Emanuel Reynoso scored twice to revive Minnesota United’s playoff hopes as he dented the LA Galaxy with a 3-0 MLS win on Saturday.
Reynoso scored two goals in the first 20 minutes to set United’s triumph to sixth place after suffering consecutive losses.
The Argentine fired with a low left foot that opened the scoring in the fourth minute before slipping inside and scoring from a distance similar to 20 ‘for the double.
United goalkeeper Tyler Miller saved well to deny Dejan Joveljic before half-time, before Ethan Finlay came in behind the Galaxy defense from Franco Frangapane’s pass to add a third in the 66th minute.
The result sees Minnesota rise to sixth in the Western Conference with 34 points, while Galaxy remain fourth but winless in their last six games.
Everyone loves Reynoso
El Rey makes it 2-0 pic.twitter.com/kqlm0xqjnv
– Minnesota United FC (@MNUFC) September 19, 2021
New England, leaders on the run, drew 1-1 at home with the Columbus Crew.
Polish striker Adam Buksa scored the equalizer in the 62nd minute after US international Gyasi Zardes put the Crew ahead in the 58th minute.
Zardes missed a header in the 22nd minute, but seized the opportunity early in the second half from Harrison Afful’s cross.
Buksa equalized, swooping in defense on a poor pass from Jonathan Mensah, snorting the Pole into the goal who transformed with a left.
An injured Eloy Room made two crucial saves in the finale to deny Buksa a winner while the Crew held out.
Struggling Austin collapsed on his fifth consecutive defeat after losing a 3-1 lead in the second half by losing 4-3 to San Jose Earthquakes.
The earthquakes scored three goals in 14 minutes of the second half to complete the comeback from Javier Lopez’s brace.
7 goals and only 63 minutes left!?!
– Major League Soccer (@MLS) September 19, 2021
New York City strengthened its hold on a playoff spot after a 2-1 away win to Cincinnati who were reduced to nine men after Alvaro Barreal and Isaac Atanga red cards.
Damir Kreilach’s goal early in the second half was enough to get the Seattle Sounders 1-0 past Real Salt Lake, while Houston Dynamo won 3-2 over Dallas in the Texas derby.
Lowly Toronto ended their six-game losing streak with a 2-1 home win against Nashville, while Atlanta United secured their third straight triumph with a 3-2 win over DC United.