MLS Roundup: Galaxy comeback stuns Colorado, D.C. United and Montreal win in CCL
Colorado 3 – LA Galaxy 4
Landon Donovan capped a three-goal comeback after the interval to send the Rapids skidding to a fifth straight loss. Colorado stormed out of the gates in Commerce City through a pair of milestones: Marlon Hairston collected his first MLS goal with a cool finish at the back post, while Edson Buddle registered his 100th goal with a trademark header. Robbie Keane responded quickly to cap the three-goal outburst inside the first 20 minutes, but Marc Burch’s rasping free kick on the half-hour gave the Rapids a substantial halftime cushion. Omar Gonzalez started the comeback with a towering header from a Donovan free kick before Alan Gordon snatched the equalizer shortly after entering the fray. Donovan secured the points with a clever run and a tidy finish 10 minutes from time.
Seattle 1 – San Jose 1
The visitors mustered a reply through Chris Wondolowski to grab a share of the spoils at CenturyLink Field. Both teams labored at times in the first half, but Chad Barrett provided Sounders FC with a platform when he completed a sweeping team move moments into the second stanza. The opener appeared to set the home side on course for maximum points until Wondolowski moved intelligently toward the back post and turned home Cordell Cato’s cross after 65 minutes to grab a point for the visiting Earthquakes.
D.C. United 1 – Waterhouse FC 0 – CONCACAF Champions League group stage
Eddie Johnson struck inside the opening 10 minutes to allow United to start its CCL campaign with a victory at RFK Stadium. Conor Shanosky drove a long ball over the top for David Estrada to chase down behind the Jamaican line. Estrada latched onto the accurate service and pulled back for Johnson -- the only regular included from the outset due to his recent two-match suspension from MLS play -- to slot home. United managed the game well and survived a late Waterhouse flurry to claim maximum points in its Group 4 debut.
C.D. FAS 2 – Montréal 3 – CONCACAF Champions League group stage
This tumultuous affair carried its fair share of drama, but the Impact left San Salvador with the result required to arrange a straight fight with New York in Group 3. Andrés Romero and Marco Di Vaio staked the Impact to a dream start with their salvos inside the opening seven minutes. FAS drew a goal back through Jorge Moran before the interval and received the benefit of a suspect penalty call to equalize through Marcio Teurel six minutes after play resumed. Di Vaio then converted another peculiar penalty award just after the hour to give the Impact a perfect six points from two matches.