Week 21 of the 2017 MLS season started with Atlanta and Orlando drawing 1-1 on national television. Kaka opened the scoring for Orlando in the 40th minute on the road. Hector Villalba equalized two minutes into stoppage time. Dom Dwyer started for Orlando in his first game since the move from Sporting KC.
"One way to look at it is we scored a goal in extra time," Atlanta coach Tata Martino said. "So, in that sense, it feels good but on the other hand, I think we controlled the game and we had all of the development in the game so, in that sense, it is like a loss."
New England shutout Philadelphia 3-0 at Gillette Stadium. Kei Kamara scored in the 38th and 85th minute. Juan Agudelo finished off the goals in the 89th. Cody Cropper made four saves to keep the clean sheet.
New York shutout Montreal 4-0 at home. Daniel Royer put the Red Bulls up from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute. Michael Murillo made it 2-0 in the 58th. Bradley Wright-Phillips added a goal in the 85th with Royer scoring again four minutes later. Luis Robles needed tow saves for the clean sheet.
It was 4-0 at Toyota Stadium with FC Dallas on the wrong end against Vancouver. Bernie Ibini-Isei opened the scoring for the Whitecaps in the 18th with Fredy Montero converting a penalty in the 49th. Dallas's Carlos Gruezo saw red in the 59th minute for violent conduct. Montero scored again in the 67th with Nicolas Mezquida adding a goal in the 83rd. Jesse Gonzalez made two saves for the clean sheet.
"I want to congratulate Carl Robinson and Vancouver," Dallas coach Oscar Pareja said. "They planned the game very well tonight. It was difficult for us to break them down. Things didn’t bounce our way today and we have to accept it. I’m not going to toss this responsibility to anyone. I could, probably, but I am not going to do that. I think I have to look inside first and say ‘today, we got beat in many ways.’ I have to respect that as part of the game. Vancouver deserves the points today."
Houston and Portland drew 2-2 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Diego Valeri put the Timbers up on the road in the 13th minute with Mauro Manotas equalizing in the 37th. Valeri assisted on Sebastian Blanco's goal in the 43rd. Juan Cabezas equalized for Houston in the 81st minute.
Sporting KC beat Chicago 3-2 at home. Daniel Salloi put Sporting up in the 23rd minute with an own goal levelling the score in the 28th. Benny Feilhaber returned KC's lead a minute into stoppage time. Latif Blessing made it 3-1 Sporting in the 51st. David Accam pulled a goal back in the 78th minute.
"Offensively, that was some of the best soccer we've played all season," KC's Matt Besler said. "Our team's ability to make the right pass and to be creative in the final third, I think you guys saw that the movement was there and the decisions were there. There have been many games where we have had trouble breaking down the team and tonight wasn't one of them. That's definitely a very big positive from this game."
Another 4-0 result, this time in Minnesota with the home team beating DC 4-0. Christian Ramirez put Minnesota up in the 7th minute with Abu Danladi scoring in the 40th. Kevin Molino assisted on both goals. An own goal made it 3-0 in the 58th with Miguel Ibarra scoring Minnesota's fourth a minute into stoppage time. Bobby Shuttleworth made five saves to keep the clean sheet.
“It was a tough night," DC coach Ben Olsen said. "We weren't good enough all around the field tonight.”
Real Salt Lake and Columbus finished 2-2 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Ola Kamara put the Crew up in the 15th minute with Joao Plata equalizing from the penalty spot in the 50th. Jefferson Savarino scored for RSL three minutes later. Kamara equalized for Columbus in the 60th minute.
"We are unhappy with the first half, we knew they were going to do that," RSL assistant Freddy Juarez said. "They have been doing that for the last two games I think they have been 1-0 wins and actually a third with the high-track game. We knew the shape they were going to have, we are not happy with our energy level the first half, it wasn’t good enough."
San Jose shutout Colorado 1-0 on a 59th minute Nick Lima goal. David Bimgham kept the clean sheet with two saves.
"It's a huge win for us," San Jose midfielder Shea Salinas said. "It would've been nice to put a couple more goals there away in the second half, but three points is three points and we needed it, especially looking at the standings. Right now we like where we're at with a home game next week and get three more points there and we'll keep moving up."
LA and Seattle finished scoreless at StubHub in Sigi Schmid's return as coach of LA against his former team. The Galaxy's Jelle Van Damme saw red in the 86th minute with a second yellow for unsporting behavior. Jermaine Jones started for the Galaxy.
Week 21 ended with Toronto shutting out NYCFC 4-0 at BMO Field. Seb Giovinco scored in the 32nd and 67th minutes. Jozy Altidore added a goal from the penalty spot in the 75th. Giovinco assisted on Raheem Edwards's goal in the 82nd minute.
"I thought that it was a good afternoon for us," Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley said. "By large, the way that we played, the bar tilted in our favor. They have guys that can punish you if you don’t take care if every little play. Again we feel good about going into it, feel good about the result, we have to keep going. There is still 12 games left, a lot of points on the board still. We are not satisfied with anything yet, we have to keep pushing."