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Shipp leads Seattle to easy home win vs. NYCFC

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Occasionally it’s as easy as this: Seattle and New York City FC both played midweek before meeting Sunday in Washington.

But Seattle played in San Jose, a two-hour flight from home, while NYCFC played one day later and was in Orlando.

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The less rest and long trek were evident in the legs of the visitors, who did — for what it’s worth — wind up out-shooting the hosts 19-14.

Harry Shipp had a goal and an assist, and Gustav Svensson and Cristian Roldan also scored as Seattle Sounders rolled New York City FC 3-1 at CenturyLink Field.

Jesus Medina scored NYCFC’s lone goal.

Seattle is now five points back of sixth place in the West, while NYCFC fails to keep pace with East No. 1 seed Atlanta United.

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-0 Real Salt Lake (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Brian Schmetzer’s side went through a similar beginning to the season in 2016, and the club went on to win MLS Cup. The Seattle Sounders will hope to duplicate that feat this season. Coming off a four-match winless run, the Sounders responded well at home on Saturday, knocking off Real Salt Lake behind Harry Shipp’s second goal of the season. Despite Nick Rimando’s best efforts — and his 22nd career penalty kick stop — RSL struggled to finish off numerous chances in the attacking third. Meanwhile, the other goalkeeper in the match was pretty stellar as well, with Stefan Frei making five saves of his own for the hosts.

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Three moments that mattered

39′ — Rimando stones Morris in front of goal — Nick Rimando has built up his reputation as a top MLS goalkeeper in his career, and this 1 v 1 situation showed why.

42′ — Shipp gives Sounders lead at HT — Sometimes you just need to take your shots and good things happen.

55′ — Rimando does what he does best… — Most teams clammer when conceding a penalty kick, but when you have Nick Rimando in goal chances are the shot-stopper will at least get a hand to it.

Man of the match: Stefan Frei

Goalscorers: Harry Shipp (42′)

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MLS Snapshot: Montreal Impact 1-3 New York City FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): New York City’s improbable run to the top spot in the Eastern Conference — and league-best points haul away from home — just keeps going and going, as Patrick Vieira’s side topped the fourth-place Montreal Impact, 3-1 at Stade Saputo on Sunday. David Villa, Jack Harrison and Frank Lampard provided the goals for NYCFC, their 13th (Golden Boot leader), third and fifth of the season, respectively. Tommy McNamara assisted on Villa and Harrison’s goals, giving the 25-year-old American midfield eight assists on the season (third-most in MLS). That’s six road wins for NYCFC this season (no other MLS side even has five), giving the side from the Bronx their 17th, 18th and 19th points away from on the season (FC Dallas are second with 13 away points). With the victory, NYCFC (33 points) are four points clear of the Philadelphia Union at the top of the Eastern Conference table, while the Impact (26 points) hold steady in fourth.

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Three moments that mattered

35′ — Villa gets behind, makes it 1-0 — Just a thought: You should probably keep Villa in front of you at all times. Victor Cabrera fell asleep for just a second, and that’s all it takes.

45+2′ — Harrison unleashes a beautiful curler for 2-0 — Harrison spun Ambroise Oyongo like a top, and it was only the second-best part of his stunning goal.

55′ — Shipp’s “shot” is not dealt with, finds pay dirt — That’s two flappy howlers in two weeks for Josh Saunders.

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Man of the match: Tommy McNamara

Goalscorers: Villa (35′), Harrison (45+2′), Shipp (55′), Lampard (85′)

MLS Snapshots: RSL 1-1 Impact | Whitecaps 2-2 Rapids (video)

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The games in 100 words (or less): With each passing week, the Western Conference playoff race seems to get less and less clear. While Real Salt Lake were busy settling for a come-from-behind 1-1 draw against the Montreal Impact at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night, the Vancouver Whitecaps were busy not one, but two leads at home against the Colorado Rapids. With the above results accounted for, the logjam in the West sees five points separate five teams — RSL, LA Galaxy, Sporting Kansas City, Vancouver and Portland Timbers — from third to seventh, in that order. As ever, roll on, the insanity that is the Western Conference playoff race.

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Three Two moments that mattered

8′ — Rimando spills inside the six, Shipp puts it back — The last time anyone saw a Nick Rimando howler, the year was 1979 (roughly). Costly, nevertheless.

78′ — Mallace hacks Plata down in the box, Yura converts for 1-1 — There may be no penalty more obvious than the one given following Calum Mallace’s mistimed slide tackle on Joao Plata.

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Man of the match: Victor Cabrera

Goalscorers: Shipp (8′), Movsisyan (79′)

Three moments that mattered

10′ — Waston heads home after a corner — 5-foot-9 Mekeil Williams should probably never find himself marking 6-foot-5 Kendall Waston. Just a thought.

59′ — Doyle equalizes from Gashi’s through ball — Gashi is a special player for a through ball like this. Oh my.

87′ — Watts commits a foul in the box, Techera converts — Give the referee a decision to make in this setting, and you can only blame yourself if he elects to give the penalty.

90+5′ — Sjoberg heads home in stoppage time — As close at the West will be at the end of the season, the Whitecaps will regret these two points dropped.

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Man of the match: Kevin Doyle

Goalscorers: Waston (10′), Doyle (59′), Techera (87′ – PK), Sjoberg (90+5′)

MLS Snapshot: Chicago Fire 0-0 Columbus Crew SC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less more): I watched this one so you didn’t have to! That’s the kind of service we provide here at PST, and you’re welcome. Another potential service we can offer: figuring out what in the world the Chicago Fire are doing. For starters, all of 10,000 people showed up to Toyota Park to watching the Men in Red play to a 0-0 draw with Columbus Crew SC on Saturday, as both sides picked up their first point of 2016. Moreover, they’re quite possibly the most inept attacking team MLS has ever known (through just three games, admittedly). First-year head coach Veljko Paunovic seems an awfully smart guy, and he’s got some evolutionary ideas that make you think there might be hope in Bridgeview, but it’s extremely bleak right now. Four shots (one on goal) is all they could muster in this one, at which point you’re reminded they traded Harry Shipp, far and away their best chance creator in his first two seasons as a professional. Meanwhile, the Montreal Impact, Shipp’s new team, has scored six goals in two games while putting 11 of 25 shots on target (only partially through Shipp’s doing/involvement, admittedly). The optics of trading Shipp, the Fire’s homegrown hero, were bad enough when the deal was done last month, but three games into the 2016 season, a player like Shipp is exactly what the Fire are missing, and it, somehow, looks worse now than it did then. It’s so ludicrous that even current Impact players can’t quite believe their luck.

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Three moments that mattered

58′ — Meira heads the ball off his own crossbar — Joao Meira so nearly scored the most embarrassing own goal MLS has seen since Matt Hedges’ wonderful finish one week ago, but the Portuguese was spared the embarrassment of heading the ball over his own goalkeeper, into his own net, thanks to the crossbar.

69′ — Lampson soars across goal to deny Finlay — Ethan Finlay let one rip from every bit of 25 yards out, only to see his former teammate Matt Lampson fly across the face of goal to tip it wide in the game’s only moment of real intrigue.

82′ — Ramos goes down in the box, no penalty given — Rodrigo Ramos was hip-checked to the ground by Cedrick Mabwati inside the final 10 minutes of regular time, but referee Robert Sibiga wasn’t interested in awarding a game-changing penalty so late on with the decision 50-50 at best.

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Man of the match: Matt Polster

Goalscorers: LOL