MLS roundup: Villa brace leads NYCFC, Diaz shines for Dallas


Independence Day saw six matches take place across Major League Soccer, from sea to shining sea.

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All three Canadian teams were in action on America’s birthday, but they suffered three losses while being outscored 8-2.

Montreal Impact 1-2 New York City FC

David Villa scored both of New York City’s goals to lead his club to a win in Montreal. His first goal came with his left foot from a tight angle, beating Evan Bush low to the far post. His second came with his right foot, bending a free kick around the wall and into the back of the net. Villa now has eight goals on the season, and will surely be looking to continue his scoring ways when Frank Lampard is feeding him from the midfield.

FC Dallas 3-0 New England Revolution

Mauro Diaz lit things up for FC Dallas, scoring a goal and setting up the other two in a 3-0 win over the Revolution. Diaz opened the scoring on a clever free kick, passing his shot under a jumping wall. In the second half he grabbed two assists in ten minutes, setting up Fabian Castillo and Michael Barrios to bury New England.

Columbus Crew 2-1 New York Red BullsFULL RECAP

Kei Kamara leads the league in goals and Ethan Finlay is first in assists, but the two switched roles Saturday night as Finlay bagged a brace for the Crew, with both goals set up by Kamara. After the Red Bulls took the lead in the opening ten minutes, Kamara got two assists with his head as Columbus jumps three places in the Eastern Conference standings.

Los Angeles Galaxy 4-0 Toronto FC

Steven Gerrard was in the crowd to watch his new team take on Toronto FC, but Robbie Keane stole the show as the Galaxy captain tallied a hat trick in an easy 4-0 win. After a slow start to the season, Los Angeles has climbed to third place in the Western Conference. Toronto is currently tied with NYCFC for the last playoff spot in the East.

Real Salt Lake 1-1 Orlando City SC

Kaka started things off great with a goal in the fifth minute, but his match came to an early end when he was sent off before halftime after seeing a straight red card. Frustrated by some earlier fouls, Kaka ran over Javier Morales and stepped on his leg, earning himself the first straight red of his career. Replays show that maybe a yellow card would have been more appropriate, but Orlando was able to hold on for a 1-1 draw.

[ VIDEO: Watch Robbie Keane score a hat trick, Kaka get sent off in Orlando’s draw ]

Colorado Rapids 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

Vicente Sanchez put Colorado on the board just 80 seconds into the match as the Rapids upset Vancouver 2-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids have the league’s lowest scoring offense, but Sanchez’s early strike paired with Kevin Doyle’s first career MLS goal were enough to lead the Western Conference’s worst team over the Whitecaps.