.
David Villa earned a free kick in the 68th minute, sending his shot off the crossbar. With goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez falling to the ground after a leaping attempt to block the shot, the ball deflected straight down and bounced into the air. McNamara raced in at full speed and got his head on the ball as he leaped through the flailing legs of Gonzalez before landing in the back netting of the goal.
That was the only on-target shot for NYCFC (5-3-2) but it wasn’t enough to keep Dallas (5-0-4) from remaining the only undefeated team. Nine games without a loss to open the season has Dallas closing in on the league record of 12, held by four teams, the last being Real Salt Lake in 2014. Dallas is unbeaten in 14 straight MLS games.
Kellyn Acosta’s third goal in the 20th minute put Dallas on the board.
ATLANTA UNITED 1, TIMBERS 1, TIE
PORTLAND, Ore. — Defender Liam Ridgewell scored the equalizer for Portland some four minutes after Atlanta went ahead and the Timbers settled for the draw with the expansion team.
Atlanta rookie Julian Gressel scored from the top of the box, getting past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Jake Gleeson in the 46th minute. It was Gressel’s first MLS goal.
Ridgewell then headed in the equalizer, and celebrated with his trademark “Ridgy Roll” on the turf for the sellout crowd at Providence Park. The Timbers (5-3-3) had a good chance in stoppage time but David Guzman’s shot caromed off the left post.
Atlanta is 3-4-3.