Toronto FC's magic number of points (3) to clinch the Supporters' Shield remains intact after their loss to the New England Revolution. 

By Associated Press
September 23, 2017

Here's a roundup of Saturday's MLS action. 

New England 2, Toronto 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara scored late goals and the New England Revolution, with a 2-1 win, denied Toronto FC an opportunity to clinch the Supporters' Shield on Saturday.

Kamara scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute with a header off Nguyen's cross. The Revs (11-4-5) avoided playoff elimination and extended their undefeated streak at home against Toronto FC (18-5-8) to six games. Toronto has three matches remaining to clinch the Shield with a magic number of three points.

Nguyen opened the scoring for New England in the 82nd minute with his 50th career goal, taking Chris Tierney's lead pass from midfield and finishing through a defensive deflection.

Toronto FC's Nicolas Hasler answered two minutes later with a right-footed volley of Michael Bradley's diagonal cross.

Forwards Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore missed the match for Toronto FC, both due to lower body tightness.

NYCFC 1, Houston 1

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New York's Maximiliano Moralez and Houston's Mauro Manotas scored early goals and the Dynamo and NYCFC battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

The game was moved to Pratt & Whitney Stadium because of a scheduling conflict at Yankee Stadium.

Moralez picked up his fifth goal in the sixth minute when he flicked a header inside the near post off a perfect service from the right side by Andraz Struna. Just 10 minutes later Manotas tallied his ninth after a quick restart just outside the top of the box, chipping the ball past New York keeper Sean Johnson.

Johnson came up with a big save early in stoppage time, denying Alberth Elis on a short breakaway. Tyler Deric returned the favor in the final minute when Alexander Callens couldn't get enough force on a point-blank header to get it by. Moments earlier Houston keeper

Houston (10-10-9) temporarily moved above the line as its winless streak stretched to a season-long five games. NYCFC (15-8-7), winless in three straight, missed an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth this weekend.

Philadelphia 3. Chicago 1

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Chris Pontius scored two goals, C.J. Sapong added his 14th of the season to tie Philadelphia's club record and the Union beat the Chicago Fire 3-1 on Saturday night.

Sapong finished Fabinho's cross to make it 3-0 for the Union (9-12-9) in the 64th minute. That goal tied Sapong with Sebastien Le Toux, who set the mark in 2010.

Pontius opened the scoring in the 10th minute with his first goal of the season—a header to finish Keegan Rosenberry's wide cross. Pontius added his second in the 55th, pouncing on the rebound of Fabrice-Jean Picoult's saved attempt.

Luis Solignac finished Nemanja Nikolic's flick pass to cap the scoring in the 67th minute. The Fire dropped to 14-10-6.

D.C. United 4, San Jose 0

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Mullins scored four goals to lead D.C. United to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night.

Mullins, who was second for United (9-17-4) with eight goals last season, came into the game without a goal this season.

Luciano Acosta sent an arcing cross-field pass to the corner of the box where Paul Arriola sent a perfect entry to a charging Mullins, who timed his run perfectly and tapped it in from point-blank range in the 57th minute.

About three minutes later, Mullins made it 2-0 when he headed home a first-time cross from Arriola. Mullins, again, slipped behind the defense and put away a perfect feed from inside the 6-yard box. The 25-year old's second career hat trick came in the 68th, when he side-footed the rebound of Zoltan Stieber's free kick from about 40 yards out into a wide-open net.

He then placed a side-netter past the out-stretched arm of a diving Andrew Tarbell to cap the scoring in the 88th.

San Jose (11-13-6) has been outscored 27-5 while losing seven of its last eight road games.

Columbus 3, New York 2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federico Higuain had three assists and Columbus Crew SC extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night.

Justin Meram scored the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute with a right-footed curler into the right corner. Josh Williams headed home Higuain's corner in the 66th to make it 3-1 for the Crew (14-12-5).

Jonathan Mensah gave Columbus the early lead with a header to finish Higuain's free kick in the sixth minute.

The Red Bulls (12-11-6) tied it in the 14th minute when Sean Davis dispossessed a Crew defender and fed Bradley Wright-Phillips who slotted it inside the far post for his 16th goal of the season.

Gonzalo Veron converted from the spot in the 72nd to pull New York within one.

Minnesota 4, Dallas 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Christian Ramirez recorded a goal and two assists as Minnesota United beat FC Dallas 4-1 Saturday night, extending Dallas' winless streak to 10 games.

The Loons (9-15-5) trailed early when Tesho Akindele opened the scoring for FC Dallas (9-9-11) in the 14th minute. But Ramirez tied it in the 25th minute and Miguel Ibarra volleyed home Ramirez's deep chip pass in the 35th to give Minnesota the lead for good.

Ethan Finlay finished a two-pass combo from Rameriz and Collin Martin in the 71st and Abu Danladi drove past goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez for an easy finish after a breakaway from midfield in the 88th.

FC Dallas is 0-6-4 since its last win on July 22, a slide that has dropped the club from Supporters Shield contention to a four-team battle with Houston, Real Salt Lake and San Jose for the final two playoff positions in the West.

Salt Lake 2, Seattle 0

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Jefferson Savarino and Luke Mulholland scored in the second half and Real Salt Lake brought the Seattle Sounders' 13-game unbeaten streak to an end with a 2-0 win on Saturday night.

Nick Rimando made a pair of key saves, both stopping Clint Dempsey's attempts, to preserve Real Salt Lake's lead in the final 15 minutes. Real Salt Lake (12-14-5) moved into fifth place in the Western Conference.

Savarino opened the scoring in the 52nd minute, finishing Albert Rusnak's cross to the far corner from the right side of the box.

Mulholland smashed home Savarino's wide cross with a short-hop volley in the 66th.

The Sounders (11-8-11), despite coming into the match with the club's longest unbeaten streak, had also been winless since Aug. 20 and extended their slide to five games.

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