July 4, 2012
Sporting win a sore spot for Impact
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 3, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
|Graham Zusi’s penalty kick was the game winner in Sporting Kansas City’s 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact.
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MONTREAL—Sporting Kansas City took advantage of a pair of second-half penalty kicks to rally for a 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact Wednesday night at Stade Saputo.
The Impact (5-11-3, 18 pts) kept the match scoreless through the intermission, then took a 1-0 advantage in the 49th minute, when Patrice Bernier scored on Felipe’s cutback pass from deep on the right side. The lead lasted only eight minutes, however, before Bernier handled the ball in the box, sending Kei Kamara to the penalty spot for the 1-1 equalizer.
In the 75th minute, referee Sorin Stoica again sent Sporting (10-5-2, 32 pts) to the spot, after Davy Arnaud knocked Sooney Saad down on a KC corner kick. Graham Zusi did the honors, beating netminder Donovan Ricketts with a shot into the left inside netting.
Jacob Peterson put the game on ice in the 82nd minute, off Roger Espinoza’s assist, and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made his fifth save of the match in stoppage time to preserve the win.
TORONTO FC 1, FC DALLAS 1
FRISCO, Tex.—FC Dallas and Toronto FC traded early goals before settling for a 1-1 draw Wednesday night at FC Dallas Stadium.
Hoops defender Zach Loyd opened the scoring in the fifth minute, diving to head Andrew Jacobson’s set-up header into the lower right corner. Reigning MLS Player of the Week Danny Koevermans equalized for Toronto in the 31st from the top left corner of the six-yard box after the Hoops defense repeatedly failed to clear the ball upfield. Koevermans, whose five-game scoring streak has helped the Reds (2-10-4, 10 pts) take at least a point from each of their last five games, was subbed out in the 88th minute with an apparent injury.
FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, who earned another line in the MLS record book by appearing in his 400th game, finished with three saves, including a clutch one-hander on Koevermans in the 84th minute to preserve the draw. Milos Kocic stopped two for Toronto. The draw was not enough to lift Dallas (3-9-6, 15 pts) out of the Western Conference cellar.
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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1, COLORADO RAPIDS 0
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.—Darren Mattocks scored in the 43rd minute, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC held on for a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids Wednesday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Mattocks latched onto the ball after defender Drew Moor mis-hit an attempted clear, and hammered it past unprotected goalkeeper Matt Pickens from close range.
The goal was Vancouver’s only shot on frame. The rest of the game belonged to Whitecaps netminder Joe Cannon, who made six saves to preserve the win despite Colorado’s 17-3 advantage in shots. Conor Casey led the frustrated Rapids with five shots, including a point-blank header in first-half stoppage time that Cannon dove to stop.
The Whitecaps improve to 8-4-5 and 29 points. Colorado fall to 7-9-1 (22).
REAL SALT LAKE 0, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 0
SEATTLE—Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders FC both lost ground in the MLS West with Wednesday’s scoreless draw at CenturyLink Field.
RSL had the better of the game’s few chances, including an apparent goal by Alvaro Saborio in the 52nd minute that was called back for offside.
The result, combined with Vancouver’s 1-0 win over Colorado, dropped the Sounders (7-5-6, 27 pts) to fourth in the conference race, and trimmed RSL’s (10-6-3, 33) hold on third place to four points over the Whitecaps.
PHILADELPHIA UNION 2, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 1
CARSON, Calif.---Michael Farfan scored five minutes into stoppage time, giving the Philadelphia Union and improbable 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center Wednesday night.
Lionard Pajoy made a cheeky backheel pass from the left side to Farfan, who beat Galaxy defender Sean Franklin and put the ball in the right side netting for his first goal of the season.
The win was the Union’s second under interim Team Manager John Hackworth, and improves the team’s record to 4-9-2, 14 pts. The reeling defending champions fall to 6-10-2, with 20 points, and have lost their last two after appearing to have turned things around with three straight wins.
The Union took the lead in the 45th minute on a goal by Jack McInerney, the youngster’s third since being given a starting job by Hackworth. Michael Farfan took the ball all the way down to the end line, beat Galaxy defender AJ de la Garza and sent the ball into the six yard box, where McInerney met it with a flick of the foot. The ball rolled toward the far post as Galaxy goalkeeper scrambled on the ground to try and stop it to no avail.
The Galaxy’s 73rd-minute equalizer was no surprise. They subjected the Union to a barrage of shots in the second half as they had in the first, winning three straight corner kicks and a pair of throw-ins. The ball eventually found its way to Todd Dunivant on the left side. Dunivant sent the ball into the area, where Robbie Keane got a glancing foot on it, sending it to the center, where Chad Barrett charged in and put it past Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath.
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