It was a busy Saturday for MLS in the weekend before the international break. 20 of the league's 22 teams were in action. It was also a busy day for referees across the league, with several red cards.
Atlanta United continued their scoring streak in MLS, shutting out Chicago 4-0 in front of almost 46,000 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. An own-goal opened the scoring in the 4th minute. Chicago went a man down in the 11th when Johan Kappelhof denied an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Josef Martinez doubled Atlanta's lead in the 60th. Hector Villalba made it 3-0 in the 67th with Martinez scoring again in the 82nd. Alec Kann kept the clean sheet with three saves.
"It's tough when you don't get a result," Chicago's Juninho said. "It's hard to say something, but we had a system to start, we tried to score on the counter but their team was better today. We lost a guy in the beginning of the game and it made everything complicated. But you have to move on, you have to adjust on what we did bad in this game and move on to the next one."
At Yankee Stadium, NYCFC and Montreal drew 1-1. Rodney Wallace scored for NYCFC in the 44th minute with Dominic Oduro equalizing in the 68th.
Toronto shutout Vancouver 2-0 at BC Place. The Whitecaps went a man down in the 70th minute with a second yellow to Brek Shea for dissent. Victor Vazquez scored in the 76th minute with Jozy Altidore assisting. Altidore scored four minutes later.
"It’s a very good win," Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley said. "We feel good about the first three games, and first of all being unbeaten. The beginning of the year is always tough. You hear a lot of guys from different teams around the league say that, but it’s true. Playing on different days and different environments, where it’s not always easy going. Today we played against a good team, a team that is dangerous in transition. It’s never easy coming here. I thought we handled the game in a really good way, and we walk away with three deserved points."
Penalties were the story at RFK Stadium in the Crew's 2-0 shutout of DC. Federico Higuain converted in the 38th with Ola Kamara doing the honors in the 66th.
Orlando City beat Philadelphia 2-1 at home. Cyle Larin put Orlando up in the 39th minute with CJ Sapong equalizing in the 52nd. Larin scored Orlando's winner in the 73rd minute.
FC Dallas beat New England 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. Lee Nguyen converted a 10th minute penalty to put the Revs up. Maxi Urruti equalized in the 71st and scored the winner in the 77th.
"I’m very happy with both goals," Urruti said. "I really wanted to score and I did. It was the most important thing I could contribute for the team. This win was the most important and difficult three points. But it wasn’t just me, it was also my teammates. I like that we are well adapted and we know what we want. We’re very united. It’s very important in order to get what you want. Being in this club and in this group, it’s evident that if you’re going to play you have to give it 100 percent and that was reflected today on the field."
It was the same score in Kansas City with Sporting beating San Jose 2-1. Benny Feilhaber put Sporting up in the 37th with an own-goal doubling the lead in the 89th. Florian Jungwirth ruined Tim Melia's shutout attempt with a goal a minute into stoppage time.
Colorado and Minnesota finished 2-2 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Dominique Badji put the Rapids up in the 17th minute with Kevin Molino equalizing from the penalty spot in the 50th. The two teams traded goals a minute apart with Christian Ramirez scoring for United in the 58th and Marlon Hairston equalizing in the 59th. Minnesota finished a man down with a red card to Justin Davis in the 70th minute for a serious foul.
"I think we started bright and we were really threatening with good forward play," Colorado coach Pablo Mastroeni said. "The start of the second was almost waiting for something to happen. It was going to be a tough match, Minnesota was playing for something greater than three points. Having said that, I think we did enough in this game to find ways to lock it up. The positive is that the guys rallied and found a way to get back in."
The Galaxy picked up three points on the road, beating Real Salt Lake 2-1. Yura Movsisyan gave RSL the lead in the 18th minute, but a second yellow to Kyle Beckerman for unsporting behavior left them a man down just before halftime. LA equalized from a David Ramsey goal in the 69th. Emmanuel Boateng scored the Galaxy's winner in the 74th minute.
Portland dominated the second-half in a 4-2 home win over Houston. The two teams traded penalties with Diego Valeri converting for Portland in the 11th and Erick Torres equalizing in the 38th. Romell Quito scored for Houston in first-half stoppage time. Valeri equalized for Houston in the 58th. David Guzman put the Timbers up for good in the 66th with Fanendo Adi extending the lead in the 88th.
"We’re trying to win games in a [certain] way," Valeri said. "This way. We’re fighting for that, and we’re working for that. That made me happy because we want to dominate games with the ball and putting pressure [on the opposing team]. I’m really happy about the way we won."
Seattle ended the Red Bulls' undefeated streak, winning 3-1 at CenturyLink Field. Clint Dempsey converted a penalty in the 28th minute with Bradley Wright-Phillips equalizing in the 57th. Jordan Morris scored for Seattle in the 66th with Harry Shipp adding a goal in the 79th.