Philadelphia Union and New York City FC overtook CF Montreal at the top of the Eastern Conference standings thanks to strong results in their respective games on Wednesday night.
The Union, first, had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Inter Miami CF at Subaru Park. The home side were outplayed in possession (44% to 56%), but put pressure on the counterattack by directing no less than 20 shots, eight of which were on target.
Miami goalkeeper Drake Callender signed his first career Major League Soccer (MLS) shutout.
This point gleaned by the Union, his 21st, allows him to climb to first place after 12 games. He is ahead of CF Montreal, who lost in Nashville later in the evening. The Bleu-Blanc-Noir is third with 20 points.
Four shutouts in a row
The Big Apple team is on an excellent streak of being undefeated in its last five games and having kept a clean sheet in the most recent four games.
On paper, Sean Johnson had no saves to register the shutout against D.C. United. However, he had to stand out in the last quarter of an hour with a nice save on a header shot deflected by a teammate.
Alexander Callens, who scored with a header in the fifth minute of play, and Valentin Castellanos, on a penalty shot, were the scorers for NYCFC.
In Harrison, the New York Red Bulls and the Chicago Fire fought a frenzied duel until the last moments. Both clubs hit the target in the very last minutes to snatch a 3-3 draw.
With the score 2-2, Xherdan Shaqiri put the Fire in front, but Patryk Klimala replied two minutes later for the Red Bulls.