Wayne Rooney and D.C. United put on a show against D.C. United, edging closer to a playoff spot while FC Dallas secured its spot in the playoffs with a scoreless draw against the Portland Timbers. 

By Associated Press
September 29, 2018

WASHINGTON — Luciano Acosta had a goal and three assists, Wayne Rooney and Paul Arriola each scored two second-half goals and D.C. United beat the Montreal Impact 5-0 on Saturday night.

United (10-11-8) closed within two points of the Impact (12-15-4) for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. D.C. has two games in hand.

Acosta turned on Yamil Asad's lead pass with a right-footed shot to open the scoring in the 17th minute.

Rooney swerved past Acosta's cross, created an opening with his first touch and slotted it back inside the left post to make it 2-0 in the 48th.

United made it 3-0 in the 61st when Rooney found Acosta open on the left side of the area and Acosta sent a pinpoint pass to Arriola for the tap-in. Arriola chipped home Acosta's pass in the 78th and Rooney caught the goalkeeper out of the net in the 82nd.

Bill Hamid had five saves for his second shutout of the season.

Portland Timbers 0, FC Dallas 0

PORTLAND, Ore. — FC Dallas clinched a spot in the playoffs with a 0-0 draw with the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

Dallas sits in first place in the Western Conference with four matches left. The team needed a win or a tie against Portland to solidify a postseason berth as rumors swirl that coach Oscar Pareja may be a candidate for head coach of the U.S. men's national team.

The Timbers (13-9-9) are in fifth place and in playoff contention but just two points ahead of sixth-place Real Salt Lake with three matches left.

The Timbers saw the return of goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, who had missed the last four games because of a thigh injury. It was Attinella's birthday, as well as teammate Andy Polo's.

Portland was without Sebastian Blanco because of yellow card accumulation. Blanco ranks third on the team with seven goals and second with nine assists.

Dallas (15-6-9) had one of the best chances of the first half in the 44th minute, when Carlos Gruezo's shot from outside the box hit the right post. Gruezo also had a close shot in the 10th minute that went just wide right.

Portland was hurt early in the second half when Alvas Powell collided with Dallas captain Matt Hedges and remained prone on the field for several moments before he was helped off the field and into the locker room. Zarek Valentin was subbed into the match to replace him.

Attinella stopped a shot from Cristian Colman in the 73rd minute. Colman was making his sixth start for FC Dallas.

Lucas Melano had a good look at Dallas' goal from out front in the 81st minute, but his shot went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez.

A short time later Attinella had to be looked at by trainers after it appeared he injured his shoulder. He stayed in the game but a short time later he left the game with what looked like a dislocated shoulder. He was replaced by Steve Clark, who played while Attinella was out with the thigh injury.

Timbers defender Liam Ridgewell was sent off with a straight red card in stoppage time, leaving Portland with just 10 for the final crucial moments of the game.

Portland was coming off a 3-2 loss at Minnesota, while Dallas beat the Whitecaps 2-1 in Vancouver last weekend.

Portland and Dallas played to a 1-1 draw in their previous meeting this season at Toyota Stadium in March.

LA Galaxy 3, Vancouver Whitecaps 0

CARSON, Calif. — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in each half in the Los Angeles Galaxy's 3-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night.

The Swedish star opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the fourth minute, finishing into the lower left corner. Romain Alessandrini drew the foul against Marcel de Jong.

The Galaxy (12-11-8) made it 2-0 in the 58th minute when Ibrahimovic drove in from 40 yards out, faked out defender Aly Ghazal and sent home a right-footed blast from the top of the box. It was Ibrahimovic's 20th goal of the season.

Alessandrini converted a penalty kick in the 77th minute to cap the scoring for LA.

The Whitecaps (11-12-7) dropped their third in a row.

Seattle Sounders 4, Colorado Rapids 0

SEATTLE — Raul Ruidiaz scored twice off assists from Nicolas Lodeiro and the Seattle Sounders beat the Colorado Rapids 4-0.

Ruidiaz opened the scoring in the 22nd minute for the Sounders (14-11-5). Cristian Roldan fed the rebound of Lodeiro's saved attempt back to Lodeiro, who passed it over to Ruidiaz for the finish from the middle of the area.

Colorado's Kellyn Acosta tripped Lodeiro just inside the edge of the penalty box and Lodeiro made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute, converting from the spot into the lower right corner.

Lodeiro settled Victor Rodriguez's pass and laid it off to Ruidiaz to make it 3-0 in the 73rd minute.

Rodriguez capped the scoring in the 80th minute with a right-footed blast into the far corner.

The Sounders ended a two-game skid that followed their nine-game winning streak.

The Rapids (6-18-6) lost their sixth in a row.

Chicago Fire 3, LAFC 1

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. — Djordje Mihailovic opened the scoring and added an assist in the second half to help the Chicago Fire beat Los Angeles FC 3-1 on Saturday.

Mihailovic powered home a full volley off Brandon Vincent's cross in the 20th minute to give the Fire (8-16-7) the lead.

Nemanja Nikolic doubled the lead in the 29th minute with a penalty kick into the right corner. Brandt Bronico drew the foul in the penalty area against Steven Beitashour.

The Fire led 3-0 in the 66th minute when Aleksandar Katai scored on a counterattack sprung by Nikolic's pass to Mihailovic. Mihailovic drove it into the area and laid it off for Katai.

Diego Rossi finished Lee Nguyen's one-hop pass from a narrow angle to cap the scoring for LAFC (14-8-8) in the 73rd minute.

Toronto FC 4, New England Revolution 0

TORONTO — Sebastian Giovinco, Lucas Jansson, Victor Vazquez and Marky Delgado scored and defending MLS champion Toronto FC beat the New England Revolution 4-1 on Saturday night to keep its slender playoff hopes alive.

Toronto (9-15-6) won for the first time in league play this season after conceding the first goal.

Cristian Penilla scored for New England (8-11-11).

Columbus Crew SC 0, Philadelphia Union 0

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Andre Blake had two saves for his 10th shutout of the season to help the Philadelphia Union tie the Columbus Crew 0-0 on Saturday night.

Blake preserved the shutout with a leaping save of Harrison Afful's attempt in the 90th minute.

Zack Steffen had his 10th shutout of the season for Columbus (13-9-9) without making a save.

Video review overturned a first-half goal for Philadelphia (14-12-5) in the 38th minute. Columbus' Jonathan Mensah knocked in an own goal, but referee Drew Fischer determined that the Union's Cory Burke fouled Lalas Abubakar while battling for the long ball in the buildup.

Minnesota United 2, NYCFC 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Angelo Rodriguez scored two first-half goals and Minnesota United held on to beat New York City FC 2-1 after going a man down Saturday night.

Rodriguez headed home a wide cross from Miguel Ibarra to open the scoring in the 20th minute for Minnesota (11-16-3). In the 36th, Rodriguez intercepted Ben Sweat's off-target back pass and slipped behind the goalkeeper to easily finish his second goal.


Collen Warner received his second yellow card for a careless challenge and was sent off in the 76th minute.

Rodney Wallace pulled City (15-9-8) to 2-1 with a tap-in in the first minute of second-half stoppage time, but the Loons held on from there for their second straight win.

Houston Dynamo 3, San Jose Earthquakes 2

HOUSTON — Romell Quioto scored the go-ahead goal in the 87th minute to cap the Houston Dynamo's 3-2 comeback victory over the San Jose Earthquakes 3-2 on Saturday night.

San Jose's Chris Wondolowski scored his 143rd MLS goal on a penalty kick to open the scoring in the 37th minute. Wondolowski is two goals behind Landon Donovan for the career record.

Quioto scored the winner when he was left open on a run to the left post and Mauro Manotas' low cross slipped past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell.

Manotas made it 2-1 for the Dynamo (9-13-8) in the 56th minute, setting a franchise record with his 15th goal of the season. Tomas Martinez tied it at 2 with a left-footed shot in the 68th minute.

San Jose (4-19-8) took a 2-0 lead on Alejandro Fuenmayor's own goal before halftime.

The Quakes have lost five straight.

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