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RSL spoils Kreis return with shutout victory over NYCFC

Goals from John Sterzer and Alvaro Saborio led the way as Real Salt Lake spoiled Jason Kreis’ return in a 2-0 victory over NYCFC.

Sporting KC earns road draw against Sounders

Photo by Jennifer Buchanan/USA Today Sports Images By JASON MITCHELL SEATTLE– Fielding a makeshift lineup in one of the toughest venues in MLS, Sporting Kansas City held the Seattle Sounders to a single shot on target Saturday night, leaving CenturyLink […]

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Nine-man Revolution hold on to tie D.C. United

The New England Revolution went down to nine men after red cards to Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney, but they held on for a draw against Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United.

RSL spoils Kreis return with shutout victory over NYCFC

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By RYAN TOLMICH

Jason Kreis’ return to his old stomping grounds proved to be a disappointing one.

In his first game at Rio Tinto Stadium since departing the club following the 2013 season, Kreis’ New York City FC fell, 2-0, to Real Salt Lake to extend the expansion team’s winless streak to 10 games.

After seeing Josh Saunders make a pair of big-time saves to keep RSL off the board early, John Stertzer finally got the best of the NYCFC goalkeeper in the 25th minute for his first MLS goal.

Following a turnover in the midfield, Devon Sandoval flicked a header backwards into the path of an onrushing Stertzer, who dashed into the NYCFC box before rifling a shot off Saunders’ arm and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

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Sporting KC earns road draw against Sounders

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By JASON MITCHELL

SEATTLE– Fielding a makeshift lineup in one of the toughest venues in MLS, Sporting Kansas City held the Seattle Sounders to a single shot on target Saturday night, leaving CenturyLink Field with a scoreless draw.

Benny Feilhaber nearly gave Kansas City a stoppage-time win, forcing Seattle goalkeeper Stefan Frei into a diving save in the 93rd minute.

Seattle couldn’t muster a shot on goal until the 82nd minute, when Chad Barrett redirected a Brad Evans over-the-head shot directly to young goalkeeper Tim Melia.

Lamar Neagle earned the first good look of the match in the 46th minute, but hooked a wide-open shot well wide of the right post.

Starting forward Dom Dwyer, who scored 22 goals for for Kansas City last season, injured his neck before the match and missed the game. Decimated by injuries, Sporting KC was already without three starting defenders and lost starter Jacob Peterson to a leg injury early in the second half.

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Rapids hand Whitecaps second straight loss behind Pittinari finish

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By COLE KELLOGG

Kevin Doyle made his debut as the Colorado Rapids’ third ever DP on Saturday night, but it was a defensive midfielder that helped the Rapids grab three points at home against the Vancouver Whitecaps

The Whitecaps travelled to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park needing a win after a bad loss to the Seattle Sounders last time out, but the hosts had other intentions, and the Rapids pulled out a hard fought 1-0 victory at home.

In a game that was delayed after halftime due to rain, Lucas Pittinari scored the important goal for the Rapids in the 51st minute. Dillon Powers sent a driven ball in to Gabriel Torres, who chipped it up with one touch to Pittinari. The on-loan midfielder sent a volley past David Ousted to put the Rapids up 1-0.

A controversial call by the referee was made about 10 minutes from time, when a Vancouver free kick that beaten Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin was called back for a supposed foul against the Whitecaps.

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Nine-man Revolution hold on to tie D.C. United

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By CARL SETTERLUND

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — What was billed as a matchup between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference standings quickly devolved into a test of endurance Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

The New England Revolution’s Chris Tierney and Lee Nguyen picked up red cards six minutes apart early in the second half against D.C. United., and that opened up the window for Ben Olsen’s squad to secure an 80th-minute equalizer in a 1-1 draw in front of the 15,216 in attendance.

“You practice being down to 10 men. I’ve got to be honest with you, we don’t practice behind down to nine men,” Revs coach Jay Heaps said afterward. “But we just had a 35-minute session.”

Charlie Davies banged home a rebound in the closing moments of first half stoppage time to send the Revs in front, but Jairo Arrieta finished at the left post on a feed from fellow substitute Taylor Kemp on D.C.’s only shot on target the entire game.

The result ensures that D.C. United (6-2-4) remains two points ahead of the Revolution (5-3-5) in first place. D.C. moves on to play four games over the next two weeks, while the Revs are off until next Sunday when they host the LA Galaxy in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup Final.

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Surging Impact topple FC Dallas

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By RYAN TOLMICH

For the second straight week, the Montreal Impact impressed in a victory over a Western Conference foe.

Led by goals from Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney, the Impact knocked off FC Dallas, 2-1, on Saturday at Stade Saputo.

The victory is the Impact’s second of the season and second straight following a 4-1 domination of Real Salt Lake last time out.

The Impact kicked off the scoring in the 24th minute through Piatti, who buried a penalty kick to give the Impact the early lead. Continue reading »

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Giovinco strike leads Toronto FC to win over Timbers

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After losing Jozy Altidore to injury last week, Toronto FC’s other big summer signing stepped up to lead the way in spectacular fashion.

Sebastian Giovinco scored a magnificent long-distance strike, leading Toronto FC to a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers at BMO Field.

The Italian’s finish came just five minutes into the contest, setting the tone for a first half where he would prove threatening throughout.

After receiving the ball from Luke Moore, Giovinco rocketed a curling left-footed shot from well outside the box past a diving Adam Kwarasey, giving TFC an early lead that the team would never relinquish. Continue reading »

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Soccer Saturday: Your Running Commentary

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By ADAM TROXTELL

The Spanish Primera Division draws to a close, with Barcelona taking a proverbial lap of honor.

Barca takes to its home pitch against a Deportivo side still fighting off relegation at the other end of the table. The Catalan club’s job is done this season, though there is the matter of a Champions League final in a few weeks.

Deportivo knows a win seals their spot in La Liga for next season, and even a draw might be enough. Either way, the club really needs Eibar to lose or tie against already relegated Cordoba.

Also trying to end on a winning note is Real Madrid, who faces Getafe at the Bernabeu. In France, PSG wraps up a title winning season against Reims.

In MLS action, Eastern Conference rivals clash with the New England Revolution hosting D.C. United. Another potentially entertaining affair comes later with the Seattle Sounders playing Sporting KC.

If you will be watching any of today’s action, feel free to leave your thoughts, opinions and some play-by-play in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (today’s soccer on TV schedule after the jump):

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Alan Gordon delivers another late goal as Galaxy edge Dynamo

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By MARK EDWARD HORNISH

Carson, Calif. – The LA Galaxy received the offensive heroics they hoped for with the return of Robbie Keane to the lineup, but it was his veteran strike partner, Alan Gordon, who took the honors, finishing a crisp Keane cross with a remarkable looping chip header to beat Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric high to the far post deep in extra time to defeat a resilient Dynamo side 1-0 before 20, 195 on a cool and overcast night at the Stub Hub Center.

Keane, who has missed the last five Galaxy games with a groin injury, came on in 69th minute to trip to provide finishing for an LA side that had outshot the Dynamo 14-3 on the evening but hadn’t managed to find the net. Gordon came on minutes later, and the pair immediately enlivened the proceedings, as Gordon managed the Galaxy’s best chance to the point in the match with his first touch of the ball minutes later, finding space just inside the penalty spot before firing off a low hard shot that was deflected away by Jermaine Taylor.

But the tandem was not done, and took advantage of the four minutes extra time to finally break the compact Houston defense. The goal in the 94th minute gave the the Galaxy their first win in their last six matches.

Gordon did not hesitate to praise his captain for providing the service that gave Gordon the game winner.

“You guys have seen this before, right? We’ve been missing Robbie for a number of weeks, and we’ve done our best without him, but it’s sure nice to have him back.

“When you play with somebody, you pick up their tendencies” Gordon continued. “I know Robbie’s gonna look for me. If he’s not gonna shoot it, he’s gonna look for me on the back post. I faked inside, drove back post, and he played a wonderful ball, and I just did my best to get it across to the back post, and it looped in.”

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