Eastern Conference Roundup: May 20
The Crew kept within striking distance of fifth place in the MLS Eastern Conference with its 1-0 win at Toronto FC on Saturday. Tim Cahill grabbed a late winner for the New York Red Bulls to extend their lead atop the East, while D.C. United snapped its seven-match losing streak with a home draw against Sporting Kansas City.
Here is how the Eastern Conference looks after 12 weeks of play in 2013.
1. New York Red Bulls - 24 pts. - Week 12: 1-0 Win vs. LA Galaxy
The Red Bulls continued their winning ways as Tim Cahill's stoppage time goal propelled New York to victory over the LA Galaxy on Sunday. Up next, the Red Bulls host the Crew on Sunday (5:00 P.M. ET/FOX Sports Ohio).
2. Sporting Kansas City - 21 pts. - Week 12: 1-1 Draw at D.C. United
Upset over an incorrect offside call, Peter Vermes' side was only able to take a point on the road at D.C. United. Sporting heads home to host the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
3. Houston Dynamo - 20 pts. - Week 12: 2-0 Loss vs. New England Revolution
After making history with MLS' longest home-unbeaten streak, the Dynamo has dropped two in a row at BBVA Compass Stadium. Things won't be any easier for Houston as it travels to Kansas City, Columbus and Montreal for its next three matches.
4. Montreal Impact - 20 pts. - Week 12: Idle
The Impact was idle this week, but remains in fourth place on the table with at least a game in-hand on the rest of the teams in the East aside from Chicago. Montreal will host the Philadelphia Union at Stade Saputo on Saturday.
5. Philadelphia Union - 18 pts. - Week 12: 4-1 Loss vs. LA Galaxy, 1-0 Win vs. Chicago Fire
Rebounding from a 4-1 midweek loss at home to the LA Galaxy, Jack McInerney scored his league-leading eighth goal to help the Union to its second victory over the Fire in as many weeks. Philadelphia travels to Montreal to face the Impact on Saturday.
6. Columbus Crew - 15 pts. - Week 12: 1-0 Win at Toronto FC
The Crew ended a two-match skid with an ugly road win in Toronto to kick off the 2013 Trillium Cup presented by Scotts. The Black & Gold will need the same grit on Sunday as they travel to New York to face the first-place Red Bulls.
7. New England Revolution - 13 pts. - Week 12: 2-0 Win at Houston Dynamo
With both sides down to 10 men, teenager Diego Fagundez scored and Ricardo Clark added an own goal to hand the Revolution a rare win at BBVA Compass Stadium. New England will look to keep rolling as it hosts Toronto FC at Gillette Stadium on Saturday.
8. Chicago Fire - 7 pts. - Week 12: 1-0 Loss at Philadelphia Union
The Fire's struggle to find the back of the net continued over the weekend as Frank Klopas' side was shut out for the sixth time in 10 games this season. Chicago hits the road to face Real Salt Lake in Week 13.
9. Toronto FC - 7 pts. - Week 12: 1-0 Loss vs. Columbus Crew
Winless in nine matches, the Reds lost their fourth-straight over the weekend to the Crew at home. Toronto FC travels to New England to face the Revolution this week.
10. D.C. United - 5 pts. - Week 12: 1-1 Draw vs. Sporting Kansas City
D.C. was lucky to end its seven-match losing streak after Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara's goal was incorrectly called offside, but the Black-and-Red will be happy to see their woes come to an end. Up next, United hosts Portland Timbers FC on Saturday at RFK Stadium.