MLS Weekend: Toronto FC shows off class

Toronto FC is the class of MLS. If anyone doubted, its 4-0 win over New York City FC showed why TFC, now with a five-point lead in the Supporters' Shield race, is the team to beat.

Without suspended Yangel Herrera (replaced by Andrea Pirlo) and injured Maxime Chanot and Ronald Matarrita, NYCFC simply couldn't match up with Toronto.

NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira said TFC was just too good.

"Of course," he said, "there is still a gap and this is a big challenge for us. We want to challenge them, we want to challenge them and work hard because we are an ambitious football club. But if we want to challenge them we need to work harder."

-- In the Western Conference, Sporting KC is back on top after a 3-2 win over FC Dallas.

MLS STREAKS:
UNBEATEN
8 Sporting KC (3 wins, 5 ties)
6 Seattle (3 wins, 3 ties)
5 Atlanta United (4 wins, 1 tie)

WINLESS
6 D.C. United (6 losses)
6 LA Galaxy (5 losses, 1 tie)

MLS RESULTS, WEEK 21:
Wednesday, July 26
Philadelphia 3 Columbus 0.
PHI: Ilsinho (C.J. Sapong) 20
PHI: C.J. Sapong 66
PHI: Marcus Epps (C.J. Sapong, Ilsinho) 81
Philadelphia -- McCarthy; Gaddis, Elliott, Onyewu, Wijnaldum; Medunjanin, Bedoya; Ilsinho (Simpson 84), Alberg (Najem 68), Epps (Davies 88); Sapong.
Columbus --
Steffen; Mensah, Crognale, Abubakar; Jimenez, Artur (Finlay 75), Trapp, Raitala; Meram (Abu 55), O.Kamara, Manneh (Martinez 71).
Red Cards: Columbus -- Mensah 35, Abubakar 76.
Att.: 15,413.

Saturday, July 29
Atlanta United 1 Orlando City 1.
ORL: Kaka (Cyle Larin) 40
ATL: Tito Villalba (Yamil Asad, Miguel Almiron) 90+2
Atlanta United -- Guzan; Garza (Ambrose 76), Gonzalez Pirez, Parkhurst (Kratz 76), Walkes; Larentowicz, Carmona; Asad, Almiron, Gressel (Vazquez 61); Villalba.
Orlando City -- Bendik; Toia, Aja, Spector, Sutter; Kaka, Nocerino, Higuita (Laryea 76), Johnson; Dwyer (Rivas 73), Larin (Barnes 62).
Att.: 45,009.

Saturday, July 29
New England 3 Philadelphia 0.
NE: Kei Kamara (Kelyn Rowe, Scott Caldwell) 38
NE: Kei Kamara (Andrew Farrell, Lee Nguyen) 85
NE: Juan Agudelo (Scott Caldwell, Lee Nguyen) 89
Philadelphia -- McCarthy; Gaddis, Elliott, Onyewu, Wijnaldum; Medunjanin, Bedoya; Pontius (Simpson 84), Alberg (Ilsinho 60), Epps (Picault 60), Sapong.
New England -- Cropper; Farrell, Angoua, Delamea, Rowe; Koffie; Caldwell, Fagundez (Watson 83); Nguyen (Hollinger-Janzen 90); Kamara, Bunbury (Agudelo 67).
Att.: 18,584.

Saturday, July 29
NY Red Bulls 4 Montreal 0.
NY: Daniel Royer pen. 23
NY: Michael Amir Murillo 58
NY: Bradley Wright Phillips (Alex Muyl, Sacha Kljestan) 85
NY: Daniel Royer (Derrick Etienne Jr.) 89
NY Red Bulls -- Robles; Adams (Perrinelle 81), Murillo, Long, Zizzo, Muyl, Felipe, Davis (Veron 69), Kljestan, Royer, Wright-Phillips (Etienne 86)
Montreal -- Crepeau; Fisher, Ciman, Duvall, Lovitz, Salazar (Oduro 71), Dzemaili, Bernier (Mancosu 63), Tabla (Piatti 63), Bernardello, Jackson-Hamel.
Att.: 22,251.

Saturday, July 29
FC Dallas 0 Vancouver 4.
VAN:  Bernie Ibini-Isei (Fredy Montero) 18
VAN: Fredy Montero pen. 49
VAN: Fredy Montero (Tony Tchani, Matias Laba), 67
VAN: Nicolas Mezquida (Sheanon Williams), 83
Red Card: FC Dallas -- Gruezo 59.
FC Dallas -- Gonzalez, Harris, Zimmerman, Hedges, Hollingshead, Gruezo, Ulloa (Acosta 46), Barrios, Diaz (Colman 63), Lamah, Urruti (Akindele 79).
Vancouver -- Ousted, Williams, Waston, Parker, de Jong, Laba, Tchani,  Ibini-Isei (Techera 63), Reyna (Mezquida 79), Shea (Hurtado 88), Montero.
Att.: 15,274.

Saturday, July 29
San Jose 1 Colorado 0.
SJ: Nick Lima (Darwin Ceren) 59
San Jose -- Bingham, Jungwirth, Bernardez, Imperiale, Lima, Yueill, Ceren, Dawkins (Thompson 67), Salinas, Wondolowski, Urena (Hoesen 77).
Colorado -- MacMath, Miller, Watts, Sjoberg, da Fonte (Gordon 46), Hairston, Azira (Powers 78), Saeid, Serna (Boateng 66), Badji, Doyle.
Att.: 18,000.

Saturday, July 29
Minn. United 4 D.C. United 0.
MIN: Christian Ramirez (Kevin Molino) 7
MIN: Abu Danladi (Kevin Molino) 40
MIN: own goal (Jared Jeffrey) 58
MIN: Miguel Ibarra (Johan Venegas) 90+1
Minn. United -- Shuttleworth; Jome, Calvo, Boxall, Thiessen; Nicholson (Warner 77), Ibson, Cronin, Molino; Danladi (Venegas 60); Ramirez (Ibarra 43)
D.C. United -- Hamid; Kemp, Boswell, Birnbaum, Franklin; Harkes (Jeffrey 46), Sarvas; DeLeon (Mullins 70), Acosta (Neagle 46), Sam; Brown.
Att.: 20,146.

Saturday, July 29
Sporting KC 3 Chicago 2.

SKC: Daniel Salloi 23
CHI: own goal (Matt Besler) 28
SKC: Benny Feilhaber 45+1
SKC: Latif Blessing (Diego Rubio, Daniel Salloi) 51
CHI: David Accam (Patrick Doody, Dax McCarty) 78
Sporting KC -- Melia, Zusi, Opara, Besler, Sinovic; Espinoza, Ilie, Feilhaber (Palmer-Brown 87); Blessing, Rubio, Salloi (Lobato 73).
Chicago -- Lampson; Polster, Kappelhof, Meira, Doody; Schweinsteiger (Campbell 90+1), McCarty, Juninho (Johnson 77); Solignac (Accam 55), Nikolic, de Leeuw.
Att.: 20,313.

Saturday, July 29
Houston 2 Portland 2.
POR: Diego Valeri (Darlington Nagbe, Zarek Valentin), 13
HOU: Manotas, 37
POR: Sebastian Blanco (Diego Valeri), 43’
HOU: Mauro Cabezas (Memo Rodriguez), 81
Houston -- Deric, DeLaGarza, Machado, Leonardo, Beasley, Alex, Cabezas, Clark (Rodriguez, 59), Wenger (Elis, 46), Torres (Quioto, 62), Manotas.
Portland -- Gleeson, Valentin, Mabiala, Olum, Miller, Guzman, Chara, Nagbe (Arboleda, 75), Valeri, Blanco, Adi (Ebobisse, 72).
Att.: 19,382.

Saturday, July 29
LA Galaxy 0 Seattle 0.
LA Galaxy -- Rowe; van Anholt (Diallo 71), Steres, Van Damme, Cole; Jones, Joao Pedro; Alessandrini, G. dos Santos (Garcia 89), Boateng (Jamieson 77); Zardes.
Seattle -- Frei; Torres, Marshall, Tolo (Morris 66), Leerdam; Roldan, Jones, Svensson, Lodeiro; Bruin (Evans 80), Dempsey.
Red Card: La Galaxy -- Van Damme 86.
Att.: 25,667.

Saturday, July 29
Real Salt Lake 2 Columbus 2.
CLB: Ola Kamara (Connor Maloney) 15
RSL: Joao Plata pen. 50
RSL: Jefferson Savarino (Luis Silva) 53
CLB: Ola Kamara 60
Real Salt Lake -- Rimando; Beltran, Silva, Glad, Acosta; Sunny, Beckerman; Savarino (Lennon 68), Rusnak, Plata (Saucedo 82); Silva (Movsisyan 78).
Columbus -- Steffen; Williams, Crognale, Naess; Maloney (Jimenez 82), Artur, Trapp, Francis (Raitala 78); Finlay, Meram (Manneh 66); Kamara.
Att.: 18,758.

Sunday, July 30
Toronto FC 4 New York City 0.
TOR: Sebastian Giovinco (Marco Delgado) 32
TOR: Sebastian Giovinco 67
TOR: Jozy Altidore pen. 75
TOR: Raheem Edwards (Sebastian Giovinco) 82
New York City FC -- Johnson; Sweat, Callens,  Brillant, White; Ring, Pirlo (Okoli 68), Moralez; McNamara (Lewis 62), Harrison; Villa (Awuah 77).
Toronto FC -- Bono; Alseth (Edwards 15), Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga, Morrow (Hagglund 64); Delgado, Bradley, Vazquez; Altidore (Chapman 78), Giovinco
Att.: 29,203.

MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
43 Toronto FC 12-3-7 41/22
38 Chicago 11-5-5 40/24
37 NYCFC 11-7-4 40/31
35 NY Red Bulls 11-8-2 32/26
34 Atlanta United 10-7-4 41/28
32 Columbus 10-11-2 33/37
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30 Orlando City 8-8-6 23/31
26 New England 7-9-5 36/34
26 Philadelphia 7-10-5 29/27
24 Montreal 6-8-6 30/36
18 D.C. United 5-14-3 18/42
Western Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
36 Sporting KC 9-4-9 28/17
34 FC Dallas 9-4-7 32/23
33 Houston 9-7-6 39/32
31 Portland 8-8-7 39/38
31 Seattle 8-7-7 32/31
30 Vancouver 9-8-3 30/29
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29 San Jose 8-9-5 24/34
25 Real Salt Lake 7-13-3 30/44
23 LA Galaxy 6-10-5 31/37
22 Minn. United 6-12-4 29/45
20 Colorado 6-12-2 20/29

MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
16 Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago)
14 David Villa (NYCFC)
12 David Accam (Chicago)
12 Erick Torres (Houston)
11 Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC)
11 Ola Kamara (Columbus)
11 Christian Ramirez (Minn. United)
11 Maxi Urruti (FC Dallas)
11 Bradley Wright-Phillips (NY Red Bulls)

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