October 2, 2016
Lions, 'Caps eliminated from the playoff chase
MONTREAL IMPACT 1, ORLANDO CITY SC 0
ORLANDO--The Montreal Impact put only one shot on goal Sunday at Camping World Stadium, but it was a big one. Dominic Oduro scored in the 56th minute to not only give the Impact a 1-0 win over Orlando City SC, but also knock the Lions out of the hunt for a playoff spot in the MLS East.
The win lifts Montreal over the Philadelphia Union and DC United into fourth place in the MLS East at 11-10-11 and 44 points. The Lions (7-11-14, 35) have fallen to ninth.
Oduro beat defender Luke Boden into the penalty area and poked a sharp shot past 'keeper Joe Bendik, who was ten yards off his line in an attempt to thwart the breakaway.
Orlando City mounted an energetic but ineffective attack, outshooting the Impact 22-4 but getting only five attempts through to goalkeeper Evan Bush, who made the saves.
Cyle Larin came closest to putting Orlando City on the board, with a quick shot from inside the six-yard box that Bush blocked off the right post and back into play in the 62nd minute. The Lions attacked with increasing desperation as time ran down. Bush leaped to parry Larin's dipping header over the bar in the 88th minute and dove to keep Seb Hines' header out of the bottom right corner in the third minute of stoppage time. Both Kaka and Carlos Rivas got off unsuccessful shots before the final whistle blew after seven added minutes.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC 2, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1
VANCOUVER, BC--Brad Evans converted a penalty kick in the 81st minute to lift Seattle Sounders FC to an ill-tempered 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC Sunday at BC Place.
Evans' was the second spot kick goal of the match, and he was the second penalty taker to later be ejected for violent conduct, after Vancouver's Pedro Morales, who scored in the 25th minute and was red carded in the 53rd. Evans was on the field only three minutes after scoring before being sent off after retaliating for being jostled by Vancouver's David Edgar.
The Sounders (13-13-5, 44 pts) leapfrog Sporting Kansas City into fifth place in the MLS West. Ninth-place Vancouver (9-15-8, 35) was officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Morales' pk, awarded after Oniel Fisher fouled Seattle's Osvaldo Alonso, gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute. Alonso took his own revenge 14 minutes later, darting into the center of the box to right-foot a sharp pass from Joevin Jones past netminder David Ousted to knot the score 1-1.
Morales' ejection left Seattle with a man advantage, but the Sounders needed some help from 'Caps defender Jordan Harvey, who handled the ball in the box for a penalty, to capitalize and snatch the win.