July 14, 2012
Union win third straight, KC blanks Crew
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2, COLUMBUS CREW 0
|Chris Wondolowski scored three goals in San Jose's 5-0 win over Real Salt Lake, giving him 17 for the season.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio---Goals by Jacob Peterson and Teal Bunbury led Sporting Kansas City to a 2-0 shutout of the Columbus Crew in front of 17, 588 at Crew Stadium Saturday night. The win gives SKC sole possession of first place of the MLS Eastern Conference.
Peterson Joseph sent a high ball to the top of the penalty area where Peterson was waiting, he split the defense and flicked a shot by Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum at the six-minute mark to make it, 1-0.
Bunbury, a second half substitution, received a through ball from Kei Kamara in the 82nd minute to extend the SKC lead to 2-0.
Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made four saves to record the clean sheet for his 8th shutout of the season, tied for the league lead, and the 26th shutout of his MLS career.
The win gives SKC an 11-5-3 record for 36 points and the lead of the MLS Eastern Conference. It was SKC’s fifth road win this season, best in the MLS.
Columbus’ record drops to 6-7-4 for 22 points in the MLS East. The loss was Columbus’ third in the last four matches.
PHILADELPHIA UNION 2, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
CHESTER, Pa.-- CHESTER, Pa.-- The Philadelphia Union scored two goals in the last ten minutes of the game to defeat the Montreal Impact 2-1 Saturday at PPL Park, winning their third straight game.
The Union grabbed the lead in the 82nd minute, on a goal by Lionard Pajoy. Super-sub Antoine Hoppenot, who entered the game in the 60th minute, muscled off three Montreal defenders near the left sideline, then did a give and go with Gabriel Gomez. Hoppenot dribbled into the penalty area to the end line near the left post before pushing the ball back into the goal box where Pajoy toe-poked it in.
Montreal got the equalizer eight minutes later, off a corner kick. Patrice Bernier took the kick from the near sideline, and the ball deflected off the Union's Keon Daniel for an own goal.
Just when it looked like the Union would have to settle for a 1-1 tie, Sheanon Williams took a long throw in from the far side. Carlos Valdes got his body on the ball, turned and put it into the net in the 90th minute.
The win improves the Union's record to 6-9-2 with 20 points. They still trail Montreal (6-11-3) by one point.
Full story from Philly Soccer News
TORONTO FC 1, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.---Toronto FC made an early Luis Silva goal hold up and the revitalized Reds ended the New England Revolution’s five-game home unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory at Gillette Stadium Saturday.
In the eighth minute, an unmarked Silva collected the pass and calmly slotted the ball into the corner of the net past a diving Bobby Shuttleworth for his second goal of the campaign.
The win was the second straight for Toronto (4-11-4, 16 points). New England falls to 6-8-4, 22 points.
Full story from New England Soccer News
CHICAGO FIRE 1, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.—Pavel Pardo’s first goal of the season and some clutch goalkeeping by Sean Johnson were all the Chicago Fire needed to knock off Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 Saturday night at Toyota Park.
Pardo left Whitecaps netminder Joe Cannon flatfooted with an artful free kick, and Johnson stepped up after Arne Friedrich collected two yellow cards in a two minute span to leave Chicago shorthanded for the final 21 minutes.
The win lifts the Fire (9-6-4, 31 pts) into a tie with New York for third place in the MLS East, while the Whitecaps fall to 8-6-6 (30).
Full story from Chicagoland Soccer News
FC DALLAS 2, COLORADO RAPIDS 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.---Fabian Castillo set up the equalizer, then scored the game winner, giving FC Dallas a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Saturday night.
The win, the Hoops’ first on the road this year, snaps FC Dallas's 13 game winless streak, the fourth longest in MLS history. They improve to 4-9-7, 14 pts. For skidding Colorado, the loss is their third straight, as the fall to 7-11-1, 22 pts.
Omar Cummings gave the Rapids the lead in the 51st minute, scoring a tricky goal. Conor Casey made a nice run down the middle and slipped a short ball to Cummings on the right corner of the penalty area. Cummings went in on Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, and instead of going to the left to a mostly open net, slipped the ball into the near side.
In the 59th minute, Castillo played a ball from 35 yards out to the far post. Arlos Rodriguez, who had been in the game just two minutes, went up between the defenders and headed the ball past Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens.
Castillo added one of his own in the 81st minute, after Drew Moor cleared a Rodriguez shot off the line. The ball fell at Castillo’s feet.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 5, PORTLAND TIMBERS 3
PORTLAND, Ore--David Beckham delivered two world-class goals in a five-minute span to help lift the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 5-3 win over the Portland Timbers Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field.
With the Galaxy (8-10-2, 26 pts) trailing 1-0 after Kris Boyd’s third-minute strike, Beckham lifted LA into the lead. An Landon Donovan converted a penalty kick in the 27th minute and set the table for Robbie Keane seconds later to leave the Galaxy up 4-1.
A 34th-minute goal by Portland’s Kosuke Kimura closed the gap to 4-2, and stirred memories of the Galaxy’s humbling 4-3 loss to San Jose on June 30, but Keane’s second strike of the match, in the 64th minute, finally put the match out of reach. Boyd also finished with two, after converting a 69th-minute free kick.
The Timbers fell to 5-9-4,19 pts, in their first game under newly installed interim coach Gavin Wilkinson.
Full story from LA Soccer News
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 5, REAL SALT LAKE 0
Santa Clara, CA---Chris Wondolowski’s hat trick and one assist led the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-0 drubbing of Real Salt Lake in front of 10,744 fans at Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday night.
Jon Busch made one save during the match to register the clean sheet, his 6th of the season and the 65th of his MLS career.
The four-point game for Wondolowski keeps him atop of the MLS scoring race, leading the league in goals scored with 17.
Alan Gordon had a goal and an assist and Shea Salinas added two assists to contribute to the San Jose win.
San Jose got on the board early in the first half on diving header by Wondolowski in the 18th minute off passes from Justin Morrow and Alan Gordon.
Referee Allen Chapman issued a red card to RSL’s Kyle Beckerman in the 57th minute for being argumentative. And that opened the floodgates as San Jose played with a one-man advantage for the rest of the match.
Gordon knocked in a rebound off of a Victor Bermudez shot in the 63rd minute for his seventh of the season.
Wondolowski flicked in a shot from the penalty box in the 72nd minute on a pass from Salinas to make it, 3-0.
Simon Dawkins scored on a corner kick in 79th minute from Wondolowski and Salinas to make it, 4-0.
And, a through pass from Stephenson sent Wondolowski on goal in the 80th minute to make it, 5-0.
The win gives San Jose a 12-4-4 record for 40 points and holds the MLS Western Conference lead. The loss drops Real Salt Lake to 11-7-3 for 36 points in second place in the MLS West.