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MLS Roundup: SKC finally slay Seattle Sounders

In a week full of road upsets, none was more important than Sporting Kansas City getting over their Seattle sized hump.

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Philadelphia Union 3, Columbus Crew 0

It was C.J Sapong in the first half, and the duo of Vincent Nogueira and Sebastian Le Toux in the second that thrashed Columbus. Nogueira’s goal in particular came off a seriously comical goalkeeping gaffe by Steve Clark. Philadelphia fell to NYC on Saturday 2-1, and ended the weekend in seventh place on fifteen points.

Columbus dropped their Saturday affair against Montreal on Saturday. They’re now in sixth place on sixteen points.

Montreal Impact 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

Montreal took advantage of a Vancouver side without Pedro Morales or Octavio Rivero in their starting eleven. Jack McInerney’s poaching instinct and finishing showed itself just fourteen minutes in, to give the Impact the lead. It wasn’t until the 79th minute, when Morales levelled the score from the penalty spot. Four minutes later, Montreal would look very similar to their opponents in the set-up to their game winning goal which saw Andres Romero find Ignacio Piatti in the box, with Piatti finishing beautifully.

The Impact now find themselves in eighth place on fourteen points after defeating Columbus on Saturday. Vancouver defeated the LA Galaxy 1-0 on Saturday and remain in second place, level on points with Seattle.

Houston Dynamo 4, New York Red Bulls 2

It looked like the Red Bulls were to return to their winning ways when Mike Grella struck, three minutes before the half. Boniek Garcia, Ricardo Clark and Will Bruin would score successively in the second half for Houston. New York pulled one back in the final minute after eighteen-year old Antole Bertrand Abang headed in an awkwardly rebounded cross. Will Bruin added a final insurance goal for the Dynamo in stoppage time.

D.C. United 1, Toronto FC 2

This match saw five players from both sides collect yellow cards. Despite the testiness, Sebastian Giovinco still amazed on multiple occasions for Toronto. Defender Steve Birnbaum tapped home the first goal on a Fabian Espindola corner in the sixth minute. Seba’s first work of art for Toronto came in the 34th minute. The Italian received a pass in the box, and danced past his marker before firing into the upper ninety of the near post with his left foot. The second bit of magic came in the 83rd minute when Benoit Cheyrou laid the ball off to Giovinco, who then took one touch before firing a dipping shot into the low corner passed the outstretched hands of Andrew Dykstra. Toronto FC improves to third place on nineteen points. D.C. United remain atop the Supporters Shield standings with twenty-eight points.

Sporting Kansas City 1, Seattle Sounders 0

They finally did it. A Benny Feilhaber spot kick in the 84th minute was needed, bu SKC finally defeated the Sounders. Shots on goal were not in short supply, however. Marco Pappa nearly did what Marco Pappa does, but was denied by keeper Tim Melia on the long range shot. Melia came up huge with a one on one double save against Lamar Neagle. Stefan Frei, despite having a decent game for Seattle, fouled Dom Dwyer in the box, setting up the Feilhaber penalty kick. Benny sent Frei the wrong way on the ensuing kick, burying the ball into the opposite low corner. SKC sits in third place in the west, just two points behind the first place Sounders.

Portland Timbers 2, New England Revolution

Three wins in a row after two goals in three minutes for the streaking Timbers. With the returns of Will Johnson and Diego Valeri in recent weeks, Portland has received a much needed shot in the arm. However, it was mainstay Fanendo Adi who bagged a brace in three minutes that gave the team the win. A Jorge Villafana free kick found Adi for the header in the 86th minute. Two minutes later Adi would poke the ball home with his outstretched left leg after being fed by Alvas Powell. New England never really threatened and had four players go into the referee’s book.

Sunday, boring Sunday

Colorado 0, Real Salt Lake 0

Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids battled it out for that fancy Rocky Mountain Cup that usually goes to RSL. A missed penalty kick by Dillon Powers sealed the 0-0 draw. RSL and Colorado are now the western conference basement dwellers with seventeen and thirteen points respectively.

San Jose 0, FC Dallas 0

San Jose hosted FC Dallas in a borderline entertaining 0-0 draw. The match had plenty of near chances late, but it likely came off the back of two unfairly awarded straight red cards. Mark Sherrod was adjudged to have stomped on Dallas keeper Dan Kennedy’s head in the 53rd minute. He didn’t, but the referee saw it that way and sent off Sherrod. In the 75th man Je-Vaugh Watson was given red for a hard tackle that was more deserving of a yellow card at worst. The ref did eventually get it right, sending off San Jose sub JJ Koval in the 87th minute for a studs up, no ball, tackle. FC Dallas has now tumbled down to fifth place on twenty-two points in the west. San Jose Earthquakes are in eighth with nineteen.