MLS: Villa leads NYCFC past Galaxy; Fire get elusive road win
NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa scored in the sixth minute and New York City FC stretched its undefeated streak to four games, beating the Los Angeles Galaxy in their first trip to Yankee Stadium 1–0 on Saturday.
The Galaxy (9-4-11), who routed NYCFC 5–1 last season, had their nine-game unbeaten streak snapped. Eastern Conference leader New York City (11-7-8) has not been beaten since July 24, a 4-1 road loss against the New York Red Bulls.
Galaxy goalkeeper Clement Diop blocked Ronald Matarrita's low shot, yet Villa was right in front of the goal to tap in the deflection for his MLS-leading 16th goal of the season.
Diop kept it close, sliding to block Villa's shot attempt in the 38th minute. Villa grabbed that rebound but shot wide left. In the 80th minute, Villa shot high to the left near post, but Diop knocked it out with another jumping, one-handed block.
NYCFC's goalkeeper Josh Saunders had a right-handed, diving fingertip save off Nigel de Jong's bicycle kick attempt in the 43rd minute.
TORONTO FC 3, UNION 1
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Sebastian Giovinco scored his MLS-leading 16th goal and Toronto FC extended its unbeaten streak to six games with a 3–1 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
Drew Moor gave Toronto (11-7-7) a 2–1 lead in the 30th minute. Michael Bradley dropped a free kick, after a foul by Fabio Alves on Marco Delgado, into the center of the box for Moor's diving header to the bottom-right corner. Jozy Altidore shielded a defender, then eluded two more and poked a right footer past goalkeeper Andre Blake to double the advantage in the 44th.
Giovinco slipped behind the defense, set up by Delgado's long feed on a counterattack, and blasted a left footer off the far post and into the near side net in the 18th. Giovinco has eight goals in his last six matches.
Philadelphia's Ken Tribbett tied it six minutes later.
The Union (9-9-7) has lost four in a row to Toronto.
All of Altidore's four goals have come in the last five games.
FIRE 3, IMPACT 0
MONTREAL (AP) — Luis Solignac, David Accam and Matt Polster scored to help the Chicago Fire win on the road for the first time in more than two years, 3-0 over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night.
The last-place Fire (5-11-7) hadn't won on the road since a 5–1 victory in San Jose on July 23, 2014.
Chicago opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Accam raced upfield after a Montreal corner and fed Solignac on the left side for his fourth goal of the season.
The Fire stuck on another counter in the 73rd when Michael de Leeuw slipped a pass to Arturo Alvarez for a shot that went off Accam and rolled slowly over the goal line. Polster scored from the left side in the 89th.
Montreal dropped to 8-7-9.
CREW 2, REVOLUTION 0
FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) — Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain scored and the Columbus Crew beat the New England Revolution on Saturday night to snap a 10-game winless streak.
Finlay tapped home a right-footer from inside the 6-yard box in the eighth minute. Hector Jimenez started a counterattack with a long feed to a streaking Justin Meram, who beat a defender and then played a left-footed cross to Finlay for a 1–0 lead. It was fourth goal of the season for Finlay, who scored 23 in 2014 and 2015 combined.
Higuain blasted a shot, from near the spot, into the net in the 49th. Ola Kamara had a takeaway from London Woodberry on the left flank, and then dropped a sliding feed between two defenders to a streaking Higuain.
Steve Clark had three saves for Columbus (4-8-11). He had allowed 16 goals in the last seven matches.
New England (6-11-8) has lost four in a row.
RAPIDS 0, ORLANDO CITY 0
Tim Howard had his fourth shutout in eight games and the Colorado Rapids tied Orlando City 0–0 on Saturday night.
Howard, who had played in the English Premier League since 2003 before joining the Rapids in July, had two saves.
Colorado (11-3-10) is unbeaten in its last three matches and has just one loss since April 9.
It was just the third shutout this season for Orlando (5-6-13), which has just one win in its last nine games and is winless in three straight.
REAL SALT LAKE 1, FC DALLAS 0
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Jamison Olave scored in the 78th minute, Nick Rimando had his fourth shutout of the season and Real Salt Lake beat FC Dallas.
Olave put a half-volley into the top of the net from just right of the spot. Moments after Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz made diving save of a shot by Joao Plata, Javier Morales played a cross into the area. Aubrey David attempted to clear with a header, but Olave trapped it with his chest a blasted a right footer for his second goal of the year.
Rimando had two saves for Salt Lake (11-8-7).
FC Dallas (13-7-6) had its four-game unbeaten streak snapped.
SPORTING KC 2, WHITECAPS 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Benny Feilhaber scored and assisted on Jacob Peterson's goal in Sporting Kansas City's victory over Vancouver.
Peterson redirected a shot by Nuno Coelho—off a corner by Feilhaber—into the net from the center of the 6-yard box in the 39th minute.
After Peterson drew a foul on Fraser Aird, Feilhaber's first penalty kick was stopped, but goalkeeper David Ousted was called for being off his line. Feilhaber converted the retake to give Sporting (11-11-5) a 2–0 lead in the 64th.
Kansas City's Alec Kann had two saves for his second-career shutout in six starts.
The Whitecaps (8-12-6) have lost four games in a row and are winless in their last six.
Sporting snapped an 11-game road winless streak.