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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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.

Los Angeles FC continued their strong start to the MLS season, while Atlanta United were held on Sunday.

Bob Bradley's LA made it two wins from two with a 4-1 thrashing of the Portland Timbers at the Banc of California Stadium.

Mark-Anthony Kaye, Christian Ramirez, Adama Diomande and Carlos Vela scored in a comprehensive victory.

Kaye headed in a 14th-minute opener from Vela's corner, only for Jeremy Ebobisse to bring the Timbers level from a set-piece of their own.

But Ramirez tapped in a cross on the stroke of half-time to restore the hosts' lead before they dominated the second half.

Vela's cross was put away by Diomande to complete a fine team move before the Mexican got on the scoresheet in the 68th minute.

Timbers midfielder Diego Chara picked up his second yellow card four minutes later to add to Portland's misery.

In Atlanta, the defending MLS Cup champions were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Cincinnati.

Josef Martinez's opener was cancelled out by a late Roland Lamah goal, leaving Frank de Boer's Atlanta winless through two games and earning Cincinnati their first MLS point.

De Boer has won just one of five competitive games since taking charge of Atlanta in December.

Elsewhere, Sporting Kansas City recorded a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union and New York City drew 0-0 with DC United.

Atlanta United were crushed by Monterrey in their CONCACAF Champions League quarter-final first leg to continue Frank de Boer's tough start at the helm.

The MLS Cup champions suffered a 3-0 loss to Monterrey in their opening leg in Guadalupe on Wednesday.

De Boer, who replaced Gerardo Martino at Atlanta late last year, has now lost three of his first four competitive games in charge.

It appeared the MLS side would not be in an overly bad position heading into the return leg, despite falling behind in the 17th minute.

Nicolas Sanchez opened the scoring from the penalty spot, but Monterrey needed until the final 10 minutes to take control of the tie.

Dorlan Pabon made it 2-0 with a 20-yard strike before Jesus Gallardo drilled in from close range as the Liga MX outfit recorded a comprehensive win.

It leaves Atlanta needing another turnaround – they overturned a 3-1 first-leg deficit against Herediano in the last 16 – in the second leg on March 13.

In Panama, Independiente grabbed a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City in their first leg.

Ivey Romeesh's opener for the hosts was cancelled out by an Ilie penalty, but Independiente found a winner just before the hour-mark through substitute Alexis Corpas' stunning effort.

Atlanta United's MLS title defence started with a loss on Sunday, while Los Angeles FC left it late.

Frank de Boer has endured a mixed start to life as Atlanta head coach and his side suffered a 2-0 loss to DC United at Audi Field in their MLS opener.

Paul Arriola scrambled in the opener for DC following a corner just before the break.

Luciano Acosta scored from 25 yards just before the hour-mark to double the hosts' lead, although Brad Guzan should have done better.

De Boer has lost two of his first three competitive games at the helm of reigning MLS Cup champions Atlanta, who reached the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals on Thursday.

In California, Los Angeles came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Krisztian Nemeth tucked away a pass from Johnny Russell to give Sporting a 16th-minute lead.

But Diego Rossi's curling strike drew LA level, and they were given a further boost when Sporting midfielder Roger Espinoza was sent off with six minutes remaining.

They made the most of their numerical advantage, substitute Adama Diomande turning in the area and finishing powerfully in the fourth minute of additional time.

Frank de Boer celebrated his first competitive victory as Atlanta United boss after the MLS holders overturned a first-leg deficit to advance to the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals.

Atlanta cruised to a 4-0 rout of Herediano – inspired by Josef Martinez's brace at home to the Costa Rican visitors on Thursday – and 5-3 aggregate triumph.

De Boer's competitive bow had ended in a 3-1 loss away to Herediano last week but the former Crystal Palace and Inter boss – a replacement for championship winner Gerardo Martino – earned his maiden victory in charge.

Martinez, who was the leading goalscorer in MLS last season, broke the deadlock after just 47 seconds from the edge of the six-yard box.

Atlanta drew level on aggregate but moved ahead on away goals when Julian Gressel found the back of the net in the ninth minute.

Venezuelan star Martinez netted his second with a 63rd-minute tap-in before Leandro Gonzalez Pirez sealed the triumph with seven minutes remaining.

Atlanta will face Mexican side Monterrey for a spot in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Meanwhile, Sporting Kansas City defeated 10-man Toluca 2-0 for a 5-0 aggregate win and a quarter-final showdown against Independiente.

Atlanta United suffered a 3-1 loss to Herediano in the opening leg of their CONCACAF Champions League tie in Frank de Boer's first competitive game in charge.

De Boer was appointed coach of the MLS champions in December, replacing Gerardo Martino, who took charge of Mexico.

But the Dutchman tasted defeat in his first competitive outing, as Atlanta went down to begin the last-16 tie in Costa Rica.

The visitors were punished in just the seventh minute, Jose Guillermo Ortiz pouncing on a poor headed backpass to lob goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

Herediano doubled their lead 11 minutes before half-time, Randall Azofeifa getting in behind to put away a pass from Ortiz.

However, Atlanta managed to pull one back through Julian Gressel, only for the hosts to restore their two-goal advantage early in the second half when Oscar Granados tucked away an Azofeifa set-piece.

It leaves Herediano well-placed to reach the quarter-finals ahead of the second leg on February 28.

There was better news for another MLS club as Sporting Kansas City cruised to a 3-0 home win over Toluca.

Krisztian Nemeth, Gerso Fernandes and Ilie struck to give Sporting a first-leg victory.

The Portland Timbers and Atlanta United moved into the 2018 MLS Cup after advancing from contrasting conference finals on Thursday.

The Timbers managed to secure a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park in the second leg of the Western Conference Finals.

That was enough to send Portland into a second MLS Cup after the first leg finished 0-0.

Sporting opened the scoring in the 20th minute as Daniel Salloi tucked away a cross from Diego Rubio.

But the Timbers struck twice early in the second half to take control of the tie, including a stunning equaliser from Sebastian Blanco.

Blanco received a pass from Jorge Villafana on the left before cutting inside and unleashing an incredible strike into the top corner from 30 yards.

Diego Valeri was stunned by Blanco's brilliant goal, before he put the Timbers ahead in the 61st minute.

Blanco's pass put in Jeremy Ebobisse, who was denied by goalkeeper Tim Melia, but Valeri was on hand to head in the rebound.

Gerso Fernandes' goal with nine minutes remaining made for a tense finish, but Valeri sealed Portland's win deep into additional time.

Atlanta will host the MLS Cup on December 8 after seeing out a 3-1 aggregate win over the New York Red Bulls despite a 1-0 loss in the second leg.

The Red Bulls needed until the 94th minute to break the deadlock through Tim Parker as Atlanta won the Eastern Conference Finals in just their second season.

Atlanta United took complete control of the Eastern Conference Finals in MLS after a 3-0 first-leg win over the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.

Josef Martinez, Franco Escobar and Hector Villalba scored in Atlanta's convincing victory against the Supporters' Shield winners at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Martinez took his tally to a record 34 goals this MLS season with the opener just after the half-hour mark.

The Venezuelan brilliantly brought down a cross from Jeff Larentowicz before producing a composed finish to make it 1-0.

Bradley Wright-Phillips thought he had equalised early in the second half, but his effort was ruled out after a video review.

The forward's strike from inside the area beat Brad Guzan, but it was ruled Alex Muyl was obstructing the goalkeeper's view in an offside position.

The Red Bulls were punished in the final 20 minutes, leaving them with work to do in the second leg on Thursday.

Escobar put away Julian Gressel's cutback to make it 2-0 before Villalba came off the bench to strike from 20 yards in additional time.

In Portland, the Timbers and Sporting Kansas City played out a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the Western Conference Finals.

Jorge Villafana hit the post for Portland, who had a goal ruled out for offside in the second half.

New York Red Bulls set up an Eastern Conference Finals clash against Atlanta United after both eased through in the MLS play-offs on Sunday.

The Red Bulls went into their tie against Columbus Crew trailing 1-0, but Daniel Royer's brace and Alex Muyl's goal saw them to a 3-0 second-leg win.

The 3-1 aggregate success moved the Supporters' Shield winners into the conference finals, where Atlanta await.

Josef Martinez's double helped Atlanta past New York City 3-1 – and 4-1 on aggregate – in their semi-final.

At Red Bull Arena, Muyl put the Red Bulls ahead in the 17th minute to level the tie, but they had to wait until the second half to seal their success.

Royer completed a team move in the 73rd minute before unleashing a fine strike from 20 yards soon after to seal the hosts' win.

Atlanta, already in control of their tie, took command earlier, with Martinez opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the 25th minute.

Miguel Almiron's superb free-kick doubled their lead and Martinez sealed their win after Maxime Chanot had given City some hope away from home.

In the Western Conference, Sporting Kansas City booked a spot in the finals against the Portland Timbers.

Daniel Salloi scored twice as Sporting recorded a 4-2 win at home to Real Salt Lake, sealing a 5-3 aggregate success.

Eric Remedi scored the first goal of his career as Atlanta United edged past New York City 1-0 in the first leg of their Eastern Conference semi-final.

In a bruising affair, Argentinian Remedi's solitary goal

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored as LA Galaxy boosted their MLS play-off chances, while DC United and the Portland Timbers secured their places on Sunday.

Wayne Rooney's sensational free-kick lifted DC United to victory over MLS champions Toronto, while Seattle Sounders qualified for the play-offs.

Former Manchester United and England captain Rooney scored

Toronto's MLS play-off hopes were ended on Saturday, while Atlanta United stayed on track to win the Supporters' Shield.  

The New York Red Bulls kept their MLS Supporters' Shield hopes alive with a 2-0 victory over leaders Atlanta United, while Sporting Kansas City drew against Real Salt Lake.

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