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MLS Weekly Wrap Up: Big wins as playoffs approach

Teams like the Philadelphia Union and the San Jose Earthquakes continue to win when it counts

MLS: Atlanta United FC at Philadelphia Union Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Union are good. Like, really good. They are currently sitting pretty in first place of the Eastern Conference. On the other coast, the San Jose Earthquakes continue to climb up the table as playoffs approach. Here’s how this week’s matches shaped up.

Wednesday

Montreal Impact 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps

The lone midweek match was a Canadian faceoff. The Montreal Impact came out on top, though it was the Vancouver Whitecaps who struck first. Yordy Reyna’s 17th minute goal wasn’t the only one on the board for long. Donieli Henry’s own goal at 35’ tied it up. Maximiliano Urruti scored the winner at 37’.

Saturday

New York Red Bulls 0-2 Colorado Rapids

The Colorado Rapids found themselves back in the win column this week. They shut the New York Red Bulls out. Jonathan Lewis had both goals, the first at 14’ and the second at 87’. This was their first win under their new head coach.

Montreal Impact 0-3 D.C. United

D.C. United were another team who got themselves back together this week. Ola Kamara had two goals (20’, 32’). The other was scored by Paul Arriola at 23’.

Columbus Crew 1-1 Chicago Fire

This weekend’s match between the Columbus Crew and Chicago Fire ended in a 1-1 draw. Columbus’ Pedro Santos struck first at 27’. It looked as if Columbus had this one in the bag until stoppage time. Chicago’s Przemyslaw Frankowski found the net at 90+4’ to give his team a point.

Philadelphia Union 3-1 Atlanta United

Atlanta United couldn’t find a win over the Philadelphia Union. They struck first with a goal in the stoppage time of the first half. The 45+2’ goal was scored by Josef Martinez. The second half belonged to the Union. Brenden Aaronson scored at 61’, followed by Kacper Przybylko at 86’ and Sergio Santos Gomes at 88’.

FC Dallas 3-1 FC Cincinnati

FC Dallas got another big win. They scored all three of their goals before FC Cincinnati even got on the board. Ryan Hollingshead had the first at 12’. At 49’, Michael Barrios found the back of the net. The final Dallas goal came off the boot of Zdenek Ondrasek at 51’. The lone Cincinnati goal was scored by Emmanual Ledesma on a penalty at 64’. Cincinnati’s Kekuta Manneh was given a red card at 75’, but Philadelphia couldn’t score with the man advantage.

Sporting KC 1-0 Houston Dynamo

The other Texas team didn’t have as good of luck. Sporting KC shut out the Houston Dynamo with just one goal. Johnny Russell had the only goal of the match nice and early at 12’.

Vancouver Whitecaps 1-3 NYC FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps had a rough week. Their second loss was handed to them by NYC FC. Herber Araujo dos Santos got NYC FC on the board at 10’, followed by Gary Mackay-Steven at 26’. Vancouver’s Yordy Reyna found the net (again) at 64’. NYC FC sealed the deal with a 72nd minute goal from Alexandru Mitrita.

San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 Orlando City

Orlando City didn’t stand a chance against the San Jose Earthquakes. Magnus Eriksson set the tone with his goal at 3’. Chris Wondolowski had himself a pair of goals at 20’ and 33’.

Portland Timbers 1-0 Real Salt Lake

The Portland Timbers pulled off an interesting win this week. They scored only one goal at 16’ from Diego Valeri. At 90+6’, Renzo Zambrano was given a red card. It was too late in the match for Real Salt Lake to make a move with the man advantage.

Sunday

Seattle Sounders 4-3 LA Galaxy

This match was an interesting one. The Seattle Sounders were up 2-0 thanks to goals from Raul Ruidiaz (45+2’) and Cristian Roldan (55’). Zlatan Ibrahimovic breathed some life into the LA Galaxy with his goal at 66’. Uriel Antuna then brought the game to a draw with his goal at 75’, but it didn’t last long. Jordan Morris regained the lead for Seattle at 77’. Jorgan Skjelvik tied it up again at 81’, but Roldan’s second goal at 89’ finished it off for Seattle.

LAFC 0 -2 Minnesota United

Coming off a draw to local rivals last week, LAFC were expected to have some fire under them, right? Wrong, apparently. They fumbled hard in a 2-0 final against Minnesota United. Mason Toye netted both goals. The first goal came at 25’, followed shortly by the second at 29’.