Sebastien Le Toux scored twice off penalty kicks to help the Philadelphia Union and the newly acquired Freddy Adu play to a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday.
Maicon Santos and Brek Shea scored first-half goals for FC Dallas (12-6-7), which pulled to five points behind the LA Galaxy for first place in the Western Conference.
Dallas played the final 10 minutes down a man following a red card to George John in the 81st minute.
Le Toux’s second penalty kick came in the 86th minute after Jackson Goncalves took down Philadelphia’s Gabriel Farfan in the box.
Adu, who signed with the Union on Friday, started as a midfielder and received a standing ovation when he was announced by the public address announcer.
At Columbus 3, New England 1: Defender Julius James scored the go-ahead goal on a header in the 75th minute and the Crew overcame a halftime deficit again.
Columbus (10-7-7) remained first in the Eastern Conference and improved to a league-best 2-0-4 when trailing after 45 minutes. Benny Feilhaber gave the Revolution (4-11-9) the lead just before the break on an 18-yard strike after the Crew had dominated possession.
At New York 2, Chicago 2: Joel Lindpere’s 63rd-minute goal allowed the Red Bulls to tie the Fire and move into third place in the Eastern Conference by themselves.
New York (6-6-13) has not won since a 5-0 victory over Toronto on June 6. But the tie gave it 31 points, one better than Sporting Kansas City.
Colorado 2, at San Jose 1: Caleb Folan converted his second penalty kick of the year and Jeff Larentowicz scored off a set piece in the Rapids’ victory over the Earthquakes.
Colorado (10-6-10) took advantage of the 50th-minute ejection of San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin to extend its unbeaten streak to five.
At Toronto 1, Salt Lake 0: Joao Plata scored the lone goal and Toronto FC picked up its first league win in more than a month by beating Real Salt Lake.
Plata scored with just under 15 minutes remaining when the Ecuadorean striker put in a low shot that Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando watched go by him into the left corner.
Toronto’s last win was a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the end of June. The victory comes after four straight losses followed by a pair of draws.
At D.C. United 4, Vancouver 0: Chris Pontius scored twice, and United snapped a seven-game home winless streak by beating the expansion Whitecaps.
Andy Najar and Stephen King also scored for United, and Joe Willis made six saves for a shutout in his debut.
United (7-6-9) was 0-2-5 at RFK Stadium since beating Seattle, 2-1, on May 4.
Vancouver (3-12-9) sank to 0-9-4 on the road in its inaugural season.