Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, March 11, 2012
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Javier Morales scored the go-ahead goal in the 80th minute, Fabian Espindola added another late score, and Real Salt Lake spoiled the defending MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy’s season opener with a 3-1 victory Saturday night.
David Beckham’s dazzling pass set up Edson Buddle’s goal on a header for the Galaxy in the 71st minute, but Sean Franklin’s own-goal moments later evened it for Salt Lake, which lost to Los Angeles last season in the Western Conference final.
Morales then capitalized on a miscommunication in Los Angeles’ defense to score the winner, banging a short shot past Josh Saunders in the box.
Espindola got another in the 85th minute on the run, celebrating in front of Real’s small band of traveling supporters. The Galaxy had several late chances, but Salt Lake handed the Galaxy their first home loss in 26 matches since Nov. 14, 2010, thoroughly ruining a celebratory night for Beckham and Los Angeles’ star-studded roster.
WHITECAPS 2, IMPACT 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sebastien Le Toux and Camilo scored and Vancouver spoiled Montreal’S Major League Soccer debut.
Le Toux scored early in the first half, and Camilo connected 9 minutes into the second in front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.
The Whitecaps, opening their second season in the league after finishing last overall last year, got the strong start they were looking for under new coach Martin Rennie.
Le Toux, who had 25 goals and 20 assists in the past two seasons with Philadelphia, opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Fellow Frenchman Hassli headed the ball forward, then took it off former Italian national team defender Matteo Ferrari and rolled a low shot past goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
RAPIDS 2, CREW 0
COMMERCE, Colo. (AP) — Drew Moor scored in the 44th minute and Colorado beat Columbus, giving first-year coach Oscar Pareja a victory in the season opener.
Quincy Amarikwa added a goal in the 89th minute.
Moor’s goal was set up when glare from the sun caused Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to mishandle Rapids defender Kosuke Kimura’s lob. The ball went through Gruenebaum’s hands and off the end line.
Kimura took the ensuing corner kick and sent in a long entry kick. The ball deflected to the left side of the goal to Moor for a header that went past Gruenebaum.
Matt Pickens had his 34th career shutout and 23rd with the Rapids.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, D.C UNITED 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Substitute C.J. Sapong scored on a header in stoppage time in Sporting Kansas City’s victory over D.C. United in the season opener for both teams.
Bill Hamid made seven saves to keep United in it, but had little chance to stop Sapong’s header off Graham Zusi’s corner kick that gave Sporting its third straight 1-0 victory over D.C.
Kansas City dominated most of the game, outshooting D.C. 17-7 overall and 8-1 in shots on target as it began the defense of its Eastern Conference regular-season title. Sporting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen needed to make just one save, a routine stop on Maicon Santos’ long-range late effort.
EARTHQUAKES 1, REVOLUTION 0
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski scored in the 15th minute to help San Jose beat New England.
It was the Earthquakes’ first win in a home opener since entering the league as an expansion team in 2008. San Jose lost its four previous home openers by a combined score of 6-0.
Wondolowski, who tied for the MLS lead last season with 16 goals, extended his scoring streak to six games.
Shea Salinas set up the goal by jumping on an errant pass from Revolution captain Sharlie Joseph inside New England’s half of the field. Salinas quickly slipped a through ball to Wondolowski. The U.S. international took one touch and fired a shot past goalkeeper Matt Reis from just outside the penalty box.
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