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Kick Off: 10-man Columbus stay stingy | Portland win again | Red Bulls held

Here is everything you need to know about MLS and North American soccer this morning:

Shorthanded Crew SC hold Sporting KC

Zack Steffen and Columbus held firm with 10 men to run their shutout strong to 495 minutes in a 0-0 draw at Sporting KC that left both sides level on points with idle Supporters' Shield leaders Atlanta United. Charlie Davies writes that the home side's need for a lethal striker was exposed in Sunday's lone contest. READ MORE | RECAP

Timbers make it six in a row

Portland's win streak is up to a half-dozen games following Saturday's 3-2 win at Colorado, who suffered their sixth straight defeat in the process. In his weekend review, Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle made sure to hail Bergkamp-esque turn-and-strike from Samuel Armenteros. READ MORE | RECAP

Texas two-step for Dynamo, FC Dallas

Houston won for the third time in four games on Friday night, impressively topping New York City FC 3-1 at home. After the match, the Dynamo were left complimenting the quick growth of young defender Alejandro Fuenmayor, who scored their first half equalizer and has become big at the back. READ MORE | RECAP

Also Friday, FC Dallas extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 1-0 win away to MLS Cup holders Toronto FC. An early Maxi Urruti goal was all the visitors needed to stay two points ahead of Houston in the West table. RECAP

Spoils shared at RBNY, Vancouver

The New York Red Bulls got away with a fortunate home point on Saturday after being outplayed by Philadelphia in a 0-0 draw. RBNY required a big Ryan Meara stop, a bigger Tim Parker goalline clearance and a CJ Sapong spot kick miss to escape with the result. RECAP

Cristian Techera netted a second half hat trick to drive Vancouver's double-rally for a 3-3 draw with visiting New England. Nevertheless, the hosts were left to rue a pair of stunning Kei Kamara missed chances. RECAP

Galaxy edge Cali Clasico

The LA Galaxy scored their second 1-0 victory of the week on Friday night by nipping rivals San Jose at StubHub. The home defense held the Quakes to a single shot on goal and Romain Alessandrini fired home the 82nd minute winner. RECAP

On Saturday, 10-man LAFC failed to follow suit in a 1-1 draw with guests D.C. United. Darren Mattocks scored with six minutes left to earn the visitors a share. RECAP

RSL, Loons bag W's

Bofo Saucedo scored a cracker of a first MLS goal to lead Real Salt Lake past scuffling hosts Seattle 1-0 on Saturday. The result pulled to within a point of the playoff line. WATCH VIDEO | RECAP

Minnesota United snapped a three-game winless drought with a 2-0 win against visiting Montreal on Saturday. The Loons' own Justice League of Christian Ramirez and Miguel Ibarra provided the goals. RECAP

Exports: Ream, Fulham back in EPL

Tim Ream is set for a Premier League return after helping Fulham post a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the promotion playoff final. The Cottagers, who recorded 13 shutouts in their last 23 games, finished this one off playing down a man for the final 20 minutes. READ MORE Must-Watch:

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