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Daniel Royer scores twice to help lift Red Bulls over Impact

New York Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Royer celebrates with teammates after scoring on a penalty kick against the Montreal Impact during the first half of an MLS soccer game in Harrison, N.J., on July 29, 2017.


Daniel Royer scored a brace to help lift the New York Red Bulls over the Montreal Impact 4-0 in Major League Soccer, which featured 31 goals across ten matches on Saturday.

Expansion-club Minnesota and New England also secured big home wins, while Vancouver routed Western Conference leaders FC Dallas.

Royer gave the Red Bulls the lead on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute. Alex Muyl's inbound pass led Royer into the area where he drew a penalty after being taken down by charging goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau – in his MLS debut. Michael Murillo put away, from point-blank range, the rebound of a shot by Royer in the 58th to make it 2-0. Wright-Phillips and Royer, his sixth in four games, added goals in the final minutes to complete the rout.

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The Red Bulls have won four in a row and sit on 35 points and are fourth-placed in the Eastern Conference. Montreal is ninth on 24 points.

Daniel Salloi had a goal and an assist and Sporting Kansas City survived a late scare to beat the Chicago Fire 3-2.

Salloi opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, Matt Besler tied it for Chicago (11-5-5) in 28th, and Benny Feilhaber gave Sporting KC a 2-1 lead in first-half stoppage time. Latif Blessing scored in the 51st – off Salloi's assist – to increase Kansas City's lead to 3-1.

David Accam cut it to 3-2 in the 78th minute with his 12th goal of the season.

Fredy Montero had two goals and an assist and the Vancouver Whitecaps thrashed high-flying FC Dallas 4-0.

Australian Bernie Ibini-Isei blasted a left-footer into the net from just outside the top of the box to open the scoring for the Whitecaps in the 18th minute. Montero doubled the advantage early in the second half, converting from the spot after a penalty in the area by Kellyn Acosta. Montero added a goal in the 67th and Nicolas Mezquida in the 83rd.

Hector "Tito" Villalba scored in stoppage time to give expansion Atlanta United a 1-1 draw with Orlando City in its final game at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium before moving to its new arena.

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Kaka opened the scoring for Orlando City in the 40th minute.

Christian Ramirez scored his 11th goal of the season as Minnesota thrashed D.C. United 4-0 for its first win in six games.

Kevin Molino and Miguel Ibarra also scored either side of a Jared Jeffrey own goal.

Elsewhere, Kei Kamara scored twice, and Juan Agudelo added a late goal in the New England Revolution's 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union, while Nick Lima's 59th minute goal helped San Jose Earthquakes to beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0.

Also, Ola Kamara scored two goals in the Columbus Crew's 2-2 draw with Real Salt Lake and the L.A. Galaxy had a nil-all draw at home to Seattle.

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