Columbus, Higuain take down Seattle; New York City FC, New England draw
Columbus Crew SC snapped Seattle Sounders two-game win streak, beating the defending MLS Cup champions 3-0 at Mapfre Stadium on Wednesday night.
Federico Higuain opened the scoring for the hosts in the 10th minute after some sloppy play out of the back from Seattle led to a turnover. Columbus's No. 10 picked up a pass from Hector Jimenez, took one touch and fired a low line drive past Stefan Frei.
And 10 minutes later, Higuain's teammate Justin Meram beat Frei in similar fashion, picking up the ball at midfield, running full tilt at the Seattle goal and curling a low drive past the Sounders keeper to make it 2-0.
Columbus continued to apply the pressure, with Higuain firing just over the crossbar with a first-time effort before the half-hour mark and Ola Kamara blazing just wide of the post from 10 yards away minutes later.
Kamara sent a thunderous shot off the post to start the second half and then left no doubt on a 59th minute effort after Meram played him into the area with a perfectly weighted pass to seal the win for Columbus, who sit in the middle of the Eastern Conference table.
Xavier Kouassi scored his first MLS goal in the 86th minute and the New England Revolution drew with New York City FC.
It was the first time this season New York City has allowed a goal in the final 15 minutes of a match.
Both goals by New England came on headers. In the 24th minute, Kei Kamara headed in Lee Nguyen's corner kick to tie it at one. On the team's second tally, Kelyn Rowe chipped it across the goal to find Kouassi at the back post.
David Villa's run in the 16th minute set up Jack Harrison's easy tap in to open the scoring for NYCFC. Villa took a pass near midfield, weaved through the defense to get to the corner of the six-yard box and squared it across goal for an open Harrison.
NYC took a 2-1 in the 64th minute on Miguel Camargo's header after he entered as a sub three minutes earlier.
Cyle Larin and Giles Barnes scored in the second half to help Orlando City beat D.C. United 2-0 on a rainy night for its sixth victory at home.
DC United has been shut out eight times this season, including four of its last five, while Orlando City stopped its club-record winless streak at six.
Larin fought through a hold in the box to head in Will Johnson's free kick in the 66th minute for a 1-0 lead. Barnes, a second-half sub, scored his first goal for Orlando in the 88th on a shot from distance that slipped through Bill Hamid's hands.
D.C. United's best scoring chance came in the 74th minute. Lamar Neagle intercepted a poor back pass, touched it past goalkeeper Joe Bendik, who came out of his area, but Neagle's shot was saved off the back line by defender Jonathan Spector and again by a hustling Bendik.
The kickoff was delayed for nearly an hour because of lightning in the area.
Erick Torres scored his 10th goal of the season and the Houston Dynamo beat Real Salt Lake 5-1 to move into first place in the Western Conference.
Houston has won seven of its last eight home games, scoring 24 goals. Real Salt Lake ended a three-game scoreless run on the road with Joao Plata's free kick in the 63rd minute.
Houston took the lead on an own goal by Justin Schmidt in the third minute. Mauro Manotas was left alone on the left side of the box and his cross in front of goal was knocked in by a sliding Schmidt.
Alex scored his first goal of the season in the 15th minute for a 2-0 lead. A short corner kick was sent back to Alex and he dribbled to the penalty spot for a shot through traffic. Manotas closed the first half with a goal in the 45th off Torres' back-heal pass.
Torres scored on an easy tap-in early in the second half for his eighth goal in seven home matches. Leonardo capped the scoring with a powerful header in the 68th.