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July 31, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Dallas tightens grip on top spot; Giovinco powers Toronto - again


SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, PORTLAND TIMBERS 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Jacob Peterson's 50th-minute goal lifted Sporting Kansas City (10-10-4, 34 pts) over the Portland Timbers 1-0 Sunday at rainswept Children's Mercy Park.

Peterson nodded Benny Feilhaber's free kick past Jake Gleeson in the 50th minute. It was a rare slip for the Timbers 'keeper, who finished with five saves, including a diving stop on Dom Dwyer's 55th-minute rocket and back-to-back stops on Dwyer and Connor Hallisey in the 60th. Both feilhaber and Saad Abdul-Salaam also hit the woodwork for KC.

Portland (7-8-8, 29) put only one shot on goal, but came closest to leveling the score when Jack McInerney sent a wide-open shot off the bar in stoppage time.

SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 1, LA GALAXY 1
SEATTLE--Seattle Sounders FC and the LA Galaxy traded second-half goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

Cristian Roldan opened the scoring for the Sounders, playing their first match under interim head coach Brian Schmetzer. Sebastian Lleget leveled the score in the 78th minute, on one of only three Galaxy shots on goal.

The Galaxy remain third in the Western Conference at 9-3-9 and 36 points. Ninth-place Seattle improve to 6-12-3 (21).

Seattle took a 1-0 lead on Roldan's goal in the 49th minute. Nelson Valdez did the heavy lifting, outbattling defender Jeff Larentowicz deep in the box before poking the ball back up top for the onrushing midfielder, who finished with an in-stride 17-yard shot to the lower left side of the goal.

Steven Gerrard orchestrated the equalizer with a 22-yard chip into the six-yard box that was deflected by defender Brad Evans and misjudged by 'keeper Stefan Frei, leaving Lleget with an easy finish.

Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme came up with a pair of goal line clearances, on Clint dempsey in the 34th minute and Jordan Morris in the 70th, to keep things even. Seattle's Chad Marshall returned the favor in stoppage time, darting in after Robbie Keane blooped a ball over Frei to keep the apparent game-winner out of the net.
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DC UNITED 1, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
WASHINGTON---University of Maryland product Patrick Mullins made his homecoming memorable, scoring in his D.C. United home debut, but a late goal by Hernan Bernardello lifted the Montreal Impact to a 1-1 draw Sunday at RFK Stadium.

DC's Maryland Terrapin connection put DC up 1-0 in the 20th minute. Taylor Kemp swung a ball in from the right side. Mullins went up for the header, sending the ball down at the edge of the six-yard box and skidding into the goal. For Mullins, who was acquired last week, it was his first goal of the season.

Montreal leveled the score without the services of Designated Player Didier Drogba, who was shown a straight red card in the 81st minute for retaliation against DC's Marcelo Sarvas. Four minutes later, substitute Alvaro Saborio cracked a shot off the crossbar, leaving the door open for Bernardello to equalize off a corner kick, burying the Impact's first shot of the game.
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FC DALLAS 2, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 0
FRISCO, Texas--Kellyn Acosta and Maxi Urruti scored within a three-minute span to lift FC Dallas over Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 Sunday at Toyota Stadium.

The win put FC Dallas (13-6-5, 44 points) a full six points ahead of second-place Colorado in the MLS West and Supporters' Shield standings. Dallas has been on top of the table since July 4. The Caps fall to 8-9-6 (30).

FC Dallas broke through in the 56th minute when Michael Barrios delivered a pass through a group of Vancouver defenders to Acosta. The MLS All-Star netted his second goal of the season, beating Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted to the back post to make it 1-0.

Three minutes later, Urruti looped a hard-struck shot over the head of Ousted and into the far side netting to make the score 2-0. The goal was Urruti’s third in his last three starts.

The 'Caps managed only one shot on goal, a hopeful low 40-yarder by Pedro Morales that was corralled by netminder Chris Seitz in the 21st minute.
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CHICAGO FIRE 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 2
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The New York Red Bulls put only two shots on goal, but that was all they needed to pull out a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire Sunday at Toyota Park.

Fire defender Matt Polster helped out with an own goal in the 16th minute, but atoned by scoring in first half stoppage time to give Chicago a 2-1 lead that held until the 90th minute, when Bradley Wright-Phillips leveled things for the Red Bulls.

The result extended the Fire's home unbeaten streak to six games, while the Red Bulls (9-9-5, 32 pts) are unbeaten in five. Chicago remain in the Eastern Conference cellar at 4-10-6 (18).

New York got on the board in the 17th minute off miscommunication between Polster and goalkeeper Sean Johnson on a Red Bulls' cross into the box. Polster attempted a sliding clearance, but instead deflected it into the Fire goal.

The rest of the half gave the Red Bulls little reason for optimism. The match was delayed in the 30th minute when goalkeeper Luis Robles required treatment for a thigh injury, and five minutes later David Accam knotted the score 1-1 with a 23-yard blast. And in the 38th minute, Red Bulls captain Dax McCarty was forced out of the match after a crunching challenge from Chicago's Khaly Thiam.

But the Fire could not pad their lead, and in the closing seconds Wright Phillips redirected Connor Lade's cross into the net for his franchise record 63rd goal and a 2-2 tie.

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REAL SALT LAKE 2, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
CHESTER, Pa. –Joao Plata and Javier Morales each scored as Real Salt Lake rallied to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union before a crowd of 18,091 Sunday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

RSL, which was missing leading scorer Yura Movsisyan (seven goals) with a hip flexor, improved to 9-6-7 (34 points) and snapped an unbeaten streak after going 0-2-4 in its last six matches.

The Union received a goal from Roland Alberg on a penalty kick, but dropped to 8-8-6 (30 points) and are now tied for third place in the Eastern Conference following their second consecutive loss.

The Union led 1-0 at halftime after CJ Sapong was taken down in the box by Aaron Maund in the box in the 42nd minute resulting in a penalty kick. Alberg drilled the shot for a 1-0 advantage in the 44th minute.

RSL equalized in the 48th minute when Plata hit a dazzling curling shot just under the crossbar and out of the reach of netminder Andre Blake.

Morales then chipped a shot from about 20 yards out over Blake for a stunning 2-1 lead in the 54th minute.

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ORLANDO CITY SC 3, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1
ORLANDO--Kei Kamara put the New England Revolution up early but Orlando City SC scored three times after intermission to present new coach Jason Kreis with a convincing 3-1 comeback win on a steamy Sunday night at Camping World Stadium.

Cyle Larin’s eleventh goal, off Kevin Molino’s assist drew Orlando level in the opening minute of the second half and Molino scored twice to put the Lions on top and bring his season total to nine.

The outcome ended the Revolution’s modest three-game unbeaten streak and left Orlando (5-5-11, 26 points) and New England (6-8-8, 26 points) even on points as they jockey for the sixth and final playoff spot in the East.

Kamara put the Revs ahead against the run of play on the stroke of nineteen minutes, gathering a pass along the right sideline from Kelyn Rowe on a New England counterattack, outrunning the Orlando back line and firing over the right shoulder of netminder Joe Bendik as he raced into the penalty area.

The Lions leveled the score less than a minute from intermission as Larin struck a deflected pass from Molino first time with his left foot as he streaked down the left channel, directing it expertly inside the far post.

Twelve minutes later Molino buried the go-ahead goal, beating defender Andrew Farrell to a pass from Brek Shea and glancing his header neatly inside the left post.

Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth kept the Revs within reach in the 76th minute with a kick save on Shea after a through pass from Larin, but the Revolution ‘keeper could only get a hand on Molino’s well-placed effort from near the penalty spot seven minutes later off a nifty give-and-go with Kaka.

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TORONTO FC 3, COLUMBUS CREW SC 0
TORONTO--Sebastian Giovinco played a role in every goal as Toronto FC (8-7-6, 30 pts) blanked Columbus Crew SC (3-8-10, 19) Sunday at BMO Field.

In the eighth minute, Giovinco got the ball after Marco Delgado forced a turnover in Crew SC's defensive end and sent a 25-yard shot glancing off Tsubasa Endoh's back and dipping into the upper left corner. Endo was credited with the goal even though the contact was completely passive.

Sixteen minutes later, Giovinco got full credit for the Reds' second strike, stunning netminder Steve Clark with a sharp 17-yard shot with the outside of his right foot.

The 2-0 score held until the 87th minute, when Jozy Altidore's 17-yard shot capped a quick give-and-go with the Atomic Ant.

Toronto 'keeper Alex Bono needed four saves to preserve the shutout, but wasn't seriously tested until the 62nd minute, when he needed to parry away Ola Kamara's rising shot from deep on the left side.

HOUSTON DYNAMO 1, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1
HOUSTON--The San Jose Earthquakes (6-6-9, 27 pts) rallied to a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Chris Wondolowski salvaged the point with a goal in the 59th minute.

Alex put Houston (4-9-8, 20) on the board in the second minute of first-half stoppage time, darting into the box past Fatai Alashe and smacking a shot past netminder David Bingham.

Wondolowski got free in the six-yard box for the game-tying volley after a Quakes corner kick was cleared out of the penalty area and sent back in by Cordell Cato. Houston 'keeper Joe Willis came up with a clutch save on Simon Dawkins in the 71st minute to keep things level.



   
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