Brad Davis, Kei Kamara and Stuart Holden scored in a five-minute span in the first half to lead the surging Houston Dynamo to a 3-0 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night in Houston.
Houston (5-2-3) improved to 5-0-2 in its last seven games and moved ahead of Seattle into second place in the Wester Conference. Toronto (4-4-4) lost for the second time in three matches.
Davis gave Houston a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute, sending a direct kick from just outside the upper right box under the Toronto wall and into the center of the net, freezing goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Two minutes later, Kamara made it 2-0 after receiving a pass from Brian Ching in the center box and sending it just inside the left post. Stuart Holden extended the lead two minutes later.
Rapids 3, at Red Bulls 2: Conor Casey scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season on headers to take over the league’s goal scoring lead, and Mehdi Ballouchy added one on a penalty kick to lift Colorado past struggling New York.
The Rapids (4-2-4) are 2-0-3 in their last five matches, while the Red Bulls (2-7-3) are mired in last place in the East.
At Earthquakes 2, Real Salt Lake 1: Arturo Alvarez’s 30-yard second-half strike into the upper corner proved to be the difference in San Jose’s victory over Real.
Forward Cornell Glen also scored for the first time since his return to MLS to help the Earthquakes (2-7-2) end a five-match losing streak.
Robbie Findley’s goal in the 80th minute ended Real’s scoreless streak at a league-high 350 minutes. RSL fell to 3-6-2.
Glen had been absent from MLS since 2006 and was playing in his native Trinidad & Tobago until joining San Jose on Tuesday.
Revolution 2, United 1: Steve Ralston’s penalty kick in the 90th minute snapped a tie and gave the New England (3-3-4) the win over D.C. United (3-2-7) that ended a six-match winless streak.
Wizards 1, at Galaxy 1: Edson Buddle scored in the 87th minute to give Los Angeles the tie with Kansas City. The draw enabled Los Angeles (1-1-9) to extend its unbeaten streak to 10 games. Davy Arnaud scored for Kansas City (4-4-4).