Wednesday's MLS Capsules
Thursday, June 21, 2012
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Landon Donovan scored a goal in each half to fuel a rally from a two-goal deficit and lift the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-2 victory over Real Salt Lake 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Mike Magee also scored for the Galaxy, who had three unanswered goals to knock off the Western Conference leaders.
Kyle Beckerman and Alvaro Saborio each scored first-half goals for RSL, which saw its seven-game unbeaten streak snapped in stunning fashion. It was the first time in franchise history Salt Lake lost an MLS game after building a two-goal lead.
Salt Lake (10-4-2) attacked the Galaxy early and it paid off. The hosts put Los Angeles on its heels defensively and the Galaxy (5-8-2) struggled to find methods for containing RSL's main playmakers.
Until U.S. national team star Donovan took charge, that is.
Dynamo 3, Toronto FC 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Will Bruin scored twice in the second half, and the Dynamo came back from a two-goal deficit in the final 17 minutes.
Danny Koevermans scored twice for Toronto (1-10-1), which built a 3-1 lead at halftime only to get its first draw of the season.
Houston (5-4-5, 20 points) tied the game in the 90th minute on Bruin's header from the left side of the goalkeeper's box off a cross from Geoff Cameron.
Houston cut the lead to 3-2 in the 73rd minute as Bruin took a pass from Brad Davis at the top of the box and chipped it into the upper right portion of the net from 16 yards.
Three Toronto players arrested for public intoxication earlier in the week were sent home before the game: Miguel Aceval, Luis Silva and Nick Soolsma.
Earthquakes 2, Rapids 1
COMMERCE, Colo. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time after an own goal had tied the game in the 83rd minute. Wondolowski who entered Wednesday's play as the MLS co-leader in goals with 11, played after missing two games while with the U.S. national team.
Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens caught the foot of Alan Gordon, earning Wondolowski the penalty kick. It was the 12th goal of the season and the fifth game-winning goal for Wondolowski.
Steven Lenhart had his shot from inside the penalty area stopped by Pickens before Gordon, situated in front of the goal, saw the ball come directly to him. His shot went in off defender Hunter Freeman for the own goal.
San Jose (9-3-3) peppered Pickens with quality chances all night.
Brian Mullan scored on a header in the 18th minute for Colorado (6-8-1) even though the Earthquakes controlled play for the first 17 minutes, when they had three quality chances against Pickens.
Sporting KC 1, Sounders FC 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Jacob Peterson scored on a deflected shot in the eighth minute for Sporting Kansas City, and Patrick Ianni's electrifying volley goal just a few minutes later was enough for the Sounders to earn a draw.
Kansas City is unbeaten in its last four matches — two wins and two draws — and continues to inch toward the top of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. Meanwhile, the Sounders are slumping, winless in their last six league matches and with a rivalry game at Portland coming up Sunday.
Seattle nearly pulled out the victory in the 88th minute when Fredy Montero's shot beat goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, but deflected off both posts and stayed out of the net.
Chivas USA 2, Impact 1
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Juan Pablo Angel scored in the 82nd minute to give Chivas USA their second win at home this season.
Seeking to put the Impact off-balance from the start, Chivas opened the scoring in the 15th minute. A shot by Juan Agudelo deflected off the thigh of Moreno and past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
After the Chivas goal, Montreal began to pressure the Rojiblancos and found the equalizer in the 42nd minute. Davy Arnaud's cross created space for Brazilian midfielder Felipe, who beat a diving goalkeeper Dan Kennedy from close range.
Just five minutes after the pair came on as substitutes, Jorge Villafana fired a cross from the left side of midfield to Angel, who headed his third goal of the season past Ricketts to give Chivas three points.