MLS Roundup: Altidore double fires Toronto FC over Vancouver

Vancouver 1 — Toronto FC 3

VANCOUVER — Jozy Altidore scored twice to spur Toronto FC to a 3-1 victory over the Whitecaps at B.C. Place.

Octavio Rivero atoned for an awful miss by registering the opener inside the first 20 minutes. The goal consolidated the Whitecaps’ bright start, but the home side gradually lost control of the match as TFC started to cope with Kekuta Manneh’s pace on the left.

Altidore grabbed his first against the run of play just after the half-hour. The move included a deft sequence of passes, a sublime pass through the line by Sebastian Giovinco and a pair of tidy touches to tuck the equalizer past David Ousted.

TFC asserted firm control over the proceedings after the break by exerting dominion over the ball in midfield and tempering the ambitions of the fullbacks to shore up the defense. Those adjustments allowed the Reds to tip the balance in their favor and eventually tuck away the three points.

Robbie Findley benefited from good work by Benoit Cheyrou and Justin Morrow to grab the Reds’ second on the hour. Morrow collected Cheyrou’s intelligent ball through the line and slid a tempting cross past the static Whitecaps line.

Vancouver posed little threat in the late stages as the Reds saw out the game deftly. Altidore capped his impressive night by procuring a penalty in the late stages and then dinking it off the underside of the crossbar. The audacious goal offered an exclamation point on a fine TFC victory and supplied plenty of encouragement as the Reds embark upon yet another quest to seal the club’s first playoff berth.

D.C. United 1 — Montréal 0

Jairo Arrieta opened his United account to salve the wounds of the midweek CONCACAF Champions League exit at RFK Stadium. Arrieta raced behind the Impact defense to meet Chris Rolfe’s ball over the top and poked home the winner after 58 minutes. Montréal also suffered a significant personnel blow in the defeat after Justin Mapp sustained a dislocated elbow after a clash with Bill Hamid in the late stages.

FC Dallas 1 — San Jose 0

Blas Perez popped up in second-half stoppage time to snatch all three points at Toyota Stadium. Perez went close to the opener after 22 minutes, but Paulo Renato recovered brilliantly to clear off the line. Renato could do nothing about the winner after David Bingham flapped at a ball out of the back and watched Perez turn home Moises Hernandez’s shot to decide the match at the death.

Houston 1 — Columbus 0

Dynamo coach Owen Coyle marked his MLS debut with a victory at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tyler Deric earned man-of-the-match honors for holding off the Crew for much of the night. Deric’s heroics paved the way for the Dynamo to procure the winner after 66 minutes. Kofi Sarkodie burst up the right side and sliced into the penalty area. The enterprising fullback squared accurately for Giles Barnes to decide the affair.

Philadelphia 0 — Colorado 0

The visitors held out with 10 men for the final 20 minutes to secure a point at PPL Park. Andrew Wenger hit the post inside the opening half-hour for the Union to punctuate an otherwise drab first half. Bobby Burling then procured a red card to reduce the Rapids to 10 men for the final 20 minutes. Clint Irwin produced a fine save on Conor Casey in the late stages to ensure Pablo Mastroeni’s side claimed a share of the spoils.

Portland 0 — Real Salt Lake 0