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Neagle brace leads Sounders to victory against Rapids

Led by a Lamar Neagle brace, the Seattle Sounders took down the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

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Crew pick up dominant win vs. 10-man Orlando City

The Columbus Crew eased past 10-man Orlando City behind goals from Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara.

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Cosmos cruise to home-opening win over Rowdies

Goals from Marco Senna and Leo Fernandes helped the New York Cosmos post a 2-0 victory in their home opener, and move into first place in the NASL.

Dykstra puts the past behind him in D.C. United draw

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By CLIFF STARKEY

Andrew Dykstra didn’t know when he’d get to play again, but for his sake, it had to be soon.

While it could be said that that’s the life of a reserve goalkeeper — especially when you’re backing up MLS All-Star and U.S. Men’s National Team up-and-comer Bill Hamid — Dykstra needed to get first-team playing minutes.

But not for his ego, or his statistics page. Andrew Dykstra needed a solid start to put the last eight months behind him.

At the beginning of last season, Hamid picked up a toe injury that kept him out of action for most of April. Dykstra seized his opportunity, and led D.C. United to 2-0-1 record in Hamid’s absence, allowing just one goal in those three games. But once Hamid returned to fitness, Dykstra returned to the bench.

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Indy Eleven snatches victory over Scorpions via long-distance Pena strike

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By COLE KELLOG

A goal of the season candidate from Indy Eleven’s Sergio Peña helped push Indy Eleven to an away win over the defending champions.

Peña’s late long-distance strike helped Indy Eleven snatch a 2-1 away win at the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday at Toyota Field.

After exchanging goals early in the second half, the deadlock remained until the 88th minute, when Pena scored with a brilliant strike from 40 yards out. Pena, a former Real Sociedad player, beat San Antonio’s goalkeeper Jon Kempin from distance to earn his side all three points in spectacular fashion.

 

Former MLS star Omar Cummings got on the scoresheet for the hosts right after half, but a fantastic Kristian Nicht performance kept Indy Eleven in the game. Indy’s Erick Norales scored off of a free kick from Dylan Mares after the hour mark, and the world-class strike from Peña sealed the win for the Eleven.

San Antonio had the better of the attacking play in this first meeting between the two NASL sides. Continue reading »

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Silverbacks edge RailHawks on goals from Bangura, Okafor

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By AARON CRANFORD

CARY, N.C. — The Atlanta Silverbacks came into WakeMed Soccer Park on the wrong foot, but a tale of two halves saw the Atlanta side through with a 2-1 win against the Carolina RailHawks.

In front of approximately 4,500 fans, the first half belonged to Carolina, with many chances going just wide of Silverbacks goalkeeper C.J. Cochran’s goal.

But Atlanta would come out in the second half with guns blazing. Shaka Bangura rocketed a shot that bounced around the box in the 49th minute past a diving Hunter Gilstrap for the opener. And approximately 20 minutes later Jonathan Okafor gave the visiting side the 2-0 lead.

Okafor was active all night, combining well with his teammates and stretching the field in attack. RailHawks midfielder Mark Anderson had some of the best attempts for the Cary side. He came the closest to netting in the first half, hitting the post on one attempt and missing just wide with a right-footed curling effort on another.

But it was Blake Wagner’s shot that made things interesting late on. Continue reading »

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Heinemann leads Fury FC to win against Minnesota United

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By AARON CRANFORD

Ottawa Fury FC had a tough two-game road test to begin the year, only grabbing one point in the process, but Marc Dos Santos’ men demonstrated why there’s no place like home.

The Canadian side took down Minnesota United FC, 1-0, in front of more than 5,000 Fury fans on Saturday. United had little going for them all match due to Fury FC’s high pressure and offensive bombardment.

Last year’s Spring Season winner Minnesota United looked a shadow of their former selves against Ottawa, especially in the first half. Forwards Tom Heinemann and Paulo Junior combined well and forced United goalkeeper Sammy Ndjock into five saves within the first 45 minutes alone.

And Heinemann was the man to break the deadlock in the second half, beating Tiago Calvano in the lead-up to the goal with a nifty cut inside. Continue reading »

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Neagle brace leads Sounders to victory against Rapids

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By RYAN TOLMICH

The Colorado Rapids provided a bit of a fight, but it wasn’t enough to keep Lamar Neagle and the high-powered Seattle Sounders attack at bay.

Led by a Neagle brace, the Sounders topped the Rapids, 3-1, Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for the team’s second win in three games.

Neagle’s first finish came in just the fifth minute, seconds after Dillon Powers drilled the post on the other end of the field.

Hitting out on the counter, Neagle cut into the box on his right foot before smashing a curler to the far post, tucking a shot just under the crossbar to give the visitors the early lead.

The Sounders midfielder added a second in the 25th minute, taking advantage of some calamity in the box to give his side a 2-1 lead. Following a save by goalkeeper Clint Irwin, Neagle swooped in behind a bumbling Rapids defense, pouncing on a loose ball to finish from close range to restore the Sounders’ advantage. Continue reading »

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Crew pick up dominant win vs. 10-man Orlando City

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Hampered by a series of mental mistakes, Orlando City proved to be little challenge to the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

Goals from Federico Higuain, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara led the way, as the Crew smashed Orlando City, 3-0, at MAPFRE Stadium to hand OCSC the team’s first road loss.

Higuain put the Crew on the board in the 32nd minute, ending a slow start that saw the Crew struggle to put a shot on target.

The Argentine’s finish was of the backheel variety, as Higuain flicked a pass from midfielder Ethan Finlay off his heel and into the far post, earning the Crew a 1-0 lead in a half that they, for the most part, dominated.

Those threats got even more meaningful in the 33rd minute, when Orlando City’s Rafael Ramos was sent off with a straight red. Frustrated from a no-call, Ramos took his anger out on Waylon Francis, earning a red for a late and malicious challenge. Continue reading »

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Cosmos cruise to home-opening win over Rowdies

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By IVES GALARCEP

UNIONDALE, N.Y.– The New York Cosmos welcomed Spanish legend Raul to the New York area in style, securing an impressive victory in the Real Madrid star’s home debut.

Goals from Marco Senna and Leo Fernandes on each side of halftime was enough to help give the Cosmos a 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of a sold-out crowd of 12,550 at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night.

The victory improved the Cosmos to 2-0-1, and moved them into sole possession of first place in the NASL. The loss dropped Tampa Bay to 1-1-1.

The battle of unbeaten clubs was rather one-sided, with the Cosmos taking the lead after just 10 minutes courtesy of a Senna penalty kick. Rowdies defender Darnell King was whistled for a handball in the penalty area. Senna converted the kick to kick off celebrations, and put Tampa Bay on the back foot.

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Saturday European Rewind: Chelsea beats Man Utd to inch toward title; Barca tops Valencia; and more

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By ADAM TROXTELL

Facing a familiar opponent when it comes to locking up an English Premier League title, Chelsea took a big step toward claiming its fourth.

Though the margins aren’t as small as they have been in past seasons, it didn’t make Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Manchester United any less satisfying. With Arsenal on FA Cup semifinal duty, the Blues now lead by 10 points at the top of the standings.

Eden Hazard’s 13th league goal of the season wrapped up the three points for Chelsea in the 38th minute. Capitalizing on a John Terry tackle at midfield on Radamel Falcao, Hazard was easily played through down the left before sending a shot underneath David De Gea and in.

It was one of few chances for Chelsea, again without Diego Costa. At the other end, Manchester United was given plenty of time to score with 70 percent of the possession, but they only came close to scoring twice.

Wayne Rooney had a golden opportunity in the first five minutes, but his left-footed strike curled wide of the goal. In the second half, Falcao attempted a shot from almost the same place Hazard scored his, but the ball clanged off the outside of the post and out.

Arsenal needed extra time, but the Gunners will go on to defend their FA Cup trophy with a 2-1 win against Reading in the semifinal. Barcelona stayed top of La Liga with a win at home, and Borussia Dortmund climbed into the top half of the Bundesliga.

Here are more recaps from Saturday’s action across Europe’s top leagues.

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