Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, October 23, 2011
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Wells Thompson scored in the 84th minute and the Colorado Rapids rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in the teams’ regular-season finale Saturday night.
Defending-champion Colorado (12-9-13) improved its chances of hosting a playoff game, pending other results this weekend.
Vancouver (6-18-10) closed its inaugural MLS season and was playing under coach Tommy Soehn for the last time. Martin Rennie will take over next season.
Alain Rochat gave the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead in the 49th minute, and Jeff Larentowicz tied the score for Colorado in the 59th minute.
Sporting KC 1, United 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Besler scored in the 54th minute to help Sporting Kansas City earn the top seed in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting (13-9-12), which closed the season with a five-match unbeaten run, will play a two-leg conference semifinal against the higher remaining seed from next week’s wild card round.
United, eliminated from playoff contention with a draw against Portland last Wednesday, finished 0-5-1 in its last six matches.
Besler scored on a turnaround shot on a rebound effort following Kei Kamara’s corner kick header off the post for the only goal of the match.
Revolution 2, Toronto FC 2
TORONTO (AP) — Danny Koevermans scored in the 83rd minute to lift Toronto FC to a draw with New England.
The Dutchman scored his eighth goal in 10 games this season.
Forward Nick Soolsma opened the scoring for Toronto (6-13-15), which gave up a league-worst 59 goals.
Midfielder Monsef Zerka and forward Milton Caraglio scored for New England (5-16-13).
Fire 3, Crew 2
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Diego Chaves scored on a rebound in the 81st minute to lift Chicago to its seventh win in 10 games.
Rookie defender Jalil Anibaba scored his first two career goals — both in the first half — for the Fire (9-9-16), who still missed the postseason.
Emilio Renteria scored in the 73rd minute and Dilly Duka tied the score in the 79th for the Crew (13-13-8), who missed out on securing the Eastern Conference title and homefield advantage. Columbus, now third in the East, could fall into a wild-card spot pending results of Sunday’s games.
Timbers 1, Real Salt Lake 1
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Futty Danso scored in stoppage time to lift Portland to a draw with Real Salt Lake.
Danso’s late goal helped the Timbers (11-14-9) finish the season on a positive note after barely missing out on a playoff berth.
Alvaro Saborio scored in the 45th minute for Salt Lake (15-11-8), which had clinched a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season a month ago and could have wrapped up third place in the Western Conference with a win.
Saborio’s 11th goal in MLS play this season snapped a 270-minute scoreless streak for Salt Lake, going back to a 2-1 loss to Los Angeles on Oct. 1.
Sounders 3, Chivas USA 1
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Alvaro Fernandez and Sammy Ochoa scored and Seattle also benefited from an own goal.
The playoff-bound Sounders (18-7-9) won after losing midfielder Mauro Rosales to an injury early. Rosales went down in the fifth minute when he was tackled by Chivas midfielder Ben Zemanski. After remaining on the field for a lengthy spell, the Argentine was taken off on a stretcher.
Victor Estupinan got his first career goal in the 83rd minute for Chivas USA (8-14-12) to avoid the shutout.
Seattle took the lead in the 53rd minute when Chivas defender Andrew Boyens deflected a shot into the home team’s net. Fernandez curled a shot into the net in the 68th to make it 2-0 and Ochoa scored five minutes later.
Earthquakes 4, FC Dallas 2
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Simon Dawkins scored twice and Chris Wondolowski got his 16th goal of the season to tie for the MLS scoring crown and lead San Jose past FC Dallas.
Rookie midfielder Rafael Baca added his first league goal to help San Jose (8-12-14) romp despite being eliminated from playoff contention.
Wondolowski, who converted a penalty kick in the 34th minute, tied D.C. United’s Dwayne De Rosario for the league lead in goals, but De Rosario will win the Golden Boot award due to his 12 assists — nine more than defending champion Wondolowski.
George John and Ruben Luna scored for Dallas (15-12-7), which missed an opportunity to clinch third place in the Western Conference, and the first-round playoff bye.
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