Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, October 16, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) — Sammy Ochoa and Fredy Montero scored in the final 10 minutes and sent retiring goalkeeper Kasey Keller out with a victory in his final regular-season home match, helping the Seattle Sounders FC rally for a 2-1 win over San Jose on Saturday night.
Ochoa pulled the Sounders even in the 82nd minute when he collected a pass from Mauro Rosales and drilled a right-footed shot off the post and past goalkeeper Jon Busch. Five minutes later, Montero took a pass from Lamar Neagle and chipped his shot past Busch to give the Sounders an unlikely victory.
Chris Wondolowski scored in the 24th minute for San Jose and silenced the 64,140 in attendance, the third largest single-game crowd in Major League Soccer history. But Keller made a handful of saves that showed despite his age he’s going out as still one of the top goalkeeper’s in the league.
This wasn’t Keller’s final home game as Seattle already wrapped up second place in the Western Conference and will host the second-leg of a semifinal playoff series, currently lined up to be against Real Salt Lake.
Sporting Kansas City 2, Red Bulls 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — C.J. Sapong scored and Sporting Kansas City clinched a playoff berth with a victory over New York, which lost forward Thierry Henry to a red card in the first half.
Teal Bunbury also scored for Kansas City (12-9-12), which moved into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. Both teams have 48 points with one game remaining.
New York (9-8-16), which has 43 points, had to play much of the game a man down after Henry was sent off in the first half.
Henry, who came in with 14 goals — tying him for the league lead — was given a red card in the 28th minute for kneeing Roger Espinoza in the back as Espinoza sat on the field.
Fire 2, DC United 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Diego Chaves and Sebastian Grazzini scored in stoppage time to preserve the Fire’s slim playoff hopes.
Chaves and Grazzini scored just minutes after Dwayne De Rosario put United in position for the win with a 90th-minute penalty kick.
Chicago (8-9-16) still must win in its last game, and have New York lose, plus make up a five-goal differential in the process to catch the Red Bulls for the 10th and final spot. United (9-12-11) and Portland also remain in contention.
Grazzini sparked the rally, taking a layoff feed from Gonzalo Segares and finishing past a diving Bill Hamid from about 15 yards.
Segares then set up the game winner, beating the offsides trap to reach a ball on the left and cross to Chaves, who finished past a stranded Hamid.
Crew 3, Revolution 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Andres Mendoza scored twice to move into second place in the Major League Soccer goals race with 13, and the Crew kept their Eastern Conference playoff hopes alive.
Mendoza opened the scoring for Columbus (13-12-8) in the 31st minute, taking a high-bouncing header of a pass from Emilio Renteria and rifling a left-footed shot past goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth. Mendoza struck again in the 63rd minute, one-timing a left-footed shot after receiving a well-struck cross off the right wing by Renteria.
Dilly Duka scored in the 59th minute for Columbus, which extended its unbeaten streak over New England to six matches (4-0-2).
New England (5-16-12) finished its home season with its fewest wins ever at 4-7-6 and will finish the season with the fewest wins in club history.
Toronto FC 1, Union 1
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Sebastien Le Toux scored in the 43rd minute to lead Philadelphia to a draw against Toronto FC, good enough to clinch the Union’s first playoff berth.
Le Toux scored his team-best 11th goal after receiving a crisp open pass from Justin Mapp, and the Union extended their unbeaten streak to eight games (3-0-5).
Ryan Johnson scored for Toronto FC (6-13-14) in the 57th minute.
All-Star goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon returned for Philadelphia (11-7-15).
FC Dallas 2, Whitecaps 0
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Marvin Chavez and Brek Shea scored to help FC Dallas beat Vancouver.
Dallas improved to 15-11-7 to match the 2006 team mark for points in a season with 52.
Chavez opened the scoring in the 35th minute with his sixth goal, and Shea added his 11th of the year in the 54th minute. Kevin Hartman had the shutout for Dallas for MLS-leading 15th victory of the season. He also earned an assist on Chavez’s goal, the goalkeeper’s first in his 15-year-old MLS career.
Vancouver dropped to 6-17-10.