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Slumping Newcastle posing 1 of Benitez's greatest challenges

Oct. 22, 2018 6:55 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — He's won the Champions League, the Europa League, domestic league and cup titles, and coached many of the biggest teams on the continent. Yet keeping Newcastle in the Premier League for another year might be one of the greatest achievements in Rafa Benitez's managerial career. If...

Timbers clinch playoff berth with 3-0 win over RSL

Oct. 21, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Larrys Mabiala, Diego Chara and Sebastian Blanco scored and the Portland Timbers clinched a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs with a 3-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Sunday. Both teams went into the game needing a win would secure a spot in the playoffs outright without help...

Rapids, Earthquakes play to scoreless draw

Oct. 21, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Tim Howard had his fifth shutout of the season and the Colorado Rapids played the San Jose Earthquakes to a 0-0 draw Sunday in a match between the worst teams in the Western Conference. Colorado (7-19-7) was trying to win consecutive games for just the third time this season. San...

Lodeiro's 3 assists help Sounders top Dynamo 3-2

Oct. 21, 2018 8:05 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Nicolas Lodeiro had the first three-assist game of his career, giving him a Seattle career record of 35 in the regular season, leading the Sounders to a 3-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Sunday. Lodeiro's corners set up headers for Chad Marshall, his fourth of the season, in the 30th...

LAFC sets MLS record for points in inaugural season with 57

Oct. 21, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Diego Rossi scored two goals and Los Angeles FC tied the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 on Sunday to set an MLS record for points in an inaugural season with 57. Los Angeles (16-8-9) is tied with second-place FC Dallas, two points behind Sporting Kansas City. LAFC plays at Kansas City on Sunday...

Sporting KC beats Dallas 3-0, moves atop Western Conference

Oct. 21, 2018 7:40 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Roger Espinoza and Johnny Russell scored second-half goals and Sporting Kansas City beat FC Dallas 3-0 on Sunday to move atop the Western Conference. Kansas City (17-8-8) is two points ahead of FC Dallas and Los Angeles FC, which plays at Sporting next week in the season finale. Dallas...

Ibrahimovic scores in 5th straight, Galaxy top Minnesota 3-1

Oct. 21, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored in his fifth straight game and added an assist and the Los Angeles Galaxy kept their playoff hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Minnesota on Sunday. Ibrahimovic got his 22nd goal of the season with a header off a cross from Rolf Feltscher in the 30th minute and...

Atlanta United scores 2 first-half goals, beats Chicago 2-1

Oct. 21, 2018 7:10 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Parkhurst shook hands with the referee after the final whistle, and then turned his attention to the out-of-town scoreboard. It could have been a really big celebration for Atlanta United. But New York Red Bulls put a damper on things with a win of their own. "Darn," Parkhurst said....

PK gives Red Bulls 1-0 win over Union, shot at best record

Oct. 21, 2018 5:49 PM EDT

CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Alejandro Romero Gamarra scored on a second-half penalty kick, Luis Robles had his 13th shutout and the New York Red Bulls beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Sunday to stay in contention for the Supporters' Shield with one game to play. A Red Bulls corner kick resulted in a handball by...

Kljestan scores on PK in stoppage time, Orlando tops Crew

Oct. 21, 2018 5:36 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sacha Kljestan scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time and Orlando City beat Columbus 2-1 on Sunday to keep the Crew from securing a playoff spot. Columbus (13-11-9) needed a win or a Montreal loss to claim a playoff spot with one game remaining in the regular season. The Impact beat...