MLS Roundup: Rapids end home drought with victory over Vancouver

BY Kyle McCarthy • May 24, 2015

Colorado Rapids 1 -- Vancouver Whitecaps 0

Colorado secured a first home win since July through Lucas Pittinari’s goal in Commerce City. Pittinari benefited from a clever pass by Dillon Powers and a wonderful flick by Gabriel Torres to separate the sides six minutes after halftime. Former Wolves striker Kevin Doyle made his long-awaited debut shortly thereafter as the home side went in search of a second. Vancouver appeared to claim an equalizer in the late stages through a stunning Pedro Morales free kick, but the Whitecaps were denied when referee Jose Carlos Rivero unexpectedly whistled for a foul in the wall. It marked a rare stroke of good fortune for the Rapids on home soil and paved the way for their first home triumph in 10 months.

New England Revolution 1 -- D.C. United 1

United mustered a late equalizer through Jairo Arrieta to snatch a point against the nine-man Revs at Gillette Stadium. Charlie Davies continued his torrid run in front of goal to hand the Revs the lead on the stroke of halftime. The dynamic changed when Chris Tierney procured a straight red card for his challenge on Chris Pontius after 52 minutes. Lee Nguyen exacerbated the problems by receiving a second booking for an elbow on Davy Arnaud six minutes later. United produced just one meaningful opportunity on the night, but Arrieta turned it home at the near post 10 minutes from time to secure the draw.

Real Salt Lake 2 -- New York City FC 0

NYCFC boss Jason Kreis endured a miserable return to Utah as RSL coasted to the points in Sandy. John Stertzer benefited from good work by Devon Sandoval and Kyle Beckerman to register the opener after 25 minutes. NYCFC huffed and puffed after that point, but Alvaro Saborio eventually settled mattered when he nodded home Luke Mulholland’s tempting cross four minutes into the second half.

Toronto FC 1 -- Portland Timbers 0

Sebastian Giovinco secured all three points with another strike from distance at BMOField. Giovinco collected after good buildup work through the middle and smashed inside the far post after just five minutes. TFC tested Adam Kwarasey on several occasions after that point, but the Timbers perhaps warranted a chance to equalize when Chris Konopka caught Maximiliano Urruti inside the penalty area late in the second half. Referee Jorge Gonzalez waved away the protests to ensure the Reds walked away with a deserved three points.

Seattle Sounders 0 -- Sporting Kansas City 0

Sporting Kansas City set out a determined stall to grind out a point at CenturyLink Field. Sounders FC enjoyed the bulk of the possession on the evening, but the home side found it difficult to break down Sporting from the run of play. Benny Feilhaber nearly dealt Seattle a dose of its own medicine with a late winner, but Stefani Frei produced the necessary save to secure a point.

Montréal Impact 2 -- FC Dallas 1

Montréal continued its post-CONCACAF Champions League resurgence with a second consecutive victory at Stade Saputo. Ignacio Piatti opened the scoring from the spot after 25 minutes to give the Impact a firm foothold. Jack McInerney doubled the advantage five minutes into the second half to increase the advantage. Matt Hedges pulled a goal back in the late stages to place FCD within touching distance. Evan Bush produced a stellar save on Blas Perez to punctuate his importance and preserve the points for the Impact. 


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