Week 17 resumed with Colorado getting a surprise home win over LAFC on Friday. On Saturday, Minnesota United scored seven goals in a lopsided home win over FC Cincinnati.
On Friday, New York beat Chicago 3-1 at Red Bull Arena. Alejandro Romero put New York up in the 8th minute with Brian White making it 2-0 in the 59th. Nemanja Nikolic pulled a goal back for the Fire in the 81st. Daniel Royer scored for New York three minutes into stoppage time.
Colorado shutout LAFC 1-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Danny Wilson scored the game's only goal in the 49th. Tim Howard made three saves to keep the clean sheet.
"I think that was a big one," Howard said. "That’s one of the biggest wins in the last two years, easily. "They were nine points clear at the top of the table and, on merit, they were very good. We were resilient before and after the break. All in all, for us to come out there with a clean sheet and a win against that team, and on national television, it had all the makings for a very good game for us."
Saturday's schedule started with Minnesota beating FC Cincinnati 7-1 at Allianz Field. Ike Opara put United up in the 19th with Hassani Dotson doubling the lead in the 23rd. Ethan Finlay made it 3-0 in the 30th with Angelo Rodriguez giving Minnesota a 4-0 lead in the 43rd. Emmanuel Ledesma scored for Cincinnati in the 56th minute. Opara scored again in the 70th with Maston Toye scoring in the 75th. Kevin Molino finished off the Minnesota goals in the 87th.
Atlanta beat Montreal 2-1 at home. Justin Meram scored for United in the 35th with Zakaria Diallo equalizing in the 50th. Meram scored again in the 83rd minute.
"Of course it is difficult to create many chances against a team that plays very deep in their own half," Atlanta coach Frank de Boer said. "We still believed and we still played very concentrated even when we conceded 1-1, and I think we really deserved this win. Alot of times we concede late goals, and now we get one and that feels really good."
NYCFC came back to beat Philadelphia 4-2 at Yankee Stadium. Fabrice-Jean Picault put Philadelphia up in the 7th. Maxi Moralez equalized from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute. Kacper Przybylko returned the Union's lead in the 30th with Moralez converting a second penalty in the 55th minute. Valentin Castellanos put NYCFC up for good in the 71st, scoring again in the 78th. Moralez assisted on both of Castellanos's goals.
Orlando City beat Columbus 2-0 on the road. Chris Mueller scored in the 41st minute with Tesho Akindele doubling the lead in the 66th. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe kept the clean sheet with three saves.
New England came back in a 2-1 home win over Houston. Darwin Ceren put the Dynamo up in the 25th. Antonio Mlinar equalized for the Revs in the 51st with Teal Bunbury scoring a minute into stoppage time.
"You could see the fight in everybody," Bunbury said. "Everybody wanted to win this game. The fans were unbelievable throughout the whole match. The last 10-15 minutes, I think we created a lot of chances and we didn’t give up. I think that was huge for us, maybe in games past we might have maybe not gotten a lucky bounce and kind of put our heads down, but we kept fighting until the end and we were able to find the game winner."
DC United and Toronto FC drew 1-1 at Audi Field. Nick DeLeon put Toronto up in the 19th minute with Wayne Rooney equalizing from the penalty spot two minutes into stoppage time.
Sam Johnson scored in the 15th and 29th minute for Real Salt Lake's 2-0 shutout of Sporting KC at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando made three saves to keep the clean sheet.
San Jose shutout the LA Galaxy 3-0 in front of over 50,000 fans at Stanford Stadium. Valeri Qazaishvili scored in the 11th minute and assisted on Shea Salinas's goal in the 82nd. Salinas assisted on Tommy Thompson's goal in the 85th. Daniel Vega made six saves to keep the clean sheet.
"Obviously with the result, we're very happy," San Jose coach Matias Almeya said. "I'm most pleased that the team plays the same way they train. I like that because when I arrived, they were down and now they know they can compete with anyone."
At CenturyLink Field, Seattle shutout Vancouver 1-0. Kelvin Leerdam scored six minutes into stoppage time with Stefan Frei making five saves to keep the clean sheet.
Week 17 ended in Portland on Sunday night with the Timbers shutting out FC Dallas 1-0. Brian Fernandez scored the game's only goal in the 42nd minute with Steve Clark making two saves to keep the clean sheet.
"These three points were huge for us," Portland coach Giovanni Savarese said. "We knew that a win today would put us in a better situation in the table, and I thought we had some very good moments. In the first half, we had control of the game. When we came into the second half, we came with a lot of intensity. We pressured well and we won the ball constantly."
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