Whitecaps rip rival Sounders on road

A Pa-Modou Kah brace and Pedro Morales free-kick goal lifted the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-0 road win over the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.

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Davies rallies Revolution past Toronto FC

Charlie Davies scored on either side of halftime, upping his goal total to nine overall, as the New England Revolution routed 10-man Toronto FC, 3-1, at Gillette Stadium.

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union

Red Bulls use three second-half goals to beat Union

The Wright-Phillips brothers combined for the first time as teammates to help the New York Red Bulls to a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Whitecaps rip rival Sounders on road

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE– Gauntlet thrown.

The Vancouver Whitecaps received a brace from the unlikeliest of sources and an insurance goal from a returning Designated Player to top the Seattle Sounders 3-0 in front of 53,125 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.

It was quite the tone-setting match for two teams that will see each other three more times this month alone, once in league play and twice in CONCACAF Champions League group play.

Center back Pa-Modou Kah scored early in each half to provide a dominant Whitecaps team all the scoring they needed. They were just the second and third goals in the Gambian’s three year career.

Late substitute Pedro Morales — making his second straight appearance after missing six weeks with a niggling calf injury — sealed the win with a dazzling free kick from 25 yards out in the 74th minute.

It was the second straight win for the Whitecaps (12-8-3, 39 points) after a three match winless streak. The victory at least temporarily moves Vancouver atop the Western Conference standings.

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Red Bulls praise impact of Shaun Wright-Phillips in win vs. Union

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union

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By JOE TANSEY

CHESTER, PA — Since Shaun Wright-Phillips started training with the New York Red Bulls, the players in the squad were aware of the impact he would make once he touched the field in a Red Bulls uniform.

Wright-Phillips gave the Red Bulls a taste of what he can do in the run up toward the playoffs during the club’s 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday. After entering in the 61st minute, Wright-Phillips earned a penalty and assisted on brother Bradley’s 74th-minute goal.

“We knew he’d make a difference. He’s been training with us for the past few weeks. We know what he’s capable of. To our advantage, the league is not fully aware of what he’s capable of,” Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles said.

The addition of the former Manchester City, Chelsea and Queens Park Rangers man changed the complexion of the match, which many in the Red Bulls locker room admit wasn’t their best of the season by any stretch of the imagination.

“(The first half)’s easily the worst 45 minutes we’ve had this season,” Robles said. Continue reading »

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Sporting KC, Dynamo draw in hotly-contested match

MLS: Houston Dynamo at Sporting KC

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By SKYLAR ROLSTAD

A heavily physical encounter between the newest additions to the Western Conference saw both sides share a point Saturday.

Rivals Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo fought it out in a 1-1 draw, with goals at each end of the match’s duration. Dom Dwyer and Ricardo Clark both scored set piece goals, and yet again, Benny Feilhaber assisted the Sporting KC corner-kick goal, which Dwyer headed in from eight yards away in the 6th minute.

On the same end of the field, Clark also sent a header from short-range into the net in the 78th minute. Brad Davis assisted Clark from the corner flag.

Sporting KC midfielder Krisztian Nemeth thought he had the winner late in the match, but he was rightfully waved offside. SKC also may have had a chance to win a penalty in stoppage time, but the referee ruled that the ball did not touch Luis Garrido’s outstretched arm. Continue reading »

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Davies rallies Revolution past Toronto FC

Charlie Davies Revs-TFC 2015

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — After a blistering start to the 2015 MLS season, New England Revolution forward Charlie Davies hadn’t scored in six games coming into Saturday night’s match against fellow Eastern Conference contender Toronto FC.

However, Davies scored on either side of halftime, upping his goal total to nine overall, as the Revs routed 10-man TFC, 3-1, in front of 21,362 at Gillette Stadium.

“From the opening minute he was going to be aggressive and it showed,” Revolution coach Jay Heaps said. “He pressured well, he was in good spots defensively and whenever he does that I can tell he’s going to get his chances.”

The Revolution (8-9-7) won for the second time in three games after going winless for a full month across June and July during Davies’ scoring drought.

After rallying back against Columbus the previous weekend, TFC (8-8-4) couldn’t overcome another three-goal deficit but did get a 75th-minute goal by Jonathan Osorio.

Part of the problem was a lack of firepower, as Jozy Altidore drew a red card in the 39th minute and then Sebastian Giovinco came off at halftime after an anonymous first half. Giovinco had five goals and three assists across Toronto’s previous three matches, but managed just one shot, as the Revolution took a 2-0 lead into the break.

Altidore’s red card came after he kicked Revs center back Jose Goncalves while the defender was on the ground after going up for a header against the USMNT forward. Continue reading »

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Orlando City runs riot over the Crew, as Larin’s brace gets Lions back to winning ways

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Orlando City SC

 

By MIKE GRAMAJO

ORLANDO, Fla. — After a winless month of July, Cyle Larin’s brace sealed Orlando City SC’s path to winning ways, as Adrian Heath’s men rallied from one goal down to defeat the Columbus Crew, 5-2, on Saturday night in front of 26,586 at the Citrus Bowl.

Federico Higuain’s opener in the first five minutes of the game put Gregg Berhalter’s men on the scoresheet first, but Cyle Larin’s equalizer in the 18th minute and Darwin Ceren’s go-ahead goal in the 38th gave the Lions the lead before heading into halftime.

Corey Ashe connected with Larin in the 54th minute to bag his brace, before Aurelien Collin scored Orlando’s fourth goal of the game in the 76th minute.

“It was an incredible performance from our boys,” the Orlando City boss told reporters on his team’s victory. “If you look at the table, it’s getting closer by the week, as I said before, every game in the Eastern Conference is going to be huge, it’s going to go down to the wire. Goals change games, and more importantly for us tonight, we scored at really good times.”

Kaka earned his second assist of the game when the Brazilian star connected with Cristian Higuita to cap the Lions’ first win over Columbus this season when he headed in the captain’s cross past goalkeeper Steve Clark in the 84th minute. Continue reading »

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Impact high on confidence following Drogba signing, statement win over NYCFC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

NEW YORK – While the off-the-field headlines generated by the signing of Didier Drogba proved to be a major win for the club, Saturday’s on-the-field performance by the Montreal Impact proved to be the week’s most impressive achievement.

Visiting Yankee Stadium, the Impact bested the New York City FC backline time and time again, earning a hard-fought 3-2 road win to pick up the team’s third victory in four games.

The win, which gives the Impact 27 points through 19 games, was just the team’s second road win of the season and eighth in the franchise’s three-and-a-half year MLS history.

Led by the performances of Dominic Oduro and Ignacio Piatti, the Impact displayed a bit of swagger in picking apart NYCFC’s defense, continuously pinging passes up and over opposing backline to create chance after chance.

Oduro, who provided the game’s opener, said that was all part of the plan, as the Impact were fully prepared to exploit space left unoccupied by NYCFC’s less-pacey defense. For the Imapct, it was all about execution, something made all the easier by the confidence generated in recent weeks.

“I think Didier coming in put a little spark into the team,” Oduro said. “Everybody is excited. The city of Montreal is excited. Coming here, we came with great confidence and I think him coming to join the team, it will be a great push. We’re confident going into our next game. We have a couple of games coming up and hopefully we can get points. Continue reading »

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Red Bulls use three second-half goals to beat Union

MLS: New York Red Bulls at Philadelphia Union

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By JOE TANSEY

CHESTER, PA — Shaun and Bradley Wright-Phillips combined for the first time as teammates just outside the City of Brotherly Love to hand the New York Red Bulls a 3-1 win over the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

The Eastern Conference clash at PPL Park started with a whimper as the two sides combined for zero shots on goal in front of boisterous sets of visiting and home fans.

Although he was not credited with any saves through 45 minutes, Luis Robles did jump into action on two occasions to swat away dangerous looking crosses from the left wing from Sebastien Le Toux and Cristian Maidana respectively.

Sacha Kljestan created the best chance of the opening stanza in the 40th minute, when he knocked a shot from the left side of the penalty area into the side netting.

As the second half began, the action started to ramp up as the two teams started to dish out physical fouls in front of the sellout crowd of 18,883. Continue reading »

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D.C. United downs Real Salt Lake in wild, 10-goal clash

MLS: Real Salt Lake at D.C. United

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By AARON CRANFORD

Even in an uncharacteristic 10-goal affair, D.C. United found a way to win at home.

D.C. United and Real Salt Lake brought their shooting boots to RFK Stadium Saturday, but it was the Eastern Conference leader that scored the most in the 6-4 contest.

DCU is now 9-1-3 at home in 2015, and with the help of five different goalscorers, it ended RSL’s two-game win streak and is the first MLS team to attain 40 points or more in the 2015 campaign, sitting atop the combined table with 41 points after 24 games.

Two golazos stole the show for the home side, as it also had to come back from two goals down after Joao Plata and Kyle Beckerman found the back of the net early on.

Alvaro Saborio was a hassle for his old side, creating a couple of dangerous chances in the 16th minute, but it was Chris Rolfe who would cut the lead to one before the break. Continue reading »

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