Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, August 28, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) — Lamar Neagle scored his first career hat trick on a record-setting afternoon for Seattle as the Sounders beat the Columbus Crew 6-2 on Saturday.
Neagle tallied twice during a four-goal first-half for the Sounders (13-5-9) and completed the hat trick in the 70th minute when a shot from the top of the penalty area bounced off the crossbar and dropped behind the goal line.
Seattle’s offensive outburst overshadowed what also became a record-breaking day for Columbus’ Jeff Cunningham. The Crew forward became the leading goal-scorer in MLS history when he converted a penalty kick in the 59th minute. That was his 134th goal, eclisping the previous mark set by Jaime Moreno in a 15-year league career, 14 of which were spent with D.C. United.
Whitecaps 1, Dynamo 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Shea Salinas scored in the 86th minute for Vancouver.
Salinas took a short pass from midfielder Long Tan, then raced toward the Houston net and beat Tally Hall with a low, hard shot.
The Whitecaps players mobbed Salinas, who earlier had missed on a good scoring chance.
The win was just the fourth of the season for the Whitecaps, who are playing in their first MLS campaign. All Vancouver’s victories have come at home.
Houston had a five-game unbeaten string snapped. The Dynamo haven’t won a road game all season.
Earthquakes 1, Toronto FC 1
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored in the 87th minute to lift San Jose to the draw.
The San Jose forward knocked in a ball headed back from a throw-in, securing a point for the slumping Earthquakes (5-10-11), who had lost four of their previous five. San Jose also extended its winless streak to 13 games (0-6-7).
Eric Avila scored in the 33rd minute to give Toronto (4-12-12) a lead that looked like it would last.
Toronto goalie Milos Kocic had had little to do on the night and came up big when needed in the first 86 minutes. But he had little chance of stopping Wondolowski.
The Earthquakes, outscored 19-7 during their winless streak, avoided being shut out for the ninth time during the stretch.
Fire 2, Rapids 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Dominic Oduro and Cory Gibbs scored in the first half and Chicago beat Colorado.
Oduro scored his ninth goal of the season after winning fight for the ball following a 60-yard pass from Pavel Pardo in the 17th minute. Oduro beat Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens with a low shot for his fourth goal in five matches.
The Fire (4-7-15) made it 2-0 at the 35-minute mark when Gibbs snuck into the box and redirected midfielder Sebastian Grazzini’s deep-angle pass from the left side behind Pickens.
Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson stopped four shots in scoring his sixth shutout of the season.
Defending MLS champion Colorado (10-7-11) snapped its six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2).
FC Dallas 3, Sporting Kansas City 2
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Bobby Warshaw’s first career coal, in the second minute of stoppage time, gave FC Dallas a comeback victory over Sporting Kansas City.
Warshaw’s header, off an assist from Brek Shea, broke a three-match winless streak for Dallas (13-7-7).
Sporting (9-8-9) led 2-0 after Omar Bravo’s goal in the 68th minute, but Daniel Hernandez scored on a free kick in the 70th and Maicon Santos headed in an equalizer in the 88th minute.
Kei Kamara put Kansas City up 1-0 with a goal in the 22nd minute, and Bravo doubled that lead off an assist from Teal Bunbury before Dallas rallied.
Bunbury was sent off in the 76th minute, after drawing his second yellow card for a foul on Jair Benitez.
Real Salt Lake 1, Chivas USA 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Alvaro Saborio scored in the 10th minute and Real Salt Lake made it stand up despite playing a man down for 67 minutes.
The Costa Rican swooped in to score after a failed pass back by Ante Jazic to defender David Junior Lopes.
Salt Lake commanded the match until the 23rd minute, when Chivas USA midfielder Nick LaBrocca stole a pass and ran 20 yards on a breakaway. Before he entered the box, he was brought down by Nat Borchers, who was given a red card.
Despite the advantage, Chivas USA struggled to create scoring opportunities and break through the feisty Salt Lake defense. Chivas USA also lost Heath Pearce to injury in the 61st minute after he played in every minute this season.
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