Los Angeles FC star Carlos Vela broke the MLS record for regular-season goals in his hat-trick performance, while Atlanta United's Josef Martinez scored on his return.

Vela shattered the record set by Martinez (31) in 2018 as LAFC ended their regular-season campaign with a 3-1 win over Colorado Rapids on Sunday.

LAFC's Vela surpassed Martinez with 34 goals thanks to his treble against the Rapids at Banc of California Stadium, while he also won the Golden Boot.

Vela broke the deadlock with a sublime opener in the 28th minute before the Mexico international's overhead kick doubled the lead three minutes later in Los Angeles.

Kei Kamara pulled a goal back for the Rapids in the 40th minute, but Vela restored LAFC's two-goal advantage six minutes into the second half.

Supporters' Shield winners LAFC – who broke the record for most points (72) and equalled the mark for most goals scored (85) in the regular season – will face either LA Galaxy or Minnesota United in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic opened the scoring but the Galaxy suffered a 4-2 defeat away to Houston Dynamo on Decision Day.

The Galaxy twice led, however, the visitors conceded three unanswered goals to finish fifth and set up a showdown with Minnesota – who lost 1-0 to Seattle Sounders as the latter locked up the second seed.

Martinez returned from a knee injury to lead reigning MLS champions Atlanta to a 3-1 victory against New England Revolution.

The Venezuela international scored Atlanta's second goal of the match to take his season tally to 27 goals as Frank de Boer's men look ahead to another meeting with the seventh-placed Revolution in the first round of the Eastern Conference play-offs.

Eastern Conference leaders New York City concluded their regular-season campaign with a 2-1 win at Philadelphia Union, Dallas humiliated Sporting Kansas City 6-0 and Wayne Rooney's DC United were held to a 0-0 draw by nine-man FC Cincinnati.

New York Red Bulls lost 3-0 to Montreal Impact, Toronto beat Columbus Crew 1-0, Portland Timbers accounted for San Jose Earthquakes 3-1, while Real Salt Lake edged Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 and Chicago Fire beat Orlando City 5-2.

Carlos Vela equalled an MLS record on Sunday as Real Salt Lake and New England Revolution booked their spots in the play-offs.

Vela equalled Josef Martinez's record for most goals in a season, taking his tally to 31 in Los Angeles FC's 1-1 draw with Minnesota United.

The Mexican star put LAFC ahead with a superb curling strike from inside the area in the 70th minute at Allianz Field.

However, Michael Boxall headed in an equaliser for Minnesota, who trail LAFC by 16 points in the Western Conference.

Real Salt Lake secured a play-off berth courtesy of a 2-1 victory at home to Houston Dynamo.

Corey Baird needed just 35 seconds to put RSL ahead, but Tomas Martinez cancelled out the opener.

However, Jefferson Savarino's fine strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the area helped Real Salt Lake advance to the play-offs from the Western Conference.

New England moved through after a 2-0 win over New York City, who wrapped up top spot in the east.

Teal Bunbury and Gustavo Bou scored second-half goals for the Revolution.

Elsewhere, Bojan Krkic scored in Montreal Impact's 1-1 draw with defending champions Atlanta United and Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted his 29th goal of the season in LA Galaxy's 4-3 loss to Vancouver Whitecaps.

Jordan Morris' late winner saw Seattle Sounders edge San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 as both teams finished with 10 men, Sporting Kansas City and Portland Timbers drew 2-2 and Colorado Rapids beat Dallas 3-0.

Chicago Fire and Toronto drew 2-2, Columbus Crew overcame Philadelphia Union 2-0, New York Red Bulls and DC United played out a 0-0 draw and Cincinnati drew 1-1 with Orlando City.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic continued his red-hot form after leading LA Galaxy to victory as stuttering Los Angeles FC drew again, while Atlanta United star Josef Martinez was carried off on a stretcher.

Ibrahimovic scored his 27th goal of the season to lead the Galaxy to a 2-1 win over visiting Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock with a close-range finish in the 31st minute at Dignity Health Sports Park – taking the 37-year-old's tally to 11 goals in his past seven matches.

Montreal's Lassi Lappalainen equalised three minutes into the second half, however, Uriel Antuna bundled the ball home five minutes later to restore the Galaxy's lead.

Back-to-back wins saw the Galaxy move up to third in the Western Conference, while the Impact are four points adrift of the play-off places in the Eastern Conference.

LAFC's winless streak extended to five games following their last-gasp 1-1 draw at home to Toronto.

Supporters' Shield leaders LAFC looked to have succumbed to Tsubasa Endoh's 19th-minute goal as Toronto – fourth in the east – still clinched a post-season berth.

But MLS top goalscorer Carlos Vela converted a 95th-minute penalty for his 29th goal of the campaign to avoid defeat for LAFC.

LAFC are eight points clear in the race for the Supporters' Shield, though Eastern Conference leaders New York City can reduce that lead to five with victory on Sunday.

Martinez's record 15-match scoring streak came to an end after suffering a knee injury in Atlanta's 3-1 victory against nine-man San Jose Earthquakes.

The Venezuela international was forced to be substituted in the 79th minute after colliding with a team-mate at home to the Earthquakes.

Defending champions Atlanta stayed within three points of New York City thanks to stoppage-time goals from Emerson Hyndman and Gonzalo Martinez.

Elsewhere, Colorado Rapids edged Sporting Kansas City 3-2, Houston Dynamo defeated Orlando City 2-1, Vancouver Whitecaps salved a 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew, Real Salt Lake played out a goalless draw at New England Revolution, while FC Cincinnati and Chicago Fire drew by the same scoreline.

New York City pulled clear atop the Eastern Conference in MLS, while Josef Martinez extended his goalscoring streak on Saturday.

Keaton Parks and Alexandru Mitrita scored as New York City came from behind to claim a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes.

Chris Wondolowski poked in a Valeri Qazaishvili cross to give the Earthquakes a surprise 20th-minute lead at Yankee Stadium.

However, City were ahead prior to the break, Parks equalising before Mitrita finished clinically after an Ismael Tajouri pass in the 43rd minute.

The result extended City's unbeaten run in MLS to seven games as they moved five points clear at the top of the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia Union are in second but lost ground after being held to a 1-1 draw at home to Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC.

Kacper Przybylko gave Union an early lead before this season's top goalscorer Carlos Vela levelled.

Atlanta United, third in the east, suffered a 3-1 loss to Columbus Crew despite Martinez continuing his incredible streak.

Martinez scored for the 14th consecutive MLS game to put Atlanta ahead, but second-half goals from Gyasi Zardes and Luis Diaz Espinoza and a Miles Robinson own goal saw Columbus to a surprise victory.

Chicago Fire boosted their play-off chances with a 4-0 thrashing of Dallas and Cincinnati stunned Montreal Impact 1-0 despite a late red card to Kendall Waston.

Nani scored a brace but Orlando City were held to a 3-3 draw by New England Revolution and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat Houston Dynamo 2-1.

Philadelphia Union moved clear in the Eastern Conference after blitzing reigning MLS champions Atlanta United 3-1, despite Josef Martinez extending his goalscoring streak.

Atlanta star Martinez scored in his 13th successive league match but Frank de Boer's side still lost to Philadelphia in Saturday's top-of-the-table clash.

Martinez broke the deadlock in the second minute of first-half additional time – the Atlanta forward combining with Darlington Nagbe before finding the back of the net in front of a sell-out crowd at Talen Energy Stadium.

However, the Union scored three unanswered goals in the second half to beat Atlanta, who claimed the US Open trophy during the week.

Brenden Aaronson equalised in the 61st minute before Union pair Kacper Przybylko and Sergio Santos scored during the final four minutes in Philadelphia.

The Union clinched a play-off spot in the process as they moved top of the east on 51 points, a point clear of New York City and three ahead of Atlanta.

New York booked a post-season berth thanks to a 3-1 win at lowly Vancouver Whitecaps.

DC United are fourth in the Eastern Conference thanks to their 3-0 victory over Montreal Impact in the absence of suspended captain Wayne Rooney, with New York Red Bulls slipping to fifth following a 2-0 loss to Colorado Rapids.

Elsewhere, Chris Wondolowski scored twice as San Jose Earthquakes accounted for Orlando City 3-0, Real Salt Lake went down 1-0 against Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City edged Houston Dynamo 1-0, Dallas defeated FC Cincinnati 3-1, New England Revolution and Toronto played out a 1-1 draw, while Columbus Crew drew 1-1 with Chicago Fire.

Montreal Impact climbed into seventh in the Eastern Conference thanks to a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS on Wednesday.

Maximiliano Urruti's 37th-minute goal proved to be the match-winner at Stade Saputo in Quebec, boosting Montreal's play-off chances.

Vancouver, bottom of the Western Conference, had taken the lead through Yordy Reyna in the 17th minute.

Reyna had a chance to double the Whitecaps' lead eight minutes later, but he saw his penalty pushed away by Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush.

Instead, a Doneil Henry own goal brought Wilmer Cabrera's Montreal level in the 35th minute before Urruti's goal.

Urruti took down a cross at the back post before firing past Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau from inside the area.

Montreal are seventh in the Eastern Conference but level on points with eight-placed Toronto, who have played two fewer games.

Philadelphia Union moved level on points with Eastern Conference leaders and reigning MLS champions Atlanta United thanks to a 3-1 win over slumping DC United.

Kacper Przybylko starred as the Union heaped further misery on visiting DC, who suffered their third consecutive defeat on Saturday.

Przybylko opened the scoring in the fifth minute and assisted two other goals for Brenden Aaronson and Ilsinho in the first half at Talen Energy Stadium.

Luciano Acosta pulled a goal back 11 minutes into the second half as DC – who were playing in the absence of suspended captain Wayne Rooney – were left with just three wins in their last 17 MLS games.

Philadelphia and Atlanta are level on 48 points in the race for top spot in the Eastern Conference, though the latter are ahead on total wins. DC, meanwhile, are fifth and nine points off the pace.

Elsewhere, Former Barcelona forward Bojan Krkic scored in Montreal Impact's 2-1 loss to Toronto.

Krkic – who arrived after leaving Stoke City – broke the deadlock with a 25-yard stunner four minutes into the second half.

However, hosts Toronto emerged victorious thanks to Marco Delgado and Justin Morrow at BMO Field.

In other results, New York City defeated rivals New York Red Bulls 2-1, San Jose Earthquakes came from behind to beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1, Real Salt Lake scored two last-gasp goals to trump 10-man Colorado Rapids 2-0 and Chicago Fire lost 2-1 to New England Revolution.

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.

Bastian Schweinsteiger helped Chicago Fire to an important win in MLS, while Dallas won an eight-goal thriller on Saturday.

Schweinsteiger opened his account for the MLS season at the perfect time, scoring an 88th-minute winner to see Chicago edge Montreal Impact 3-2.

The former Germany and Bayern Munich star had set up Dax McCarty for the opener before Nemanja Nikolic doubled the hosts' lead.

However, Montreal fought back thanks to a Saphir Taider penalty and goal from former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna.

But Schweinsteiger was the hero, heading in a Djordje Mihailovic corner for the late winner.

Former Barcelona attacker Bojan Krkic made his debut off the bench for Montreal, who are seventh in the Eastern Conference, while Chicago are 10th.

In Texas, Dallas recorded a 5-3 victory over Minnesota United thanks to Brandon Servania's heroics off the bench.

It was 3-3 when Servania was introduced in the 75th minute and he struck a dramatic late brace.

Servania tapped in a Michael Barrios cross before sealing Dallas' win thanks to a Paxton Pomykal assist, with Mason Toye sent off late for Minnesota.

Dallas are seventh in the Western Conference, while Minnesota sit third.

Elsewhere, Harry Shipp scored a brace as the Seattle Sounders were held to a 3-3 draw by New England Revolution and Toronto drew 1-1 at home to Orlando City.

Corey Baird's double saw Real Salt Lake come from behind to beat a 10-man Sporting Kansas City 2-1 and the Colorado Rapids edged the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1.

Columbus Crew played out a 2-2 draw with Cincinnati and the Portland Timbers recorded a 3-1 win over Vancouver despite a tremendous volley from Theo Bair for the Whitecaps.

DC United completed the signing of Ola Kamara, among other deals, after agreeing to allow captain Wayne Rooney to join Derby County in January.

Rooney will leave MLS to become a player-coach at Championship club Derby next year, with the move announced on Tuesday.

But DC, already thought to be keen to make moves in the transfer window, have acted swiftly, with former Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy forward Kamara arriving on Wednesday.

The Norway international has signed for $2.5million from Shenzhen FC in China and will likely act as Rooney's replacement in attack, although he will first play alongside the former Manchester United and England skipper.

Kamara was prolific in his previous spell in MLS, scoring 16 and 18 goals in consecutive seasons with the Crew, before netting 14 last year for the Galaxy despite seeing his role impacted by the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

As well as several trades involving allocation money, DC also brought in experienced midfielder Felipe Martins from Vancouver Whitecaps and winger Emmanuel Boateng from the Galaxy.

Elsewhere, ex-Barcelona star Bojan Krkic signed for Montreal Impact, having left Stoke City earlier in the week.

The 28-year-old has agreed a deal through to the end of the 2020 season, with options for a further two years, subject to a medical.

Josef Martinez equalled his own record for most consecutive MLS games with a goal as defending champions Atlanta United beat LA Galaxy 3-0.

Martinez converted a 72nd-minute penalty as the reigning MLS MVP scored in his ninth successive league match on Saturday.

The Atlanta star has scored 13 goals in the nine-game period, with Martinez's season tally at 18 – four behind MLS leader Carlos Vela.

Frank de Boer's Atlanta were too good for the Galaxy, who were without suspended talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in front of 72,548 fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

A pair of own goals put Atlanta 2-0 ahead at half-time – David Romney and Giancarlo Gonzalez both turning the ball into their own net.

Playing in front of a record regular-season crowd, Atlanta put the game beyond doubt when Martinez scored a penalty with 18 minutes remaining after VAR judged that Gonzalez fouled Emerson Hyndman.

Atlanta are top of the Eastern Conference – level on points with Philadelphia Union, while the Galaxy are third and 15 points adrift of Western Conference leaders and rivals Los Angeles FC.

Supporters' Shield leaders LAFC snapped New England Revolution's 11-game unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Diego Rossi and Latif Blessing.

Kei Kamara scored a hat-trick as Colorado Rapids overcame Montreal Impact 6-3 in a wild match.

Kamara opened the scoring, albeit at the other end via an 18th-minute own goal, but the Rapids star bounced back with another three where it mattered most.

His three-goal haul helped the Rapids – who led 4-1 at half-time – set a new team record with six goals in a regular-season match.

Elsewhere, New York Red Bulls defeated Toronto 2-0, Orlando City topped Dallas by the same scoreline, Vancouver Whitecaps edged FC Cincinnati 2-1, Houston Dynamo lost 1-0 to Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake were too good for New York City 3-1 and San Jose Earthquakes drew 1-1 with Columbus Crew.

The Colorado Rapids' MLS home game against Montreal Impact will go on as scheduled on Saturday, but the post-game fireworks display has been cancelled for a rather unusual reason.

In a news release issued on Friday, the Rapids explained the decision as being down to "the confirmed presence of plague-infested fleas affecting prairie dog colonies" in the area surrounding Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Plague, known as the bubonic plague, killed an estimated 50million people in the Middle Ages.

"Our highest priority is the health and safety of our fans, staff, and local community," the team said in its release. 

"We will continue to monitor the situation in the lead up to the Rapids home game with Montreal Impact on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people typically contract plague if they are bitten by rodent fleas carrying Yersinia pestis, the bacterium that causes the disease.

Although plague is an extremely serious illness, it is treatable with commonly available antibiotics.

The cancellation of the fireworks show at the stadium in suburban Commerce City, north of Denver, was at the recommendation of the Tri-County Health Department and the City of Commerce City, the Rapids said.

Additionally, at the health department’s recommendation for the safety of those planning to attend the soccer game, parking will be restricted to asphalt lots until further notice.  

According to the Rapids, the health department feels that these precautions "will greatly minimise the risk of exposure to patrons, players, and employees and help ensure a safe experience".

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.

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