DC win at Van­cou­ver in clash of con­fer­ence lead­ers

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D. C. United won 2- 1 at 10- man Van­cou­ver in Satur­day’s clash of MLS Con­fer­ence lead­ers, with the vis­i­tors hold­ing on af­ter Chris Rolfe’s 64th minute goal.

The victory for the Wash­ing­ton team kept it level with New Eng­land atop the East stand­ings, three points above Colum­bus as all three teams won on the day. Van­cou­ver missed a chance to build on its two- point lead atop the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

White­caps cap­tain Pe­dro Mo­rales opened the scor­ing in the sec­ond minute but D. C. United soon equal­ized, when Bobby Boswell scored in the ninth.

Van­cou­ver ( 5- 3- 1) was re­duced to 10 men in the 42nd minute when mid­fielder Ma­tias Laba picked up his sec­ond yel­low card for clip­ping the foot of on­rush­ing Fabian Espin­dola. Laba was carded ear­lier for hand­ball.

Rolfe’s win­ner saw D. C. United im­prove its un­beaten streak to five games. New Eng­land Revo­lu­tion 4, Real Salt Lake 0: Scott Cald­well scored his first MLS goal and had an as­sist to help New Eng­land cruise past Real Salt Lake.

Chris Tier­ney and Juan Agudelo also scored for the Revo­lu­tion, which is un­beaten in six games. Hous­ton Dy­namo 4, Sport­ing Kansas City 4: Benny Feil­haber scored from dis­tance in stop­page time to give Sport­ing Kansas City a share of the points in an eight­goal thriller.

Krisztian Nemeth gave Sport­ing KC the lead in the sec­ond minute be­fore Hous­ton’s Giles Barnes tied it 9 min­utes later.

Will Bruin’s glanc­ing header on Brad Davis’ cor­ner gave Hous­ton a 2- 1 lead just be­fore half­time and Barnes scored from dis­tance in the first minute af­ter the in­ter­mis­sion to give the Dy­namo a 3- 1 lead.

Barnes’ er­rant back pass in the 74th minute was in­ter­cepted by Do­minic Dwyer in­ter­cepted, who pulled Sport­ing back to 3- 2. Hous­ton’s Jer­maine Tay­lor was given a red card in the 79th minute for a hand­ball in the penalty area and Feil­haber’s penalty made it 3- 3.

Raul Ro­driguez put Hous­ton back in front 3 min­utes later af­ter head­ing in Davis’ free kick, only for Feil­haber to again equal­ize. Colum­bus Crew 4, Philadel­phia Union 1: Colum­bus’ Ethan Fin­lay had two goals and an as­sist to lead the Crew to a 4- 1 home win against Philadel­phia.

Kei Ka­mara, Fin­lay and Justin Meram scored in the first half to help the Crew, and Fin­lay added an in­sur­ance goal on a break­away in the 73rd minute.

Ka­mara, in his 200th ca­reer MLS game, score his fifth goal of the sea­son, ty­ing him with Oc­tavio Rivero for the league lead.

Eric Ayuk scored on a header for the Union in the 64th minute; the first goal the Crew had con­ceded in 272 min­utes.


Van­cou­ver White­caps’ Oc­tavio Rivero #29, of Uruguay, gets his head on the ball but puts it wide of the goal in front of D.C. United goal­keeper An­drew Dyk­stra, left, while Sean Franklin #5, Bobby Boswell #32 and Nick DeLeon #14 de­fend dur­ing the first half of an MLS soc­cer game in Van­cou­ver, Bri­tish Columbia on Satur­day, April 25.

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