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Saturday's MLS Capsules

Saturday's MLS Capsules

September 16th, 2012 in News

CARSON, Calif. (AP) - Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Alan Gordon added a goal in the second to lead the San Jose Earthquakes over Chivas USA 2-0 on Saturday night.

With the win, San Jose (17-6-5) extended its Western Conference lead over Seattle to eight points, while Chivas (7-13-7) is now tied with Portland for fewest in the conference.

Chivas coach Robin Fraser was ejected after the first half ended for arguing with a referee.

San Jose opened the scoring after a delayed penalty kick call. Gordon lay on the ground inside the penalty area for several moments while his teammates continued the attack. After play was stopped in the 19th minute, San Jose was awarded a penalty kick and Wondolowski converted.

Gordon scored in the 49th off a pass from Wondolowski, who finished the night with 19 goals and seven assists on the season - both career highs.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Rodney Wallace headed in a corner kick in the 78th minute to give Portland the win and stall Seattle's playoff push.

The draw also kept the Timbers (7-14-7) in the driver's seat in the Cascadia Cup, the annual head-to-head competition between the Sounders, Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Freddy Montero scored for the Sounders (13-6-9), whose unbeaten streak reached five games.

Montero blasted the ball past Portland backup goalkeeper Joseph Bendik in the 56th minute, just seconds after Bendik subbed into the came in place of Donovan Ricketts, who was injured in the 51st after a nasty collision with Seattle's Eddie Johnson in front of the goal.


BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) - Alex and midfielder Alvaro Fernandez each scored in the second half to lead the Chicago to a comeback win over Montreal.

The win pulled the Fire (15-8-5) within a point of Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City. Chicago has 50 points and third-place New York is right behind with 49.

Montreal (12-15-3) dropped its second straight after winning five in a row.

Alex took a pass from Fernandez, split a pair of defenders and beat goalkeeper Troy Perkins to break a 1-all tie in the 61st minute. Sherjill MacDonald also scored for Chicago in the 34th.

Marco Di Vaio gave Montreal a 1-0 lead in the 20th.


HARRISON, N.J. (AP) - Thierry Henry scored two goals and added an assist to lead New York over Columbus.

The Red Bulls (14-7-7) - the only MLS club that is undefeated at home (10-0-3) - briefly moved into second place in the East before Chicago's victory over Montreal.

New York scored twice in the final 12 minutes to secure the win, including Dax McCarty's go-ahead goal in the 79th off a corner kick.

Milovan Mirosevic scored in the third minute for Columbus (12-10-6), and Henry tied it six minutes later with his 12th of the season. Henry added an insurance goal in extra time.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Substitute Lewis Neal scored his first MLS goal in the 63rd minute, and D.C. United persevered in its first game without captain Dwayne De Rosario to beat New England.

With reigning league MVP De Rosario likely to miss the rest of the season with a sprained left knee, Chris Pontius netted in the 32nd then set up Neal's left-footed strike.

Kelyn Rowe scored in the 29th for the Revolution, who were eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.

The win moved United back into playoff position in the East, overtaking Columbus for fifth place.


FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Julian De Guzman scored in stoppage time to give FC Dallas the win over Vancouver.

FC Dallas (9-12-9) now trails the Whitecaps (10-12-7) by one point with the two clubs battling for the final playoff spot in the West. Vancouver has played one less game this season than FC Dallas, which won the season series 2-0-1.

Guzman fired a left-footed volley from 20 yards away, finding the bottom left corner of the net in the sixth and final minute of extra time for his first goal of the season.

The Whitecaps were shut out for the fourth time in five games.


TORONTO (AP) - Sheanon Williams scored in the 85th minute to lift Philadelphia to a draw with Toronto FC.

Eric Hassli put Toronto (5-17-7), vying for its first MLS win in nearly two months, ahead in the 58th. It was the French striker's second goal in two games and his third in six outings since joining Toronto from Vancouver.

Williams tied it 27 minutes later as Philadelphia (7-13-6) took advantage of some sloppy play by the Toronto, which was unable to clear a low cross from Antoine Hoppenot through the penalty box, and the ball went through a sea of legs until Williams tapped it.