MLS Game Reviews August 10

Toronto FC 1 Seattle Sounders 2

The visitors extended their unbeaten run to four games, the last three being victories as they climbed into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Mauro Rosales put them in front after 16 minutes and they doubled their advantage when Doneil Henry put through his own goal trying to cut out a cross 5 minutes before the break.

The only bad news for the Sounders in the first-half was the loss of Obafemi Martins to an ankle injury after 34 minutes, but even that had silver lining as it saw the debut of the recently acquired Clint Dempsey from Spurs. Inside of 1 minute after the break though Toronto had halved the deficit as Jonathan Osorio found the net, but as much as they tried they could not find an equaliser as they had their three game undefeated streak ended.

Columbus Crew 2 New York Red Bulls 0

The Crew ended their three game losing sequence as they tied the season series with New York up at one win each and a draw. A second-half brace by Frederico Higuain was enough to claim the points. The first came from the penalty spot after 62 minutes and he gave them breathing space when he netted 14 minutes from time. The Red Bulls who were missing star Designated Players Thierry Henry and Tim Cahill, along with Kosuke Kimura and last weeks MLS player of the week Lloyd Sam due to injury, whilst Head Coach Mike Petke was serving a one game sideline suspension after he was sent to the stands last week, saw their four game unbeaten run ended as they dropped to second in the Eastern Conference.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 San Jose Earthquakes 0

The Whitecaps built on last weeks draw as they tasted victory for the first time in their last four outings to jump three spots to second place in the ultra tight Western Conference. Camilo Sanvezzo give them the advantage when struck his fourteenth goal of the campaign to tie Chicago’s Mike Magee at the top of this seasons goal-scoring charts on the hour and Kenny Miller back from injury sealed the success when he scored 14 minutes later. Englishman Nigel Reo-Coker had a hand in both goals as well as clearing one off his own line and Danish keeper David Ousted kept his first clean sheet as both players settle into their new surroundings. The Quakes had their three game winning run halted and are now four points off the final playoff place, but have played three games more.

Philadelphia Union 2 DC United 0

The home side got back to winning ways as they defeated DC for the second time this campaign. Conor Casey was the hero as he bagged both the Philly goals. The first time he found the net was 10 minutes before the break and he calmed any anxiety the Union supports might have had when he found the target 15 minutes from time. The victory lifted the hosts to third place in the Eastern Conference one point behind New York. DC who after last weeks league victory and the mid-week US Open Cup success fielded their youngest starting line-up in franchise history, unfortunately it was not third time lucky as they tasted defeat in the league for the third time in their last four outings.

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Sporting Kansas City 3 New England Revolution 0

Sporting snapped their two game losing skid as they moved back to the head of the Eastern Conference after this comfortable success. Kei Kamara got a brace to take this tally to three in his last two MLS outings. He struck first after 27 minutes and then bagged number two 5 minutes into the second stanza. Benny Feilhaber rounded proceedings off when he found the onion bag 2 minutes into stoppage time, despite only having ten men on the field themselves. The Revs though at this stage only have nine men on the pitch after two dismissals. First to go after 65 minutes was Dimitry Imbongo Boele who picked up his second yellow and 4 minutes from time the frustration got the better of second-half substitute Andy Dorman who was issued a straight red for a dangerous tackle on Kamara, who’s evening also ended early with him being stretchered off and with KC having used all their subs at this point they had to end the game one player short. The visitors have now lost two straight and have slipped to seventh place in the Eastern Conference but are still only three points out of a playoff birth but have played one game extra.

Chicago Fire 2 Montreal Impact 1

Having put their midweek Open Cup loss behind them the home side extended their unbeaten MLS streak to four matches, including back-to-back wins, as they avenged the earlier season reversal to the Canadian side to move within two points and one place of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Joel Lindpere got them off and running after only 6 minutes before Dilly Duka increased their advantage after 23 minutes. The Impact reduced the deficit 12 minutes after the interval when Felipe Martins Campanholi netted but they could not find a leveler despite having a header from Matteo Ferrari cleared off the line 3 minutes into stoppage time by Chris Rolfe following a corner kick, as they slipped to their second consecutive loss which also had an impact, no pun intended, on their position in the standings, as they dropped a place to fourth.

Real Salt Lake 1 Houston Dynamo 0

After booking a place in their first US Open Cup Final midweek RSL kept the momentum going as they gained a much needed win in the league to increase their advantage at the summit of the Western Conference to five points. The decisive moment came for the hosts after 37 minutes as Alvaro Saborio netted for the fifth time in three games when he successfully converted a penalty after Olmes Garcia had being undercut by Adam Moffat in a challenge for a loose ball. The loss for the Dynamo was damaging but not catastrophic as they still hold on to the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference but  their lead has being cut to only two points from the teams on outside looking in.

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