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MLS Snapshot: Crew SC 3-3 NYCFC | DCU 2-0 Timbers (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): New York City FC blew a halftime lead and went a goal down with 10 minutes left to play against Columbus Crew SC, then scored twice inside the game’s final 10 minutes, only to concede a 95th-minute equalizer and settle for a draw. Their lead is just two points lead atop the Eastern Conference after the New York Red Bulls won in emphatic fashion earlier on Saturday. David Villa and Ethan Finlay matched one another with a brace apiece, including one each from the penalty spot. Frank Lampard also bagged a goal on the night, continuing his torrid scoring form. At long last, Crew SC have reached the 20-point milestone, but they remain six points adrift of a playoff place with just 12 games left to play.

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Three Four Five Six moments that mattered 

41′ — Lampard bundles home, again, for 1-0 — That’s nine goals in 10 games for Lampard. Most, if not all, of them have looked similarly sloppy to his latest work of art.

49′ — Meram heads home to make it 1-1 — Meram times his run perfectly, picking out the lane between two defenders, and the ball arrives exactly where it needs to be. Textbook stuff, which looks a lot like the 2015 version of Crew SC.

80′ — Finlay converts from the spot after winning the PK — It’s tough to say whether or not there was enough contact for Finlay to go down in the manner in which he did. You be the judge.

83′ — Pirlo finds Villa to make it 2-2 — An absolutely peach of a pass from Pirlo, and Villa wouldn’t dare to waste a chance like this.

90+3′ — Afful handball gifts NYCFC a penalty — This seems like really lazy, sloppy stuff from Harrison Afful.

90+5′ — Finlay hammers home a rebound for 3-3 — There’s that infamous NYCFC defense we all knew so well during the first half of the season.

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Man of the match: David Villa

Goalscorers: Lampard (41′), Meram (49′), Finlay (80′, 90+5′), Villa (83′, 90+2′ – PK),

The game in 100 words (or less): If the MLS Cup Playoffs were to begin today, D.C. United would, somehow, be one of six teams competing in the Eastern Conference. It wasn’t the case coming into the weekend, but as of right now, thanks to Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the defending champion Portland Timbers, Ben Olsen’s side is on track to sneak into the postseason and wreak havoc on the perceived hierarchy. Steve Birnbaum and Luciano Acosta bagged the goals on the night to snap DCU’s six-game winless skid. The loss sees the Timbers remain sixth in the Western Conference, now just one and two points ahead of the seventh- and eighth-place San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps.

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Three moments that mattered 

7′ — Birnbaum turns the redirect home for 1-0 — Center backs aren’t supposed to have finishing skills like this, but here we are.

29′ — Acosta finishes in traffic for 2-0 — All those defenders around Acosta, and no one interested in attempting a tackle.

76′ — Barmby hits post with a free kick — With Diego Valeri on the field, it’s pretty surprising that Jack Barmby got to take this free kick, but it’s tough to argue with the result.

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Man of the match: Steve Birnbaum

Goalscorers: Birnbaum (7′), Acosta (29′)

MLS Snapshot: New England Revolution 1-1 Portland Timbers (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): The New England Revolution are the new Colorado Rapids and/or Chicago Fire (just kidding, the Fire are still the Fire, but the Revs are still the Rapids), which is to say, “who did you say was playing? Oh, the Revs? Yeah, never mind.” Not only is Gillette Stadium an atrocious backdrop for Major League Soccer — doubly triply quadruply so for weeknight games — but given the amount of attacking talent at Jay Heaps’ disposal, the Revs should be a brilliant team to watch. They are not. I’ll say this for the Rapids, though: at least when they were the league’s favorite punchline and punching bag, they were so in spectacular and hilarious fashion. The Revs can’t even give us that these days. Speaking as someone who added a pair of Revs players to his MLS fantasy team, due to their double-game-week status — and even captained one of them, to boot — the Revs are the worst.

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Three Two moments that mattered

64′ — Barmby’s volley bounces over the line for 1-0 — Have you ever seen a more cleanly hit volley? Jack Barmby, have some of that!

89′ — Taylor bundles the ball into his own goal — If the Revs were going to “score” an equalizer, it was always going to look like this. So, a hearty “good job” to both teams for sticking to the script.

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Man of the match: Jack Jewsbury

Goalscorers: Barmby (64′), Taylor (89′ – OG)

Timbers create midfield depth with addition of Leicester’s Jack Barmby

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The Portland Timbers already boast one of the strongest teams, and midfields for that matter, in all of Major League Soccer.

And that midfield just became a bit deeper.

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On Tuesday, the Timbers announced the signing of Leicester City midfielder/defender Jack Barmby on loan. The 21-year old will occupy an international spot on Portland’s roster.

Barmby joins Portland after spending time this season with League Football Championship side Rotherham United and League Two club Notts County, while on loan from Leicester.

With the likes of Diego Chara, Diego Valeri and Darlington Nagbe at the disposal of head coach Caleb Porter, the addition of Barmby will provide the reining MLS Cup champion Timbers with depth throughout the lengthy 2016 season.

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