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MLS Week 6 review: El Trafico excitement, Jesus Ferreira strengthens USMNT claim & more...

Chris Smith
Chicharito scored in El Trafico once again.
Chicharito scored in El Trafico once again. / Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Week 6 is in the books and MLS delivered the goods again.

We had El Trafico drama, a budding match between Charlotte FC and Atlanta United, and a bunch of very important clashes at both ends of the conferences.

To cover bit of action would take all day, but here are five of the top headlines:

1. El Trafico excites once again

Others have more history, but there is officially no greater rivalry in Major League Soccer than El Trafico. And the latest addition only served as further proof.

Saturday's encounter was packed full of drama and narratives. Chicharito scored, Samuel Grandsir provided two assists after being named ahead of superstar Douglas Costa, LAFC hit back before equalizing right at the death only for VAR to rule the goal out.

“Electric, man. These games are electric. These games are so high intensity; the last 15 minutes I was dead. Dead, man,” said Galaxy full-back Raheem Edwards, the only player to wear the colors of both LA teams so far.

LAFC head coach Steve Cherundolo added: "The second half was very good, I think our best half of the season, created a lot of chances, and we created chances in the first half too. Really, a game of two halves.”

Saturday's clash ebbed and flowed, back and forth. Ultimately, it was the LA Galaxy who came out on top, and they'll no doubt take great pleasure in ending LAFC's unbeaten start to the season.

2. Philadelphia Union, the final unbeaten MLS team

That brings us nicely to the Philadelphia Union. With LAFC losing El Trafico and the Chicago Fire falling away at Orlando City, Jim Curtin's side is now the very last unbeaten team in MLS this season.

Six games, five wins, one draw, 10 goals scored, and just two conceded.

They were forced to fight for their unbeaten status by the Columbus Crew on Saturday, with the Union taking the lead after two minutes via an inexplicable Eloy Room own goal. And Columbus went on to outshoot Philadelphia 19-10 with 69 percent possession.

But this Union team is tough when it needs to be, pulling out massive defensive performances with backs against the wall. They'll win prettier than this as the season goes on, though Curtin won't care how they come as long as they keep a zero in that L column.

3. Leonardo Campana inspires Inter Miami... finally!

One point, four defeats, 13 goals allowed, one non-penalty goal scored. That was Inter Miami's miserable record heading into the weekend. Then the Revs came to town and Phil Neville's side woke up.

Wolves loanee Leonardo Campana was the inspiration for Miami's long-awaited and very much needed first win of the 2022 MLS season, helping himself to a hat-trick. And it was a diverse hat-trick at that, scoring one each with his left foot, right foot, and head.

The Herons still showed a lot of the defensive frailties that have plagued them this season, but the Revs were worse. And in Campana, they had a striker willing to work, stretch the opposition, and take chances when they fell to him. Everything Gonzalo Higuain has not been doing in Fort Lauderdale.

4. Jesus Ferreira rides to the top of the Golden Boot standings

Last week, it was all about Brandon Vazquez flying to the top of the Golden Boot standings and putting himself on the fringes of the USMNT conversation. This week, with Vazquez's FC Cincinnati out of action, Jesus Ferreira is the name on everybody's lips.

The 21-year-old came up with another two goals to help FC Dallas come from behind to beat the Colorado Rapids 3-1 on Saturday. That draws him level with Vazquez and Chicharito as MLS top goalscorer.

And they were excellent goals, too, displaying the perfect blend of instinct, skill, and ruthlessness needed from your starting No.9.

That's a problem position for Gregg Berhalter right now, and Ferreira has only been in and out of the national team to this point.

Even taking goals out of it, Ferreira's movement and ability to link play as a false-nine makes him a real contender for the starting spot - he just so happens to have hit the net five times this season, too.

5. Charlotte FC take revenge against Atlanta United

Major League Soccer's newest club have grown a lot since their cruel, 96th-minute 2-1 defeat at Mercedes-Benz Stadium a month ago, beating FC Cincinnati and the New England Revolution, as well as continuing to play some incredibly attractive soccer.

On Sunday, they exacted revenge over their southern neighbors, with Jordy Aclivar's olimpico goal after 11 minutes proving the difference between the two teams. The hosts nullified their opponents brilliantly and Atlanta United need to quickly figure out how to function without the likes of Josef Martinez and Luiz Araujo.

Charlotte are now above the Playoff line and just one place behind the Five Stripes, and the two sets of supporters have certainly been at it on social media in the aftermath.

Let this one keep growing on its own because it's been hella fun so far.

MLS Week 6 results:

  • Orlando City 1-0 Chicago Fire
  • Inter Miami 3-2 New England Revolution
  • New York Red Bulls 1-2 CF Montreal
  • Philadelphia Union 1-0 Columbus Crew
  • LA Galaxy 2-1 LAFC
  • Real Salt Lake 2-2 Toronto FC
  • Houston Dynamo 4-3 San Jose Earthquakes
  • FC Dallas 3-1 Colorado Rapids
  • Sporting Kansas City 1-2 Nashville SC
  • Vancouver Whitecaps 2-3 Portland Timbers
  • Charlotte FC 1-0 Atlanta United
  • Austin FC 1-0 Minnesota United