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April 21, 2016
Red Bulls rumble in the Bronx; Rapids still lead the league

Dax McCarty had the first multigoal game of his 11-year MLS career on Saturday, scoring twice as the New York Red Bulls routed NYC FC 7-0.
Dax McCarty had the first multigoal game of his 11-year MLS career on Saturday, scoring twice as the New York Red Bulls routed NYC FC 7-0.
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BRONX, NY--Bradley Wright-Phillips led the way with two goals and an assist as the New York Red Bulls humbled New York City FC 7-0 Saturday at Yankee Stadium.

Dax McCarty notched the first two-goal game of his 11-year MLS career and all three Red Bulls substitutes -- Alex Muyl, Gonzalo Veron and Gideon Baah -- also got on the board as NYRB tied an MLS record for largest margin of victory in league play.

The Red Bulls (5-7-1, 16 points) have won all four encounters between the Hudson River rivals as City (4-4-5, 17) had its five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) snapped.

McCarty put the Red Bulls on the board in the third minute, with the first of two headed goals off Sacha Kljestan corner kicks. Kljestan floated the ball in from the right. City defender Ronald Matarrita moved to give McCarty some space and the Red Bulls' captain snapped a header from 10 yards.

Wright-Phillips took over for the rest of the half as he connected twice within a five-minute span. After Mike Grella's footwork left defender Federico Bravo on the ground on the left side, Grella crossed the ball into the six-yard box where Wright-Phillips bounced a header past Saunders in the 42nd minute.

In the second minute of stoppage time before the break, Wright-Phillips one-upped himself with a spectacular seven-yard bicycle kick to make the score 3-0.

McCarty completed his brace -- again at the expense of Matarrita -- six minutes into the second half. In the 56th minute, two minutes after replacing Grella, Muyl scored his first MLS goal off a Wright-Phillips feed.

Veron added a goal in the 83rd minute, beating defender Jason Hernandez to head in Felipe's free kick at the far right post, and Baah completed the rout by placing one past the shell-shocked Saunders in the 89th minute.

English midfielder Frank Lampard made his much-delayed season debut for City in the 75th minute, replacing starter Andrea Pirlo to a chorus of boos from the team's home fans.
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TORONTO--Columbus Crew SC held the upper hand for much of the match, but managed only a scoreless tie with Toronto FC Saturday at BMO Field.

Crew SC put five of their 15 shots on goal, but were consistently thwarted by netminder Clint Irwin. The Reds 'keeper one-handed away Ola Kamara's glancing header in the 43rd minute and stopped a quick follow-up from Federico Higuain after Justin Meram's 51st-minute chip his the post. Barely a minute later, Irwin palmed away Meram's deflected left-footer to keep the match scoreless.

Sebastian Giovinco took all eight Toronto shots, getting two through to netminder Steve Clark. his best chance, however, came in the 68th minute, when he got deep into the box behind the Columbus defense and caught Clark out of position only to send his wide-open low shot wide of the left post.

The result leaves the Reds at 4-4-4 and 16 points, while Columbus improve to 2-4-5 (11).

BRIDGEVIEW, ILL.-- An early goal by Arturo Alvarez held up to help the Chicago Fire snap their three-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo Saturday in front of 15,363 at Toyota Stadium.

Both teams remain in their respective conference cellars, the Fire at 2-5-4 and ten points in the East, and Houston at 3-7-2 (11) in the West.

The Fire dodged an early bullet when an apparent goal by Houston's Will Bruin was called back for a handball violation. Chicago took the ball back downfield and caught former Fire winger DaMarcus Beasley ball watching when Gilberto sent a long cross to Alvarez, who was able to finish easily past Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric in the third minute.

The Fire went on to outshoot Houston 20-10 overall, putting seven of their attempts on target, but Deric kept things close with six saves, including a fingertip stop on Gilberto's header in the 49th minute.

The Dynamo generated a solid chance in the late going, when a cross came in to Mauro Manotas, who turned and took a quick shot, which was easily saved by Johnson. Manotas tried again minutes later, this time forcing a good save from the Fire keeper, when he blasted a shot to the far post in the 87th minute.
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ORLANDO--Cyle Larin scored both goals as Orlando City SC snapped a six-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact Saturday at Camping World Stadium.

Kaka assisted on both of Larin's goals, in the 43rd and 87th minutes. Goalkeeper Joe Bendik came through with six saves to keep Orlando in the game until the closing minutes.

The Lions improve to 3-3-5 and 14 points, leapfrogging New England and DC into sixth place in the MLS East. The Impact, who played without injured star Didier Drogba and are now mired in their own six-game winless skid, fall to 4-4-4 (16).

The Lions dug themselves an early hole, giving up an early goal to Montreal's Ignacio Piatti. In the fourth minute, the Argentine took the ball deep into the left side of the penalty area, cut back to lose defender Rodrigo Ramos and slotted a low shot past Bendik.

Larin equalized off a set piece after being fouled by Wandrille Lefevre on the left side of the field. Kaka sent the free kick into the mixer, where Larin got position on defender Ambroise Oyongo and his head on the ball, sending it inside the left post to level the score.

Bendik kept things level with clutch one-on-one saves on Dominic Oduro in the 54th minute and Hassoun Camara in the 71st, and with an athletic one-handed stop on Oyongo in the 78th.

Larin delivered the win off a stunning passing sequence. Cristian Higuita centered the ball from the right side to Kaka, who worked a give-and-go with 75th-minute substitute Julio Baptista then found Larin for a point-blank finish.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-- Fabian Castillo capitalized on a New England Revolution defensive error in the 70th minute to break a closely matched deadlock and Tesho Akindele added a late clincher for his second goal of the night as FC Dallas notched a 4-2 comeback win over the Revs at Gillette Stadium Saturday.

The interconference opponents traded penalty kicks and set-piece aerial goals in the first half. Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen scored from the spot after notching his team-leading fourth assist on Juan Agudelo's 1-1 equalizer. Akindele also scored from the spot early and Atiba Harris equalized late in the half off a corner kick to send the game into the break all even.

Kellyn Acosta came off the bench to register two assists for the Hoops (8-4-2, 26 points), while defensive errors cost the Revs (2-4-7, 13 points) their first loss of the season at home in the middle match of a three-game homestand.

Akindele put FCD on the board from the penalty spot in the fifth minute, after netminder Bobby Shuttleworth upended Michael Barrios in front of the goal. Agudelo leveled the score in the 23rd with a header off Nguyen's free kick service.

Three minutes later Nguyen gave the home side the lead, roofing a penalty kick down the middle after beating Victor Ulloa to a loose ball in the box.

The Revolution lead lasted just ten minutes though as Harris drew the visitors level with a glancing header that deflected off Shuttleworth’s hand and inside the near post off Kellyn Acosta's corner kick.

In the 70th minute, after defender Andrew Farrell turned the ball over near the center circle, Carlos Gruezo popped a long pass over the Revolution back line that defender Sambinha couldn’t corral. Castillo pounced on the miscue and finished neatly under Shuttleworth for his third goal of the campaign.

The Revs fought desperately to bring the game back on level terms while Hoops packed the defensive end, but it was Akindele who got the late goal, taking an Acosta pass as he streaked into the penalty area and slotting past Shuttleworth in the 90th minute.
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KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Brad Davis' own goal turned out to be the game-winner as Real Salt Lake defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-1 Saturday at Children's Mercy Park.

Juan Manuel Martinez opened the scoring for RSL (6-3-2, 20 pts) in the 32nd minute with an open shot from inside the six-yard box. The play was set in motion by a poor clearing attempt from KC defender Matt Besler. In the second minute of stoppage time, Yura Movsisyan's sharp cross from near the right endline caromed off Davis and into the net to send RSL into the break with a 2-0 lead.

Dom Dwyer pulled one back for Sporting (5-7-2, 17) in the 50th minute, with a wide open shot set up by Jimmy Medranda, who brought the ball in from the far side of midfield, dribbled through a pair of RSL defenders and found Dwyer unmarked in the right side of the penalty area.

Sporting barely had time to celebrate, however, before Movsisyan chipped netminder Tim Melia to restore RSL's two-goal advantage in the 53rd.

SEATTLE--Alex Sjoberg scored in the 43rd minute, and the Colorado Rapids held possession of first place in the MLS West for another week with Saturday's 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC at CenturyLink Field.

The Rapids lead the league with 27 points (8-2-3). Seattle fall to 4-6-1 (13).

Sjoberg volleyed home Marc Burch's left-side corner kick from just outside the six-yard box to deliver the win.

MLS goalkeeping leader Zac MacMath did the rest, making three saves to keep the Sounders off the board and post his fifth shutout of the season. Two of those were on Clint Dempsey, a point-blank stop in the ninth minute and a diving stop in the 55th, after Dempsey threaded a shot around a pair of Colorado defenders.

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