MLS Roundup: Seattle, Dempsey stun FC Dallas, Crew draws in San Jose
Seattle struck twice in the late stages to hand FC Dallas its first defeat in league play, while D.C. United claimed back-to-back victories for the first time since October 2012 with a narrow victory over New York. More on those matches and the rest of Week 6 action in the latest edition of MLS Roundup.
Clint Dempsey scored twice - including the late winner - to help Seattle to a 3-2 victory at FC Dallas on Saturday night.
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By Kyle McCarthy
FC Dallas 2 – Seattle 3
Clint Dempsey completed a stunning Sounders FC buildup with his second goal of the night to complete the visitors’ comeback in Frisco. David Texeira opened his MLS account with a simple finish after an error from Stefan Frei inside the opening 10 minutes, but Dempsey curled home spectacularly from a free kick to equalize shortly thereafter. Michel restored the lead from the spot shortly before halftime after DeAndre Yeldin fouled Texeira. Seattle responded after the interval by forcing Keel to turn into his own net and then stringing together an intricate series of passes together in the final five minutes to allow Dempsey to slot home Chad Barrett’s square to secure the victory. The late winner increased Dempsey’s haul to five goals in his past two matches.
United claimed its second consecutive victory with a narrow triumph over the Red Bulls at RFK Stadium. Arnaud nodded home Bobby Boswell’s enticing near-post flick to provide the home side with the lead after just four minutes. New York improved substantially after a poor start, but the Red Bulls could not find a way to produce the equalizer despite creating several opportunities. The visitors’ profligacy allowed United to register back-to-back wins for the first time since October 2012.
Maurice Edu headed home Cristian Maidana’s corner kick in the 90th minute to lift the Union to a share of the spoils at PPL Park. Luke Mulholland opened the scoring for RSL after six minutes when he poked home after Zac MacMath saved Álvaro Saborío’s penalty attempt. Andrew Wenger marked his Union debut with the equalizer 10 minutes into the second half, but Kyle Beckerman tucked home Javier Morales’ feed five minutes from time to restore RSL’s lead. Edu engineered the Union’s response five minutes later by contorting to meet Maidana’s service and directing his header inside the far post to grab a point.
LA Galaxy 1 – Vancouver 0
LA Galaxy claimed a deserved victory when Robbie Keane smashed home two minutes after halftime at the StubHub Center. Keane posed a consistent threat on the night and struck shortly after the interval when the bright Stefan Ishizaki delivered a tempting cross into his run through the penalty area. The lone goal proved more than enough on the night to hand the Galaxy a second victory on the trot.
Portland 1 – Chivas USA 1
Chivas USA responded to a poor performance in the SuperClasico to claim a point at Providence Park. Portland grasped the lead after seven minutes when Will Johnson thumped home Darlington Nagbe’s tidy feed, but the visitors eventually found a way back into the game in the final quarter of an hour. Erick Torres floated free of the Timbers defense and tucked home Leandro Barrera’s cross through the goal area to dash the home side’s dreams of a first victory.
Toronto FC 0 – Colorado 1
Edson Buddle notched his 99th career goal to separate the sides at BMO Field. Colorado collected its second consecutive victory on Canadian soil when Buddle poked home Dillon Powers’ clever feed from close range after 77 minutes. Buddle’s late intervention provided the Rapids with a full complement of points against a TFC side missing both Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe through injury.
Montréal 1 – Chicago 1
The battle of the Franks ended all square as the Fire and the Impact settled for a stalemate at Olympic Stadium. Jack McInerney opened his Montréal account shortly before halftime after running onto Marco Di Vaio’s clever flick behind the line and forcing his effort through Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson. Quincy Amarikwa drew the visitors level in the 54th minute by turning home Mike Magee’s square after Jeff Larentowicz hit the bar with a header. The resulting give-and-take failed to yield a verdict as the Impact garnered a third consecutive draw.
New England 2 – Houston 0
Kevin Alston and Jerry Bengtson scored after the interval to hand the Revolution a precious victory at Gillette Stadium. New England enjoyed the better of the play for most of the affair and found a way through when Alston combined with Daigo Kobayashi and Teal Bunbury to procure his first MLS goal after 68 minutes. Bengtson sealed the points with a fine individual effort in second-half stoppage time to register his first goal since last March.
San Jose 1 – Columbus 1
Chris Wondolowski capped the Earthquakes' bright start to the second half by nodding home the equalizer to lift the home side to a draw at Buck Shaw Stadium. Columbus enjoyed the majority of the play in the opening stanza and took the lead when Federico Higuain completed a flowing Crew move from back-to-front with a tidy finish a minute before the interval. San Jose improved substantially after the break and pegged the visitors back when Wondolowski wriggled free to head home Shea Salinas' corner kick in the 51st minute.