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September 10, 2016
Rapids hand FCD a rare home loss; Toronto moves to the top of the East

COLUMBUS, Ohio--Vancouver Whitecaps FC shook off a 90-minute pregame weather delay and an early goal by Ola Kamara, going on to defeat Columbus Crew SC 3-1 Saturday night at MAPFRE Stadium.

The 'Caps (9-13-7, 34 pts) notched all three of their goals-- defender Gaston Sauro's own goal in the 13th minute followed by strikes by Andrew Jacobson in the 74th and Erik Hurtado in the 82nd -- before midfielder Tony Tchani was sent off leaving Columbus (5-11-11, 26) to finish the match shorthanded.

Kamara gave Columbus a short-lived early advantage in the 11th minute, volleying home Mohammed Saeid's corner kick. Sauro cut the celebration short by botching a clearance of Russell Teibert's shot by heading it past goalkeeper Steve Clark and into his own net.

Jacobson sealed the win from 20 yards, and Hurtado added the insurance goal from the top of the six-yard box after Clark blocked a shot back into play.

Tchani drew a straight red card in the 84th minute, after using his knee to upend Hurtado.

CHESTER, Pa. – A late goal by Matteo Mancosu lifted the Montreal Impact into a 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union before a sellout crowd of 18,500 Saturday night at Talen Energy Stadium.

The Union (11-10-8, 41 points) missed an opportunity to tie the franchise record for victories in a season. Montreal pushed its record to 9-8-11 (38 points) as these clubs battle down the stretch for playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference.

After struggling for much of the first half, the Union took a 1-0 lead on a broken play. Barnetta got the ball at the top of the box and somehow hit a left-footed strike past 'keeper Eric Kronberg and into the net.

Mancosu equalized in the 88th minute after he worked free by the back post and knocked the ball just past the outstretched arms of Blake. Following the goal, Blake was slow to get back up. Hernan Bernardello had the initial chip into the box and Mancosu eventually scored the clutch goal.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--The New England Revolution took a big step back toward playoff contention on Saturday night with an impressive 3-1 victory over first-place NYCFC at Gillette Stadium.

Juan Agudelo and Lee Nguyen scored first-half goals for the Revolution (8-12-9, 33 points) and Diego Fagundez closed out the scoring after Frank Lampard answered early the second frame on the only shot on target for slow-footed NYCFC (12-9-8, 44 points).

The Revs shut down David Villa and launched repeated waves of attacks, outshooting the star-studded visitors 23-10 as only nine saves from NYCFC goalkeeper Josh Saunders prevented a more one-sided scoreline.

Agudelo, Nguyen and Kelyn Rowe also contributed assists as the Revs claimed their second straight win and leapfrogged DC United into seventh place in the East heading into Tuesday night’s US Open Cup final against FC Dallas in Frisco.

Fagundez set the table for Agudelo's 21st-minute icebreaker with a pass into the penalty area. Agudelo controlled the ball, advanced to the corner of the eight-yard box and finished cleanly into the far corner of the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Nguyen's game-winner came in the 42nd minute, at the tail of a Revolution counterattack. Rowe cut the ball back to Nguyen who took a couple of patient touches to elude NYCFC defenders before slotting past Saunders.

Lampard halved New England's lead three minutes after the intermission, sweeping his first-time effort into the back of the net.

Fagundez restored the Revs' two-goal advantage with a second-effort goal on a 58th-minute counterattack. Agudelo had a shot blocked by defender Frederic Brillant, collected the rebound and dropped it back for Fagundez, who fired low and hard inside the left post.
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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill--- A first half strike from Jozy Altidore and second half goal from Jonathan Osorio off a Sean Johnson error powered Toronto FC to a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park Saturday.

A second half goal from Michael de Leeuw and late press for an equalizer that didn’t come as the Fire fell to 6-13-8, 26 pts. The Reds take over first place in the MLS East with 46 points (13-8-7).

Altidore put Toronto on the scoreboard in the 33rd minute. Justin Morrow found Altidore with a pass from the wing, and lax Fire defending gave the US international striker all the space and time he needed to easily slot the ball to the corner past Johnson for the lead.

An unforced error from Johnson gave Toronto a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute. Johnson slipped while attempting a throw distribution to the right. Altidore trapped the throw, tapping it to Osorio who easily shot into the open net.

The Fire pulled a goal back in the 58th minute. David Accam who had subbed into the game just two minutes’ prior, led a breakaway into the attacking third, finding John Goossens in the box with a short through ball. Goossens' shot was deflected, but fell directly to de Leeuw, who headed it home.
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FRISCO, Texas--The Colorado Rapids handed FC Dallas their first home loss of the season, 1-0 Saturday night at Toyota Stadium.

Dominique Badji scored the deciding goal in the 52nd minute, driving past defender Walker Zimmerman and burying a shot from the top of the arc. It was the Rapids' only shot on goal.

Netminder Tim Howard made seven saves to preserve the shutout for the outgunned Rapids, who take over second place in the MLS West at 12-5-10 and 46 points. Dallas continue to top the conference and overall standings at 15-8-6 (51).

PORTLAND, Ore.--The Portland Timbers edged Real Salt Lake 1-0 Saturday at Providence Park.

Fanendo Adi netted the game-winner in the 12th minute, maneuvering at the top of the six-yard box before putting away the rebound of Darlington Nagbe's blocked shot.

Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson made five saves to keep RSL off the board, and dodged a bullet when Javier Morales' 65th-minute free kick went just high of the crossbar.

Portland improve to 10-11-8 and 38 points, while RSL drop to third in the MLS West at 12-9-8 (44).

SAN JOSE--Nicolas Lodeiro scored in the 80th minute as Seattle Sounders FC pulled out a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes Saturday at Avaya Stadium.

The teams remain seventh and eighth in the MLS West, San Jose at 7-8-12 (33 pts) and Seattle at 9-13-5 (32).

San Jose led for much of the match after Chris Wondolowski scored in the 20th minute. A defender deflected Victor Bernardez's long downfield pass into the path of Jordan Stewart, who was breaking down the left wing. Stewart brought the ball into the box and found Wondolowski open at the top of the six-yard box.

The sluggish Seattle attack managed only five shots, and Lodeiro's free kick equalizer was the only one on goal. The ball curled toward the left post and dipped sharply, bouncing past 'keeper David Bingham and into the net.

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