LA Galaxy returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over lowly FC Cincinnati, while Portland Timbers star Brian Fernandez equalled an MLS record.

The Galaxy lost 2-1 to New England Revolution prior to the international break, which also saw Guillermo Barros Schelotto's side beaten by Timbers 4-0 in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday.

However, the Galaxy bounced back in Cincinnati, where quick-fire goals from Emmanuel Boateng and Fabio Alvarez ensured victory on Saturday.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was kept quiet by bottom side Cincinnati but Boateng and Alvarez scored in the 12th and 15th minute respectively to see the second-placed Galaxy within six points of Western Conference and Supporters' Shield leaders Los Angeles FC.

Fernandez scored in his fourth successive game to start his MLS career, tying the record, as the Timbers routed visiting Houston Dynamo 4-0.

The 24-year-old forward – who arrived from Mexican side Necaxa for the 2019 season – equalled the feat set by Charlie Davies (2011), Alex Pineda Chacon (2001) and Carlos Ruiz (2002) with his goal in the 63rd minute.

Meanwhile, Dallas eased past Toronto 3-0 in a match which saw 16-year-old forward Pepi debut after signing his MLS contract on Friday.

Pepi started in both U.S. Open Cup fixtures over the last fortnight and just six months after becoming North Texas' first-ever player as a 15-year-old, he came off the bench for Dallas against Toronto.

Elsewhere, Vancouver Whitecaps overcame a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire played out a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake.

New York City crushed MLS strugglers FC Cincinnati 5-2 courtesy of Heber's double to extend their unbeaten streak to 10 games.

Heber scored twice and even netted an own goal, while Maxi Moralez had a goal and two assists as New York outclassed the league's bottom side on Thursday.

New York were unstoppable from the outset at Yankee Stadium, where Alexandru Mitrita, Heber and Ismael Tajouri scored inside 29 minutes.

Mitrita broke the deadlock in the 11th minute and Heber doubled the lead six minutes later before Tajouri made it 3-0.

Heber got himself on the scoresheet again prior to half-time, albeit at the other end, after turning the ball into his own net.

However, Heber restored New York's three-goal advantage four minutes into the second half – the Brazilian using his chest to control the ball and volleying past Spencer Richey.

Another own goal, this time from New York substitute Sebastien Ibeagha gifted Cincinnati another goal in the 76th minute but Moralez added a fifth late on for the home side.

New York moved within a point of fifth-placed New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference, while lowly Cincinnati remain rooted to the bottom of the table with the league's worst record.

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.

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.

Nani inspired Orlando City to a resounding win in MLS, while LA Galaxy's miserable run continued on Sunday.

Former Manchester United star Nani scored a brace as Orlando crushed FC Cincinnati 5-1 in Florida.

However, they had to come from behind at home after Darren Mattocks' 24th-minute opener for Cincinnati.

Tesho Akindele's clinical finish brought Orlando level before Nani struck twice early in the second half.

Nani had a penalty saved by Cincinnati goalkeeper Spencer Richey, but the rebound fell nicely for him to tuck away.

He tapped in a Ruan cutback to make it 3-1 before Akindele also completed his brace and Dom Dwyer headed in a late corner.

The win was just Orlando's fourth of the league campaign as they sit 10th in the Eastern Conference, two places above bottom side Cincinnati.

Without the suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the Galaxy's losing run stretched to four games with a 1-0 defeat at home to Colorado Rapids.

Andre Shinyashiki scored in the 82nd minute after a counter-attack to lift the Rapids to their first win of the season.

Elsewhere, defending champions Atlanta United's five-game winning streak came to an end with a 1-0 loss to 10-man New York Red Bulls.

Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC drew 1-1 against a 10-man Dallas as Carlos Vela scored his 14th goal of the MLS season with a penalty, having earlier missed a spot-kick.

Los Angeles FC moved further clear atop the Western Conference in MLS, while Philadelphia Union are at the summit in the east.

Carlos Vela continued his prolific campaign for LA, scoring in a 3-0 win over Columbus Crew in Ohio on Saturday.

Mark-Anthony Kaye opened the scoring before half-time, neatly tucking away a lovely pass from Latif Blessing.

LAFC left it late to seal their win, Adama Diomande scoring before a brilliant 20-yard strike from Vela made it 3-0.

Vela is up to 12 goals in as many games this MLS season, while LAFC moved five points clear at the top.

LA Galaxy are still second despite a third straight loss, going down to New York City 2-0.

The Seattle Sounders joined them on 22 points, though, after overcoming the Houston Dynamo 1-0.

In the Eastern Conference, Philadelphia Union went three points clear at the top courtesy of a 2-1 victory over Toronto.

Chris Mavinga's unfortunate own goal gave Philadelphia the lead at BMO Field, only for Alejandro Pozuelo's 20-yard free-kick to bring Toronto level.

But Union found a 68th-minute winner through Jamiro Monteiro, who put away a pass from Kacper Przybylko.

Elsewhere, Cincinnati upset Montreal Impact 2-1 and Chicago Fire overcame Minnesota United 2-0.

The Colorado Rapids remain winless after going down to Real Salt Lake 3-2, New England Revolution beat the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 and the New York Red Bulls recorded a 3-1 win over Dallas.

Philadelphia Union humbled New England Revolution 6-1 to stay top of the MLS Eastern Conference, while Wayne Rooney's DC United are level on points.

It was a party at Talen Energy Stadium, where Sergio Santos scored twice in the second half to lead the Union to a crushing victory on Saturday.

New England's Juan Fernando Caicedo had cancelled out Jack Elliot's 11th-minute opener, but Philadelphia steamrolled the visitors thanks to Ilsinho, Santos, Kacper Przybylko and David Accam.

The Union and DC are level on 20 points in the east, though Philadelphia are top due to their superior goal difference after 11 matches.

Former Manchester United and England captain Rooney converted a 45th-minute penalty as DC defeated Columbus Crew 3-1.

Goals from Rooney, Luciano Acosta and Paul Arriola helped snapped DC's three-game winless streak at home.

Meanwhile, Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored but LA Galaxy lost 3-2 away to New York Red Bulls.

Ibrahimovic took his season tally to nine goals as he gave the high-flying Galaxy a 2-1 lead before half-time.

However, the Red Bulls netted two unanswered goals in the second half via Marc Rzatkowski and substitute Derrick Etienne Jr to end the Galaxy's seven-game unbeaten run.

The loss left the second-placed Galaxy two points behind Western Conference leaders Los Angeles FC, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Chicago Fire.

Houston Dynamo are three points behind the Galaxy following their 2-1 win against rivals Dallas, New York City continued their resurgence with a 2-0 victory at Montreal Impact and in-form Portland Timbers were 2-1 winners over Real Salt Lake.

Elsewhere, Orlando City lost 2-0 at home to Toronto, Minnesota United drew 1-1 with Seattle Sounders and 10-man San Jose Earthquakes defeated struggling FC Cincinnati 1-0.

Philadelphia Union defeated struggling FC Cincinnati 2-0 thanks to Kacper Przybylko and Fafa Picault.

MLS newcomers Cincinnati were left without a win in six matches following Wednesday's trip to Pennsylvania, where the Union moved level atop the Eastern Conference.

Neither team could be separated in the first half at Talen Energy Stadium but Philadelphia took control following the interval.

Polish striker Przybylko opened the scoring with a glancing header in the 63rd minute and Picault doubled the lead seven minutes later.

The Union held on for victory to improve to 17 points from 10 games, level with DC United and Montreal Impact in the east.

Without a win since March 24 amid a run of four consecutive defeats, Cincinnati are second-bottom in the Eastern Conference – four points adrift of the play-off places.

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.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's good form continued as LA Galaxy claimed a dramatic win in MLS, while Toronto edged Minnesota United in a seven-goal thriller on Friday.

Ibrahimovic scored for the fifth straight game and took his tally to seven this season during the Galaxy's 2-1 win over the Houston Dynamo.

However, the star's penalty had been cancelled out by Alberth Elis' spot-kick before Diego Polenta netted an 88th-minute winner.

The win lifted the Galaxy into second in the Western Conference after six wins from seven games.

Ibrahimovic gave his side the lead just after the half-hour mark with a penalty, but Elis had seemingly earned Houston a point.

But Polenta scored the winner, heading in a Jonathan dos Santos corner for the hosts.

Toronto moved into second in the Eastern Conference after a 4-3 win over Minnesota at BMO Field.

Darwin Quintero's brace – the second a penalty in the 70th minute – had put Minnesota 3-2 up after Alejandro Pozuelo's double for Toronto.

However, substitute Jordan Hamilton, introduced in the 73rd minute, proved to be the match-winner for the hosts.

Hamilton put away a Jonathan Osorio pass to bring Toronto level before scoring the winner in the 79th minute, heading in from close range after Jozy Altidore had lobbed Minnesota goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

The visitors were reduced to nine men late on as Jan Gregus and Francisco Calvo were sent off.

Meanwhile, Albert Rusnak's brace led Real Salt Lake to a 3-0 win over Cincinnati.

Los Angeles FC defeated Cincinnati 2-0 on Saturday to remain top of the Western Conference in MLS, as DC United took advantage of a slip up from Columbus Crew.

Mark-Anthony Kaye headed home Carlos Vela's corner in the 32nd minute at Banc of California Stadium to put LAFC ahead against their fellow expansion franchise.

And Vela sealed all three points in second-half stoppage time, receiving a pass from Eduard Atuesta before advancing into the area and firing a low finish past Spencer Richey.

The result leaves LAFC three points clear of second-placed Seattle Sounders, who had Will Bruin's brace to thank for a 3-2 win over Toronto, Jozy Altidore netting a double in vain for the visitors to CenturyLink Field.

LA Galaxy are a point further back in third after winning their fourth match in succession as Zlatan Ibrahimovic's pair of first-half strikes earned a 2-0 victory at home to Philadelphia Union, who had Auston Trusty sent off for committing a second bookable offence with 14 minutes to go. 

In the Eastern Conference, DC United came from a goal down to win 3-2 away to Colorado Rapids and go top of the standings.

Columbus Crew dropped to second following a 1-0 loss at Montreal Impact, who are now just two points behind them in third place.

There were five goals inside the first 32 minutes of Minnesota United's match at home to New York City, who had Ismael Tajouri to thank for rescuing a point in a 3-3 draw and sparing the blushes of Sean Johnson, the goalkeeper having conceded a comical own goal to gift the hosts the advantage.

MLS Cup holders Atlanta United claimed their first league win under Frank de Boer thanks to Ezequiel Barco's double in a 2-0 victory at New England Revolution.

In other matches, there were 2-1 wins for Real Salt Lake, Dallas and Houston Dynamo against Orlando City, Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes respectively.

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.

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.

FC Cincinnati continued their solid start to life in MLS with a 2-0 victory away to winless New England Revolution on Sunday, moving them up to second in the Eastern Conference.

The Revolution were hoping to get their season kick-started after two defeats and a draw in their first three games left them bottom of the table, but they were out-classed by a Kenny Saief-inspired Cincinnati in their own backyard.

Kekuta Manneh gave Cincinnati the lead just before the break, arriving late in the box to blast home a driven low cross from Saief, making his first MLS start.

The Revolution failed to mount much of a response and the deficit increased just past the hour – Manneh and Saief this time switching roles, as the latter diverted the ball in from close range after it had been smashed into the danger zone.

Defeat was the Revolution's third successive MLS loss.

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.

 

A thriller in the Bronx ends with a share of the spoils.#NYCvLAFC pic.twitter.com/OHM9dIDKQt

— 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.

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