Saturday's MLS Capsules
Originally published April 22, 2012 at midnight, updated April 22, 2012 at 12:12 a.m.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An own goal spoiled Sporting Kansas City's quest for an eighth straight victory.
Chance Myers' headed the ball into his own goal in the 41st minute against the Timbers for a 1-0 Portland upset on Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field.
Sporting KC opened the season with seven straight wins and was Major League Soccer's only undefeated team heading into the match against the struggling Timbers. The record for most victories to start a season is 12, set by the Los Angeles Galaxy in 1996, the league's inaugural year.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for Portland, who hadn't won since a 3-1 victory at home over Philadelphia in the season opener
GALAXY 2, RAPIDS 1
COMMERCE, Colo. (AP) — Landon Donovan scored in the 39th minute and goalkeeper Josh Saunders stopped a penalty kick in added time as the Los Angeles Galaxy earned their first road win.
Saunders made a diving save on a penalty kick by Omar Cummings to preserve the win.
David Beckham played after being questionable with back spasm for Los Angeles (3-3-0), winners of two straight. Beckham has never had a goal or an assist in five career games against the Rapids.
Cummings scored in the 63rd minute for Colorado (3-4-0) which suffered its third straight defeat.
Cummings ended a scoreless streak of 243 minutes. Colorado's last goal came when Kamani Hill scored on April 1 against Chicago.
DYNAMO 2, CREW 2, tie
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brian Ching scored the tying goal in the 81st minute to give Houston a draw.
Ching took a pass from the right side by Will Bruin, who had the Dynamo's first goal in the 59th minute, and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
Eddie Gaven scored twice for the Crew (2-3-1).
Gaven countered Bruins' score in the 63rd minute with a toe poke after the Dynamo mishandled a clearance. He then put the Crew ahead 11 minutes later with a strike from 22 yards after Aaron Schonfeld chested the ball to him.
The second-half outburst was uncharacteristic of the teams. Houston (2-1-2) had three goals in its first four games and the Crew entered with four.
FIRE 3, TORONTO FC 2
TORONTO (AP) — Patrick Nyarko scored in the 58th minute, and Chicago kept Toronto winless.
Toronto (0-6-0) is tied for the second-worst start in MLS history. Kansas City opened the 1999 season 0-7-0. Toronto has a combined 1-7-2 record in CONCACAF Champions League and MLS play this season, getting outscored 23-11.
Dominic Oduro and Gonzalo Segares also scored for Chicago (2-1-2). Reggie Lambe scored both Toronto goals.
Oduro's through ball to Nyarko split the Toronto defense to set up the winning score. Goalkeeper Milo Kocic rushed out, but Nyarko dribbled past him and sent the ball home.
UNION 1, CHIVAS USA 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Freddy Adu scored his first goal of the season as Philadelphia handed Chivas USA its fourth straight home loss.
The Union struck first in the 40th minute when Philadelphia caught Chivas on a counter as Michael Farfan went around a Chivas defender firing in a cross that deflected off of defender Rauwshan McKenzie and onto the back heel of Adu for the goal.
Philadelphia finished the match with nine men as in the 75th minute when Union attacker Keon Daniel unleashed a hard challenge on Chivas' midfielder Ryan Smith, receiving a straight red. Ten minutes later, Gabriel Farfan earned a red card for a late challenge on defender James Riley that led to an on the field scuffle.
Juan Pablo Angel made only his second appearance of this season in the 63rd minute after missing five games due to concussion symptoms.
EARTHQUAKES 3, REAL SALT LAKE 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Simon Dawkins and Chris Wondolowski scored in second-half injury time as San Jose took advantage of two red cards to beat Real Salt Lake.
Khari Stephenson scored in first-half injury time. The Earthquakes needed the late heroics after Kyle Beckerman's 53rd-minute equalizer threatened to let Real Salt Lake escape with a point despite a 30th-minute red card to Fabian Espindola, RSL's leading scorer, and another in the 69th minute to star defender Jamison Olave.
Dawkins sent home a diving header off a right-wing cross from Steven Beitashour two minutes into six minutes' worth of stoppage time.
Wondolowski scored his league-leading eighth goal just a minute later off a short chip from Khari Stephenson inside Real Salt Lake's penalty box.
WHITECAPS 1, FC DALLAS 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Camilo Sanvezzo scored in the 11th minute and Vancouver beat FC Dallas.
Sanvezzo made his return to the starting lineup and was a force early for the Whitecaps (3-2-2).
Goalkeeper Joe Cannon stopped five shots for his fourth shutout of the season.
Sanvezzo broke the scoreless tie with a solid solo effort. He began at the right sideline, cut to the middle of the field and fired a left-footed strike to the left of goalkeeper Chris Seitz. That gives the Brazilian two goals on the season. Lee Young-Pyo picked up the assist.
Seitz was making a surprise start in place of Kevin Hartman, just his second for Dallas (3-3-1) and his first this season.
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