Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, May 22, 2011
HOUSTON (AP) — Mehdi Ballouchy scored for New York in second-half stoppage time to give the Red Bulls a 2-2 tie with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
Ballouchy sent a header off Joel Lindpere’s corner kick into the upper center of the net.
New York tied it after Koke gave Houston a 2-1 lead. Koke, who transferred to Houston from Greece on April 15, entered in the 67th minute and scored his first career MLS goal in the 82nd minute.
New York (4-2-4) opened the scoring 39 seconds into the game on Dane Richards’ goal. Richards took a pass sent back out of the box from Luke Rodgers and one-timed it into the left side from 25 yards out.
Richards’ goal was the fastest in New York history and the fastest allowed in Houston history. The fastest goal in MLS history is 11 seconds by Dwayne De Rosario in 2003 for San Jose against Dallas.
The Dynamo (3-3-5) tied it on Brad Davis’ penalty kick in the 12th minute. Will Bruin earned the penalty kick when he was tripped up in the box by Rafael Marquez.
Galaxy 1, Chivas USA 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Chad Barrett scored on header in the 26th minute after a feed from David Beckham on a free kick in Los Angeles’ victory over Chivas USA.
Playing in front of a sellout crowd of 27,000 at the Home Depot Center, MLS-leading Los Angeles improved to 6-2-5 and ran its unbeaten streak against its area rival to nine games — four victories and five ties.
Chivas USA (3-4-3) had its best scoring chance in 65th minute when midfielder Ben Zemanski fired a shot that bounced off the post. Chivas USA hasn’t beaten the Galaxy since Sept 13, 2007.
Timbers 1, Crew 0
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eric Brunner scored on a header to open the second half and Portland beat Columbus to remain perfect at home in its inaugural season.
Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer leaped to stop Brunner’s header off a cross from Kalif Alhassan in the 46th minute but the ball bounded into the net.
Brunner spent the previous two seasons in Columbus before he was selected by the Timbers in the second round of the 2010 Major League Soccer expansion draft.
The expansion Timbers (5-3-2) are the only team in MLS to win all of its home games.
The announced crowd at Jeld-Wen Field was 18,627, a sellout.
The Crew (3-3-4) have yet to win on the road this season.
Union 2, Fire 1
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Carlos Ruiz scored the go-ahead goal in the 75th minute for Philadelphia.
Philadelphia (5-3-2) moved into first place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of New York.
Ruiz scored his team-high third goal of the season, beating goalkeeper Jon Conway from 30 yards.
Philadelphia scored more than one goal in a game for the first time this season. The Union, 4-0-2 at home, had an MLS-low six goals in their first nine games.
Union rookie Michael Farfan scored his first MLS goal in the 64th minute, and Dominic Oduro tied it for Chicago (1-4-5) in the 68th minute. The Fire dropped to 0-3-3 on the road.
Sounders 1, Sporting Kansas City 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Jeff Parke scored on a header off Tyson Wahl’s corner kick in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to lift Seattle past Sporting Kansas City.
Sounders goalkeeper Kasey Keller made three saves for his third shutout of the season.
The victory helped the Sounders (4-3-5) extend their unbeaten streak to four games.
Sporting Kansas City (1-6-1) lost its fifth straight game. The team is playing its first 10 games on the road while its new home park is completed.
Earthquakes 2, Revolution 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Bobby Convey and Ellis McLoughlin scored second-half goals and goalkeeper Jon Busch made them stand up in San Jose’s victory over New England.
Ellis scored his first goal of the season on a header in the 71st minute, and Convey curled in a free kick to give the Earthquakes (3-4-3) a 2-0 lead in the 84th minute. It also was Convey’s first goal of the year.
Chris Tierney scored late in the second half for New England (3-4-4), which also missed a corner kick attempt just before the final whistle. The Revolution have won only once in San Jose since 2000.’