- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Columbus missed a chance to go top of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer when the Crew was beaten 2-1 at home by Portland on Saturday.

Among other key results, Didier Drogba scored two early goals as Montreal continued its late-season charge and beat D.C. United, while Western Conference leader Vancouver was beaten at home by New York City due to a stoppage-time penalty by David Villa.

Portland’s Fanendo Adi put the visitors ahead in the 28th minute before Kei Kamara equalized for Columbus in the 42nd.

Adi score his second goal when the Timbers collected an errant pass in their own box and used their speed in transition to set up Adi’s go-ahead goal in the 50th minute.

Victory would have put the Crew two points clear atop the East, but they remain in equal second, a point behind New York, which also suffered a home defeat on Friday against Orlando City.

Montreal beat D.C. United 2-0 as Drogba continued his strong start to life in MLS.

Drogba has seven goals in six MLS games. In the fourth minute, he took a free kick after Taylor Kemp’s handball and drilled it over the defensive wall and into the top corner.

The former Chelsea striker saved his best for the 12th minute, when he picked off a back pass, twisted a defender inside out and scored.

The Impact is unbeaten in six games and moved three points behind D.C. for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, with two games in hand.

It was a different outcome for the other Canadian club as Vancouver lost 2-1 at home against New York City as Villa converted the stoppage-time penalty winner.

Villa sent the goalkeeper the wrong way for his 17th goal of the season. The winner came after Vancouver captain Pedro Morales had scored on a penalty of his own in the 88th minute.

Frank Lampard also scored for New York City; his second in Major League Soccer. The former Chelsea midfielder took a low cross from defender Angelino in the 29th minute and fired a one-timer past the keeper.

New England’s Fernando Aristeguieta scored the 65th minute equalizer to salvage a point at home against Philadelphia and move within a point of the East lead.

Houston twice conceded equalizers before Brad Davis’ 47th minute goal stood as the winner in a 3-2 victory over Colorado.

Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco assisted on two goals to break the MLS single-season points record - combining goals and assists - by taking his total to 35 as the hosts edged lowly Chicago 3-2.


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