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.
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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.