MLS played a short schedule over the weekend, with most of the league starting the Gold Cup group stage break early. On Friday night, Toronto FC and Sporting KC drew 2-2 at BMO Field. Felipe Gutierrez converted a 25th minute penalty to put Sporting KC up with Nick DeLeon equalizing in the 43rd. Gutierrez converted a second penalty in the 73rd minute with Jordan Hamilton equalizing five minutes into stoppage time.
"I'm proud of the guys fighting until the end," Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. "They had a lot of reasons to be frustrated throughout the course of the game, but they kept pushing for goals, kept pushing for answers. Goals change games. The first call was disgraceful, that changes the game because we had control of the momentum. We were attacking their goal, had them on the ropes and yeah nothing more to say. Thank the fans."
Saturday's schedule started in San Jose with the Earthquakes and FC Dallas drawing 2-2. FC Dallas took the lead through a 27th minute own-goal. Chris Wondolowski equalized in the 46th with Magnus Eriksson putting the Quakes up in the 54th. Francis Atuahene equalized for Dallas in the 65th minute.
"We have a very positive attitude in this locker room," Wondolowski said. "We knew that we had to come in and regroup, go out there, and execute our game plan. In the first-half, we weren't as sharp as we normally are, especially in the offensive third we were a little bit off. It was good to see that in the second-half we were clicking a little bit better."
Philadelphia beat New York 3-2 at Red Bull Arena. Alejandro Romero put the Red Bulls up in the 29th minute with Brian White doubling the lead in the 42nd. Jamiro Monteiro pulled a goal back for the Union in the 60th minute. Ilsinho assisted on that goal and equalized a minute later. It was Ilsinho scoring Philadelphia's winner in the 72nd minute.
"The team overall continues to amaze me," Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin said. "When you get into the half at 2-0 it could be a 'here we go again' moment where a team can bunker in and just kind of hang on. We can get frustrated or we can push in the way that we did. I thought that the game, credit to Red Bull, was at the intensity of a playoff game. They play at an intensity level that quite frankly we haven't played against this year."
Week 15 ended at Dick's Sporting Goods Park with the Rapids shutting out Minnesota United 1-0. Kei Kamara scored the game's only goal in the 29th minute with Tim Howard keeping the clean sheet with two saves.
"Extremely proud of the group tonight," interim coach Conor Casey said. "Great effort, great team defensive effort. It was the ugliest win we’ve probably had in a while and at the same time prettiest win too. The mentality to really just hang in there as a group together, defend, and just the collective effort, I’m extremely proud of and impressed with tonight."
MLS teams are in action midweek for the US Open Cup. Those games are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
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