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April 7, 2019
By The Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Cristian Espinoza had a goal and an assist, and the San Jose Earthquakes earned their first points of the season with a 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.

Shea Salinas opened the scoring in the 15th minute, making a run through the center of the 6-yard box to finish Espinoza’s cross.

The Earthquakes (1-4-0) led 2-0 in the 33rd minute when Danny Hoesen pounced on a loose ball on the left side of the 6-yard box and poked it into the roof of the net.

Espinoza capped the scoring a minute later, stealing a misplayed pass, taking it 30 yards and slotting a low finish past the goalkeeper.

San Jose snapped a five-game losing streak that stretched back to last season.

The Timbers (0-4-1) lost their fourth in a row.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Josh Williams scored, and the Crew moved alone into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Williams gave Federico Higuain’s free kick a slight redirection with a header flick in the 42nd minute. The assist was Higuain’s 61st with Columbus (4-1-1), tying a club record.

New England (1-4-1) went down a man in the 64th minute when Michael Mancienne was sent off for his second yellow card.

The Revs pressed forward and had a scoring opportunity in the 89th minute, but Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen denied Cristian Penilla.


TORONTO (AP) — Jonathan Osorio scored in the 76th minute, lifting Toronto FC to the tie against the Fire.

Toronto (3-0-1) was the only MLS team with a perfect record coming into the day. It extended its undefeated streak against Chicago to 10 dating to Sept. 26, 2015.

Jozy Altidore scored for Toronto in the first half and set up Osorio’s tying score. Positioned on the flank near the Chicago penalty box, the burly striker twisted and turned Jeremiah Gutjahr before delivering a perfect cross for Osorio to head in.

C.J. Sapong and Nemanja Nikolic scored for Chicago (1-2-2) before 26,256 at BMO Field.


HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Abu Danladi and Romario Ibarra scored to lead Minnesota United to the victory.

Danladi put Minnesota United (3-2-0) in front in the 34th minute with a low finish set up by Angelo Rodriguez’s cross.

Rodriguez’s hold-up play led to a deflection that Romario smashed home with a volley in the 50th minute, giving Minnesota United a 2-0 lead.

Cristian Casseres Jr. slotted in a putback to cut the Red Bulls’ deficit to one the 70th minute. It was the 19-year-old Venezuelan’s first MLS goal.

The Red Bulls’ Alex Muyl left the game in the 21st minute due to injury.

New York (1-3-1) lost its third in a row.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Nani converted a late penalty and finished with two goals and an assist, powering Orlando City to the win.

Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard guessed the wrong way and Nani finished into the right corner to cap the scoring in the 89th minute. The Rapids’ Axel Sjoberg conceded the penalty with a hand ball in the area.

Chris Mueller tied it at 3 in the 81st minute for Orlando City (2-2-2), settling a pass from Tesho Akindele and finishing with his left foot into the right corner.

Kei Kamara gave Colorado a 1-0 lead in the ninth minute, slotting a half-volley home for his 115th MLS goal, moving him past Ante Razov for fifth place on the career goals list.

Nicolas Mezquida scored in the 61st minute and Cole Bassett added another in the 71st to give the Rapids (0-4-2) a 3-2 lead.

The match was delayed an hour at halftime due to inclement weather.


CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Cory Burke and Alejandro Bedoya scored to rally Philadelphia to its third straight win.

Bedoya scored the go-ahead goal in the second minute of stoppage time, settling Ilsinho’s pass and cutting back to create space for a low left-footed finish.

The Union (3-2-1) had tied it at 1 in the 85th minute when Cory Burke converted a putback off Marco Fabian’s blocked penalty shot. Burke drew the penalty against Matt Hedges.

Reto Ziegler opened the scoring with a free kick for FC Dallas (3-2-1) in the 10th minute.


NEW YORK (AP) — Montreal FC’s Evan Bush had four saves for his first shutout of the season.

Montreal (2-2-1) played the final 20 minutes a man down after Maximiliano Urruti was shown a straight red card in the 70th minute for a studs-up tackle on Maxime Chanot.

New York City FC (0-1-4) has been shut out in back-to-back games and has four goals in five MLS matches this season.