MLS Roundup: Chicago defeats New York in thriller, Portland draws LA Galaxy
New York 4 – Chicago 5 – Leander Schaerlaeckens’ full report
Chicago claimed its first victory over the season with a dramatic second-half response at Red Bull Arena. Harrison Shipp opened the scoring after just four minutes, but Tim Cahill and Bradley Wright-Phillips handed the Red Bulls the lead at the interval. Quincy Amarikwa equalized before Shipp completed his hat trick to give the Fire five goals inside the first 64 minutes. Wright-Phillips hit for his second and third goals, but the Red Bulls could not procure a last-minute equalizer to extend their unbeaten home run to 14 games.
Montréal 0 – Sporting Kansas City 3
Sporting brushed aside the 10-man Impact to pile pressure on Frank Klopas and send Matt Besler and Graham Zusi off to US camp with a victory at Stade Saputo. Collen Warner handled on the line to reduce the home side inside the opening half-hour. Dom Dwyer converted the resulting penalty kick to give Sporting a lead never truly placed under threat. Paulo Nagamura added a second before halftime before Dwyer grabbed his second to round out the scoring.
Philadelphia 0 – D.C. United 1
Chris Rolfe scored the only goal of the game after six minutes to ratchet up the scrutiny on Union boss John Hackworth at PPL Park. Rolfe moved into the right spot and thrashed a deflection inside the far post to give United a lead it would not relinquish, though the Union protested vigorously with two D.C. players located behind the line and between Zac MacMath and the flight of Rolfe’s shot. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid produced a fine double-save just after the hour to protect the points.
Columbus 0 – Vancouver 1
Erik Hurtado produced an individual moment of brilliance to separate the sides at Crew Stadium. The second-year player collected his first MLS goal by collecting David Ousted’s cleara on the right flank, cutting inside and driving his effort inside the far post. Hurtado’s strike after 37 minutes proved more than enough to give the Whitecaps maximum points and send the Crew to a third defeat in eight days.
San Jose 2 – FC Dallas 1
The home side muddled through after Shea Salinas’ red card and relied on Jon Busch to secure all three points at Buck Shaw Stadium. Cordell Cato handed the Earthquakes the lead after 25 minutes after slotting home Clarence Goodson’s flick. Salinas marched off after a nasty challenge shortly before halftime. David Texeira awkwardly turned a Sam Cronin free kick into his own net to double the Earthquakes’ advantage in the 73rd minute, but Michel thrashed a free kick off the crossbar to halve the deficit three minutes later. San Jose held strong in the final quarter of an hour to complete their 40th anniversary celebrations with a victory.
Portland 1 – LA Galaxy 1
Diego Valeri lashed home in the 95th minute to hand the Timbers a point against the Galaxy at Providence Park. Robbie Keane staked the Galaxy to the lead on the cusp of full time after the Timbers failed to cope with a corner kick. Juninho tumbled under a challenge on a subsequent breakaway with the second goal potentially awaiting, but the referee opted not to award a foul or reduce the Timbers to 10 men. Portland benefited from the letoff by pushing down the other end and snatching a draw at the death when Valeri fired inside the far post.
Colorado 1 – Chivas USA 3
Marvin Chávez returned to Commerce City to haunt his former side with a pair of goals to spark the Red-and-White to its first win since opening day. Chivas USA failed to register a shot on goal before the interval, but the visitors thrived after the interval. Erick Torres opened the scoring after a feed from former Rapids playmaker Martín Rivero before Chávez pounced twice to extend the lead. Deshorn Brown snagged a late consolation goal, but it provided little solace to the Rapids on a snowy day in Colorado.
New England 5 – Seattle 0
The home side scored five times in the first 46 minutes to stun league-leading Sounders FC at Gillette Stadium. Patrick Mullins quelled Sounders FC's bright start with the opener after 14 minutes. Diego Fagundez scored either side of a Teal Bunbury effort to stake the Revs to a four-goal lead by the interval. Bunbury then banked off Chad Marshall for the fifth moments into the second half to complete the visitors' miserable night.
Houston 2 – Real Salt Lake 5
Javier Morales provided the impetus behind RSL's entertaining victory over the 10-man Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Morales opened the scoring with a delicate clip inside the first 15 seconds. The veteran playmaker subsequently flicked home a second before Mark Sherrod tallied his first MLS goal to halve the deficit. Servando Carrasco then procured a red card for a tackle on Morales to reduce the home side to 10 men after 27 minutes. Álvaro Saborío increased the RSL just after the half-hour before Nick Rimando saved a poorly struck Giles Barnes penalty kick. Sherrod struck again to make it 3-2 after the interval, but Luke Mulholland claimed the fourth to calm the nerves. Morales completed his hat trick with a minute to spare to ensure RSL remained the only unbeaten team in the league (5-0-5).