May 19, 2012
Soccer News Net
Red Bulls keep streak alive
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 2, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2
|Defender Tyrone Marshall’s first goal of the season started the Colorado Rapids on their way back to a 2-2 draw with Sporting Kansas City Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
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VANCOUVER—Fredy Montero had a goal and an assist, including the 90th-minute equalizer, to help Seattle Sounders FC rally to a 2-2 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday at BC Place.
Eddie Johnson also had a goal and an assist for the Sounders, scoring in the 47th minute to level the score 1-1.
Alain Rochat staked the Whitecaps (5-3-3, 18 pts) to a 1-0 lead in the 12th minute, taking advantage of lackadaisical defending to dribble in from the left wing and slot a low shot from the top corner of the six-yard box. Johnson countered with a close-in header off Mauro Rosales’ right-side cross.
Camilo Sanvezzo’s 30-yard free kick bounced into the net in the 82nd to restore the Whitecaps’ advantage, but Montero eluded three defenders and scored from inside the arc to leave the match deadlocked at 2-2.
Seattle improves to 7-2-2 and 23 points.
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2, HOUSTON DYNAMO 2
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—Saer Sene scored on either side of the intermission, but the Houston Dynamo battled back twice on their way to a 2-2 draw Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.
Sene opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 26th minute. Houston midfielder Brad Davis, whose foul sent Sene to the spot, redeemed himself six minutes later, serving up a free kick to second-year forward Will Bruin, who beat goalkeeper Matt Reis for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Sene put the Revolution back on top in the 57th minute, after a turnover near midfield. The long-limbed French striker raced deep down the left channel and beat netminder Tally Hall with a clinical finish to the far post.
Luiz Camargo salvaged the point for Houston in the 87th minute, taking advantage of a defensive lapse to beat Reis with a left-footed volley just inside the near post.
The result leaves the Revolution (4-6-1) and Dynamo (3-3-4) tied for fifth place in the MLS East at 13 points.
Full story from New England Soccer News
DC UNITED 3, TORONTO FC 1
WASHINGTON, DC—Dwayne De Rosario led the way with two goals as DC United (7-4-3, 24 points) handed Toronto FC their ninth straight loss, 3-1 Saturday night at RFK Stadium.
Hamdi Salihi, who has four goals in his last five games, rounded out the DC scoring. The win lifts DC into second place in the MLS East, one point behind New York.
De Rosario, who has three goals in his last two games, opened the scoring seconds into the match, getting his head on Branko Boskovic’s 40-yard free kick. The reigning MLS MVP doubled DC’s lead in the 43rd, with an assist from Chris Korb.
Ryan Johnson saved TFC from being shut out with a 71st minute header, but the Reds conceded a third goal to United just two minutes later, when Salihi chipped netminder Milos Kocic from close range.
NEW YORK RED BULLS 2, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
MONTREAL—The New York Red Bulls extended their winning streak to five games, but not without drama, snatching a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Impact with a shorthanded goal by Dane Richards in the 67th minute.
The teams traded highly questionable penalty kicks in the first half, with Bernardo Corradi converting after his header glanced off defender Markus Holgersson’s arm high in the New York penalty area. Fifteen minutes later, Richards took the ball deep on the right side, and his cutback pass was judged to have been handled by defender Tyson Wahl., sending Kenny Cooper to the spot for the equalizer.
A second yellow card to midfielder Victior Palsson left the Red Bulls shorthanded in the 58th minute, but New York kept pressing, and Richards latched onto a loose ball left by goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts to seal the win in the 67th.
The win keeps New York on top of the MLS East at 8-3-1 and 25 points. The Impact fall to 3-6-3 (12).
Full story from Big Apple Soccer
FC DALLAS 1, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
FRISCO, Tex.—Two teams sorely in need of a win settled for less on Saturday, as the Philadelphia Union rallied to a 1-1 draw with FC Dallas at FC Dallas Stadium.
Blas Perez dove in to head George John’s flick past MLS debutant ‘keeper Chase Harrison in the seventh minute. The Union, who did not take a single shot before halftime, made the most of their first shot on goal, in the 56th minute. Defender Carlos Valdes played a long ball over the top from the center circle. Dallas defender Carlos Rodriguez tried to clear the ball across the top of the box, and instead sent it into the path of Gabriel Gomez, who headed it past goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.
The result leaves the Hoops at 3-6-4 and 13 points, while the Union improve to 2-6-2 (8 pts).
Full story from Philly Soccer News
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COLORADO RAPIDS 2, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.—Teal Bunbury made the most of a rare start for Sporting Kansas City (7-3-1, 22 pts), scoring twice in the first 14 minutes, but the Colorado Rapids mounted a second-half comeback to salvage a 2-2 draw Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Defender Tyrone Marshall pulled the Rapids (5-6-1, 16 pts) within a header off Martin Rivero’s set piece in the 52nd minute, and Kosuke Kimura knotted the score at the hour mark, off Conor Casey’s assist. Like the first scoring play, Kimura’s started with a free kick, this time taken by Jeff Larentowicz and blocked by ‘keeper Jimmy Nielsen into Casey’s path. The Rapids striker dished off to Kimura for the finish.
Bunbury was in the right place at the right time twice in the early going, starting with an open header from the center of the penalty area in the second minute. In the 14th, Bunbury was waiting when ‘keeper Matt Pickens mishandled a throw-in from Matt Besler.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1, COLUMBUS CREW 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Alan Gordon side-volleyed his own rebound inside the lower right corner in the 90th minute to lift the San Jose Earthquakes into a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew Saturday at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Gordon’s goal countered Justin Meram’s second goal in as many games, which gave the Crew a 1-0 lead in first-half stoppage time. Meram looped a shot into the far inside netting from the upper right edge of the penalty area.
The Quakes (7-2-3, 24 pts) pull within a point of first-place Real Salt Lake in the MLS West, while the Crew (3-4-3) catch up with sixth-place Montreal in the Eastern Conference standings at 12 points.
CHIVAS USA 1, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
CARSON, Calif.—Defender David Junior Lopes blocked Jose Erik Correa’s shot off the line with his arm, and Correa converted the ensuing penalty kick to give Chivas USA their first home win of the season -- and first SuperClasico victory over the LA Galaxy since 2007 -- 1-0 Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.
The pk snapped a scoreless deadlock in the 71st minute, and Junior was ejected, leaving Chivas with a man advantage. The Goats got a boost up front from young striker Juan Agudelo, who got tangled up with ‘keeper Brian Perk to leave Junior alone in the Galaxy goal at the critical moment, and defender Danny Califf, who made it a frustrating night for Galaxy star Landon Donovan. Both players were acquired via trade on Thursday.
The Galaxy were without forward Robbie Keane, who is trying to recover from a hamstring injury before joining the Ireland National Team for Euro 2012. And playmaker David Beckham, just returned from England where he was part of ceremonies welcoming the Olympic Torch from Greece, was unable to bring the Galaxy back in a short second-half stint off the bench.
Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made four saves to post his third shutout of the season. The win moves Chivas (4-6-1, 13 pts) past the struggling Galaxy (3-6-2, 11) in the Western Conference standings, and leaves the defending MLS Cup champions in danger of falling to the bottom of the table depending on the result of Sunday’s match between Portland and Chicago.
Full story from LA Soccer News