Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, March 27, 2011
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Carlos Ruiz scored in the 77th minute and Faryd Mondragon was strong in goal to lift the Philadelphia Union past Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 on Saturday.
Sebastien Le Toux picked up the assist on Ruiz’s goal after sending a clean pass across the middle to a wide-open Ruiz, who was signed by Philadelphia in the offseason.
It was the second consecutive victory for the Union, who went 8-15-7 in last year’s inaugural season.
It was also the second straight 1-0 shutout for veteran Colombian goalkeeper and Philadelphia captain Mondragon.
The Union managed just two shutouts as an expansion club, tying a MLS record for fewest in a season.
The Whitecaps fell to 1-1-0 one week after posting a 4-2 victory over Toronto FC in the expansion franchise’s debut. In that match, forward Eric Hassli scored two goals.
Real Salt Lake 4, Galaxy 1
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Javier Morales scored twice and added an assist for Real Salt Lake.
Morales scored on a penalty kick in the 10th minute and beat Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders from 20 yards out in the 41st. Morales assisted on Andy Williams’ goal in the 2nd minute for RSL, which led 3-0 at halftime.
Paulo Araujo Jr. scored in the 68th minute on a pass from Fabian Espindola.
RSL extended its MLS unbeaten streak to 16 games, three shy of the league record shared by FC Dallas (2010) and Columbus (2004-05). RSL hasn’t lost at home in the regular season since May 16, 2009, a span of 26 games.
Juan Pablo Angel scored for the Galaxy off a free kick from David Beckham in the 79th.
Red Bulls 0, Crew 0, tie
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Alex Horwath made five saves in his Major League Soccer debut to lift the short-handed Red Bulls to the tie.
The Red Bulls (1-0-1) were missing five starters to national team duties and injuries deprived them of forward Thierry Henry and goalkeeper Greg Sutton, forcing the third-string Horwath into action.
One of the league’s pool of emergency backup goalies last season, Horwath was tested in the first half with four shots on goal from Columbus. His best save came in the 39th minute when he made a sprawling fingertip stop of Emmanuel Ekpo.
Revolution 2, D.C. United 1
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Zack Schilawski scored his first goal of the season and Shalrie Joseph converted a penalty kick to lead New England.
New England was awarded a penalty kick after United’s Dax McCarty inadvertently swung his leg out to clear a ball in the penalty box area and sideswiped Revolution midfielder Pat Phelan. Joseph scored his ninth career penalty-kick goal for New England in the 17th minute, drilling a shot off goalie Pat Onstad’s left hand into the lower right corner of the net for a 2-0 lead.
Schilawski scored New England’s first goal in the 8th minute when his initial stab of a shot deflected off United’s Marc Burch before Schilawski sent a volley over the head of Onstad.
Charlie Davies scored for D.C. United on a penalty kick during stoppage time.
Toronto FC 2, Timbers 0
TORONTO (AP) — Javier Martina scored two goals, including a gorgeous volley from long range for Toronto FC.
The Dutch winger conjured a highlight-reel goal out of nothing in the 70th minute, pulling down a booming goal kick from Stefan Frei and then volleying it from outside the box over reserve goalkeeper Jake Gleeson.
The artistry seemed to inspire Toronto, which finished strongly before a crowd of 20,086 who braved weather better suited for outdoor hockey than soccer.
The fans gave Martina a standing ovation when he was substituted with 3 minutes remaining.
Fire 3, Sporting Kansas City 2
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Marco Pappa had a goal and an assist as Chicago won its home opener.
Diego Chaves scored Chicago’s first goal on a penalty kick after Sporting KC’s Omar Bravo received a red card for taking down Gaston Puerari in the box in the 30th minute.
Puerari found the net in the 40th minute when Marco Pappa forwarded the ball to Michael Videira in the box and Videira flicked a short pass to Puerari.
Matt Besler cut Sporting KC’s deficit to 2-1 in the 51st minute.
The Fire answered 9 minutes later when Pappa overcame a swarm of defenders. He dribbled into the box, beat four defenders and shot the ball into the lower left corner for a 3-1 lead.
Teal Bunbury added a goal for Sporting KC in the 72nd minute.
Earthquakes 2, FC Dallas 0
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Chris Wondolowski, who led MLS last year with a career-high 18 goals, scored a pair for San Jose.
Wondolowski notched his first of the year in the 5th minute. He pushed one into the left corner of the net from just inside the top left of the penalty box. It marked the 11th consecutive regular-season goal for San Jose scored by Wondolowski, an MLS record.
San Jose made it 2-0 18 minutes later when Wondolowski broke free in front of the goal, taking a cross from Joey Gjersten from the left wing and heading it past goalie Kevin Hartman.
FC Dallas, which saw its six-game unbeaten streak (2-0-4) over San Jose end, played without Brek Shea, who received a red card in last week’s season-opening tie with Chicago.
Rapids 1, Chivas USA 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Quincy Amarikwa scored to help Colorado shut out Chivas USA for the fourth straight time.
The defending MLS Cup champions got all the scoring they needed in the 32nd minute when Jamie Smith found a streaking Amarikwa, who went around goalkeeper Zach Thornton for the score.
The match marked the first time since Oct. 12, 2008 that Colorado forwards Omar Cummings and Connor Casey did not start in a match for the Rapids. Cummings was away on international duty with the Jamaican national team, while Casey did not start due to tightness in his left calf. Casey eventually entered the match in the final 11 minutes.