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Union beats Fire 2-1, breaks tie with Toronto for MLS lead

Cory Burke scored on a header in the 65th minute and the Philadelphia Union beat the Chicago Fire 2-1 on Wednesday night to break a tie with Toronto FC for the MLS lead.

Philadelphia (13-3-5) has won five of its last six. Chicago (5-9-6) is winless in its last three.

Kacper Przybylko scored on a penalty kick for the Union in the 28th minute.

Philadelphia Union's Sergio Santos, top, leaps upon Kacper Przybylko, center of pack, as they celebrate Przybylko's goal on a penalty kick against the Chicago Fire during the first half of an MLS soccer match Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Chester, Pa. (Charles FoxThe Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Robert Beric tied it in the 42nd minute on a pass from Djordje Mihailovic.

Goalkeeper Andre Blake blocked Beric’s left-footed shot from a difficult angle in the 64th minute. Beric also missed a header attempt from close range in the 76th.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, FC CINCINNATI 0

Roger Espinoza scored and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff berth with the victory over FC Cincinnati.

Sporting Kansas City (11-6-3) also moved into the Western Conference lead. Cincinnati (4-13-4) lost its third straight match and was eliminated from playoff contention.

Espinoza’s shot from close range deflected off goalkeeper Spencer Richey’s left foot in the 57th minute.

Tim Melia made two saves to become Sporting’s career leader with 510.

NEW YORK CITY FC 1, TORONTO FC 0

Jesús Medina scored for the second consecutive game to lift New York City FC past Toronto FC.

Valentín Castellanos ripped a right-footer from well outside the box that was parried away by goalkeeper Quentin Westburg, but Medina put away the rebound from point-blank range in the 51st minute.

NYCFC (10-8-3) has won back-to-back games following a three-game winless streak. Toronto FC (12-4-5) has dropped consecutive games following a nine-game unbeaten streak.

ORLANDO CITY 4, ATLANTA UNITED 1

Daryl Dike had a goal and an assist to continue his strong rookie campaign, Chris Mueller scored on a free kick and Orlando City beat Atlanta United.

The 20-year-old Dike took a pass from Ruan Gregorio Teixeira, turned and fired a right-footer inside the post to open the scoring in the 29th minute. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound forward has six goals this season.

Tesho Akindele and Matheus Aias also scored for Orlando City (9-3-8). Erick Torres scored for Atlanta (5-12-4) .

RED BULLS 1, REVOLUTION 0

Aaron Long scored in the 89th minute to lift New York past New England. Both teams clinched playoff spots later when FC Dallas beat Inter Miami.

Long put away a half-volley from the top of the 6-yard box after Tim Parker’s re-directed a corner kick by Alejandro Romero Gamarra. Ryan Meara had two saves for his third shutout of the season.

New York (8-8-5) is unbeaten in its last five games, but has just two wins in its last seven. New England (7-6-8) is winless, with two losses, in its last three games.

MINNESOTA UNITED 2, RAPIDS 1

Robin Lod scored and an own goal by Colorado helped Minnesota beat the Rapids.

On the counterattack, Ethan Finlay played an arcing cross that Colorado’s Lalas Abubakar attempted to clear but slipped under the crossbar for an own goal in the 89th minute to give Minnesota the go-ahead goal.

Minnesota (8-5-6) has won back-to-back games an is unbeaten in its last six games.

Lod ran onto a pass from Emanuel Reynoso and side-footer a first-timer from the top of the area to open the scoring in the 44th minute. Andre Shinyashiki tied it for the Rapids (5-6-4) in the 69th.

D.C. UNITED 1, CREW 0

Julian Gressel scored and D.C. United boosted its playoff hopes by beating Columbus.

D.C. United (5-10-6) won its third straight game. The Crew (10-5-5) needed a win to stay in Supporters’ Shield contention. Columbus is 1-3-1 in its last five games.

Yamil Asad sent a pass to Gressel, whose shot deflected off a defender and into the net in the 32nd minute.

FC DALLAS 2, INTER MIAMI 1

Ryan Hollingshead scored in the 82nd minute, helping FC Dallas beat Inter Miami 2-1.

Dallas (7-5-7) had just one win in its last seven games.

Bryan Reynolds crossed to Hollingshed, who fired a shot from close range that beat goalkeeper John McCarthy. Franco Jara, who has five goals in the last 11 games for Dallas, scored on a penalty kick in the 60th.

Rodolfo Pizarro scored in the 33rd minute for Miami (6-12-3).