July 8, 2012
Soccer News Net
Impact top Crew 2-1, Revs overpower Red Bulls
PHILADELPHIA UNION 3, TORONTO FC 0
CHESTER, PA—The Philadelphia Union overpowered Toronto FC 3-0 Sunday afternoon at steamy and sold-out PPL Park.
Gabriel Gomez and Freddy Adu scored within a two-minute span of the first half, and substitute Antoine Hoppenot added a late capper. Jack McInerney and Michael Farfan each had two assists.
Gomez opened the scoring in the 34th minute, off McInerney’s service from the right side of the penalty area. Two minutes later, Adu doubled the Union’s lead. McInerney again played a key role, switching the ball from the right to Gabriel Farfan on the left. Farfan settled the ball and sent it ahead to Adu, who was trailing the play. Adu sent a left -footed shot across his body into the right side of the goal.
Hoppenot replaced McInerney in the 65th minute, and 13 minutes later scored his second MLS goal, running onto a service from Michael Farfan, blowing past the Toronto defense and sending the ball into the upper left corner of the net.
Toronto’s best chance came in the 80th minute. Union ‘keeper Zac MacMath blocked Ryan Johnson’s initial shot upfield, where Danny Koevermans – whose five-game scoring streak came to an end – sent a shot back on goal. MacMath was still out of position, but defender Sheanon Wlliams darted in to head the ball off the line.
The win improves the Union's record to 5-9-2, 17 pts, while Toronto falls to 2-11-4, 10 pts, snapping a five-game unbeaten streak .
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-- Lee Nguyen scored in the first half and newly signed Designated Player Jerry Bengtson added a late clincher in his MLS debut as the New England Revolution easily handled the first-place New York Red Bulls 2-0 before 14,374 vocal fans at Gillette Stadium.
The Revolution (6-7-4, 22 pts) dominated the early going, and got on the board in the 24th minute when Nguyen nailed a low, swerving twenty-yard blast just inside the right post.
Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara came up with an heroic effort to keep his team within one at the half, leaping to tap AJ Soares’ header off the bar in the 40th minute, then going to ground to block Blake Brettschneider’s follow-up. Kenny Cooper came closest to equalizing for the Red Bulls (9-5-4, 31 pts), hitting the post in the 56th, but Bengtson took advantage of a Red Bulls defensive meltdown in the 84th minute to put the capper into an empty net.
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MONTREAL IMPACT 2, COLUMBUS CREW 1
MONTREAL—The Montreal Impact went a man down in the 19th minute and a goal down in the 64th, then scored twice in the last 12 minutes of the match to nip the Columbus Crew 2-1 Sunday in front of 15,118 at Saputo Stadium.
Patrice Bernier’s 89th-minute penalty kick sealed the win. Columbus drew first blood, when Milan Mirosevic headed home Nemanjo Vukovich’s corner kick in the 64th. Montreal defender Zarek Valentin leveled the score in the 78th minute with a shot from just inside the right side of the penalty area.
Montreal lost defender Jeb Brovsky to a red card after he threw a reckless elbow at Mirosevic.
The win ends a three-game losing streak for the Impact (6-11-3, 21 pts). Columbus falls to 6-6-4 (22).
LA GALAXY 2, CHICAGO FIRE 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.—Robbie Keane scored both goals as the LA Galaxy shut out the Chicago Fire 2-0 Sunday in front of a sellout crowd at Toyota Park.
The Galaxy, who brought a two-game losing streak into Sunday’s match, absorbed a lot of early pressure from the Fire, then got some help in getting on the board in the 24th minute, when defender Jalil Anibaba blocked Keane’s cross with his hand just inside the box for an LA penalty kick. Keane lined up in front of the goal and buried the shot into the lower right corner past Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who dove to the left.
Landon Donovan, held out of the starting lineup after tweaking a hamstring, came off the bench in the 65th minute, and in the 77th , brought the ball upfield on a counterattack before dishing off to Keane for the finish.
The Galaxy improve to 7-11-2 (23 points), but lost midfielder Juninho for their next match after he collected his fifth yellow card, for dissent, in the 14th minute. The Fire fall to 8-6-4 (28 pts).
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