Luciano Acosta scored late in the game on Saturday to give Cincinnati another win, this time 1-0 over the Chicago Fire, continuing to surprise as MLS and Eastern Conference leader.
The Argentine has scored seven goals this season, receiving a pass from Colombian defender Santiago Arias and scoring after 83 minutes.
Cincinnati reached 39 points in 16 games. The 1998 Los Angeles Galaxy is the only team to have scored more points at this point in the campaign, with 41.
Likewise, Cincinnati has won all nine of its home games.
Nashville is second in the East after beating Dallas 2-1 and reaching 31 points.
The Philadelphia Union is third in the East. They stayed nine points behind Cincinnati thanks to a 3–0 win over Montreal, courtesy of two goals by Julián Carranza, one in each half.
With his first goal, the Argentine opened the scoring after 12 minutes, thanks to a serve from Mat Real.
Mikel Uhre rounded out the year with six goals, scoring on 36, before Carranza scored a third 61 to add nine annotations to the campaign.
Montreal is 10th in the conference with 19 points.
In other games, DC United beat Inter Miami 2–1, suffering their fifth straight defeat under Javier Morales. Following the sacking of coach Phil Neville, the Argentine took over the reins in the week.
Orlando City beat New York Red Bulls 3–0 thanks to two goals from Uruguayan Facundo Torres, including a penalty, in the second half. The second goal was scored by Ivan Angulo of Colombia.
Other Colombians, Cucho Hernandez and Juan Camilo Hernandez scored in the Columbus Crew’s 4–2 win over Charlotte.
Real Salt Lake beat Austin 2-1 with two goals from Guatemala’s Rubio Rubin. Minnesota United earned a 1–1 draw against Toronto, thanks to an attacking goal from Honduran Cervin Arriaga.
In addition, St. Louis beat the Houston Dynamo 3–0 and the Vancouver Whitecaps drew 1–1 against Sporting Kansas City.
New England Revolution drew 0–0 against New York City FC, as did Portland Timbers at Seattle Sounders. Also with a 0–0 tie was the match between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids.
Atlanta United’s matchup with Los Angeles FC has been postponed. This Sunday, the Los Angeles team will face Leon de Mexico in the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League final.