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  • Sporting KC beats Timbers 1-0 (The Associated Press)

    Sporting Kansas City made its path to the playoffs a little easier Saturday night. Krisztian Nemeth scored in the 83rd minute to give Kansas City a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers. Kansas City (13-9-9) moved up into the third place in the Western Conference standings.

  • Giovinco scores again as Toronto beat Philadelphia (Reuters)

    (Reuters) - Sebastian Giovinco celebrated his call-up to the Italian national squad by scoring his 21st goal of the Major League Soccer season as Toronto FC beat the Philadelphia Union 3-1 on Saturday. The result moved Toronto closer to a playoff berth and officially eliminated the Union from contention. In wet and windy conditions in Toronto, Giovinco put the home side ahead from a free kick in the 28th minute, though there was a large element of luck as the ball struck a defender's head and took a wicked deflection into the net.

  • Red Bulls beat Crew 2-1, extend lead in Eastern Conference (The Associated Press)

    HARRISON, N.J. (AP) -- Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the go-ahead goal in the first half and the New York Red Bulls held on to beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Saturday night.

  • Crew-Red Bulls Preview (The Associated Press)

    The Columbus Crew need a win or draw to clinch a postseason berth. The New York Red Bulls guaranteed theirs nearly two weeks ago but could use the points almost as much. The Red Bulls, coming off their worst loss of the season, will be without one of their top defenders as they try to delay a Columbus celebration Saturday night at Red Bull Arena.

  • Adi double maintains Portland's playoff push (Reuters)

    (Reuters) - Nigerian striker Fanendo Adi scored twice to keep the Portland Timbers on track for a playoff spot with a 2-1 win at the Columbus Crew on Saturday. The win halted a four-game winless slide for the sixth-place Timbers (12-10-8) and maintained their three point advantage over the Houston Dynamo (11-12-8) in the battle for the final playoff spot in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference. Houston, who only have three regular season games remaining compared to Portland’s four, kept pace with a 3-2 win at home to the Colorado Rapids.

  • Adi scores twice, Timbers beat Crew 2-1 (The Associated Press)

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Fanendo Adi gave Portland an early second-half lead with his second goal of the game and the Timbers held on to beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Saturday night.

  • Timbers-Crew Preview (The Associated Press)

    With Kei Kamara putting the finishing touches on an impressive campaign, the Columbus Crew continue to challenge for the Eastern Conference lead. The league's top goal scorer will try to add to his recent binge while leading the Crew to a season-high third consecutive win Saturday night against the slumping Portland Timbers. Kamara scored his ninth goal in 10 games last Saturday to propel Columbus to a 2-1 victory at D.C. United.

  • The MLS teams who are getting the most bang for their salary bucks (FC Yahoo)

    Major League Soccer's Players Union released its twice-yearly salary dump on Tuesday – identifying base and guaranteed salaries of all stateside players – sending stateside Soccer Twitter into a frenzy of assessing who is overpaid and, less urgently, who is underpaid. [Major League Soccer: Scoreboard and Schedule | Standings | Teams ] But we're men of science over here at FC Yahoo (cough) and so, rather than superimpose totally subjective and artificial order over a ridiculously inconsistent pay scale (how, exactly, do you compare someone making $7 million to someone getting paid $150,000 to do the same job?), we thought we'd go about it differently. Instead of comparing salaries of single players, we've cross-referenced total team payrolls of guaranteed money with their current points-per-game average. Because taking a salary in isolation can be deceptive. It's unclear which of the MLSPU's figures include amortized transfer fees or have been bought down with allocation money. Or which are just plain wrong, as plenty have been in the past. Take them as a unit, however, and you get a clearer and more reliable picture of a club's given outlay. The MLSPU numbers are as of Sept. 15, 2015. The teams' records are as of Sept. 22, 2015. Total guaranteed payroll figures come courtesy of the heroic @TravisLuscombe . Team Points Per Game Record W-L-T Payroll Payroll Rank 1. New York Red Bulls 1.71 14-8-6 $4.22m 19th 2. FC Dallas 1.68 14-9-5 $4.09m 20th 3. Vancouver Whitecaps 1.66 15-11-3 $6.26m 8th 4. Los Angeles Galaxy 1.57 13-9-8 $21.26m 2nd 5. Columbus Crew 1.57 13-9-8 $5.74m 12th 6. Sporting Kansas City 1.57 12-8-8 $5.88m 10th 7. New England Revolution 1.53 13-10-7 $6.51m 6th 8. Seattle Sounders 1.50 14-13-3 $13.28m 4th 9. D.C. United 1.50 13-11-6 $4.28m 18th 10. Portland Timbers 1.41 11-10-8 $6.05m 9th 11. Toronto FC 1.38 12-13-4 $22.13m 1st 12. San Jose Earthquakes 1.33 11-12-7 $5.33m 15th 13. Montreal Impact 1.33 10-11-6 $6.30m 7th 14. Real Salt Lake 1.31 10-11-8 $5.43m 13th 15. Houston Dynamo 1.21 9-12-8 $5.12m 16th 16. Orlando City SC 1.17 9-13-8 $11.29m 5th 17. Colorado Rapids 1.17 8-11-10 $5.05m 17th 18. New York City FC 1.13 9-14-7 $17.41m 3rd 19. Philadelphia Union 1.10 9-15-6 $5.40m 14th 20. Chicago Fire 0.93 7-16-6 $5.84m 11th Plainly, the mega-salaries of many of the designated players – Kaka and Sebastian Giovinco's reported $7.1 million wages, Michael Bradley's $6.5 million, Steven Gerrard's $6.3 million, etc. – still throws off these numbers, as those four each make more than 13 teams do in their totality just by themselves. (Again, if these numbers are correct.) But compare the total outlay to the results they have produced, and you'll find a much better feel for which teams are getting value for their money. You probably can't help but notice that the two teams with the lowest purported payrolls have also have the two best points-per-game averages in the league. Leander Schaerlaeckens is a soccer columnist for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @LeanderAlphabet .