Minggu, 06 Mei 2012

MLS Recap: NY beats LA, TFC sets record, Sporting loses at home

Toronto FC 0-2 D.C. United

Toronto FC just can't find a win.

The club now has eight straight losses to start the MLS season, with the latest coming on Saturday at the hands of D.C. United by a 2-0 scoreline. The run sets a league record for the worst start in history.

Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi did the damage for United, with Pontius hitting a rocket that would be the eventual winner in the 55th minute.

Salihi put the match to bed in the 75th. A cleared corner was sent back in and the substitute did very well to knock it home, leaving Toronto with little chance of avoiding the record breaking defeat.

Toronto will stay without a win in the league until at least May 19, when the club travels to D.C. for the reverse of this fixture. United will be back in league action next week as the team heads to Houston to play in the opener of the new BBVA Compass Stadium. 

Seattle Sounders FC 1-0 Philadelphia Union

The Seattle Sounders pulled out a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday thanks to a goal from Mauro Rosales that was set up by Fredy Montero.

Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith earned a clean sheet in his first MLS start, but it was a moment of brilliance from two of the Sounders' best that proved to be decisive.

After being held out for just over an hour by the ever-impressive Zac MacMath in the Union goal, Seattle found a winner when Montero played a brilliant ball across the top of the box to free Rosales on the right. 

The veteran midfielder, who was a question coming into the match with an injury, had time to take a couple of touches and steady himself before firing a low shot into the net.

The Union never really threatened Seattle's goal late on and the Sounders really should have added to the lead when Montero curled a shot back off the bar.

Seattle will be in action again on Wednesday with a trip to Dallas while Philadelphia will have to wait until May 13 to host New York.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes

The Vancouver Whitecaps won three in a row for the first time in MLS by beating the San Jose Earthquakes, 2-1 at home. Eric Hassli provided the winner in the 94th minute. 

The teams traded headers in the first half. 

First, Chris Wondolowski found space at the back post to push Marvin Chavez's cross past former 'Quakes 'keeper Joe Cannon. Wondo leads MLS with 11 goals from 10 games. 

Gershon Koffie equalized with a falling backwards header on a Camilo free kick. 

San Jose, playing its third game in eight days, thought it had done enough to leave Canada with a point. But Hassli picked stoppage time to open his season scoring account. His goal delighted the B.C. Place fans and won the game for the Whitecaps.

Sporting Kansas City 0-2 Montreal Impact

Sporting Kansas City has now lost two on the trot after opening the 2012 MLS season with seven straight wins. The 2-0 result was the Montreal Impact's first away win in MLS, Sporting's first home loss of the season, and somewhat of a surprise. 

Felipe Martins opened the scoring in the first half, uncorking from nearly 40 yards. The Brazilian barely had any business considering a shot from that distance, but the left-footed blast swerved around Jimmy Nielsen and in. 

Montreal capped an unexpected win with a penalty in the second half. 

Lamar Neagle skipped through the SKC backline and Aurelien Collin brought him down. Patrice Bernier stuttered and scored his first goal in MLS, and his first goal for the Impact since 2002.

LA Galaxy 0-1 New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls, without the services of Thierry Henry and Rafael Marquez, went on the road to Los Angeles and walked away with a 1-0 win over the struggling Galaxy.

The only goal of the night came 19 minutes in after the Galaxy had largely dominated the opening exchanges. Joel Lindpere poked home from close range after the Red Bulls broke down the left, leaving the Galaxy to chase the game.

Despite holding a massive edge in possession, Los Angeles had problems creating chances.

Landon Donovan had one shot turned away by Ryan Meara late on and David Beckham had another chance that he pushed wide from a good position, allowing New York to hold a clean sheet and leave the west coast with three points.

Real Salt Lake 2-1 New England Revolution

After three goals and two red cards between Real Salt Lake and the New England Revolution, the home side walked away as a 2-1 winner.

New England took the early advantage through Blake Brettschneider just 22 minutes in. That lead lasted only 11 minutes, with Alvaro Saborio pulling RSL level before the break. 

Saborio was at it again 10 minutes after the restart, heading home to give his side the lead, but the drama of the match was far from over.

New England was a man up just four minute later when Will Johnson was sent off, and the Revs held the man advantage until the 81st minute. Fernando Cardenas was then sent off on what can only be called a very soft card and the match ended with a wide open pitch and both sides playing at a furious pace, but with no more goals to be had.

Portland Timbers - Columbus Crew

The JELD-WEN Field scoreboard read "RIP MCA" but there was only fight, no party. The Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew played out a 0-0 draw that hardly helps either side. 

Portland had lost five of its previous six coming into the match. Columbus hadn't won in four straight. The point apiece moves each club up to eight points total; only Philadelphia and Toronto FC have worse records thus far. 

Kris Boyd spurned six shots. The Scottish striker hasn't scored in three games; Portland has only scored an own goal in that same stretch. 

On the other side, Andy Gruenebaum pulled off six saves to preserve the road point.

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