MLS Roundup: Sporting KC thrashes Toronto FC, RSL fends off Seattle
D.C. United 4 – Colorado 2
United claimed its first win in three attempts during an open affair at RFK Stadium. Luis Silva opened the scoring inside the opening quarter of an hour, but Dillon Serna conjured a fine equalizer to restore parity shortly after halftime. Silva snatched the winner after 67 minutes before Chris Rolfe and Fabian Espindola provided the margin of victory inside the final 10 minutes.
Dom Dwyer pounced twice from the spot to propel Sporting to an emphatic home victory over TFC. Dwyer roofed his first attempt inside the first 20 minutes and then tucked away his second penalty just after the half-hour to give the home side a commanding lead. Gilberto conjured a clever reply right before halftime, but Soony Saad thrashed the remnants of a corner kick past Joe Bendik in the 64th minute to restore the two-goal lead. C.J. Sapong guaranteed the points when he turned home from a set piece in the final quarter of an hour.
Real Salt Lake 2 – Seattle 1
RSL returned to the top of the Western Conference with a win over Seattle at Rio Tinto Stadium. The steamy conditions extracted a toll on the first-half proceedings, but the match picked up steam in the 53rd minute when Joao Plata drifted free at the back post and nodded home Luke Mulholland's tempting service. Mulholland poked home the second minutes later and then rang the gong in celebration as the home side doubled its advantage. Chad Barrett arranged a grandstand finish when he bundled home at the far post in the 72nd minute, but RSL held firm to claim victory and vault Sounders FC.
Columbus 4 – LA Galaxy 1
Columbus produced perhaps its best performance of the Gregg Berhalter era to sweep aside the Galaxy at Crew Stadium. Justin Meram cut inside and curled home the opener after 23 minutes. Ethan Finlay doubled the advantage 10 minutes later with a trademark diagonal run and a tidy finish, but Gyasi Zardes struck his 10th goal of the season four minutes after the break to halve the deficit. Ben Speas and Giancarlo Gonzalez protected the deserved points with their goals in the final quarter of an hour to ensure the Crew ended the night in the Eastern Conference playoff places.
New England 1 – Portland 1
This tale of two halves ended all square at Gillette Stadium. New England grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck at the outset and took control through Charlie Davies just before the half hour. The visitors responded after the interval and struck a deserved equalizer when Liam Ridgewell sliced through the Revs defense and slotted home after 65 minutes. Both teams produced chances to win the encounter, but the sides instead settled for a point.
San Jose 0 – FC Dallas 5
FCD handed the Earthquakes their heaviest defeat in MLS play with a rampant display at Buck Shaw Stadium. Tesho Akindele and Fabian Castillo tore apart the home side with the two in-form attackers combining for all five goals. Akindele registered his first professional hat trick, while Castillo posted his first MLS double. Chris Wondolowski missed a penalty just before halftime with the score poised at 2-0 as the Earthquakes tumbled to defeat.
Chivas USA 0 – Vancouver 0
Both teams settled for a point after a humdrum night at StubHub Center. Chances were few and far between on the night as both teams lacked the desired incisiveness. Dan Kennedy saved Omar Salgado's header just before the hour, while Erick Torres spurned a couple of half-chances in the second half. The stalemate extended Vancouver's unbeaten run to six matches and provided Chivas USA with its first point in five outings.
Montréal 1 – Chicago 0
Marco Di Vaio snapped the Impact's seven-match league losing streak with his late winner. Both teams struggled to impress for long stages of this dour affair at Stade Saputo, but the Impact conjured a move worthy of deciding the match four minutes from time. Eric Miller and Maxim Tissot combined on the left flank to navigate through the Fire defense. The ball eventually fell kindly for Di Vaio to sweep home inside the far post to give Frank Klopas a cathartic win over his former side.
Houston 2 – Philadelphia 0
Houston secured its second win in three attempts with a second-half surge at BBVA Compass Stadium. Will Bruin collected his ninth goal of the season six in the 51st minute to stake the Dynamo to a precious lead. Philadelphia searched for an equalizer, but the home side sealed the points when Omar Cummings banked a pass off Raymon Gaddis and past goalkeeper Andre Blake -- handed his first MLS start in place of Zac MacMath -- moments before the end.