Brad Smith and Emerson Hyndman moved a step closer to setting up a meeting in the Major League Soccer Cup final after helping their respective clubs progress to the semi-finals.
Smith was involved in an eventful Western Conference encounter which saw Seattle Sounders triumph 4-3 against FC Dallas thanks to Jordan Morris’ extra-time winner.
And Hyndman played his part in helping defending champions Atlanta United book their place in the Eastern Division last four courtesy of a 1-0 victory over New England Revolution.
Franco Escobar netted the only goal in the 70th minute, his matchwinner coming five minutes after Hyndman had been replaced by Florentin Pogba, brother of Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
Atlanta will host Philadelphia Union at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Friday with the second semi-final seeing NYC host Toronto on Thursday.
Seattle Sounders will face Real Salt Lake on Thursday after a hat-trick from Morris added to Raul Ruidiaz’s 18th-minute opener against Dallas.
Smith made way for Victor Rodriguez in the 65th minute, the winners of their semi-final meeting either LAFC or LA Galaxy.
Harry Arter was forced off due to injury midway through the second half of Fulham’s 2-0 defeat by Championship rivals Stoke City at bet365 Stadium.
Arter, making his tenth appearance for the Cottagers, went close to equalising when his 51st-minute effort was well saved by his former Cherries team-mate Adam Federici.
However, after taking a knock when he was fouled by Badou Ndiaye which saw the Stoke man booked, Arter was replaced by Josh Onomah in the 64th minute.
Tyrese Campbell’s first league goal for the Potters and Lee Gregory’s late penalty saw Stoke move off the foot of the table while Fulham dropped to tenth.
Sam Surridge (pictured above) went close to opening the scoring after being handed his first start in the Championship during Swansea City’s 1-1 draw at Barnsley.
The 21-year-old, fresh from his goalscoring exploits for England under-21s in their 2-2 draw with Slovenia, was denied by a fine save from Tykes goalkeeper Bradley Collins in the second half.
Andre Ayew’s header on 70 minutes gave the Swans the lead but they were pegged back within 180 seconds when Alex Mowatt equalised for managerless Barnsley.
Surridge’s 11th appearance for Swansea was cut short after he had been on the receiving end of a poor challenge by Aapo Halme, the striker replaced by Borja in the 77th minute.
Mikael Ndjoli was denied an early opener as Gillingham suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of League One rivals Peterborough United at Priestfield.
Ndjoli, making his 11th appearance for the Gills, saw his right-foot effort superbly saved by Posh goalkeeper Christy Pym after just two minutes.
The striker was replaced by Alex Jakubiak in the 58th minute after Joe Ward’s goal and a Mo Eisa penalty had given the visitors a 2-0 lead. Mikael Mandron hit the Gills’ consolation.
Kyle Taylor was an unused substitute in Forest Green’s 2-2 draw with Mansfield Town in League Two.
AZERBAIJAN PREMIER LEAGUE
Asmir Begovic (pictured above) made his fifth league appearance for Qarabag as the leaders were held to a surprise 1-1 draw by struggling Gabala.
Gismat Aliyev opened the scoring for the hosts after just three minutes at Gabala City Stadium before Ismayil Ibrahimli levelled just six minutes later.
Qarabag, who host Apoel Nicosia in their third Europa League group game on Thursday, were unable to find a winner and surrendered their 100 per cent winning record in the league.
Jermain Defoe came off the bench in the closing stages as Rangers missed the chance to return to the top of the table after being held to a 1-1 draw by Hearts at Tynecastle.
Alfredo Morelos, who was replaced by Defoe nine minutes from time, netted to cancel out Ryotaro Meshino’s opener, with both goals coming in the first half.
FA CUP FOURTH QUALIFYING ROUND
Frank Vincent (pictured above) played a starring role as Torquay United booked a place in the first round thanks to a 3-2 win over National League rivals Boreham Wood at Plainmoor.
Vincent’s 26th-minute corner eventually found its way to Jake Andrews who drew first blood for the hosts before Jamie Reid quickly doubled their lead.
And although Tyrone Marsh’s penalty halved the deficit early in the second half, Vincent took centre stage as the Gulls restored their two-goal cushion in the 64th minute.
Vincent showed tremendous determination and skill before driving into the 18-yard box and teeing up former Cherries midfielder Ben Whitfield who made it 3-1.
Joe Lewis replaced Vincent in the 77th minute before Robbie Cundy’s unfortunate 90th-minute own goal made for a nervy finish for Torquay.
Jake Cope’s finely-taken goal gave Poole Town the lead in their tie at Hayes & Yeading, only for the 10-man hosts to bag a dramatic injury-time equaliser.
Cope, who replaced Benjamin Gleditsch at half-time, finished with aplomb by cushioning a delightful right-foot volley past Hayes & Yeading goalkeeper Jack Smith in the 67th minute.
But Poole’s Southern Premier South rivals, who had seen Keano Robinson sent off after just five minutes, levelled through James Clark three minutes into added-time.
Poole will be hoping to book a place in the first round for the first time since 1983 when they meet the Londoners in a replay at Black Gold Stadium tomorrow (7.45pm).
Tyler Cordner turned in another assured display for Ebbsfleet whose hopes of a place in the first round at the first time of asking were shattered by a late Woking equaliser.
Defender Cordner ensured Woking dangerman Dave Tarpey was kept quiet and was celebrating after Alex Reid had given them the lead in the 29th minute.
But as the clock ticked towards injury-time, Max Kretzschmar netted a penalty to earn the Cards a replay at Kingfield Stadium tomorrow (7.45pm).
Charlie Seaman replaced Michael Green 60 minutes into Eastleigh’s 0-0 draw with Welling United, the teams replaying at the Silverlake Stadium tomorrow (7.45pm).
Calum Ward and Shaun Hobson both started as Weymouth suffered an agonising 2-1 defeat against National League Dover Athletic at the Bob Lucas Stadium.
Jake McCarthy’s goal 12 minutes from time appeared to have done the trick for the Terras, only for the Kent outfit to strike late on through Jai Reason and Anthony Jeffrey.
SOUTHERN PREMIER SOUTH
Cameron Plain made a string of fine saves in Wimborne Town’s 1-0 defeat at Chesham United and was unfortunate to be beaten by Bradley Clayton’s disputed winner six minutes from time.
Wimborne host Dorset neighbours Dorchester Town at Cuthbury tomorrow (7.45pm).
Frank Vincent picture courtesy PPAUK.