Toronto FC and the Los Angeles Galaxy played a scoreless draw Saturday night amid nearby G20 Summit protests that prevented several thousand fans from attending the game at BMO Field in Toronto.
Subway shutdowns, altered bus routes and the uncertainty over road closures contributed to the smaller-than-usual crowd. The attendance was announced at 18,809, though it didn’t reflect the actual number of fans in the stands.
Los Angeles (10-1-3) is playing without stars Landon Donovan and Edson Buddle, members of the U.S. team eliminated from the World Cup earlier Saturday.
Toronto FC is 5-4-3.
The teams returned to play after a three-week break for the World Cup.
“It was a typical game after three weeks of not playing,” Toronto coach Predrag Padosavljevic said. “I don’t think either of the teams was very sharp. It was a tough fight. I thought if anybody made a mistake, that was going to be how the game was decided. But neither team really made any big mistakes.”
Red Bulls 3, at Wizards 0: Juan Pablo Angel scored two late goals, both after long runs down the right side of the field, and New York beat Kansas City.
The Red Bulls (8-5-0) won their third straight and dropped the Wizards to 3-6-3.
At Crew 2, United 0: Guillermo Barros Schelotto scored a disputed goal in the 57th minute and assisted on Eric Brunner’s score to lead Columbus (7-2-3).
Emilio Renteria’s shot hit the left post and deflected off Schelotto’s right fist before he brought the ball down and calmly slotted it into the net for his fifth goal.
United dropped to 3-9-1.
Rapids 2, at Dynamo 2: Joseph Ngwenya earned Houston a tie with Colorado in the 80th minute, taking a centering pass from Brian Mullan in the middle of the box and scoring from 12 yards.
Houston (5-7-2) ended a three-game losing streak, while Colorado (6-3-3) extended its season-high unbeaten streak to five.
FC Dallas 2, at Chivas USA 1: David Ferreira converted a second-half penalty kick to help FC Dallas win.
FC Dallas improved to 4-6-2, and Chivas dropped to 3-9-1.