MLS Review: LA Galaxy collapse to miss out on play-offs

New York Red Bulls won the Supporters' Shield as LA Galaxy dramatically threw away a play-off spot on Sunday.

Published : Oct 29, 2018 12:39 IST

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy failed to secure a MLS play-of berth. (FILE IMAGE)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy failed to secure a MLS play-of berth. (FILE IMAGE)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy failed to secure a MLS play-of berth. (FILE IMAGE)

LA Galaxy suffered a dramatic collapse against Houston Dynamo to miss out on the MLS play-offs on a thrilling final day of the regular season.

After leading 2-0 with 30 minutes played, Dominic Kinnear's side surrendered its lead to lose 3-2 and miss out on a top-six finish in the Western Conference.

A victory would have been enough to see the side finish above Real Salt Lake and it looked to be cruising to three points when Ola Kamara struck twice in three first-half minutes.

Romell Quioto got a goal back for Houston, who were already out of play-off contention, before Mauro Manotas levelled from the penalty spot on 73 minutes.

Manotas struck again six minutes later and, despite 10 minutes of injury time and a red card for Ronaldo Pena, there was to be no late salvation for Galaxy and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


New York Red Bulls claimed the Supporters' Shield for the third time in six seasons after Derrick Etienne gave it a 1-0 win over Orlando City that put the side top of the Eastern section on 71 points, two clear of Atlanta United, which was beaten 4-1 by a Lucas Janson-inspired Toronto.


Columbus Crew's 3-2 win over Minnesota United – thanks to a Gyasi Zardes hat-trick – kept them in the top six, although Montreal Impact would not have caught the Crews anyway as it went down 1-0 to New England. Philadelphia Union finished sixth in the East, despite a 3-1 loss to New York City.

Elsewhere, Colorado Rapids beat Dallas, Sporting Kansas City saw off Los Angeles FC and Seattle Sounders snatched victory over San Jose Earthquakes, all by a 2-1 scoreline.

Chicago Fire and DC United drew 0-0, while Alphonso Davies scored twice to give Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-1 win against Portland Timbers in what is set to be his final match before he joins Bayern Munich in January.


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