Saturday's MLS Capsules
Games played March 22, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Vicente Sanchez and Deshorn Brown scored on penalty kicks two minutes apart in the second half to lead the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
Sanchez scored his second penalty kick in as many games in the 73rd minute and Brown got his in the 75th for Colorado (1-0-1).
Portland (0-1-2) has never beaten the Rapids in Colorado, going 0-3-1 in its road games at Colorado.
Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts earned a red card when he made contact with Brown while trying to contest him for the ball.
Ricketts left the game with a leg injury and was replaced by Andrew Weber. Sanchez faked Weber into the left post before punching the ball into the center of the net.
Weber hauled down Sanchez moments later. Brown's penalty kick was stopped by Weber, but Brown converted on the rebound.
FC DALLAS 3, CHIVAS USA 1
FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Fabian Castillo, Je-Vaughn Watson and Michel scored in a 15-minute span of the second half to keep FC Dallas unbeaten.
Dallas (2-0-1) sits atop the Western Conference with an MLS-best seven points.
Castillo opened the scoring in the 71st minute off a Mauro Diaz set piece, and Watson outran defender Tony Lochhead on a long ball and then juked goalkeeper Ian Kennedy for the eventual game-winner in the 78th minute.
Chivas forward Erick Torres grabbed his third goal of the season in the 81st minute to put the pressure back on the hosts, but Michel, a second-half substitute, slotted in a low, left-footed free kick in the 86th and Chivas (1-1-1) lost for the first time this season.
SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1, EARTHQUAKES 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Dom Dwyer scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute, lifting Sporting Kansas City over San Jose.
Dwyer's goal was the first by a forward in 564 minutes for Sporting (1-1-1), a streak dating to last year's Eastern Conference semifinals.
San Jose (0-1-1) managed just one shot on goal and Kansas City keeper Eric Kronberg recorded his first shutout of the year.
Dwyer's winner came after Steven Lenhart was called for using his hand to swat at the ball in San Jose's penalty area. Jon Busch went to his left, but Dwyer put his low shot behind the goalkeeper.
GALAXY 1, REAL SALT LAKE 1
SANDY, Utah (AP) — Robbie Keane scored late in the first half and Los Angeles bounced back from a season-opening loss with the draw against Real Salt Lake.
Alvaro Saborio had his first goal of the season for Salt Lake (1-0-2), which drew for the second straight match. The Galaxy (0-1-1) stole a road point against the team that beat them in the MLS season opener.
Salt Lake struck in the 19th minute when Joao Plata crossed to Saborio, who was unmarked near the far post. He took full advantage, settling the ball and firing it from just outside the 6-yard box for an easy goal.
The Galaxy capitalized on a poor pass by Chris Wingert at midfield to pull the goal back before halftime. Following the takeaway, Keane outmaneuvered Chris Schuler and threaded the ball inside the near post in the 35th minute.
CREW 2, UNION 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Bernardo Anor scored first-half goals from close range with his head and from afar with his left foot and Columbus held on to defeat Philadelphia in the Crew's home opener.
Columbus won the first two games of the season for the first time in its 19-year history while the Union fell to 1-1-1.
Anor was unmarked at the 6-yard box for a snap header off a corner kick by Federico Higuain in the 24th minute to put the Crew up 1-0.
Anor fired a pinpoint shot from 35 yards in the second minute of first-half stoppage time for the first multi-goal game of his career.
Leonardo Fernandes scored for Philadelphia in the 62nd minute off a service by Sebastien Le Toux.
TORONTO FC 1, D.C. UNITED 0
TORONTO (AP) — England star Jermain Defoe scored his third MLS goal in two games to lift Toronto FC over D.C. United in Toronto's home opener.
Defoe scored in the 60th minute after Brazilian strike partner Gilberto was sent in alone by a beautiful through ball from Michael Bradley.
Goalie Bill Hamid made the save but the ball was cleared only as far as Defoe, who got the ball out from under his feet and hammered home a right-footed shot.
The goal featured all three of TFC's designated players and helped Toronto (2-0-0) to its best ever start to a season. D.C. United (0-2-0) has yet to score this season.
WHITECAPS 0, REVOLUTION 0
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Vancouver remained unbeaten with a scoreless draw at New England.
Goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth had two saves for the Revolution, who have not scored a goal in three games this season. Vancouver, which had five goals through two games, had the better run of play, but came up empty.
Kenny Miller had a half-volley chance in the 51st minute that wen just wide, while New England had two good second-half scoring chances just miss, a right-footed shot by Kelyn Rowe in the 60th minute and a right-footed drive by Diego Fagundez in the 68th.
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