August 14, 2016
Dynamo salvage shorthanded draw
ORLANDO CITY SC 2, CHICAGO FIRE 2
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.--The Chicago Fire blew an early lead, but rallied to a 2-2 draw with Orlando City SC Sunday at Toyota Park.
The Fire (4-11-7, 19 pts) got off to a strong start, taking a 1-0 lead when John Goossens scored in the sixth minute. Cyle Larin, with an assist from Kaka, leveled the score three minutes later, and the Brazilian star put Orlando City (5-6-12, 27) up 2-1 in the 32nd.
Both goalkeepers were busy, as the teams combined for 38 shots overall. Joe Bendik turned away six for Orlando City, and Sean John stopped five for the Fire.
Goossens took advantage of Orlando City's failure to clear a Fire free kick to put Chicago on the board. Matt Polster collected the ball wide of the Orlando goal and found the Dutch attacker, who cut in on his left foot and drove his shot past Bendik.
Larin equalized after Kaka lofted a leading ball over the Chicago defense. Larin beat Jonathan Campbell to the ball, and slotted it past Johnson.
Servando Carrasco started the go-ahead play with a ball into the box from the right side, giving Larin a opportunity on goal. His shot rang off the crossbar, but fell directly to the feet of Kaka, who roofed his shot into the back of the net to put the visitors up 2-1.
Chicago had a golden chance to bring the game level in the 78th minute, when Luis Solignac got a 1v1 chance against Bendik but missed wide. The ball was tipped out for a corner, which was taken quickly. Brandon Vincent sent his left-footed cross into the box to Cocis, who got on the end of the pass with a solid header that beat Bendik to bring the game level once again.
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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2, REAL SALT LAKE 1
SEATTLE--Seattle Sounders FC got early goals from Nicolas Lodeiro and Jordan Morris, and held on for a 2-1 win over Real Salt Lake Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Lodeiro opened the scoring with a sharp 14-yard left-footer in the 24th minute, then collected an assist with a service from the left side that Morris headed home from inside the six-yard box in the 37th.
Joao Plata took one back for RSL in the 62nd, scoring from just outside the six-yard box after Yura Movsisyan stole the ball from goalkeeper Stefan Frei.
Seattle remain ninth in the MLS West at 8-12-3 and 27 points, while RSL fall to 10-8-7 (37).
HOUSTON DYNAMO 1, TORONTO FC 1
HOUSTON--The shorthanded Houston Dynamo gutted out a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC Sunday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The match originally was scheduled for Saturday night, but was postponed due to lightning.
Cristian Maidana put the Dynamo on the board in the eighth minute, beating goalkeeper Alex Boo one-on-one on a sequence that started with a turnover on the other side of midfield, but Houston (4-10-9, 21 pts) entered the intermission tied 1-1 with the Reds and with ten men after Abdoulie Mansally was ejected for dragging down Sebastian Giovinco from behind in the second minute of stoppage time.
Jozy Altidore roofed a shot off Giovinco's right-side corner kick in the 24th minute to knot the score.