Marco Di Vaio scored two goals to lead the Montreal Impact to a 5-0 win over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
Di Vaio and Felipe Martins scored minutes apart in the first half to put Montreal up by two. Jeb Brovsky made it 3-0 in the 58th minute and Di Vaio finished off a two-man break on a pass from Patrice Bernier for his fourth goal in two games.
Andrea Pisano added his first Major League Soccer goal and the Impact won their second in a row, and their third straight at Saputo Stadium.
Troy Perkins made a diving save on a header two minutes into the second half.
Montreal improved to 12-7-5 for 41 points in 24 games. However, the Impact are winless in their last five road games (0-4-1), and play four of their next six away from home.
Chicago Fire 1, Sporting KC 0
Defender Hunter Jumper scored, Sean Johnson made four saves and the Chicago Fire beat Sporting Kansas City 1-0 on Friday night.
The Fire’s win was their third in their past four matches and moved them to .500 (10-10-4) for the season with 34 points in the Eastern Conference.
Sporting K.C. fell to 11-9-6 and remains tied with New York on top of the East with 39 points.
DC United 1, Toronto FC 1
Bobby Convey scored in the 60th minute to lift Toronto FC to a 1-1 draw with D.C. United on Saturday night.
Convey, who began his MLS career with D.C. in 2000 before departing for England in 2004, neatly finished off a pass from Reggie Lambe inside the 18-yard box after a poor clearance by United defender Dejan Jakovic. It was Convey’s first goal for Toronto (4-12-9).
Dwayne De Rosario also scored against his former team, giving United (3-17-5) the lead with a long-range strike in the 10th minute. D.C., last in the Eastern Conference, has won just once in its last nine matches.
Vancouver Whitecaps 0, LA Galaxy 1
Landon Donovan scored in the third minute and the Los Angeles Galaxy held on to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
Donovan got his fourth goal in the last three matches to help the Galaxy (12-9-4) secure sole possession of second place in the Western Conference.
Donovan scored after A.J. DeLaGarza’s pass hit Whitecaps central defender Johnny Leveron and came to him. The Galaxy captain planted a high shot in the left corner of the net over Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted.
”It helps a lot when you’re on the road,” Donovan said of the early goal. ”It puts your team in a really good position, and even if they score a goal, you’re back where you started, so it’s a nice way to start a game.
Dallas 2, San Jose Earthquakes 2
FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said he expects the rest of his team’s matches to be tough.
Saturday was no exception.
Michel’s scored on a penalty kick in the 72nd minute to help FC Dallas salvage a 2-2 draw against the San Jose Earthquakes and take sole possession of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Three red cards in the final 10 minutes also made the match entertaining one, as both teams were keen on earning three points for the final playoff push.
”I think that the games are going to get a lot more physical,” said Hydnman, whose team snapped an 11-game winless streak Wednesday after tumbling down the table. ”I think the games are going to get a little bit more competitive. ”
Blas Perez also scored for Dallas (9-7-10), which rallied after giving up two goals in the first 16 minutes. Dallas moved into fifth place in the Western Conference, one point ahead of Vancouver.
Alan Gordon and Steven Beitashour had the early goals for San Jose (9-10-7), which had won four of its previous five matches.
Real Salt Lake 4, Columbus Crew 0
Real Salt Lake gave a perfect lesson on how to dominate an opponent on both sides of the ball.
For 90 minutes, Salt Lake combined aggressive offense and relentless defense to limit shots, control possession and set up easy scoring chances.
Kyle Beckerman scored two goals, while rookie forward Devon Sandoval and Luis Gil added one apiece, to lead Salt Lake to a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
”This, for me, is the most complete match we’ve played the entire season,” Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis said.
The win kept Salt Lake (13-8-6) atop the MLS standings. Gil’s goal was Salt Lake’s 47th of the season, breaking the previous franchise record of 46 set in 2012. Beckerman gave the team No. 48 right before the end of the second half.
Columbus (8-12-5) snapped a two-game winning streak, denying Crew coach Robert Warzycha his 71st career win with the team and becoming the club’s all-time leader in coaching victories.