Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, September 18, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) — Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales broke the team assist record and Alvaro Fernandez scored twice to help Seattle beat DC United 3-0 Saturday night before a sellout crowd that helped them set a new MLS attendance record.
The 36,242 fans at CenturyLink Field gave the Sounders attendance of 553,987 with two home games remaining. That breaks the mark of 542,600 they set last season. The Sounders have set a new league attendance record each season since joining MLS in 2009.
Mike Fucito opened the scoring for the Sounders (14-6-9, 51 points) in the 35th minute with Rosales getting the assist. Fernandez scored off a slick pass from Rosales during the two minutes of added time in the first half and added another score off a loose ball in the 60th minute.
The two assists gave Rosales 12 for the season.
Fire 3, Chivas USA 2
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Dominic Oduro scored in the 85th minute to give the short-handed Chicago the victory.
Fire defender Cory Gibbs scored on a second-minute header, and the Fire went up 2-0 in the 25th on an own-goal by Chivas striker Juan Pablo Angel, who was trying to clear Pavel Pardo’s free kick.
But Gibbs was ejected in the 37th by referee Jorge Gonzalez, and Chivas (7-12-10, 31 points) took advantage of the 10-man Fire in the second half. The visitors broke a three-game scoreless streak in the 61st minute on a goal by Angel and tied it in the 63rd on Nick LaBrocca’s score.
Toronto FC 2, Rapids 1
TORONTO (AP) — Danny Koevermans scored twice in the second half to rally Toronto FC over Colorado.
Toronto’s Eric Avila found Ashtone Morgan alone on the left side, and the 20-year-old Canadian fullback sent a cross through the penalty box that Koevermans tapped in.
The Dutch striker made it 2-0 eight minutes later with a glancing header off a cross from the right side by Nick Soolsma.
Gambian striker Sanna Nyassi scored for the Rapids in the 69th, burying the ball high in the net from close range.
Real Salt Lake 1, Sporting KC 1
SANDY, UTAH (AP) — Nat Borchers scored on a header in the 54th minute and Real Salt Lake won its fourth straight match to move into third place in the Western Conference.
Salt Lake (14-7-6) had been struggling offensively until Kyle Beckerman sent a free kick into the penalty box as Borchers streaked toward the right post and Borchers drove the ball home. Red Bulls 1, FC Dallas 0
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Luke Rodgers scored in the 36th minute and New York hung on to snap an eight-game winless streak.
Goalkeeper Frank Rost made three saves for his second shutout of the season in his return to the lineup after missing three games due to a torn quadriceps.
FC Dallas was missing top goal-scorer Brek Shea, who was serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation.
The Red Bulls also were without their leading scorer, Thierry Henry, who didn’t make the trip to Texas due to inflammation of his Achilles tendon.
Union 1, Crew 0
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Sebastien Le Toux scored his team-leading seventh goal in the 32nd minute and Philadelphia Union snapped an eight-match winless streak by beating Columbus.
The Union ended an 0-3-5 stretch that dated to a 3-0 victory on July 17 at New England.
A standing room-only sellout of 18,906 at PPL Park saw Philadelphia improve to 6-1-8 at home with its first victory in four tries against Columbus.
The Union (9-7-12) moved into third place in the Eastern Conference, two points behind the Crew and one point behind Sporting Kansas City, which lost at Real Salt Lake.
Columbus is 0-3-1 in its last four matches and fell to 3-8-3 on the road.
Rookie goalkeeper Zac MacMath picked up his second consecutive shutout in place of injured All-Star Faryd Mondragon.
Dynamo 2, Earthquakes 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Second-half substitute Will Bruin scored in the 79th minute to send Houston its first win in nearly a month.
Houston (9-9-12, 39 points) remains in a tie for third in the Eastern Conference with Philadelphia after the Union won 1-0 against Columbus. It was the Dynamo’s first win since a 3-2 victory over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 20.
San Jose (6-11-11, 29 points) remained eighth in the Western Conference, trailing New York and Portland by seven points in the hunt for the final wild card spot.
Khari Stephenson gave San Jose the 1-0 lead in the 40th minute and Brad Davis tied the score in the 47th on a penalty kick.
Galaxy 3, Whitecaps 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Mike Magee scored a pair of goals, Robbie Keane had a goal and an assist, and Los Angeles blanked Vancouver.
Keane assisted on Magee’s goal in the 40th minute and finished a header in the 64th. Magee later added an insurance goal for the Galaxy’s fourth win in five games.
Bryan Jordan had a pair of assists for MLS-leading Los Angeles (16-3-10), which stayed unbeaten in 15 home matches (10-0-5).
Vancouver (4-14-10) has been outscored by the Galaxy 7-0 in two meetings this season.