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Around the League: Best of the weekend's MLS action

Looking at the best of Major League Soccer from the last week.

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Toronto FC 2, New York Red Bulls 1

Toronto: Hercules Gomez 51’, Sebastian Giovinco 78’

New York: Shaun Wright-Phillips 86’

Another week, another goal for Sebastien Giovinco, who is having an unbelievable season and is now tied with Kei Kamara leading the league with 22 goals. Toronto has already clinched a postseason spot but these 3 points went a long way towards getting them a better seed.

FC Dallas 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 0

Dallas: Michael Barrios 32’, Mauro Diaz 52’

FC Dallas really ran away with the number 1 seed in the West this past week. A poor performance by the Galaxy against the Timbers and back-to-back wins by Dallas put them six points ahead and clinched the conference.

Portland Timbers 1, Real Salt Lake 0

Portland: Fanendo Adi 54’

Portland is sitting at 4th in the West after this weekend, but they won’t clinch unless they beat the Colorado Rapids this Sunday.

Orlando City SC 2, NYCFC 1

Orlando: Cyle Larin 62’, 70’

NYCFC: Kwame Watson-Siriboe 45+2’

NYCFC’s season is already done, but the Lions still have a microscopic chance of making into the playoffs that requires them to destroy the Union on Sunday by 5 goals or so, and hope NYCFC does the same to the Revs. So, realistically, they’re done. But the future does look very bright for superstar-in-the-making Cyle Larin.

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Sporting Kansas City 0

San Jose: Anibal Godoy 47’

It’s still not quite over for San Jose, but their best case scenario is that they can beat FC Dallas this Sunday and then hope for a Seattle or SKC loss.

Columbus Crew 2, Toronto FC 0

Columbus: Ethan Finley 40’, Federico Higuain 90+1’

For once Kei Kamara didn’t hit the back of the net, but Columbus still solidified their standing in the East with a 2-0 win over Toronto. They have already clinched a spot, but a win over DC United this weekend would punch them a ticket straight to the semis.

Montreal Impact 1, New England Revolution 0

Montreal: Ignacio Piatti 55’

The Eastern Conference is so crowded that this road win over the Revs was necessary for the Impact just to make it into November, but depending on how Sunday shakes out, they could finish as high as the 3rd seed.

FC Dallas 1, Real Salt Lake 0

Dallas: David Texeira 57’

Congratulations on clinching the No. 1 seed in the West, Frisco. Hope you get bounced in your first game.

DC United 4, Chicago Fire 0

DC: Chris Pontius 39’, Bobby Boswell 67’, Fabian Espindola 71’, Alvaro Saborio 80’

New York Red Bulls 4, Philadelphia Union 1

New York: Mike Grella 1’, Bradley-Wright Phillips 4’, Mike Grella 17’, Kemar Lawrence 44’

Philadelphia: Sebastien Le Toux 55’

The New York Red Bulls were very intent on clinching that No. 1 seed in the East, and they came out of the gates guns blazing, with two goals just in the first 5 minutes against Philadelphia. The three points they picked up here were enough to clinch the conference and earn a first round bye.

Houston Dynamo 1, Seattle Sounders 1

Houston: Ricardo Clark 65’

Seattle: Obafemi Martins 82’

It looked for a minute like Rico Clark might have delivered a game-winner to keep the season alive, but it was not meant to be and Houston’s season came to a close on Sunday. Somehow giving up a goal late to end the home finale in a tie perfectly sums up what the 2015 Houston Dynamo were; just good enough to get your hopes up, but ultimately not playoff-worthy.

Portland Timbers 5, LA Galaxy 2

Portland: Fanendo Adi 65’, 68’, Diego Chara 74’, Darlington Nagbe 85’, Maximiliano Urruti 90’

Los Angeles: Robbie Keane 36’, 84’