Akindele helps FC Dallas rally past Atlanta United 3-2
Atlanta (11-4-4), unbeaten in its previous six matches, took the lead on a pair of goals by Josef Martinez.
Martinez’s first goal, a sliding redirect of Hector Villalba’s pass into the box, evened the match just before intermission. His second goal, in the 73rd minute on a shot from open space outside the top of the box, put Atlanta in front.
Akindele, who came on in the 75th minute, evened the match on a breakaway 11 minutes later. Then he got a foot on a loose ball on a corner kick for the game winner in the 88th minute.
FC Dallas (10-2-5) has won six of its last nine games in league play and is unbeaten in its last 15 home games (seven wins, eight draws) – its longest home streak since a 19-game stretch from August 29, 2015 to September 3, 2016.
MINNESOTA UNITED 4, TORONTO FC 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Darwin Quintero scored three times for the first hat trick in Minnesota United FC history.
Minnesota United (6-1-10) snapped a three-game losing streak that included a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas on Friday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Quintero got his first goal eight minutes into the match, splitting two defenders and firing into upper left corner for a 1-0 lead. His second goal, in the 52nd minute, was just off the fingertips of Toronto FC keeper Clint Irwin and his third came just five minutes later, bending in a shot from the left side.
Miguel Ibarra also scored for United in the 13th minute.
SANDY, Utah (AP) – Sebastian Saucedo scored from the top of the box at the end of the first half and Real Salt Lake knocked Sporting Kansas City out of a share of first place in the Western Conference.
Sporting KC (9-4-5) has lost two straight and trails FC Dallas by three points in the West.
Tim Melia kept the Sporting KC comeback alive by denying Albert Rusnak’s penalty kick in the 80th minute, but Daniel Salloi was sent off in the 90th minute and Roger Espinoza earned a red card in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
Luis Silva scored on a penalty kick in the 10th minute of extra time.
SOUNDERS 2, RAPIDS 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – Will Bruin scored twice and Stefan Frei made a spectacular save to help the Sounders to their second win in their last eight games.
It was Seattle’s second straight win over Colorado on the Fourth of July. The Sounders are 7-3-1 all-time at Colorado (4-10-3).
Bruin put Seattle (4-9-3) in front in the 19th minute, finding the ball in open space in front of the goal box and beating goalkeeper Tim Howard with a shot into the lower left corner.
Colorado’s Sam Nicholson headed home a long entry pass from Edgar Castillo in the 40th minute, but Bruin scored the game-winner off an ill-advised clearing pass by Howard in the 59th minute.
Frei dove to his left to deflect a Colorado shot on a breakaway in the 82nd minute.
DC UNITED 2, GALAXY 2
The Galaxy could have climbed above the playoff line in the Western Conference with a win.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored five minutes into the game to give the Galaxy the lead, one-touching a cross from Dave Romney. Chris Pontius made it 2-0 with a goal in the 25th minute on a shot from atop the box that found the far corner.
Both teams managed 13 shots. The Galaxy had four shots on target; DC United managed three.