MLS Roundup: Red Bulls beat Union, move into first-place tie in East
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Dax McCarty capped the scoring in the 66th minute and had assists on New York’s first two goals to give the Red Bulls a 3–2 victory over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.
The Red Bulls (14-9-9) tied New York City FC for first place in the Eastern Conference standings, each with two games remaining.
McCarty’s long pass over the top in the 47th minute freed Bradley Wright-Phillips for his 21st goal of the season. It gave the Red Bulls a 2-1 lead and pulled Wright-Phillips even with David Villa in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
Chris Pontius headed home Fabinho’s diagonal cross in the 55th minute to tie it 2-all for the Union (11-12-9).
Sacha Kljestan one-timed Felipe's cross to tie it in the 44th minute and Fabian Herbers opened the scoring for the Union in the 15th.
Philadelphia has two games left to play but dropped to fifth place in the East and missed an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth this week. The Union’s Joshua Yaro left the game on a stretcher after an aerial collision in the first half.
FC DALLAS 1, GALAXY 0
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Walker Zimmerman scored in the first half and FC Dallas beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday night to remain atop the overall MLS standings.
FC Dallas (16-8-8) snapped a three-game winless run and leads the Supporters' Shield race by five points. Los Angeles (11-6-15) has lost two straight after a six-game undefeated run, but clinched a playoff spot due to other results in the Western Conference.
Zimmerman was left uncovered on Mauro Diaz's corner kick and he headed it home in the 39th minute. Zimmerman just missed a glancing header in the 25th minute and Max Urruti curled a shot off the post in the 36th.
Los Angeles had a three-on-two opportunity on a counter attack in the 18th minute but Steven Gerrard's shot rolled just outside the far post. Landon Donovan came on as a substitute in the 57th minute for the Galaxy, which hosts FC Dallas on Oct. 23.
RAPIDS 1, TIMBERS 0
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Sebastien Le Toux scored in the 63rd minute and Colorado beat Portland to wrap up a playoff spot.
Marlon Hairston slipped past a defender into the right side of the area and sent a low cross to the middle that Dominique Badji redirected and Le Toux smashed home.
The Rapids (12-5-2) clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 and tied a franchise record with 51 points. With four games to go, Colorado has the best chance or the remaining contenders to surpass league-leading FC Dallas for the Supporters' Shield.
The Timbers (11-13-8) remained tied for sixth place with the Seattle Sounders. Portland finishes its season with a rematch against Colorado at home on Oct. 16 and a trip to Vancouver on Oct. 23.
REVOLUTION 3, SPORTING KC 1
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo each had a goal and an assist to help the New England Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City 3–1 on a rainy Saturday night.
New England (10-14-9) remained in seventh place in the Eastern Conference—two points back of sixth-place Montreal for the final playoff spot. Sporting KC (12-13-7) had its three-game undefeated streak snapped.
Kamara opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Agudelo drew three defenders near the left sideline and he found Kamara wide open in the middle for a breakaway goal. It was Kamara’s 11th goal this season, but just his second at Gillette Stadium since being traded from the Columbus Crew in May.
New England took a 2–1 lead in the 75th minute on Kevin Ellis’s own goal and Agudelo knocked home Kamara’s cross 8 minutes later.
Dominic Dwyer tied it at 1 in the 49th minute for Kansas City when knocked in Ellis’s glancing header with his knees.
D.C. UNITED 2, TORONTO FC 1
TORONTO (AP) — Lamar Neagle scored twice and D.C. United beat Toronto, dropping the Canadian club to third in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
D.C. United (10-9-13) extended its unbeaten streak to five at 4-0-1.
Jozy Altidore scored for Toronto (13-9-10), which dropped two points behind the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC. The loss was the second in 14 games for Toronto (7-2-5) — a run that started with a 4-1 victory over D.C. United at BMO Field on July 23.
CREW 3, FIRE 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Harrison Afful scored in the eighth minute, Justin Meram and Dilly Duka added goals in the second half and Columbus beat Chicago.
The Crew (8-12-11) avoided playoff elimination but still need a strong showing their last three games, which include away games against both of the first-place New York squads.
The Fire (6-16-9) lost their third in a row.
EARTHQUAKES 2, REAL SALT LAKE 1
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Simon Dawkins scored in the first half, Fatai Alashe had a goal in the second and San Jose beat Real Salt Lake to snap a seven-game winless stretch.
San Jose (8-10-13) moved into eighth place in the Western Conference, four points back of sixth-place Seattle. Real Salt Lake (12-11-9) is fourth, but had its winless streak extended to five games.
Justen Glad scored for Salt Lake.