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Saturday's MLS Capsules

Saturday's MLS Capsules

July 1st, 2012 in News

WASHINGTON (AP) - Chris Pontius scored at the 45-minute mark of the first half and Robbie Russell and Hamdi Salihi added second-half goals and DC United blanked the Montreal Impact 3-0 Saturday night.

United (10-5-3) took sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference with 33 points as the New York Red Bulls (9-4-4) played to a 1-1 draw against Toronto.

United have won 6 of 8 overall and are unbeaten in their past nine home games.

The expansion Impact (5-10-3) managed just one shot on goal. Montreal has dropped 5 of 7 and is 1-8-1 in road games.


PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored his MLS-leading 14th goal to cap a wild comeback and San Jose beat Los Angeles.

Wondolowski broke away from his marker and deftly redirected a 61st-minute corner kick from Marin Chavez to complete San Jose's rally from a 3-1, first-half deficit.

Steven Lenhart, Victor Bernardez and Sam Cronin also scored for the Earthquakes (11-3-3), who maintained their hold on the league's best record with their third consecutive win.

David Beckham and Landon Donovan sandwiched scores around an own goal by San Jose defender Jason Hernandez in the space of 10 minutes to put Los Angeles (6-9-2) ahead by two goals, but the Galaxy had their three-game winning streak broken when they couldn't hold that lead.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Diego Fagundez headed home a cross from Fernando Cardenas in the fourth and final minute of stoppage time and New England pulled into a tie with Seattle.

The 17-year old Fagundez's first goal of the season extended an unbeaten streak to four matches (2-0-2) for New England (5-7-4).

Eddie Johnson headed home a pair of goals within a 13-minute span during the first half for Seattle (7-5-5), which had extended its winless streak to eight matches (0-4-4).

Johnson headed home a cross out of the left side from Mauro Rosales in the 23rd minute to tie the match at 1-1 and followed that by scoring his seventh goal of the season in the 36th minute, finishing off a cross from Marc Burch.


HOUSTON (AP) - Brian Ching scored on a penalty kick in the 83rd minute, and Houston held on for a win over Philadelphia.

Houston (6-5-5, 23 points) won for the second time in its past four games, while Philadelphia (3-9-2, 11 points) has lost three of the past four and six of its past eight games.

Ching knocked the penalty kick just under the crossbar inside the near post and in. Ching drew the penalty kick in the 81st minute after being taken down from behind by Philadelphia's Gabriel Farfan in the box.

Keon Daniel tied the game at 1-1 in the 46th minute, taking a pass from Brian Carroll in the center of the field, turning and shooting from 25 yards out into the left net.

Brad Davis put Houston ahead 1-0 in the 20th minute after getting a pass from Macoumba Kandji and hitting from 14 yards out on the left box just inside the far post.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Tony Tchani scored for the second straight game and Eddie Gaven also tallied and Columbus defeated Real Salt Lake.

The Crew (6-5-4) are 4-1-3 in the past eight games while RSL (10-6-2) lost a third consecutive game for the first time since July 2007.

Tchani was 12 yards off goal to convert a pass by Emilio Renteria in the 16th minute.

Gaven doubled the lead in the 44th off a corner kick that began with Chris Birchall. Josh Williams took the ball and passed to Gaven for a shot off the crossbar and in.

The match was delayed an hour because electricity was out at Crew Stadium until Saturday afternoon following Friday's storms.


COMMERCE, Colo. (AP) - Jaime Castrillon and Conor Casey scored four minutes apart in the first half and Colorado defeated Portland.

It was Casey's first goal of the year. Colorado (7-8-1) snapped a two-game losing streak with the win.

Jamie Smith scored in the 89th minute to cap the scoring.


TORONTO (AP) - Danny Koevermans scored and Toronto FC earned a tie with New York.

Both goals came in the first six minutes of a wide-open game.

Toronto (2-10-3) is 1-1-3 under Paul Mariner, who succeeded Aron Winter as head coach.

Jan Gunnar Solli tapped in a cross from Brandon Barklage on the right in the fourth minute after the Red Bulls strikers moved to the ball to the flank from the center.