Week 15 of the 2018 MLS season started on Friday with Toronto shutting out Philadelphia 2-0 on the road. Jonathan Osorio opened the scoring in the 19th minute and doubled the lead in the 79th. Alex Bono needed four saves for the clean sheet.
On Saturday, NYCFC and Atlanta United finished 1-1 at Yankee Stadium. Josef Martinez put United up on the road in the 48th with Alexander Callens equalizing in the 77th. NYCFC put 10 shots on goal to Atlanta's 2.
“It was a hard point and unfair, it's probably the first point we've taken without deserving it," Atlanta coach Tata Martinez said. "Because I think New York was the better team in the second half, up until Josef’s goal it was pretty much even but after that New York became the better team.”
Columbus and the Red Bulls finished 1-1 in a game available nationally on ESPN. Gyasi Zardes put the Crew up at home in the 26th minute. Alex Muyl equalized for the Red Bulls in the 57th minute.
Vancouver beat Orlando City 5-2 at BC Place. Kei Kamara scored for the Whitecaps in the 36th minute. Orlando went a man down with a second yellow to Mohamed El-Munir in the 58th for unsporting behavior. Sacha Kljestan equalized for Orlando in the 64th. Alphonso Davies put Vancouver up for good in the 76th. Kamara converted a penalty in the 85th with Yordy Reyna scoring in the 87th. Nicolas Mezquida scored Vancouver's fifth in the 90th. Dom Dwyer got Orlando's second goal four minutes into stoppage time.
Dallas shutout Montreal 2-0 at Toyota Stadium. An own-goal put Dallas up in the 5th minute with Mauro Diaz converting a penalty in the 18th. Jesse Gonzalez made four saves for the clean sheet.
"We just kept playing our game," Dallas defender Matt Hedges said. "The feeling was that the game was over after 20 minutes but it wasn’t. We have to fix that for the next game."
Chicago and New England finished 1-1 at Toyota Park. Bastian Schweinsteiger scored for the Fire in the 63rd with Teal Bunbury equalizing in the 82nd.
"Let's say it this way, it was not an easy match to play," Schweinsteiger said. "They're very, very physical, you could see that after ten seconds. It's not easy to play against them. I think we did a good job of fighting against them, the effort was there. Obviously, we wanted to win, but we could not win the game so we are not 100 percent happy. We had some chances to score a second goal, but we will keep going step-by-step, trying to improve, and that's what we should do."
Things got no better for Colorado in week 15, losing 2-0 on the road to Houston. Tomas Martinez put the Dynamo up in the 30th with Mauro Martinez converting a penalty six minutes later. Colorado played the second-half a man down after a red card to Yannick Boli for violent conduct four minutes into first-half stoppage time. Joe Willis kept the clean sheet with one save.
"They were pushing. They were trying," Houston coach Wilmer Cabrera said of the Rapids. "We created a couple of options. We hit the post two or three times and then the goalkeeper, Tim Howard, is excellent in saving, but I think it was a solid performance overall."
Seattle came back to beat DC United 2-1 at home. Darren Mattocks put United up in the 53rd minute with Nicolas Loderio equalizing in the 57th. Magnus Wolff Eikrem scored Seattle's winner in the 83rd minute.
The Galaxy shutout Real Salt Lake 3-0 at Stubhub Center. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in the 61st and 67th minutes with Ola Kamara adding a goal in the 76th. David Bingham kept the clean sheet with three saves.
"I think the season starts from day one and I wasn’t here," Ibrahimovic said. "I missed one month. But it was a good day today. Let’s bring this confidence with us. We have an Open Cup game Friday. We want to win that game also and go further in the Cup so this is what you work hard for. Today was what we wanted."
Portland and Sporting KC finished 0-0 at Providence Park. Each team put four shots on goal.
"I thought we played a solid game," Sporting KC defender Graham Zusi said. "We were very, very sound defensively. We were trying to be opportunistic going forward. Got a few chances. I think we were a little unlucky not to grab a goal. For the most part I think it's a pretty fair result."
LAFC beat San Jose 4-3 at Avaya Stadium. Valeri Qazaishvili put the Quakes up in the 11th minute. Adama Diomande equalized in the 15th and Steven Beitashour put LAFC up in the 19th minute. Chris Wondolowski equalized for San Jose in the 52nd, scoring again in the 63rd. Diomande equalized for LAFC in the 90th minute. The Quakes went down a man with a red card to Kevin Partida six minutes into stoppage time for unsporting behavior. Joao Moutinho scored LAFC's winner a minute later.
"That's on us," Wondolowski said about his team's consistency. "That's on myself, being the captain of this locker room. Not getting our team prepared, that's on myself. I thought we came out well today. I still think we punish ourselves at times and put ourselves behind the eight ball."
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