June 1, 2016
Union edge Columbus, DCU's home woes continue
PHILADELPHIA UNION 3, COLUMBUS CREW SC 2
|Fabian Herbers' impressive first MLS goal turned out to be the game-winner for the Union against Columbus on Wednesday.
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CHESTER, Pa. – Chris Pontius, Vincent Nogueira and Fabian Herbers each scored one goal and the Philadelphia Union overcame an early deficit to post a 3-2 victory over Columbus Crew SC Wednesday night at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Union’s unbeaten streak has now reached eight (3-0-5) and the club resides in first place in the Eastern Conference at 6-3-5, good for 23 points. The eight-match streak ties a record set during the 2011 season.
Columbus received one goal apiece from Ola Kamara and Cristian Martinez but fell to 3-5-5 and 14 points.
Despite being outplayed early, Columbus struck first in the 14th minute when the red-hot Kamara scored after receiving a good cross from Ethan Finlay, his fourth goal in two games.
Seven minutes later, Pontius equalized from outside the box.
The Union went ahead 2-1 in the 57th minute on a chaotic play. Pontius weaved his way around a pair of defenders and hit a cross through the box to Nogueira, who ripped a shot past netminder Steve Clark.
Shortly after entering as a substitute, Columbus forward Conor Casey – a former Union fan favorite—was issued a red card in the 78th minute. It was unclear what Casey did to Keegan Rosenberry to warrant being ejected, but the play left the Union a man up for the rest of the match.
Herbers recorded his first MLS goal in the 85th minute. After making a nice run, Herbers stopped, cut back to shake defender Michael Parkhurst, gathered himself and hit a strike past Clark for a 3-1 advantage.
Martinez got Columbus within 3-2 by heading home a goal in stoppage time.
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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2, DC UNITED 0
WASHINGTON, DC -- Jordan Morris scored his fifth goal of the league campaign in the 79th minute and Joevin Jones added his first in the 83rd to send D.C. United to a 2-0 defeat on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium.
Jones also helped set up Morris’ opener as Seattle (5-7-1, 16 pts) extended its unbeaten run to six matches against a DC side that has had uncharacteristic struggles at home this season.
Morris put Seattle ahead after working a crisp give-and-go that freed Jones into the penalty area on the left.
Bill Hamid denied Jones’ initial bid with a fantastic save low to his left, but Morris popped up and squeezed a rebound effort off between challenges from two D.C. defenders.
It was 2-0 four minutes later when Osvaldo Alonso took the ball off Marcelo Sarvas and quickly slotted the ball left to Jones. This time, the Trinidad & Tobago international made no mistake, smashing his finish beyond Hamid.
United (4-6-4, 16) saw a credible penalty shout denied in the 27th minute, when Kofi Opare's header bounced into the goalmouth and off the arm of defender Dylan Remick. DC dominated the first half, but could not take advantage of their numerous chances. Lamar Neagle and Fabian Espindola both missed on close-in opportunities, and Jared Jeffrey sent a header just over the bar.
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PORTLAND TIMBERS 1, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0
PORTLAND, Ore.--Liam Ridgewell scored in the 11th minute and the shorthanded Portland Timbers held on for a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes Wednesday night at Providence Park.
The Timbers (5-6-4, 19 pts) move up a spot in the MLS West, to seventh place, one point behind the Quakes (5-4-5, 20).
Ridgewell outjumped a crowd of defenders to head Diego Valeri's free kick into the net from the top left corner of the six-yard box.
The Timbers held on for the win despite losing midfielder Dairon Asprilla to a straight red card in the second minute of first-half stoppage time after he elbowed San Jose's Jordan Stewart in the ear. By the end of the match, San Jose had run up a 14-2 overall advantage in shots, but put only three on target, all stopped by netminder Jake Gleeson.
The Timbers defense did well to deny San Jose inside chances - two of Gleeson's saves, on Matias Perez-Garcia in the 19th minute and Shea Salinas in the 46th, were from the top of the box.