Wednesday's MLS Capsules
Thursday, July 21, 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen McCarthy’s header in the 73rd minute helped the New England Revolution snap a nine-game winless streak and earn their first road victory of the season with a 1-0 win over D.C. United on Wednesday night.
Chris Tierney set up the winner on a corner kick into the middle of the box for McCarthy, who then redirected the ball low down the right side to score his second goal of the season.
The Revolution (4-9-7) had been in the midst of a club-record winless stretch but won their fifth consecutive game against United (5-6-8). D.C. United lost for the first time in six games and haven’t won at home since May 4.
United had a chance to strike first in the final moments of the first half when they drew a handball against Pat Phelan in the box. But Charlie Davies missed his first penalty kick in five tries, sending the ball over the middle of the crossbar.
FC Dallas 1, Toronto FC 0
TORONTO (AP) — Brek Shea’s goal in the 48th-minute lifted FC Dallas to a win over Toronto FC.
It was Shea’s ninth goal of the season for Dallas (11-5-5). He almost got his 10th in the 61st minute, but goalie Stefan Frei managed to get a leg on the shot.
Toronto’s Joao Plata almost tied it in the 53rd-minute, but his goal was nullified by an offside call.
Toronto (3-10-9) had chances to tie it late in the game. Substitute Maicon Santos sent his header high in the 87th minute and Ryan Johnson’s raking cross almost bounced into the goal in injury time. The team has now been outscored 8-0 in its last three games.
Rapids 4, Red Bulls 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Sanna Nyassi scored two of his three goals in the first half to lead the Rapids to a victory over the Red Bulls.
It was Nyassi’s first three goals of the year and only the seventh time a Rapids player had scored three times in a game. Wells Thompson added a goal for Colorado (7-6-9).
The Rapids needed a scoring lift as leading scorer Conor Casey earlier in the day had surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon. Casey, the last Rapids to have a three-goal game, is expected to be sidelined for at least eight months.
Thierry Henry scored his 10th goal of the year for New York (6-5-11), who had been blanked in its previous two games.
The Red Bulls are winless, 0-2-7 in their last nine road games.
Earthquakes 2, Whitecaps 2
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored his first two goals since May to help San Jose tie Vancouver.
Wondolowski, who missed four June matches while playing for the U.S. national team in the Gold Cup, scored in the third and 54th minutes for San Jose (5-6-9). Eric Hassli responded in the 42nd and 61st minutes for Vancouver.
Both men now have eight goals, two behind league-leading Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls.
The tie extended San Jose’s winless streak to seven matches, although the Earthquakes avoided a sixth shutout in that stretch.
Vancouver broke a four-game losing streak with the result.
Galaxy 1, Crew 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Sean Franklin scored in the 70th minute and Los Angeles beat the Columbus Crew, extending the Galaxy’s unbeaten streak to 13 games.
David Beckham’s free kick bounced off a wall of defenders and back into the middle of the pitch. Franklin, a cornerback playing in his 86th game, then hit a low shot from 25 yards out for his first Major League Soccer goal.
The Galaxy (11-2-9) improved to 7-0-6 in league play since a 2-1 road loss to FC Dallas on May 1. Los Angeles has also not been defeated in any of its 11 home games.
The Crew (7-6-7) were kept on the defensive with the Galaxy attempting 15 corner kicks.
Beckham was given a yellow card in stoppage time for not attempting a free kick in a timely manner.