Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, March 20, 2011
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Omar Cummings scored a goal and helped set up a second as the Colorado Rapids began their MLS Cup title defense with a 3-1 victory over the expansion Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
Cummings became the first player in MLS history to score a goal in four consecutive season openers. Jeff Larentowicz and Jamie Smith also scored for Colorado (1-0-0).
Kenny Cooper scored the first goal for Portland (0-1-0) in the 80th minute of its inaugural match. The goal came on a free kick and denied Matt Pickens of his 26th career shutout.
Pickens caught Peter Lowry’s shot in the 28th minute. Goalkeeper Adin Brown allowed three goals in the first half.
Real Salt Lake 1, Earthquakes 0
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Beckerman scored a ricochet goal in the 63rd minute to give Real Salt Lake victory.
Beckerman walked onto a pass from Javier Morales at the top of the circle and fired a curling shot that took one skip off the rain-soaked turf, skipping past diving San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch and taking a bounce off the left post into the net.
Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando — facing a driving, nearly horizontal rain in the second half — made two critical stops in the 70th minute, turning aside a 15-yard attempt from Chris Wondolowski, the MLS’ leading goal scorer in 2010, and a 25-yarder from Khari Stephenson.
Sporting Kansas City 3, Chivas USA 2
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Omar Bravo scored twice for Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting KC took the lead in the 2nd minute when a failed clearing attempt at midfield by Chivas fell to C.J. Sapong, who beat goalkeeper Zach Thornton. It was the first career goal for the rookie from James Madison and the fastest for a rookie in MLS history.
Kansas City doubled its lead just before halftime when Bravo chipped the ball past the goalkeeper. Chivas USA cut the lead in half in the 55th minute when defender Jimmy Conrad headed in a corner kick.
Bravo scored his second in the 75th minute to give Sporting KC a two-goal lead.
Chivas midfielder Ben Zemanski closed out the scoring in the 84th minute.
Union 1, Dynamo 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Danny Califf scored in the fifth minute, and Philadelphia held on to beat Houston.
Califf put the Union (1-0-0) on the board after converting a rebound off a shot by Sebastien Le Toux shot and slamming it in. Le Toux’s shot off the throw-in hit the right crossbar, but Califf was there to knock it in from inside the 6-yard box on the right side.
Houston (0-1-0) had several chances to tie the score, including a point-blank shot on a wide open net by Dominic Oduro in the 68th minute, but his shot from 8 yards out in the middle went over the net.
Fire 1, FC Dallas 1
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Milton Rodriguez scored in the 19th minute to help FC Dallas escape with a tie against Chicago.
Rodriguez redirected a pass from Zach Loyd with his right heel into the left corner of the net from just inside the top of the goalie’s box.
Diego Chaves, making his MLS debut, scored in the 17th minute after he rebounded a deflected save off the right hand of goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and scored from 8 yards away.
Red Bulls 1, Sounders 0
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Juan Agudelo scored his first career MLS goal in the 70th minute, lifting New York past Seattle.
Agudelo, the 18-year-old national team selection who complements $5.5 million captain Thierry Henry up front, took Teemu Tainio’s pass from midfield just above the box as he fended off back Jeff Parke. Agudelo then broke in and beat Leo Gonzalez for a clear shot at the net.
The Red Bulls (1-0-0) controlled most of the action against the Sounders (0-2-0), who have yet to score.
D.C. United 3, Crew 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Charlie Davies scored two goals in his first competitive match since being injured in car accident more than 17 months ago to lead D.C. United.
Fellow new acquisition Josh Wolff opened the scoring for United in a season opener where D.C. featured seven new faces.
Davies has been on a long road to recovery since suffering severe injuries as a passenger in an automobile crash in nearby Arlington, Va., that killed another passenger in October of 2009.
Davies was with the U.S. national team at the time as they prepared for a World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica.
Robbie Rodgers scored on a late penalty kick for Columbus.
Vancouver 4, Toronto FC 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Davide Chumiento set up first-half goals by Eric Hassli and hometown midfielder Terry Dunfield, and Vancouver won its MLS debut.
Atiba Harris scored in the 64th minute, and Hassli, who last week became the Whitecaps’ first designated player, added a second goal in the 72nd minute as 23,000 boisterous fans welcomed top-level professional soccer back to Vancouver for the first time since the NASL folded in 1984.
Captain Dwayne De Rosario and Maicon Santos scored for Toronto, which opened its fifth MLS season with a sixth new coach in Aron Winter.
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