October 1, 2016
Dallas extends Supporter's Shield lead; Red Bulls pull level with NYC at top of the East
NEW YORK RED BULLS 3, PHILADELPHIA UNION 2
HARRISON, NJ--The New York Red Bulls (14-9-9, 51 pts) moved into a tie with Hudson River rivals New York City FC at the top of the MLS East with Saturday's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena.
Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty and Bradley Wright-Phillips scored to extend the Red Bulls' franchise-record unbeaten streak to 14 games. Wright-Phillips' goal was his 21st of the season, tying him with NYC's David Villa in the race for the Golden Boot.
Fabian Herbers and Chris Pontius scored for the Union (11-12-9, 42), who fall from fourth to fifth place in the East.
Herbers gave Philadelphia a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, one-timing the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 advantage. Pontius earned the assist on the goal which actually deflected off a Red Bulls player and past goalkeeper Luis Robles.
Kljestan knotted the score in the 44th minute, finishing off a crisp pass from Mike Grella, and Wright-Phillips put the Red Bulls up 2-1 just after the intermission, turning netminder Andre Blake's goal kick back on him, running down a long pass from Dax McCarty and beating the Philadelphia 'keeper in the 47th minute.
The Union equalized at 2 in the 56th minute when Pontius headed home Fabinho's cross into the box, tying his career high with his 12th goal of the season.
McCarty netted the clincher in the 66th minute, with a perfectly-timed header off a free kick.
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DC UNITED 2, TORONTO FC 1
TORONTO--DC United (10-9-13, 43 pts) vaulted into fourth place in the MLS East with a 2-1 win over Toronto FC Saturday at BMO Field.
Lamar Neagle scored twice, in the 39th and 58th minutes, to extend DC's unbeaten streak to five games and give them their seventh straight multigoal game. the loss knocked Toronto (13-9-10, 39) from first to third place in the conference.
Jozy Altidore got things off to a bright start for the Reds, beating defender Steve Birnbaum into the penalty area and juking his way around 'keeper Bill Hamid to deposit the ball into an empty net in the 36th minute.
Neagle responded quickly for DC, however, diving through the six-yard box to head the ball into the net after Birnbaum's shot was blocked across the net by 'keeper Clint Irwin.
Neagle sealed the win with a riser from the right side into the upper left corner. Hamid preserved the win with point-blank saves on Mark Bloom in the 36th minute and Armando Cooper in the 74th, as well as an artful diving stop on Michael Bradley's free kick in the 81st.
COLUMBUS CREW SC 3, CHICAGO FIRE 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio--The Chicago Fire all but assured themselves of becoming the first team in MLS history to finish with the worst record in the league for consecutive seasons after falling 3-0 to Columbus Crew SC Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium.
Columbus (8-12-11, 35 points) aren't in much better shape in terms of postseason prospects, but did open up an eight point lead over the Fire (6-16-9) at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table.
Harrison Afful jump-started the Columbus attack in the eighth minute, after being left with abundant space and time to tee up a shot off Mohammed Saeid's short corner.
Justin Meram made the score 2-0 in the 50th minute, off a give-and-go with Dilly Duka. Duka capped the scoring nine minutes later, Duka received a cross from Mohammed Saeid after Meram started the attack. Duka took a good first touch and finished, despite pressure from David Accam and onrushing goalkeeper Sean Johnson.
The Fire managed only one shot on goal, a 48th-minute effort from John Goossens that went straight to 'keeper Steve Clark. Luis Solignac squandreed an early opportunity for the visitors, sending a point-blank shot over the bar in the 26th minute.
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NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 3, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1
FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--With their backs against the wall and in desperate need of three points to keep their playoff hopes alive, the New England Revolution scored two late goals to claim a vital 3-1 win over Sporting KC at rainy Gillette Stadium Saturday night.
Strike partners Kei Kamara and Juan Agudelo provided the difference for New England, combining for two goals and energizing the Revolution attack. Kamara scored early off an assist from Agudelo and returned the favor late, delivering the assist on an Agudelo goal after Dom Dwyer had equalized for the visitors and the Revs had regained the lead on a Sporting KC own goal.
With just two games remaining, the Revolution (10-13-9, 39 points) remain below the red line in seventh place but stay within striking distance of the postseason, two points behind the Montreal Impact, who play Orlando City SC on Sunday.
Despite the goal from Dwyer, who extended his scoring streak to four games, Sporting (12-13-9, 43 points) saw its three-game unbeaten streak come to an end and were unable to put distance between themselves and charging Seattle in the West.
Kamara notched his eleventh goal of the season and sixth for New England at the three-minute mark. Agudelo sprung Kamara off the shoulder of the high Sporting KC back line. The Revolution DP advanced patiently on Tim Melia, slipping his roller inside the right post as the KC ‘keeper went to ground.
Dwyer was in the right place to bundle Benny Feilhaber's corner kick over the line in the 49th minute for his 16th goal of the campaign.
The Revs regained the lead in the 75th minute, when Lee Nguyen's shot caromed off defender Kevin Ellis and into the net for an own goal.
Kamara played provider in the 83rd minute, winning the ball in the left corner and delivering a sharp cross to the face of goal where a sliding Agudelo beat Ellis to ripple the roof of the net for his sixth goal of the year.
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FC DALLAS 1, LA GALAXY 0
FRISCO, Texas--Walker Zimmerman scored the only goal FC Dallas needed to edge the LA Galaxy 1-0 and tighten their hold on first place in the MLS Supporters' Shield race Saturday at Toyota Stadium.
FCD (16-8-8, 56 pts) now have a five-point edge over their nearest rivals for the Shield, New York City FC and the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference and the Colorado Rapids in the West. The Galaxy are third in the MLS West at 11-6-15 (48).
Zimmerman put Dallas on the board in the 39th minute, getting his head on Mauro Diaz's corner kick and beating goalkeeper Brian Rowe from the top of the six-yard box. Rowe conceded the corner by one-handing Michael Barrios' hard right-footed shot over the end line.
Dallas dominated the match, outshooting the Galaxy 16-7 and putting six shots on goal to LA's one, a fifth-minute blast by Robbie Keane that netminder Chris Seitz blocked away from the left post. Rowe finished with five saves, and both Maxi Urruti and Ryan Holllingshead hit the woodwork for Dallas.
COLORADO RAPIDS 1, PORTLAND TIMBERS 0
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--Sebastien Le Toux's 63rd-minute goal gave the Colorado Rapids a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Rapids take sole possession of second place in the MLS West with 51 points (13-5-12), three points ahead of #3 LA. The Timbers (11-13-8, 41) lost an opportunity to overtake Seattle Sounders FC for sole possession of sixth place in the Western Conference standings.
Le Toux hammered home a 17-yard shot to seal the win, assisted by Dominique Badji's pass from deep on the right side of the penalty area.
Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard needed only two saves for the shutout, but both were highlight-reel material. In the sixth minute, he tipped Diego Valeri's goalbound 20-yarder over the bar, and in the 34th, he denied the Rapids forward with another one-hander. Valeri took five of Portland's nine shots, including one off the post.
SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 2, REAL SALT LAKE 1
SAN JOSE--The San Jose Earthquakes posted their first win since August 12 on Saturday, edging Real Salt Lake 2-1 at Avaya Stadium on a 72nd-minute goal by Fatai Alashe.
The game was tied 1-1 at halftime. Alashe sealed the win off a free-kick service from Shea Salinas, getting position on defender Justen Glad to snap a header past 'keeper Nick Rimando.
The win moves the Quakes (8-10-13, 34 pts) past Vancouver into eighth place in the MLS West, and denies RSL (12-11-9, 45) a chance to clinch a playoff berth this weekend.
Simon Dawkins staked San Jose to a 1-0 lead in the 34th minute, with a blast from the top of the arc. Glad equalized for RSL in the 40th, scoring with the outside of his right foot after Anibal Godoy relayed a free kick across the goalmouth.