Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, June 5, 2011
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Kevin Hartman got his 100th career shutout and Martin Chavez scored in the 69th minute to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday night.
The 37-year-old Hartman, in his 15th MLS season, needed to make just two saves for his league-leading seventh shutout of the season. Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando is second in MLS with 79.
The win extended Dallas’ unbeaten streak to nine (6-0-3), six of which have been shutouts, and solidified its second-place position in the Western Conference standings.
The Revolution lost their third straight game and are winless in six road games, with two ties.
Sounders 0, Fire 0
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Kasey Keller got his fourth shutout of the season.
The Fire couldn’t muster a goal in the debut for interim coach Frank Klopas. Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson got his first shutout, and had to make two saves on Lamar Neagle in the first 10 minutes.
Chicago midfielder Daniel Paladini rocketed a shot directly on target in the 27th minute. Keller jumped across the goal and punched the ball out of bounds. Paladini fired again in the 29th, but was wide left.
Dominic Oduro almost scored for Chicago in the 60th minute after winning the ball in the box and sending it just wide of the right post.
Chicago hasn’t won a game since topping Sporting KC 3-2 on March 26.
Red Bulls 1, Columbus 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Rich Balchan scored in injury time for Columbus.
Mehdi Ballouchy scored for New York in the ninth minute. The Red Bulls were missing several players to national team duties, including forward Juan Agudelo and defender Tim Ream to the United States for its exhibition against Spain, defender Rafa Marquez (Mexico), and midfielder Dwayne De Rosario (Canada).
The Red Bulls stayed second in the Eastern Conference, a point behind Philadelphia. They lost their chance to take the lead when they let Balchan get in alone against goalkeeper Greg Sutton.
Sporting KC 0, Toronto FC 0
TORONTO (AP) — Sporting Kansas City wrapped up a 10-game road trip by taking points from Toronto FC.
Sporting KC has been away from home while its new stadium is built. The club will open Livestrong Sporting Park on Thursday night against the Chicago Fire.
Toronto FC rebounded from a 6-2 loss at home to the Philadelphia Union.
Maicon Santos had two nice chances on KC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg in the first 15 minutes of the second half and substitute Doneil Henry almost stole a winner in injury time with an accurate header.
Sporting KC didn’t threaten much until Teal Bunbury right-footed a shot from long range in the 70th. The Canadian-born Bunbury was booed with every touch. The American citizen has chosen to play for the United States instead of Canada.
Real Salt Lake 2, Whitecaps 0
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Jean Alexandre filled in at forward and scored a goal.
Alexandre scored his first career MLS goal in the 32nd minute on a pass from Kyle Beckerman. In the 79th, he set up Fabian Espindola’s goal for his first career MLS assist.
Espindola drew out goalkeeper Joe Cannon, then blasted the ball past him and buried it inside the right post to give Salt Lake a 2-0 advantage.
Vancouver hasn’t won in 13 games since taking its first MLS game against Toronto FC.
Rapids 1, Union 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Conor Casey converted a penalty shot in the 63rd minute to help Colorado match an MLS record with its sixth consecutive tie.
Colorado (4-3-7) also matched the franchise-best unbeaten streak of eight games, even though only one of those was a victory. Colorado went 3-0-5 during the 2009 season.
Danny Mwanga scored his fourth goal of the year for Philadelphia Union (6-3-3), who have a modest three-game unbeaten stretch. Philadelphia has scored eight goals while going just 2-3-1 on the road this season.
Colorado’s defense blocked Jordan Harvey’s shot and the Rapids quickly pushed the ball deep into the Philadelphia zone. Pablo Mastroeni was leveled in the scoring area, setting up Casey’s penalty kick. He faked Faryd Mondragon to his knees and scored his second goal of the year.
Chivas USA 1, Timbers 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Marcos Mondaini scored in the 70th minute off a pass from Paulo Nagamura and Chivas USA won for the second time this year at home, beating expansion Portland.
Mondaini scored in his return from a four-game suspension for a tackle on Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales.
Chivas USA improved to 4-4-5 in front of a crowd of 14,076 at the Home Depot Center.
The Timbers (5-5-2) controlled the late stretches after the goal, but were unable to tied it. Portland is winless on the road.
Earthquakes 2, Dynamo 0
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Steven Lenhart and Simon Dawkins scored second-half goals to power San Jose to its third consecutive home victory.
Lenhart split two defenders to reach a 40-yard cross from Steven Beitashour and sent a powerful header past goalkeeper Tally Hall in the 69th minute. Dawkins scored in injury time off an assist by Sam Cronin.
San Jose (4-4-4), unbeaten in its last five matches, is back to .500 for the first time since April 2.
The loss extended Houston’s winless streak to seven matches. The Dynamo dropped to 3-5-6.
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