After a short schedule in week 15 due to the international break, all 22 MLS teams played over the weekend. Most of the schedule was on Saturday, with 20 MLS teams in action. The American MLS teams also played during the week in the US Open Cup, causing squad rotation issues.
NYCFC beat the Seattle Sounders 2-1 at Yankee Stadium. Cristian Roldan put Seattle up in the 40th minute. David Villa equalized from the penalty spot in the 52nd, scoring again in the 77th.
Atlanta United beat Columbus 3-1 at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Hector Villalba scored for United in the 16th minute with Federico Higuain equalizing in the 26th. Miguel Almiron put Atlanta up for good in the 67th with Josef Martinez adding a goal in the 88th.
“I think when you’re talking about a team, attacking or defending, it depends on the whole team, and not just a group of a few players," Atlanta coach Tata Martinez said. "I think sometimes its important for us to press, because when we press, it helps us defend, but at other times I think we need to fall back because sometimes when you do press so hard, it puts our defenders in tough spots as well."
Chicago won on the road, beating New England 2-1. Nemanja Nikolic scored for the Fire in the 18th with Luis Solignac doubling the lead in the 61st. Antonio Delamea pulled a goal back for the Revs in the 70th minute.
Orlando City and Montreal drew 3-3. Matias Perez Garcia put Orlando up at home in the 8th minute with Blerim Dzemaili equalizing in the 16th. Carlos Rivas put Orlando up again in the 23rd. Ignacio Piatto equalized for the Impact in thee 58th and put them up a goal a minute later. This time it was Orlando City's turn to equalize with Jonathan Spector scoring four minutes into stoppage time.
Toronto shutout DC United 2-0 at BMO Field. Jozy Altidore scored in the 60th minute and Jordan Hamilton doubled the lead in the 85th. Seb Giovinco assisted on both goals. Alexander Bono made two saves for the clean sheet.
I feel good. We performed well," Altidore said. "I thought we were the better team throughout the whole game. So, it’s not surprising coming out with three points."
San Jose and Sporting finished scoreless at Avaya Stadium. Both goalkeepers made three saves.
"It was awesome," San Jose midfielder Jackson Yueill said after his first game in MLS. I've been waiting for it for a while, so it was cool stepping out on the field against a top team like that. Getting a point is really good for us. I'm excited about that and will keep moving on."
Colorado beat Portland 2-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Sebastian Blanco put Portland up in the 18th minute. Dominique Badji equalized in the 51st with Alan Gordon scoring in the 89th.
Real Salt Lake shutout Minnesota 1-0 at home. Yura Movsisyan scored in the 84th minute with Nick Rimando making one save for the clean sheet.
"I felt there was a great deal of calls tonight that weren’t made or called against us when they shouldn’t have been and I thought that was one more. But we got the goal in," RSL coach Mike Petke said, referring to the pause in play before the game's only goal.
Dallas and Vancouver drew 1-1 at BC Place. Maxi Urruti put Dallas up in the 52nd with Cristian Techera equalizing in the 74th.
"We don’t mean to go a goal down. That happens," Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson said. "I think the first half was pedestrian. Second half, first 15 minutes, I thought we played very well. We played on the front foot. One little error and Maxi scores a very good goal. Then you’re chasing a little bit, but great response. We wanted to try to nick a winner in the end. Dallas, credit to them as well, they were trying to nick a winner. There were chances at both ends, so I think it was a fair result.”
LA and Houston finished 2-2 at StubHub Center. Mauro Manotas scored for the Dynamo in the 22nd minute with Emmanuel Boateng equalizing in the 35th. Alberth Elis put Houston up in the 74th with Romain Alessandrini equalizing four minutes into stoppage time.
Week 16 ended in Chester with Philadelphia losing 2-0 to the Red Bulls. Philadelphia went a man down in the 53rd with a red card to Derrick Jones for violent conduct. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored for New York in the 87th, scoring again two minutes into stoppage time.