Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, May 1, 2011
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kenny Cooper scored in the first half and the Portland Timbers handed Real Salt Lake its first Major League Soccer loss of the season, 1-0 on Saturday night.
Cooper scored off a cross from Kalif Alhassan in the 22nd minute.
The expansion Timbers (3-3-1) recorded their first shutout, improving to 3-0-0 at home. Portland was coming off a 3-0 road loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy last weekend.
RSL (4-1-0) had its 37-match home winning streak in all competitions snapped in the CONCACAF Champions League final Wednesday night. The 1-0 loss in the second leg to CF Monterrey of Mexico ended RSL’s bid to become the first MLS team to win the tournament and earn a berth in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Red Bulls 1, Sporting Kansas City 0
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Luke Rodgers scored his third goal in three games and New York won its third straight game to take the Eastern Conference lead, beating Sporting Kansas City.
The Red Bulls improved to 4-1-2. Kansas City is winless in five games to drop to 1-4-1.
Rodgers scored in the 22nd minute, streaking into the middle and blasting in a low, right-side cross from Dwayne De Rosario. Rafa Marquez started the play with a pinpoint pass to the creative De Rosario, who had his second assist since coming over from Toronto in an April 1 trade.
Sounders 3, Toronto FC 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Brad Evans scored twice in the second half and set up Alvaro Fernandez’s first-half goal in Seattle’s victory over Toronto FC.
Seattle won consecutive games for the first time this season and is 3-0-3 in its last six games and 3-2-3 overall. Toronto (1-3-4) is winless in six games, going 0-2-4 since a 2-0 home win over Portland on March 26.
Goalkeeper Kasey Keller had his second straight shutout.
The match was Seattle’s first since starting midfielder Steve Zakuani’s right leg was broken on a hard tackle by Colorado’s Brad Mullan on April 22.
Crew 2, Whitecaps 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Emilio Renteria scored twice in the second half for Columbus.
Renteria converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute, then scored off a pass from Dejan Rusmir 9 minutes later for his third goal of the season. Omar Salgado, the 17-year-old star selected first overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, scored his first MLS goal for Vancouver in the 69th minute.
Columbus improved to 3-1-3, and Vancouver dropped to 1-4-3.
Rapids 1, Fire 1, tie
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Andre Akpan scored in the 49th minute for Colorado and the Rapids tied Chicago to end a three-game losing streak.
Colorado (3-3-1) also ended a 319-minute scoreless streak dating to Omar Cummings’ goal in the 90th minute against D.C. United on April 3.
Marco Pappa scored in the 43rd minute for Chicago (1-3-3). The Fire are winless in their last five games.
Colorado’s Brian Mullan began a 10-game suspension for the tackle last week that broke Seattle star Steve Zakuani’s right leg.
Chivas USA 3, Revolution 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Nick LaBrocca, Marcos Mondaini and Alejandro Moreno scored and Chivas USA won its second straight game to run its unbeaten streak to five, beating New England.
LaBrocca and Mondaini scored in the first half and Moreno added a goal in the second.
Chivas USA (2-2-3) has beaten the Revolution (2-3-3) in the last four meetings, scoring 11 goals.
Union 1, Earthquakes 0
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Sebastien Le Toux scored on a penalty kick in the 76th minute, and Faryd Mondragon had his fourth shutout in short-handed Philadelphia’s victory over San Jose.
Le Toux scored after San Jose’s Jason Hernandez was whistled for a handball inside the goal crease.
Philadelphia (4-1-1) played a man down for the final 49 minutes after defender Jordan Harvey was issued a red card and ejected for violent conduct against San Jose’s Chris Leitch.
San Jose is 1-4-2.
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