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September 17, 2016
MLS ROUNDUP
Braces for New England's Rowe, Crew SC's Kamara


SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 1, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 0
SEATTLE--Jordan Morris scored in the 81st minute to give Seattle Sounders FC a 1-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday at CenturyLink Field.

The goal came on only the second shot on goal of the game, both from the Sounders (10-13-5, 35 pts). Nicolas Lodeiro, who led all players with six shots, notched the game-winning assist on Morris' point-blank header.

The 'Caps (9-14-7, 34) were not totally without chances. In the 14th minute, Pedro Morales sent Erik Hurtado in behind with a nice ball over the top. Hurtado lobbed the onrushing Stefan Frei, but Seattle's keeper recovered well by leaping into the air to punch the ball away. And in the 67th, Whitecaps FC substitute Giles Barnes ran onto a Morales long ball before hitting the far post from the right side of the box.

PORTLAND TIMBERS 2, PHILADELPHIA UNION 1
PORTLAND, Ore.--Chris Pontius scored his club-leading 11th goal, but second half tallies by Diego Valeri and Fanendo Adi gave the Portland Timbers a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Union Saturday at rainy Providence Park.

Portland improved to 11-11-8 (41 points), with all 11 wins coming at home. The Union lost for the second time in their last three games and fell to 11-11-8 (41 points).

The match was scoreless through halftime, but Valeri put Portland on the board 20 seconds after the intermission, with his 12th goal of the season. Darren Mattocks eluded defender Keegan Rosenberry near the left end line and slipped a pass through to Valeri for the quick finish.

In the 47th minute, Pontius equalized at 1 after Fabian Herbers made a strong run and left the ball for Pontius to strike into the back of the net.

The Timbers went back on top 2-1 in the 53rd minute as Adi deflected home a cross by Mattocks for his 15th goal of the season.

Netminder Jake Gleeson made two more saves on Pontius to keep the Timbers in firm control, and Philadelphia's comeback hopes took a final blow in the 85th minute, when defender Josh Yaro was sent off in the 85th minute for a red card foul on Mattocks.
Full story from Philly Soccer News


COLUMBUS CREW SC 4, ORLANDO CITY SC 1
ORLANDO--Columbus Crew SC reeled off three unanswered goals before halftime on their way to a 4-1 win over Orlando City SC Saturday at Camping World Stadium.

The loss drops the Lions (7-9-13, 34 pts) to eighth place in the MLS East, one spot ahead of Crew SC (6-11-11, 29).

Ola Kamara paced Columbus with two goals and the assist on Ethan Finlay's sixth-minute icebreaker. Finlay set the table for both of Kamara's counterattacking strikes, in the 44th minute and fifth minute of stoppage time, but the game-winner came in the form of an own goal by defender Seb Hines, who headed a 22nd-minute corner kick into his own net.

Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik was left high and dry on all four Columbus goals. Finlay and Kamara had open finishes from inside the six-yard box on each of their tallies.

Cyle Larin briefly fanned comeback hopes for Orlando City, blasting a 20-yard shot inside the lower right corner in the 79th minute, but otherwise the Lions were plagued by missed opportunities, starting with a point-blank 37th-minute header by Hines that went over the bar. The Orlando City defender had another chance to atone for his early error, just missing the mark with a header off a 63rd-minute free kick.

Columbus netminder Steve Clark finished with seven saves, including a flashy diving stop to keep Kaka's curling 60th-minute attempt out of the left inside netting.

NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 3, MONTREAL IMPACT 1
MONTREAL--Behind two goals and an assist from Kelyn Rowe, the New England Revolution edged closer to a place in the postseason with a crucial 3-1 win over conference rival the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo on Saturday night.

Kei Kamara put the Revs (9-12-9, 36 points) ahead in the opening minute and Rowe added strikes on either side of intermission around a penalty kick from Didier Drogba for the slumping Impact (9-9-11, 38 points) who have won just once in their last seven outings but remain fifth in the MLS East.

The victory was the third straight for the Revs, who pulled past DC United and Orlando City SC into the sixth and final playoff spot in the East with four games remaining, winning away from home for just the second time this season.

The Revs wasted no time, advancing the ball from the opening whistle and grabbing the lead at the 23-second mark. Juan Agudelo played back to Rowe who sent an uncontested cross to the top of the six-yard box for Kamara to head inside the left post for his tenth goal of the season and his fifth with the Revs.

In the 27th minute, Kamara kept possession in the right corner and laid back for Rowe, who fired low and hard off the far post and into the netting as he approached the penalty area. It was the fifth-year attacking midfielder’s fourth goal of the campaign and his first in almost three months.

Five minutes after the intermission Drogba halved New England's lead from the spot after a controversial handball penalty on London Woodberry.

The Impact looked poised to equalize in the 56th minute when Ignacio Piatti worked a give-and-go with Drogba at the edge of the box, but the Argentine DP skied his shot over the box from close range. Rowe put things away four minutes later, after the Impact failed to clear Chris Tierney’s corner kick. The ball fell to Rowe who redirected inside the right post .
Full story from New England Soccer News

NEW YORK CITY FC 2, FC DALLAS 2
BRONX, NY--New York City FC rallied to a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.

NYC takes over second place in the MLS East at 12-9-9 and 45 points, while Dallas continue to lead the West with 52 points (15-8-7).

Khiry Shelton scored the 2-2 equalizer in the 78th minute, with a header from just outside the six-yard box. Jack Harrison collected his second assist of the game on the play, after setting the stage for Tommy McNamara's eight-yarder in the eighth minute.

Maxi Urruti leveled the score at 1-1 in the 20th minute, with a shot that banked off the underside of the crossbar, and Michael Barrios put FCD up 2-1 in the 52nd with a quick shot after taking Mauro Rosales' pass from the top edge of the penalty area.
Full story from Big Apple Soccer

COLORADO RAPIDS 0, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 0
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--Buoyed by a highlight-reel save from Tim Howard, the Colorado Rapids battled the San Jose Earthquakes to an energetic but scoreless draw Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

The Rapids (12-5-11, 47 pts) move into a tie on points with the second place LA Galaxy in the MLS West. San Jose (7-8-13, 34) are tied with #8 Vancouver in the conference race.

Howard defused the best scoring chance of the match in the 42nd minute, blocking Fatai Alashe's off-balance right footer then scrambling to corral the rebound as the ball rolled toward the goal line.

HOUSTON DYNAMO 1, REAL SALT LAKE 0
SANDY, Utah--Alex scored in the 36th minute and the Houston Dynamo held on for a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The scoring play started when Houston's Ricardo Clark stole the ball from John Stertzer and relayed the bal to Alex, who beat netminder Nick Rimando one-on-one.

Although RSL outshot the Dynamo 15-7, they got only one through to 'keeper Joe Willis, who saved Burrito Martinez's 90th-minute attempt.

It was the first home loss of the season for RSL (12-10-8, 44 pts). The Dynamo remain at the bottom of the Western Conference with 29 points (6-11-11).





   
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