MLS Roundup: Real Salt Lake thrashes Toronto FC, New York snatches late draw against Chivas USA
Real Salt Lake 3 – Toronto FC 0
RSL ended Toronto FC’s unbeaten start to the campaign with a comprehensive victory at Rio Tinto Stadium. Álvaro Saborío opened the scoring by drawing a penalty from the eager Doneil Henry and then tucking it past Júlio César. Luis Gil doubled the advantage by completing a sweeping RSL move by smacking home at the first attempt. Saborío dispatched a lovely Javier Morales clip over the top for the third after 55 minutes to send TFC spiraling toward defeat. Jermain Defoe then departed with a left hamstring complaint to ensure this excursion to Utah ended miserably for the Reds.
Seattle 1 – Columbus 2
Justin Meram broke Sounders FC’s hearts and kept the Crew perfect with a last-gasp winner at CenturyLink Field. Seattle enjoyed most of the play in the first half and seized the lead through Kenny Cooper. The match changed considerably just before the hour after Djimi Traore bundled over Dominic Oduro to thwart a goalscoring opportunity and received a red card for his troubles. Federico Higuaín converted the resulting spot kick. The home side held firm until Meram collected Higuaín’s quick corner kick – a set piece taken as referee Allen Chapman instructed Sounders FC defenders – and curled home the winner in second-half stoppage time to keep the Crew unblemished through three matches.
Colorado 2 – Sporting Kansas City 3
Dom Dwyer thumped home in second-half stoppage time to cap a wild game and give Sporting all three points in Commerce City. Graham Zusi sparked the previously mundane game to life by completing an intelligent run with a simple tap-in at the back stick. Colorado then received two penalty awards – a shocking decision against an unidentified offender on the first, a straightforward verdict against Benny Feilhaber on the second – and watched Vicente Sánchez convert both to take the lead. Feilhaber atoned for his tackle moments later at the other end to restore parity. Marvell Wynne procured his second bookable offense for a tackle on Zusi to set the stage for Sporting to vanquish the 10-man Rapids with Dwyer’s late winner.
FC Dallas 2 – Portland 1
Mauro Díaz once again saved the day for FC Dallas by popping up in the late stages to secure the points at Toyota Stadium. Michael Harrington and Je-Vaughn Watson both departed shortly before halftime for an apparent off-the-ball scuffle flagged by the assistant referee. FCD adjusted quickly to the 10-versus-10 scenario and opened the scoring through Blas Pérez in first-half stoppage time. Matt Hedges turned into his own net after 66 minutes to restore parity, but Díaz swept home the winner six minutes from time after the Timbers failed to clear a Michel set piece from the left.
Philadelphia 1 – Montréal 1
Marco Di Vaio capped a wasteful day with a precious equalizer to hand the Impact its first point of the season at PPL Park. Philadelphia bossed the game for long stretches and took the lead when Vincent Nogueira completed a tidy vertical passing sequence with a driven finish. Montreal improved after the interval and reaped its rewards when Di Vaio – back in the side after serving a three-match suspension for his actions during the playoff defeat against Houston – curled home from a sharp angle 10 minutes from time.
Vancouver 2 – Houston 1
The home side relied on the sparkling Pedro Morales once again to snatch a victory over the Dynamo at B.C. Place. Morales’ service prompted the opener as Andy O’Brien’s header allowed Jordan Harvey to slot home inside the first 15 minutes. Kenny Miller doubled the advantage from the spot shortly before the hour after Kofi Sarkodie hauled down Darren Mattocks inside the penalty area. Ricardo Clark pulled a goal back for the visitors after 75 minutes, but the Whitecaps held firm to grab a second home win of the season.
D.C. United 2 – Chicago 2
Chicago extended D.C. United’s winless run to 15 league matches with a gritty draw at RFK Stadium. Jhon Kennedy Hurtado rose highest to nod home the opener from an inviting Harrison Shipp corner kick, but Fabian Espíndola skimmed a low free kick over the wet surface to equalize 10 minutes before the break. Perry Kitchen handed United the initiative by poking home after 73 minutes. Quincy Amarikwa snatched a point for the visitors eight minutes from time after Patrick Nyarko wriggled free and pulled back an inviting ball for him to sweep home.
San Jose 1 – New England 2
New England handed San Jose a dose of its own Goonie Magic to claim all three points at Buck Shaw Stadium. Victor Bernárdez turned into his own net to hand the Revs a deserved first-half lead, but Chris Wondolowski equalized as the Earthquakes improved after the interval. San Jose pressed for a winner, but Lee Nguyen finished off a Revolution counter in second-half stoppage time to give the visitors their first victory of the season.
New York 1 - Chivas USA 1
Péguy Luyindula popped up with seconds to play to lift the Red Bulls to a share of the spoils at Red Bull Arena. It proved much harder work than expected for the home side after Richard Eckersley dragged Thomas McNamara to the ground to give away a first-half penalty. Erick Torres rolled home coolly from the spot to stake the visitors to the lead. New York pressed for the equalizer during the second half, but Dan Kennedy made several fine stops to protect the advantage. The resistance eventually crumbled in the final moments as Luyindula diverted home a corner kick from close range to hand the Red Bulls a deserved point.