Jozy Altidore had no issues in adding to the Toronto offense in week 27 of the 2017 MLS season. Toronto shutout San Jose 4-0 at home. Victor Vasquez opened the scoring in the 26th minute, assisting on Altidore's goal in the 48th. Altidore scored again in the 64th. Jonathan Osorio finished off the goals two minutes later with Alex Bono making three saves for the clean sheet. With the win, Toronto clinched a playoff spot.
"The starting point is the mentality, just the willingness every week to step on the field, to compete, to continue to improve and to enjoy all of that," Toronto midfielder Michael Bradley said. "I think we feel good about where we are, what we’ve done, but there isn’t one person who is satisfied. When those are your starting points it means that the work everyday is to grow to improve and that part is fun."
Chicago and the Red Bulls drew 1-1 at Toyota Park. Bradley Wright-Phillips put New York up in the 7th minute with Nemanja Nikolic equalizing in the 66th.
"We played tough," Chicago forward Michael de Leeuw said. "It was a difficult game because it's a good team and they were pushing in the first half. We didn't concede, we conceded one goal and from there we created chances, we scored our goal. We knew it was going to be a tough game, but we knew also that we couldn't lose this game, because with the game left for them they could have jumped over us. For us, it's a great point and I think that we're the winners today."
Portland won on the road, shutting out NYCFC 1-0 at Yankee Stadium. Diego Valeri scored in the 44th with Jeff Attinella making three saves for the clean sheet.
"It was a great game," Portland coach Caleb Porter said. "Two good teams, who want to play the right way. Both teams want to build out of the back. Both teams looking to press. Both teams looking to attack. I thought it was a great showcase for the league with the way that both teams played."
Orlando City beat DC United 2-1 at RFK Stadium with Orlando finishing with nine men. Cyle Larin put Orlando up in the 19th with Giles Barnes doubling the lead in the 28th. Orlando's Servando Carrasco saw a second yellow in the 79th minute for unsporting behavior. DC's Kofi Opare pulled a goal back in the 89th. Orlando's Seb Hines saw red five minutes into stoppage time for violent conduct.
"The guys kept fighting, which is all you can ask," DC defender Steve Birnbaum said. "It’s tough giving up two goals like that at the beginning of the game. They had a strategy and it worked out for them in the beginning and I think we kind of figured it out as the game went on, but I’m proud of the guys for the way they fought. There were great chances out there and we just didn’t get it done."
New England shutout Montreal 1-0 at home. Lee Nguyen scored in the 68th minute with Cody Cropper making two saves for the clean sheet.
“I thought it was a very good tactical match," New England coach Jay Heaps said. "They obviously came out in that 3-5- 2 and that was a little different, something they haven’t played a ton of, so we had to adjust. I thought we did a really good job adjusting, giving up space when we could."
Minnesota came back to draw 1-1 at home with Philadelphia. CJ Sapong put the Union up in the 5th with Ethan Finlay equalizing in the 40th.
Colorado got a stoppage time goal to beat Houston 1-0 on the road. Dominique Badji scored three minutes into stoppage time with Tim Howard making three saves for the clean sheet.
Vancouver beat Real Salt Lake 3-2 at BC Place. Cristian Techera put the Whitecaps up in the 29th minute with Chris Wingert equalizing in the 37th. Kendall Watson scored for Vancouver in the 52nd with Yordy Reyna doubling the lead in the 64th. Tony Beltran pulled a goal back for RSL in the 83rd.
"Set pieces, you’ve got to be man for man, and I don’t know, they’re really focused on it, and they’re big obviously, aggressive, and that benefits them on these set pieces," RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando said.
Columbus came back to draw 1-1 at home with Sporting KC. Cristian Lobato put Sporting up in the 19th minute with Ola Kamara equalizing a minute into first-half stoppage time.
Atlanta United shutout Dallas 3-0 to open Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez opened the scoring in the 14th minute with Josef Martinez doubling the lead in the 46th. Greg Garza finished off the goals in the 68th. Brad Guzan made two saves for the clean sheet.
"The stadium is so impressive that it’s tough not to talk about what the stadium represents but I have to talk about how the team played," Atlanta coach Tata Martinez said. "With everything that we have coming and the eight games in 23 days, I think the most important is the performance against an opponent that generally we were better than but in some situations, they put us through tough moments.”
Week 27 finished at CenturyLink Field with Seattle and LA drawing 1-1. Gyasi Zardes put the Galaxy up in the 25th with Lamar Neagle equalizing in the 85th. Seattle finished a man down with an 89th minute red card to Roman Torres for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. Jordan Morris subbed out for Seattle in the 61st minute with a hamstring injury.