MLS Roundup: Portland snaps skid v. RSL, SuperClasico ends all square
Real Salt Lake 1 – Portland 3
Portland snapped its 11-match winless run against RSL and snatched its first victory in Utah with this triumph at Rio Tinto Stadium. Luke Mulholland thumped home the opener to stake RSL to the lead inside the opening half hour, but the Timbers relied on their work on the counter to transform the match before halftime. Fanendo Adi headed home the first and then tucked home the second before the interval to place the Timbers in front. Tony Beltran then marched off after committing two bookable offenses within two minutes to reduce the home side to 10 men. Will Johnson subsequently added the third from the spot after Chris Schuler handled inside the area to secure a precious victory for the visiting Timbers.
FC Dallas 3 – Colorado 2
FCD obtained its first victory since April 19 by defeating the Rapids at Toyota Stadium. Deshorn Brown clipped home the opener after 25 minutes, but Andrés Escobar brought the home side level eight minutes later when he diverted Jair Benitez’s free kick past Clint Irwin. Zach Loyd then pounced in first half stoppage time give FCD the halftime lead. José Mari restored parity seven minutes into the second half, but Fabian Castillo struck just after hour to settle the proceedings.
Philadelphia 3 – Vancouver 3
Pedro Morales converted from the spot nine minutes from time to cap a wild affair at PPL Park. Erik Hurtado and Nicolás Mezquida staked the Whitecaps to a two-goal lead before the break, but the Union scored three times – two Conor Casey goals either side of a Sebastien Le Toux finish – in eight minutes to roar back into the lead. Morales ensured the Whitecaps' early work did not go to waste when he stepped up after Zac MacMath hauled down Darren Mattocks and swept home the equalizer.
Chicago 2 – Seattle 3
Seattle survived an Obafemi Martins red card and a pair of Harrison Shipp goals to claim all three points against the 10-man Fire at Toyota Park. Martins opened the scoring with a pair of goals and watched Jhon Kennedy Hurtado collect two bookings inside the first 40 minutes. The in-form striker then earned a red card for violent conduct for lashing out in the wake of Shipp’s goal four minutes before the break. Lamar Neagle snatched the third after 78 minutes to extend Sounders FC’s lead, but Shipp responded four minutes later. The visitors saw out the game to ensure they will enter the World Cup break atop the table.
Toronto FC 1 – San Jose 0
Toronto FC claimed its third consecutive victory at BMO Field with a triumph over the Earthquakes. The decisive moment came shortly before the half hour as Alan Gordon pushed Nick Hagglund to the ground to concede a penalty. Jermain Defoe dispatched the resulting spot kick to provide more than enough of a cushion to collect the points.
D.C. United 0 – Columbus 0
Steve Clark saved a Fabián Espíndola penalty kick in second half stoppage time to allow the Crew to claim a point at FedEx Field. Both teams muddled through the back half of doubleheader with Spain and El Salvador, but United snatched a chance to win it at the death when Bernardo Anor handled inside his own penalty area. Espindola opted for a Panenka and watched as Clark stood still and caught it to ensure a share of the spoils.
Houston 0 – Portland 2
Sporting Kansas City survived an early injury to Paulo Nagamura and a first half red card to Toni Dovale to win its first match in six attempts. Both teams made injury-enforced substitutions inside the first 10 minutes before Dovale procured his dismissal with an off-the-ball elbow on Alex López. Sporting responded well to the deficit and took the lead before the break when Benny Feilhaber played Soony Saad through for the opener. Dom Dwyer added the second from the spot in the 70th minute to guarantee the points at BBVA Compass Stadium.
New England 0 – New York 2
A revamped Red Bulls side claimed its first victory in Foxborough for 12 years with its triumph at Gillette Stadium. Eric Alexander nodded home from a set piece after 17 minutes to stake the visitors to an early lead. New England pressed for an equalizer as the match progressed, but Péguy Luyindula secured the points with his stunning half-volley in the final quarter of an hour. The win snapped the Red Bulls' 17-match winless streak in Foxborough.
LA Galaxy 1 – Chivas USA 1
The two ground-sharing sides settled for a point in the latest edition of the SuperClasico at StubHub Center. Erick Torres took advantage of a defensive error to open the scoring inside the first 20 minutes, but Gyasi Zardes responded 10 minutes before the break to peg Chivas USA back. Chivas USA defended resolutely in the second half to claim a share of the spoils.