Van­cou­ver White­caps beat Real Salt Lake to stay atop MLS

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Dar­ren Mat­tocks scored in the 80th minute as the Van­cou­ver White­caps beat Real Salt Lake 1-0 on Satur­day to stay atop the West­ern Con­fer­ence ta­ble in Ma­jor League Soc­cer.

The ref­eree is­sued a red card to Se­bas­tian Saucedo for a studsup chal­lenge on Mauro Ros­ales in the 76th minute. The MLS-lead­ing White­caps quickly cap­i­tal­ized when Mat­tocks headed home Rus­sell Teib­ert’s left-footed cross 4 min­utes later.

It was the first goal con­ceded by Real Salt Lake in 262 min­utes.

In other matches, Seat­tle beat Colorado for the fifth straight time 3-1, Los An­ge­les ral­lied to de­feat Sport­ing Kansas City 2-1, and Fabian Castillo scored the fastest goal in FC Dal­las his­tory to help beat Toronto FC 3-2.

La­mar Nea­gle scored twice in the first half and Obafemi Martins added a stunning goal in the sec­ond for the Sounders.

Nea­gle bent in his first goal of the sea­son from the cor­ner of the penalty area in the 5th minute. Colorado equal­ized in the 22nd, but Nea­gle put Seat­tle back on top two min­utes later when he tapped in the re­bound of his own at­tempt.

Martins used a beau­ti­ful in­di­vid­ual ef­fort in the 73rd minute to score his fourth goal of the year. Af­ter a Colorado turnover near mid­field, Andy Rose sent a long ball over the top of the Colorado de­fense. Martins’ back-heel first­touch split two de­fend­ers and he chipped the ball past goal­keeper Clint Ir­win.

Omar Gon­za­lez scored in stop­page time as Los An­ge­les won its sec­ond straight game.

Gon­za­lez redi­rected Jun­inho’s cor­ner kick with his right shin in the fourth minute of ex­tra time and it de­flected off a de­fender’s knee into the back of the net.

The Galaxy’s Bag­gio Hu­sidic opened the scor­ing in the ninth minute.

Castillo scored twice for FC Dal­las, in­clud­ing a goal 29 sec­onds into the match that set a new record for the fastest in club his­tory.

The goal came when he beat the back-line de­fense to Moises Her­nan­dez’s long ball and scored on a right-footed toe punch. He added his sec­ond in the 10th minute and Blas Perez made it 3-0 in the 27th.

Se­bas­tian Giovinco got two goals back in the 83rd and 89th min­utes, but Toronto lost its fourth in a row since win­ning its sea­son opener.

Else­where, Ri­cardo Clark got the equal­izer for Hous­ton in the 65th minute in a 1-1 draw against D.C. United.

Chris Rolfe opened the scor­ing in the 36th for United, which moved into a tie atop the Eastern Con­fer­ence ta­ble with the New York Red Bulls.

Fed­erico Higuain and Kei Ka­mara each had a goal as Colum­bus beat Or­lando City 3-0.

AP

Colorado Rapids mid­fielder Dil­lon Serna, left, tries to head the ball with Seat­tle Sounders mid­fielder Andy Rose in the sec­ond half of an MLS soc­cer game on Satur­day, April 18.

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