Saturday's MLS Capsules
Tournaments played Oct. 5, 2013
Originally published October 5, 2013 at 9:58 p.m., updated October 5, 2013 at 11:46 p.m.
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Tim Cahill’s header in the final seconds of stoppage time lifted New York to a 2-2 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday night, clinching a playoff berth for the Red Bulls.
New England (11-11-9) trailed, 1-0 until the last five minutes, getting a penalty kick from Lee Nguyen in the 85th minute and a breakaway goal from Diego Fagundez in the 90th.
During the closing seconds of stoppage time, Jonathan Steele lifted a free kick from the left side toward the goal for the Red Bulls (15-9-8) and Revolution keeper Matt Reis punched the ball in the air. Cahill headed it high from the middle of the box into the net for the tie. The Red Bulls are unbeaten in their last six games (4-0-2).
Fabian Espindola had scored an unassisted goal in the 14th minute as the Red Bulls held a 1-0 lead until the penalty kick by Nguyen, which was awarded for a hand ball on New York’s Jamison Olave.
UNION 1, TORONTO FC 0
CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — Kleberson scored on a free kick from 25 yards out in stoppage time, lifting Philadelphia.
Kleberson’s goal came just about at the end of six minutes of stoppage time and extended Philadelphia’s winning streak to two.
The Union (12-10-9) moved past Chicago into fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia seemed headed for a third draw against Toronto FC this season, especially when Fabinho was issued a red card in the 77th minute, sending it a man down.
Kleberson, who had been acquired in a trade for Freddy Adu, was a late substitution and scored his first MLS goal.
Toronto FC (5-16-11) has the second-fewest wins in MLS, behind only D.C. United (3-22-6).
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, CREW 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ike Opara scored in the 17th minute to lift Sporting Kansas City.
Kansas City (15-10-6) entered with the best goals-against average in MLS (0.97) and prevented the Crew from attacking through the midfield as Jimmy Nielsen made his only save on Federico Higuain’s 30-yard free kick in the 77th minute. Nielsen’s 11th shutout moved KC to within two points of Eastern Conference leader New York.
The Crew (13-14-5) had a three-game winning streak stopped and is two points out of the final playoff spot in the East with two games left.
FC DALLAS 1, REAL SALT LAKE 1
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Kenny Cooper scored the tying goal in the 72nd minute for FC Dallas.
Salt Lake (15-10-7) extended its winless stretch at home to three matches across all competitions. Salt Lake managed to strike first after halftime on a goal from Alvaro Saborio in the 60th minute despite being down a man for the bulk of the match.
Cooper tied it for Dallas (10-10-11), which snapped a three-game losing streak. Je-Vaughn Watson beat Tony Beltran down the right side and fired a shot at Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando. His shot was deflected by Rimando out to Cooper at the right post.
RAPIDS 5, SOUNDERS 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Deshorn Brown scored twice, the first coming 13 seconds into the game, and Colorado beat undermanned Seattle.
Brown’s initial goal set the record for the quickest in franchise history. Dwayne De Rosario holds the MLS mark with his score 11 seconds in for San Jose against Dallas on Sept. 27, 2003.
Dillon Powers, Gabriel Torres and Drew Moor added goals for Colorado (13-9-9). The Rapids, 4-2-0 over their last six games, moved into third place ahead of idle Los Angeles in the Western Conference.
Eddie Johnson scored for Seattle (15-9-6). The Sounders were 1-0-1 in the first two meetings and dropped to 9-2-2 all-time against Colorado.
The Sounders were without leading scorer Obaemi Martins (hip), midfielder Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and defenders Djimi Traore (hamstring) and Leo Gonzalez (hip/groin).
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