MLS Roundup: Cascadia classic ends in draw, LA Galaxy win SuperClasico
Portland and Seattle shared the points in a 4-4 draw at Providence Park, while FC Dallas retained El Capitan with a 4-1 win at Houston. More on those matches and the rest of the Week 5 slate in this edition of MLS Roundup.
Robbie Keane scored the opener in LA Galaxy's 3-0 victory over southern California rivals Chivas USA on Sunday.
Clint Dempsey scored twice in the final five minutes – once from the run of play, once from the spot – to complete his hat trick and lift Sounders FC to a draw at Providence Park. Kenny Cooper opened the scoring after just three minutes, but Diego Chara and Diego Valeri issued a response for the home side. Dempsey equalized before the interval before Chara grabbed his second and Maximiliano Urruti secured the fourth to place the Timbers on course for victory. Dempsey had other ideas, though, as his second and third goals delivered a point.
This MLS Cup rematch failed to yield a goal despite Sporting’s best efforts at Sporting Park. Dom Dwyer hit the post and Graham Zusi presented a constant threat for the home side, but RSL center backs Nat Borchers and Chris Schuler led a dogged defensive effort and goalkeeper Jeff Attinella made eight saves to claim a point away from home.
Je-Vaughn Watson played a part in all three goals in a 10-minute spell after David Horst’s dismissal to propel FCD to victory at BBVA Compass Stadium. Michel and Ricardo Clark traded first-half goals to leave the teams on even footing at halftime. Horst’s departure – harshly prompted by a routine challenge on Fabian Castillo near the sideline – altered the match completely. Watson headed home Mauro Diaz’s resulting service to hand FCD the lead. Giles Barnes deflected Watson’s effort into his own net before Watson converted his second after 70 minutes to ensure El Capitan would stay in FCD’s dominion.
Toronto FC overcame the absence of Jermain Defoe (hamstring) and several other regulars to end Columbus’ unbeaten run to start the season. Michael Bradley capped a good start by collecting Mark Bloom’s clever clip and smashing home from an acute angle in the 11th minute. Columbus failed to translate its possession into an equalizer and eventually succumbed to a second when Issey Nakajima-Farran poked home his first MLS goal in the waning moments.
Chicago 2 – Philadelphia 2
Zac MacMath preserved a point for the Union by thwarting Mike Magee’s 96th-minute penalty kick at Toyota Park. Philadelphia looked on course to snatch all three points after Maurice Edu and Leo Fernandez canceled out Magee’s earlier opener, but Juan Luis Anangonó’s header drew the Fire level four minutes from time. Anangonó then drew the potentially decisive spot kick with his run behind the line, but MacMath bailed out Aaron Wheeler by diving low to his right to stop Magee.
Montréal 2 – New York 2
Felipe struck just before the hour to spark the Impact to a second consecutive draw. Andrés Romero handed the home side the perfect start when he opened the scoring after five minutes, but Jonny Steele equalized in the 31st minute and prompted Péguy Luyindula’s goal three minutes later to place the Red Bulls in front. Felipe’s first goal of the season eventually secured the home side an important point.
Vancouver 1 – Colorado 2
José Mari scored two sumptuous goals to spark the Rapids to a surprising victory at B.C. Place. Vancouver looked well in control of the affair and snatched the opener through Darren Mattocks after 67 minutes, but Matias Laba’s dismissal for a second bookable offense -- prompted by an intentional handling offense after suffering an apparent foul in the middle third – changed the course of the match. Colorado pounced with two stunning goals from their Spanish midfielder to snatch all three points.
United ended its 15-match MLS winless streak with a triumph over the Revolution at RFK Stadium. José Gonçalves handed the home side the lead two minutes before halftime when he wrongfooted a clearance into his own net. Chris Rolfe left the Revs to lament the leniency showed on Lewis Neal’s fourth-minute lunge on Andrew Farrell by scoring his first goal for United in second-half stoppage time to guarantee the points.
Chivas USA 0 - LA Galaxy 3
The nominal visitors routed their StubHub Center tenants on Sunday afternoon. Robbie Keane opened the scoring with a simple tap-in after the Red-and-White defense failed to cope with a diagonal ball and a cross. Stefan Ishizaki doubled the advantage three minutes before halftime for his first MLS goal. Baggio Husidic struck after the interval to secure the points.