MLS Critique: Red-hot Toronto win derby, Earthquakes ease past 10-man Galaxy

Supporters’ Shield leaders Toronto FC extended their MLS winning streak with a derby victory over Montreal Influence, while LA Galaxy had been swept aside by San Jose Earthquakes.
Sebastian Giovinco scored twice as MLS pacesetters Toronto defeated the Influence 3-1 on Sunday for their fourth consecutive win.
Former Juventus forward Giovinco broke the deadlock 4 minutes ahead of half-time, curling a gorgeous free-kick previous Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush.
Jozy Altidore – named in the United States’ squad for CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Honduras – doubled the lead seven minutes in to the second half.
Ignacio Piatti lowered the deficit inside the 92nd minute but Giovinco restored Toronto’s two-goal cushion a minute later as he took his season tally to 15 league goals.
Toronto – major on the Eastern Conference – are nine points clear within the race for the Shield, whilst the Effect are seventh in the standings and adrift of Atlanta United on goal difference.
It was a day to overlook for 10-man Galaxy, who crashed to a 3-0 defeat at household to rivals the Earthquakes.
Substitute Nathan Smith was sent off inside the 57th minute soon after Valeri Qazaishvili place the Earthquakes ahead in first-half stoppage time.
As well as the floodgates opened as Marco Urena and USA international Chris Wondolowski condemned the lowly Galaxy to a fourth consecutive defeat.
Winless in ten matches, the Galaxy are second from bottom within the Western Conference, when the Earthquakes are sixth.
Reigning MLS Cup champions Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers played out a 1-1 draw.