MLS Roundup: Portland stages late show again, Silva sparks D.C. United

Luis Silva celebrates his hat trick with former Montréal captain Davy Arnaud. D.C. United climbed into first place in the Eastern Conference with a 4-2 victory at Stade Saputo on Wednesday night.

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Portland 2 – FC Dallas 2

Pa Modou Kah scored his first MLS goal in second-half stoppage time to complete the Timbers’ recovery against nine-man FCD at Providence Park. FCD raced to a two-goal lead before the interval as its pace tore apart the home side. Fabián Castillo opened the scoring just before the half-hour with a clever touch and a fine finish. Blas Pérez doubled the advantage six minutes before halftime after a threatening, vertical run from Tesho Akindele. Portland responded after the interval and sliced the deficit in half from the spot after Will Johnson held off Gaston Fernández to take and dispatch a penalty. Moises Hernández received a straight red card three minutes from time for a challenge on Danny O’Rourke to reduce FCD to 10 men. Pérez then procured a red card for stomping on Kahbefore the Timbers center back delivered a point at the death with his cool finish.

Montréal 2 – D.C. United 4

United leaned on a first-half hat trick from Luis Silva to claim all three points at Stade Saputo and enter the World Cup break atop the Eastern Conference. Silva exposed the static defense with a diagonal run for the opener after just six minutes. Jack McInerney drew the home side level five minutes later after latching onto a vertical ball and slotting it inside the far post. Andrés Romero added a fine solo goal to give Montreal the lead, but Nick DeLeon equalized moments later. Silva scored twice more before halftime – once from distance, once from the spot – to guarantee the points.