Colorado, Portland lock home wins
Ryan Johnson scored two goals and the Portland Timbers beat the Houston Dynamo 2-0 Saturday night for their first win of the season.
''It's big,'' Portland's first-year coach Caleb Porter said of the win. ''It reinforces the hard work we've been doing and the training. It reinforces that we are a good team.''
Johnson, a forward acquired from Toronto in the offseason, scored goals in the 55th and 73rd minutes as the Timbers (1-1-4) came alive in the second half to beat the Dynamo for the first time in four tries during their three-year history.
Houston (3-2-1) is winless in two matches on the road this season. The Dynamo, runners-up for the MLS cup in 2011 and 2012, had five shots to Portland's one in the first half, as every member of the Houston front line and midfield had an attempt. However, in the second half, the Timbers controlled the play.
Goalkeeper Clint Irwin's hunch helped the Colorado Rapids win their first game of the season.
Irwin guessed right as he stopped a first-half penalty kick and Atiba Harris' goal in the fifth minute held up as the Rapids beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Saturday night.
Goalkeeper coach Chris Sharpe gave Irwin a scouting report and when Alvaro Saborio was awarded the penalty kick, Irwin decided to spring to his left.
''I had a pretty good idea of what Saborio was going to do and how he takes his penalties,'' said Irwin, whose team improves to 1-3-2. ''I think the fans can see that we're trying hard, we're really pushing, trying to put something good together. It finally came together tonight.''
Dominic Oduro scored in the 72nd minute to help the Columbus Crew rally for a 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday.
Oduro took a pass from Eddie Gaven and struck a rising ball that sneaked inside the right post for his second goal, countering a 34th-minute goal by Jack McInerney.
McInerney received a pass by Danny Cruz from the right flank after the Union beat the offside trap for a two-man break. McInerney scored his third goal into an open net after goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum came out to challenge.
The Crew (2-1-2) has played to draws in its two home matches, while the Union (2-2-1) earned its first point in Columbus in four tries.
Darel Russell capped a remarkable comeback with a goal in the 90th minute, giving Toronto FC a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday.
Russell hammered home a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box off the post and in to beat goalie Raul Fernandez. It was a sweet redemption for the English fullback, who was victimized on both Los Angeles goals in a 2-2 tie last weekend.