August 7, 2016
Epic day for Dempsey, epic rally for LAG
PORTLAND TIMBERS 3, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0
|Ashley Cole's 89th-minute goal lifted the LA Galaxy into a 2-2 draw with the New York red Bulls on Sunday.
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PORTLAND, Ore.--The Portland Timbers scored three second-half goals to pull away from Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Sunday at Providence Park.
Diego Valeri netted the game-winner in the 65th minute, and the Timbers blew things open in the closing minutes, with goals from Jack Jewsbury in the 87th minute and Fanendo Adi in the second minute of stoppage time.
Things did not start well for either team. The Timbers (8-8-8, 32 pts) were left with ten men after Diego Chara drew a straight red card for decking Benny Feilhaber with an elbow in the 12th minute. Not only did KC (10-11-4, 34) not capitalize, they ended up down a man as well in the 39th when Soni Mustivar was ejected for a reckless tackle on Valeri.
Valeri opened the scoring with a flashy 17-yard shot with the outside of his right foot. Jewsbury doubled the Timbers' lead from the same range, taking advantage of loose coverage after Darlington Nagbe drew the Timbers' defense to the lower right side of the box.
Adi iced things with his 11th goal of the season, Portland's third long blast of the day after he worked his way through a crowd of defenders from outside the arc.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 3, ORLANDO CITY SC 1
ORLANDO--Clint Dempsey had a hat trick to lead Seattle Sounders FC to a 3-1 comeback win over Orlando City SC Sunday at Camping World Stadium.
Seb Hines staked the Lions to a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute, but it was downhill from there for Orlando City (5-6-11, 26 pts). Dempsey leveled the score in the 14th minute, scored the game-winner in the 37th and added an insurance tally in the 48th.
Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris both had two assists for the Sounders (7-12-3, 24).
Hines was left wide open by defender Brad Evans and headed home a corner kick to open the scoring. Dempsey was similarly unmarked outside the six-yard box, and swept home the equalizer off Tyrone Mears' pass from deep on the right side.
Dempsey won the game from almost the identical spot on the field. Morris set the table after tracking down Cristian Roldan's long ball over the Lions' defense.
Dempsey closed things out by finishing a two-man break with Morris, who was sprung into the box by a pass from Lodeiro.
Hines had a golden chance to put Orlando City back into the game, but could not get his close-in header past netminder Stefan Frei in the 70th minute. Frei could not stop the ball, but sent it bouncing off the post.
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LA GALAXY 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 2
CARSON, Calif.--The LA Galaxy scored twice in the final ten minutes to pull out a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls Sunday at the StubHub Center.
The match was scoreless until Gonzalo Veron put the Red Bulls (9-9-6, 33 pts) on the board in the 68th minute. Sean Davis made the score 2-0 six minutes later, aided by Felipe's second assist of the match.
Mike Magee started the Galaxy rally in the 80th minute, and Ashley Cole knotted the score in the 89th. Cole connected from six yards on the left edge of the penalty area after taking a right-wing feed in the 89th minute. Magee had sliced the visitors' advantage in half in the 80th minute, slotting home a Steve Gerrard pass from eight yards.
The Red Bulls lost three starters, Damien Perrinelle and Connor Lade in the first half, and Bradley Wright-Phillips early in the second, to injuries, but still appeared to remain in control for much of the match. Veron gave the Red Bulls a 1-0 lead in the 68th minute, latching onto a Sacha Kljestan pass and lifting the ball over goalkeeper Brian Rowe for his second goal of the season.
Davis, who replaced captain Dax McCarty in the Starting XI, finished a passing sequence from Felipe to Grella from 10 yards for a two-goal advantage.
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