Saturday's MLS Capsules
Games played Aug. 10, 2013
Originally published August 10, 2013 at 10:39 p.m., updated August 10, 2013 at 11:28 p.m.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kei Kamara scored in each half, and Sporting Kansas City retook the Eastern Conference lead with a 3-0 victory over the short-handed New England Revolution on Saturday night.
Benny Feilhaber scored on a free kick in stoppage time for Sporting (11-7-6), which broke a two-match losing streak and moved ahead of New York by a point in the East standings.
Defender Kevin Alston made his first start since his leukemia diagnosis in early April for New England.
The Revolution (8-9-6) had to play a man down after forward Dmitry Imbongo elbowed Sporting’s Uri Rosell in the throat in the 64th minute and was given his second yellow card, and went down to nine in the 86th when Andy Dorman was given a straight red for a hard foul on Kamara.
Soony Saad assisted on both of Kamara’s headed goals, in the 27th and 50th minutes.
Jimmy Nielsen made four saves for his ninth shutout.
SOUNDERS FC 2, TORONTO FC 1
TORONTO (AP) — Mauro Rosales scored in the first half and Seattle hung on to beat Toronto.
The game was the Sounders debut for star American forward Clint Dempsey. He came in with 11 minutes remaining in the first half after starting forward Obafemi Martins was taken off following a tackle by Doneil Henry.
Dempsey, a former Fulham and Tottenham player, got his first touch a few minutes later in front of the Toronto goal, but defender Ashtone Morgan took him off the ball.
The other goal for the Sounders (10-7-4) came on an own goal by Henry.
Jonathan Osorio scored his fifth goal of the season early in the second half for Toronto (4-11-8).
WHITECAPS FC 2, EARTHQUAKES 0
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Camilo Sanvezzo and Kenny Miller scored second-half goals to lead Vancouver over San Jose.
Sanvezzo and Miller scored 14 minutes apart to help the Whitecaps (10-7-6) end a three-game winless skid.
Vancouver also put six points between the two clubs in the tight Western Conference. The Earthquakes (8-10-6) had their winning streak end at three games.
Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted recorded his first MLS shutout as he made his home debut since signing with Vancouver in June. It was Vancouver’s fourth shutout of the season by three different goalkeepers.
CREW 2, RED BULLS 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federico Higuain converted a penalty kick and had his first goal from the run of play in more than five months to send Columbus past New York.
The Crew (7-11-5) stopped a three-game losing streak as Higuain scored in the 61st minute after Chad Marshall drew a foul during a free kick. Higuain improved to 2 of 3 from the spot against the Red Bulls (11-8-5) this season. He has seven goals.
The goal came shortly after the Crew’s Matt Lampson made a fingertip save on Jonathan Steele. The second score in the 76th minute followed Lampson’s diving stop of a Fabian Espindola header.
Higuain sealed New York’s first loss in four games with a chip from 25 yards.
UNION 2, D.C. UNITED 0
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Conor Casey scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season to lead Philadelphia over D.C. United.
Casey scored in the 35th minute, with Sebastien Le Toux picking up his league-best 11th assist, and in the 75th. He trails Jack McInerney by one goal for the team lead.
The Union (10-7-7) improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games. Philadelphia goalkeeper Zac MacMath earned his eighth shutout of the season.
D.C. United have dropped three of their last four and fell to a league-worst 3-16-4 overall and 0-8-3 on the road. They’re the only club without at least one road victory.
FIRE 2, IMPACT 1
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Joel Lindpere and Dilly Duka scored first-half goals and Chicago held on for the victory over Montreal.
The win was the Fire’s second straight and improved them to .500 this season (9-9-4), stretching an unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1) in MLS competition. Coupled with New England’s loss, Chicago climbed to sixth in the MLS’ Eastern Conference.
The Impact (10-7-5) lost their second straight, and for the fourth time in the past eight matches, falling behind Philadelphia to fourth in the Eastern Conference.
The Impact’s Felipe Martins cut the Chicago lead in half in the 57th minute, two minutes after entering the match.
REAL SALT LAKE 1, DYNAMO 0
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Alvaro Saborio continued his torrid scoring pace and Real Salt Lake’s defense clamped down on Houston.
Saborio converted a penalty kick in the 37th minute for his fifth goal in three games and Nick Rimando recorded three saves for his seventh shutout of the season.
Real Salt Lake improved to 12-7-5, and its 41 points are tops in Major League Soccer.
Salt Lake used a 4-3-3 formation against the Dynamo (9-7-6), a departure from its typical 4-4-2 set. The result was a domination in possession — 64 percent in the first half — and its first victory in four matches.
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