August 18, 2012
Impact rattle Quakes, FCD upsets RSL
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 0
|Juan Pablo Angel came off the bench and scored a late goal to lift Chivas USA to a 1-1 draw with Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
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SEATTLE—Fredy Montero came off the bench to start Seattle Sounders FC on their way to a 2-0 victory over Cascadia Cup rivals Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday in front of 55,718 at Century Link Field.
Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon came up with a pair of world-class saves, on Eddie Johnson and Brad Evans, to keep the match scoreless through the intermission, and dodged a bullet in the 52nd minute when an unmarked Johnson missed the mark from the top of the six-yard box. But his and the Whitecaps’ luck ran out in the 63rd minute. Montero, who had been on the field for only three minutes, poked a shot over sliding defender Kenny Miller and past Cannon to give Seattle a 1-0 lead.
Johnson capped the win in the 87th, darting into the goal box for a sharp cross from Brad Evans.
The Whitecaps, playing their third match in a week, never found an offensive rhythm, and did not put a shot on goal. Darren Mattocks did beat goalkeeper Michael Gspurning in the 81st minute, but had tripped defender Jeff Parke during the play and the goal was disallowed.
The Sounders (11-6-7, 40 pts) leapfrog idle Los Angeles into third place in the MLS West. Vancouver fall to 10-9-7 (37).
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, TORONTO FC 0
TORONTO—Kei Kamara scored the only goal Sporting Kansas City needed to nip Toronto FC 1-0 Saturday at BMO Field.
Kamara connected for his ninth goal of the season in the 83rd minute, taking a tapped free kick from MLS assist leader Graham Zusi and sending a 26-yard shot just around the right side of the defensive wall and into the right inside netting past screened ‘keeper Milos Kocic.
Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen needed only two saves to post his league-leading 11th shutout of the season, and got some help from the woodwork in the 43rd minute, when back-to-back attempts by Torsten Frings and Terry Dunfield hit the crossbar. Kocic, meanwhile, stopped seven, including a diving stop to rob defender Seth Sinovic of his first professional goal in the 19th minute.
The win keeps Sporting (14-7-4, 46 pts), who have won three straight and a club-record seven on the road this season, on top of the MLS East regardless of the result of the rest of the weekend’s games. The Reds remain at the bottom of the table at 5-14-5 (20).
MONTREAL IMPACT 3, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1
MONTREAL—The Montreal Impact burnished their reputation as MLS giant-killers on Saturday, stunning the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 in a wide-open 10-on-10 match at Stade Saputo.
The Impact staked San Jose to an early Chris Wondolowski penalty kick, on a play that also produced twin red cards for fighting to Montreal defender Hassoun Camara and Earthquakes forward Stephen Lenhart, then battled back with the help of Patrice Bernier, who had a goal and an assist.
Montreal started their comeback just two minutes after Wondolowski’s 23rd-minute spot kick, when Felipe Martins slickly maneuvered his way around defender Justin Morrow on the right side of the penalty area, took the ball deep and crossed into the six-yard box for Marco Di Vaio to poke home.
In the 61st minute, Bernier fended off a pair of defenders at the top of the penalty area, then tapped the ball back to Lamar Neagle, who beat ‘keeper Jon Busch with a dipping shot from inside the arc.
Bernier capped the scoring with a 72nd-minute penalty kick, after defender Jason Hernandez brought Di Vaio down from behind on a break into the right side of the penalty area.
The Impact (11-13-3, 36 pts and 39 GF) nudge DC United out of fifth place in the MLS East, at least temporarily. San Jose remain on top of the West at 14-6-5 (47 pts), although their hold on the Supporters’ Shield lead has dwindled to a single point over Sporting Kansas City.
CHICAGO FIRE 2, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill---The Chicago Fire continued their climb up the Eastern Conference table on Saturday night, gutting out a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution at Toyota Park, extending their winning streak to three games and their unbeaten string to four.
Chris Rolfe opened the Chicago scoring in the fourth minute, converting the penalty kick after he was taken down in the box by defender A.J. Soares.
New England equalized in the 11th minute. Saer Sene ran onto a ball over the top and took it all the way to the end line. Cutting along the line, he put a ball into the area, and Fernando Cardenas slid in to get a foot on it through traffic off the left post. Sean Johnson made the initial save, but after the ball knocked around, Cardenas swept it into the net while lying on his back.
Fire newcomer Sherjill MacDonald sealed the win with his first MLS goal, heading Patrick Nyarko’s cross past goalkeeper Matt Reis from the top of the six-yard box in the 25th minute.
Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson might have made his best save of the game nearly five minutes into stoppage time, when Soares lofted a long ball into the area. Johnson had to make a full extension dive to grab the ball, keeping it from going into the right side of the net for what would have been a miracle equalizer for the Revs.
The three points give the Fire (12-7-5, 41) one more point than the third-place Houston Dynamo and level with second place New York, both of whom play on Sunday. New England falls to 6-13-5 (23 pts).
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CHIVAS USA 1, COLORADO RAPIDS 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.—Juan Pablo Angel came off the bench in the 72nd minute and saved the day for Chivas USA in the 83rd, scoring to salvage a 1-1 draw with the Colorado Rapids at Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Angel’s goal stunned the Rapids, who finished the game with a 19-5 advantage in shots, dominated play from the opening whistle and took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, when Brian Mullan muscled the ball away from Chivas midfielder Shalrie Joseph at the top of the penalty area, took one touch into the box and beat goalkeeper Dan Kennedy with a shot into the left inside netting.
Chivas did not manage a single shot until Juan Agudelo’s attempt was blocked in the 64th minute. Tristan Bowen gave Rapids netminder Matt Pickens his first save with a straight-on shot in the 72nd minute, then set the table for Angel with a sharp cross into the six-yard box from deep on the left side. Angel split two Colorado defenders and got behind Pickens, who tried unsuccessfully to block Bowen’s pass, to tap home the equalizer.
Barely two minutes later, Jamie Smith was ready to retake the lead for Colorado from just off the right post, but Kennedy came through with the save and salvaged the road point for Chivas.
The result does little to move either the Rapids (8-15-2, 26 pts) or Chivas (7-9-6, 27) out of the bottom third of the Western Conference table.
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FC DALLAS 2, REAL SALT LAKE 1
SANDY, Utah—David Ferreira scored in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give FC Dallas a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Ferreira also assisted as Fabian Castillo put the Hoops on the board in the 61st minute. Castillo orchestrated a give-and-go from the left wing, dishing off to Ferreira and cutting into the penalty area for the return pass and sharply-angled finish. Alvaro Saborio equalized for RSL in the 76th, with a header off Javier Morales’ corner kick.
Ferreira’s game-winner came off a two-on-one counterattack with Brek Shea, who drew lone defender Nat Borchers out of position then fed the ball to Ferreira, who beat netminder Nick Rimando (3 saves) one-on-one.
The Hoops (8-11-8, 32 pts) close to within five points of slumping Vancouver for fifth place in the MLS West, while RSL, losers of three straight, remain second in the conference at 13-10-3 (42).
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