The third round of the 2017 Desert Diamond Cup wrapped up on Wednesday, leaving us with some breathtaking moments before the tournament’s finale on Saturday.
The first match of the day featured an eye-popping eight goals between the New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City.
New England took out their frustration after scoring a lone goal through the first two rounds of the Cup, putting six away with contributions from Daigo Kobayashi, Diego Fagundez, and braces from Lee Nguyen and Juan Agudelo.
It was Sporting that provided the most spectacular highlights of the match however, with screamers courtesy of Jimmy Medranda and Graham Zusi that could both be considered candidates for goal of the tournament.
In the end, New England left the pitch with a 6-2 victory that featured the majority of their starters.
The second match of the day featured the Houston Dynamo and New York Red Bulls in a tale of two halves.
After winning their first two matches of the Cup, Houston picked up where they left off and went into halftime with a 2-0 lead behind goals from Mauro Manotas and Jalil Anibaba.
The Red Bulls side featured a heavy influence from their USL roster, as the senior team faced off against the Vancouver Whitecaps in a CONCACAF Champion’s League fixture.
The side took advantage of the Dynamo subbing off their starters at the half however, as they clawed two goals back to salvage a 2-2 tie, courtesy of Omir Fernandez and Lucas Terci.
In the nightcap, New York City FC faced off against the Colorado Rapids in a somewhat disjointed match.
The Rapids grabbed the first goal just seconds before the half, as captain Sam Cronin took advantage of a poorly cleared ball that fell to his feet.
Cronin connected with a looping header near the edge of the box to hammer home a volley into the bottom left corner just before the referee’s halftime whistle.
NYC, who were playing without David Villa as the Spanish star served a one-game suspension, picked up the pressure in the second half, but were unable to find an equalizer.
The last chance to see Major League Soccer stars in Tucson, AZ is this Saturday during the ’17 Desert Diamond Cup Championship! Click here or below to see the matchups.