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MLS Rewind: Streaking Red Bulls top NYCFC again, Galaxy down Timbers, and more


The New York Red Bulls and New York City FC are two teams heading in opposite directions, and their current runs of forms continued in the latest installment of the New York Derby.

The Red Bulls pushed their unbeaten run to seven matches, including an unbeaten 2-0-1 mark against their rivals, after Sunday’s 1-0 victory over NYCFC at Red Bull Arena. Cristian Casseres Jr’s early goal held up as the winner to help the Red Bulls pull even with NYCFC on 40 points, just one point out of playoff position.

NYCFC is mired in a major slump, managing just one win in its past nine matches, and Sunday’s loss has dropped Ronny Deila’s team out of the top seven with five matches remaining.

The Vancouver Whitecaps moved to one point back of the final spot in the Western Conference playoff race, downing Sporting KC 2-1 at BC Place. First-half goals from Ryan Gauld and Russell Teibert was all the hosts needed to claim an important three points, moving just behind Minnesota United with five matches to play. SKC failed to take advantage of losses by both Seattle and Colorado, remaining in second place.

The LA Galaxy snatched three points in the final seconds against the Portland Timbers, with Sacha Kljestan playing the hero at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Greg Vanney’s side claimed an important win in their push for a playoff spot, downing the Timbers, 2-1, at home. The victory snapped a nine-match winless run for the Galaxy and also ended Portland’s four-match winning streak. Javier Hernandez opened the scoring in Carson, California before Sebastian Blanco’s equalizer gave Portland a chance at the draw. However, Kljestan came off the bench and slotted home the winning spot kick to give the Galaxy an important win.

Real Salt Lake moved up the Western Conference table by downing Rocky Mountain Cup rivals Colorado 3-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Damir Kreilach netted his 14th goal of the season while Rubio Rubin and Anderson Julio each chipped in second-half finishes to propel the hosts into fifth place. Colorado stayed in third despite the road defeat.

The Columbus Crew rebounded from a loss to the Philadelphia Union by rolling past Inter Miami, 4-0, at Field. Gyasi Zardes scored a goal in each half while Pedro Santos also scored in the first-half. An own goal from Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez summed up a disappointing evening for Phil Neville’s side. The Crew remain four points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Philadelphia Union conceded a 92nd-minute equalizer at Stade Saputo as CF Montreal fought back to claim a 2-2 draw. Kai Wagner’s 77th minute go-ahead goal looked to have given Jim Curtin’s side an important road win in Canada, but Sunusi Ibrahim’s last-gasp finish helped Wilfried Nancy’s stay in playoff position in the top seven.

Elsewhere, the Houston Dynamo toppled the shorthanded Seattle Sounders, 2-1, with Darwin Quintero delivering a Goal of the Year contender as the eventual game-winning finish.

LAFC used a brace from Cristian Arango to down the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-1, while Orlando City, Minnesota United, and Atlanta United all picked up road victories.

Here’s a closer look at this weekend’s MLS results:


Red Bulls 1, NYCFC 0

(Cristian Casseres Jr. 3′)

Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

Whitecaps 2, Sporting KC 1

(Ryan Gauld 23′, Russell Teibert 36′) – (Johnny Russell 43′)

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports


Galaxy 2, Timbers 1

(Javier Hernandez 62′, Sacha Kljestan 92′) – (Sebastian Blanco 72′)

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Real Salt Lake 3, Rapids 1

(Damir Kreilach 13′, Rubio Rubin 57′, Anderson Julio 90+6′) – (Younes Namli 73′)

Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

LAFC 3, Earthquakes 1

(Danny Musovski 3′, Cristian Arango 28′, 88′) – (Carlos Fierro 61′)

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Crew 4, Inter Miami 0

(Gyasi Zardes 39′, 65′, Pedro Santos 44′, Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez own goal 83′)

Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

CF Montreal 2, Union 2

(Matko Miljevic 33′, Sunusi Ibrahim 90+2′) – (James Pantemis own goal 63′, Kai Wagner 77′)

David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

Dynamo 2, Sounders 1

(Maxi Urruti 15′, Darwin Quintero 20′) – (Jimmy Medranda 41′)

Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

Revolution 2, Fire 2

(Wilfrid Kapotum 47′, Gustavo Bou 76′) – (Alvaro Medran 49′, Ignacio Aliseda 88′)

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Austin FC 0, Minnesota United 1

(Franco Fragapane 16′)

Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC 0, Atlanta United 2

(Luiz Araujo 45+2′, Marcelino Moreno 90+7′)

Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

FC Cincinnati 0, Orlando City 1

(Junior Urso 13′)

DC United 0, Nashville SC 0

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports



  1. That bum Zardes scored two more. Doesn’t he know he’s not supposed to be any good? I’m a Galaxy fan and they won, but still I thought it was a very poor effort even though they beat a good Timbers team. Most of the game they played slowly and seemed to lack any urgency. I just don’t think they are getting anywhere near what they should out of the players they have. The goal they gave up had to be seen to be believed and they were lucky to get the penalty at the end. It wasn’t a bad call, they were lucky that Portland committed a stupid foul in the box when they did.


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