Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, July 31, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Landon Donovan scored twice, including a penalty kick in the 75th minute, and the Los Angeles Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games with a 4-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday.
Midfielder Sean Franklin in the 85th minute and Adam Cristman in the 90th also scored for the Galaxy. It was the fourth time in five games the Galaxy won in a shutout.
The Whitecaps held their own for the first half against the league-leading Galaxy, who played without suspended superstar David Beckham.
Donovan’s first goal came in the 61st minute, when he took advantage of a fall by Whitecaps defender Michael Boxall. The Galaxy captain took a long pass from Franklin, let the ball bounce off his chest, then chipped a shot past Vancouver goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Dynamo 3, Sounders 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Brian Ching scored twice and Houston ended Seattle’s nine-game unbeaten streak.
Colin Clark added a goal and an assist for Houston, which moved into a tie with Kansas City at 27 points.
Seattle (38 points) stayed third in the Western Conference.
Ching made it 2-0 in the 23rd minute on a header from about six yards off a cross from Geoff Cameron on the left.
Alvaro Fernandez cut the lead to 2-1 with a penalty in the 37th minute after Fredy Montero was taken down in the box by Corey Ashe.
Ching extended the lead in the 70th after getting a cross from Clark from the right box in front of an empty net for the tap-in.
Crew 2, Real Salt Lake 2-0
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Eddie Gaven and Tommy Heinemann each scored a goal in the first 10 minutes for Columbus.
The Crew took advantage of a Salt Lake defense weakened by the absence of Jamison Olave, injured in last week’s MLS All-Star game.
The Crew went up 1-0 lead in the 5th minute after Robbie Rogers worked the ball down the left flank and crossed the ball into Gaven. He needed a single touch to blast a shot inside the right post past RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando.
Rogers set up another goal just a few minutes later. He found Heinemann in the 10th minute with another cross and Heinemann headed it past Rimando.
RSL never managed a serious scoring chance.
Sporting Kansas City 1, Revolution 1
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Substitute Teal Bunbury scored his first goal since April in the 89th minute to give Sporting Kansas City the tie with 10-man New England.
Sporting has gone 13 games without a loss, and has had four come-from-behind draws in five games. In three of those, the equalizer has come after the 85th minute.
Rajko Lekic scored for the Revs in the 38th minute, and New England seemed ready to hold on, but defender A.J. Soares got a straight red card in the 82nd when he took down C.J. Sapong on a break, just outside the area.
DC United 2, Earthquakes 0
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dwayne De Rosario scored a pair of second-half goals and D.C. United hung on despite playing a man down for the final 20 minutes.
De Rosario scored in the 57th and 67th minutes against the team that gave him his MLS start in 2001.
D.C. United, which hasn’t lost on the road since April 29, beat the Earthquakes in their home stadium for the first time since June 3, 1998. Current United coach Ben Olsen had a goal and an assist in that game.
D.C. United’s Andy Najar was red carded in the 70th minute for hauling down Joey Gjertsen, who slipped behind the visitors’ defense. But San Jose still couldn’t score. Its winless streak reached nine games, the longest since the franchise was re-established in 2008.