Toronto 3, Minnesota 2
Tosaint Ricketts broke a tie in the 77th minute and Toronto FC beat Minnesota United 3-2 on Saturday to push its club-record winning streak to six games.
Toronto (7-1-4) overcame injuries to Sebastian Giovinco and Nick Hagglund, and Jason Hernandez’s illness.
Jozy Altidore set up the winning goal with a run down the left flank, beating several defenders before sending in the cross that found Ricketts’ head.
Ricketts, coming off the bench, scored both goals in a 2-1 comeback victory at Columbus on Wednesday night.
Giovinco, returning from a heel injury, scored from the penalty spot in the 20th minute for his sixth of the season. The Italian left in the 44th minute as precautionary measure after feeling tightness in his quad. He was replaced by Altidore.
Kevin Molino scored twice for expansion Minnesota (3-6-2). He tied it in the 52nd minute only to see Toronto pull back into the lead on Christian Ramirez’s own goal two minutes later. Molino tied it again in the 62nd minute, tapping in a rebound after Alex Bono saved his penalty.
Hernandez was replaced by Eriq Zavaleta at halftime. Fellow defender Hagglund hobbled off in the second half with what appeared to be a leg injury.
Toronto was playing with 10 men when Minnesota tied it at 2 with Hagglund off. Victor Vazquez eventually came on in the 65th minute to bring the numbers back up.
Columbus 3, Montreal 2
Justin Meram scored his third goal of the game in added time and the Columbus Crew beat the Montreal Impact 3-2 on Saturday night to spoil designated player Blerim Dzemaili’s debut.
Substitute Niko Hansen set up Meram for an easy goal on a counterattack to complete the hat trick with his seventh goal of the season. Meram scored twice in the first half only to see Montreal rally in the second.
Ignacio Piatti and substitute Anthony Jackson-Hamel scored for Montreal (2-4-4), which lost a second home game in a row after a 2-1 setback two weeks ago against Vancouver.
The Crew (6-5-1) were coming off a loss at home to Toronto FC on Wednesday night.
Colorado 3, San Jose 0
Shkelzen Gashi scored his first two goals of the season and the Colorado Rapids ended a seven-game winless streak with a 3-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.
The Rapids (2-6-1) also snapped a three-game scoreless streak, and ended San Jose’s winning streak at two.
Gashi opened the scoring off Mohammed Saeid’s cross in the 29th minute.
Six minutes later, Dominique Badji, off a steal at midfield, took the ball downfield and scored just outside of the penalty box for his third goal of the season.
Badji added a dazzling assist while lying on the pitch, getting a pass to Gashi in the 56th minute, who scored from the top of the box.
Tim Howard made two saves in picking up the shutout.
San Jose dropped to 4-4-3