Saturday's MLS Capsules
Sunday, May 6, 2012
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Joel Lindpere scored to help the New York Red Bulls win their first game since scoring star Thierry Henry was injured, 1-0 over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.
The marquee matchup between Major League Soccer's highest-profile teams missed some of its usual luster without Henry, the French player expected to be sidelined up to one month because of a strained hamstring.
Lindpere scored in the 19th minute and the Red Bulls held on to beat the Los Angeles squad that knocked them out of playoffs last season en route to the title.
New York improved to 5-3-1, and Los Angeles dropped to 3-5-1.
D.C. UNITED 2, TORONTO FC 0
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi scored second-half goals and D.C. United beat Toronto FC, relegating the Reds to the worst start in MLS history at 0-8-0.
Toronto broke the record of 0-7-0 set by Kansas City in 1999. The league record for the longest overall losing streak is 12 by the New York-New Jersey MetroStars in 1999.
Pontius curled a left-footer past the diving Milos Kocic in the 55th minute, and Salihi scored in the 75th after Toronto failed to clear a corner kick. D.C. United improved to 5-3-3.
Toronto's lone victory this season came March 14 against Los Angeles in CONCACAF Champions League play. Overall in MLS, CONCACAF Champions League and Canadian Championship play, Toronto is 1-9-3.
IMPACT 2, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Felipe Martins scored in the 30th minute, Patrice Bernier converted a penalty kick in the 63rd and expansion Montreal beat Sporting Kansas City.
Montreal (3-5-2) won consecutive games for the first time to extend its unbeaten streak to three. Donovan Ricketts made six saves, three in the first 27 minutes, for his second straight shutout.
Sporting (7-2-0) had its second straight shutout loss after a club-record 7-0 start and gave up more than one goal in a game for the first time this year. Kansas City hasn't scored in 205 minutes, since the 65th minute of a 3-1 win over Vancouver on April 18.
Bernier's 63rd-minute spot kick was set up when Aurelien Collin pulled down Lamar Neagle in the penalty area on a breakaway in the 62nd. Martins opened the scoring in the first half, taking a layoff pass from Justin Braun and driving a left-footed shot just inside the left post from 25 yards.
WHITECAPS 2, EARTHQUAKES 1
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Second-half substitute Eric Hassli scored in the final minute of added time to give Vancouver a comeback victory over San Jose.
After taking a pass from Davide Chiumiento, Hassli fired in a shot off goalkeeper Jon Busch's hand and inside the far post for his first MLS goal since August.
Chris Wondolowski scored his MLS-leading 11th goal for the Earthquakes in the 11th minute, and Gershon Koffie tied it for the Whitecaps in the 40th minute.
Vancouver improved to 5-2-3, handing league-leading San Jose (7-2-1) its first loss in eight games.
REAL SALT LAKE 2, REVOLUTION 1
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Alvaro Saborio scored twice and Real Salt Lake ran its unbeaten streak against New England to five games.
Salt Lake improbed to 7-3-1, and New England dropped to 3-6-0.
Saborio broke a 1-1 tie in the 55th minute. Morales booted a free kick over a three-man defensive wall and sent a cross that Saborio headed into the net.
Blake Brettschneider scored for New England in the 22nd minute, and Saborio tied it in the 34th.
SOUNDERS 1, UNION 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Mauro Rosales scored in the 63rd minute, and Bryan Meredith had a shutout in his first Major League Soccer start in Seattle's victory over Philadelphia.
The Sounders (6-1-1) have won four straight and are unbeaten in their last five (4-1-0) in the best start in the franchise's four-year history. Philadelphia (2-5-1) has lost two in a row.
Fredy Montero set up Rosales' first goal of the season with a pass through the penalty area toward the right side. Rosales ran onto it and beat goalkeeper Zac MacMath to the left corner from 10 yards.
The shutout was the Sounders' sixth in their last seven games.
TIMBERS 0, CREW 0, TIE
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins knocked Josh William's header over the bar in the 66th minute to keep Columbus at bay in a scoreless draw.
Both teams, struggling with injuries for the match, have just two wins apiece. The Timbers (2-5-2) are last in the Western Conference, while the Crew (2-4-2) are ninth, just ahead of winless Toronto, in the East.
Both of Portland's victories have come at Jeld-Wen Field, but Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum didn't let a shot through, making six saves. The Crew, playing in their 500th regular-season match, have been shutout four times this season, with six total goals and just one goal on the road.
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