July 17, 2016
Timbers' streak at 9; NYC tightens hold on MLS East
PORTLAND TIMBERS 3, SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 1
PORTLAND, Ore.--Diego Valeri scored two goals and Lucas Melano had two assists as the Portland Timbers defeated Seattle Sounders FC 3-1 Sunday at Providence Park.
The win extended Portland's unbeaten streak to nine games, and lifted them over Sporting Kansas City into sixth place in the MLS West at 7-6-8 and 29 points. The struggling Sounders are in ninth place at 6-11-2 (20).
Valeri opened the scoring one minute before halftime, curling a precise strike into the bottom, right corner from the edge of the box. He completed his brace five minutes into the second half, scoring from a tough angle from the right side of the box.
Chad Marshall put the Sounders on the board in the 59th minute, with a powerful header off a corner kick.
Five minutes later, Portland extended their advantage when Adi scored his fifth goal against Seattle since joining the Timbers in 2014.
NEW YORK CITY FC 3, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
MONTREAL--Thomas McNamara set up first-half goals by David Villa and Jack Harrison, starting New York City FC on their way to a 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact Sunday at Stade Saputo.
Harry Shipp made it a one-goal game for the Impact in the 55th minute, before Frank Lampard restored NYC's lead in the 85th.
NYC (9-6-6, 33 pts) open up a three-point lead over Philadelphia at the top of the MLS East. The Impact are in fourth place at 6-5-8 (26).
Villa struck for his league-best 13th goal in the 35th minute off a nice feed from McNamara on the left side. The Spain international motored into the penalty area and drilled a shot from eight yards past goalkeeper Evan Bush for a 1-0 lead.
Two minutes into stoppage time, McNamara fed Harrison on the right side. The rookie midfielder maneuvered past defender Ambroise Oyongo to find space to launch a curling, 15-yard shot into the far left post for his third goal of the season and a two-goal halftime advantage.
Montreal sliced the lead in half in the 55th minute as Shipp sent a 25-yard shot from the left side that skipped past goalkeeper Josh Saunders for his second goal with the Impact.
Lampard then pulled off an MLS rarity as he scored for the fourth consecutive road match. He ripped a shot that deflected off a Montreal defender in the box past Bush to give City some breathing room. It was Lampard’s fifth goal of the season.
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PHILADELPHIA UNION 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 2
CHESTER, Pa. –
C.J. Sapong and Chris Pontius each scored as the Union rallied for a 2-2 draw before a sellout crowd of 18,500 Sunday night at Talen Energy Stadium.
The Union improved to 8-6-6 (30 points) and remain in second place in the Eastern Conference.
Sacha Kljestan scored a pair of goals in the first half for the Red Bulls (8-9-4, 28 points), who couldn’t hold a 2-0 lead.
In the 27th minute, Kljestan beat All-Star goalkeeper Andre Blake for a 1-0 advantage. It was the third goal of the season for Kljestan, who eased past defender Ken Tribbett and scored.
New York went ahead 2-0 in the 44th minute on a bizarre free kick by Kljestan, a long shot that deflected off Tranquillo Barnetta from the wall and got past Blake for goal No. 4 of the season.
The Union mounted a bang-bang rally starting in the 67th minute, when Pontius was taken down in the box in the 66th minute drawing a whistle and a penalty kick. Sapong converted in the 67th minute, cutting the Red Bulls’ lead in half.
Seconds later, in the 68th minute, Pontius tapped home a cross by second half substitute Fabian Herbers, tying the match 2-2. With the goal, Pontius pushed his total to seven, tops on the club.
The Union preserved the draw despite losing Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho to a straight red card in the 72nd minute, for throwing an elbow into the face of the Red Bulls' Connor Lade.
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