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May 28, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Another record performance by Red Bulls; Conference leaders in 1-1 draw


Bradley Wright-Phillips set a new MLS record with three goals in the first 27 minutes of the New York Red Bulls' 3-0 win over Toronto FC Saturday at Red Bull Arena.
Bradley Wright-Phillips set a new MLS record with three goals in the first 27 minutes of the New York Red Bulls' 3-0 win over Toronto FC Saturday at Red Bull Arena.
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VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1, HOUSTON DYNAMO 1
VANCOUVER--Octavio Rivero's 52nd-minute goal lifted Vancouver Whitecaps FC into a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo Saturday at BC Place.

The Dynamo (3-7-3, 12 pts), thwarted once again in their efforts to escape the Western Conference cellar, led 1-0 at halftime after DaMarcus Beasley scored in the 20th minute.

The teams played the second half ten-on-ten after a 42nd-minute altercation resulted in violent conduct red cards for Dynamo midfielder Alex and Vancouver's Pedro Morales.

Alex had the assist on Beasley's goal, threading a pass to the converted winger who dribbled into the left side of the box, cut right to elude sliding defender Collin Warner and slotted a low shot into the net.

Rivero scored on a spectacular 17-yard half-volley after a Whitecaps corner kick was deflected toward the top of the penalty area. The draw leaves Vancouver at 6-6-3 and 21 points.

NEW YORK RED BULLS 3, TORONTO FC 0
HARRISON, N.J. – Bradley Wright-Phillips scored three goals in the first 27 minutes -- setting a new MLS record for fastest three goals from the opening kickoff -- to leave the New York Red Bulls past Toronto FC 3-0 Saturday at Red Bull Arena.

Red Bulls netminder Luis Robles made seven saves to preserve the clean sheet despite the Red Bulls playing the entire second half shorthanded after a 43rd-minute red card to Gonzalo Veron for an awkward challenge on Marky Delgado.

The Red Bulls went up in the fourth minute when Wright-Phillips hit a snap header off Sacha Kljestan's set piece.


In the 25th minute, Wright-Phillips nutmegged Toronto’s Damien Perquis on its way inside the near post, and then two minutes later, the Red Bulls striker took a Mike Grella cross and sliced a hard shot between the legs of goalkeeper Clint Irwin for his sixth goal since May 6.


With the win, the Red Bulls are now 5-1-1 in their last seven games, dating back to Apr. 24, and improve to 6-7-1 and 19 points overall. The Reds fall to 4-5-4 (16).
Full story from Big Apple Soccer

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Femi Hollinger-Janzen scored the deciding goal in the 80th minute as the New England Revolution took a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders before a 21,456 crowd Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Seattle (4-7-1, 13 points) took the lead as Aaron Kovar controlled a Bobby Shuttleworth punch off a Joevin Jones cross in the seventh minute. Kovar outmaneuvered Chris Tierney and fired past Shuttleworth from near the edge of the penalty area.

Lee Nguyen tied the score with a 24th-minute penalty kick, his 13th successive penalty, breaking Shalrie Joseph’s Revolution (3-4-7, 16 points) record of 12 career PKs. The play was set up as Zach Scott cleared Andrew Farrell’s low cross off the arm of Erik Friberg, drawing the penalty.

Hollinger-Janzen scored three minutes after entering the game for Kelyn Rowe, slipping to a knee before recovering and finishing low to the right side of the goal for his second goal of the season.

Full story from New England Soccer News

COLUMBUS CREW SC 4, REAL SALT LAKE 3
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Columbus Crew SC scored four unanswered goals --three of them by Ola Kamara-- and needed every one of them to edge Real Salt Lake 4-3 Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium.

Kickoff of the match was delayed 90 minutes due to severe weather, but both teams got down to business quickly when play began. Luke Mulholland put RSL on the board from outside the arc in the 13th minute, and Kamara equalized four minutes later, getting behind defender Aaron Maund to redirect Justin Meram's cross into the net from point-blank range.

An own goal by RSL defender Justen Glad in the 20th minute gave Crew SC a 2-1 edge, which Kamara boosted to 4-1 with headed goals in the 64th and 74th.

Jordan Allen started Salt Lake's comeback in the 78th minute, soaring to head Demar Phillips' long service into the net from close range, and Mulholland returned the favor for Joao Plata's early assist with the table-setter as Plata made it a one-goal game with a right-footed volley in the 83rd.

MONTREAL IMPACT 3, LA GALAXY 2
MONTREAL--- Didier Drogba scored off an incredible free kick in stoppage time, giving the Montreal Impact a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy at Stade Saputo Saturday night.

The win was the first ever for the Impact (5-4-4, 19 pts) against the Galaxy (5-2-5, 20 pts.), ending LA's nine-game unbeaten streak.

Giovani dos Santos and Mike Magee scored for the Galaxy in a see-saw battle, but Ignacio Piatti and Lucas Ontivero scored for Montreal, setting the scene for Drogba's 35-yard set piece from the left side that went straight past the wall and off the hands of goalkeeper Brian Rowe in the fourth added minute.

The Galaxy took an early lead. After a bad clearance bounced off a defender and Magee, dos Santos was able to sweep the ball into the net in the eighth minute for his sixth goal of the season.

The Impact found their equalizer in the 26th minute, on a quick counterattack. Drogba played the ball from midfield to Dominic Oduro on the left. The speedster broke in with Piatti trailing. Oduro sent a cross to Piatti, who put it past Rowe.

Ontivero gave the Impact the lead--ever so briefly -- in the 56th minute. Piatti laid the ball off in the area for Ontivero, who tried to give it back, but instead switched feet and beat a defender before sending a shot to the far post.

Magee tied it up a little more than a minute later, making a brilliant effort to trap a ball from Steven Gerrard and beating Bush in the 58th minute.
Full story from LA Soccer News

COLORADO RAPIDS 1, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--Brian Carroll scored in the second minute of stoppage time to lift the Philadelphia Union into a 1-1 tie with the Colorado Rapids Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Union, who remain atop the MLS East at 5-3-5 and 20 points, are the first team this season to take a point from the Rapids (8-2-4, 28) in Commerce City. Both teams extend their unbeaten streaks, Philadelphia to seven games and the Rapids to nine.

Carroll's goal, a low shot from just off the left post, was the only shot the Union put on target, and countered an 87th-minute strike by Colorado's Sam Cronin. It also capped a nail-biter of a second half that saw two Rapids players hit the crossbar and an apparent goal by Luis Solignac called back for offside.

The Rapids attack became more dangerous almost immediately after Marlon Hairston replaced Dillon Serna in the 61st minute. In the 70th minute, he crossed the ball in from the right side for Dillon Powers who sent a rocket shot off the bar. Ten minutes later, Hairston was the catalyst for a wild attacking sequence that saw another dangerous shot from Powers blocked, Luis Solignac hit the bar and then put a follow-up shot into the net from off the left post only to be ruled offside. Ultimately, he created Cronin's goal with a curving ball in from the right side. Cronin got between defenders Ken Tribbett and Richie Marquez and leaned for a glancing header that sent the ball spiraling into the left inside netting.

Carroll salvaged the point for the Union with a clutch play that started with Raymon Gaddis' chipped pass from outside the arc to Fabian Herbers near the top right corner of the six-yard box. Herbers popped the ball across to Carroll, whose low shot went under former Philadelphia netminder Zac MacMath and into the net.
Full story from Philly Soccer News

CHICAGO FIRE 1, PORTLAND TIMBERS 1
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--- The Portland Timbers got a first half goal from Diego Valeri, however the Chicago Fire's David Accam answered quickly to equalize as the teams played to a 1-1 draw in front of 14,729 at Toyota Park Saturday night.

The tie gives both teams points in back to back games after the Fire (2-5-5, 11 pts) and Timbers (4-6-4 20 pts) both snapped three game losing streaks last week.

The Timbers got on the board off the foot of Valeri in the 18th minute. Defender Rodrigo Ramos sent a failed clearance high, just outside the box. Valeri wn the loose ball and put a sharply-angled shot into the net.

Chicago struck back two minutes later, when David Accam scored his third goal of the season. Kennedy Igboananike controlled a long pass from Joao Meira and relayed it to Accam, who finished past goalkeeper Jake Gleeson from just inside the penalty spot.
Full story from Philly Soccer News

SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0, FC DALLAS 0
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Sometimes numbers only tell half the story, but on Saturday night, they told the entire story of a 0-0 draw between FC Dallas and the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium.

The most pertinent number to come from this tie between Western Conference bunkmates is four, as in the number of shots on goal FCD (8-4-3, 27 points) and San Jose (5-3-5, 20 points) combined for over 90 minutes with each side being credited with two attempts on frame.

The first of FCD’s two shots on frame came from Kellyn Acosta in the 74th minute when he sent a slow roller towards San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham from just outside the top of the Quakes area.

Dallas’ second shot on goal came in the 90th minute when Matt Hedges got his head on the end of a Mauro Rosales free kick from the left flank. However, Hedges didn’t head the ball squarely and Bingham made his second easy save of the night.

San Jose’s two shots on goal came from Chad Barrett in the 43rd minute, when he made a poor decision on a chance at close range and made a weak shot that Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz had no trouble at all with.

The Quakes’ second chance came in the 88th minute when Tommy Thompson got his head on the end of a Kofi Sarkodie cross, but Seitz was able to come up with the save at the far post to keep things scoreless.
Full story from Dallas Soccer News


   
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