November 6, 2016
Canadian teams KO New Yorkers; Rapids, Sounders advance
FC DALLAS 2, SEATTLE SOUNDERS 1
FRISCO, Texas -- FC Dallas went all out in attack in producing a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders at Toyota Stadium Sunday night. But FC Dallas, attempting to rally from a three-goal first-leg deficit, fell short, falling, 4-2 on aggregate, despite headers from Tesho Akindele in the 25th minute and Maxi Urruti in the 56th minute.
The Sounders, who will meet the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference finals, weathered a first-half storm, barely missing a chance as Jordan Morris went wide at the back post off a Nelson Haedo Valdez pass off a turnover. Then, Tyrone Mears capitalized on a Walker Zimmerman turnover, sending a low cross for Nicolas Lodeiro to finish in the 54th minute. The Sounders protected the lead as left back Oneil Fisher, who replaced Morris after halftime, cleared a shot off the line, and Joevin Jones moved into the attack.
TORONTO FC 5, NEW YORK CITY FC 0
BRONX, N.Y. -- Sebastian Giovinco’s hat trick helped Toronto FC set an MLS playoff record for aggregate margin of victory, capped by a 5-0 win over New York City FC at Yankee Stadium Sunday night.
Toronto won the series, 7-0, breaking the 5-0 record set by the Los Angeles Galaxy against Real Salt Lake in 2014, and will open the Eastern Conference finals at Montreal Nov. 22.
The high pressing tactics of Toronto paid off early as Giovinco scored off a Jozy Altidore feed in the seventh minute. In the 13th minute, Giovinco was taken down by Frederic Brillant, converting the penalty kick for a 2-0 lead. Altidore then sent a half volley in in the 30th minute for a 3-0 halftime lead.
Jonathan Osorio scored off a Will Johnson layoff in the 50th minute, and Giovinco added his third goal in stoppage time for the fourth hat trick in MLS playoff history.
MONTREAL IMPACT 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 1
HARRISON, N.J. -- Ignacio Piatti scored twice and Evan Bush saved a Sacha Kljestan penalty kick as the Montreal Impact took a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena Sunday.
The Impact won the aggregate series, 3-1, taking a 1-0 victory on a Matteo Mancosu goal in the first leg.
In the 20th minute, Bush took down Gonzalo Veron in the penalty area, but then dove right to stop Kljestan’s attempt.
In the 51st minute, Piatti slipped around Chris Duvall and sent a blast that deflected off Luis Robles.
MLS leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips cut the deficit with a goal that deflected off Laurent Ciman past Bush in the 78th minute. In the 85th minute, Piatti scored again, this time set up by Didier Drogba, who had replaced Mancosu, making his first appearance since Sept. 28.
The Red Bulls, who have won the Eastern Conference regular-season title three of the last four years, were playing without injured left back Kemar Lawrence, and lost Kljestan for about 10 minutes of play with a bloody nose.
COLORADO RAPIDS 1, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- Shkelzen Gashi’s swerving 40-yarder and two Tim Howard saves in a penalty kick shootout helped the Colorado Rapids eliminated the Los Angeles Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Sunday.
Gashi’s 36th-minute finish off the inside of the left post evened the aggregate score, 1-1. In penalty kicks, the first three Rapids players converted. The Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard scored, then Giovani Dos Santos missed high and Howard saved on Ashley Cole, leaving Jeff Larentowicz in a must-score situation, Howard diving right to stop the attempt.