The first legs of the 2015 MLS Cup conference semifinals began with conservative football from the home side in DC United’s 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls. New York goalkeeper Luis Robles didn’t have to save for the shutout at RFK Stadium. Dax McCarthy scored the only goal of the game in the 72nd minute to prepare the Red Bulls for the November 8 second leg (3pm ET – ESPN).

I think we looked good a few times, “said DC United manager Ben Olsen. “In the first half, Sabo had a chance or two that came from serving. They are a good team and we won’t get a chance against them. We understand this, so we need to be good with the few that we have. “

Portland and Vancouver ended 0-0 at Providence Park that streak ended at 10pm ET this Sunday at Fox Sports 1. Portland finished 11-10 on shots and six-3 on shots ahead of Vancouver. The Timbers also had the lead on turns six through four.

Back to the Eastern Conference, the Montreal Impact won again at Saputo Stadium and beat the Columbus crew 2-1. Federico Higuain put the crew on in the 33rd minute, Patrice Bernier equalized in the 37th minute. Johan Venegas gave Montreal the advantage in the second leg with a goal in the 77th minute. The game is set for ESPN this Sunday at 5 p.m.

After the first leg in the semifinals of the conference, Seattle beat FC Dallas 2-1 at CenturyLink Field. Fabian Castillo scored in the 18th minute for Dallas, Andreas Ivanschlitz in the 67th minute. Clint Dempsey gave Seattle the advantage and scored a free kick in the 86th minute. The winning game on Fox Sports 1 will take place at Toyota Stadium on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.