September 3, 2016
BWP lifts Red Bulls; Dallas pads lead in the West
|Mauro Diaz had a goal and an assist as FC Dallas became the first team in MLS to reach the 50-point mark with Saturday's 3-1 win over Portland.
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NEW YORK RED BULLS 1, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 0
VANCOUVER--Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the only goal the New York Red Bulls needed to edge Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 Saturday at BC Place.
Wright-Phillips connected in the 50th minute, working his way into the six-yard box and slotting home his 17th goal of the season. He is tied with New York City FC captain David Villa atop the MLS Golden Boot race.
The Red Bulls (12-9-7, 43 pts) move into a tie with Toronto FC for second place in the MLS East. The 'Caps (8-13-7, 31) are now winless in eight straight.
Vancouver did not get one of their 12 shots through to goalkeeper Luis Robles.
It was the Red Bulls' first-ever MLS win over the Whitecaps, and only their second road victory of the season.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 2, COLORADO RAPIDS 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.-- The New England Revolution snapped a six-game winless run in convincing fashion with a critical 2-0 interconference victory over the visiting Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium Saturday night.
Juan Agudelo broke a 375-minute Revolution scoreless drought early in the first half off assists from Gershon Koffie and Lee Nguyen, and Chris Tierney added a second goal on the far side of intermission off assists from Kelyn Rowe and Diego Fagundez.
Brad Knighton made two key saves for New England, denying Dillon Powers twice from close range, while Nguyen, the Revolutionís all-time penalty kick leader with thirteen, missed from the spot for only the second time in his MLS career.
The Revs (7-12-9, 30 points) remain in eighth place in the East but edged closer to the playoff zone, while the slumping Rapids (11-5-10, 43 points), who lost their second straight and have won just once in the their last seven outings, remain third in the West.
The Revs drew first blood in the 13th minute, with Agudelo drilling a shot through traffic that bounced off the right post and over the line for Agudeloís fourth goal of the season but just his first since May 21st.
Nguyen had a chance to double the lead from the spot in the 33rd minute after Scott Caldwell sprung Rowe free on goal with a long through pass and MacMath tripped up Rowe, but the Revolutionís all-time penalty kick leader crashed his effort off the right post as MacMath guessed correctly.
Tierney doubled New England's lead in the 49th minute off a perfectly executed counterattack. Caldwell advanced to Rowe who heel-flicked to Fagundez steaming up the middle. Fagundez drew the Colorado defense and fed in stride to Tierney, who buried his first-time shot into the right upper corner for his second goal of the campaign.
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CHICAGO FIRE 3, PHILADELPHIA UNION 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill.-- The Chicago Fire began their three-game homestand with a bang on Saturday night, blanking the Philadelphia Union 3-0 in front of 16,102 at Toyota Park.
An early own goal from Roland Alberg started the Fire on their way. Michael de Leeuw and Arturo Alvarez added second-half strikes as Chicago improved to 6-12-8 and 26 points.
Chicago got on the board in the 22nd minute, when Alberg redirected de Leeuw's shot past goalkeeper John McCarthy.
Chris Pontius nearly drew the Union (11-10-7, 40) level with a curling ball to the far upper 90, forcing a save from 'keeper Sean Johnson in the 31st minute.
De Leeuw put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute, after McCarthy blocked Luis Solignac's pass into his path.
With Philadelphia stretched thin and pushing everything forward in the attack, the Fire were able to put a final nail in the coffin in the 90th minute, when Alvarez slotted home his fifth goal of the season.
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FC DALLAS 3, PORTLAND TIMBERS 1
FRISCO, Texas--FC Dallas reeled off three unanswered goals and held on for a 3-1 win over the Portland Timbers Saturday at Toyota Stadium.
Mauro Diaz led the way with a goal and the assist on Walker Zimmerman's capper, sandwiching Victor Ulloa's unassisted tally in first-half stoppage time.
Dallas (15-7-6, 51 pts) extend their lead to eight points at the top of the MLS West.
Diaz converted a 14th-minute penalty kick after Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson upended Michael Barrios at the top of the six-yard box. Ulloa extended FCD's lead to 2-0 seconds before the intermission, burying a shot from point-blank range after defender Zarek Valentin was unable to clear the ball out of the goal area.
Zimmerman closed things out for FCD with a pinpoint header off Diaz's free kick in the 52nd minute.
The Timbers (9-11-8, 35 pts) put only one of their seven shots on target, but made the most of it, with Diego Valeri spoiling netminder Chris Seitz's shutout bid with an eight-yard half-volley in the 87th minute.
LA GALAXY 2, COLUMBUS CREW SC 1
CARSON, Calif.--The LA Galaxy came up with a pair of late goals to give coach Bruce Arena his 200th MLS win, 2-1 over Columbus Crew SC Saturday night at the StubHub Center.
Baggio Husidic broke the ice for the Galaxy with a 20-yard screamer in the 78th minute, and Giovani dos Santos netted the game-winner four minutes later, chipping netminder Steve Clark one-on-one after Columbus midfielder Mohammed Saeid turned the ball over near midfield.
Goalkeeper Brian Rowe made seven saves to keep the outgunned Galaxy in the match, but left a rebound when blocking Ola Kamara's stoppage-time penalty kick that Adam Jahn slammed into the net.
The Galaxy (10-4-13, 43 pts) are now tied on points with Real Salt Lake and Colorado for second place in the MLS West. Columbus (5-10-11, 26) shares the Eastern Conference basement with Chicago.