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September 24, 2016
Three teams through in the East; Manotas nets three for Houston

TORONTO--Justin Morrrow scored in the 70th minute to lift Toronto FC into a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union Saturday at BMO Field.

Despite the single-point result the Reds (13-8-9, 48 pts) clinched a spot in the MLS playoffs when the New York Red Bulls knocked off Montreal later on Saturday.

Alejandro Bedoya scored his first goal for the Union (11-11-9, 42), chipping goalkeeper Clint Irwin from just inside the box in the 25th minute.

Toronto did not put a shot on goal during the first half, but developed more momentum in the second stanza. Morrow leveled the score with a sharply-angled shot from deep on the left side. Jozy Altidore had back-to-back chances to win the game in the 87th minute, hitting the left post then sending the rebound over the goal, then tangled legs with CJ Sapong and went down in the box in the closing seconds of stoppage time, but no penalty was called.
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WASHINGTON, DC--Patrick Mullins scored two goals to lead DC United to a decisive 4-1 win over Orlando City SC Saturday at RFK Stadium.

The win lifts DCU (8-9-13, 37 pts) into playoff range in the MLS East, one point ahead of seventh-place New England and three up on the #8 Lions (7-10-13, 34).

Mullins opened the scoring with a point-blank empty-netter in the 34th minute. Goalkeeper Joe Bendik and his defenders were drawn left when Patrick Nyarko backheeled the ball to Kemp, who quickly relayed it into the six-yard box for Mullins. In the 53rd minute, Mullins received the ball in the box from Nyarko, took a long touch past defender David Mateos and left-footed it into the right inside netting.

Taylor Kemp collected his second assist of the game on Lloyd Sam's game-clinching 51st-minute header.

Orlando City trailed 3-0 -- and were a man down after Antonio Nocerino was red-carded for elbowing Mullins in the 66th minute -- when Baptista was fouled by Rob Vincent just outside the box. His free kick from inside the arc rocketed over the wall and glanced off the underside of the crossbar on its way into the net.

Julian Buescher, who entered the match for injured midfielder Marcelo Sarvas in the 23rd minute, gave United the last word in the 90th minute, burying a 16-yard shot for his first career MLS goal.
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HARRISON, NJ--The New York Red Bulls booked not only their own, but Toronto FC's and New York City FC's passage to the MLS Cup playoffs with Saturday's 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena.

All three teams have 48 points, but the Red Bulls (13-9-9) top the table on goal differential. Montreal are in fifth place at 9-9-12 (39).

Daniel Royer scored the only goal of the game, slotting home a right-wing cross from Chris Duvall in the 60th minute. The score might well have been more lopsided had Impact netminder Evan Bush not come up with six saves as his team was outshot 13-5.
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VANCOUVER, BC--Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Colorado Rapids traded goals on their way to a 3-3 draw Saturday at BC Place.

The 'Caps (9-14-8, 35 pts) salvaged the point despite playing shorthanded for the final 34 minutes after Kendall Waston was red-carded for taking down Dominique Badji from behind as the Rapids striker was breaking into the penalty area.

Colorado (12-5-12, 48) are tied on points with second-place LA n the MLS West.

Badji put Colorado on the board with an empty-netter in the eighth minute, after 'keeper David Ousted charged to the top of the penalty area to try and stop the breaking Marlon Hairston, and the 1-0 score held through halftime. Waston equalized for Vancouver with a header off a corner kick in the 51st, but the Rapids regained the lead six minutes later, when Shkelzen Gashi converted the penalty kick earned by Badji.

Eric Hurtado did much to keep Vancouver in the match late, assisting on Pedro Morales' seven-yard 2-2 leveler in the 70th minute and glancing a header off the post past 'keeper Tim Howard in stoppage time to counter Gashi's second goal of the game, a free kick in the 75th.

HOUSTON--Mauro Manotas scored all three goals as the Houston Dynamo defeated the Portland Timbers 3-1 Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Manotas opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 34th minute, after a wild sequence led to an unlucky handball call on Portland defender Liam Ridgewell.

Diego Valeri tied the score 1-1 in the 51st minute, snagging the rebound after Darren Mattocks' shot clanged off the right post.

Manotas put the game away with unanswered goals in the 73rd and 85th minutes. The game-winner came after a botched Portland throw-in returned the ball to the Dynamo in the attacking end. Boniek Garcia brought it into the penalty area, then dished off to Manotas for the left-footed finish. The Colombian completed his hat trick by beating Jake Gleeson one-on-one, slipping his shot under the advancing 'keeper. Once again, the play started with a Timbers turnover, this time in the defensive end of the field.

SANDY, Utah--Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas battled to a scoreless draw Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Goalkeeper Chris Seitz kept Western Conference leaders Dallas (15-8-8, 53 pts) in the game with four saves, including a game-saving one-hander on Joao Plata's 20-yard blast in the 85th minute.

FCD's closest chance came early, when Mauro Diaz hit the post from 25 yards in the eighth minute.

SAN JOSE--Sporting Kansas City (12-12-7, 43 pts) moved into fifth place in the MLS West with Saturday's 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.

Defender Kevin Ellis scored the deciding goal in the 81st minute, with an opportunistic backheel off Benny Feilhaber's left-side corner kick.

The teams played to a 1-1 first-half deadlock. Dom Dwyer gave Sporting the early advantage, slipping between defenders Marvell Wynne and Cordell Cato to get his head on Paulo Nagamura's service into the six-yard box.

Simon Dawkins equalized for the Quakes (7-9-13, 34) in the 42nd, scoring from close range into an empty net after 'keeper Tim Melia was drawn out of position by Henok Goitom.

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