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August 27, 2016
Hat trick for DC's Mullins, brace for Barrios as Dallas beats Houston

Patrick Mullins had a hat trick as DC United routed the Chicago Fire 6-2 on Saturday.
Patrick Mullins had a hat trick as DC United routed the Chicago Fire 6-2 on Saturday.
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WASHINGTON, DC---Patrick Mullins scored three goals as DC United trounced the Chicago Fire 6-2 at R.F.K. Stadium Saturday night.

With the win, DC United (7-8-10, 31 points) extended their unbeaten streak to six games, while the Fire 9-5-12, 39 points) had their three-game unbeaten streak ended.

The Fire actually made a game of it, at least until halftime, the wheels essentially falling off after Khaly Thiam took down Patrick Nyarko and was shown a straight red card in the 34th minute.

Luciano Acosta opened the scoring for DC in the 25th minute, from just off the left post.

The Fire equalized six minutes later, when Michael de Leeuw snagged Johan Kappelhof's rebound.

Mullins got his second of the night in the 40th minute, tapping in a ball from Nyarko.

United took a 3-1 lead two minutes into stoppage time, when Acosta fed Mullins at the edge of the box, and the Maryland product sent a slow roller from the edge of the six into the right side of the net. But the Fire stayed within one when Razvan Cocis slammed home a 20-yarder seconds before the intermission.

United extended their lead to 4-2 in the 51st minute, when a looping ball from the right side fell into the penalty area. Steve Birnbaum had a crack at it, and then Nyarko side swiped it over the goal line.

Mullins got his third with a short-range shot in the 78th minute. Nick DeLeon closed out the scoring in the 89th minute, slamming in a shot from the penalty arc.
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CHESTER, Pa.---Roland Alberg scored just past the hour, and Tranquillo Barnetta added a goal in stoppage time to give the Philadelphia Union a 1-0 win over nine-man Sporting Kansas City at Talen Energy Stadium Saturday night.

With the win, their second in four days, the Union improve to 11-9-7, 40 points, while setting a club record for most wins at home (8) in a single season. Kansas City falls to 11-12-5 with 38 points.

Alberg's goal, in the 67th minute, came just minutes after he entered the game, just after Sporting Kansas City went down a man. Turning on a ball from Fabinho, Alberg took a shot from the edge of the 18 yard box, sending it into the upper right-hand corner, well out of the reach of Sporting goalkeeper Alec Tann.

Barnetta made it 2-0 two minutes into stoppage time. Running a give and go with Alberg, Barnetta slipped into the penalty area and slotted his shot into the right side of the net.

Sporting went a man down in the 69th minute when Jimmy Medranda earned his second yellow after tipping Keegan Rosenberry in the 59th minute.

Alberg drew the second expulsion in the 86th minute, doing a good job of selling a foul by Roger Espinoza to earn the Kansas City midfielder a straight red card, after already being on a yellow. Espinoza's elbow appeared to have come in contact with Alberg's ribs.
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TORONTO - Ignacio Piatti scored in the 73rd minute to give the man-down Montreal Impact a 1-0 win over Toronto FC at BMO Field Saturday.
The win was the first ever in Ontario for the Impact, who were reduced to 10 men after Calum Mallace was sent off in the 43 minute, after decking Toronto's Steven Beitashour.
After a long free kick from goalkeeper Evan Bush, Matteo Mancosu headed the ball forward to Dominic Oduro. With his back to net, Oduro flicked it into the path of Piatti, who took two touches with his right foot then switched to his left, before sending a shot from the left side of the 18 to the opposite post.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Crew SC scored midway through the first half, then added a late penalty kick to defeat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-0 on Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium.
Crew SC got on the board first on a goal by Ethan Finlay. Justin Meram got down the right wing and hit a low cross to the back post that Finlay tapped into the empty net for a 1-0 lead in the 32nd minute.
Meram sealed the match from the penalty spot in the 84th minute, after being taken down in the box.

HOUSTON--Michael Barrios scored two second-half goals to lift FC Dallas over the Houston Dynamo 3-1 Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

FCD remain on top of the Western Conference and overall league standings at 14-7-6 and 48 points, while Houston trail the conference pack at 5-11-10 (25).

Barrios netted the game-winner in the 60th minute, splitting two defenders to reach Maynor Figueroa's long pass and chipping goalkeeper Joe Willis from 17 yards. He added the insurance tally in the 79th, with a curling golazo that slipped into the upper right corner. Both goals started with Houston turnovers in the Dallas defensive end.

The Dynamo took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, when Alex buried a left-footer from the top edge of the penalty area. Mauro Diaz equalized from the penalty spot in the 59th, after defender Raul Rodriguez was whistled for a handball.

CARSON, Calif.--The LA Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps FC battled to a scoreless draw Saturday at the StubHub Center.

Although both teams put three shots on goal, the 'Caps (8-12-7, 31 pts) had by far the better chances, largely due to Erik Hurtado, who hit the bar in the seventh minute, sent a close-in header just wide right in the 24th and forced netminder Brian Rowe to snatch a dangerous shot out of the upper right corner in the 35th.

The Galaxy (9-4-13, 40) were hamstrung somewhat by early injuries to Steven Gerrard and Jelle van Damme, forcing coach Bruce Arena to burn two substitutes before the intermission, but nearly snatched the win in the 72nd minute, when Alan Gordon's off-balance attempt went just wide of the left post.

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