MLS Roundup: D.C. United thrashes Sporting KC, Thierry Henry sparkles in New York win
D.C. United reinforced its Supporters' Shield credentials with a stunning victory at Sporting Park. United exploited Sporting's inability to hold a coherent line and ran rampant during a seven-minute spell in the first half. Fabian Espindola cut inside from the left and tucked his low effort inside the far post to start the deluge after 24 minutes. Chris Rolfe and Perry Kitchen followed suit with darting runs through the ramshackle Sporting line and tidy finishes to exacerbate the damage. The final result left United -- the worst team in the league a year ago -- perched atop the Eastern Conference.
New York 4 – Montréal 2
Bradley Wright-Phillips grabbed the Red Bulls' single-season goals record, but Thierry Henry once again stole the show in Harrison. Dilly Duka dealt the Red Bulls a blow by collecting Calum Mallace's sumptuous throughball and slotting home the opener eight minutes before halftime. Henry mustered the response with his angled header and sent the home side into the lead with a curling effort inside the far post. The former French international then played Wright-Phillips through for the eventual winner after 74 minutes. Andrés Romero produced a reply five minutes later, but Wright-Phillips guaranteed the points with his 20th goal of the season in second-half stoppage time.
LA Galaxy 2 – Vancouver 0
Robbie Keane inspired the Galaxy to a comfortable win over the Whitecaps at the StubHub Center. Keane played an integral role in both goals with a telling pass on Landon Donovan's fourth-minute opener and an unusual deflection in the buildup to Marcelo Sarvas' goal just after the half-hour. The Ireland captain also hit the bar in the late stages as the Galaxy secured a second consecutive victory after the stirring midweek comeback against Colorado.
Columbus 3 – Houston 0
The home side exploited the Dynamo's lingering defensive issues to post a second consecutive victory. Justin Meram pounced on a sloppy touch in the back and thumped the opener past the stranded Tally Hall 10 minutes before halftime. Adam Bedell and Aaron Schoenfeld extended the lead within five second-half minutes to ensure the Crew ended the night inside the Eastern Conference playoff places.
Toronto FC 2 – Chicago 2
Quincy Amarikwa pounced in second half stoppage time to lift the Fire to a point at BMO Field. TFC took the lead after just three minutes when Bakary Soumaré turned Justin Morrow's cross into his own net. Robert Earnshaw marked his Fire debut by nodding home the equalizer against his former side after 70 minutes, but Gilberto stormed through the line to restore the Reds' advantage nine minutes later. Amarikwa broke TFC's hearts and claimed yet another draw for the visitors by thumping home at the far post in the waning seconds.
New England 1 – Chivas USA 0
Lee Nguyen produced the only goal of the game shortly after halftime to give the Revs a precious three points at Gillette Stadium. New England enjoyed much of the possession as Chivas USA relied on its shape to frustrate the Revolution. The resistance broke in the 56th minute after a neat series of touches allowed Nguyen to curl his shot inside the far post and secure a necessary victory to keep pace with Columbus and New York.
FCD overcame Blas Perez's first-half dismissal to extend its unbeaten run to 10 matches. Perez procured a controversial second yellow card after tumbling to the ground after a Chris Schuler push, but his teammates responded after the interval to secure the points. Je-Vaughn Watson chested home the opener from a Michel corner kick five minutes into the second half. Fabian Castillo completed a sweeping team move with a fine finish inside the far post in the 74th minute. Olmes Garcia pulled a goal back with his acrobatic finish in stoppage time, but FCD held out to move level with RSL on points.