New England Revolution and FC Cincinnati drew 1-1 in a game between the two leading sides in the Eastern Conference on Saturday, while St Louis slumped to a shock 2-1 loss to Portland Timbers in the Western Conference.
Elsewhere DC United recorded an impressive 3-0 victory against Charlotte, Inter Miami won 2-1 at Columbus Crew and Orlando City secured a fine 2-0 triumph over LA Galaxy.
New England, +900 To Win The MLS Cup this season, extended their unbeaten run to seven games and remain undefeated at their Gillette Stadium home this season after their 1-1 draw with FC Cincinnati.
After Revolution goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic had saved Luciano Acosta’s spot-kick, Cincinnati opened the scoring when Yerson Mosquera headed home.
New England equalised in first-half stoppage time though when Emmanuel Boateng turned Brandon Bye’s cross into the net from close range.
The result leaves New England at the top of the Eastern Conference on goal difference from FC Cincinnati.
Atlanta United, +1200 To Win The MLS Cup, are third after losing 3-1 at Nashville, who move up to fourth, while New York City are fifth after slumping to a 1-0 defeat at Toronto.
CJ Sapong scored the only goal of the match on his debut for the Canadian side.
The 34-year-old, who only moved to Toronto from Nashville earlier in the week, turned Richie Laryea’s home at the start of the second half as the home side registered their second victory of the season.
Mid-table Columbus Crew lost at home for the first time this season - 2-1 to Inter Miami whose goals were scored by Ecuador international Leonardo Campana.
DC United, +3300 To Win The MLS Cup, won their fourth game of the season and are seventh in the Western Conference, after easing to a 3-0 victory against a Charlotte side who have only won two of their 10 league fixtures so far this season.
Taxi Fountas scored a penalty, while Christian Benteke and Jacob Greene were also on the scoresheet for Wayne Rooney’s side, who have won three games in a row.
Orlando are eighth after beating Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0, Ercan Kara and Facundo Torres grabbing the goals, while New York Red Bulls are at the foot of the Eastern Conference standings despite drawing 1-1 at Chicago Fire.
In a battle between two struggling teams, Montreal came out on top at Sporting Kansas City, winning 2-0 thanks to first-half goals by Bryce Duke and Mathieu Choiniere.
It was Montreal’s first win at Kansas City in a decade and Peter Vermes’ side are still to record a victory this season after 10 matches.
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Seattle Sounders, +800 To Win The MLS Cup, are at the top of the Western Conference standings after drawing 0-0 with 10th-placed Real Salt Lake, who had Pablo Ruiz sent off in stoppage time.
St Louis are second after suffering a surprise 2-1 defeat to eighth-placed Portland Timbers. Evander and Yimmi Chara scored the goals for Portland, either side of a Celio Pompeu strike for St Louis.
San Jose Earthquakes are fourth in the Western Conference, just behind Los Angeles FC, after drawing 2-2 with Austin.
San Jose took the lead midway through the first half when captain Jackson Yueill netted but Austin equalised before half time through Emiliano Rigoni.
The Quakes regained the lead with a header from Jeremy Ebobisse in the 75th minute but three minutes later Austin equalised for a second time when Sebastian Driussi netted.
Vancouver Whitecaps, +5000 To Win The MLS Cup, were held to a goalless draw by Colorado Rapids, a result that leaves the Canadian side ninth in the Western Conference, while Colorado are 12th having won one and drawn six of their 10 matches so far this season.
Minnesota United face FC Dallas in the final game of the weekend. Minnesota, who have lost their last three matches and are seventh in the Western Conference, are +115 To Win The Match.
FC Dallas, who are fifth in the Western Conference, can be backed at +240 To Win The Match while a Draw is available at +240.
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