Vancouver go top of MLS West with win
Vancouver scored two early goals and hung on for a 2-1 win at ten-man New England on Saturday to move three points clear at the top of Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.
Vancouver, which has now won a league-best six away games this season, grabbed the lead in the 18th minute when New England goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth got his gloves to a Cristian Techera shot but failed to stop it trickling into a corner of the net.
New England’s Andrew Farrell committed a hard foul in the penalty area in the 31st minute, earning a red card and giving the Whitecaps a spot kick that Octavio Rivero converted to make it 2-0.
Teal Bunbury halved the Vancouver lead in the 84th minute, seizing on a loose ball off a New England set piece and firing home. Toronto 0, D.C. United 0: Eastern Conference leader D. C. United earned a point at Toronto in a match played in relentless rain and high winds.
United keeper Bill Hamid made a diving save on a Sebastian Giovinco shot in the 67th minute to deny Toronto’s best chance.
Players had trouble putting passes together in the conditions, with wind gusts that had the players’ shorts flapping like flags. San Jose 3, Los Angeles 1: Chris Wondolowski scored his ninth goal of the season to help San Jose defeat Los Angeles.
The Galaxy took the lead in the 17th minute on Juninho’s 30-yard rocket that curled out of the reach of diving San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham.
Matias Perez Garcia provided a well-placed cross that Wondolowski smashed into the net in the 28th minute to level the scores.
Clarence Goodson gave San Jose the lead in the 53rd minute, heading home Perez Garcia’s corner and Cordell Cato capped the scoring for the Earthquakes with a patient left-footed finish in the 72nd. Real Salt Lake 2, Columbus 2: Columbus twice came from behind to salvage a point at Real Salt Lake.
Olmes Garcia finished a fourtouch buildup off Luke Mulholland’s free kick to open the scoring for RSL in the 36th minute but Tony Tchani tied it 6 minutes later for the Crew.
Sebastian Jaime made it 2-1 for Real Salt Lake only 25 seconds into the second half.
Federico Higuain assisted on Ethan Finlay’s equalizer in the 62nd minute with a cross that cut back just behind the 6-yard box. Real Salt Lake’s Jordan Allen received a red card in the 77th minute for a studs-up challenge. Sporting Kansas City 2, Colorado 0: Krisztian Nemeth scored his seventh goal of the season as Sporting won at home against Colorado.
Chance Myers and Benny Feilhaber assisted on Nemeth’s goal in the 32nd minute. It was Feilhaber’s MLS-leading ninth assist, while Myers was returning to the MLS after more than a year out with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Rapids midfielder Sam Cronin conceded an own goal in the 64th minute. Philadelphia 2, Montreal 2: Maurice Edu punched home a rebound in the 76th minute to give host Philadelphia a draw against Montreal in a match played amid a rainstorm.
After a Philadelphia corner kick, the ball bounced outside the box and Fabinho fired a shot that goalkeeper Evan Bush stopped but couldn’t control. Edu settled the ball and struck it home.