Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, August 14, 2011
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Sebastien Le Toux scored twice off penalty kicks to help the Philadelphia Union and the newly acquired Freddy Adu play to a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday.
Maicon Santos and Brek Shea scored first half goals for FC Dallas (12-6-7), which pulled within five points of the LA Galaxy for first place in the Western Conference.
Dallas played the final 10 minutes down a man following a red card to George John in the 81st minute.
Le Toux’s second penalty kick came in the 86th minute after Jackson Goncalves took down Philadelphia’s Gabriel Farfan in the box.
Adu, who signed with the Union on Friday, started as a midfielder and received a standing ovation when he was announced by the public address announcer.
Crew 3, Revolution 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Defender Julius James scored the go-ahead goal on a header in the 75th minute and Columbus overcame a halftime deficit again.
The Crew (10-7-7) remained first in the Eastern Conference and improved to a league-best 2-0-4 when trailing after 45 minutes. Benny Feilhaber gave the Revolution (4-11-9) the lead just before the break on an 18-yard strike after the Crew had dominated possession.
Columbus got the equalizer in the 54th when New England defender Kevin Alston redirected the ball into his own net. Emilio Renteria added an insurance goal in the 81st minute when he was unmarked 6 yards in front of the goal for an easy score after taking a pass from Robbie Rogers.
Red Bulls 2, Fire 2
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Joel Lindpere’s 63rd-minute goal allowed the Red Bulls to tie Chicago and move into third place in the Eastern Conference by themselves.
The Red Bulls (6-6-13) have not won since a 5-0 victory over Toronto on June 6. But the tie gave them 31 points, one better than Sporting Kansas City.
The Fire (2-7-14) are tied with Toronto FC at the bottom of the conference.
Lindpere’s sixth goal of the season came on a one-timer off Dane Richards’ feed from the right side.
The first half ended with the Fire up 2-1 thanks to an equalizing goal in the 16th minute from Dominic Oduro and the go-ahead tally by Sebastian Grazzini in the 24th minute.
Chivas USA 0, Sounders 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Dan Kennedy made two saves on his own and got some help from the goal post on a penalty kick as Chivas USA and Seattle played to a scoreless tie.
Kennedy recorded his eighth shutout of the year. Seattle’s Kasey Keller made three saves in his seventh shutout.
Chivas (7-8-9, 30 points), playing the third game of a five-game road trip, has taken points in six of its last seven games.
Seattle (11-5-9, 42 points), back on the field for the first time since last Saturday’s late-game 2-1 comeback win at Kansas City, has points in 11 of its past 12 games.
Rapids 2, Earthquakes 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Caleb Folan converted his second penalty kick of the year and Jeff Larentowicz scored off a set piece in Colorado’s victory over San Jose.
The Rapids (10-6-10) took advantage of the 50th-minute ejection of San Jose midfielder Sam Cronin to extend their unbeaten streak to five.
Larentowicz broke a tie in the 72nd minute, walking onto a stationary ball that had been touched dead off a short free kick. Larentowicz’s low shot from 25 yards skipped through the legs of San Jose midfielder Simon Dawkins and off the hand of goalkeeper Jon Busch before reaching the net.
Folan brought Colorado (10-6-10) even in the 39th minute when Cronin was whistled for a handball after his arm deflected a cross from Colorado captain Pablo Mastroeni.
Despite Joey Gjertsen’s goal in the 22nd minute, San Jose (5-9-10) saw its franchise-record winless streak reach 11 straight games.
Toronto FC 1, Real Salt Lake 0
TORONTO (AP) — Joao Plata scored the lone goal and Toronto FC picked up its first league win in more than a month by beating Real Salt Lake.
Plata scored with just under 15 minutes left when the Ecuadorean striker put in a low shot that Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando watched go by him into the left corner.
Toronto’s last win was a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the end of June. The victory comes after four straight losses followed by a pair of draws.
United 4, Whitecaps 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Pontius scored twice, and United snapped a seven-game home winless streak by beating Vancouver.
Andy Najar and Stephen King also scored for United, and Joe Willis made six saves for a shutout in his debut.
United (7-6-9) was 0-2-5 at RFK Stadium since beating Seattle 2-1 on May 4.
The Whitecaps (3-12-9) sank to 0-9-4 on the road in their inaugural season.