Kick Off: NYCFC nip Red Bulls in derby | Dio, Martinez can't stop scoring

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

NYCFC flip derby script

In Sunday's lone contest, New York City FC more than made do without top strikers David Villa and Jo Inge Berget, edging out the visiting Red Bulls 1-0 on a late strike from Maxi Moralez. Bobby Warshaw was on site, and highlighted a key difference in this edition of the hotly contested derby. WATCH VIDEO | MORE ANALYSIS | RECAP

The hits kept coming for the visitors, who learned that midfield revelation Florian Valot would be lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during Thursday training. READ MORE

Martinez hits again in Atlanta win

Atlanta United goal monster Josef Martinez bagged his runaway league-best 18th of the season to put the visitors on their way to a 2-0 victory at Philadelphia. The Venezuela striker has four tallies in the last three games and 10 in the last eight, and teammate Julian Gressel is sure he's on course to set a new single-season MLS scoring record. READ MORE | RECAP

Dio, LAFC prolong Lions misery

Adama Diomande continued his rampant form with a double, sparking LAFC to a 4-1 victory against Saturday guests Orlando City that inspired the MatchDay Central crew to wonder whether LAFC are best in the West. Latif Blessing notched a goal and an assist, and Mark-Anthony Kaye pitched in with a couple of helpers to help send the Lions to their ninth straight loss. WATCH ANALYSIS | RECAP

Surging Impact cross playoff line

Sapher Taider netted twice as Montreal ran their win streak to four with a 2-1 defeat of guests Colorado on Saturday. It took a while for the changes made by new boss Remi Garde to pay dividends, but the Impact have quietly climbed up to the playoff zone by getting stingy at the back. READ MORE | RECAP

Timbers extend unbeaten run to 11

Thanks to Saturday night's 2-1 home win over San Jose, Portland have now gone 11 MLS games without a defeat. Samuel Armenteros scored twice for the Timbers to make it six goals from his last seven outings. RECAP

RSL closing on West lead

Real Salt Lake pulled to within six points of West leaders FC Dallas on the strength of a 2-0 home win on Saturday. Albert Rusnak put the Royals ahead to stay with an early spot kick and Luis Silva added on near time. RECAP

Rolling Galaxy consumes Eastern foes Columbus

Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted his 11th of the term and Romain Alessandrini added a second half brace as the LA Galaxy rolled to a 4-0 triumph over visiting Columbus. The victorious hosts are unbeaten in five, with 13 goals scored during that span. RECAP

Dynamo, 'Caps celebrate home wins

A pair of set-piece strikes from Phillipe Senderos set Houston on their way to a 3-0 cruise past visitors Minnesota United FC. The Dynamo defender now has three goals in their last two matches, and four from just six appearances this season. RECAP

Kei Kamara scored a goal in each half to lead Vancouver to a 3-2 home win over Chicago. The result allowed the Whitecaps to hold firm in the West's final playoff slot, while knocking Chicago out of the corresponding sixth position in the East. RECAP

Sporting KC, Revs held at home

Toronto FC blew a first-half lead, then battled back to earn a 2-2 draw at Sporting KC on Jordan Hamilton's late cracker. Though they ended a three-game losing skid, the champs remain winless in five. RECAP

New England and Seattle played out a scoreless draw at Gillette Stadium. It was the fifth time the Revs have settled for a share during their current seven-game unbeaten streak. RECAP

Exports: EPB on loan, is Wood next?

Young Manchester City defender Erik-Palmer Brown has sealed a season-long loan to Eredivisie sister side NAC Breda. The US international will have the chance to line up alongside ex-LA Galaxy right back Pele van Anholt. READ MORE

Hamburg forward Bobby Wood also looks in line for a loan move [in German—ed.] to Bundesliga side Hannover 96, who aren't exactly hiding their pursuit. "I think he would suit us well," stated Reds manager Andre Breitenreiter. READ MORE

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