Inter Miami secured a spot in the MLS play-offs on Sunday, while Philadelphia Union clinched the Supporters' Shield.

In their first season in MLS, Inter Miami reached the play-offs after a 2-1 win over FC Cincinnati on Decision Day.

Mikey Ambrose's 25-yard strike in the 19th minute gave Diego Alonso's side the lead before Leandro Gonzalez Pirez doubled the advantage with a header.

Joe Gyau's brilliant goal halved the deficit for Cincinnati in the 66th minute, but Inter Miami held on despite Andres Reyes' red card.

Philadelphia won the first trophy in their history, securing the Supporters' Shield thanks to a 2-0 win over New England Revolution.

Sergio Santos and Cory Burke scored either side of half-time for the Union, who finished three points clear of Toronto atop the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia won all nine of their home matches during the 2020 MLS season, tied for the second-longest single-season home winning streak in league history.

Toronto were chasing Philadelphia but fell to a 2-1 loss to New York Red Bulls.

Montreal Impact also secured a play-off place thanks to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over DC United.

DC led twice as Donovan Pines and Ola Kamara had goals cancelled out by Bojan Krkic and Victor Wanyama respectively.

But Romell Quioto tapped in an 88th-minute winner for the Impact, who had Samuel Piette sent off in additional time.

New York City edged Chicago Fire 4-3 in a thriller, Columbus Crew overcame Atlanta United 2-1 and Nashville beat Orlando City 3-2.

Sporting Kansas City wrapped up the top seed in the Western Conference after a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

It meant the Seattle Sounders' 4-1 victory against San Jose Earthquakes mattered little as they finished second.

Carlos Vela scored in Los Angeles FC's 1-1 draw with Portland Timbers, Minnesota United cruised past Dallas 3-0, Colorado Rapids beat Houston Dynamo 2-1 and Vancouver Whitecaps handed a 10-man LA Galaxy a 3-0 loss.

Philadelphia Union's loss opened the door to Toronto in the race for the Supporters' Shield, while New York City won a derby thriller.

Toronto moved level on points with Philadelphia after a 2-1 win over Inter Miami and the Union's 2-1 defeat to Columbus Crew on Sunday.

Columbus took a 37th-minute lead at home, Artur finding the bottom corner from 20 yards.

However, Philadelphia drew level in the 57th minute thanks to a penalty from Jamiro, although the hosts would strike late.

Krisztian Nemeth got on the end of a Luis Diaz Espinoza cross from the right to tap away a winner six minutes from time for Columbus, who are third in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto boosted their chances of winning the Supporters' Shield by overcoming Inter Miami.

Former Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi opened the scoring for Inter Miami with his first MLS goal.

But Toronto would win after conceding the opening goal for the third time this season, which is tied for the most with San Jose Earthquakes, as per Opta.

Ayo Akinola scored a fine equaliser after outmuscling his opponent before Gonzalo Higuain almost responded for Inter Miami, hitting the crossbar with a powerful 20-yard effort in the 79th minute.

Instead, Alejandro Pozuelo tucked away an 84th-minute penalty for the winner for Toronto.

Pozuelo has scored each of his past seven penalties for Toronto in MLS.

Valentin Castellanos scored a hat-trick to inspire New York City to a 5-2 derby win over the Red Bulls.

Castellanos became just the second player to net a hat-trick in the Hudson River Derby, joining David Villa (2017).

Elsewhere, Teal Bunbury's brace saw New England Revolution overcome DC United 4-3 in a thriller and Atlanta United beat Cincinnati 2-0.

Orlando City edged Montreal Impact 1-0, Colorado Rapids beat Seattle Sounders 3-1, the Portland Timbers overcame the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 and LA Galaxy edged Real Salt Lake 2-1.

Philadelphia Union closed in on the MLS Supporters' Shield, while the Portland Timbers clinched a play-off spot on Wednesday.

A 2-1 victory over the Chicago Fire saw Philadelphia push three points clear of Toronto in the Eastern Conference, and for the Supporters' Shield, which they are bidding to win for the first time.

Kacper Przybylko opened the scoring from the penalty spot approaching the half-hour mark, following a handball in the area.

Chicago's chances of a comeback were dealt a blow nine minutes before half-time, Francisco Calvo sent off after a tackle on Alejandro Bedoya.

However, they managed to find an equaliser prior to the break as Robert Beric headed in from close range.

But Philadelphia scored what proved to be the winner in the 65th minute, when Cory Burke headed in a cross from Olivier Mbaizo.

According to Opta, Union became the first team to win their first eight home matches of an MLS season since San Jose in 2002, when the Earthquakes claimed their first 10.

The Timbers clinched a spot in the play-offs thanks to a 5-2 thrashing of the struggling LA Galaxy.

Jaroslaw Niezgoda scored a brace for Portland, who were 3-0 up after 30 minutes following Diego Valeri's penalty.

Eryk Williamson and Andy Polo also netted as the Timbers thrashed the Galaxy, who are bottom of the Western Conference.

Portland became the first team with multiple five-goal games against an opponent in a single MLS season since the Fire against the New York Red Bulls in 2008, having thrashed the Galaxy 6-3 earlier this month.

Chris Wondolowski scored a brace as the Earthquakes enjoyed a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake.

It was his 24th multi-goal game in MLS. Only Landon Donovan (32) has more.

The New York Red Bulls left it late to edge the New England Revolution 1-0 and reach the play-offs, Sporting Kansas City overcame Cincinnati 1-0 and Orlando City thrashed Atlanta United 4-1.

New York City upset Toronto 1-0, Minnesota United beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1, DC United were too good for Columbus Crew 1-0, Dallas claimed a 2-1 win over Inter Miami and Los Angeles FC were 2-1 victors over the Houston Dynamo to clinch their play-off place.

Sergio Santos' hat-trick inspired the Philadelphia Union in MLS, while Sporting Kansas City also enjoyed a big win.

Sergio Santos netted three times as Philadelphia crushed Toronto 5-0 at Subaru Park on Saturday.

The result equalled the Union's biggest ever win and Toronto's largest defeat, as per Opta.

Philadelphia needed until the 27th minute to get going, Sergio Santos heading in a wonderful cross from Kai Wagner.

Just six minutes later and the hosts doubled their lead, Mark McKenzie heading in from close range after a corner.

Jamiro scored a spectacular third for Eastern Conference leaders Philadelphia in the 56th minute, his 20-yard effort going in off the underside of the crossbar.

Sergio Santos put away two more to complete his hat-trick – the fourth in the Union's history and first since C.J. Sapong in May 2017.

Western Conference leaders Sporting also enjoyed a fine win, thrashing the Colorado Rapids 4-0.

Alan Pulido, Andreu Fontas, Gadi Kinda and Gerso Fernandes netted in the victory.

Leandro Gonzalez Pirez's 89th-minute winner saw Inter Miami – without the suspended Gonzalo Higuain – edge Orlando City 2-1, while DC United overcame Atlanta United 2-1.

New York City recorded a 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact and the Vancouver Whitecaps were too good for the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1.

The Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls drew 2-2, Minnesota United edged Cincinnati 1-0, Houston Dynamo and Columbus Crew drew 1-1 and Real Salt Lake and Dallas played out a goalless draw.

Caden Clark made MLS history as New York Red Bulls and high-flying Toronto drew 1-1, while it was a bad day for both Los Angeles teams.

Clark – aged 17 years, four months and 18 days – became the youngest player to score in his first two MLS appearances on Wednesday, per Opta.

Hours after joining the Red Bulls, Clark capped his debut with a goal in Saturday's 1-0 win over Atlanta United.

Clark became the youngest player to score his maiden goal for the Red Bulls since Jozy Altidore in 2006.

He continued where he left off against Toronto, netting the equaliser with 13 minutes remaining midweek.

Following Alejandro Pozuelo's 23rd-minute penalty, Clark earned the visiting Red Bulls a point by firing a shot into the top corner of the net from outside the box.

The Red Bulls are seventh in the Eastern Conference, while Toronto – already play-off bound – remain top through 18 games.

Elsewhere, reigning Supporters' Shield holders Los Angeles FC and struggling LA Galaxy were beaten.

Lucas Cavallini's brace lifted Vancouver Whitecaps to a 2-1 victory against fourth-placed LAFC.

Canada international Cavallini has now scored in back-to-back games after finding the net just twice in his first 11 MLS matches for the Whitecaps, who climbed up to eighth in the standings and in the play-off positions.

As for the Western Conference's bottom side – the Galaxy – they were swept aside 4-0 by San Jose Earthquakes in the Cali Clasico.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Javier Hernandez was substituted early in the second half, with the Galaxy only managing four goals in the 652 minutes 'Chicharito' has been on the pitch this season.

It was a sixth consecutive defeat for the slumping Galaxy as the Earthquakes moved within a point of LAFC in the west.

Wednesday's scheduled Minnesota United-Chicago Fire fixture was postponed due to a suspected coronavirus case among Minnesota's team delegation.

In other results, New England Revolution edged Montreal Impact 3-2, FC Cincinnati were 2-1 winners over Columbus Crew, Orlando City and New York City drew 1-1, Atlanta saved a 1-1 draw at Inter Miami, Sporting Kansas City fell 1-0 to Dallas, DC United and Philadelphia Union shared the points in a four-goal clash, Real Salt Lake trumped Portland Timbers 2-1 and Nashville accounted for Houston Dynamo 3-1.

Inter Miami edged Houston Dynamo 1-0 to keep their MLS playoff hopes alive, while New York Red Bulls won in controversial fashion.

Lewis Morgan converted a 57th-minute penalty as Inter Miami defeated Houston in Fort Lauderdale, where the match was delayed for 48 minutes due to pouring rain on Saturday.

Gonzalo Higuain missed a penalty on debut for Inter Miami last month and team-mate Morgan stepped up to the spot and scored following a foul on Leandro Gonzalez Pirez.

Morgan has been directly involved in four of Inter Miami's last five goals – three goals and one assist – per Opta.

Back-to-back wins have Inter Miami just one point outside the qualification places for the playoffs after 17 matches in the Eastern Conference, while Houston are ninth in the west and outside of the top eight on goal difference.

The Red Bulls also won 1-0 after topping Atlanta United thanks to a goal from teenage debutant Caden Clark.

Clark scored a sensational game-winning goal in the 47th minute – the youngest player to net his maiden goal for the Red Bulls at 17 years, four months and 13 days since Jozy Altidore (16 years, 10 months and 10 days) in 2006.

The goal, however, was controversial after Atlanta claimed New York's Daniel Royer was in an offside position and in the line of sight of goalkeeper Brad Guzan, but the goal stood following a VAR review.

Meanwhile, Lucas Cavallini's 75th-minute goal helped Vancouver Whitecaps rally past Real Salt Lake 2-1.

The Colorado Rapids-LA Galaxy fixture was postponed after one new confirmed case of coronavirus among Colorado's squad.

Diego Rossi and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored as Los Angeles FC ended their road woes with a 3-1 victory at Real Salt Lake in MLS.

LAFC claimed their first away win of the season after seeing off RSL at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday, having lost four games on the road in 2020.

Wright-Phillips opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as RSL became the 21st different team the English forward has scored against in his MLS career, per Opta.

Rossi doubled the lead five minutes later to score his MLS-leading 12th goal of the season after capping a swift counter-attacking move.

LAFC's Brian Rodriguez made it 3-0 approaching the hour-mark when the Uruguay international glided by two opponents before finding the back of the net.

An Eduard Atuesta own goal gave RSL hope five minutes later but LAFC were not to be denied maximum points.

Reigning Supporters' Shield holders LAFC are fifth in the Western Conference after 15 games, six points behind leaders Seattle Sounders, while RSL are three points further back.

 

 

The Seattle Sounders claimed an impressive win over LA Galaxy in MLS, while Gonzalo Higuain endured a tough debut on Sunday.

Cristian Roldan inspired Seattle to a 3-1 win over the Galaxy in California.

Roldan opened the scoring in the 12th minute, completing a fine team move by getting on the end of a Jordan Morris cross.

Morris doubled the lead seven minutes before half-time, finishing after a lovely pass from Nicolas Lodeiro.

Roldan produced a clinical finish from a Joao Paulo pass to make it 3-0 just after the hour-mark, with Seattle winning despite Sebastian Lletget's late goal for the LA Galaxy.

It marked Roldan's third multi-goal game in MLS, and two have come against the Galaxy.

Seattle are top of the Western Conference, equal on points with the Portland Timbers, who recorded a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

After joining Inter Miami following his Juventus release, Higuain had a tough debut in a 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union.

Higuain hit the outside of the post with a bicycle kick and later put a penalty over the crossbar.

Anthony Fontana, Ilsinho and Brenden Aaronson scored for Philadelphia, who are second in the Eastern Conference.

Higuain, meanwhile, has failed to convert his past four penalties in all competitions.

Eastern Conference leaders Columbus Crew fell to a 3-1 loss to Toronto.

The New York Red Bulls thrashed the Montreal Impact 4-1, the New England Revolution beat DC United 2-0 and Chicago Fire overcame Atlanta United 2-0.

Minnesota United played out a goalless draw with Real Salt Lake, while Dallas' clash with Orlando City also finished 0-0.

The San Jose Earthquakes ended a nine-game winless run by beating Los Angeles FC 2-1.

Los Angeles FC thrashed the Vancouver Whitecaps on the back of a record-breaking start, while Orlando City's fine form continued.

LAFC crushed the Whitecaps 6-0 at Banc of California Stadium on Wednesday, thanks to five goals in the opening 33 minutes.

The five goals scored in 32 minutes, 13 seconds was the fastest a team has netted five from kick-off in MLS history, according to Opta.

The Seattle Sounders had set the previous record (32:43) just 13 days ago against the San Jose Earthquakes.

LAFC went ahead in the second minute through Dejan Jakovic, who headed in a Brian Rodriguez corner.

Another corner led to Bradley Wright-Phillips finishing before the veteran forward produced another acrobatic effort in the 11th minute.

Things went from bad to worse for Vancouver when Ranko Veselinovic turned in a Rodriguez cross just three minutes later.

Diego Rossi made it 5-0 after a one-two with Mark-Anthony Kaye in the 33rd minute.

LAFC would have to wait until the second half for a sixth, Rodriguez's cross from the right leading to an Andy Rose own goal.

The win saw Los Angeles climb into sixth in the Western Conference, while Vancouver are ninth.

Orlando City extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a 2-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Tesho Akindele and Benji Michel scored before half-time and Orlando held on despite Johnny Russell's 53rd-minute strike.

The Earthquakes' struggles continued with a 5-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids.

San Jose have conceded five goals in a match five times this season, which is the most allowed by a team in a single campaign, according to Opta. The Earthquakes are just 13 games into their season.

Chicago Fire recorded a 4-0 win over the Houston Dynamo, while Inter Miami slumped to a 4-1 defeat against the New York Red Bulls.

History was made as Nashville beat DC United 1-0, with Tori Penso becoming the first female referee to oversee an MLS game in 20 years.

Columbus Crew retained their five-point lead atop the Eastern Conference thanks to a 2-1 win over Minnesota United.

The New England Revolution beat Montreal Impact 3-1, Toronto edged New York City 1-0 and Atlanta United overcame Dallas 1-0.

Cincinnati and Philadelphia Union played out a 0-0 draw, Real Salt Lake enjoyed a 2-0 win over the LA Galaxy and the Portland Timbers edged the Seattle Sounders 1-0.

Nani inspired Orlando City to an impressive win in MLS, while Columbus Crew are clear atop the Eastern Conference.

Former Manchester United attacker Nani scored and provided an assist in Orlando's 4-1 thrashing of the Chicago Fire on Saturday.

After Chris Mueller opened the scoring, he crossed for Nani to head in a second in the 24th minute.

Given a chance to get back into the game, Chicago squandered it when Alvaro Medran had a penalty well saved by Pedro Gallese.

Chicago took their next chance from the spot through Robert Beric early in the second half, but Orlando sealed their win late.

Junior Urso scrambled in from inside the area after Nani's set-piece went uncleared, and the Portuguese attacker's pass later found Benji Michel to finish off in additional time.

Orlando are second in the Eastern Conference, five points behind the high-flying Columbus Crew.

Second-half goals from Pedro Santos and Gyasi Zardes saw Columbus record a 2-0 win over Nashville.

Diego Valeri netted a brace as the Portland Timbers crushed the San Jose Earthquakes 6-1 at Avaya Stadium.

Fresh off confirming the signing of Gonzalo Higuain, Inter Miami recorded a second win in three matches by beating Atlanta United 2-1.

Elsewhere, a 10-man LA Galaxy fell to the Colorado Rapids 2-0 and Dallas also finished with 10 but recorded a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Haris Medunjanin scored directly from a corner in the 85th minute as Cincinnati beat the New York Red Bulls 1-0 and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat a 10-man Real Salt Lake 2-1.

New York City drew 0-0 with the New England Revolution, DC United and Toronto played out a 2-2 draw, while the Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United did likewise.

Philadelphia Union closed the gap to Columbus Crew, while Inter Miami fell to another defeat in MLS on Saturday.

Eastern Conference leaders Columbus produced a late comeback to draw with Chicago Fire, but their lead is now just three points after Philadelphia enjoyed a win.

Philadelphia left it late to overcome New England Revolution 2-1 at Subaru Park.

With the game locked at 0-0, New England were reduced to 10 men when Matt Polster was shown a second yellow card in the 56th minute.

Just 17 minutes later and Philadelphia took the lead, Anthony Fontana chipping in from close range.

But a fine equaliser from Tajon Buchanan appeared to have New England set to earn a point.

However, there was late drama as Fontana drilled in a wonderful goal from 25 yards in the 95th minute.

Columbus appeared set for their second defeat of the MLS season when they fell 2-0 behind in Chicago.

But Fatai Alashe pulled a goal back for the Crew before Gyasi Zardes' 88th-minute equaliser.

At the bottom of the conference, Inter Miami slumped to a 2-1 loss to Orlando City.

Coming off a win over Atlanta United, Inter suffered their seventh loss in 11 games this season.

Elsewhere, the New York Red Bulls recorded a 2-0 win over DC United and New York City edged Cincinnati 2-1.

Nashville enjoyed a 4-2 win over Atlanta United, Dallas beat Houston Dynamo 2-1 and the Colorado Rapids thrashed Real Salt Lake 5-0.

Inter Miami claimed just their second win of the MLS season, while Jozy Altidore lifted Toronto to a late victory over Thierry Henry's Montreal Impact.

Lewis Morgan's brace helped David Beckham's Inter defeat Eastern Conference rivals Atlanta United 2-1 in Miami on Wednesday.

In the midst of a three-game winless streak and with just five points from their nine regular-season matches, expansion franchise Inter opened the scoring through Morgan midweek.

A 28th-minute counter-attack led by Rodolfo Pizarro resulted in former Celtic winger Morgan beating Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan from an acute angle.

Atlanta equalised five minutes later when Eric Remedi put the ball over the line from his position on the ground after his initial backheel was blocked by Andres Reyes.

The winning goal came seven minutes before half-time – Morgan restoring Inter's lead with a curling finish from the top of the penalty area.

But not before some wild penalty drama, starting in the 40th minute. Inter goalkeeper Luis Robles saved Ezequiel Barco's attempt but Erick Torres crashed in to convert the rebound.

It was ruled out for encroachment, however, following a video review, though Barco was given a retake after Inter were also penalised for encroachment but Robles thwarted the Atlanta attacker again.

Inter are 13th in the 14-team Eastern Conference, three points adrift of eighth-placed Atlanta and 15 behind leaders Columbus Crew.

Toronto are second and two points adrift of the Crew following their last-gasp 2-1 win at Canadian rivals the Impact.

Pablo Piatti's 32nd-minute opener had been cancelled out by Montreal's former Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama eight minutes into the second half.

But Altidore popped up with the winner in the 89th minute, finishing under onrushing Impact goalkeeper Clement Diop, snapping Toronto's run of back-to-back defeats.

Elsewhere, Real Salt Lake accounted for slumping Supporters' Shield holders Los Angeles FC 3-0, Minnesota United edged Dallas 3-2 and Lalas Abubakar's 96th-minute equaliser salvaged a 1-1 draw for Colorado Rapids against in-form Houston Dynamo.

LA Galaxy claimed a comfortable win over Los Angeles FC in El Trafico, while Columbus Crew continued their impressive campaign.

Galaxy stretched their winning streak to four games with a 3-0 victory in the derby clash at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday.

Cristian Pavon opened the scoring in the 51st minute, lobbing Pablo Sisniega after the LAFC goalkeeper was left stranded having come to attempt to collect an Emiliano Insua pass.

Just two minutes later and LAFC were dealt another blow, Mark-Anthony Kaye sent off for a rash challenge on Julian Araujo.

Galaxy capitalised on their numerical advantage as Sebastian Lletget tucked away a smart Pavon set-piece in the 73rd minute.

And 10 minutes later Lletget sealed the win, his overhead kick from Rolf Feltscher's cross finding the corner.

 

Galaxy jumped into fourth in the Western Conference after a second straight El Trafico win.

Columbus are five points clear atop the Eastern Conference after a 3-0 win over FC Cincinnati.

The Crew needed until the second half to break the game open at MAPFRE Stadium in Ohio.

Pedro Santos opened the scoring in the 52nd minute before Gyasi Zardes' brace.

Zardes got on the end of a Santos cross before later scrambling in to see Columbus to a seventh win in 10 MLS games this season.

Philadelphia Union are second to Columbus and recorded a 3-0 win over New York Red Bulls.

Minnesota United scored four second-half goals in a 4-0 win over Real Salt Lake, New England Revolution edged Chicago Fire 2-1 and Portland Timbers recorded a 2-1 victory against Seattle Sounders.

Inter Miami's struggles continued with a 0-0 draw against Nashville as former Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi made his debut, while DC United and New York City also drew 0-0.

Los Angeles FC recorded a resounding win in MLS on Wednesday, while the Galaxy extended their winning streak.

After three straight losses in all competitions, Los Angeles FC responded by thrashing the San Jose Earthquakes 5-1 at Banc of California Stadium.

Diego Rossi's beautiful finish into the corner opened the scoring after a poor turnover of possession by the Earthquakes in the 21st minute.

But LAFC had to wait until the second half to truly take control.

Another bad turnover allowed Bradley Wright-Phillips through to double the lead, before Jose Cifuentes made it 3-0.

Rossi added his second in the 69th minute before Danny Musovski made it 5-0, Danny Hoesen later adding a consolation goal for San Jose.

The win lifted LAFC up into third in the Western Conference, with San Jose sitting 11th.

The Galaxy made it three straight wins by edging the Portland Timbers 3-2 at Providence Park.

Efrain Alvarez opened the scoring for the Galaxy, completing a fine team move with a finish into the top corner from inside the area.

It took until five minutes into the second half for the visitors to double their lead through Cristian Pavon's individual effort.

Felipe Mora gave Portland hope with a 67th-minute goal, but Joe Corona struck for the Galaxy with a wonderful 20-yard strike.

Diego Valeri came off the bench to add a second for Portland in additional time.

The Timbers are sixth in the Western Conference, one spot behind the Galaxy while being level on points.

Columbus Crew returned to the top of the Eastern Conference after a 1-0 win over Philadelphia Union.

Lucas Zelarayan's deflected 25-yard effort in the 55th minute was enough for Columbus.

Elsewhere, Western Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City were held to a 1-1 draw by Dallas.

Real Salt Lake and the Seattle Sounders drew 2-2 in a clash that featured a screamer from Pablo Ruiz, while Orlando City played out a 1-1 draw with Nashville.

New York City overcame New England Revolution 2-0, Houston Dynamo beat Minnesota United 3-0 and Erik Sorga scored a 98th-minute winner for DC United as they edged the New York Red Bulls 1-0.

Atlanta United and Inter Miami drew 0-0, while Cincinnati's clash with Chicago Fire also finished goalless.

Real Salt Lake owner Dell Loy Hansen has put the Major League Soccer franchise up for sale after being criticised for failing to support players calling for racial justice.

Hansen said he felt "disrespected" by team members after they opted not to play against LAFC on Wednesday.

Those players joined in the widespread protests which have followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, by police in Wisconsin.

"All I can say is they supported other issues nationally; they clearly did not support our city or our organisation," Hansen said.

"It's a moment of sadness. It's like somebody stabbed you and you're trying to figure out a way to pull the knife out and move forward. That's what it feels like. The disrespect is profound to me personally."

Hansen warned he would start cutting employees he had brought back from furlough because of the possibility of further strike action from the team, with his stance drawing condemnation.

Salt Lake's former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha told BBC World Service: "I don't want to be here because I'm not here to play for someone who isn't here to support us."

A statement from MLS commissioner Don Garber on Sunday confirmed Hansen had put the team's holding company up for sale, suggesting Onuoha and his team-mates might not have to work under their current owner for much longer.

His stewardship of National Women's Soccer League team Utah Royals and Real Monarchs of the USL Championship is also set to come to a close.

Garber's statement read: "Major League Soccer has been informed that Real Salt Lake investor-operator Dell Loy Hansen has decided that he will begin a process to sell Utah Soccer Holdings, the entity that owns Real Salt Lake, Utah Royals FC and Real Monarchs.

"MLS will work with Mr Hansen on supporting the sale efforts for the company and will work closely with the club's executive staff to support the operations of the team during the transition period."

Garber added: "I want to acknowledge Dell Loy Hansen's significant efforts to build the sport of soccer in the state of Utah and his commitment to Major League Soccer."

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