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July 13, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Sounders blitz FCD, de Leeuw opens his account for Fire


COLUMBUS CREW SC 1, TORONTO FC 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio--Columbus Crew SC and Toronto FC exchanged second-half goals on their way to a 1-1 tie Wednesday night at MAPFRE Stadium.

Harrison Afful gave Columbus (3-7-8, 17 pts) a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute, hammering home a shot after a corner kick was cleared into the arc. Jordan Hamilton equalized for the Reds (6-6-6, 24) ten minutes later, beating goalkeeper Steve Clark one-on-one after being sprung into the box by Jay Chapman.

Chapman had a chance to snatch the win in the 70th minute, but his short header off Mo Babouli's cross went straight to Clark. In the 88th, Jonathan Osorio forced Clark into a more challenging save on his shot from just inside the penalty area.

NEW YORK RED BULLS 2, ORLANDO CITY SC 0
HARRISON, NJ--The New York Red Bulls snapped a four-game winless run with Wednesday's 2-0 victory over Orlando City SC at Red Bull Arena.

Connor Lade scored the winning goal in the 37th minute, after the Lions defense failed to clear a Sean Davis corner kick. Lade one-timed the bouncing ball into the net from 12 yards out.

The goal from Lade ended a scoreless streak for the Red Bulls that stretched 255 minutes in league play and two full matches, and boosted the Red Bulls (8-9-3, 27 pts) into third place in the MLS East.

The Red Bulls doubled the lead in the 59th minute. On a free kick, New York set up Dax McCarty as a dummy on the set piece. McCarty stepped away and Felipe, playing as an attacking midfielder, squeaked the ball through Orlando’s wall.

Orlando (4-5-9, 21) only got sustained possession over the final quarter-hour of the match when New York was defending their lead. Cyle Larin challenged netminder Luis Robles with a long right-footer in the 76th minute, Julio Baptista blasted a hard right footer at Robles in the 83rd and Brek Shea had an 86th-minute attempt blocked high in the box.

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CHICAGO FIRE 1, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--After a nearly two-hour rain delay, the Chicago Fire (4-8-5, 17 points) defeated Sporting Kansas City (8-9-4, 28 points) 1-0 at Toyota Park Wednesday night.

Michael de Leeuw's first-half strike gave the Fire the 1-0 win, their second league win in their last three games. The loss snapped a five game unbeaten streak for Sporting Kansas City.

Kansas City nearly got on the board in the second minute, when a set piece fell to the head of Dom Dwyer, who easily finished past goalkeeper Sean Johnson, but was ruled offside.

Chicago got on the board in the 19th minute. After a free kick ball was sent down the left side to an on-rushing Razvan Cocis, his centering pass to de Leeuw provided an easy finish for the Dutch forward in his first start for Chicago.

Although Sporting dominated possession for the rest of the match, their first shot on goal did not come until the 80th minute, when Brad Davis struck a well-placed free kick over the wall to Sean Johnson's near post, forcing a diving save.

Johnson came up big again in the 88th minute, when a short corner resulted in a cross falling to Dwyer, whose header nearly got by a diving Johnson before Jonathan Campbell successfully cleared the danger.
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PORTLAND TIMBERS 1, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
PORTLAND, Ore.--Ignacio Piatti scored in the 44th minute to lift the Montreal Impact into a 1-1 draw with the Portland Timbers Wednesday at Providence Park.

Jack McInerney staked the Timbers to an early 1-0 lead, leaping over defender Kyle Bekker to head Jack Jewsbury's corner kick past netminder Evan Bush.

Piatti leveled the score with a stunning individual effort on an Impact counterattack. Shaking off two tackles by defender Nat Borchers, Piatti drove into the penalty area between Borchers and Alvas Powell before slotting the shot past Jake Gleeson.

The Impact (6-4-8, 26 pts) drop to fourth in the MLS East, while the Timbers improve to 6-6-8 (26).

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 5, FC DALLAS 0
SEATTLE--Seattle Sounders FC recovered their scoring touch in a big way on Wednesday, pummeling league leaders FC Dallas 5-0 at CenturyLink Field.

Clint Dempsey opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the sixth minute, after Dallas defender Maynor Figueroa was sent off for blocking a shot with his hand. Dempsey and Andreas Ivanschitz both finished with a goal and an assist, Dempsey racking up his points quickly before being ejected himself for violent conduct in the 33rd minute. The pk snapped a 277-minute home scoreless streak for the Sounders.

Andreas Ivanschitz made it 2-0 in the 18th minute, chipping goalkeeper Chris Seitz in the middle of the FCD area. Jordan Morris made it a 3-0 affair six minutes later and Dallas trailed by three at halftime.

Seattle tacked on two more in the final frame, one by Joevin Jones in the 61st and another by Cristian Roldan in the 73rd to punctuate the evening’s scoring.

   
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