Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, April 8, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kei Kamara scored on a diving header late in the first half and Sporting Kansas City beat the David Beckham-less Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday to improve to 5-0.
Sporting is the first club to begin a season with five regulation wins since Los Angeles opened 12-0 in 1996, Major League soccer’s inaugural year. Kansas City also extended its home unbeaten streak to five matches against Los Angeles, which is 1-3 after winning the MLS Cup last season.
Kansas City has four shutouts in five matches, and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen did not have to make a save against the Galaxy.
Beckham has been plagued by a series of nagging injuries and didn’t make the trip. Landon Donovan returned from a quadriceps injury that kept him out of Los Angeles’ 3-1 home loss to New England.
Kamara scored his third goal of the season, connecting in the 40th minute off Bobby Convey’s first assist with his new team. Kamara beat right back Sean Franklin to Convey’s cross at the edge of the 6-yard box and curled the ball inside the far post.
RED BULLS 4, CREW 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper each scored twice to help New York beat Columbus.
Cooper scored in the third and 13th minutes to give him six goals this season, and Henry added goals in the 40th and 90th to regain the MLS goals lead with seven.
The two forwards have scored all but one goal this season for the Red Bulls (3-2).
New York won its third straight behind rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara. He had seven saves but lost his shutout in the 89th minute when Chad Marshall scored on a header off Kirk Urso’s corner kick.
The Crew dropped to 2-2.
IMPACT 2, TORONTO FC 1
MONTREAL (AP) — Sinisa Ubiparipovic and Andrew Wenger scored to lead Montreal to its first Major League Soccer victory.
Ubiparipovic, making his first appearance, scored in the 17th minute in front of 23,120 spectators at Olympic Stadium. Wenger, the Impact’s first overall draft pick, made it 2-0 in the 81st minute.
Montreal improved to 1-4-1.
Danny Koevermans scored in the 88th for Toronto (0-4-0), which was reduced to 10 men after defender Logan Emory was sent off in the 65th minute.
EARTHQUAKES 3, WHITECAPS 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored twice and Alan Gordon added a goal in a 10-minute span midway through the second half to help San Jose beat Vancouver.
San Jose improved to 4-1, while Vancouver dropped to 2-1-2.
Wondolowski tied it at 1 in the 68th minute, Gordon gave the Earthquakes the lead in the 72nd, and Wondolowski completed the scoring in the 78th with his sixth goal of the season.
Sebastien Le Toux scored for Vancouver in the 49th minute.
Wondolowski’s first goal ended the Whitecaps’ season-opening shutout streak at 427 minutes, six more than previous mark set by New York in 2007.
SOUNDERS 0, UNITED 0, TIE
WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. United stretched its unbeaten streak to three matches with the draw against Seattle.
After combining for 21 goals in their previous six league meetings, the teams had the first scoreless draw in the four-year season series. Seattle also beat D.C. 2-1 in Washington in the 2009 U.S. Open Cup Final.
Seattle is 2-1-1, and United 1-2-2.
REAL SALT LAKE 2, RAPIDS 0
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Alvaro Saboria and Fabian Espindola scored to lead Real Salt Lake past Colorado.
Real Salt Lake (5-1-0), alone atop the Western Conference standings, extended its unbeaten streak against the Rapids (3-2-0) to seven games, with its last loss in the series coming in May 2009.
The win gave Salt Lake a leg up in its bid to keep the Rocky Mountain Cup for a sixth straight season.
It also sets up a showdown next week with undefeated Sporting Kansas City, which beat defending champion Los Angeles earlier in the day.
Espindola’s goal in the 57th minute put him in a tie with former standout Robbie Findley for Real Salt Lake’s all-time lead in MLS goals scored with 29.