Dallas and Sporting Kansas City advanced in the MLS Cup play-offs after thrilling penalty shoot-out wins on Sunday.

Ricardo Pepi's 93rd-minute equaliser for Dallas cancelled out Jorge Villafana's opener for the Portland Timbers at Providence Park.

And after a marathon 16 penalties, Dallas prevailed 8-7 in the shoot-out as Jimmy Maurer saved from Villafana for the match-winning moment.

The opener came in the 82nd minute, Diego Valeri playing a pass to put Villafana in behind and the defender powered a finish into the roof of the net.

Valeri's assist was his 10th direct shot involvement in the match – four shots and six chances created – the most by a Timbers player in an MLS Cup play-offs match, according to Opta.

Just as Portland looked set to advance, Dallas equalised in the 93rd minute, Ricardo Pepi, 17, finishing a rebound after Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark managed to save his initial effort onto the post.

It was the fourth time this MLS season that Portland had conceded a second-half stoppage-time equaliser. No other team has allowed more than two.

Valeri hit the post in the dying moments of extra time as the third penalty shoot-out through seven play-offs matches followed, already equalling the most traditional shoot-outs in a single postseason in MLS history.

After the first 15 penalties of the shoot-out were scored, Villafana was denied by Maurer, who sent Dallas through.

Los Angeles FC or the Seattle Sounders await Dallas in the Western Conference semi-finals.

Sporting Kansas City advanced after a thrilling penalty shoot-out win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Children's Mercy Park, where their encounter finished locked at 3-3.

Gianluca Busio looked to have won the encounter in additional time for Sporting, finishing after a wonderful flick from Khiry Shelton in the 91st minute to make it 3-2.

However, there was even more drama to follow, Chris Wondolowski heading in a 97th-minute equaliser from close range after Cristian Espinoza's cross.

Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia would be the hero in the shoot-out, saving spot-kicks from Oswaldo Alanis, Jackson Yueill and Espinoza as Johnny Russell, Ilie and Shelton scored.

Melia became the first goalkeeper to shut out an opponent in a traditional penalty shoot-out in MLS Cup play-offs history.

In the Western Conference semi-finals, Sporting will face Minnesota United, who beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 thanks to a brace from Kevin Molino.

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.

The San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids booked their spots in the MLS play-offs on Wednesday.

The 10-man Earthquakes held on for a 3-2 win over Los Angeles FC.

Latif Blessing tapped in the opener for LAFC midway through the first half, but an Eduard Atuesta own goal from a corner brought San Jose level.

Chris Wondolowski's side-footed finish from a Cristian Espinoza cross put the Earthquakes ahead eight minutes before half-time.

However, San Jose's chances took a hit when Jackson Yueill was sent off for a rash challenge in the 61st minute.

But Espinoza delivered an excellent finish to make it 3-1 and the Earthquakes held on despite Diego Rossi's late goal.

San Jose have earned 14 points from losing positions this season, including four come-from-behind wins, and both are the most in MLS in 2020, according to Opta.

Kellyn Acosta's 83rd-minute winner saw the Rapids edge the Portland Timbers 1-0 to reach the play-offs.

Acosta produced a fine finish into the top corner from inside the area after a pass from Diego Rubio to secure three points for Colorado.

It was just the Rapids' second MLS victory at Portland, ending a nine-match winless run dating back to 2011, according to Opta.

Colorado moved into the MLS play-offs for the first time since 2016.

Nani was sent off as Orlando City recorded a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Chris Mueller had put Orlando ahead before Nani was harshly sent off for a sliding challenge.

Harrison Afful equalised for Columbus, but the 10-man Orlando found an 84th-minute winner through Benji Michel.

Orlando have won four straight matches against Columbus, the first time they have managed that against a single team in their MLS history.

Javier Hernandez scored but LA Galaxy were held to a 1-1 draw by the Seattle Sounders.

Hernandez's goal saw him end a 433-minute scoring drought dating back to July.

Elsewhere, Dallas beat Nashville 1-0 and Minnesota United and the Chicago Fire drew 2-2.

Dallas earned bragging rights in the Texas Derby as they clinched a spot in the MLS play-offs by accounting for Houston Dynamo 3-0.

Fafa Picault scored twice for Dallas, who ended Houston's post-season hopes on Saturday.

Franco Jara opened the scoring in the 19th minute when he slid onto a headed pass across the six-yard box from Michael Barrios.

Dallas were further rewarded for their dominance eight minutes later after Picault headed home to double the lead at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Picault completed the scoring in the third minute of stoppage time as Dallas – in the play-offs for the third consecutive year – recorded just their third win in eight games.

The Dynamo have conceded at least once in 30 consecutive away matches, tied for the fourth-longest streak in MLS history.

Dallas are sixth in the Western Conference, while the Dynamo are bottom of the standings.

Elsewhere, play-off chasing Chicago Fire earned a valuable point in a 1-1 draw with Nashville.

Nashville – already assured of a play-off berth – hit the front via Daniel Rios in the 28th minute, with designated player Randall Leal playing a key role.

Leal has been directly involved in five of Nashville's last six goals (two goals, three assists).

The Fire, though, claimed a share of the spoils thanks to Boris Sekulic's equaliser three minutes prior to half-time.

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.

Jhonder Cadiz scored his first goal for Nashville in their comprehensive 3-0 MLS win over Dallas.

Cadiz – making his second appearance after arriving on loan from Portuguese giants Benfica – doubled the lead with 17 minutes remaining on Tuesday.

Coming off the bench just past the hour-mark after Randall Leal opened the scoring in the 19th minute, Cadiz's long-range shot took a deflection and left Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer helpless.

Fellow substitute Daniel Rios completed the scoring in the 88th minute when weaved his way past two defenders, sending a scrambling Reto Ziegler to the ground, before firing low beyond Maurer.

The result ensured expansion franchise Nashville earned back-to-back MLS wins for the first time, per Opta.

Of Nashville's 24 points so far, 11 have been won against teams from Texas – seven versus Dallas and four against Houston Dynamo.

Nashville are eighth in the Eastern Conference, while Dallas are sixth in the west following just one win in six games.

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.

Gonzalo Higuain scored his first goal for Inter Miami and it was one to remember, while LA Galaxy were routed 6-3 by Portland Timbers in MLS.

Higuain converted an 81st-minute free-kick and it proved to be the winner as Inter Miami defeated New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Wednesday.

The former Argentina international, who joined David Beckham's Inter Miami from Serie A champions Juventus, missed a penalty on debut last month.

In his third appearance for Inter Miami, Higuain earned a free-kick with nine minutes remaining and stepped up to beat Red Bulls goalkeeper David Jensen with a powerful shot into the top corner.

Higuain's first MLS goal came via a direct free-kick after not scoring a set-piece in 428 matches during his time in the top five European leagues, per Opta.

"That's my role," Higuain said in a post-match news conference. "I've been playing in the best leagues in the world and that's my main function, to score."

The Red Bulls had led through Omir Fernandez's 53rd-minute opener, before Matias Pellegrini equalised two minutes later in New Jersey.

Inter Miami are 12th in the 14-team Eastern Conference with 14 points from 16 games, while the Red Bulls are six points better off in seventh.

The visiting Timbers defeated the struggling Galaxy in a wild nine-goal showdown in Carson, California.

Portland led 2-1 at half-time before scoring another four goals in a thrilling encounter at Dignity Health Sports Park.

Felipe Mora and Jeremy Ebobisse each finished with braces as the Timbers scored a joint-club record six goals for the second time in four matches, having not scored more than five times in any of their first 337 MLS matches, via Opta.

The Galaxy have lost five matches in a row to sit bottom of the Western Conference, while the Timbers are second and three points adrift of leaders Seattle Sounders – who edged Real Salt Lake 2-1.

Elsewhere, New York City eased past DC United 4-1, Eastern Conference leaders Toronto downed New England Revolution 1-0 and Philadelphia Union were too good for FC Cincinnati 3-0.

Dallas lost 2-0 to Houston Dynamo, Sporting Kansas City were 1-0 winners over Chicago Fire, San Jose Earthquakes beat nine-man Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0, Montreal Impact topped Columbus Crew 2-1, while Atlanta United and Orlando City played out a goalless draw.

The Colorado Rapids-Los Angeles FC clash was postponed after one new confirmed case of coronavirus among the Rapids staff.

Toronto recorded an impressive win in MLS on Saturday, while the LA Galaxy's struggles continued.

Alejandro Pozuelo's fine run of form continued as Toronto came from behind to beat the Philadelphia Union 2-1 in Connecticut.

Sergio Santos' delicate chip had put Philadelphia ahead in the fifth minute, but Toronto fought back in the second half.

Ayo Akinola headed in a Tony Gallacher cross from the left approaching the hour-mark to bring Greg Vanney's side level.

Pozuelo scored what proved to be the winner in the 76th minute, heading in at the back post following a corner.

As Toronto won for the 10th time in their past 13 meetings with the Union, Pozuelo has been directly involved in 10 goals since the MLS regular season resumed in August, as per Opta.

Toronto joined Columbus on 31 points atop the Eastern Conference after the Crew were held to a 2-2 draw by Dallas.

LA Galaxy are bottom of the Western Conference after slumping to a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes in the California Clasico.

The Galaxy seemed on track when Sebastian Lletget put away the opener after Javier Hernandez hit the post, and goalkeeper David Bingham saved Chris Wondolowski's 12th-minute penalty.

But Marcos Lopez drilled in a wonderful equaliser before half-time, and Andres Rios made no mistake with San Jose's second spot-kick of the game in the 82nd minute.

Orlando City continued their fine season with a 3-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls.

The club's tally of 29 points from their first 15 matches is five more than they have ever had through the same number of games in any previous campaign, according to Opta.

Gonzalo Higuain's Inter Miami fell to a 3-2 loss to New York City, while Atlanta United crushed DC United 4-0.

Montreal Impact and Chicago Fire drew 2-2, Alan Pulido scored a brace as Sporting Kansas City edged Houston Dynamo 2-1 and Minnesota United enjoyed a 2-0 victory over Cincinnati.

Western Conference leaders the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1, while the clash between the New England Revolution and Nashville finished goalless.

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.

Santiago Mosquera starred in MLS on Wednesday, while the Vancouver Whitecaps enjoyed a win over Montreal Impact.

Mosquera scored a hat-trick as Dallas cruised to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium.

The Colombian opened the scoring four minutes before half-time, producing a neat finish into the bottom corner after a Michael Barrios cutback from the right.

The hosts doubled their lead shortly after the break through Franco Jara, who met Reto Ziegler's corner with a powerful header.

Dallas were in complete control approaching the hour-mark, Mosquera dispossessing a defender before finishing for 3-0.

Andre Shinyashiki pulled a goal back for the Rapids, but Mosquera completed his hat-trick with another clinical finish.

Mosquera became just the second Dallas player to score an MLS hat-trick at home in the past 11 years and first since Roland Lamah in 2017, according to Opta.

Dallas climbed into fourth in the Western Conference, while the Rapids are 10th.

After losing back-to-back matches to Montreal, the Whitecaps won their third meeting since August 3-1.

Thierry Henry's Montreal were dealt a huge blow with the game locked at 0-0 in the 37th minute as Rudy Camacho was sent off for lashing out at Fredy Montero.

Montero converted the penalty and Cristian Dajome scored before half-time, the former then sealing Vancouver's win after Romell Quioto had struck for Montreal.  

Vancouver climbed off the bottom of the west, while Montreal are fifth in the Eastern Conference.

In the day's other game, the struggling San Jose Earthquakes drew 1-1 with the Portland Timbers.

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.

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