MLS Roundup: Portland wins first game, New York triumphs at FC Dallas
Portland won its first match of the season when Maximiliano Urruti hit a late goal to claim a 3-2 triumph against D.C. United, while Real Salt Lake overturned a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 at Chicago. Read more about those matches and the rest of the Week 9 action in the MLS Roundup.
Portland forward Maximiliano Urruti celebrates after his late winner lifted the Timbers to a 3-2 victory over D.C. United on Saturday night.
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By Kyle McCarthy
Portland 3 – D.C. United 2
Maximiliano Urruti smashed home at the second attempt in second-half stoppage time to secure the Timbers’ first win of the campaign. It proved a far more difficult slog than anticipated in the wake of Gastón Fernández’s opener after just 34 seconds. United equalized through Davy Arnaud’s deflected effort in the 21st minute. Futty Danso restored the advantage with a tidy finish seven minutes before the interval, but the Timbers defender nodded into his own net under duress to wipe away the lead in the final quarter of an hour.Urruti salvaged the night and sparked wild celebrations at Providence Park in the dying embers of the game when he forced a good save from Bill Hamid and thrashed home the rebound to give the home side a much-needed victory.
RSL scored three times in the final 18 minutes to deny Chicago its first win and extend its unbeaten run to nine matches. Mike Magee and Juan Luis Anangonó staked the Fire to a two-goal lead inside the opening half-hour. The home side’s bright start petered out after the interval and primed RSL to stage a late show similar to the reply mustered by Vancouver in the 2-2 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium a week ago. Joao Plata threw his side a lifeline after 72 minutes by smashing home at the near post. Álvaro Saborío turned home from close range to equalize before Plata gleefully swept home at the back stick in second-half stoppage time to give the visitors all three points.
Toronto FC 1 – New England 2
Lee Nguyen slotted home from the spot eight minutes from time to hand the Revs their first victory at BMO Field. Toronto FC opened brightly and struck first when A.J. Soares deflected Jackson’s effort from distance past Bobby Shuttleworth after six minutes. Patrick Mullins seized upon Doneil Henry’s poor pass out of the back to thump home his first MLS goal to draw the visitors level after 24 minutes. TFC squandered several chances before the Revs grabbed the winner in the final 10 minutes when Henry handled Mullins’ shot and Nguyen tucked home from the spot.
Vancouver 3 – San Jose 2
Vancouver celebrated its 40th anniversary by scoring three goals inside the first 20 minutes to defeat the Earthquakes at B.C. Place. Kekuta Manneh corralled his own rebound off the post and struck home first-time inside the far post to open the scoring inside 10 minutes. Pedro Morales doubled the advantage from the spot when Victor Bernárdez hauled down Darren Mattocks nine minutes later. Morales then increased the lead with a drive from distance seconds later to give the home side an unassailable lead. Chris Wondolowski reduced the deficit before halftime from the spot and then snatched his second in second-half stoppage time, but the Earthquakes eventually tumbled to defeat.
Seattle 2 – Philadelphia 1
Chad Marshall completed a resolute defensive performance by snatching the winner inside the final 10 minutes to give Sounders FC a fourth consecutive victory. Philadelphia took the lead inside the first 15 minutes when Brad Evans headed Cristian Maidana’s free kick into his own net. Seattle hit the bar through Lamar Neagle before equalizing through Obafemi Martins just after the hour. Marshall nodded home Marco Pappa’s corner kick six minutes from time to give Sounders FC all three points at CenturyLink Field.
Colorado 1 – LA Galaxy 0
Vicente Sánchez clipped a sublime winner inside the far post after 20 minutes to hand the home side all three points at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Sánchez collected a driven ball from Marc Burch on the right side of the penalty area and then noticed Jaime Penedo a step or two out of position. The veteran Uruguayan schemer then chipped the Galaxy goalkeeper to provide the Rapids with an early lead. The visitors acquired a chance to equalize from the spot just after the hour, but Robbie Keane skimmed his effort wide to ensure the home side claimed the desired victory.
Chivas USA 1 – Houston 4
Giles Barnes scored his first two goals of the campaign to propel the Dynamo to a comprehensive victory at the StubHub Center. Erick Torres opened the scoring from the spot after seven minutes, but the early salvo only served to provoke the visitors to respond. Brad Davis drew the Dynamo level five minutes later. Barnes lashed home his first and Will Bruin turned to fire home the third moments before the interval to seize control of the affair. Barnes converted his own penalty kick in the 69th minute to secure the points and snap Houston’s six-match winless run.
FC Dallas 0 - New York 1
Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his fifth goal in three games to give the Red Bulls all three points in Frisco. New York labored for much of the game despite Je-Vaughn Watson's dismissal inside the first 10 minutes, but the visitors eventually engineered a breakthrough in the 71st minute. Thierry Henry dashed behind the FCD line and squared for the onrushing Wright-Phillips to turn home the winner. New York has now won three of its past four matches to climb into a tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting Kansas City 2 - Columbus 0
Sporting joined New England and New York atop the East after withstanding a dogged Crew effort at Sporting Park. Jacob Peterson turned home inside the first 10 minutes to hand Sporting the perfect start. Columbus improved after the interval and prompted a handful of good saves from Eric Kronberg. Crew midfielder Wil Trapp procured a second booking after 80 minutes to reduce his side to 10 men before Claudio Bieler sealed the points with his 95th minute goal.