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Eastern Conference Roundup: Week 2

1. Montreal Impact - 6 pts. | 3-0 win vs. New York Red Bulls; this week: at FC Dallas
Montreal moves to the top of the table after hitting New York on the counter and putting away three goals in the second half, without the help of Didier Drogba. Ignacio Piatti’s picking up steam: two goals and an assist last week in Vancouver and now another goal and assist this week. The Impact impressively shut out the defending Supporters’ Shield winners, the Red Bulls. 

2. Toronto FC - 4 pts. | 2-2 draw at New York City FC; this week: at Sporting Kansas City
Toronto FC fought hard on the road to earn a point at Yankee Stadium. After trailing NYCFC 2-0, thanks to a David Villa brace, the Reds capitalized on two opportunities to draw the score even. Sebastian Giovinco led the charge, notching an assist and a goal. Damien Perquis redirected Giovinco’s free kick into the back of the net in stoppage time of the first half and the reigning MLS MVP finished the tying goal in the 76th minute. Toronto prepares for another road match this week at Sporting Kansas City. 

3. New York City FC - 4 pts. | 2-2 draw vs. Toronto FC; this week: vs. Orlando City SC
New York City FC gave up a 2-0 lead at home after Toronto FC adjusted to the Cityzens' new formation. NYCFC came out with a 3-4-3, taking advantage of the smaller-than-average pitch and stretching the Reds. It worked for a while as David Villa was able to score a brace in the first half, but Toronto came storming back into the match with the Atomic Ant leading the charge. 
4. Philadelphia Union - 3 pts. | 2-1 win at Columbus Crew SC; this week: vs. New England Revolution 
Philadelphia had a good weekend, snagging its first-ever win in Columbus. Chris Pontius scored a brace— a one-touch finish off a throw-in before time expired in the first half and a second in transition in the 71st minute. It was goalkeeper Andre Blake who kept the Union in the match, though, making six saves as Columbus peppered him with 19 shots. Philly’s back at home to host the Revs on Sunday. 
5. New England Revolution - 2 pts. | 0-0 draw vs. D.C. United; this week: at Philadelphia Union
No goals in this match. The two MLS originals showed staunch defense and played to a shutout for both teams. New England was the better group on the day, favoring the possession and total shots, but the Revs ultimately couldn’t put one away. Next stop: Talen Energy Stadium. 
6. Orlando City SC - 2 pts. | 1-1 draw vs. Chicago Fire; this week: at New York City FC
It was a hot start in the Citrus Bowl for the Eastern Conference competitors as both goals were scored within the first 14 minutes. Cyle Larin fired his second goal of the season in the fourth minute and it only took Chicago’s David Accam minutes to respond. The Lions had the advantage for much of the match, after defender Michael Harrington was sent off for a reckless tackle in the 32nd minute. Despite playing a man-up, Orlando couldn’t muster a second goal. 
7. Chicago Fire - 1 pt. | 1-1 draw at Orlando City SC; this week: vs. Columbus Crew SC
After conceding a quick goal in the fourth minute, Chicago put up an impressive defensive performance and shut down Orlando City SC. David Accam slipped behind the Lions’ defense and finished the long ball from John Goossens. The Fire played a man down for nearly 60 minutes and still earned a point on the road. They’ll host Crew SC on Saturday. 
8. D.C. United - 1 pt. | 0-0 draw at New England Revolution; this week: vs. Colorado Rapids
D.C. goalkeeper Travis Worra made his first MLS start and kept a clean sheet to earn a point on the road. He was busy, too, as the Revs fired 18 shots, but couldn’t slip one by. He had a key save on Lee Nguyen as time wound down to ultimately get the shutout. United look to get their first win on Sunday against the Colorado Rapids. 
9. Columbus Crew SC - 0 pts. | 2-1 loss vs. Philadelphia Union; this week: at Chicago Fire
Despite another dominating possession performance and taking 19 shots, Crew SC couldn’t get the ball past goalkeeper Andre Blake more than once. Kei Kamara blasted a header from Mohammed Saeid’s corner kick in the 87th minute, but a late flurry of shots couldn’t find the back of the net. Columbus looks to snag its first win of the season this Saturday in Bridgeview against the Chicago Fire. 
10. New York Red Bulls - 0 pts. | 3-0 loss at Montreal Impact; this week: vs. Houston Dynamo
The Red Bulls are struggling to find the back of the net, having yet to score in their first two matches. They played the whole first half in Montreal without a shot on goal— surprising for the highest-scoring team in MLS in 2015, but it’s still early. Things won’t get any easier for New York as it hosts Houston on Saturday and the Dynamo are coming off a 5-0 win against FC Dallas. 

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