Perry Kitchen (pictured) scored the game-winning goal in D.C. United’s 2-1 win over Toronto FC on July 5, 2014.(Photo: Linda Cuttone/Sports Vue Images)
D.C. United got back on the winning track, while the Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City each shared points.
CONCACAF.com recaps the action Major League Soccer in matches involving 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League participants. Liga MX is currently in its offseason.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
(2014/15 CCL qualifiers in BOLD)
On Saturday, second-half goals by Nick DeLeon and Perry Kitchen lifted D.C. United (28 points) to a 2-1 win over 10-man Toronto FC (21 points) at BMO Field and into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.
DeLeon capitalized on a turnover to break a scoreless stalemate in the 55th minute. Five minutes later, Luke Moore equalized for the host, but Kitchen latched onto a cross by second-half substitute Lewis Neal for the eventual game-winner as D.C. bounced back from a 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders a week earlier.
Toronto FC was reduced a player two minutes from full time, when defender Nick Hagglund dragged down United forward Eddie Johnson.
Sporting Kansas City (26 points) and the visiting Chicago Fire (16 points) played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Sporting Park.
Dom Dwyer stripped Patrick Ianni and beat Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson for his team-leading 12th goal of the year to give Sporting a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
Seven minutes later, Mike Magee leveled off an Alex assist, snapping Kansas City’s shutout streak at 281 minutes.
There were plenty of fireworks in the final half hour as the host LA Galaxy (21 points) and Portland Timbers (21 points) battled to a 2-2 draw on Friday night at StubHub Center.
Marcelo Sarvas broke the goalless draw in the 65th minute, but Diego Valeri (67’) and Jorge Villafana (70’) struck three minutes apart to give the Timbers a 2-1 lead.
An own-goal, though, by Rauwshan McKenzie four minutes from full time gave the Galaxy a share of the points and in the standings, with both teams tied for sixth place in the Western Conference.
Bradley Wright-Phillips struck for a brace as the visiting New York Red Bulls (20 points) and Houston Dynamo (18 points) played to a 2-2 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday.
Giles Barnes put Houston in front in the first minute, but Wright-Phillips equalized in the 13th minute and then made it 2-1, with his league-leading 14th goal in the 72nd minute.
Brad Davis, in his first game back since competing for the United States in the World Cup, equalized for the host with an 82nd minute penalty kick.
The Impact de Montreal (14 points) was shutout for the second straight time on the road as it fell 1-0 to Chivas USA (20 points) on Saturday in Carson, California. Erick Torres netted his 12th goal of the season in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time. It was the first goal conceded by Montreal in three games.