MLS Roundup: Seattle rallies against FC Dallas, Toronto FC wins in Canadian Championship
Seattle 2 – FC Dallas 1
Kenny Cooper completed yet another comeback and stunned his former side with a goal two minutes from time lift Sounders FC to victory at CenturyLink Field. FC Dallas took the lead after 16 minutes when Brad Davis and Blas Pérez tangled in the Seattle penalty area and Michel converted the resulting spot kick. Lamar Neagle poked home Obafemi Martins’ cross at the near post just after the hour to draw Seattle level. Cooper then climbed off the bench in the late stages and turned home another Martins cross moments after his arrival to lift Sounders FC to a fifth straight victory.
Houston 1 – Columbus 0
Houston extended its unbeaten run to three matches with a 1-0 victory over the Crew at BBVA Compass Stadium. Will Bruin and Brad Davis connected once again to provide the margin of victory five minutes after the interval. Davis curled an enticing free kick into the penalty area from the left wing. Bruin rose highest and looped his header inside the far post to separate the teams on the night. The winner gave Bruin his third goal in as many games and marked Davis’ fourth assist in five matches. It also moved the Dynamo into a four-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference.
San Jose 0 – Colorado 0
Both teams settled for a share of the spoils at Buck Shaw Stadium. Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin played a large role in the result by producing a fine save on Chris Wondolowski and subsequently repelling Atiba Harris and Khari Stephenson. Drew Moor also thwarted Alan Gordon’s effort to turn home from close range to ensure the visitors left Santa Clara with a point.
Toronto FC 2 – Vancouver 1 – Canadian Championship, semifinal, first leg
TFC held off a spirited performance from a youthful Whitecaps side to cobble together a narrow advantage at BMO Field. Jermain Defoe opened the scoring with a trademark slotted finish just before the half-hour, but the strong Reds XI failed to engineer a second until the late stages. Michael Bradley capped a lung-busting 70-yard run with a tidy finish inside the far post one minute from time to double the advantage. Kekuta Manneh pulled a critical goal back two minutes into stoppage time to throw the Whitecaps a lifeline ahead of the second leg at B.C. Place on Wednesday.
FC Edmonton 2 – Montréal 1 – Canadian Championship, semifinal, first leg
Michael Nonni pounced in second-half stoppage time to give the NASL side its first victory over a MLS side at Clarke Stadium. Jack McInerney struck first in the 56th minute to hand a reserve-laden Impact side the lead, but Tomi Ameobi responded four minutes later to equalize for the Eddies. The two teams exchanged chances in the final half-hour before Nonni punished Karl Ouimette’s poorly hit header toward Evan Bush and stroked home the winner. Montréal must recover quickly in order to produce the necessary result in the return match at Stade Saputo on Wednesday.