MLS Roundup: Landon Donovan sets goals mark, RSL ties MLS record
Real Salt Lake tied the MLS record for an unbeaten start to a season by notching its 12th consecutive result with a 0-0 draw against FC Dallas, while Portland earned its second win of the season with a 2-1 triumph at New York. Catch up on those matches and the rest of the Week 12 action with the usual blurbs and highlights in the MLS Roundup.
Maximiliano Urruti and his Timbers teammates celebrate his winner as Portland claimed a 2-1 victory at New York on Saturday night.
RSL joined the 1996 and 2010 LA Galaxy and the 2000 Kansas City Wizards as the only MLS sides to string together a 12-match unbeaten run to start a season with this scoreless draw at Tio Tinto Stadium. The home side lost influential Joao Plata to injury right before the break, but it still enjoyed most of the possession against a dogged FCD side playing its third game in eight days. Robbie Findley climbed off the bench after the break for his first appearance since tearing knee ligaments in the MLS Cup final defeat in December, but RSL could not produce a late winner to claim all three points.
New York 1 – Portland 2
Portland secured its second win of the season courtesy of a Maximiliano Urruti double at Red Bull Arena. New York capped its encouraging start to the match when Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 10th goal of the season from the spot, but the Timbers improved after conceding and pegged the Red Bulls back. Urruti claimed his first on the stroke of halftime after good work from Steve Zakuani and then snagged the winner after 74 minutes to give the visitors three precious points.
Vancouver 2 – Seattle 2
The latest edition of this Cascadia derby ended all square after an entertaining affair at B.C. Place. Chad Barrett headed Sounders FC in front with a well taken effort nine after 39 minutes. Erik Hurtado completed a fine solo run with a thumping finish to draw the home side level. Gershon Koffie took advantage of a Stefan Frei error to fire home from distance after 66 minutes, but Gonzalo Pineda grabbed a share of the points with a Panenka from the spot eight minutes from time.
The home side collected its fifth consecutive victory and extended its unbeaten run to seven matches with a narrow triumph over 10-man United at Gillette Stadium. Patrick Mullins finished a clever sequence of touches by poking home his fourth goal in four games 10 minutes after the interval. Second-half substitute Fabián Espíndola sustained his own torrid form by restoring level terms after 73 minutes, but Diego Fagundez responded four minutes later for the Revolution. Eddie Johnson then received a red card for kicking out at Kelyn Rowe in the final 10 minutes as United slipped to defeat.
Columbus 2 – Chicago 0
Federico Higuaín prompted both goals as the Crew eased to victory over the Fire at Crew Stadium. Ethan Finlay scored for the second time in as many weeks after latching onto a Higuain feed and squeezing his effort inside the near post after just 10 minutes. Jairo Arrieta raced onto another Higuain pass to slot home the second in the 25th minute to essentially secure the points.
Colorado 4 – Montréal 1
Dillon Powers led the charge as the Rapids piled the pressure on the Impact with a comprehensive win in Commerce City. Powers opened the scoring from the spot in the 4th minute after Sanna Nyassi bundled over Edson Buddle. The tenuous balance held until the second half before the home side secured the points. Kamani Hill and Shane O’Neill increased the lead with their efforts before the hour, while Powers added a fourth six minutes from the end. Andrés Romero reduced the deficit with his late goal, but the riposte did not stop the Impact from suffering yet another setback.
Bradley Orr pounced in second-half stoppage time to snatch a share of the spoils at Sporting Park. Both teams felt the effects of absences with Sporting robbed of every central defensive option and Toronto FC stripped of midfield dynamo Michael Bradley. Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for the home side when he started the buildup and then swept it home two minutes after the interval. Steven Caldwell marched off just after the hour after procuring a red card, but substitute Luke Moore restored parity after 67 minutes. Dwyer converted his 10th goal of the season from the spot six minutes from time, but Orr struck late to ensure the tattered sides each settled for a point.
LA Galaxy 4 – Philadelphia 1
Landon Donovan scored twice to set the MLS goalscoring record and spark the Galaxy to a comfortable victory at StubHub Center. Donovan delivered an inviting ball for Leonardo to head home after just two minutes. The real contribution came after the interval as Donovan finally registered his 135th goal in MLS play four minutes into the second half. Robbie Keane added the third shortly after the hour before Donovan snatched his second of the night nine minutes from time. Maurice Edu converted from the spot two minutes from time to complete the scoring.
San Jose 3 – Houston 0
Khari Stephenson struck twice as the Earthquakes benefited from some Dynamo benevolence and a suspect penalty decision to claim a second victory in three attempts. Stephenson opened the scoring from an indirect free kick seven minutes before halftime and then snagged his second just before the hour from the spot. Atiba Harris completed Houston's miserable night by beating Tally Hall to the ball, nodding off the post and tapping into the empty net in the 70th minute.