Minnesota United prevailed 5-3 in a penalty shoot-out against Columbus Crew to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the MLS is Back Tournament, while Portland Timbers also survived spot-kicks.

Penalties were needed following a 1-1 draw after the Crew's Gyasi Zardes struck 11 minutes from the end to cancel out Robin Lod's 18th-minute opener in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday.

Minnesota emerged triumphant on spot-kicks, converting all five of their attempts after Tyler Miller saved Chris Cadden's penalty.

San Jose Earthquakes await Minnesota in Friday's quarter-final showdown at Walt Disney World Resort.

In Tuesday's other last-16 fixture, the Timbers were 4-2 winners on penalties against Jaap Stam's FC Cincinnati.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda broke the deadlock for the Timbers when he coolly found the back of the net from inside the six-yard box after team-mate Sebastian Blanco was left unmarked before sliding a pass to the Polish forward.

But Cincinnati restored parity after Jurgen Locadia converted an 81st-minute penalty to force a shoot-out.

Portland, though, were not to be denied as Niezgoda scored the decisive penalty after Cincinnati's Kendall Waston missed and Locadia had his attempt saved.

The Timbers will go head-to-head with New York City for a place in the semi-finals on Friday.

Los Angeles FC booked a spot in the MLS is Back Tournament quarter-finals, while the San Jose Earthquakes also advanced.

LAFC cruised past the Seattle Sounders 4-1 in their last-16 clash at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Monday.

Diego Rossi's penalty gave Los Angeles the lead before Latif Blessing made it 2-0 courtesy of a deflected strike.

With 15 minutes remaining, Will Bruin pulled a goal back for the Sounders to give them hope.

But Rossi scored his seventh goal of the tournament and Brian Rodriguez's smart finish sealed LAFC's win.

LAFC will face Orlando City in the last eight.

The Earthquakes, meanwhile, recorded a 5-2 victory over Real Salt Lake.

Cristian Espinoza opened the scoring with a fine finish for San Jose, before Douglas Martinez equalised to make it 1-1 at half-time.

Magnus Eriksson's penalty restored the Earthquakes' lead shortly after the break, before Valeri Qazaishvili tapped in an Andres Rios pass.

RSL pulled a goal back through Damir Kreilach, only for a rash challenge from Marcelo Silva to see them reduced to 10 men.

Chris Wondolowski's goal and another Eriksson spot-kick sealed San Jose a clash against either Columbus Crew or Minnesota United.

New York City booked their spot in the MLS is Back Tournament quarter-finals after upstaging Toronto, while Sporting Kansas City prevailed in a penalty shoot-out thanks to goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Jesus Medina, Valentin Castellanos and Maxi Moralez were on target for New York City, who defeated Toronto 3-1 in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.

Medina gave NYC, led by former Celtic boss Ronny Deila, the perfect start after just five minutes at Walt Disney Resort – firing a shot through the hands of Toronto goalkeeper Quentin Westberg.

New York City doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half when Castellanos ran onto Moralez's no-look pass and beat Westberg with a powerful effort.

Moralez made it 3-0 with nine minutes remaining before Patrick Mullins pulled a goal back six minutes later after combining with Jozy Altidore.

Awaiting NYC in the quarter-finals are either Portland Timbers or FC Cincinnati.

Melia, meanwhile, produced some penalty heroics to lead Sporting KC past Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 in a shoot-out.

After a goalless 90 minutes, Melia saved two spot-kicks as Gianluca Busio stepped up to convert the winning penalty.

No goalkeeper has saved more penalties – excluding shoot-outs – in MLS since the start of the 2015 season than Melia.

Sporting KC will face Philadelphia Union for a spot in the semi-finals.

Orlando City edged Thierry Henry's Montreal Impact 1-0 en route to the MLS is Back Tournament quarter-finals, while Philadelphia Union also advanced to the last eight.

Tesho Akindele proved the difference for Orlando, with his 60th-minute goal seeing off Montreal in the first knockout fixture in Florida on Saturday.

Following a goalless first half, Akindele pounced on a defensive error on the hour mark – converting an easy tap-in after Clement Diop was unable to deal with Rod Fanni's back pass at Walt Disney Resort.

Nani's Orlando will face either Seattle Sounders or reigning Supporters' Shield champions Los Angeles FC in the quarter-finals.

In Saturday's other last-16 clash, Philadelphia defeated New England Revolution 1-0.

Sergio Santos' 63rd-minute effort saw the Union past Bruce Arena's Revolution.

Santos ran onto a lofted pass from Union team-mate Jamiro Monteiro and finished from an acute angle to send the Union through to the next round.

Next up for Philadelphia are either Sporting Kansas City or Vancouver Whitecaps.

MLS club Atlanta United have parted company with Frank de Boer by mutual agreement.

Former Ajax and Inter coach De Boer took over at Atlanta in December 2018 following the departure of Gerardo Martino.

De Boer had previously endured a dismal, short-lived spell as Crystal Palace manager, with the Dutchman sacked after taking charge of just four Premier League games.

Atlanta won the US Open Cup and Campeones Cup in De Boer's first season in charge, with the side finishing second in the MLS' Eastern Conference. 

However, following Atlanta's failure to progress in the MLS is Back tournament, the club have made the decision to part ways with De Boer.

"On behalf of Atlanta United, I would like to thank Frank for his leadership and commitment to the club," said Atlanta president Darren Eales.

"Under Frank's guidance, the club had a strong 2019 season in both MLS and international competition. After discussing it with Frank, the decision was reached mutually to part ways. 

"In winning two trophies in his first season in charge, he will always be a part of the club's history, and with great appreciation and respect we wish him all the best in the future."

Portland Timbers advanced to the MLS is Back Tournament knockout stage as Group F winners following their 2-2 draw against Los Angeles FC.

Jeremy Ebobisse's 81st-minute equaliser clinched top spot for the Timbers, who finished two points clear of LAFC on Thursday.

Portland will now face FC Cincinnati in the last 16, while LAFC will take on Seattle Sounders for a place in the quarter-finals in Orlando, Florida.

The Timbers hit the front in the seventh minute through Jaroslaw Niezgoda at Walt Disney Resort, where the Polish forward beat the offside trap before tucking the ball underneath LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega.

Bradley Wright-Phillips became the first LAFC player to score in each of his first three appearances for the club following his 36th-minute equaliser before team-mate Mark-Anthony Kaye put the reigning Supporters' Shield holders ahead five minutes prior to half-time.

But Portland substitute Ebobisse – who replaced Niezgoda – restored parity nine minutes from the end after heading home from a corner.

Meanwhile, New York City benefited from a dramatic late draw as Houston Dynamo and LA Galaxy crashed out of the tournament in Group F.

Cristian Pavon converted a 91st-minute penalty to salvage a last-gasp 1-1 draw for the Galaxy against the Dynamo.

Houston – who required victory to advance – were on track to move through to the last 16 thanks to Darwin Quintero's 17th-minute opener before Pavon equalised from the spot after Maynor Figueroa was penalised for a foul.

The result means the Dynamo and Galaxy, both winless from three matches, are both eliminated with NYC progressing to the knockout stage as one of the best third-placed teams in Group A.

New York City and Toronto will go head-to-head in the round of 16, with the winner to face either the Timbers or Cincinnati.

Vancouver Whitecaps progressed to the last 16 of the MLS is Back Tournament with a 2-0 win over Group B rivals Chicago Fire.

The contest was stopped in the 63rd minute because of lightning in the Orlando area and after a lengthy delay it was the Whitecaps who took command.

Needing a two-goal win to leapfrog the Fire and progress, the Whitecaps took the lead in the 65th-minute when Yordy Reyna rounded goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm to score.

Six minutes later substitute Cristian Dajome slotted under Kronholm after Reyna's clever ball on the turn.

CJ Sapong looked to have bundled home the goal that would have sent Chicago through after Alvaro Medran struck the crossbar, but his effort was ruled out for handball following a VAR review.

The Whitecaps will face either Toronto or Sporting Kansas City in the round of 16.

 

FC Cincinnati booked their spot in the last 16 of the MLS is Back Tournament, while Minnesota United were held.

Jaap Stam's Cincinnati bounced back from their opening-game loss in Group E with back-to-back wins, including Wednesday's 2-0 victory over New York Red Bulls at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

Yuya Kubo opened the scoring just before half-time with a good finish from the edge of the area after poor defending by the Red Bulls.

Florian Valot's own goal early in the second half sealed Cincinnati's win and second place in Group E.

The result also meant Thierry Henry's Montreal Impact advanced as one of the best third-placed teams.

Already into the last 16 from Group D, Minnesota were unable to claim top spot after a 2-2 draw with Colorado Rapids.

Kei Kamara opened the scoring for the Rapids, but they went into half-time behind.

Ethan Finlay flicked in the equaliser for Minnesota before tapping in a second.

Jonathan Lewis' powerful strike brought Colorado level as they secured their first and only point of the tournament.

Reported Juventus and Milan target Gianluca Busio has been tipped for a "massive future" after his latest goal clinched Sporting Kansas City's progression at the MLS is Back Tournament.

Busio scored with a stunning late strike to seal a 2-0 Sporting KC win over rivals Real Salt Lake on Wednesday to ensure they will finish in the top two in Group C.

The 18-year-old's left-footed effort added to a scrappy first-minute opener from Johnny Russell.

Serie A's top clubs are said to be among the suitors for Busio and former Derby County forward Russell says the world is the teenager's oyster.

"Of course, he's got a massive future," Russell told a remote news conference. "Busio's one of the players who's been with us for a while, since probably like 15, so his development over that time has been great.

"Obviously, we want to hold on to him for as long as we can. But if he keeps showing signs of progression the way he has, he's got a huge future in this game."

Despite losing their tournament opener to Minnesota United, Sporting KC now have four wins from five matches in 2020 - including two regular season games prior to the coronavirus-enforced suspension.

Goalkeeper Tim Melia is not getting carried away ahead of the knockout stage in Florida, however.

Asked if Sporting KC were among the tournament favourites, Melia said: "I don't think so. Our goal is just to continue to move forward.

"I think we just need to get a little bit better each game and I think we did that especially in this game. We handled the different phases of the game really well collectively as a group.

"Now we'll just build off each performance a little more and we want to keep going and keep going."

Columbus Crew eliminated Atlanta United from the MLS is Back Tournament, while Montreal Impact stayed alive.

Youness Mokhtar's first-half goal saw Columbus edge Atlanta 1-0 in Group E at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida on Tuesday.

Columbus will finish top of the group with three wins from as many games, while Atlanta are out.

Mokhtar's goal in the 18th minute came after a fine team move before the attacker tucked away a Milton Valenzuela pass.

Montreal overcame DC United 1-0 to remain a chance of progressing as one of the best third-placed teams.

Saphir Taider's deflected strike from distance just after the half-hour mark secured third place in Group C for Montreal.

While DC United have been eliminated, Thierry Henry's Montreal must wait for results in other games to see if they will feature in the last 16.

Both Toronto and New England Revolution will advance from Group C at the MLS is Back Tournament after playing out a goalless draw in Tuesday's early match.

The unbeaten top two in the pool could not be separated despite some big chances, meaning they are each guaranteed to at least qualify as a best-ranked third-placed side on five points apiece.

Toronto's Ayo Akinola has five goals already in the competition but failed to add to his tally as the goalkeepers excelled at either end, with Matt Turner twice denying the in-form forward.

Akinola also saw the late award of a penalty overturned after a VAR review showed DeJuan Jones' desperate foul occurred outside the area.

Orlando City clinched top spot in Group A of the MLS is Back Tournament courtesy of their 1-1 draw with Philadelphia Union.

Monday's draw was enough for Orlando to win the group ahead of Philadelphia due to their superior goal difference after both teams finished on seven points from three matches.

Ilsinho came off the bench to put the Union ahead in the 68th minute at Walt Disney Resort in Florida, where his effort from a difficult angle broke the deadlock.

But Orlando hit back just two minutes later through Mauricio Pereyra after he got on the end of Nani's cross.

New York City had defeated Inter Miami 1-0 earlier in the day to eliminate David Beckham's expansion franchise in Group A.

Inter Miami are yet to win a match since entering the league at the start of the 2020 season.

Inter Miami have been eliminated from the MLS is Back Tournament after a 1-0 loss to New York City extended their winless start.

Diego Alonso's team suffered a fifth successive loss, leaving them with the longest winless start for an MLS expansion franchise.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi scored the 64th-minute winner as he beat the offside trap, brought down a long ball from Alexandru Mitrita and slotted home to keep New York's hopes of advancing as one of the best third-placed teams alive.

To compound Miami's misery, Juan Agudelo was sent off in the 90th minute for two cautions as he became the third different Inter player to be sent off in their opening five fixtures.

San Jose Earthquakes progressed to the last 16 of the MLS is Back Tournament as Group B winners, while Seattle Sounders joined them in the knockout stage.

The Earthquakes clinched top spot in the group thanks to Sunday's 2-0 victory over Chicago Fire in Orlando, Florida.

Chris Wondolowski added to his all-time leading MLS tally at Walt Disney World Resort, where Cristian Espinoza opened the scoring in the 56th minute.

After a goalless opening half, Espinoza was played into space by Earthquakes team-mate Jackson Yueill before firing past Fire goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm.

Wondolowski then doubled the lead within seconds of his introduction – heading home Carlos Fierro's cross for the 37-year-old's 161st league goal.

The Fire, though, remain in the race to qualify for the knockout round.

Chicago could finish second behind San Jose if they beat Vancouver Whitecaps in their Group B finale.

The Sounders currently sit second on four points from their three matches – a point above the Fire with a plus-two goal difference and at least enough for one of the four best third-placed teams – after defeating the Whitecaps 3-0.

Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordan Morris and Raul Ruidiaz inspired the Sounders against the Whitecaps, who could still advance as one of the best third-placed teams with a big win against Chicago.

Diego Rossi scored four times as Los Angeles FC thrashed LA Galaxy 6-2 at the MLS is Back Tournament on Saturday.

Rossi starred at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as LAFC crushed their rivals in the Group F clash.

Galaxy led twice in the first half, with the opening goal coming when Latif Blessing put the ball into his own net.

Rossi equalised from the penalty spot in the 13th minute before Cristian Pavon converted a spot-kick at the other end to give Galaxy a 2-1 lead.

A rebound fell for Rossi to tuck away before half-time to send the teams into the break level.

Bradley Wright-Phillips curled a finish into the bottom corner for LAFC after a Brian Rodriguez pass before the latter also set up Rossi to complete his hat-trick.

Mohamed El Monir's 25-yard effort sealed Los Angeles FC's win before Rossi added his fourth with a tap in.

Bob Bradley's side are second in Group F with four points, while the Portland Timbers booked their spot in the last 16 with a 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo.

Jeremy Ebobisse's brilliant finish and a Diego Valeri goal had the Timbers in control.

Alberth Elis' penalty brought Houston back into the game late before the forward picked up two yellow cards to be sent off.

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