October 23, 2016
FC Dallas takes the Shield, Red Bulls top the East
NEW YORK CITY FC 4, COLUMBUS CREW 1
|Bradley Wright-Phillips chips goalkeeper Andre Blake on the way to his Golden Boot-clinching 24th goal of the season Sunday at Talen Energy Stadium.
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BRONX, N.Y. -- New York City FC avoided playing a mid-week knockout-round game in the Major League Soccer playoffs by recording a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Crew in the season finale for both teams Sunday at Yankee Stadium.
Steven Mendoza broke the ice for NYC with a goal just before halftime.
Ola Kamara equalized with an emphatic header from three yards in the 59th minute as he converted Justin Meram's left-wing cross.
The Blues broke the game open by striking twice within a two-minute span. Jack Harrison tallied the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute and set up the insurance score by second-half substitute Khiry Shelton in the 77th.
Deep into injury time, David Villa added an exclamation point by scoring his 23rd goal of the season. He finished second to the Red Bulls' Bradley Wright-Phillips (24 goals) in the MLS Golden Boot race.
NYC FC (15-10-9, 54) finished second in the Eastern Conference behind the Red Bulls (16-9-9, 57), while Columbus finished below the red line at 8-14-12 (36).
City will open the Eastern Conference semifinals on the road Oct. 30 with the second game in the series back at the stadium Nov. 6.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 3, MONTREAL IMPACT 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.---Diego Fagundez had a goal and an assist, leading the New England Revolution to a 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact at Gillette Stadium Sunday.
The win was not enough to propel the Revs (11-14-9, 43 pts) into the postseason, even with the same record as the sixth-place Philadelphia Union , who got in because of a better goal differential. The Impact (11-11-12, 45 pts) will enter the MLS Cup Playoffs at the Knockout Round stage on Thursday, October 27, at 7:30 pm at Washington's RFK Stadium against D.C. United.
The Revolution opened the scoring 13 minutes in, when Fagundez curled a free kick around the wall and off the inside of the post .
The Revs doubled their lead on the hour mark. After picking up a short pass from Scott Caldwell, Juan Agudelo dribbled to the edge of the Montreal penalty area. His left-footed strike beat netminder Evan Bush to his right.
New England made it 3-0 in the 71st minute when Kai Kamara got a pass from Fagundez, and with the outside of his right foot placed the ball into the side netting.
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NEW YORK RED BULLS 3, PHILADELPHIA UNION 0
CHESTER, Pa. -- The New York Red Bulls clinched the Eastern Conference championship with a 2-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union Sunday afternoon.
Bradley Wright-Phillips secured his second Major League Soccer Golden Boot by scoring the first goal of the match, and New York native Alex Muyl added an insurance tally.
Wright-Phillips finished with a league-best 24 goals, one more than New York City FC striker David Villa.
Wright-Phillips put the Red Bulls ahead 1-0 in the 26th minute when he eluded several players and chipped the ball over netminder Andre Blake before tapping it into the empty net.
Muyl gave the Red Bulls a 2-0 lead in the 57th minute when he received a crisp pass from Sacha Kljestan, took one dribble and scored. The ball must have deflected off someone because Kljestan wasn’t awarded an assist.
The Red Bulls start the conference semifinals on the road next Sunday before hosting a game at Red Bull Arena on Nov. 6.
The Union finish the season at 11-14-9 (42 points), and will travel to BMO Field for a knockout game against Toronto FC on Thursday October 26th. It’s only the second playoff berth for the Union since entering the league in 2010.
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ORLANDO CITY SC 4, D.C. UNITED 2
ORLANDO, Fla. – Kevin Molino and Cristian Higuita each had a goal and an assist as Orlando City SC defeated D.C. United 4-2 in their final game at Camping World Stadium Sunday.
Orlando City (9-11-14, 41 pts) got off to a fast start and beat D.C. goalkeeper Travis Worra just 13 minutes into the match when Molino tapped home his 11th goal of the season.
City struck again in the 21st minute when Molino found Kaká deep in the box. The Brazilian superstar dribbled at Worra and lifted an artful flick perfectly inside the far corner to make it 2-0.
D.C. (11-10-13, 34 pts) pulled one back in the 43rd minute, when Alvaro Saborio tapped in a pass from Julian Buescher.
Higuita notched his first goal of 2016 and his second in MLS in the 50th minute to make it 3-1.
Buescher notched his second assist in the 78th minute, when Kennedy Igboananike scored with a powerful left-footed finish.
Then in the 89th minute, Higuita found Júlio Baptista who powered a shot past Worra and into the back of the net.
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TORONTO FC 3, CHICAGO FIRE 2
TORONTO--Goals from Sebastian Giovinco, Justin Morrow and Jonathan Osorio gave Toronto FC a 3-2 win over the Chicago Fire at BMO Field Sunday.
Michael de Leeuw and John Goossens scored for the Fire.
Toronto FC finished the 2016 MLS regular season in third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 14-9-11 and a franchise record 53 points. They will host the Philadelphia Union in the first playoff match at BMO Field on October 26. For the second straight season, Chicago (7-17-10, 31 pts), finish at the bottom of the table.
De Leeuw put the Fire on the board first, in the 18th minute with his seventh goal of the season.
Giovinco equalized on a penalty kick just before the end of the first half, then provided a 54th minute cross for Morrow to head in for the go-ahead goal.
Toronto put the game to bed for good in the 62nd minute, when Osorio dribbled around Patrick McLain, who was making his first MLS start, and easily finished past the Fire keeper and his defenders to extend the lead to 3-1.
Goossens got the Fire a consolation goal in the 83rd minute.
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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 4, PORTLAND TIMBERS 1
VANCOUVER, BC - Giles Barnes scored two goals as the Vancouver Whitecaps FC steamrolled the Portland Timbers 4-1 in front of a crowd of 24,083 Sunday at BC Place.
Not only did the win eliminate Portland (12-14-8, 34 pts) from playoff contention - a reversal of fortune from a year ago for the 2015 MLS champs - it also helped Vancouver (10-15-9, 34 pts) overturn the five-goal difference they needed to win the Cascadia Cup.
Barnes got Whitecaps FC on the board in the 13th minute, smashing a deflected Fraser Aird cross into the top right corner. The Jamaican forward doubled Vancouver's lead in the 32nd minute, curling a right-footed strike around a defender and just inside the far post.
In the 54th minute, Pedro Morales found the top left corner with a curling right-footed blast from the top of the box. And then, just a minute later, Nicolas Mezquida ran onto a fine Christian Bolaños through ball before finishing from close range with his left foot to make it 4-0.
Diego Valeri made things interesting with a 72nd-minute penalty, moving Portland to within one goal of the Cascadia Cup .
COLORADO RAPIDS 1, HOUSTON DYNAMO 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.– The Houston Dynamo and Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Sunday.
The result gave the Dynamo a 7-14-13 record with 34 points, last in the MLS West. Colorado finishes at 15-6-13, 58 pts, second best in the Conference, giving them a first round playoff bye.
The Dynamo struck first in the 20th minute when Mauro Manotas took a chip from Alex Lima, turned and fired a quick shot that surprised Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard. Howard parried Manotas’ shot, but Andrew Wenger was there to easily tap the loose ball into an empty net.
The Dynamo nearly doubled their lead in the 67th minute after a breakaway by Lima, Wenger and Manotas came tantalizingly close to producing a goal before Manotas missed his shot wide. However, Colorado took the ensuing goal kick and quickly covered the length of the field, and Shkelzen Gashi buried a cross from Marlon Hairston moments later to level the match.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi each scored as Sporting Kansas City shutout the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 at Children's Mercy Park Sunday, earning a spot in the MLS Playoffs.
No. 5 seed Sporting Kansas City (13-13-8, 47 points) will travel to face No. 4 seed Seattle Sounders FC (14-14-6, 48 points) in Thursday's Western Conference knockout round at CenturyLink Field
The Quakes finished the season with an 8-12-14 record.
Feilhaber gave Sporting a 1-0 lead from the penalty spot in the 27th minute after Cordell Cato was called for a handball inside the box.
Zusi doubled Kansas City's advantage in the 88th minute, finishing off a fast break with a shot to the top corner of the net.
FC DALLAS 0, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
CARSON, Calif.---FC Dallas and the Los Angeles Galaxy played to a scoreless draw at the StubHub Center on Sunday.
The draw was enough to give FC Dallas (17-8-9, 60 points) the Supporter's Shield along with top seed in the MLS Playoffs. It was their second major title of the year after winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
LA Galaxy (12-6-16, 52 points) will enter the Playoffs as the No. 3 seed in the MLS Western Conference. They will host the No. 6 seed Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Knockout Round at StubHub Center on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT live on UniMás.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS 2, REAL SALT LAKE 1
SEATTLE – Real Salt Lake clinched its eighth playoff berth in the last nine seasons on Sunday afternoon, despite a 2-1 defeat to Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field in the regular season finale.
Real Salt Lake finished the regular season with a 12-12-10 (46 points), good for sixth in the Western Conference. RSL will travel to California to face the LA Galaxy (12-6-16, 52 points) in the Knockout Round on Wednesday. Seattle secured fourth place in the Western Conference, setting the stage for a Knockout Round clash with Sporting Kansas City on Thursday, October 27.
RSL fell behind early, but Luke Mulholland scored his fourth goal of the season to pull the match even. Seattle found the eventual game-winner before halftime and both teams played out the final 45 minutes knowing that they had virtually assured playoff spots as the Portland Timbers were drubbed by Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4-1.
Alvaro Fernandez scored in the third minute to give the Sounders the lead. Tyrone Mears was played up the right side and he whipped a ball into the box. Jordan Morris backheeled the ball through for Fernandez, who touched it in at the far post for the 1-0 advantage.
RSL was quick to respond, though, and Mulholland pulled it level with his fourth goal of the season.
Seattle reclaimed the lead in the 31st minute when Cristian Roldan pounced on the rebound following a corner kick and put it into the net with a first-time shot .