MLS Roundup: D.C. United defeats Chivas USA, Sporting KC holds off LA Galaxy
Steven Lenhart struck in the final five minutes to lift San Jose to a 1-1 draw at New York, while Sporting Kansas City defeated LA Galaxy 2-1 at Sporting Park. Catch up on all of the Week 20 action in the latest edition of MLS Roundup.
Joao Plata angled home nine minutes from time to lift Real Salt Lake to a 1-1 draw with Vancouver at Rio Tinto Stadium.
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By Kyle McCarthy
New York 1 – San Jose 1
Steven Lenhart notched his first goal of the season to give the Earthquakes a share of the points at Red Bull Arena. New York assumed control of the proceedings when Lenhart handled a cross destined for Tim Cahill at the back post. Bradley Wright-Phillips dispatched the resulting penalty to stake the Red Bulls to a lead just after the half-hour. New York spurned opportunities to increase the edge and watched in horror as Lenhart snatched a draw in the final five minutes with his tidy finish inside the penalty area.
Sporting celebrated the Designated Player deals handed to Matt Besler and Graham Zusi earlier in the day with a victory over the Galaxy at Sporting Park. Benny Feilhaber curled home a sumptuous free kick after 10 minutes to give the home side the advantage. Lawrence Olum bundled home at the back post just after the hour to double it, but Robbie Keane halved the deficit in the final quarter of an hour. Sporting held firm in the waning moments to guarantee the points.
Houston 2 – Toronto FC 2
The home side took the lead twice, but the Reds pegged them back on both occasions to claim a draw at BBVA Compass Stadium. Will Bruin pounced on sloppy play at the back to open the scoring after 11 minutes. Gilberto replied seven minutes later to notch his first goal from the run of play this season, but Giles Barnes responded with a low drive inside the far post to restore the Dynamo advantage. Luke Moore scampered toward the byline and squared for Dominic Oduro on the stroke of halftime to grab a point.
Real Salt Lake 1 – Vancouver 1
Joao Plata angled home at the far post in the final 10 minutes to ensure both teams ended with a point after a contentious affair at Rio Tinto Stadium. Vancouver benefited from a suspect penalty decision against Nat Borchers inside the final 20 minutes and watched Darren Mattocks open the scoring from the spot moments later. Plata completed a fine RSL move nine minutes from time to give the home side a share of the spoils.
Chicago 1 – Philadelphia 1
Sebastien Le Toux kept his composure from the spot to equalize in second-half stoppage time at Toyota Park. Chicago took the lead through a Jeff Larentowicz header on the hour, but the Fire watched its dreams of a second victory on the trot vanish when Gonzalo Segares prompted a whistle for handling. Le Toux converted the disputed penalty to give the Union a point.
FC Dallas 2 – New England 0
FCD extended the Revolution's losing streak to seven matches with a straightforward victory at Toyota Stadium. Andrés Escobar collected a Tesho Akindele drive off the post, slipped past two defenders and then struck his deflected effort past Bobby Shuttleworth to open the scoring just before the half-hour. Akindele sealed the points with his near-post finish in second-half stoppage time.
Columbus 2 – Montréal 1
Bernardo Anor struck twice in the second half to lift the Crew to its first win since May 24. Marco Di Vaio opened the scoring by registering his fourth goal of the campaign 10 minutes before the break at Crew Stadium. Columbus improved after the interval and replied when Anor drove home from distance after 56 minutes. Anor repeated the feat in the final quarter of an hour to end the Crew's seven-match winless run.
Portland 2 – Colorado 1
The home side staged a second-half comeback to defeat the dogged Rapids at Providence Park. Deshorn Brown exploited more slack set piece marking from the Timbers to grab the opener after 16 minutes. Portland responded after the break with an influential double substation paving the way for the riposte. Maximiliano Urruti equalized after 72 minutes before Diego Valeri stuck a stellar winner five minutes later to give the Timbers a precious victory.
United claimed its third consecutive victory and ended the Red-and-White's four-game winning streak with a straightforward triumph at RFK Stadium. Eddie Johnson opened the scoring from the spot after Oswaldo Minda barged Chris Rolfe to the ground. Perry Kitchen doubled the advantage after the interval by tucking home Johnson's knockdown from a free kick. Luis Silva grabbed the third after 70 minutes to secure the points. Erick Torres converted from the spot six minutes from time to snatch a late consolation goal for the visitors.