August 26, 2012
Galaxy stops FCD; Kamara scores for both Sporting KC and Red Bulls
LA GALAXY 2, FC DALLAS 0
CARSON, Calif.—The La Galaxy brought FC Dallas’s three-game winning streak to a screeching halt with Sunday’s 2-0 win at the Home Depot Center.
Juninho capitalized on a defensive miscue to put away the game-winner in the 66th minute, his third goal in as many games and fourth of the season. Todd Dunivant added the capper in the 84th, and goalkeeper Josh Saunders made five saves to post his sixth shutout of the season.
Juninho had a wide-open finish after the Hoops defense collapsed, stranding goalkeeper Kevin Hartman at the top of the box as Jose Villareal brought the ball deep down the left side, then cut it back into the center of the box for his Brazilian teammate.
Although Hartman recovered to stop a dangerous shot from David Beckham and pick off Robbie Keane’s pass through the center for the wide-open Villareal, and his defenders went back to disrupting the Galaxy’s attacking rhythm, the damage was done, and the LA defense remained formidable. Saunders leaped to punch David Ferreira’s cross into the six-yard box well upfield in the 74th minute, Jackson saw back-to-back shots blocked in the 76th, and Blas Perez, making his first appearance since a 12-game injury layoff, sent a long attempt straight at Saunders in the 81st.
Dunivant put things on ice for the Galaxy in the 84th, finding an unguarded spot outside the top left corner of the six-yard box and quickly poking a pass from Michael Stephens under Hartman and into the right inside netting.
The defending MLS Cup champions continue their resurgent run up the Western Conference table, closing to within three points of third-place Real Salt Lake at 12-11-4 (40 pts). The Hoops remain five points out of playoff-eligible fifth place at 8-12-8 (32).
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SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, NEW YORK RED BULLS 1
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Kei Kamara scored for both teams as Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls played to a 1-1 draw Sunday at Livestrong Sporting Park.
Kamara popped a header over netminder Bill Gaudette in the fourth minute to give Sporting a 1-0 advantage. In the 28th, he let the Red Bulls back into the game, misjudging Sebastien Le Toux’s long free kick and, in an effort to keep the ball away from New York’s Tim Cahill, headed it into his own net.
Kamara’s own goal was the closest New York got to a shot until the 65th minute, when Le Toux sent the ball sailing over the crossbar. The Red Bulls managed only three total shots, none of them on goal, and squandered a late attempt to snatch the win when Le Toux broke into the box in stoppage time, but passed up the opportunity to shoot in favor of dishing off to Dax McCarty, who took a couple of touches then went down hard in the box, but was not rewarded with a penalty call from referee Hilario Grajeda.
The result does little to open things up at the crowded top of the MLS East. The Red Bulls (13-7-6, 45 pts) remain two points behind first-place Sporting (14-7-5, 47).
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