MLS Supporters' Shield leaders Los Angeles FC defeated Portland Timbers 3-2, while defending champions Atlanta United won thanks to Josef Martinez.

High-flying LAFC crashed the re-opening of Portland's Providence Park on Saturday – star Carlos Vela scoring again to lead the visitors.

Vela broke the deadlock with his league-leading 16th goal of the campaign after the former Arsenal and Real Sociedad forward slotted in the sixth-minute opener.

Diego Rossi made it 2-0 for LAFC in the 34th minute before Cristhian Paredes reduced the Timbers' deficit within a minute of the second half.

However, Latif Blessing restored LAFC's two-goal advantage eight minutes later, with Brian Fernandez's late bicycle kick proving a consolation.

Unbeaten in eight games and with just one defeat all season, LAFC are nine points clear of city rivals LA Galaxy in the Western Conference.

Martinez, meanwhile, was the hero as Atlanta accounted for Chicago Fire 2-0 on home soil at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

The Venezuela international recorded his second consecutive brace to lead Atlanta to back-to-back victories.

Martinez, who has five goals in his past three games, scored twice in the first half as Atlanta moved within a point of Eastern Conference leaders DC United.

Wayne Rooney's DC were held to a 1-1 draw by San Jose Earthquakes, who were again aided by record goalscorer Chris Wondolowski.

In other results, Nani scored in Orlando City's 3-0 win at Montreal Impact, New York Red Bulls routed Real Salt Lake 4-0, Colorado Rapids beat FC Cincinnati 3-1, Houston Dynamo drew 1-1 with Sporting Kansas City, Dallas edged Seattle Sounders 2-1 and New York City earned a 2-2 draw against Columbus Crew.

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.

Chris Wondolowski scored a brace to take his MLS career tally to 150 regular-season goals in San Jose Earthquakes' 2-1 win over Toronto.

Wondolowski broke Landon Donovan's record with four goals in last week's victory over Chicago Fire and the Earthquakes great was at it again on Sunday.

Toronto led through Richie Laryea's 28th-minute opener at BMO Field, where the Canadian midfielder slid in to put the hosts ahead.

However, United States international striker Wondolowski stepped up to restore parity nine minutes later to extend his MLS record of goals.

And the 36-year-old secured victory in the 81st minute by tapping in a Cristian Espinoza cross to make it back-to-back San Jose wins, while Toronto slumped to a fifth consecutive game without success.

The win moved San Jose within a point of the play-off places in the Western Conference, while Toronto remain seventh in the Eastern Conference.

Meanwhile, Johnny Russell's hat-trick inspired Sporting Kansas City to a 3-2 triumph at home to Seattle Sounders.

Russell – who scored twice in the first half – was the difference at Children's Mercy Park, where his three goals settled a five-goal thriller.

It was Sporting KC's first league victory since March 30 as the Sounders – second in the west and eight points adrift of Los Angeles FC – lost ground.

Wayne Rooney scored but DC United were beaten in MLS as record-breaker Chris Wondolowski stole the show on Saturday.

Rooney netted his seventh goal of the campaign in DC's 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The former Manchester United and England captain tapped in an Ulises Segura cross in the 46th minute.

However, DC fell behind in the space of two minutes after goals from Memo Rodriguez and Tommy McNamara.

Rodriguez equalised with a fine individual effort before McNamara scrambled in an Adam Lundqvist cross at the back post.

Paul Arriola was sent off late on for DC, who are second to Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference after Union drew 0-0 at home to the Seattle Sounders.

In San Jose, Wondolowski was the star with a four-goal haul in the Earthquakes' 4-1 win over Chicago Fire.

He went past Landon Donovan for most goals in MLS history, moving onto 148.

Wondolowski tapped in a Shea Salinas pass for the opener before breaking Donovan's record when he capitalised on an error from Chicago goalkeeper David Ousted.

But there was more to come, completing his hat-trick and adding a fourth before Aleksandar Katai's consolation goal for the Fire.

San Jose are eighth in the Western Conference, while Chicago are in the same position in the east.

Elsewhere, Minnesota United edged Columbus Crew 1-0 and Real Salt Lake recorded a 3-0 win over a 10-man Toronto.

Montreal Impact and New England Revolution drew 0-0 and the Vancouver Whitecaps struck late to hold Sporting Kansas City to a 1-1 draw.

Atlanta United continued their good run of form in MLS, while DC United recorded a narrow win on Sunday.

Gonzalo Martinez's goal was enough for Atlanta to claim a fourth straight victory by beating Orlando City 1-0 in Georgia.

Former River Plate midfielder Martinez scored his first goal for the club in the 14th minute, brilliantly curling Hector Villalba's pass into the top corner.

Frank de Boer's men climbed into fifth in the Eastern Conference, six points behind the top two in Philadelphia Union and DC United.

DC joined Philadelphia on 23 points thanks to a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City at Audi Field.

Paul Arriola received Wayne Rooney's pass before curling an effort past Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia from the edge of the area.

Josef Martinez kick-started his MLS campaign with a brace in Atlanta United's 3-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

Martinez – coming off a 35-goal MLS season last year – struck twice as defending champions Atlanta climbed up to ninth in the Eastern Conference.

The Venezuela international moved onto four league goals for the season, while Ezequiel Barco also netted for the visitors in Kansas.

Martinez bravely opened the scoring for Frank de Boer's men six minutes before half-time.

Barco's powerful strike was spilled by Tim Melia, Martinez on hand to tuck away the rebound as the Sporting goalkeeper dived at his feet.

Having already warned Sporting, Barco doubled the lead from 25 yards early in the second half, firing into the bottom corner.

Martinez's clinical finish – again set up by Barco – sealed Atlanta's win and left Sporting in 10th in the Western Conference.

MLS champions Atlanta United won their first home game of the season to ease pressure on Frank de Boer, while Sporting Kansas City and New England Revolution drew 4-4.

Atlanta overcame fellow strugglers and winless Colorado Rapids 1-0 courtesy of Julian Gressel at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday.

Struggling for form since former Inter and Crystal Palace boss De Boer replaced Gerardo Martino at the start of the season, Atlanta finally gave their fans something to celebrate on home soil following two draws and a loss.

Gressel's goal with 16 minutes remaining gave Atlanta their second win in five matches, though the titleholders remain 10th in the 12-team Eastern Conference and four points adrift of the top seven while the Rapids are bottom in the west with just two points.

New York City occupy the seventh and final playoff spot in the east following their 1-1 draw at home to Orlando City, whose Nani scored his fifth goal in four games.

It was an eight-goal thriller in Kansas City, where Sporting and nine-man New England shared the points on Saturday.

Sporting KC rescued a draw thanks to Krisztian Nemeth's 83rd-minute equaliser against the visiting Revolution, who had Brandon Bye and Jalil Anibaba sent off in the second half.

New England opened the scoring and led 3-1 and 4-2 thanks to Juan Caicedo's first-half brace before Sporting KC rallied and capitalised on their numerical advantage through Nemeth and Felipe Gutierrez – the pair netting two goals apiece.

Philadelphia Union lost ground on Eastern Conference leaders DC United after a 1-1 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Dallas played out a goalless stalemate with San Jose Earthquakes and lowly New York Red Bulls accounted for FC Cincinnati 1-0.

Houston Dynamo were too good for Columbus Crew 2-0, while Toronto lost 2-1 at home to Portland Timbers – who claimed back-to-back victories.

Frank de Boer's Atlanta United suffered another defeat as their stuttering MLS title defence continued, while Nani's late winner saw Orlando City past Vancouver Whitecaps.

Lowly Atlanta were upstaged by FC Dallas 2-1 on Saturday – leaving De Boer's side without a victory at home in the league this season.

Atlanta attempted 22 shots at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where Jesus Ferreira and Bryan Acosta silenced the hosts.

Josef Martinez converted a penalty deep into stoppage-time but it was merely a consolation for Atlanta, who have only won three games in all competitions since former Inter and Crystal Palace boss De Boer replaced Gerardo Martino.

Atlanta are second from bottom in the Eastern Conference with five points from six matches, while Dallas are fourth in the west.

Ex-Manchester United winger and Portuguese star Nani led Orlando to a 1-0 win against the visiting Whitecaps.

Nani deflected Sacha Kljestan's 88th-minute shot beyond Vancouver goalkeeper Zac MacMath for his fourth MLS goal since arriving from Sporting CP.

Former Atletico Madrid midfielder Nicolas Gaitan set up two goals in Chicago Fire's 4-1 rout of winless Colorado Rapids, who ended the match with 10 men.

After Colorado's Kei Kamara cancelled out Nemanja Nikolic's opener prior to half-time, the Fire scored three unanswered goals following the break via Charles Sapong, Djordje Mihailovic and Aleksandar Katai.

Rapids midfielder Jack Price was sent off with four minutes remaining in Chicago to compound Colorado's misery.

Elsewhere, New England edged New York Red Bulls 1-0, Portland Timbers ended their winless start to the season by defeating Columbus Crew 3-1, Philadelphia Union accounted for Montreal Impact 3-0 and San Jose Earthquakes crushed Sporting Kansas City 4-1.

Gianluca Busio was Sporting Kansas City's saviour again after his 88th-minute equaliser salvaged an entertaining 2-2 draw at home to New York Red Bulls in MLS.

Sporting KC teenager Busio rescued a point in a 1-1 draw away to FC Cincinnati last week and the 16-year-old sensation was at it again on Sunday.

With the visiting Red Bulls leading 2-1 thanks to Daniel Royer and Brian White – who cancelled out Johnny Russell's 24th-minute opener – Busio came off the bench and claimed a point for Sporting KC.

Substitute Busio was on hand to bundle the ball over the line from an initial corner with two minutes of normal time remaining at Children's Mercy Park, where Sporting KC had suffered a 5-2 second-leg defeat and 10-2 aggregate rout to Monterrey in the CONCACAF Champions League semi-final on Thursday.

There was still plenty of drama in the closing stages after Sporting KC's Daniel Salloi rattled the crossbar, while Red Bulls midfielder Kaku was sent off for kicking a ball into the crowd from close range.

Sporting KC are seventh in the Western Conference with nine points, while the Red Bulls are ninth in the east and three points adrift of the top seven.

Monterrey set up an all-Mexican CONCACAF Champions League final with Tigres UANL after dismantling Sporting Kansas City 5-2 in the second leg.

Miguel Layun scored a stunning free-kick as Monterrey twice came from behind to beat hosts Sporting KC on Thursday and claim a crushing 10-2 aggregate victory.

MLS outfit Sporting KC faced an uphill battle in the semi-final clash following their humiliating 5-0 defeat to the three-time champions in Guadalupe last week.

Gerso Fernandes put Sporting KC ahead on the night thanks to his sixth-minute opener at Children's Mercy Park, though their slim hopes of reaching the final were dashed by Rogelio Funes Mori 14 minutes later.

Fernandes struck again in the 29th minute but Rodolfo Pizarro – like team-mate Funes Mori – responded to restore parity 10 minutes prior to half-time in Kansas City.

After Ilie Sanchez's unsuccessful penalty on the stroke of half-time, Monterrey's former Porto and Watford winger Layun curled a free-kick past Sporting KC goalkeeper Timothy Melia in the 61st minute.

Aviles Hurtado and Funes Mori sealed the semi-final rout during the closing stages as Monterrey progressed to the Champions League decider for the first time since 2013.

The two-legged final will get underway later this month, with Mexican rivals Tigres hosting the first match.

A dreadful defensive mix-up left FC Cincinnati to settle for a 1-1 MLS draw with Sporting Kansas City, whose teenage midfielder Gianluca Busio was on target again on Sunday.

Newcomers Cincinnati have made a strong start to life in MLS, however, successive wins over Portland Timbers and New England Revolution have been followed by a blip in form.

Cincinnati were beaten by Philadelphia Union last time out but looked to be on course to bounce back when Andreu Fontas fouled Roland Lamah in the area and Darren Mattocks slotted into the bottom-right corner from the penalty spot after 19 minutes.

However, Sporting were gifted the equaliser as onrushing goalkeeper Spencer Richey and Greg Garza impeded each other in their efforts to clear a throughball, allowing 16-year-old Busio to roll into the empty net just past the hour-mark.

Busio's second goal in four games proved enough for a share of the spoils, with Cincinnati's Nick Hagglund seeing a late header ruled out for offside.

Cincinnati are fifth in the Eastern Conference, while Sporting are seventh in the Western Conference with the same tally.

Monterrey thrashed Sporting Kansas City 5-0 in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League semi-final on Thursday.

Dorlan Pabon's brace and goals from Aviles Hurtado, Jesus Gallardo and Nicolas Sanchez saw three-time champions Monterrey all but seal a spot in the decider for the first time since 2012-13.

Sporting will need an incredible comeback in the second leg on April 11, with Tigres UANL – who lead Santos Laguna 3-0 – set to face Monterrey in the final.

It is set to mean a team from the United States has failed to reach the decider since Real Salt Lake in 2010-11.

Pabon opened the scoring in the seventh minute for Monterrey in Guadalupe after a pass from Rogelio Funes Mori.

Hurtado scored a scrappy second in the 14th minute before the hosts dominated the second half.

Gallardo tapped in at the back post 10 minutes following the interval, before Sanchez converted a 70th-minute penalty.

The rout continued through Pabon's second as Monterrey recorded a resounding victory.

Carlos Vela inspired Los Angeles FC to a big MLS win, while Krisztian Nemeth also scored a hat-trick for Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.

Leaders of the Western Conference, Los Angeles recorded a resounding 5-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Vela opened the scoring in the eighth minute when San Jose goalkeeper Daniel Vega missed his clearance from a Mark-Anthony Kaye pass, allowing the Mexican to tap in.

A beautiful pass from Eduard Atuesta set up Steven Beitashour for LA's second before Vela scored again on the stroke of half-time after a pass from Diego Rossi.

Vela completed his hat-trick in stunning fashion, curling a wonderful 25-yard effort into the top corner, before he also set up Rossi.

That proved not to be the biggest win of the day as Sporting hammered the Montreal Impact 7-1.

Johnny Russell scored a fine opener before Gerso Fernandes set up Nemeth in the 43rd minute.

Gerso also set up Felipe Gutierrez prior to the break, and it got ugly for Montreal in the second half.

Russell completed his brace before setting up Nemeth, who had a hat-trick after Gianluca Busio also got on the scoresheet.

Saphir Taider managed a late consolation goal for Montreal.

Elsewhere, Atlanta United's winless start to the season continued with a 2-0 loss to Eastern Conference leaders Columbus Crew.

Chicago Fire edged the New York Red Bulls 1-0 and the New England Revolution overcame Minnesota United 2-1.

Philadelphia Union recorded a 2-0 win over Cincinnati, Houston Dynamo cruised past the Colorado Rapids 4-1, Dallas beat Real Salt Lake 4-2 and the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders drew 0-0.

Kendall Waston wrote his name into FC Cincinnati history as Major League Soccer’s newest franchise recorded their first victory in a 3-0 triumph against Portland Timbers.

Club captain Watson netted the first MLS goal in Cincinnati after 15 minutes to give the Orange and Blue a perfect start in front of 32,250 fans at Nippert Stadium.

Allan Cruz and Mathieu Deplagne extended the lead in the second half to get the Ohio-based side up and running in Week 3, while Larrys Mabiala was sent off for the Timbers.

Veteran United States international Jozy Altidore made a dream return from injury to net a later winner as Toronto FC edged out New England Revolution 3-2 at BMO Field.

Carles Gil had given the Revs a ninth-minute lead before Ayo Akinola and Jordan Hamilton flipped the game on its head at 2-1 before half-time.

Former Spain Under-21 international Gil levelled the scores up after the break but Altidore came off the bench to score a decisive strike for the Reds on 80 minutes, several months after being sidelined with an ankle injury.

Mexico international Carlos Vela saved the day for Los Angeles FC, twice scoring equalising goals to spoil the party for New York FC at Yankee Stadium.

Romanian striker Alexandru Mitrita struck his first goal since joining NYCFC as a designated player in the off-season on 39 minutes, but Vela pounced four minutes later.

Alexander Ring restored the Blues lead on 62 minutes before Vela made sure he had the final word from the penalty spot on 76 minutes to earn a share of the spoils.

 

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— LAFC (@LAFC) March 17, 2019

Johnny Russell saved the day for Sporting KC when he scored in the 88th minute to deny Colorado Rapids a victory.

Diego Rubio had opened the scoring on 54 minutes in the 1-1 draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The points were also shared at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as defending MLS Cup champions Atlanta United were held by Philadelphia Union.

Brenden Aaronson’s 47th-minute strike had set the visitors up for an upset victory, until Ezequiel Barco levelled the game at 1-1 on 70 minutes.

Krisztian Nemeth stole the show as Sporting Kansas City rallied late to beat Independiente 3-0 and book the club's first trip to the CONCACAF Champions League semi-finals.

Sporting were facing a 2-1 deficit from the first leg in Panama, but knew a single-goal victory at Children's Mercy Park would be enough to seal their place in the final four.

The hosts dominated from the off but struggled to break down a stubborn Independiente backline, as the game remained a 0-0 stalemate with the clock ticking past 70 minutes.

But the moment Peter Vermes' side had been waiting for finally arrived in the 74th minute when Botond Barath's header found his fellow Hungarian Nemeth 12 yards out and the striker's volley sparked pandemonium in the stands.

With Independiente needing a goal to regain the advantage, the MLS outfit cut through the visitors seven minutes later as Gerso Fernandes and Johnny Russell combined to set up Roger Espinoza to extend KC's lead to 2-0 and 3-2 on aggregate.

Nemeth doubled his tally and put the result beyond doubt in the 86th minute to leave Sporting KC as the United States' sole representatives in the CONCACAF Champions League after New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo and Atlanta United were all eliminated in the quarter-finals.

Sporting KC will face a two-legged semi-final showdown with Monterrey in April, while Tigres UANL and Santos Laguna contest the other tie in an all-Mexican affair.

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