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By RYAN TOLMICH
Up a man at a hostile BC Place, D.C. United forward Chris Rolfe took full advantage of his team’s edge en route to earning his side all three points.
Rolfe provided the game-winner in the 64th minute, earning D.C. United a 2-1 victory over the 10-man Vancouver Whitecaps Sunday at BC Place.
Taking the upper hand following the dismissal of Whitecaps midfielder Matias Laba, Rolfe looked to play in the returning Fabian Espindola, only to see his pass cleared away. The clearance only went as far as Rolfe, who struck the shot first-time from the top of the box to earn his side all three points despite conceding the early lead.
Despite the result, the Whitecaps found themselves on the scoresheet in just the second minute via a finish from Pedro Morales. Continue reading
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By TATE STEINLAGE
Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes was pleased his side overcame a two-goal deficit Saturday in Houston against the Dynamo. He even praised his team’s will and their attitude in the face of adversity.
But that was the extent of his praise.
Speaking over a conference call following the 4-4 draw, Vermes was frank. His side, which had the Dynamo down a man with 10 minutes to play, allowed a late goal, only to escape with a draw thanks to midfielder Benny Feilhaber’s last-gasp, 20-yard half-volley effort. The result, Vermes said, isn’t indicative of the fact that Sporting KC “probably” deserved to lose.
“In a lot of respects, we didn’t deserve to get anything coming out of here,” Vermes said. “The only thing that I will say is that during the course of the game, we were very good and we didn’t give up.
“But when we went 3-3 and they kicked off, we should have went after them and really went after them, and we did not. That’s why all of a sudden they started controlling the game. We’re up a man, we should have went after them big time. We did not do that, and that caused the fourth goal — here we sit.”
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By AARON CRANFORD
The Carolina RailHawks scored two goals against Indy Eleven on Saturday night, but only one of them counted for the traveling side.
Michael A. Carroll Stadium was rocking with 10,524 passionate fans, and Indy Eleven gave the huge support something to cheer about when Charlie Rugg’s low-driven cross from just inside the penalty area on the right led to the opening goal.
It was finished by RailHawks defender Daniel Scott, who slid in to clear the cross away but ended up deflecting it into his own net in the 7th minute.
However, for the second week in a row, it was none other than Blake Wagner who found the back of the net for the RailHawks after a Tiyi Shipalane cross, and this time it gave his team points. Continue reading
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By LEOPOLDO PONCE
HOUSTON— In the past few seasons, games between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo have become a rivalry match-up that has seen both teams coming out with their best foot forward.
Saturday’s clash was no different as it ended 4-4 with both teams managing to treat the public to a goal fest. Each team managed to score the four goals due to an equal part of defensive blunders and marvelous finishes from distance.
The goals came from Giles Barnes (2), Will Bruin, Raul Rodriguez, Dom Dwyer, Krisztian Németh, and Benny Feilhaber (2), with Feilhaber providing the game-tying finish deep into stoppage time.
Feilhaber’s finish, his second of the night, came from range, as the midfielder smashed one from from long-distance to seal a point for the visitors. Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
Billed as a clash of unbeaten teams, Saturday’s clash between the Atlanta Silverbacks and New York Cosmos saw both sides emerge with their unblemished records still intact.
The Silverbacks and Cosmos played to a 0-0 draw on Saturday at Silverbacks Park, as the Cosmos maintained their place atop the table in the Spring standings.
Making his NASL debut, Silverbacks goalkeeper Steward Ceus led the way for the hosts in compiling seven saves on the night, two of which came in the 88th minute on the Cosmos’ Marcos Senna and substitute Mads Stokkelien.
Ceus’ performance started from the game’s opening moments, as the goalkeeper kept out shots from Raul and fellow forward Lucky Mkosana in an opening 20 minute period that saw the Cosmos dominate. Continue reading
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By AARON CRANFORD
Maicon Santos started the Tampa Bay Rowdies three-goal night against the Jacksonville Armada, and he sealed the deal in the 77th minute with the game-winner.
Santos bagged the brace on the night, but both sides came ready to play offensively, as the Rowdies narrowly topped their in-state foe, 3-2, in front of 5,461 fans.
The home team was the first to make their mark in Al Lang Stadium when Rowdies forward Santos drew a penalty and subsequently converted the chance in the 12th minute. The lead would not last too long, however. Two minutes later, Marco Flores had a penalty of his own to convert for the home side, and although his shot was saved by Kamil Contofalsky, he followed up his shot and buried the rebound.
While the Rowdies would go into the half down a goal thanks to Jemal Johnson’s second goal of the season for Armada FC, Tampa Bay would grab two in the second, including Martin Nunez’s equalizer to claim the team’s second victory of the Spring Season. Continue reading
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By RYAN TOLMICH
For the second straight week, the Columbus Crew proved dominant in dispatching an opponent that posed little threat.
Led by a pair of goals from Ethan Finlay, the Crew thoroughly defeated a hapless Philadelphia Union, 4-1, Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium.
Finlay, whose finishes came on either side of halftime, was joined on the scoreboard by Justin Meram and Kei Kamara, as the Crew’s forward line proved to be an absolute nuisance for a Union team with lackluster performances aplenty.
Throughout the first half, the Crew continued to rely on wide play and crosses to generate most of the team’s attacks, and that strategy finally paid off in the 21st minute by way of a Kamara finish. Continue reading