MLS got the games in over the July 4th holiday, starting with Houston and LAFC drawing 2-2 on Tuesday at BBVA Compass Stadium. Latif Blessing scored for LAFC in the 5th minute with Mark-Anthony Kaye doubling the lead in the 72nd. Adama Diomande assisted on both goals. The Dynamo staged a stoppage time comeback with Mauro Manotas scoring four minutes into stoppage time and Philippe Senderos scoring two minutes later.
"We didn’t win, unfortunately, but we got something," Senderos said. "That shows character; it shows that the team never gives up. We trained hard this week coming out after this loss, and we knew that we had to get things right. Even at halftime when we were 0-1, we didn’t panic, we continued, and even after their second goal we didn’t panic, we continued attacking, and we got the goals late on."
On Wednesday, Minnesota beat Toronto 4-3 at home. Darwin Quintero put United up in the 8th minute with Miguel Ibarra making it 2-0 in the 13th. Justin Morrow pulled a goal back in the 42nd. Ibarra assisted on Darwin Quintero's goal in the 52nd with Quintero scoring again in the 57th. Seb Giovinco scored for Toronto in the 70th with Jordan Hamilton pulling another goal back four minutes into stoppage time.
FC Dallas beat Atlanta 3-2 at home. Reto Ziegler made it 1-0 Dallas in the 22nd with Josef Martinez equalizing in the 41st. Martinez put United up in the 73rd. Tesho Akindele equalized in the 86th and scored the Dallas winner two minutes later.
"What a game to come to on July 4," Dallas defender Reggie Cannon said. "It was a great experience playing out there. It was probably the most intense game I've ever played. One of our subs ended up coming really through for us. We defended well, for those 80 minutes, but we had a couple of slip-ups. Josef Martinez, that guy is a hunter. He knows exactly where to be in the box but we put the goals away and we got win."
Seattle picked up three points on the road with a 2-1 win at Colorado. Will Bruin scored for Seattle in the 19th minute with Sam Nicholson equalizing in the 40th. Bruin scored again in the 59th.
"The message to the guys was that we have had some results here," Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said. "So I wanted to give them some belief that they could win. We gave them a game plan and they executed it."
Real Salt Lake came back to beat Sporting KC 4-2 at home. Daniel Salloi put Sporting up in the 20th minute with Jefferson Savarino equalizing in the 29th. Corey Baird put RSL up in the 37th with Sebastian Saucedo scoring a minute into stoppage time. Ike Opara pulled a goal back for Sporting in the 64th. alloi saw red in the 90th minute for violent conduct with Roger Espinoza also seeing red four minutes into stoppage time for unsporting behavior. Luis Silva scored RSL's fourth goal from the penalty spot 10 minutes into stoppage time.
“It's embarrassing," Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia said. "We really need to just kind of look within and look at us as individuals. We're not playing like a team. We're making mistakes all over the field from back to front. We need to really take a look at ourselves, unwind after this game and figure this out."
The Galaxy drew 2-2 at home with DC United. Zlatan Ibrahimovic put LA up in the 5th minute with Chris Pontius doubling the lead in the 25th. Zoltan Stieber pulled a goal back for DC in the 26th with Darren Mattocks equalizing in the 85th.
"At 2-2, you could see our guys had an understanding of what it was going to take in the last 10 minutes to get something out of this game," DC coach Ben Olsen said. "Everybody dug in and found a way to get a valuable point."
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