Carlos Vela broke the record for most combined goals and assists in a single MLS season as Los Angeles FC secured a play-off spot, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace for LA Galaxy.

Vela took his tally to 39 overall thanks to 24 goals and 15 assists following LAFC's 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday.

The Mexican star – who still has nine regular-season matches remaining – eclipsed the previous record of 38 set by Sebastian Giovinco in 2015 with 22 goals and 16 assists.

Vela converted a 64th-minute penalty to make history and give league leaders LAFC the lead, while Adama Diomande sealed victory with eight minutes remaining.

"It's a good thing," former Real Sociedad forward Vela said about holding the record. "Always."

LAFC are the first team to book a spot in the post-season as they sit 16 points clear atop the Western Conference, while they are 13 points ahead of Philadelphia Union in the race for the Supporters' Shield.

Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia lost 2-0 away to lowly Chicago Fire.

Ibrahimovic was at the double as the 10-man Galaxy played out an entertaining 2-2 draw against Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

The Galaxy had defender Daniel Steres sent off in the sixth minute, but the home side still managed to salvage a point thanks to Ibrahimovic's two goals, which were sandwiched in between Raul Ruidiaz's opener and a Jorgen Skjelvik own goal with eight minutes remaining.

Ibrahimovic's Galaxy are third in the west and a point behind Minnesota United, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Orlando City.

Elsewhere, Dallas overturned a three-goal deficit to draw 3-3 at Montreal Impact, New York City routed lowly FC Cincinnati 4-1, DC United lost 1-0 to Vancouver Whitecaps and New York Red Bulls drew 1-1 with New England Revolution.

A quick-fire Mauro Manotas brace earned Houston Dynamo a 2-2 draw against Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City edged San Jose Earthquakes 2-1, while Toronto drew 2-2 with Columbus Crew thanks to Jozy Altidore 90th-minute equaliser.

MLS has backed Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya's stand against gun violence after he labeled the situation in the United States as "absurd" in the wake of mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

Bedoya, who opened the scoring in Philadelphia's 5-1 thrashing of DC United, took his chance to send a message to the nation's leaders.

After finding the bet, Bedoya ran toward an on-field microphone and shouted: "Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let's go!"

In response, MLS released a statement that didn't mention Bedoya specifically but alluded to his actions: "The Major League Soccer family joins everyone in grieving for the loss of lives in Texas and Ohio, and we understand that our players and staff have strong and passionate views on this issue.”

The weekend shootings resulted in the deaths of 30 people, sparking fresh calls for politicians to address the country's gun laws.

Speaking after Sunday's game, Bedoya, 32, said he wanted to take his chance to push for change.

"It's absurd. I'm not going to sit idly and watch this stuff happen and not say something," the former USA international told a news conference.

"Before I'm an athlete, before I'm a soccer player, I'm a human being first. This stuff affects me. I've got kids. I mean, I can't be the only one here... all you guys I'm sure feel the same way in this day and age, in our society.

"I'm dropping my kids off at school and I'm looking around paranoid, thinking about exit strategy, when I'm at the mall, when I'm at a movie theater, when I'm at a concert, a festival down the street, big gatherings.

"Something's got to be done. It's got to the point where we've almost become numb to it and that's a big problem."

By Monday, it was clear that MLS wouldn't punish Bedoya for his actions, a possibility that Bedoya was unfazed by because, he said, he had to stand up for what he believed in.

"I don't care. Fine me if they want. I've got to make a stand. Like I said, I'm a human being before I'm an athlete, you know what I mean, and that should be everybody here," he said.

"We're all human beings, we're all affected by this type of stuff. I don't know about you but my kids man... it's scary, man, to think about what can happen at any time, right now, in this day and age, here in America."

Philadelphia Union captain Alejandro Bedoya explained his stand against gun violence, labelling the situation in the United States as "absurd".

Bedoya opened the scoring in Philadelphia's 5-1 thrashing of 10-man DC United in MLS on Sunday and the midfielder took his chance to send a message to the nation's leaders.

Mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio over the weekend resulted in the deaths of 29 people, sparking fresh calls for politicians to address the country's gun laws.

After scoring, Bedoya ran towards an on-field microphone and shouted: "Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let's go!"

Speaking after the game, the 32-year-old said he wanted to take his chance to push for change.

"It's absurd. I'm not going to sit idly and watch this stuff happen and not say something," the former USA international told a news conference.

"Before I'm an athlete, before I'm a soccer player, I'm a human being first. This stuff affects me. I've got kids. I mean, I can't be the only one here... all you guys I'm sure feel the same way in this day and age, in our society.

"I'm dropping my kids off at school and I'm looking around paranoid, thinking about exit strategy, when I'm at the mall, when I'm at a movie theatre, when I'm at a concert, a festival down the street, big gatherings.

"Something's got to be done. It's got to the point where we've almost become numb to it and that's a big problem."

Bedoya is unfazed by the possibility of sanctions from MLS officials, saying he had to stand up for what he believed in.

"I don't care. Fine me if they want. I've got to make a stand. Like I said, I'm a human being before I'm an athlete, you know what I mean, and that should be everybody here," he said.

"We're all human beings, we're all affected by this type of stuff. I don't know about you but my kids man... it's scary, man, to think about what can happen at any time, right now, in this day and age, here in America."

Philadelphia Union crushed 10-man DC United 5-1 to return to the top of the Eastern Conference but there was more to the game than three points for captain Alejandro Bedoya.

Bedoya set the tone away to DC in Washington, where the Union skipper opened the scoring in the third minute on Sunday.

The former United States international used his early goal to take a stand against gun violence after two mass shootings rocked the country on Saturday.

At least 29 people were killed as a result of two mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, sparking growing calls for politicians to address the nation's gun laws.

After scoring past Bill Hamid, Bedoya ran towards an on-field microphone and shouted: "Congress, do something now. End gun violence. Let's go!"

It was all about the Union in the American capital, where the visitors doubled their lead via Marco Fabian in first-half stoppage time after Junior Moreno had been sent off minutes earlier.

Moreno received a red card following a VAR review for pulling down Kacper Przybylko, who missed the 41st-minute penalty.

Przybylko did manage to score seven minutes into the second half to make it 3-0 for the Union, while DC's Frederic Brilliant reduced the deficit two minutes later.

Fabian added his second of the match with 20 minutes remaining and Fabrice Picault capped the rout at the death for Philadelphia, who are three points clear of Atlanta United in the east.

Elsewhere, in-form Minnesota United extended their unbeaten run to seven games by edging Portland Timbers 1-0 and Sporting Kansas City upstaged Seattle Sounders 3-2.

Lassi Lappalainen impressed on debut as Montreal Impact thrashed Philadelphia Union in MLS on Saturday, while LA Galaxy were well beaten.

Braces from Lappalainen and Orji Okwonkwo saw Montreal crush Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia 4-0 in Quebec.

Zachary Brault-Guillard's beautiful pass set up Lappalainen for the opener after just four minutes, before a powerful finish from Okwonkwo doubled Montreal's lead.

Lappalainen, the 20-year-old who only arrived on loan at Remi Garde's Impact from Bologna earlier this month, made it 3-0 just 15 seconds into the second half.

Okwonkwo sealed Montreal's win as they ended a four-game losing streak in MLS to climb into sixth in the Eastern Conference.

In Portland, the Galaxy went down to the Timbers as Cristhian Paredes scored a brace in a 4-0 win.

Paredes' header put Portland ahead before Diego Valeri's brilliant individual effort made it 2-0.

The Timbers had to wait until late on to seal their win, Paredes and Jeremy Ebobisse on the scoresheet either side of Efrain Alvarez's red card for the Galaxy, while Dairon Asprilla and Diego Polenta were also sent off.

Galaxy dropped to third in the Western Conference after the Seattle Sounders' 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo.

Jozy Altidore scored in Toronto's 2-1 victory at home to Cincinnati, Columbus Crew edged the New York Red Bulls 3-2 and New England Revolution beat Orlando City 4-1.

The San Jose Earthquakes claimed a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids and there were three goalless draws as Chicago Fire held DC United, Dallas and Real Salt Lake were unable to be separated and Minnesota United's clash against the Vancouver Whitecaps also finished scoreless.

Philadelphia Union returned to winning ways to maintain their lead atop the Eastern Conference, while San Jose Earthquakes triumphed again in MLS.

The Union bounced back from their worst loss of the season – a 4-0 rout at the hands of Real Salt Lake last week – to beat Chicago Fire 2-0 on Saturday.

Philadelphia had only won one of five MLS fixtures heading into the match, but the Union consolidated top spot in the east with DC United due to play on Sunday, thanks to Marco Fabian and Anthony Fontana.

Fabian's thunderous first-time strike from outside the area put the Union ahead in the 11th minute and his second-half replacement Fontana sealed the win with 25 minutes remaining.

San Jose extended their winning streak to three matches by overcoming lowly Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.

The Earthquakes conceded first to the Western Conference's bottom side – Vancouver – in the seventh minute but goals from Valeri Qazaishvili, Chris Wondolowski and Magnus Eriksson saw San Jose to victory.

Elsewhere, New York City defeated 10-man Colorado Rapids 2-1, Houston Dynamo were too good for Toronto 3-1, Montreal Impact lost 2-1 against Columbus Crew, Dallas beat Sporting Kansas City 2-0 and RSL salvaged a 1-1 draw with Minnesota United.

Real Salt Lake showed no mercy as they shocked high-flying Philadelphia Union 4-0 in MLS, while Jozy Altidore's stunner inspired Toronto.

Jefferson Savarino guided RSL with a brace and an assist to upstage visiting Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia on Saturday.

Savarino latched onto an Aaron Herrera ball to open the scoring in the 23rd minute and the Venezuela international doubled the lead with 19 minutes remaining at Rio Tinto Stadium.

After Savarino rifled home a second, Albert Rusnak and Damir Kreilach completed the rout inside the final nine minutes of regulation.

The result left Philadelphia with just one win from five games and four points clear of DC United in the east, while RSL are sixth in the Western Conference.

Altidore's memorable 95th-minute free-kick saw Toronto past Canadian rivals Montreal Impact 2-0 away from home.

United States international Altidore curled a set-piece beyond Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush in Montreal following Alejandro Pozuelo's 61st-minute opener.

Columbus Crew fell to their fifth consecutive defeat and eighth straight game without a win after losing 1-0 to Orlando City, while lowly FC Cincinnati made it back-to-back victories by upstaging Chicago Fire 2-1.

Elsewhere, Mason Toye converted a stoppage-time penalty to lift Minnesota United to a 1-0 win after Reto Ziegler missed a 98th-minute spot-kick for Dallas, Sporting Kansas City accounted for Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 and Portland Timbers drew 2-2 with Colorado Rapids.

High-flying Los Angeles FC eased past Sporting Kansas City 5-1 in MLS, while Chicago Fire routed 10-man Atlanta United on Wednesday.

There were no surprises in Kansas City, where Supporters' Shield leaders LAFC scored four second-half goals to complete a crushing victory midweek.

LAFC led 1-0 at half-time through Christian Ramirez's 28th-minute opener and the visitors put Sporting KC to the sword after the break at Children's Mercy Park.

Diego Rossi doubled the lead five minutes into the second half before Carlos Vela made it 3-0 in the 63rd minute, with Rodolfo Zelaya restoring LAFC's three-goal advantage after Yohan Croizet pulled one back for the hosts – who had an 82nd-minute penalty saved by Pablo Sisniega.

LAFC – nine points clear in the Western Conference – added some gloss to the scoreline via Mohamed El Monir in stoppage time as Bob Bradley's side made it nine wins in 10 games.

MLS champions Atlanta were humbled 5-1 by Chicago after playing the remaining 79 minutes with 10 men.

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez was sent off for a handball in the 11th minute as Atlanta already trailed the Fire 2-0 in Chicago.

And Frank de Boer's men were no match for the Fire, who added another three goals before half-time via Nicolas Gaitan, Charles Sapong and Fabian Herbers.

Brandon Vazquez converted a penalty approaching the hour mark to pull a goal back for Atlanta, who are fourth in the Eastern Conference, while the Fire are eighth and a point adrift of the play-off places.

Elsewhere, New York City extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games in all competitions by beating Seattle Sounders 3-0, Houston Dynamo snapped their losing run with a 4-0 drubbing of New York Red Bulls, Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union were 3-1 winners over Orlando City, Minnesota United trumped San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 and Real Salt Lake edged Columbus Crew 1-0.

LA Galaxy were well beaten in the California Clasico in MLS on Saturday, while Minnesota United thrashed Cincinnati 7-1.

Looking to capitalise on Los Angeles FC's shock loss to the Colorado Rapids, Galaxy went down to the San Jose Earthquakes 3-0 at Stanford Stadium.

Valeri Qazaishvili's 20-yard strike gave San Jose an 11th-minute lead and they sealed their win late on.

Shea Salinas doubled the lead with eight minutes remaining and Tommy Thompson's individual effort secured three points.

The result left Galaxy six points adrift of Western Conference leaders LAFC, while the Earthquakes jumped to fifth.

At Allianz Field, Minnesota United crushed Cincinnati 7-1.

The hosts struck four times in the first half through Ike Opara, Hassani Dotson, Ethan Finlay and Angelo Rodriguez.

They added three more goals in the final 20 minutes, including Opara completing his brace, in a thrashing of the Eastern Conference's bottom team.

Elsewhere, Justin Meram's brace lifted Atlanta United to a 2-1 win over Montreal Impact.

DC United closed the gap to Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union despite needing a 92nd-minute penalty from Wayne Rooney to draw 1-1 at home to Toronto.

DC are within a point of Philadelphia, who suffered a 4-2 loss to New York City at Yankee Stadium.

Nani set up both goals in Orlando City's 2-0 win over Columbus Crew, Sam Johnson netted a brace in Real Salt Lake's 2-0 victory against Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution edged Houston Dynamo 2-1.

Kelvin Leerdam's 96th-minute goal saw the Seattle Sounders overcome the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0.

Toronto upset Atlanta United in an MLS thriller on Wednesday, while Wayne Rooney's incredible goal was enough for DC United.

Alejandro Pozuelo's 94th-minute penalty lifted Toronto to a 3-2 victory over Atlanta at BMO Field in Ontario.

Toronto had opened the scoring inside 30 seconds through Tsubasa Endoh, but they found themselves behind midway through the first half.

Julian Gressel's finish from an angle followed Pity Martinez's 17th-minute spot-kick to put Atlanta ahead.

The wild first half continued when Pozuelo brought Toronto level, heading in a Jacob Shaffelburg cross from the left.

And Greg Vanney's Toronto ended an eight-match winless run in dramatic fashion.

Pozuelo put away a penalty in the 94th minute but there was more to come, a spot-kick awarded to Atlanta following a VAR review after the final whistle.

However, Martinez blazed the penalty over the crossbar, Toronto's win lifting them into seventh in the Eastern Conference.

Atlanta are fourth, but they lost ground to the three teams above them in Philadelphia Union, Montreal Impact and DC United.

Rooney's moment of brilliance was enough for DC as the forward scored from well inside his own half in a 1-0 win over Orlando City.

Philadelphia hold a two-point lead at the top but played out a 1-1 draw with New England Revolution, while Montreal edged the Portland Timbers 2-1.

Dallas were pegged back late to draw 2-2 at home to the Vancouver Whitecaps and the San Jose Earthquakes recorded a 2-0 win over Houston Dynamo.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney have both missed out on the MLS mid-season Team of the Year.

LA Galaxy star Ibrahimovic has netted 11 league goals so far this term, while Rooney has scored eight times for DC United.

Neither have made the cut, however, in the Opta-powered team of the season so far.

Carlos Vela and Ezequiel Barco are the headline acts in the XI, but who else has been included?

Goalkeeper – Bill Hamid (DC United)

Bill Hamid's return to MLS and DC United has gone as well as – if not better than – anyone could have hoped. Among goalkeepers with eight or more appearances this season, he leads the league in save percentage (78.8 per cent), is second in saves per game (four) and clean sheets (seven). He is also tied for third in average goals against (1.1) and fourth in goals prevented (3.9).


Right-back – Raymon Gaddis (Philadelphia Union)

A member of the surprising Philadelphia Union, 29-year-old Gaddis has started all 17 of his team's matches and played a total of 1,466 minutes – only five outfield players have more. He is one of 12 defenders to have played more than 1,350 minutes this season and one of just four of those players to not make a single mistake leading to a shot.


Centre-back – Erik Godoy (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Switching to MLS has not been much of an issue for the 25-year-old Argentinian centre-back, who has thrived in the middle of Vancouver's defence. He is one of 19 defenders to have been dribbled past three times or fewer (minimum of 1,000 minutes played), is tied for third in blocked shots (16) and tied for fifth in clearances (70).


Centre-back – Leandro Gonzalez-Pirez (Atlanta United)

The 27-year-old Argentinian has been a stalwart member of Atlanta's backline since his debut, and 2019 has been no different. He has been a part of all of the Five Stripes' MLS-leading eight clean sheets and leads all defenders with 139 possessions won. He is also one of 15 players with an aerial success of 66 per cent or better (from a minimum of 45 aerial duels).


Left-back – Ali Adnan (Vancouver Whitecaps)

Adnan's attacking ability from the back has been critical for Vancouver in 2019. He is one of only three defenders to have completed 20 dribbles and create 10 or more chances this term. On top of that, he is one of four defenders with 100 or more duels won, and the Whitecaps concede more than double the amount of goals per 90 minutes with him off the pitch (0.9 goals conceded per 90 with Adnan on the field, 2.1 per 90 without him).


Central midfield – Jonathan dos Santos (Los Angeles Galaxy)

The Mexico international has become arguably the most intimidating midfield force in MLS this year. He has won a league-best 155 possessions and has 94 tackles and interceptions – no other player has more than 75. Look no further than the club's numbers with Dos Santos on the pitch for his value to the Galaxy. They average 1.4 goals and one conceded per 90 minutes with him playing. By comparison, they score 0.5 goals and let in 2.1 per match without the Mexican.


Central midfield – Eduard Atuesta (Los Angeles FC)

While Carlos Vela gets most of the plaudits for LAFC's success, midfielder Eduard Atuesta has played a vital role linking the offence and defence together. He is the only player averaging more than 100 touches per game (101, to be exact) and is one of two players with more than 150 possessions won. He also has impressive passing statistics, with an overall accuracy of 87.5 per cent and 75.8 per cent in the final third.


Right attacking midfield – Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC)

The easy decision for mid-season MVP, Vela leads MLS in goals with 16 (five more than any other player), assists (10), shots (87 – 26 more than the next best), shots on target (35) and minutes per goal among players with five or more goals. The only question at this point is; how many records will the Mexico international break this year?


Central attacking midfield – Carles Gil (New England Revolution)

The club's lone designated player has lived up to the billing during his first year in New England. He has had a hand in just under half of the Revolution's goals this year (four goals and four assists) and has been an effective pest in the final third, where he has won possession 31 times – eight more than any other MLS player.


Left attacking midfield – Ezequiel Barco (Atlanta United)

Stepping out of the shadow of Miguel Almiron, the 20-year-old has four goals and one assist in eight appearances this year and was coming into his own before leaving for the Under-20 World Cup. He is one of eight players averaging at least three chances created per 90 minutes (3.1) and is one of 12 players to have an xG [expected goals] record of at least two (2.4, tied with Vela for sixth best).


Striker – Raul Ruidiaz (Seattle Sounders)

The 28-year-old Peruvian is enjoying his first full season in Seattle, scoring six goals in 10 appearances this year. He boasts a 35.3 per cent shot conversion rate (the second highest among players with six or more goals) and is scoring once every 119 minutes, record bettered by only three players who have netted at least six times. It does not hurt that 20.3 per cent of his touches have come inside the opponent's box this season, the second highest in the league.

Ilsinho scored a second-half brace as MLS Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia Union overturned a two-goal deficit in their 3-2 win over New York Red Bulls.

Substitute Ilsinho came off the bench and netted twice in 11 minutes to see high-flying Union past the Red Bulls, who led 2-0 at half-time on Saturday.

Goals from Kaku and Brian White had the visiting Red Bulls – riding a five-game unbeaten streak – firmly in control after 45 minutes in Philadelphia.

However, Ilsinho's introduction eight minutes into the second half turned the match on its head at Talen Energy Stadium.

Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho dribbled past Connor Lade before teeing up Jamiro Monteiro to reduce the deficit on the hour-mark.

Ilsinho equalised a minute later after taking on Lade and Daniel Royer as his shot deflected off Sean Nealis and past Luis Robles.

The 33-year-old completed his brace after rebounding Monteiro's penalty, which was initially saved by Robles with 18 minutes remaining.

With back-to-back wins the Union moved four points clear of Montreal Impact, while the fifth-placed Red Bulls slipped seven points off the pace.

Chris Wondolowski took his regular-season MLS career goal tally to 152 in San Jose Earthquakes' 2-2 draw against Dallas.

After Daniel Vega's 27th-minute own goal put Dallas ahead, MLS recordholder Wondolowski equalised just seconds after half-time.

Magnus Eriksson then gave the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead in the 54th minute but Francis Atuahene earned a point for Dallas 11 minutes later.

Meanwhile, Colorado Rapids extended their undefeated run to five games by edging Minnesota United 1-0.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a spectacular goal but LA Galaxy were upset by the New England Revolution in MLS on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic stole the show even in defeat after scoring a stunning second-half bicycle kick in California.

The striker took a touch with his chest that saw him facing the goal, but his second set up a bicycle kick in the 84th minute.

Ibrahimovic is up to 11 MLS goals this season, but Galaxy were beaten 2-1 after New England strikes through Cristian Penilla and Teal Bunbury.

Penilla beat Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham with a powerful strike just before half-time, and Bunbury tucked away the second on the hour-mark.

It meant Ibrahimovic's amazing goal was not enough for Galaxy, who were left in second in the Western Conference, while New England are 11th in the east.

In the day's other game, Philadelphia Union returned to the top of the Eastern Conference with a dramatic 3-2 win over Minnesota United.

After twice giving up a lead, Philadelphia found an 86th-minute winner Auston Trusty, whose brilliant first touch set up the decisive goal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic starred for LA Galaxy on his return from suspension, while Josef Martinez netted a brace for Atlanta United in MLS on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic scored and provided an assist as the Galaxy returned to second in the Western Conference courtesy of a 2-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.

The Swedish star headed a cross into the path of Favio Alvarez to nod in the opener in the 55th minute.

Ibrahimovic, returning from a two-game suspension, sealed the win late on, volleying in an Uriel Antuna cross for his 10th goal of the season.

Galaxy are six points adrift of Los Angeles FC, while Sporting are 11th in the Western Conference.

Atlanta United snapped a two-game losing streak thanks to a 3-0 victory at home to Minnesota United.

Franco Escobar's fine 23rd-minute finish put Atlanta ahead, but they had to wait until late on to wrap up their victory.

Martinez scored twice in additional time to take his tally to eight MLS goals this campaign.

Atlanta are fourth in the Eastern Conference, where the top two in DC United and Philadelphia Union dropped points.

Wayne Rooney provided an assist but DC were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw at home to Chicago Fire.

Philadelphia, meanwhile, played out a 1-1 draw against the struggling Colorado Rapids.

However, third-placed Montreal Impact made no mistake, edging Real Salt Lake 2-1 in Quebec.

Wayne Rooney helped DC United claim a dramatic late draw in MLS on Saturday, while Philadelphia Union suffered a surprise loss.

Rooney's 90th-minute penalty saw DC secure a 1-1 draw against New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

New England goalkeeper Matt Turner was sent off in the 56th minute after a heavy challenge on Rooney, but the hosts still took the lead through a Juan Agudelo header.

However, Rooney stepped up to convert a late spot-kick as DC United took a one-point lead atop the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia could have moved top, but they suffered a 3-1 loss at home to the Portland Timbers.

Brian Fernandez scored a first-half brace, heading in an Andy Polo cross before completing a wonderful team move.

Diego Valeri's brilliant curling strike from 20 yards sealed Portland's win after Kacper Przybylko had pulled a goal back for Union.

The defeat ended Philadelphia's six-match unbeaten run.

Elsewhere, the New York Red Bulls stretched their unbeaten streak to four games by beating Cincinnati 2-0.

Minnesota United edged Houston Dynamo 1-0, the Vancouver Whitecaps overcame Dallas 2-1 and Chicago Fire drew 1-1 against New York City.

Nicolas Mezquida's late goal lifted the Colorado Rapids to a 3-2 victory over Columbus Crew.

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