In the last weekend before MLS breaks for the Gold Cup group stage all 24 teams were in action. The games started on Friday with Vancouver and Toronto drawing 1-1 in BC Place. Fredy Montero converted an 84th minute penalty for the Whitecaps with Nick DeLeon equalizing in the 90th.
"To be honest, I think we deserved it," Toronto's Jozy Altidore said. "For most of the game, we controlled most of the play. Fair play to them, they punished us that one time we lost the ball in a difficult spot but I think we deserved three points but we’ll take one. We’ve been in a rut and it’s a positive result at the moment."
On Saturday, Orlando shutout Montreal 3-0 at Stade Saputo. Nano converted a 27th minute penalty with Tesho Akendele doubling the lead in the 36th. Will Johnson finished off the Orlando goals in the 42nd minute. City goalkeeper Brian Rowe made one save to keep the clean sheet.
Atlanta United shutout Chicago 2-0 at home. Josef Martinez scored in the 12th and 43rd minutes. Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan made three saves.
"Credit to the guys in front of me," Guzan said. "Again, it was a good performance. Actually winning games that we’ve had, the few rest days that we’ve had, to put together the performance that we did tonight. We knew it was going to be a hard game,and it certainly was, but to come away with three points was huge."
New York shutout Real Salt Lake 4-0 at Red Bull Arena. An own-goal opened the scoring in the 58th minute with Daniel Royer making it 2-0 a minute later. Michael Murillo scored in the 64th with Omir Fernandez finishing off the New York goals in the 83rd. Luis Robles kept the clean sheet with three saves.
Columbus and NYCFC drew 2-2 at MAPFRE Stadium. The Crew's Gyasi Zardes converted a 28th minute penalty with Herber equalizing in the 57th. Pedro Santos put Columbus up again in the 61st with Valentin Castellanos equalizing in the 76th minute.
DC and San Jose drew 1-1 at Audi Field. Chris Wondolowski scored for the Earthquakes in the 37th minute with Luciano Acosta equalizing in the 67th.
"I think it was a great game, played well by both teams," San Jose coach Matias Almeyda said. "In the first half we controlled a lot of the possession. We surprised our opponents. We had 17 shots and finished the half up 1-0. The second half was a bit more balanced and they scored on a very unlucky rebound were our opponents showed their skill. It was a great match, a great spectacle."
Colorado beat FC Cincinnati 3-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Andre Shinyashiki put the Rapids up in the 43rd with Kekuta Manneh equalizing in the 72nd. Nicolas Mezquida put the Rapids up for good in the 73rd with Diego Rubio scoring in the 82nd minute.
"Frustrating game," FC Cincinnati interim coach Yoann Damet said. "We spoke this week about the urgency and spoke about the urgency of implementing our style of play of having better content in the games of coming together. I think the urgency is also to be more clinical, we traded a couple of chances tonight, unfortunately we didn’t get rewarded. In the first half we were not clinical enough in our box and around our box, and we conceded some goals. It’s frustrating but again we have to move on and keep working."
Houston and Sporting drew 1-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Yohan Croizet scored for Kansas City in the 63rd with Alberth Elis equalizing in the 69th minute.
"We talked yesterday about a specific plan that we wanted to put in," Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said. "I thought the executed it better than I expected, to be honest with you. So many things, with the lack of rest, with the short turnaround in games and all that, for us to be able to come in here and really more than likely deserve the three points, that was big for us. We played very well, so I’m very proud of the guys, from their organization to their execution on what we talked about doing."
FC Dallas beat Seattle 2-1. Dallas went up from a 33rd minute own-goal and got a second own-goal in the 38th. Raul Ruidiaz pulled a goal back in the 65th minute.
LAFC beat Portland 3-2 as the Timbers reopened Providence Park with their first home game of the season. Carlos Vela gave LAFC the lead in the 6th minute with Diego Rossi scoring in the 34th. Cristhian Paredes scored for Portland in the 46th. Latif Blessing made it 3-1 LAFC in the 54th with Brian Fernandez scoring for Portland in the 84th.
"We’re not happy to lose this match," Portland coach Giovanni Savarese said. "We wanted to open with three points and a victory, but we did a lot of good things. The performance in the second half was outstanding. I think we were the better team in the second half. Unfortunately, those moments in the first half where we gave the ball away too many times towards the end, it became difficult for us. In the second half, we created chances, we kept the ball, we possessed it. We played a very good match."
On Sunday, Philadelphia beat Minnesota United 3-2 on the road to enter the Gold Cup break atop the Eastern Conference standings. Jamiro Monteiro converted an 18th minute penalty for the Union with Hassani Dotson equalizing in the 28th. Haris Medunjanin scored for Philadelphia in the 44th with Kevin Molino equalizing in the 77th. Auston Trusty scored the Union's winner in the 86th minute.
Week 14 ended in Carson with the LA Galaxy losing 2-1 to the New England Revolution. Cristian Penilla scored for the Revs in the 45th minute with Teal Bunbury scoring in the 60th. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored for LA in the 84th minute.
"We will look to make the team better," Revolution coach Bruce Arena said after his first game with his new club. "It’s challenging mid-year to do that, but we have our eyes on some people and we will attempt to make the team a little bit stronger in the transfer window as well.”
Before the game, New England announced the hiring of former Galaxy coach and Arena assistant Curt Onalfo as their technical director.
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