Zardes ends Galaxy's winless streak
CARSON, Calif. (AP)
Zardes nodded home Landon Donovan's free kick as the Galaxy (7-6-3) climbed to fourth place in the Western Conference, seven points off the lead. Chivas (3-10-2), the home team at the StubHub Center, tied a club record with its seventh successive loss and its seventh shutout defeat in a 10-game skid dating to the end of March.
''It was typical of these (rivalry) games,'' Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. ''I thought we were in position to get a second goal and didn't, let Chivas hang around, and they never quit. They played a good game. They played hard for 90 minutes. Give them credit.''
Robbie Rogers appeared to score for the Galaxy, slipping a pass from Donovan past keeper Dan Kennedy, but referee Hilario Grajeda ruled Robbie Keane interfered with the play. Keane, in an offside position between Rogers and the goal, screened Kennedy.
Zardes nearly connected two minutes later, but Kennedy dived to knock the shot off the right post. Zardes hit the net in the 44th minute, his glancing header from Donovan's delivery caroming in off the left post.
''He has a way to go, but he's an athletic kid, a pretty good understanding of the game,'' Arena said. ''He had a bunch of opportunities tonight. Can do a little bit better in front of the goal, but having said that, it was a great goal he scored, his header.''
Chivas was limited to just six shots and just one on frame, a Jose Manuel Rivera volley that forced a reaction save from Galaxy goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini in the 20th minute. The Goats got to Los Angeles' box a few times in the second half, but were unable to make anything of their opportunities.
''For me, there were two stages,'' said new Chivas coach Jose Luis Real, who debuted in Wednesday night's loss at Vancouver. ''In the first half, we were maybe expecting too much. The second half was different because we were trying to score.''
Casey had a goal disallowed in the fourth minute because he was offside. But he responded with a goal three minutes later, and one in 64th minute.
Antoine Hoppenot also scored for the Union in the 88th minute.
The Union (7-5-4) pulled even with New York (7-6-4) for third place in the Eastern Conference standings. Philadelphia also snapped a five-match losing streak to the Red Bulls.
After Casey's first goal, the Union controlled the tempo the rest of the way. In the 28th minute, New York's Lloyd Sam was given a red card following a hard foul on Philadelphia's Danny Cruz. New York was never able to generate much offense down a player.
It was the second straight loss for the Red Bulls, who hadn't played a league match in 22 days. They were without defender Jamison Olave and midfielder Juninho because of yellow-card accumulation.
The Union, meanwhile, hadn't played a league match since June 5, a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Crew.
The Timbers are tied with Real Salt Lake for best record in MLS with 30 points, the first time in the team's three-year history it has sat atop the league. Portland (7-1-9), also leads the league in goals with 28. It marks a huge turnaround under first-year coach Caleb Porter for a team which finished 8-16-10 last season.
"It's all about the chemistry we have and the workmanlike attitude," Ryan Johnson said.
Colorado (5-7-5) has lost three straight and has just one win in its last six matches.
The Timbers have shutouts in their last three games and five of seven. The last goals Portland allowed at Jeld-Wen Field in MLS play were in a 2-1 loss to Montreal on March 9.
The Rapids started off aggressively Sunday, getting four shots in the first 11 minutes, but it was Portland that got the early goal, Piquionne scoring on a header off a cross from Rodney Wallace in the 12th minute.
Wallace, returning from spending three games with the Costa Rican national team in World Cup qualifiers, had assists on all three goals. He barely missed a goal of his own in the 22nd minute. He then set up Will Johnson's left-footed blast for the second score just before the half.
"You give energy to a team that knows how to play," Colorado coach Oscar Pareja said. ""Going in down 2-0 after the performance we had, it is painful."
Ryan Johnson's goal to seal it in the 84th minute came after Ben Zemanski stole the ball and found Wallace streaking up the sideline. He crossed it in front of the net to Johnson for an easy goal.
"Now, I think it gets even tougher," Will Johnson said. "No more flying under the radar. We're going to get everybody's best now."
Colorado outshot the Timbers 17-6 and kept goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts working throughout the game. Rapids midfielders Atiba Harris and Hendry Thomas returned from serving suspensions, along with Pareja.
Rapids attacking midfielder Martin Rivero announced earlier in the morning that he would be out two weeks as he recovered from a thigh injury.