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Kick Off: Red Bulls, DC, Seattle post crucial shutout wins | Week 31 Recap

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

Red Bulls tighten Shield race

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RBNY celebrate Tim Parker’s game-sealing goal vs. Atlanta | USA TODAY Sports Images

The New York Red Bulls cut Atlanta United’s Supporters’ Shield lead to a single point with a 2-0 home victory on Sunday night. In his weekend review, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle noted how Red Bulls boss Chris Armas combined the best of his team’s talents to make up for the absence of Tyler Adams and Bradley Wright-Phillips. READ MORE | RECAP

Sporting KC and RSL draw in key West contest

Sunday’s late game saw Sporting Kansas City fight back for a 1-1 draw with visiting Real Salt Lake. Meanwhile, FS1 commentator Stuart Holden reported that the Claret and Cobalt have agreed to an extension that will make playmaker Albert Rusnak the highest-paid player in club history. READ MORE | RECAP

D.C. and Seattle run rampant, continue climbs

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D.C. United crept closer to the last playoff slot in the East with a 5-0 rout of sixth-place Montreal at Audi Field. Wayned Rooney scored twice, while red-hot playmaker Lucho Acosta notched a goal and three assists. WATCH ANALYSIS | RECAP

Over in Seattle, Nicolas Lodeiro and Raul Ruidiaz led the two-time defending West champs to a big 4-0 victory over Colorado. The Sounders jumped up to fifth place by ending a two-game slide. RECAP

Galaxy, TFC keep hope alive

A Zlatan Ibrahimovic double took his season total to 20 goals as the LA Galaxy rang up a 3-0 triumph over visiting Vancouver. The result allowed the hosts to move to within two points of the playoff line. RECAP

Meanwhile, defending champs Toronto FC stayed in the playoff picture with a slim shot by drilling guests New England 4-1. The Reds broke open a halftime deadlock with three second-half goals, reminding everyone of last year’s form in the process. READ MORE | RECAP

Scoreless draws in Portland, Columbus

Portland and West leaders FC Dallas shared the points after a scoreless draw at Providence Park. The teams combined for 21 shots, but only managed to put four on target. RECAP

Elsewhere, Columbus maintained their one-point edge in the race for fourth place in the East with a 0-0 draw with visiting Philadelphia. The Union thought they had a first half ice-breaker through Cory Burke, but the goal was waved off by a controversial foul. RECAP

Fire, Loons playing spoiler

Chicago slowed LAFC’s roll toward the postseason with a 3-2 home win on Saturday. The Fire got a picturesque goal and an assist from young playmaker Djordje Mihailovic, who has quickly resumed his growth trajectory since returning from a knee injury. READ MORE | RECAP

Angelo Rodriguez scored twice to lead Minnesota United to a 2-1 victory over Saturday guests New York City FC. The Loons won for the sixth time in their last seven home games. RECAP

Dynamo claw back victory; Wondo draws closer to record

Also Saturday, Houston rallied from a two-goal halftime deficit to score a 3-2 win over visiting San Jose. Though his side came up short in the end, Chris Wondolowski’s opener pulled him within two of Landon Donovan’s all-time MLS goal record. READ MORE | RECAP

Review: FIFA 19 raises the bar

Now that EA SPORTS FIFA 19 has been released, Tom Bogert offers up an MLS-oriented review that focuses on several changes made by the world’s most popular soccer video game. READ MORE

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