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June 30, 2012
DC routs Montreal to take over first

Soccer News Net staff

Jaime Castrillon had the game winner as the Colorado Rapids ended their three game losing streak.
Jaime Castrillon had the game winner as the Colorado Rapids ended their three game losing streak.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—For the second straight week, the New England Revolution came back from the dead in stoppage time, getting a late goal from teenager Diego Fagundez to salvage a 2-2 tie with Seattle Sounders FC Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.

Seattle’s Eddie Johnson had two goals, a 22nd-minute header that countered Saer Sene’s 12th-minute goal for the Revs, and the go-ahead strike off Marc Burch’s assist in the 35th.

Fagundez, who entered the game for Flo Lechner in the 81st minute, got his head on a cross from Fernando Cardenas in the fourth minute of stoppage time to snatch a point back for the Revs, who improve to 5-7-4 and 19 points.

The draw leaves Seattle at 7-5-5 (26 pts), and extends their club-record winless streak to eight games.
Full story from New England Soccer News

TORONTO—The New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC traded early goals on their way to a 1-1 draw Saturday at BMO Field. The result dropped the Red Bulls (9-4-4, 31 pts) to second place in the MLS East behind DC United, 3-0 winners over Montreal later Saturday evening.

Midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli, who hadn't found the back of the net in his first 42 Red Bulls appearances, scored in his second straight game, lifting the visitors into the lead in the fourth minute on a play that was started with a long ball by goalkeeper Ryan Meara. The ball eventually came to right fullback Brandon Barklage, who sent the ball into the area to Solli, who slotted it home.

Toronto (2-10-3, 9 pts) equalized just three minutes later, when Danny Koevermans got his head on Torsten Frings’ corner kick.

Both teams had chances to snatch the win before the intermission, with New York’s Joel Lindpere hitting the post and Red Bulls defenders Wilman Conde and Heath Pearce combining to clear Ryan Johnson’s shot off the goal line.
Full story from Big Apple Soccer

WASHINGTON, DC—Chris Pontius, Robbie Russell and Hamdi Salihi all scored as DC United routed the Montreal Impact 3-0 Saturday night at stifling RFK Stadium.

United dominated throughout, outshooting the Impact 18-4 overall and finishing with a 7-1 edge in shots on goal. Pontius opened the scoring in first-half stoppage time, beating defender Calum Mallace and finishing with his left foot. Russell doubled United’s lead in the 50th, diving to head Branko Boskovic’s free kick past netminder Evan Bush, and Salihi added a stoppage-time capper off Nick DeLeon’s rebound.

Sanna Nyassi’s 11th-minute attempt gave DC ‘keeper Bill Hamid the only save he needed for the shutout.

United lead the MLS East at 10-5-3 and 33 points, while the Impact fall to 5-10-3 (18).

HOUSTON—Brian Ching’s 83rd minute penalty kick lifted the Houston Dynamo into a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Brad Davis staked Houston to an early 1-0 lead, on a play that also gave debutant DP Oscar Boniek Garcia his first MLS point in the form of an assist. Boniek Garcia found Mac Kandji at the top of the penalty area. Kandji spun around Williams and relayed the ball to Davis, who had an open path and an easy finish from just off the left post.

After a sluggish first half, the Union roared out of the intermission, and it took Keon Daniel only seconds to level the score with a 20-yard blast to the lower left corner. But Gabriel Farfan’s 82nd minute foul on Ching in the penalty area gave Houston the final advantage. The veteran Dynamo forward took his own spot kick, sending the ball glancing off the underside of the bar and into the net.

The loss drops the Union to 3-9-2 and 11 points, only two points out of the Eastern Conference cellar. Houston improve to 6-5-5 (23).
Fulll story from Philly Soccer News

COLUMBUS—The Columbus Crew (6-5-4, 22 pts) used first-half goals by Tony Tchani and Eddie Gaven to hand Real Salt Lake their third straight loss Saturday night at Columbus Crew Stadium.

Tchani cut through the center of the box to hammer home Emilio Renteria’s pass back from the right end line in the 16th minute. Gaven added the insurance goal in the 44th, roofing a shot from the top of the six-yard box after Josh Williams ran down Chris Birchall’s corner kick.

RSL fall to 10-6-2, with 32 points.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.—The Colorado Rapids snapped their two-game losing streak in decisive fashion on Saturday, routing the Portland Timbers 3-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Jaime Castrillon opened the scoring from close range in the 17th minute, poking home a set-up pass from Hunter Freeman. Conor Casey made the score 2-0 in the 22nd, finding just enough space between a pair of defenders to get his head on Brian Mullan’s pass into the six-yard box.

Jamie Smith, who replaced Casey in the 73rd minute for his first appearance since tearing his ACL in 2011, beat ‘keeper Nick Rimando from point-blank range in the 89th minute to cap the win.

Portland put only two shots on goal, the most dangerous of them Kris Boyd’s 25-yard free kick which netminder Matt Pickens blocked from the top of the six-yard box in the 37th minute.

The win leaves Colorado at 7-8-1 and 22 points, while the Timbers fall to 4-7-4 (16).

STANFORD, Calif.---The fireworks began early at Stanford Stadium Saturday night, and the 50,391 fans on hand certainly got an explosive show as the San Jose Earthquakes (11-3-3) scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-3.

Steven Lenhart got the ball rolling early, scoring in the seventh minute off the rebound after Galaxy ‘keeper Josh Saunders blocked a 30-yard shot by Marvin Chavez. David Beckham equalized for the Galaxy in the 31st, lofting a free kick from just left of the penalty arc over the wall. It hit the center of the crossbar and fell in behind San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch.

A 37th-minute own goal by San Jose’s Jason Hernandez and 41st-minute strike by Landon Donovan left the Galaxy (6-9-2) with a 3-1 lead. For the Galaxy, who came into the game on a three game winning streak, it should have been enough, but they gave the Quakes back the game, starting almost immediately. Hernandez atoned for his defensive error with a sweeping volley in the 44th, and Sam Cronin slid in to poke Steven Beitashour’s pass past Saunders to level the score in the 48th.

The winner came on a wonderful backheel by Chris Wondolowski in the 61st minute, his league-leading 14th goal of the season.
Full story from LA Soccer News

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