Monday, August 16

MLS in Review

With two games on the week, Real Salt Lake was hoping to make a serious dent in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s league lead, but were only able to make up one point as they registered a draw Wednesday and a win Saturday while the Galaxy snared a 1-0 win in New York on the weekend. RSL’s victory Saturday also kept Columbus at bay as they downed the Crew, 2-0.

Saturday, August 14 (Away-Home)

Colorado Rapids 1-1 Philadelphia Union
Alejandro Moreno’s effort for Philadelphia off the post in the 32nd minute nearly broke a stalemate that stood until Colorado’s Jeff Larentowicz, a Pennsylvania native, buried a miscleared ball from 20 yards out. For the second straight match Sebatien Le Toux set up Danny Mwanga for the lone Union strike, tracking down a long ball and slipping a low cross into the area for Mwanga’s finish. Scoring – COL: Jeff Larentowicz 59; PHI: Danny Mwanga (Sebastien Le Toux) 73

Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 New York Red Bulls
Edson Buddle added to his league-leading goal total his 13th of the campaign, running onto a through ball from Juninho 10 minutes into the contest, making up for Chris Birchall’s effort went off the crossbar three minutes earlier. New York’s Juan Pablo Angel also put one off the woodwork, hitting the post with a header off a Rafa Marquez free kick in first half stoppage time and allowing Bruce Arena to leave with a win despite spending it in a suite after being hospitalized earlier in the week for an illness. Scoring – LA: Edson Buddle (Juninho) 10

FC Dallas 3-1 DC United
DC United woes continued as they were unable to find the net on their own in Frisco. Eric Alexander and David Ferreira helped lead the hosts to their 10th straight without a loss. In the 36th minute Alexander sent a through ball to Brek Shea, who found Ferreira for a tap-in. Four minutes into the second half Ferreira returned the favor as Alexander fired inside the post from 18 yards. DC’s lone tally came with 10 minutes remaining when Santino Quaranta’s cross toward Andy Najar was redirected into the net by defender Jair Benitez. Jeff Cunninham struck for his 128th career goal when he beat Bill Hamid one-on-one for an empty-netter in stoppage time. Scoring – DAL: David Ferreira (Brek Shea, Eric Alexander) 36; DAL: Eric Alexander (Milton Rodriguez, David Ferreira) 49; DC Own goal (Jair Benitez) 80; DAL: Jeff Cunningham 92+

Houston Dynamo 0-1 New England Revolution
The Revolution extended an unbeaten run to eight games in all competitions when Ilija Stolica fired past Matt Reis from the top of the box in the 62nd minute to break the stalemate. Scoring – NE: Ilija Stolica (Sainey Nyassi) 62

Columbus Crew 0-2 Real Salt Lake
Javier Morales stunned the Crew 11 minutes in on a short corner from Fabian Espindola when he fired a shot inside the far post instead of crossing into the box. After a few diving saves from Nick Rimando to keep Columbus off the board Morales doubled the advantage on the hour mark, striking a free kick through the wall. Scoring – RSL: Javier Morales (Fabian Espindola) 11; Javier Morales 60

Kansas City Wizards 0-1 San Jose Earthquakes
Jamaican international Khary Stephenson made the most of his debut, connecting with Chris Wondolowski for the lone tally of the night, lofting a pass from 35 yards out in the 35th minute that was volleyed past Jimmy Nielsen. Scoring – SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Khari Stephenson) 35

Seattle Sounders 0-0 Chivas USA
The scoring summary was empty, but the disciplinary report carried plenty of drama as both clubs finished a man short. The closest chance of the night came around the hour mark when the Sounders’ Sanna Nyassi sent a header off the right post. The match came to a close with a bench-clearing scuffle when Leo Gonzalez was hit with an elbow from Mariano Trujillo, sparking the incident. Both men would be sent off.

Wednesday, August 11

Toronto FC 0-1 New York Red Bulls
Thierry Henry nearly put the hosts on the board in the 21st only to be taken goalkeeper Stefan Frei without a whistle for a penalty. Two minutes later, however, Henry started the play on the lone tally of the night. His ball was chipped by Seth Stammler over the defense to Joel Lindpere. Scoring – NY: Joel Lindpere (Seth Stammler, Thierry Henry) 23

Real Salt Lake 1-1 Philadelphia Union
Sebastien Le Toux continues to be the primary producer of the Union offense, setting up Danny Mwanga eight minutes into the match. It took the defending MLS Cup champions only nine minutes to answer against the expansion side courtesy of a fantastic effort from Fabian Espindola, who beat two defenders before unleashing the equalizer. Scoring – PHI: Danny Mwanga (Sebastien Le Toux) 8; RSL: Fabian Espindola (Tony Beltran) 17

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