A roundup of a busy night of scoring in Major League Soccer…
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Orlando City SC 3-2 Toronto FC
Whatever you do, don’t look away from a game involving Orlando until the referee has blown the final whistle. They have a habit of scoring the late, late, late goal(s) to change results. On Saturday, the Lions took it to a new level, taking the lead twice in the 83rd minute or later, with the eventual winner coming via Kaka from the penalty spot, in the 100th minute. There’s no better value for ticket price than a 100th-minute winner.
The result sends Orlando (20 points) a point and a spot ahead of TFC for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, for the time being.
San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 LA Galaxy
Speaking of late goals, the latest installment of the Cali Clasico provided late-game drama and heroics of its own, as Chad Barrett pulled the Earthquakes level in the 90th minute, earning his side a point after Giovani dos Santos opened the scoring 21 minutes earlier, heading home the cross from Steven “Gerrrad.” The draw sees LA finish the night fifth in the Western Conference, while the Quakes remain seventh, behind Sporting Kansas City on tiebreakers.
Philadelphia Union 2-3 Vancouver Whitecaps
The East lead didn’t change hands on Saturday, but the gap from first to second did shrink from four points to one, thanks in part to the Union’s 3-2 home loss to the Whitecaps. After taking an early lead, the Union conceded three times between minutes 19 and 84, before pulling one back in the 94th. The victory sends Vancouver fourth in the West, two points clear of the San Jose Earthquakes for the sixth and final playoff place out west.
Montreal Impact 2-2 Sporting Kansas City
Dom Dwyer equalized twice for Sporting KC, as Peter Vermes’ side moved to three games without a loss for the first time since the opening three weeks of the season. Penalty-kick controversy stole a fair bit of the headlines, though, as the Impact were awarded a flimsy penalty after Didier Drogba went down under little or no contact. At the other end of the field, just minutes later, Benny Feilhaber appeared to suffer a more significant foul inside the box, but no penalty was give. Sporting: sixth in the West; Montreal: fourth in the East.
FC Dallas 2-0 Real Salt Lake
Come for Mauro Diaz’s bicycle-kick assist, stay for … well, to hit rewind and watch it again, and then the Fabian Castillo finish. FCD: second in the West; RSL: third in the West.
Columbus Crew SC 1-1 New York Red Bulls
The Red Bulls were seconds away from a road victory that would have pushed them back into second in the East, but Ola Kamara grabbed a 93rd-minute equalizer to bail out an otherwise forgettable Crew SC performance. Bradley Wright-Phillips bagged the Red Bulls’ 52nd-minute opener. Crew SC remain ninth in the East.
D.C. United 2-0 New England Revolution
If you’ve not yet seen United’s Luciano Acosta do his thing, you might want to fix that, pronto. On Saturday, the Argentine playmaker set up Lamar Neagle’s winning goal, a stunning volley from a cross-field ball. It was a result that lifted United all the way up to fifth in the East, past New England and Toronto, both of whom now reside outside the playoff places.
Elsewhere in MLS
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