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August 20, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Fire post historic road win; Villa and Giovinco both score to stay on top of Golden Boot race


David Accam had a goal and an assist in the Fire's skid-busting 3-0 win over Montreal on Saturday.
David Accam had a goal and an assist in the Fire's skid-busting 3-0 win over Montreal on Saturday.
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NEW YORK CITY FC 1, LA GALAXY 0
CARSON, Calif.--David Villa scored in the sixth minute and New York City FC guaranteed themselves sole possession of first place in the MLS East for another week with a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy Saturday at the StubHub Center.

NYC (11-7-8, 41 pts) put seven of their 18 shots on goal, while the punchless Galaxy (9-4-11, 38) found the target with only one of 11 attempts.

Villa sealed the win with his 16th goal of the season. Jack Harrison played a ball from the right flank to an onrushing Ronald Matarrita, whose shot was blocked by sliding goalkeeper Clement Diop. Villa snuck in for the rebound and tapped it home into the left corner.

During a 39-second span in the 43rd minute, both goalkeepers showcased their talents and reflexes to keep the score at 1-0.

First, NYC FC keeper Josh Saunders swatted away Nigel de Jong's bicycle kick from the right side of the box.

Seconds later, it was Diop's time to shine, punching away Harrison's 15-yard blast with both hands.
Full story from Big Apple Soccer

TORONTO FC 3, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
CHESTER, Pa. – Sebastian Giovinco, Drew Moor and Jozy Altidore all scored once and Toronto FC continued their torrid play with a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union Saturday night before a crowd of 18,271 at Talen Energy Stadium.

Toronto FC won for the fifth time in six matches and improved to 11-7-7 and 40 points.

Ken Tribbett scored for the Union (9-9-7, 34 points) in the home debut of US international midfielder Alejandro Bedoya.

Philadelphia lost for the third time in the last five matches. It was also the Union’s third home loss of the season.

In the 19th minute, Giovinco raced down the pitch and ripped a shot which bounced off one post and ricocheted into the goal for a 1-0 lead. It was Giovinco’s 16th goal of the season, tying him with New York City FC’s David Villa for the league lead.

Tribbett leveled the score in the 24h minute, getting his head on a free kick by Tranquillo Barnetta

Toronto FC went ahead 2-1 in the 30th minute when Moor got free in the box and headed home a goal off a perfect free kick by Michael Bradley. Somehow, Moor was able to head the ball despite being surrounded by five Union players.

Altidore extended Toronto FC’s lead to 3-1 in the 44th minute, fending off Tribbett and firing a shot past Blake.
Full story from Philly Soccer News

CHICAGO FIRE 3, MONTREAL IMPACT 0
MONTREAL--The Chicago Fire ended their epic 36-game road winless streak in decisive fashion on Saturday, blanking the Montreal Impact 3-0 at Stade Saputo for their first victory away from Toyota Park since July 12, 2014.

Luis Solignac won the game with his first Fire goal, but it was David Accam who powered the attack with a goal, an assist and a shot off the crossbar. Matt Polster put away the 89th-minute capper.

The Fire improve to 5-11-7 and 22 points, while the Impact fall to 8-7-9 (33).

An Accam-led counterattack broke the ice for the Fire in the 15th minute. After the second of back-to-back Montreal corner kicks, Accam and Solignac blazed downfield. Accam dished left to Solignac, who banged his first Fire goal into the upper right corner.

Accam nearly doubled the Fire lead in the 18th minute, cracking a shot off the bar before the Fire retreated into a defensive role for the rest of the half.

'Keeper Sean Johnson came up big to preserve the Fire lead in the 33rd minute, getting his fingertips on Drogba's 30-yard free kick as it was threatening to dip under the crossbar. Four minutes later, Johnson beat Drogba to a loose ball in front of the Fire goal, and in the 38th he turned away a rocket riser from Ignacio Piatti.

In the 72nd minute, Fire coach Veljko Paunovic brought on Arturo Alvarez for John Goossens, and within seconds, Chicago was up 2-0. Michael de Leeuw cut the ball back from near the right endline to Alvarez at the top of the six-yard box. Alvarez's first touch of the game was a quick right-footer that glanced off Accam's trailing foot and into the net.

Solignac forced Bush into a tough save in the 88th minute, and seconds later, Polster stole the ball outside the Impact penalty area and drove in before chipping a shot into the right inside netting.
Full story from Chicagoland Soccer News

COLUMBUS CREW SC 2, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.---Goals by Ethan Finlay and Federico Higuain lifted Columbus Crew SC to a 2-0 win over the New England Revolution Saturday at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Revolution have not won since July 9th, and fall to 6-11-8, 26 points as their playoff chances fade. With the win, Columbus moved to (4-8-11, 23). The Revs have not scored a goal in 182 minutes.

Columbus took the lead in the eighth minute. Héctor Jiménez played a ball down the left side for Justin Meram. Meram made a long run down the side before cutting into the area and sending a grass cutting ball across the top of the six yard box where Finlay was there for the finish.

Columbus doubled their lead in the 49th minute after a poor clearance by London Woodberry. Ola Kamara quickly pounced on the ball, and sent a centering pass to a charging Higuaín who slammed the ball into the center of the net.

The Crew needed a goal line clearance in the 74th minute to preserve the shutout. Chris Tierney made a run down the left side and sent a cross into the area for Kei Kamara. Kamara sent a downward header into the goalmouth and Michael Parkhurst ran into the goal and swung his lift foot out to clear the ball.
Full story from New England Soccer News

COLORADO RAPIDS 0, ORLANDO CITY SC 0
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--The Colorado Rapids and Orlando City SC played to an unimpressive 0-0 tie Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Rapids (11-3-10, 43 pts) put only one of their 13 shots on goal. The Lions (5-6-13, 28) didn't do much better, putting just two of seven on the mark.

Brek Shea came closest to scoring for Orlando, starting with a 22nd-minute header that sent 'keeper Nick Howard sprawling to save.

SPORTING KANSAS CITY 2, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan.--Benny Feilhaber led the way with a goal and an assist as Sporting Kansas City beat Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 Saturday at Children's Mercy Park.

Jacob Peterson put Kansas City (11-11-5, 38 pts) on the board in the 39th minute, redirecting Nuno Coehlo's ten-yard shot off Feilhaber's corner kick.

Feilhaber added an insurance goal from the penalty spot in the 64th, stutter-stepping the ball into the lower left corner past netminder David Ousted after Peterson was fouled by Fraser Aird.

Alec Kann made two saves to post the shutout for SKC, including an athletic parry to keep Giles Barnes' 50th-minute header out of the net.

REAL SALT LAKE 1, FC DALLAS 0
SANDY, Utah--Jamison Olave's unassisted goal in the 78th minute was enough to give Real Salt Lake a 1-0 win over FC Dallas Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

RSL (11-8-7, 40 pts) remain unbeaten at home at 7-0-5 and take over third place in the MLS West. FC Dallas (13-7-6, 45) now have only a two-point hold on first place in the conference over #2 Colorado.

Olave capitalized after Dallas defender Aubrey David tried to clear a pass into the box from Javier Morales. David's header went straight to Olave, who quickly blasted a shot past goalkeeper Chris Seitz from the top of the box.

Nick Rimando posted the win in goal after making two saves, including a diving stop on Maxi Urruti's hard 17-yarder in the 54th minute.


   
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