New York Red Bulls win Supporter’s Shield
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Derrick Etienne scored a slick goal in the 53rd minute to give the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 victory over Orlando City and the Supporter’s Shield for the best record as the Major League Soccer regular-season ended Sunday.
Driving left in the box, Etienne atoned for a missed penalty kick in the first half by drawing the ball back to his right, leaving him room to go far corner for his fifth goal of the season.
The Red Bulls (22-7-5) won their fifth straight to reach 71 points, the first team to ever crack 70 points in the regular season. Atlanta entered Decision Day with 69 points, tied with last year’s Toronto team for the most in the regular season, but lost at Toronto 4-1.
The Red Bulls, who earned the Supporter’s Shield for the third time in six seasons, are the sixth team in league history to average at least two points a game.
Luis Robles only had to make one save to give him his league-leading 14th shutout.
Orlando City (8-22-4) lost their 14th straight on the road.
TORONTO FC 4, ATLANTA UNITED 1
TORONTO (AP) — Lucas Jansson scored twice and Toronto FC spoiled Atlanta United’s Supporters’ Shield bid.
Atlanta (21-7-6) arrived at BMO Field with a one-point edge over New York in the MLS overall standings, but the Red Bulls beat visiting Orlando City on Sunday to top spot in the standings. The Red Bulls finished with 71 points, erasing the single-season mark of 69 that Toronto set last year in its championship campaign. Atlanta finished with 69.
DYNAMO 3, GALAXY 2
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Mauro Manotas scored two second-half goals and Houston rallied past Los Angeles 3-2 to deny the Galaxy a playoff spot.
Los Angeles (13-12-9), which controlled its own playoff destiny, missed the postseason for the second straight season after its first home loss since May 30.
Houston (10-16-8) hadn’t won on the road in 11 games — with nine losses. It was the Dynamo’s third straight season with a double-digit road winless streak.
Ola Kamara scored twice in three minutes to give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the 30th. But Houston rallied in the second half. Romell Quioto pulled Houston to 2-1 in the 57th by cutting back two defenders and sliding it inside the near post. Manotas tied it on a penalty kick in the 73rd and added another goal five minutes later on a sliding redirection.
SPORTING K.C. 2, LAFC 1
Sporting KC (18-8-8) will get a Knockout Round bye, hosting its first home playoff game since 2015. LAFC (16-9-9) was trying to become the first expansion team to finish atop its conference in its inaugural season.
Six of Salloi’s 11 goals this season have been game-winners, helping Kansas City extend its undefeated streak to five games. Roger Espinoza gave Sporting KC a 1-0 lead at halftime after a shot from distance in the 37th. But Sporting KC was reduced a man in the 62nd for denying an obvious scoring opportunity. Carlos Vela converted the penalty kick to tie it.
SOUNDERS 2, EARTHQUAKES 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Raul Ruidiaz scored two second-half goals and Seattle beat San Jose to grab second place in the Western Conference and avoid the knockout round of the MLS playoffs
The Sounders (18-11-5) vaulted past Los Angeles FC and FC Dallas, both losers on MLS Decision Day.
After the Earthquakes (4-21-9) went in front on an own goal in the 64th minute, Ruidiaz tied it in the 79th when he ran onto a crossing pass from Cristian Roldan and tapped it in from 2 yards straight in front. Ruidiaz then scored from the top of the box in the second minute of stoppage time.
REVOLUTION 1, IMPACT 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Diego Fagundez scored a milestone goal in the 74th minute for New England, keeping Montreal out of the playoffs.
The 23-year-old Fagundez got the ball just inside the 18 on the right, turned and sent a hard, low shot past diving goalkeeper Evan Bush and just inside the far post for his ninth goal of the season. That made him the youngest player in MLS history to reach 50 career goals.
Matt Turner had four saves to get his fifth shutout for Philadelphia (10-13-11), which heads into the playoffs as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference and plays at third-seeded New York City FC on Wednesday or Thursday in the Knockout Round. Montreal was 14-16-4.
CREW 3, UNITED 2
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gyasi Zardes completed a hat trick in the 83rd minute to give Columbus the victory over Minnesota and the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Crew (14-11-9) were assured of a playoff spot with a win but had secured the berth earlier when Montreal lost. All season finales started at the same time, but there was a long weather delay in Columbus.
Columbus will play at fourth-seeded D.C. United in a Knockout Round game on Wednesday or Thursday.
Francisco Calvo scored for Minnesota (11-20-3).
RAPIDS 2, FC DALLAS 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Cole Bassett and Tommy Smith scored four minutes apart late in the second half and 11th-place Colorado spoiled FC Dallas’ shot at a first-round bye.
Dallas (16-9-9), which was atop the Western Conference before a home loss last week, needed a win to avoid a Knockout Round game. Colorado finished the season 8-19-7.
Bassett, a 17-year-old in his first start at home, tied it in the 80th to become the youngest player to score in club history. Smith headed in Kellyn Acosta’s corner kick at the far post. Maximiliano Urruti opened the scoring for FC Dallas in the 18th minute.
NYCFC 3, UNION 1
NEW YORK (AP) — David Villa scored his 14th goal of the season and New York City FC beat Philadelphia to take the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.
NYCFC (16-10-8) won for just the second time in its last 10 matches, with five loses, averaging just 0.9 goals per game. Philadelphia (15-14-5) has lost five of its nine matches against NYCFC.
NYCFC had a 2-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes on Maxime Chanot’s first goal of the season and Auston Trusty’s own goal. Villa made it 3-1 in the 34th. Cory Burke pulled Philadelphia within 2-1 in the 14th. C.J. Sapong was fouled inside the penalty area in the 59th, but NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson denied Fafa Picault’s penalty shot, diving to his right to block the low attempt.
WHITECAPS 2, TIMBERS 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alphonso Davies put on one last show for Vancouver fans, scoring twice in the Whitecaps’ victory over Portland.
Davies is headed to Germany after the Whitecaps (13-13-8) reached a record-breaking $22 million transfer deal with soccer giant Bayern Munich in July. He finished the season with eight goals and 11 assists. Andres Flores scored for the Timbers (15-10-9).
D.C. UNITED 0, FIRE 0, TIE
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — D.C. United ran its unbeaten streak to nine games with the draw, and goalkeeper Bill Hamid had two saves in his fifth shutout of the season.
United (14-11-9) had its five-game winning streak ended but still earned the fourth seeded in the Eastern Conference and is home against fifth-seeded Columbus for the Knockout Round on Wednesday or Thursday. Patrick McLain had his first shutout for the Fire (8-18-8).