May 15, 2016
Sporting KC snaps skid; big win for NYC
HOUSTON DYNAMO 1, REAL SALT LAKE 0
|Thomas McNamara's spectacular goal lifted NYC FC over Portland 2-1 and into a tie for the Eastern Conference lead Sunday at Providence Park.
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HOUSTON-- Giles Barnes scored the only goal the Houston Dynamo needed to defeat Real Salt Lake 1-0 Sunday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The match was postponed from Saturday night due to weather.
Barnes scored in the 65th minute on an end-to-end play started by goalkeeper Joe Willis. After the 'keeper's distribution was allowed to bounce through by the RSL defense, Barnes chested the ball into the penalty area and scored from the top left corner of the six-yard box.
Salt Lake did not put a single one of their seven shots on goal, although Joao Plata did tee up a potential gol olimpico that was grabbed by Willis and almost carried into the net in the tenth minute.
The win was not enough to lift Houston (3-6-2, 11 pts) out of the Western Conference cellar. RSL fall to 5-3-2 (17).
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2, ORLANDO CITY SC 1
KANSAS CITY, Kan.-- Jacob Peterson came off the bench for a goal and an assist to lead Sporting Kansas City past Orlando City SC 2-1 Sunday afternoon at Children's Mercy Park.
Both teams brought extended winless streaks into the match. Sporting KC (5-6-2, 17 pts) launched 34 shots in an attempt to snap their seven-game slump. Orlando City (2-3-5, 11) led briefly on an own goal by KC defender Jimmy Medranda, but did not put a single one of their seven attempts on target and are now winless in six straight.
KC were plagued by bad luck and poor finishing in the lopsided first half, with Graham Zusi hitting the crossbar in the third minute and Dom Dwyer having a goal called back for offside in the 43rd. Boosted by a 10-save performance by netminder Joe Bendik, the Lions weathered KC's offensive storm for most of the match, and briefly led after a 67th-minute corner kick. Defender Matt Besler tried to clear a header from Orlando's David Mateos, but the ball bounced off of Medranda and into the net.
Finally, in the 74th minute, Bendik and his backline cracked. Benny Feilhaber chipped a ball into the left side of the box for 69th-minute substitute Peterson, who popped a header to Dwyer. The English forward snapped KC's scoring drought with a bloop header over Bendik and into the net.
Peterson netted the game-winner in the 79th minute, getting position on Ramos and leaning to bounce a six-yard header past Bendik into the left side of the net.
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NEW YORK CITY FC 2, PORTLAND TIMBERS 1
PORTLAND, Ore.--New York city FC surged into a tie for the Eastern Conference lead with Sunday's 2-1 win over the defending champion Portland Timbers at Providence Park.
David Villa staked NYC to an early 1-0 lead, and Thomas McNamara netted the game-winner in the 65th minute, ten minutes after Fanendo Adi had leveled the score for the Timbers.
NYC improve to 4-3-4 and 16 points, while the struggling Timbers remain ninth in the West at 3-6-3 (12). Villa and Adi both move into a tie with Toronto's Sebastian Giovinco at the top of the league goalscoring table.
Villa struck against the run of play in the 12th minute. Right back RJ Allen found Villa with a perfect through ball. The Spanish international ran onto the pass, split defenders Nat Borchers and Zarek Valentin and beat goalkeeper Jake Gleeson from 12 yards for a 1-0 City lead.
Adi equalized on a 55th-minute counterattack, drilling a right-footed shot from 15 yards into the lower left corner. Three minutes later, he tweaked his right hamstring and left the game.
McNamara won the game in spectacular fashion. Khiry Shelton brought the ball wide right into the corner and crossed to Andrea Pirlo on the left side. Pirlo just dished off the ball to McNamara and the West Nyack, N.Y. native arched a 25-yard shot into the right corner for a 2-1 edge.
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