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Kick Off: East tightens at top | Timbers unbeaten in 15 | A Seattle stunner

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

RBNY down slumping LAFC, honor BWP

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Daniel Royer hit his second of the game with 10 minutes left to lift the New York Red Bulls to a 2-1 home win against LAFC. While the hosts moved to within four points of Supporters Shield leaders Atlanta United, the slumping visitors fell two rungs in the West table to fourth. RECAP

And that wasn’t all the Red Bulls would celebrate: In a postgame ceremony, a week after Bradley Wright-Phillips struck for his 100th MLS goal (all with RBNY), the club announced No. 99 would be retired across all levels of the organization whenever BWP hangs ’em up. READ MORE

Josef closes on record, TFC unprepared to hand off mantle

East leaders Atlanta United suffered another minor home stumble in Saturday’s entertaining 2-2 draw with visiting MLS Cup holders Toronto FC. After clawing back to even near time on a Tosaint Ricketts tally, the Reds declared themselves unwilling to pass the torch to Atlanta just yet. READ MORE | RECAP

And, of course, Josef Martinez scored – twice – to close further still on the all-time single-season scoring record. READ MORE | WATCH ANALYSIS

NYCFC fit to be tied by ‘Caps

New York City FC failed to take advantage of the slip, settling for a 2-2 home share with Vancouver. In his weekend review, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle opined that NYCFC might be starting to miss recovering star man David Villa. READ MORE | RECAP

Timbers tie club record: undefeated streak hits 15

Portland equaled their club-record 15-game unbeaten streak by blanking Saturday visitors Philadelphia 3-0. In tying the franchise standard with a victory, the Timbers climbed up to second place in the West. READ MORE | RECAP

Sounders’ resurrection continues, West tightens

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The annual Seattle revival is well underway, as evidenced by the furious late rally in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Minnesota United, thanks to stoppage-time strikes from Nicolas Lodeiro and Will Bruin. The latter’s combination with Raul Ruidiaz is driving the turnaround as the Sounders posted their fourth win in a row. WATCH VIDEO | RECAP

The stunner of the weekend saw San Jose celebrate their first win in nearly three months by topping FC Dallas away by a 3-1 count. Vako scored wrapped his brace around Jahmir Hyka’s winner as the Quakes halted a horrendous 0-7-5 freefall. RECAP

Sporting KC scored their first win in six with a 1-0 victory at Houston. Teen prodigy Gianluca Busio punctuated a fine first MLS start by teeing up Diego Rubio for the late winner with a clever touch around the box. BUSIO ANALYSIS | RECAP

RSL, Rapids win at home

Real Salt Lake rode a pair of Damir Kreilach goals to a 2-1 victory against visiting Chicago and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s booming blast. The result pushed the home side to four points clear of the Western Conference playoff line. RECAP | BASTI GOLAZO

Also Saturday, Sam Nicholson netted the last-minute winner as Colorado got well with a 2-1 home decision over the LA Galaxy. The Rapids halted a five-game win drought, while also ending the visitors’ nine-match unbeaten run. RECAP

Lions roar back, D.C. hanging around

Orlando City and Saturday guests New England each snipped a three-game winless streak in the bud by battling to a wild 3-3 draw. Scott Sutter’s waning moments header completed a second half double-rally by the hosts. RECAP

Yamil Asad bagged his ninth of the season with 20 minutes left to earn D.C. United a 1-1 share at Montreal. In other weekend news surrounding the capital crew, the Washington Post reports that they are trying to work a deal to recapture FC Midtjylland netminder Bill Hamid. READ MORE | RECAP

Adi enjoys Cincy debut

Though he didn’t quite make it onto the score sheet, fresh FC Cincinnati strike catch Fanendo Adi was delighted with his USL debut in Saturday’s draw with fellow incoming expansion side Nashville SC. Entering to fanfare from over 27,000 appreciative home fans, the striker worked the final 18 minutes. READ MORE

American exports: Weah opens PSG account

Paris Saint-Germain youngster Timothy Weah got Saturday’s French Super Cup start and made the coach look good by bagging his first competitive goal in their 4-0 defeat of Monaco. The USMNT attacker buried a cut back midway through the second period to put the victors up three. WATCH VIDEO

Meanwhile, US youth international Emmanuel Sabbi continued his hot Danish Superliga start by drawing a penalty and scoring a goal of his own in Hobro’s 2-2 draw at AC Horsens. The 20-year-old winger/forward has struck twice in four games since arriving from Spanish side Las Palmas. WATCH VIDEO

MLSsoccer.com Must-Watch

3eb5c543-9bb6-4660-ab2e-fa2be49a0e28.jpg Instant Analysis: Andrew, Bobby & Calen attempt to explain Saturday’s results

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