Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, June 19, 2011
TORONTO (AP) — Fredy Montero sent home a free kick late in the second half and the Seattle Sounders defeated Toronto FC 1-0 on Saturday.
The Seattle striker beat Toronto goalkeeper Stefan Frei in the 90th minute into the top right corner.
Toronto (2-6-9) couldn’t take advantage of Jhon Kennedy Hurtado’s second yellow card and is winless in eight matches (0-3-5). The Reds haven’t won in MLS play since a 2-1 defeat of Houston on May 7.
Seattle, which played Vancouver to a 2-2 draw last weekend at home, improved to 6-4-7.
The Reds came closest in the 81st minute when second-half substitute Javier Martina hammered a shot off the post before Joao Plata sent the rebound over the Seattle cage.
Crew 2, Dynamo 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Bernardo Anor had a goal and an assist in his first career start for Columbus and the Crew defeated Houston.
It was Columbus’ second win in its past three matches.
Anor put the game away in the 77th minute on a goal off a rebound of his own shot. He got a pass from Tommy Heinemann on the left box, but his shot for the far post was saved by Houston’s Tally Hall.
Hall couldn’t control the ball, and it bounced back to Anor. He shot it into the upper right corner, just inside the far post to make it 2-0.
Andres Mendoza gave Columbus (5-4-6) a 1-0 lead in the 41st minute. Mendoza got a forwarding pass from Anor, had a short breakaway and nailed a shot inside the near post.
The Dynamo (4-6-6) had two chances to score in the 60th minute, but a Will Bruin breakaway shot from the left box was batted out by Columbus goalkeeper William Hesmer.
Fire 1, Revolution 1
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Chicago’s Dominic Oduro and New England’s Rajko Lekic tallied in a draw.
Oduro scored his fourth goal of the season in the 32nd minute, while Lekic tied it in the 48th minute with his second of the season.
With the draw, the Fire improved their record to 2-4-9 while the Revolution extended their winless streak to six straight and had their record go to 3-7-6.
Galaxy 3, Rapids 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Juninho and Chad Barnett scored to lead short-handed Los Angeles over Colorado.
The Galaxy also got an own goal in the 25th minute. Juninho got his third goal of the year in the 42nd minute for the Galaxy.
Barnett added a goal in the 80th minute.
Los Angeles (9-2-7) didn’t have midfielder David Beckham, who was left home with back spasms. Captain Landon Donovan and goalie Donovan Ricketts are playing with their national teams.
Conor Casey had his third goal of the year as Colorado (5-4-7) had its unbeaten streak snapped at nine.
Real Salt Lake 1, D.C. United 1
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Fabian Espindola scored on a first-half penalty kick for Real Salt Lake and D.C. United’s Charles Davies scored off another penalty kick in the second half for a draw.
Since winning in its first trip to Utah, D.C. had lost five straight games on the road against Salt Lake and were outscored 13-3 in those matches until finally gaining a point.
United (4-5-5) controlled the attack early in the first half and it nearly paid off. Chris Pontius smacked a left-footed shot from the left side of the box in the 22nd minute.
Pontius had a good angle with the ball, but Real goalkeeper Nick Rimando denied him with a nice save in the bottom right corner.
Real Salt Lake (6-3-4) came close to taking its first lead in the 28th minute after Espindola sent a left-footed shot from 35 yards. The ball was perfectly on frame and D.C. goalie Bill Hamid barely knocked it down and out across the end line to keep Salt Lake off the scoreboard.
Whitecaps 1, Union 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alain Rochat’s goal in the 12th minute gave Vancouver a victory over Philadelphia.
The win, the first since the Whitecaps’ season opener on March 19, ended the Vancouver expansion side’s MLS losing streak at a record 14 games.
Coach Tom Soehn picked up his first win since replacing the fired Teitur Thordarson at the end of May. The Whitecaps had gone 0-2-1 under Soehn in three road games.
After the game, the Empire Field crowd gave the Whitecaps a standing ovation in tribute to their second home win. The players repaid the gesture by running around the field and waving at their supporters.
Thordarson’s firing was based largely on the club’s inability to win at home.
The Whitecaps improved to 2-6-8 while the Union dropped to 6-4-4.
FC Dallas 2, Chivas USA 1
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Brek Shea and Jackson Gonclaves scored to lift FC Dallas over Chivas USA.
Dallas (8-4-4) scored the winning goal when second-half substitute Gonclaves beat his marker and played in a ball that was bounced off the far post and into the net in the 85th minute.
Despite Dallas controlling much of the match, Chivas USA (4-6-5) was able to find the equalizer in the 71st minute when Chivas USA defender Michael Lahoud fired a shot that deflected off FC Dallas defender George John and into the net.
Shea opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after beating a defender and firing in a shot that was too much for Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, the goal was sixth of the season for Shea.
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