MLS Roundup: Two Teams Enter, One Team Gets Three Points

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

DC, Kansas City, Vancouver and San Jose all won on Saturday

Philadelphia Union 0, DC United 1

The Union lose to DC - which means Philadelphia now have lost nine games in a row - via a Chris Rolfe goal.

Rolfe got DC on the board early when Christian Fernandez drove a hard ball into the box from the left and it fell to Rolfe. A nice chested trap and a thunderous shot with his left foot gave the former Fire man the only goal of the game in the sixth minute. Eddie Johnson should've had the second goal of the game in the 32nd minute when he finished a great through ball, but was incorrectly ruled offsides.

In the second half, the Union had all of the chances, including one for Austin Berry, who missed a great chance on a free header from a corner with Bill Hamid way out of position. Hamid made up for that error when he stoned Andrew Wenger, who has through after a brilliant turn. Along with help from his defenders, Hamid stopped three follow-up efforts. The Union had a few more half-chances but Hamid was strong in the back and Philly continues to struggle.

Montreal Impact 0, Sporting Kansas City 3

This one was over early when Collen Warner decided to grab the ball from going across the line in a goal line scramble which is shockingly illegal. He got his well-deserved red card in the 17th minute and Dom Dwyer buried the following penalty.

After that, Sporting predictably controlled the game and doubled their tally in the 34th minute when Chance Myers whipped in a great cross and Paulo Nagamura finished it with a great side foot finish. This game was the Dom Dwyer show, and he got his brace in the 64th minute when a great passing move left him alone with the goalie and he made no mistake. Dwyer, who continues to be the shining example of the USL Pro loan system, now has 6 goals on the year.

This game was what you expected when Sporting KC gets to play most of the game with a man advantage - they had three-quarters of the ball and all the really good chances. Sinovic missed a wide open chance late so this game could have easily been 4-0. Frank Klopas may be in trouble already in Quebec.

Columbus Crew 0, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Sebastian Fernandez almost gave Vancouver an early lead in the fourth minute, when he won the ball off of Michael Parkhurst, but he had a tough angle and dragged his shot wide. Vancouver had another chance when the super-talented Kekuta Manneh laid off a great ball for Erik Hurtado but he blasted it straight at Steve Clark.

In the 37th minute, Erik Hurtado gave Vancouver the only goal of the game and it was quite some goal. He won the ball off a long free kick and dribbled straight at the Columbus defense. They gave him room to shoot from about 22 yards out and he ripped it into the far corner. It was his first MLS goal and that wasn't a bad way to score it.

Kekuta Manneh and Erik Hurtado continued to cause problems for the Crew defense in the second half but weren't able to find a second goal. Columbus put pressure on late but never had a clear chance. Omar Salgado got a breakaway on a quick counter attack but his chip went just wide of the goal. Manneh had a chance late also but couldn't convert but in the end, Hurtado's wonder strike was enough.

San Jose Earthquakes 2, FC Dallas 1

San Jose jumped out to an early lead at home in the 25th minute via Cordell Cato, who was sent clean through on goal and made no mistake, when Clarence Goodson flicked on a Jon Busch clearance into his path. It was a classic San Jose goal - launch it up field, win the header and then the second ball.

Right before halftime, Dallas got a huge break when Shea Salinas was sent off with a red card after a reckless two-footed challenge. Luckily, no one was hurt. FC Dallas had the run of the play in the second half and almost equalized when Hendry Thomas hit the post and Blas Perez's rebound was saved off the line brilliantly by Busch in the 57th minute. San Jose doubled their lead off a set piece in the 73rd minute when a Sam Cronin cross deflected off of David Texeira in for the second goal.

FC Dallas got back in the game a few minutes later in the 76th when Michel blasted the free kick in from about 19 yards out. Jon Busch had a great game but there was nothing he could do about that. Dallas didn't have many more chances and will be disappointed to lose with a man advantage for 45 minutes.

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