MLS Review: Villa helps New York City into conference semi
David Villa helped New York City past Philadelphia Union in the MLS play-offs, while Portland Timbers also advanced on Wednesday.
Villa scored as City beat Union 3-1 at Yankee Stadium, moving into an Eastern Conference semi-final against Atlanta United.
The hosts struck first in the 10th minute, Ismael Tajouri producing a stunning finish from 20 yards.
Villa found the bottom corner to double the lead in the 26th minute as City took control.
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Maximiliano Moralez's lobbed finish sealed City's win with 12 minutes remaining, despite Cory Burke's tap in for Union.
In the Western Conference, the Timbers set up a meeting with Sporting Kansas City after a 2-1 win over Dallas.
Diego Valeri opened the scoring for Portland with a fine 25-yard free-kick midway through the first half.
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However, their task was made difficult approaching the hour-mark, when Larrys Mabiala was sent off.
But Valeri doubled the Timbers' lead in the 71st minute and they held on despite Matt Hedges' late goal for Dallas.