MLS Roundup: FC Dallas stuns Toronto FC, Vancouver pegs back Galaxy
FC Dallas 2 – Toronto FC 1
Blas Pérez bundled home two minutes from time to stun Toronto FC at Toyota Stadium. TFC – bolstered by the returns of Michael Bradley, Steven Caldwell and Jonathan Osorio – took the lead through Issey Nakajima-Farran early in the first half, but Matt Hedges nodded home Michel’s corner kick seven minutes before the break to restore parity. The tenuous balance somehow survived KellynAcosta’s shove on Gilberto inside the penalty area, but it finally caved in the late stages. TFC failed to cope with yet another FCD set piece and Pérez pounced from close range to claim a fifth win in seven attempts.
Vancouver 2 – LA Galaxy 2
Kekuta Manneh lashed home four minutes from time to allow the Whitecaps to collect a point against the Galaxy at B.C. Place. Stefan Ishizaki completed a tidy sequence by heading home from close range to open the scoring seven minutes before the break. Darren Mattocks equalized after 67 minutes, but Robbie Keane restored the Galaxy’s lead by turning home Rob Friend’s knockdown at the back post. Manneh then ensured his side snagged at least one point from the two consecutive matches against the Galaxy by angling home his drive in the late stages.
Real Salt Lake 1 – Portland 0
Ned Grabavoy and Nick Rimando combined to extend Portland’s winless start to the season at Rio Tinto Stadium. Grabavoy scored the only goal of the game with a perfectly placed effort inside the far post after 78 minutes, while Rimando produced three fine stops – a first-half block on Darlington Nagbe and second-half saves on Maximiliano Urruti and Alvas Powell – to frustrate the Timbers and secure maximum points for the home side.
Chivas USA 1 – Seattle 2
Obafemi Martins clipped over the onrushing Dan Kennedy nine minutes from time to complete Sounders FC’s comeback at the StubHub Center. Erick Torres opened the scoring from the spot after five minutes in the wake of Osvaldo Alonso’s tackle on Leandro Barrera. Lamar Neagle equalized after Kennedy failed to claim on the edge of his goal area. Chivas USA went down to 10 men after 73 minutes when Marco Delgado procured a straight red card for a tackle on Gonzalo Pineda. Martins combined cleverly with Clint Dempsey and then snatched the winner in the final 10 times to give Sounders FC the points.
Sporting Kansas City 4 – Montréal 0
Sporting extended the Impact’s winless start to the campaign with an emphatic victory at Sporting Park. The two goals came from long throws with Calum Mallace diverting into his own net before the break and Aurélien Collin slotting the near post after the Impact failed to clear after the interval. Dom Dwyer then poached a double in the final quarter of an hour to guarantee the result.
Columbus 1 – D.C. United 1
Hector Jiménez curled home in the 90th minute to lift Columbus to a share of the points at Crew Stadium. Fabián Espíndola placed United in front just after the half-hour with a rasping drive created by Nick DeLeon’s industry in the middle third. The home side escaped from one potential red card when Giancarlo González hauled down Eddie Johnson from behind to half a break after 73 minutes, but the Crew eventually went down to 10 after Bernardo Anor went two-footed through ball and wiped out Perry Kitchen. It did not, however, prevent the Crew from procuring a late equalizer as Wil Trapp’s diagonal set the stage for Jimeénez’s sumptuous finish.
Chicago 1 – New England 1
Bobby Shuttleworth stopped Juan Luis Anangonó’s 90th-minute penalty to preserve a point for the Revolution at Toyota Park. Both sides finished with 10 men in a match that never quite sparked to life. Quincy Amarikwa opened the scoring by latching onto Harrison Shipp’s clever ball through the line, maintaining his position under challenge and slotting home his fourth goal of the season after 16 minutes. Lee Nguyen drew New England level from the spot just after the half-hour after Kevin Alston tumbled under Patrick Nyarko’s challenge. Amarikwa reduced the Fire to 10 men by procuring his second yellow after 73 minutes, but the home side nearly claimed all three points at the end when Alston handled on the line and presented Anangonó with a chance win it from the spot. Shuttleworth dove to his right to save the penalty and secure a share of the spoils.
Philadelphia 0 – Houston 0
Houston survived an improved display from the Union after the interval and a second yellow card to Kofi Sarkodie to snatch a point at PPL Park. The visitors enjoyed the better of the play in the opening half with Will Bruin snatching at a chance shortly before the break. Philadelphia responded after halftime with Conor Casey, Amobi Okugo and Andrew Wenger all carving out chances in the final third. Sarkodie then departed eight minutes from time after procuring a controversial second booking for timewasting, but the Dynamo held out to secure a deserved point.
Colorado 0 – San Jose 0
The two sides combined for just one shot on goal in this dreary affair at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Adam Jahn offered the most noteworthy incident of the match when he received a straight red card for his shoulder charge into the side of Jared Watts’ head inside the final 10 minutes.