We start the MLS roundup with Vancouver ending Portland's home undefeated streak with a 2-1 win at Providence Park. Sporting KC went up in the 14th minute through Kei Kamara, with Cristian Techera scoring in the 43rd. Diego Valeri converted a Portland penalty in the 71st minute.
"Of course you don’t want to lose," Portland coach Gio Savarese said. "You want to win every match, especially at home. But also you have to know that at some time, or some moment, a defeat is going to come. I think the most important part is how we react to this defeat. That will make the character of the team that we are.
Week 24 of the 2018 MLS season began with Columbus shutting out Houston 1-0 at home. Gyasi Zardes scored the game's only goal a minute into stoppage time. Zack Steffen kept the clean sheet with five saves.
Philadelphia beat New England 3-2 on the road. Jack Elliott scored for the Union in the 14th and 24th minutes. Andrew Farrell pulled a goal back for New England in the 46th with Wilfried Zahibo equalizing in the 64th. Fabrice-Jean Picault converted a 76th minute penalty for the Philadelphia win.
"Set piece marking is a mentality. We work," Revs coach Brad Friedel said. "Anyone who comes to our trainings would know that we work on it all the time and when you get fans in the seats and you’re on TV and it’s a little bit of pressure on, you have to see who’s willing to head the ball away, who’s willing to block runners. It’s as simple as that. It’s the ugly side of the game. It’s the side of the game, that not one fan will remember unless you miss your assignment. Nobody will ever go home in the car, and say, ‘Hey, I thought so and so was really good at defending set pieces.'"
The Red Bulls won 1-0 on the road at Chicago. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored in the 55th minute with Luis Robles making one save for the shutout.
Colorado beat San Jose 1-0 at home. Tommy Smith put the Rapids up in the 24th minute with Magnus Eriksson equalizing from the penalty spot in the 58th. San Jose went a man down in the 88th with a red card to Shea Salinas for violent conduct. Bismark Boateng scored Colorado's winner three minutes into stoppage time.
"We’ve been playing better football, our stats are up, our passing stats are like .500 and we’re dominating possession and percentage-wise," Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "That’s helpful, pretty good at home. I think you see late in the season, or in my experience, that teams come and sit back because they’re a bit laggy as the season runs on and the altitude hits them too hard, I think it’s a good opportunity for us to kind of show our football and skills and I thought we could have had more goals tonight."
Real Salt Lake and Montreal drew 1-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. Joao Plata put RSL up from the penalty spot in the 26th minute with Jukka Raitala equalizing in the 55th.
"It’s a little frustrating," RSL coach Mike Petke said. "Teams, to their credit, come in a do a good job of getting behind the ball and looking to counter-attack. Tonight we had numerous opportunities to put them away and we just couldn’t find that one. A point is a point, it might feel like two dropped points, but a point is a point. We look forward now to two very tough games on the road."
Sporting KC shutout LAFC 2-0 at Banc of California Stadium. Gerso Fernandes scored for Sporting in the 17th minute with Ilie Sanchez doubling the lead in the 66th. Tim Melia made five saves to keep the clean sheet.
"This league is really tough and at the end of the day you just want to get your points wherever you can get them," Sporting coach Peter Vermes said. "We knew this was going to be a tough match, they’ve performed very well here at home. It’s a great environment, beautiful stadium and it was a pleasure for us to be able to come in here and play."
The LA Galaxy and Minnesota United drew 2-2 at StubHub Center. Romain Alessandrini put the Galaxy up in the 7th minute. Michael Boxall equalized in the 64th with Sebastian Lletget returning the Galaxy lead in the 73rd. Romario Ibarra leveled the score in the 84th. Minnesota finished a man down with Francisco Calvo picking up a second yellow for time wasting.
On Sunday, NYCFC beat Toronto 3-2 at BMO Field. Toronto went a man down in the 11th minute with a red card to Jozy Altidore. David Villa put NYCFC up in the 15th with Seb Giovinco equalizing in the 27th. Villa assisted on Ismael Tajouri-Shradi's goal in the 36th with Victor Vasquez equalizing for Toronto in the 51st. Tajouri-Shradi scored NYCFC's winner in the 88th minute.
DC United left it late to beat Orlando City 3-2 at Audi Field. Luciano Acosta scored for DC four minutes into first-half stoppage time with an own-goal leveling the score in the 50th. Orlando went a man down in the 55th with a straight red card to Cristian Higuita for violent conduct. Acosta scored again in the 64th with Dom Dwyer equalizing in the 71st. Acosta scored DC's winner six minutes into stoppage time, capitalizing on a sequence where Wayne Rooney stole the ball in Orlando's half and sent in a long pass to setup the game winner.
"Thankfully their guy took a touch and I played the ball in the channel and he got his hat trick," Rooney said. "Bit of a long wait to see if it was onside or not but delighted to have it go in.”
Week 24 ended in Seattle with the Sounders beating FC Dallas 2-1. Chad Marshall scored for Seattle in the 41st with Dominique Badji equalizing in the 52nd. After assisting on Marshall's goal, Nicolas Lodeiro scored the game winner in the 63rd minute. Dallas finished a man down with a red card to Reto Ziegler for violent conduct three minutes into stoppage time.
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