MLS roundup: Akindele brace guides Dallas past Atlanta and more

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There were fireworks across Major League Soccer on Wednesday night, and a number of the league’s top sides took a tumble on the road.

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The league’s Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta United fell on July 4 in devastating fashion in the dying moments against West leaders FC Dallas.

A pair of late goals from Tesho Akindele cancelled out a Josef Martinez brace, and helped Dallas to a 3-2 win at Toyota Stadium.

Sporting KC had the opportunity to regain its position at the top of the West, however, rivals Real Salt Lake had their say at Rio Tinto and held on to a 4-2 win against Peter Vermes and Co.

Greg Vanney and Toronto FC’s up-and-down campaign continued against Minnesota, as the Canadian side fell 4-3 on the road in their third consecutive defeat.

Loons Designated Player Darwin Quintero starred on the night, recording his first MLS hat-trick, as Minnesota earned its first league win over a month.

Finally, the Seattle Sounders earned their fourth victory of the 2018 season on Wednesday, a feat that the club had achieved a season prior in late-May.


July 4 results

Minnesota United 4-3 Toronto FC
FC Dallas 3-2 Atlanta United
Seattle Sounders 2-1 Colorado Rapids
Real Salt Lake 4-2 Sporting KC
LA Galaxy 2-2 D.C. United