Week 12 of the 2017 MLS season had a busy Wednesday schedule that started with a win for Philadelphia. The Union shutout Houston 2-0 at Talen Energy Stadium. Fabrice-Jean Picault opened the scoring in the 17th minute with Illsinho adding a goal in the 38th. Andre Blake kept the clean sheet with four saves.
"A very professional performance from the guys," Union coach Jim Curtin said. "I thought they put a lot into the game. That’s not an easy group to shut out and contain. I think Wilmer Cabrera has done a great job with that team. One of the most dangerous counter attacking teams I’ve seen in a while."
Chicago also got a shutout, beating Colorado 3-0 at home. Nemanja Nikolic scored in the 15th minute with David Accam doubling the lead in the 57th. Nikolic scored again in the 74th. Matt Lampson made four saves for the clean sheet.
"We were 100% sure who we were bringing into our locker room and in our team and you know Nemanja and his hunger for scoring goals but also in the meantime helping the team," Chicago coach Veljko Paunovic said. "That's the attitude and mentality that we want in everyone and fortunately we have everyone on the same page everyone working the same."
Another shutout, this time in Kansas City where Sporting KC beat Seattle 3-0. Gerson Fernandes had a hat-trick. Tim Melia made five saves for the clean sheet.
"I'm feeling very happy to be a part of this story," Gerso said. "It's important to get three goals and get this hat-trick, but it's most important to win as a team."
Real Salt Lake beat NYCFC 2-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. NYCFC's Sean Okoli scored in the 4th minute with Albert Rusnak equalizing in the 38th. Rusnak assisted on Aaron Maund's winner in the 51st minute.
"I want to congratulate Nick Rimando for becoming the all-time saves leader tonight," RSL coach Mike Petke said. "I believe it was the last category that he didn’t dominate, so we’re very excited and proud of him."
Wednesday's schedule concluded with San Jose and Orlando drawing 1-1 at Avaya Stadium. Carlos Rivas scored for City in the 80th minute with Chris Wondolowski equalizing three minutes later.
"We don't want to rely on late goals," Wondolowski said. "When we get off to a good start and find a goal early, we tend to play with a little bit better and more confident and dictate the game a little bit better. We find it a lot better than chasing the game, so we have to make sure we do that."