MLS Regular Season
COLUMBUS – One celebrated his birthday in style, while the other added two highlight-reel free kicks to his resume. No matter how you look at it, Jairo Arrieta and Federico Higuain stole the show with their respective two-goal efforts in the Crew’s 4-3 victory against New England on Saturday.
And while Arrieta may have scored the winner just four minutes from time, it was Higuain’s pair of gorgeous free kicks that had people talking after the Argentine rallied Columbus from a two-goal deficit to a 3-2 halftime lead.
It has not taken Darren O’Dea long to establish himself as the leader of Toronto FC’s backline. That much was readily apparent in the Reds’ 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
The Republic of Ireland international was a major reason Toronto’s defense held together to keep the possibility of a result in touch after the Houston Dynamo took the lead in the 21st minute at BBVA Stadium.
For the first 25 minutes or so of Saturday night's wild 4-3 defeat at Columbus, the New England Revolution thought they had finally figured out a way to end their recent run of poor form.
A break here and a couple of early goals by Ryan Guy and Jerry Bengtson there sent the Revs to a 2-0 lead at Crew Stadium and set them on the path toward three points.
HOUSTON – It was a tale of two halves for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in their 1-1 draw with Toronto FC, and unfortunately for the home team their dip in the second 45 cost them two crucial points in the standings.
Houston got out to the type of start you would expect them to against the East’s last place team at home. They controlled the game both in tempo and on the scoreboard, but left the door open by only taking a 1-0 lead.
TFC were only too happy to bust it in.
CARSON, Calif. – Three is the magic number for the Seattle Sounders.
Fredy Montero scored his first MLS hat trick and Mauro Rosales had three assists as the Sounders beat Chivas USA, 6-2, at The Home Depot Center on Saturday.
The victory, Seattle’s fourth in their last five matches, lifted the Sounders into second place in the West, tied on points with Real Salt Lake, with two games in hand.
HIGHLIGHTS: Chivas USA 2, Seattle 6
PORTLAND, Ore. – The wait is over.
The Portland Timbers have their first win under interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson thanks to a 2-1 victory over Cascadia rival Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at JELD-WEN Field in front of a sellout crowd of 20,438.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Jose improved their unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium to 14 matches, thumping the Colorado Rapids 4-1 Saturday through doubles by both Simon Dawkins and Alan Gordon.
The Earthquakes, owners of the league’s best record at 15-6-5, are 10-0-4 at Buck Shaw since Aug. 13, 2011. San Jose’s only home loss in MLS play this season occurred at AT&T Park, where Houston beat the Earthquakes 1-0 on March 17.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Jose Earthquakes have set a date to begin construction on their new home.
Team president David Kaval announced Saturday prior to San Jose’s home match against Colorado that the groundbreaking ceremony for the club’s 18,000-seat, $60 million stadium will be held Sunday, Oct. 21.
“This is going to be a new era of Earthquakes soccer,” said Kaval, who was hired in 2010 in part to help see the stadium project across the finish line. “We are totally excited about it.”
HOUSTON – Terry Dunfield put a damper on the Houston Dynamo’s Saturday night, depositing a late header to give visitors Toronto FC a 1-1 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The veteran midfielder got his second of the season with just five minutes left, beating a sleeping Houston offside trap to steal the point.
COLUMBUS – Jairo Arrieta stole the spotlight from teammate Federico Higuain, scoring his second goal in the 86th minute to give the Crew a wild 4-3 victory against the Revs on Saturday in front of 13,651 fans at Crew Stadium.
The goal came five minutes after New England substitute Lee Nguyen converted a penalty kick to tie the match.
Arrieta, who celebrated his 29th birthday in style, ran onto a clipped ball from Tony Tchani and slotted it past Matt Reis for his fifth goal in eight games with the Crew since joining the club in late June.