MLS Roundup: Despite international action, several key games were played by teams seeking the Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Playoffs

With a limited amount of action occurring this week due to international games being played, two top-five teams in the race for the Supporters’ shield saw action and several other teams fought to maintain their spot in the playoffs.

New England Revolution 4-0 Orlando City SC

The Revolution performed a demolition of Orlando City with the aid of Kei Kamara’s hat trick.

Kei Kamara got the Revs off to a solid start in the 26th minute with a leaping finish of Scot Caldwell’s excellent cross. Lee Nguyen would have made it two for the Revs in the 43rd minute had video review not called Teal Bunbury offside in the build-up. Kei Kamara finally made it two for the Revs in the 75th minute after he miraculously maintains possession of the ball just outside Orlando’s penalty box, and then plays a 1-2 with Lee Nguyen to set up the goal.

Orlando’s woes were compounded in the 80th minute when Jose Aja was sent off in the 80th minute after receiving a second yellow for a tactical foul on Kei Kamara. Kamara would get his hat trick nine minutes later with a well-placed shot following a run from 40-yards out. Teal Bunbury made it four for the revs in the second minute of extra time after an unselfish cross by Kristian Nemeth.

Montreal Impact 0-1 Chicago Fire

The Fire end four-game losing streak with an important win over the Impact.

A straight-red was given to Deian Boldur in the 52nd minute after VAR determined that his rough tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger deserved more than the yellow he was initially received. Bastian Schweinsteiger would be the one to score the only goal of the game in the 59th minute after he found himself on the receiving end of a cross from Matt Polster.

FC Dallas 2-2 New York Red Bulls

Ten-man Dallas come from behind twice to earn a well-deserved point against the Red Bulls.

Dallas midfielder Jacori Hayes was sent off in the 37th minute after receiving a second-yellow, marking the start of what would be a difficult night for Dallas. Sacha Kljestan put the Red Bulls on the board in the 43rd minute with a superb curled effort following a back-heel pass by Bradley Wright-Phillips.

Hernan Grana drew Dallas level in the 54th minute with a superb shot from close range assisted by Michael Barrios. Aaron Long put the Red Bulls back in the lead three minutes later with a superb header assisted by Kljestan’s freekick. Mauro Diaz brought Dallas level once again in the 75th minute with a well-struck penalty, earned by Michael Barrios.

LA Galaxy 3-0 Colorado Rapids

The Galaxy run wild against the Rapids to end a run of ten games without a win, and earn only their second home win of the season. Romain Alessandrini opened scoring for the Galaxy in the 18th minute with a goal from the penalty spot after Gyasi Zardes was brought down in the box by Rapids keeper Zac MacMath. Emmanuel Boateng made it two for the Galaxy in the 23rd minute with a shot from the edge of the box, assisted by Gyasi Zardes.

Gyasi Zardes netted a goal of his own in the 56th minute after getting a toe on the end of Alessandrini’s pass across the mouth of the goal to put the Galaxy up 3-0 and end scoring for the night.

New York City FC 1-0 Sporting Kansas City

NYCFC cap a solid performance with a late winner against SKC.

After a generally dominant performance, against a defensively solid SKC, NYCFC’s Jack Harrison is the one to score the winning goal. With superb control of the ball in the box, and all the time in the world, Jack Harrison volleyed home the winner in the 84th minute just under the outstretched body of SKC keeper Tim Melia.

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