August 21, 2016
DCU rallies in the rain; Sounders win third straight
DC UNITED 2, NEW YORK RED BULLS 2
WASHINGTON, DC--DC United rallied to a 2-2 draw with the New York Red Bulls Sunday at rain-drenched RFK Stadium. The match was interrupted by lightning in the ninth minute and delayed for 73 minutes.
Marcelo Sarvas kicked off DC's lightning comeback with a penalty kick in the 70th minute, and Patrick Mullins knotted the score three minutes later. The result leaves DC (6-8-10) tied on points with Orlando City for sixth place in the MLS East at 38.
Bradley Wright-Phillips powered the Red Bulls to a 2-0 lead. scoring in the 38th minute and setting the table for Felipe in the 64th. In the end, though, it was goalkeeper Luis Robles who allowed New York to escape with a point, making six saves as the Red Bulls (10-9-7, 37) were outshot 22-12.
Wright-Phillips became only the fourth player in MLS history to notch 15 goals in three consecutive seasons. Mike Grella got a couple of steps on his man on the left flank and sent a low feed to Wright-Phillips, who slipped the ball from six yards into the net past keeper Bill Hamid for a 1-0 advantage.
New York doubled its advantage in 64th minute on what looked like a broken play. Wright-Phillips sent a right-wing cross through the box that could not connect with Grella. The ball, however, went to Felipe at the top of the area and the Brazilian midfielder whacked the ball into the lower left corner.
Sarvas put DC on the board from the spot after defender Kemar Lawrence took down former teammate Lloyd Sam in the box, and Mullins knotted the score off a set piece. Taylor Kemp looped a corner into the area that Steve Birnbaum headed to his right. The former New York City FC forward headed it home in traffic for a 2-2 deadlock as the Red Bulls squandered a second-half lead for the sixth time in the last nine games.
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SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 3, PORTLAND TIMBERS 1
SEATTLE--Clint Dempsey scored twice and Cristian Roldan had a goal and an assist as Seattle Sounders FC routed Cascadia Cup rivals the Portland Timbers 3-1 Sunday night at CenturyLink Field.
Seattle have won three straight and improve to 9-12-3 and 30 points, while the Timbers fall to 8-10-8 (32).
The game was scoreless until the 61st minute, when Dempsey converted a penalty kick after Vytautus Andriuskevicius fouled Roldan in the box.
Roldan set up Dempsey's game-winner in the 80th minute, dishing left to the US international forward, who beat 'keeper Jake Gleeson from outside the arc. Three minutes later, Roldan got on the board with a close-range header after Brad Evans relayed Nicolas Lodeiro's right-side corner kick into the six-yard box.
Fanendo Adi spoiled netminder Stefan Frei's five-save shutout bid with a wide-open eight-yarder in the third minute of stoppage time.