Saturday's MLS Capsules
Originally published July 29, 2012 at 12:01 a.m., updated July 29, 2012 at 1:47 a.m.
TORONTO (AP) — Calen Carr and Brian Ching both scored as the Houston Dynamo beat Toronto FC 2-0 Saturday for their fourth straight victory.
The Dynamo (10-5-7) moved to second place in the Eastern Conference and extended their unbeaten streak to 5-0-2, having allowed just one goal in their last seven matches.
Toronto (5-12-4) snapped a three-game winning streak.
Carr put the Dynamo on the scoreboard in the 45th minute, and Houston widened its advantage in the 86th when Brad Davis set up Ching with a beautiful touch pass and the Dynamo captain put it past Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic with ease.
GALAXY 1, FC DALLAS 0
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Mike Magee scored in the 62nd minute to lift short-handed Los Angeles.
The defending MLS champion Galaxy (10-10-3), playing without stars Landon Donovan and David Beckham, extended their unbeaten streak to 4-0-1. Los Angeles has lost just twice in its last 10 matches (7-2-1).
Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders needed to make just one save for his fourth shutout of the year.
Dallas (5-11-7) has split its last four games (2-2-0) since a franchise-record 13-game winless skid (0-7-6) dropped it to last in the Western Conference.
Donovan sat out after he was suspended for the first time in his MLS career for yellow card accumulation, while Beckham had not rejoined the team after participating in the opening ceremonies at the London Olympics on Friday night.
IMPACT 3, RED BULLS 1
MONTREAL (AP) — Marco Di Vaio got his first MLS goal early in the second half and Davy Arnaud scored two minutes later to lead Montreal past New York.
Sanna Nyassi also scored for Montreal (8-13-3), which had lost its first two meetings with the Red Bulls.
Thierry Henry scored his 11th of the season in the 57th minute for New York (11-6-5).
Di Vaio got the Impact on the scoreboard in the 48th minute, scoring in his eighth MLS match, and Arnaud made it 2-0 in the 50th.
Nyassi sealed the win with his fourth goal in the 75th minute.
CREW 2, SPORTING KC 1
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Jairo Arietta scored two goals in his MLS debut, leading Columbus past Sporting KC.
Arietta, who joined the Crew (8-7-4) at midseason from Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa, scored in the 17th and 34th minutes. Columbus finished the match a man down after Cole Grossman was issued a straight red card in second-half stoppage time for a hard foul on Graham Zusi.
Sporting (11-7-4) saw its home winless streak extended to four matches.
Kei Kamara scored on a header off Graham Zusi's free kick in the 8th minute, ending Kansas City's scoring drought at home at 333 minutes.
SOUNDERS 2, RAPIDS 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Osvaldo Alonso scored in the 66th minute as Seattle handed Colorado its sixth straight loss.
Eddie Johnson scored in the opening minute and had an assist on Alonso's goal to help the Sounders (9-5-7) extend their unbeaten streak to 2-0-3.
Drew Moor scored his third goal of the season in the 3rd minute for the Rapids (7-14-1), who have been outscored 11-3 during their skid.
On the tiebreaking goal, Alonso broke free of midfielder Wells Thompson, took Johnson's cross and buried a shot past Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens.
EARTHQUAKES 1, FIRE 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Steven Lenhart returned from a four-game injury absence to score in the eighth minute of second-half stoppage time and lift San Jose into the draw.
Lenhart fired home from 20 yards, hammering a ball chested down by Chris Wondolowski to finally break through against Chicago's defense. Till that point, Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson had kept MLS's most prolific offense at bay with 10 saves.
The goal neutralized a 37th-minute strike from Chicago midfielder Chris Rolfe.
San Jose (13-5-5) moved two points clear of Real Salt Lake atop the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings.
Chicago (9-7-5) failed to win for the first time this season when scoring the first goal.
CHIVAS USA 1, TIMBERS 0
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Danny Califf scored his first goal of the season, and Chivas USA sent Portland to its fifth consecutive defeat.
Califf scored on a set-piece header in the 68th minute when Chivas capitalized on Ben Zemanski's free kick. It brought Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins off his line, and Califf was able to head it in before Perkins could get to it.
The victory kept Chivas USA (6-8-5) within reach of the LA Galaxy for the fifth and final Western Conference playoff spot.
The Timbers (5-11-4) haven't scored since July 14 and are on an MLS-record, 697-minute goal-less stretch on the road.