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MLS Sunday Roundup: Union dead last after SKC heroics

Real Salt Lake remained one of two unbeaten teams after a clutch road victory in San Jose; SKC needed a stoppage time miracle over basement dwelling Philadelphia.

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San Jose Earthquakes 0, Real Salt Lake 1

Avaya Stadium continues to sell out, but not every game there will end with a desirable result for Quakes fans. Real Salt Lake scored just before the half on a crazy second effort by Javier Morales. The Argentine’s free kick hit a San Jose wall and bounced back to him in a perfect spot for him to unleash a shot into the top shelf. It was the Earthquakes who had the lion’s share of scoring chances but couldn’t finish. RSL’s victory puts them in 3rd place on 8 points. San Jose sits just outside the playoff spots in 7th, with 6 points.

Sporting Kansas City 3, Philadelphia Union 2

Things began as bad as they possibly could for the home side. A Union corner kick in the 3rd minute deflected off SKC forward Jacob Peterson, and crossed the goal line despite a clearance attempt by Jalil Anibaba. Dom Dwyer would go on to equal things up in the 16th minute from a SKC corner kick. This might be the goal that breaks Dwyer out of his slump. Roughly three minutes later, Sebastian Le Toux swung in a free kick from the right that connected with DP Fernando Aristeguieta to give Philadelphia the lead again.

In stoppage time, the remaining Sporting Park faithful would be treated to some great, last minute heroics. Former Fire defender Jalil Anibaba found himself at the positive end of a goal, as his header tied things up.  SKC would earn a corner 3 minutes later. Benny Feilhaber sent in a corner that was met by Matt Besler who headed onto substitute Krisztian Nemeth, flicking in the game winner. The win saw SKC leap over the Sounders in the standings in 4th place on 8 points. Yet another loss holds Philadelphia dead last in all of MLS on 2 points.