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LA Galaxy 1, Seattle Sounders 1

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Seattle's Eddie Johnson and Los Angeles' Juninho traded first-half goals and the Sounders and Galaxy settled for a 1-1 draw Saturday night.

Johnson headed home a corner kick to give Seattle a 25th-minute lead, and Juninho scored on a 24-yard free kick in first-half stoppage time.

Seattle (15-8-5), which saw its five-game winning streak halted, increased its lead in the Western Conference and Supporters' Shield standings to two points.

Los Angeles (13-10-6) jumped back into fourth place in the West, five points behind the Sounders.

Both teams were without their U.S. national team stars. Galaxy forward Landon Donovan sprained his ankle sustained last weekend and Sounders forward Clint Dempsey strained a calf in training this week.

Real Salt Lake 1, San Jose Earthquakes 2

Steven Lenhart scored two goals in a four-minute span of the first half to lead the San Jose Earthquakes to a 2-1 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

The Earthquakes' second victory in 15 road games this season moved them within three points of a playoff spot with four games remaining in the Major League Soccer regular season.

''It was a big win for sure,'' San Jose coach Mark Watson said. ''We knew we maybe had to be perfect, and win the rest of our games. I thought the effort and the commitment the players put in was fantastic.''

Real Salt Lake, which had won this season's previous two meetings by shutout, got a goal from Javier Morales in the 19th minute. It was his eighth of the season and came during a flurry of scoring on an otherwise quiet night at the goal.

Real Salt Lake remained tied for second place behind Seattle in the chase for the Supporter's Shield, awarded to top team in the regular season. Still, it missed an opportunity to capitalize on a struggling Earthquakes team that won the Shield a season ago.

Portland Timbers 1, Colorado Rapids 0

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Diego Valeri scored in the 13th minute and Donovan Ricketts earned his 10th shutout of the season, leading the Portland Timbers to a 1-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Friday night.

Valeri scored for the third straight match as the Timbers (11-5-13) moved one point ahead of the Rapids (12-9-9) for third place in the Western Conference.

''The game wasn't pretty,'' Portland head coach Caleb Porter said. ''We need to be able to win those games. I thought we were very professional how we managed the second half, especially. I continue to see a very positive evolution.''

On the game's only scoring play, Rodney Wallace leapt to head a Colorado clearance back towards goal, and Valeri raced onto the loose ball and chipped a shot from 20 yards out over Rapids goalkeeper Clinton Irwin for his eighth goal of the season.

Montreal Impact 0, Vancouver Whitecaps 3

Camilo Sanvezzo scored two second-half goals to lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.

Kenny Miller scored from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute as Vancouver kept its MLS playoff hopes alive. The Whitecaps (11-10-8), who were seventh in the Western Conference at the beginning of the day, ended a five-game winless run and picked up only their second victory in 10 games.

It was the second 3-0 loss in a row for the Impact (13-9-6), who also lost a CONCACAF Champions League match Tuesday night in San Jose by the same score.

Toronto FC 1, Sporting KC 2

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C.J. Sapong scored twice to lead Sporting Kansas City to a 2-1 victory Saturday that extended Toronto FC's winless streak to eight consecutive games.

Kansas City's win propelled it to a tie atop the Eastern Conference standings with the New York Red Bulls, who host FC Dallas on Sunday.

Darel Russell scored for Toronto in a rain-drenched affair at BMO Field that ended with ejections of Toronto head coach Ryan Nelsen and assistant Fran O'Leary in the final minute. Toronto (4-14-12) hasn't won since Aug. 4 at New England.

Sapong opened scoring for Kansas City (14-9-6) in the 18th minute, when Graham Zusi found the head of Dominic Dwyer with a long cross. Dwyer headed the ball to a wide-open Sapong, who launched a header past Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik.

New England Revolution 2, DC United 1

Lee Nguyen got a second chance on a penalty kick and converted it in the 83rd minute to help the New England Revolution keep their MLS playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night.

New England (11-11-7) snapped a three-match (0-2-1) winless streak when Nguyen converted his second penalty kick after being tripped in the penalty box by Lewis Neal.

Nguyen was taken down by D.C. United's Dejan Jakovic in the 55th minute, but D.C. United goalie Bill Hamid dove right to stop the shot.

D.C. United (3-20-6) had its winless streak extended to seven matches (0-5-2). It took the lead in the 11th minute on an own goal by New England defender Scott Caldwell.

The Revolution tied it in the 58th minute when Diego Fagundez scored his team-best 11th goal.

Columbus Crew 3, Chicago Fire 0

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Dominic Oduro gave Columbus the early lead, Federico Higuain converted a penalty kick to in the second half and the Crew cruised to a 3-0 victory over the short-handed Chicago Fire on Saturday night.

Oduro took a ball from Jairo Arrieta on the right side of the box in the 15th minute and fired into the far corner for his team-best 11th goal. The Fire (11-12-6) went down a man in the 29th minute when Bakary Soumare was ejected for his challenge of Arrieta just outside the penalty area.

Arrieta was tackled by goalkeeper Sean Johnson in the 70th minute and Higuain converted from the spot. Bernardo Anor made it 3-0 in the 76th as the Crew (11-14-5) won their second straight.

Houston Dynamo 5, Chivas USA 1

Giles Barnes and Boniek Garcia scored two goals apiece to lead the Houston Dynamo to a 5-1 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night.

Barnes recorded his second two-goal game of the season, and Garcia scored his first goals this year to give Houston (12-10-7) back-to-back wins for the first time since July 6 and 13. Will Bruin also scored for Houston.

Eric Avila scored for Chivas (6-16-8), which is winless in 13 straight road games (0-11-2).

The Dynamo recorded their season high in goals to solidify their hold on fourth place in the East two points behind third-place Montreal. Chivas USA was officially eliminated last weekend.

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