COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ethan Finlay had two goals and an assist, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara each added a goal, and the Columbus Crew beat the Philadelphia Union 4-1 on Saturday night.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- Scott Caldwell scored his first MLS goal and had an assist and the New England Revolution beat Real Salt Lake 4-0 on Saturday.
Lionel Messi helped Barcelona stay in control of the title race in Spain, while Manchester City left it late for a victory that inched the English champions toward Champions League qualification. Here is a look at the action in Europe's top leagues: --- SPAIN Messi and Neymar scored for Barcelona in a 2-0 win at Espanyol that provisionally increased its lead over Real Madrid to five points. Luis Suarez, the third member of the star-studded attack, played a part in both goals against Barcelona's cross-town rival.
Manchester City's disappointing season looks like ending with the consolation prize of Champions League qualification after an unconvincing win over Aston Villa opened a nine-point gap to the fading chasers for the English Premier League's top four on Saturday. An 89th-minute goal by Fernandinho earned City a 3-2 victory that moved the soon-to-be-deposed champions provisionally into second place - above Arsenal and Manchester United, who both play on Sunday. More importantly, City was nine points ahead of fifth-place Liverpool and sixth-place Tottenham with four games remaining after their draws.
Bayern Munich scraped past Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a late goal from Bastian Schweinsteiger and the Bundesliga title will belong to the Bavarians if VfL Wolfsburg fail to win on Sunday. Pep Guardiola's league leaders are 15 points clear with four matches left and will celebrate their third successive domestic crown if second-placed Wolfsburg cannot manage a victory at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday. "We may not be champions mathematically but in theory we are," the Spaniard told reporters. Our legs were a bit heavy today." Guardiola rested several players who helped crush Porto 6-1 in midweek to advance to the Champions League semi-finals.
WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) -- Liverpool's chances of qualifying for the Champions League took another hit with a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.