September 5, 2012
Revs, Rapids snap skids
NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2, COLUMBUS CREW 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--Dimitry Imbongo notched his first MLS goal and then forced a Chad Marshall own goal as the New England Revolution snapped a ten-game winless streak to claim their first victory since July 8, and put a dent in the Columbus Crew’s playoff hopes with a 2-0 victory Wednesday night at Gillette Stadium.
The Crew (12-9-6, 42 points) entered the match riding a four-game winning streak and battling for a playoff spot in the closely packed Eastern Conference table behind leaders Sporting KC. But New England (7-14-7, 28 points) turned in a dominant performance, outshooting Columbus 20-7 overall, and 8-3 in shots on goal. Only a solid seven-save performance by netminder Andy Gruenebaum kept the score close.
Imbongo opened the scoring in the 53rd minute, off the rebound after Diego Fagundez hit the post. The two were paired up front after Revs scoring leader Saer Sene was lost for the season to a knee injury and DP Jerry Bengtson departed for national team duty with Honduras.
The Revolution earned their second goal in the 74th minute. After Chris Tierney, coming off the bench for his 100th MLS appearance, delivered into a dangerous spot, Marshall, under pressure from Imbongo, tried to head the ball back to Gruenebaum. But the former MLS defender-of-the-year instead put it into the net as the Crew keeper came off his line.
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COLORADO RAPIDS 3, PORTLAND TIMBERS 0
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.—For the second time in five days, the Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids traded places at the bottom of the MLS West with Wednesday’s 3-0 Rapids win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Andre Akpan netted the game-winner in the sixth minute, and Tony Cascio and Jaime Castrillon each finished with a goal and an assist as the Rapids (9-17-2, 29 pts) snapped a four-game winless streak. The Timbers (7-14-6, 27 pts) remain the only team in the league without a road win this season.
Cascio, who hit the post less than a minute into the game, crashed the far post to knock Drew Moor’s right-side cross back into the center of the box for Akpan to finish from seven yards. In the 27th, Cascio made the score 2-0 of his own rebound after Timbers netminder Donovan Ricketts came up with a spectacular save on the airborne forward’s initial shot. Castrillon capped the scoring in the 86th minute, with a close-range header off Kamani Hill’s corner kick. The ball sailed into the box for Moor, who popped a header back across the goal to Akpan.
Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens made his only save in the 75th minute, kicking away a nine-yard attempt by Portland’s Diego Chara.