MLS Preseason 2021: Houston Dynamo FC, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy, Nashville SC choose up wins against USL Championship sides

Major League Soccer sides made it 4-for-4 in preseason matchups against USL Championship squads Saturday with Houston Dynamo FC, FC Dallas, LA Galaxy and Nashville SC every securing victories.

The Dynamo defeated Austin Daring FC, FC Dallas knocked off OKC Vitality FC, the Galaxy prevailed on mixture over Landon Donovan’s San Diego Loyal and Nashville SC made short work of Louisville City FC.

This is the full rundown of how all 4 teams fared in Saturday’s motion:

Houston Dynamo FC 2, Austin Daring FC 0

Christian Ramirez and Ariel Lassiter struck for Houston Dynamo FC within the membership’s preseason opener against Austin Daring FC Saturday at BBVA Stadium. The match was break up into three 30-minute durations.

Ramirez opened the scoring within the thirteenth minute of the third interval on a sequence beginning with Darwin Quintero discovering Lassiter, who related with Ramirez on a first-touch cross.

Lassiter then doubled the lead six minutes later, heading a Quintero corner kick into the net.


  • 73’ — HOU — Christian Ramirez
  • 79’ — HOU — Ariel Lassiter


No lineup info was supplied for this scrimmage

FC Dallas 4, OKC Vitality 0

Ricardo Pepi struck for a brace and newcomers Freddy Vargas and Kalil ElMedkhar struck for one goal apiece to guide FC Dallas to a 4-0 win over OKC Vitality at Toyota Soccer Center Saturday. The match was break up into three 30-minute durations.

Vargas opened the scoring within the ninth minute after being played in behind by Bryan Acosta.

OKC Vitality almost leveled within the twenty first minute, however Jimmy Maurer denied the penalty kick.

ElMedkhar doubled the FC Dallas lead within the 67th minute on a phenomenal curling effort off an assist from Jose Martinez.

Pepi, who returned from coaching with the US Under-23 national team, then struck for his first within the 74th minute, dancing round a pair of OKC defenders earlier than a backside corner finish. Pepi bagged his brace 10 minutes later with a first-time volley off a Thomas Roberts cross.


  • 9’ — DAL — Freddy Vargas
  • 67’ — DAL — Kalil ElMedkhar
  • 74’ — DAL — Ricardo Pepi
  • 84’ — DAL — Ricardo Pepi


No lineup info was supplied for this scrimmage

LA Galaxy 2, San Diego Loyal 1 (mixture)

Jonathan Perez and Preston Judd scored to assist carry the LA Galaxy to a 2-1 mixture win over San Diego Loyal in a closed-door 120-minute scrimmage at Dignity Well being Sports activities Park’s College Field 1 Saturday afternoon.

The match was break up into two 60-minute durations.

Mauricio Cuevas set up Perez for his strike, the lone tally within the opening 60 minutes. After San Diego trialist CJ Fodrey leveled within the second interval, Judd, the thirty fifth total choose within the 2021 MLS SuperDraft, netted the decisive goal.


  • LA — Jonathan Perez
  • SD — CJ Fodrey
  • LA — Preston Judd


No lineup info was supplied for this scrimmage

Nashville SC 4, Louisville City FC 0

Hany Mukhtar scored twice and CJ Sapong and an unsigned player added one goal apiece in a 4-0 win for Nashville SC over Louisville City FC within the membership’s preseason opener Saturday afternoon at Currey Ingram Academy.

The match was played in three 30-minute durations.

Mukhtar set up Sapong for the opening goal within the seventh minute and Mukhtar transformed from the penalty spot to double Nashville’s lead 10 minutes later.

Two minutes later, Mukhtar struck for his second on an assist from Anibal Godoy and Luke Haakenson set up the unsigned player for the final goal on the hour mark.


  • 7’ — NSH — CJ Sapong
  • 17’ — NSH — Hany Mukhtar (PK)
  • 19’ — NSH — Hany Mukhtar
  • 60’ — NSH — Unsigned Player


Nashville SC, first 30 minutes (4-2-3-1): Joe Willis — Daniel Lovitz, Walker Zimmerman, Dave Romney, Alistair Johnston — Dax McCarty, Aníbal Godoy — Hany Mukhtar, Handwalla Bwana, Alex Muyl — CJ Sapong

Nashville SC, second 30 minutes (4-2-3-1): Bryan Meredith — Eric Miller, Jalil Anibaba, Jack Maher, Taylor Washington — Luke Haakenson, Brian Anunga — Unsigned Player, Dominique Badji, Unsigned Player, Rodrigo Piñeiro

Nashville SC, third 30 minutes (4-2-3-1): Elliot Panicco — Robert Castellanos, Taylor Washington, Luke Haakenson, Matt LaGrassa — Brian Anunga, Abu Danladi — Unsigned Player, Unsigned Player, Unsigned Player — Unsigned Player


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