MLS Game Reviews August 3
Sporting Kansas City 2 New York Red Bulls 3
The visitors extended their unbeaten run to four games and gained revenged for the earlier season loss to Sporting as they moved to the top of the Eastern Conference with this victory. Jonny Steele gave the Red Bulls the lead after 27 minutes, but Kei Kamara leveled it for Sporting on the Stroke of halftime. Fabian Espindola claimed his third goal in his last two games to put the visitors back in front after 63 minutes and 6 minutes later Lloyd Sam increased it further. Dom Dwyer got one back for the home side 2 minutes into second half stoppage time but they could not find an equaliser and fell to their second consecutive defeat.
DC United 3 Montreal Impact 1
The home side ended their two game losing streak with this success over the Canadian team. Luis Silva notched his third goal in as many games to put DC up after 19 minutes. Jeb Brovsky equalised 7 minutes into the second half for the Impact, but Conor Doyle reestablished United’s advantage after 68 minutes. Jared Jeffrey made the points safe 3 minutes in stoppage time. With this defeat Montreal saw their two game unbeaten run ended.
Philadelphia Union 1 Chicago Fire 2
The visitors stretched their unbeaten run to three games and gained revenge for the two 1-0 losses they suffered against the Union earlier in the campaign. Patrick Nyarko put the Fire into the lead after 9 minutes, but Sheanon Williams got the Union level on the hour mark. Mike Magee was again the hero as he netted for the third straight match with 15 minutes left on the clock to claim maximum points for Chicago. Philadelphia saw their three game unbeaten run end with this reversal.
Colorado Rapids 2 Real Salt Lake 2
The Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to seven matches and claimed the Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time in seven years. This is a trophy played for between these two squads and goes to the team with the most points from the games played during the season. Things did not start well for Colorado as Ned Grabavoy put the visitors in front after only 2 minutes. Parity was restored though 7 minutes later as Deshorn Brown found the net. RSL reclaimed the lead after 21 minutes with a penalty converted by Alvaro Saborio who took is goal tally to four in his last two matches. Jaime Alberto Castrillon got the Rapids back level after 70 minutes. RSL at least managed to end their two match losing skid as they continue to hold off the chasing pack at the top of the Western Conference.
Houston Dynamo 3 Columbus Crew 1
The home side stretched their undefeated streak to four games and climbed into the final playoff place in the Eastern Conference with this victory. Brad Davis set Houston on their way when he converted a penalty after 10 minutes, before Will Bruin doubled their advantage just past the half-hour. Things got a little edge when with 15 left Kofi Sarkodie put through his own to half the deficit for the Crew, but 5 minutes from time the pressure eased as Cameron Weaver notched his second goal in as many games to see the Dynamo home. Columbus have now dropped three straight games and will need to arrest this soon if they still harbor hopes of post season play.
San Jose Earthquakes 2 Chivas USA 0
The Quakes made it three wins on the spin as they kept the pressure on the teams above them in the Western Conference. A brace from Chris Wondolowski did the damage here. The first came just before the break and the result was made safe when he netted 3 minutes from time. The visitors have now lost two in a row and their cause was not helped here by having Carlos Bocanegra sent-off after 62 minutes as they stayed mired at the foot of the Western Conference.
Seattle Sounders 3 FC Dallas 0
On the day the hosts announced the signing of USA captain Clint Dempsey from Spurs the Sounders gained their second straight win over the visitors and extended their unbeaten run to three games, including wins in the last two as they closed the gap to two points on Vancouver who currently sit in the last Western Conference playoff spot and they still have two games in hand. The 39,360 fans packed into CenturyLink Field were whipped into an ever larger frenzy than usual as Dempsey was paraded pre-match. That seemed to translate to the pitch as former Newcastle and Birmingham forward Obafemi Martins gave them the lead after only 8 minutes. Eddie Johnson then doubled their joy as he netted after 22 minutes. The day being brought to the perfect ending when Brad Evans scored for the second straight game as he converted a penalty 4 minutes into second half stoppage time. Dallas have now suffered defeats in two of their last three league outings as they try to force their way into a playoff spot in the ultra tight Western Conference.
Portland Timbers 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 1
The Timbers continue to cling on to the second spot on goal difference over Colorado in the Western Conference as they gained a point after tasting defeat last time out. Ryan Johnson had put the hosts in front 4 minutes into the second stanza, but Jordan Harvey got the Whitecaps level when he netted after 69 minutes. The stalemate at least ends the Canadian teams two game losing skid and allows them to still occupy the final playoff birth by a single point over FC Dallas in the congested Western Conference.
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