Wednesday's MLS Capsules
Originally published July 19, 2012 at midnight, updated July 19, 2012 at 3:04 a.m.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Thierry Henry scored his first goal since April 28 to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.
The rare weekday afternoon game was played in record-breaking 106-degree heat, the hottest July 18 ever recorded in New Jersey.
In the 71st minute, Henry blasted a left-footed shot that went in off the right goalpost for his 10th goal of the season.
New York (10-5-5) is the only MLS team that’s undefeated at home, improving to 6-0-3. It was only the second victory in the last seven games for New York.
Chicago (9-7-4) had a 6-1-3 record against the Red Bulls since 2008.
GALAXY 2, WHITECAPS 2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — David Beckham and substitute Jose Villarreal scored second-half goals and Los Angeles salvaged a draw.
Gershon Koffie and Barry Robson scored first-half goals for the Whitecaps.
The defending-champion Galaxy (8-10-3) remain four points behind the Whitecaps (8-6-7) in the race for the fifth place in the Western Conference.
Beckham started the play that set up L.A.’s tying goal in the 87th minute when he lobbed a lead ball to Juninho, who then tapped the ball on to Villarreal. The 18-year-old made no mistake, quickly putting in a high shot.
DYNAMO 2, SPORTING KC 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Calen Carr scored twice and Houston extended its unbeaten streak to five games.
The win tied Houston (8-5-7, 31 points) with the Chicago Fire for fourth place in the Eastern Conference and ended Kansas City’s unbeaten streak at three games.
Carr put Houston ahead 2-1 in the 79th minute after feeding a pass to Brad Davis outside the left box and hitting Davis’ cross inside the near post from inside the 6-yard box.
Carr scored from eight yards out in the 25th minute to give Houston a 1-0 lead, and Kei Kamara scored on a penalty kick in the 42nd for Kansas City (11-6-3, 36 points).
CHIVAS USA 1, TIMBERS 0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Miller Bolanos scored his first MLS goal to lift Chivas USA to a victory that moved it four points in front of the Timbers in the Western Conference standings and continued Portland’s road futility.
Bolanos’ goal was just the 12th Chivas (6-7-5) has scored in 18 games.
In the 16th minute, Ryan Smith dribbled past Portland’s Steven Smith and held off defender Mamadou Danso before sending a ball across the goal area. Goalkeeper Troy Perkins dived but only got a hand on it and Bolanos finished into an empty net.
The Timbers (5-10-4) have been shut out seven times in nine road matches, having last scored a road goal on April 14. Since joining MLS in 2011, the Timbers have yet to score more than one goal in any road match, a span of 26 games.
TORONTO FC 2, RAPIDS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Newly acquired forward Andrew Wiedeman scored his first MLS goal in the 68th minute to lift Toronto FC to victory.
Fullback Doneil Henry started the play on the go-ahead goal in the 68th minute. Beating a defender in the corner, he sent the ball toward the box and, after rookie Luis Silva swept it toward goal, Wiedeman poked it in.
The 22-year-old was playing in just his 10th career MLS game and was making his second appearance as a substitute since coming over to Toronto last Friday in the deal that sent Julian de Guzman to FC Dallas.
Conor Casey scored in the 23rd minute for Colorado (7-12-1). Jamaican international Ryan Johnson, making up for a flubbed penalty in the third minute, replied for Toronto (5-11-4) in the 51st.
IMPACT 2, REVOLUTION 1
MONTREAL (AP) — Sanna Nyassi volleyed the winner in the 68th minute to give Montreal the victory.
Patrice Bernier also scored on a penalty for Montreal (7-12-3), which leapfrogged New England (6-9-4) to move into sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Lee Nguyen’s strike for New England was ruled an own goal, but it’s likely the former Vancouver Whitecap will be credited with his fourth of the season.
New England, coming off a 1-0 loss to Toronto FC, has never won a game in Canada, going 0-1 in Vancouver and 0-2-4 in Toronto.
The Impact, now 6-3-2 at home, won for only the second time in their last six games.
EARTHQUAKES 2, FC DALLAS 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Marvin Chavez scored against his former team and Alan Gordon added his eighth goal of the season to lead San Jose.
The Earthquakes had to withstand an 89th-minute goal from Hernan Pertuz and a missed penalty kick in the 94th minute by Jair Benitez.
San Jose (13-4-4) widened its lead in the Supporters’ Shield race to seven points clear of Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City. The Earthquakes are unbeaten at home in Buck Shaw Stadium since Aug. 13, an 8-0-3 run.
FC Dallas (4-10-7) ended a 13-match winless streak Saturday, but couldn’t continue its momentum, despite the debut of newly acquired designated player Julian de Guzman, traded last week by Toronto FC.
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