Eight matches took place on Saturday as MLS regular season play continued.
Out of those eight matches, five were inter-conference showdowns. Saturday’s afternoon headliner came from Dallas as FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes earned a point apiece.
Also, NYCFC earned a point at Yankee Stadium against Orlando City while the Portland Timbers defeated Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field.
The Philadelphia Union earned a road point at Vancouver, the Houston Dynamo rebounded with a home win, and Sporting KC battled back for a point in a 4-4 home draw against New England.
Here’s a closer look at Saturday’s MLS action:
NYCFC 1, Orlando City 1 – FINAL
(Heber 51′) – (Nani 18′)
Both NYCFC and Orlando City split points in Saturday’s match at Yankee Stadium on Saturday.
Nani opened the scoring for Orlando City when he jumped on a clearance by Maxime Chanot in the 18th minute, putting the Lions up 1-0 early. The goal was Nani’s fifth in the last four games.
NYCFC drew even in the second half when Heber scored in the 51st minute, cleaning up an intial rebound by Maxi Morales that goalkeeper Brian Rowe pushed toward his post. Heber has two goals and an assist in the last three matches for NYCFC.
Toronto FC 1, Timbers 2 – FINAL
(Jonathan Osorio 20′) – (Bill Tuiloma 22′, Jeremy Ebobisse 70′)
The Portland Timbers made it back-to-back wins on Saturday with a 2-1 triumph at BMO Field.
Jonathan Osorio tapped in the opening goal for Toronto FC in the 20th minute, finishing on a corner kick for the Reds. Osorio finished on a chance by Eriq Zavaleta who went after the shot on the corner initially.
Portland drew even just two minutes later when Bill Tuiloma hit a perfect volley on a Timbers corner.
The Timbers took a lead after halftime thanks to Jeremy Ebobisse’s 70th minute header. The striker got on the end of Sebastian Blanco’s cross and beat Quentin Westberg to the bottom-left corner. It would end up being the winning goal as Portland next travels to Real Salt Lake on May 4th.
TFC travels to Orlando City as well next weekend.
FC Dallas 0, Earthquakes 0 – FINAL
Both teams were unable to find the back of the net in the first half, but both FC Dallas and San Jose Earthquakes created near-chances in on goal.
Reggie Cannon had a shot on goal go just wide of Daniel Vega and the net in the 39th minute, and, on the following play, San Jose nearly scored, but Cristian Espinoza’s shot was saved by Jesse Gonzalez. Shea Salinas’ second chance follow-up shot was also easily saved.
Both teams still couldn’t find the back of the net in the second half. San Jose had several chances in stoppage time to score the would-be game-winner, but couldn’t get past Gonzalez between the posts.
Whitecaps 1, Union 1 – FINAL
(Doneil Henry 41′) – (Kacper Przybylko 66′)
The Vancouver Whitecaps had a first-half lead at BC Place but had to settle for only a point against the Philadelphia Union.
Centerback Doneil Henry headed past Matt Freese in the 41st minute to put the hosts ahead 1-0.
Kacper Przybylko equalized in the 65th minute for Jim Curtin’s side, scoring past Maxime Crepeau into the bottom-left corner. It was the striker’s first goal for the club in his first start.
Both teams had some good chances to win the match but had to settle for a draw.
Atlanta United 1, Rapids 0 – FINAL
(Julian Gressel 74′)
The defending MLS Champs earned their first home win of 2019.
Atlanta United weren’t dominant, but did enough at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to down the Colorado Rapids 1-0.
Julian Gresse was in the right place to score in the 73rd minute, which put the Five Stripes past struggling Colorado.
Anthony Hudson’s men had three shots on goal but were unable to earn their first three points of the season.
Colorado hosts Vancouver next Friday while Atlanta travels to Sporting KC on Sunday.
Red Bulls 1, FC Cincinnati 0 – FINAL
(Connor Lade 38′)
The New York Red Bulls ended a five-match winless run with a slim victory in Harrison.
Connor Lade broke the stalemate with a left-footed rocket, set up with an uncontested back-heel pass from Daniel Royer. It was Lade’s first goal since 2016 and the lone goal of the match.
Both teams struggled for good looks offensively, totaling two shots on goal out of 20 in total.
The Red Bulls continue a three-match homestand on May 4th against the LA Galaxy while FC Cincinnati travels to Philadelphia midweek.
Dynamo 2, Crew 0 – FINAL
(Mauro Manotas 3′, Tomas Martinez 55′)
The Houston Dynamo rebounded with a two-goal victory over the slumping Columbus Crew at home.
Mauro Manotas gave the Dynamo an early lead at BBVA Compass Stadium. The forward’s right-footed shot in the third minute put the Dynamo ahead.
Tomas Martinez extended the hosts advantage after halftime, roofing a left-footed shot into the top-left corner.
Joe Willis made four saves to preserve the clean sheet while the Crew lost their fourth consecutive match.
Houston hosts FC Dallas in a Texas Derby next Saturday while Columbus travels to D.C. United on the same day.
Sporting KC 4, Revolution 4 – FINAL
Krisztian Nemeth 33′, 80′, Felipe Gutierrez 60′, 70′) – (Juan Caicedo 18′, 33′, Juan Agudelo 42′, DeJuan Jones 66′)
The second of Saturday’s two late matches saw eight goals scored in a 4-4 draw between Sporting KC and the New England Revolution.
Juan Caicedo’s finish in the 18th minute put Brad Friedel’s side ahead on the road.
Krisztian Nemeth equalized for SKC but Caicedo would retain the lead for the Revs just two minutes later.
After assisting on New England’s opening goal, Juan Agudelo extended the Eastern Conference club’s lead before halftime.
Brandon Bye was sent off for the Revs in the 55th minute, five minutes before Felipe Gutierrez successfully scored from the penalty spot to make it 3-2. After Carles Gil missed a penalty kick for New England, DeJuan Jones scored his first MLS goal.
Gutierrez’s second goal of the match pulled SKC to within one before Nemeth equalized for SKC to earn the hosts a point.
Jalil Anibaba was also sent off in the 89th minute, picking up a second yellow card.
The Revs remain bottom of the East while SKC are eighth in the West.