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MLS Weekend Roundup: Mullins goes off, Toronto stumbles twice

Mullins scores four!

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As the league is drawing towards its conclusion, all matches are held with higher regard. With the Eastern Conference nearly said and done when it comes to playoff position, the West is still oddly in shambles.

FC Dallas is below the playoff zone and the Vancouver Whitecaps are strangely sitting on top. The LA Galaxy are bottom feeders while Real Salt Lake and their printer are sitting in fifth.

With the fiasco of the league growing towards postseason hype, here is how each club faired in their games of the weekend.

New York City 1, Houston Dynamo 1

Saturday kicked off with a rare New York vs. Houston showdown. Goals came early as Maximiliano Moralez scored in the 6th minute and Mauro Manotas scored in the 16th. The match finished leveled at one with NYCFC controlling the majority of the game’s possession with 62%.

New England Revolution 2, Toronto FC 1

The New England Revolution are in shambles. Having recently fired coach Jay Heaps, the Revs are looking for a quick fix in order to earn a spot in this year’s playoffs. Now led by interim head coach Tom Soehn, the Revolution are able to get it done. They defeated first-place Toronto FC with two late goals by Lee Nguyen and Kei Kamara, increasing their chance to earn a postseason spot.

Philadelphia Union 3, Chicago Fire 1

It was not a great weekend for the Eastern Conference’s leaders. The Chicago Fire were down 3-0 in the 64th minute against the Union until Luis Solignac scored Chicago’s only goal in the 67th.

DC United 4, San Jose Earthquakes 0

This game was all about Patrick Mullins. He scored all four of United’s goals and completely shocked San Jose. Somewhat of a consolation win, the bottom feeders of the East were happy to seal the win.

Columbus Crew 3, New York Red Bulls 2

After losing in the US Open Cup during the week, New York was hoping to forget about the loss and regain morale with a win in Columbus. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Goals by Jonathan Mensah, Justin Meram, and Josh Williams ensured the Red Bulls’ weekend defeat.

Minnesota United FC 4, FC Dallas 1

What else can we say here at Big D Soccer about this game? FC Dallas fell terribly to Minnesota after going ahead by one in the 14th minute following a Tesho Akindele goal. United answered back ten minutes later and didn’t look back, scoring three more in the process.

Real Salt Lake 2, Seattle Sounders 0

Real Salt Lake has made a heavy push in the final quarter of the season. Perhaps it was the printer but their strong second half performance at home saw goals by Jefferson Savarino and Luke Mulholland give them the win against the league’s reigning champions.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Colorado Rapids 1

Vancouver continued their search for supremacy in the Western Conference after handing the Colorado Rapids a simple 2-1 defeat. The score grew four minutes into the match following a Freddy Montero goal. Colorado leveled the game before half but lost the lead nine minutes later.

Sporting Kansas City 2, LA Galaxy 1

Sporting Kansas City is loving life at the moment. They earned a trophy during the week and continue to stay relevant in the Western Conference playoff run. Two goals in the first half of their game against the Galaxy was enough to ensure victory against the depleted Los Angeles club.

Atlanta United FC 2, Montreal Impact 0

Atlanta continued their insane winning record at home with a win against the Montreal Impact. Hector Villaba and Jeff Larentowicz were able to put their names on the scoresheet. Their win saw them climb the Eastern Conference table to third.

Portland Timbers 3, Orlando City 0

Rounding out the weekend were the Timbers and the Lions. Sadly, only one club showed up to the contest at Providence Park. Diego Valeria scored a brace while Darren Mattocks notched a goal of his own. The Timbers now sit one point away from ruling the West.