MLS Regular Season
WASHINGTON – 2011 was mostly a year to forget for D.C. United and their supporters, as the team missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. One of the lowlights was a 4-0 shellacking at home by the New York Red Bulls.
But on Sunday night, United erased that nightmarish, returning the favor with a 4-1 win over the Red Bulls.
WASHINGTON – Before the season, few would’ve predicted D.C. United were Eastern Conference contenders, but after they cruised past the New York Red Bulls 4-1 Sunday night, that’s exactly what they are.
Amid heavy rain at RFK Stadium, the star of the night was Chris Pontius, who scored his first professional hat trick, as United ran out to a four-goal lead before New York’s Thierry Henry pulled one back with a 70th-minute free kick. Rookie Nick Deleon scored the other goal for D.C.
SEATTLE, WA.- Una semana después de haber arrancado con la sexta edición de Sueño MLS presentado por Allstate en la ciudad de Frisco, Texas, más de 500 jugadores juveniles se hicieron presentes en Seattle, Washington donde mostraron sus cualidades futbolísticas en busca de ser considerados para formar parte de la lista de 30 jugadores que viajarían a Los Ángeles para la ultima etapa del evento.
PORTLAND. – Los Portland Timbers volvieron a saborear una victoria después de cinco partidos sin conseguir una. Los dirigidos por John Spencer lograron sumar 3 puntos al derrotar al líder de la liga, el Sporting KC por la mínima diferencia en el Jeld Wen Field.
“La victoria es muy importante para nosotros ya que hemos estado bajo mucha presión los últimos días”, declaró el técnico de los Timbers, John Spencer.
With the MLS all-time leader in saves, Kevin Hartman, out with back spasms, FC Dallas had to make an adjustment. They turned to the rarely used Chris Seitz to man the nets in Saturday night’s game at Vancouver.
Playing in just his second league match since joining Dallas before the 2011 season, Seitz didn’t keep a clean sheet or get a win, but he did get some much needed and much appreciated playing time.
CARSON, Calif. — Chivas USA have been desperate for their first win at home and despite a near-dominant performance against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night, the Rojiblancos will need to continue to wait.
From the outset, Chivas controlled long stretches of the match as the Union sat back and looked to absorb pressure early from the Rojiblancos’ offense. But a defensive breakdown in the 40th minute, which led to Freddy Adu’s match-winning goal, resigned Chivas to yet another 1-0 home defeat.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Jose Earthquakes made sure Frank Yallop’s 100th MLS regular-season victory would certainly be memorable.
Facing a disappointing draw despite playing a man-up for 60 minutes and 11-on-9 for the final 21, the Quakes exploded in second-half injury time for goals from Simon Dawkins and Chris Wondolowski to secure a 3-1 victory on Saturday against Real Salt Lake that cemented Yallop’s entry into the Triple Digits Club.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers had been there before.
Up a goal in the closing minutes of a game, only to watch the result slip through their fingers. The Timbers had squandered leads in their three previous matches during a painful four-game losing streak.
But holding a 1-0 lead Saturday night against Sporting Kansas City, play stopped for an injury in the 78th minute. That when Portland’s veterans huddled the team together and said, 'Not this time.'
Down two men and under tough conditions in San Jose on Saturday night, Real Salt Lake showed no quit.
It took a pair of stoppage-time goals by the Earthquakes to erase RSL's valiant effort, but in the end, Jason Kreis' men eventually surrendered the Western Conference lead to the Earthquakes courtesy of a 3-1 loss.
“I’m extremely proud of them,” Kreis said after the match. “We were very, very close to pulling off a heroic result."
Against all odds, the Philadelphia Union’s shutout streak lives on.
Down two men for the final 10 minutes of Saturday’s game with Chivas USA, Philly bunkered in and survived to earn a 1-0 road victory.
The Union have not given up a goal over the past 332 minutes, a stretch that includes three consecutive shutouts.
“It’s a tribute to our boys,” Union manager Peter Nowak said. “Even with two red cards, we didn’t give up much. We deserved to win.”