MLS Roundup: Portland moves closer to playoff places with win at Montréal
Jacob Peterson struck in the late stages to hand Sporting Kansas City a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday. Catch up on that match and all of the Week 21 action in the latest edition of MLS Roundup.
Ethan Finlay slotted home six minutes from time to give Columbus a 2-1 victory at New England on Saturday.
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By Kyle McCarthy
Montréal 2 – Portland 3
Diego Valeri slotted home eight minutes from time to give the Timbers a second consecutive win. Andres Romero collected Justin Mapp's cross, turned neatly and tucked home the opener in the 16th minute, but Maximiliano Urruti and Will Johnson responded to give the Timbers the lead. Maxim Tissot completed a fine Impact move and sent the match into the break on level terms with his effort moments before halftime. Valeri eventually snatched the points with his effort in the final 10 minutes to give the playoff-chasing Timbers a precious victory.
Vancouver 2 – FC Dallas 2
Pedro Morales equalized from the spot early in the second half to lift the Whitecaps to a point at B.C. Place. The home side punctuated a rampant opening period when Darren Mattocks sprinted onto Gershon Koffie's ball and thumped home. Blas Perez restored parity after wingbacks Moises Hernandez and Zach Loyd conspired to present him with a chance at the far post. Michel then handed FCD the lead against the run of play from his penalty kick after Carlyle Mitchell handled. Morales gave his side a share of the spoils after Hernandez handled, but the frustrated Whitecaps eventually trudged off nevertheless after failing to secure maximum points.
Toronto FC 1 – Sporting Kansas City 2
Jacob Peterson struck in the late stages to lift 10-man Sporting to a fifth consecutive away victory. Jackson staked TFC to the perfect start with his opener after 16 minutes, but the advantage frittered away shortly after the break. Graham Zusi equalized three minutes after the interval to restore parity. Matt Besler procured a second booking after 75 minutes to reduce the visitors to 10 men, but Peterson rounded off a Sporting move in the late stages to deliver the points at BMO Field anyways.
New England 1 – Columbus 2
Ethan Finlay slotted home six minutes from time to give the Crew its second win on the trot and send the Revs to their eighth consecutive defeat. Federico Higuain opened the scoring moments before halftime with a wonderful free kick. A.J. Soares snapped home a header at the near post five minutes after the interval to draw the Revs level. Finlay raced through the channel, snagged Justin Meram’s ball over the top and tucked home the winner in the late stages to deliver the points for the visitors.
Colorado 3 – Chivas USA 0
The home side relied on a fine display to secure victory over the Red-and-White in Commerce City. Nick Labrocca conjured a superb opener to place the Rapids on the right path. Drew Moor dashed free on a corner and thumped home the second before the half-hour to consolidate the advantage after 26 minutes. Gabriel Torres capped perhaps his most impressive night in a Rapids uniform by grabbing the third inside the final 20 minutes.
Real Salt Lake 3 – Montréal 1
RSL punished Issey Nakajima-Farran’s indiscipline and scored twice against the 10-man Impact to secure the points at Rio Tinto Stadium. Montréal looked relatively comfortable after Hassoun Camara responded to Luke Mulholland’s early opener, but the Impact struggled after Nakajima-Farran’s wild challenge procured red after 65 minutes. RSL improved at that stage and secured the points through an Olmes Garcia double.
San Jose 5 – Chicago 1
Five different Earthquakes found the score sheet as the home side offered Frank Yallop a miserable return to Buck Shaw Stadium. Shea Salinas pounced just before halftime, but the real carnage came after the break. Atiba Harris and Chris Wondolowski extended the lead in short order. Grant Ward supplied a modest riposte with a quarter of an hour to play, but Yannick Djalo and Cordell Cato completed the rout in the late stages.