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July 24, 2012
TEAMS ON TOUR
French clubs win the night

MONTPELLIER HERAULT SC 3, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Emanuel Herra scored two goals after Gaetan Charbonnier netted the game-winner as Ligue 1 champions Montpellier Herault SC defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-0 Tuesday night at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Goalkeepers Geoffrey Jourdren and Laurent Pionnier combined for the clean sheet. Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg, making his first appearance of 2012, made two excellent early saves from the rapid-firing French side, but was beaten in the 39th minute by Charbonnier, who headed home a cross from Marco Estrada.

The French team notched their second goal of the night in the 72nd minute, when Anthony Mounier made a low pass to Herrera, stationed deep inside the penalty area. With Kronberg off his line, Herrera took an angled shot and slotted the ball in.

MHSC struck for their final goal on the final play of the match, in the second minute of second-half stoppage time. Kronberg did well to make his seventh save of the match to turn away an attempt from Mounier, but Herrera was there to collect the rebound and calmly convert the opportunity from a difficult angle near the endline.

OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS 1, MONTREAL IMPACT 1 (4-2 pk)
MONTREAL, PQ -The Montreal Impact played Olympique Lyonnais to a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night in front of a record crowd of 19,225 at Stade Saputo, but fell 4-2 in penalties in their first international match since joining MLS.

Olympique Lyonnais opened the scoring in the 28th minute, when Jeremy Piedconverted a Lisandro Lopez pass from just outside the 18 yard box, sending a low shot to the far post past Impact goalkeeper Evan Bush (8 saves).

Andrew Wenger leveled things for Montreal in the 39th minute, taking a pass from Patrice Bernier near the right corner of the box. Wenger played the ball inside, turned and fired a left-footer from the half-circle that curled inside the left post.

Montreal fell into an early hole in the tiebreaker, with Lamar Neagle and Josh Gardner missing the mark in the first two rounds. OL missed one of their five attempts, but Bafetimbi Gomis’ fifth round conversion delivered the win to Olympique.

Former Italian National Team defender Alessandro Nesta made his debut for the Impact, playing 63 minutes, while wearing the captain's armband in the second half.

COLORADO RAPIDS 2, SWANSEA CITY 1
COMMERCE CITY, Colo.—The Colorado Rapids tasted victory for the first time since June 30 on Tuesday night, edging English club Swansea City 2-1 in front of a sparse crowd at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Andre Akpan opened the scoring in the fourth minute, getting free for a cross from Luis Zapata. Kamani Hill doubled the Rapids’ lead from distance in the 15th, and that gave Colorado enough of a cushion to withstand Jonathan De Guzman’s set-piece strike for the Swans in the 79th minute.

ASTON VILLA 2 (5) PORTLAND TIMBERS 2 (4) pks
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers rallied back on two occasions in the second half on goals by forward Sebastián Rincón and midfielder Rodney Wallace to pull level with Aston Villa FC, but the English Premier League side prevailed in a penalty-kicks, 5-4, to claim the win in an international friendly before a sellout crowd of 20,438 at JELD-WEN Field on Tuesday Night.

Down 1-0 heading into the final 15 minutes of the match, the Timbers opened a thrilling conclusion that saw three goals scored in a five-minute span. Rincón pulled the Timbers even at 1-1 with the initial equalizer off a corner kick in the 76th minute. Aston Villa re-claimed the lead at 2-1 in the 80th minute on a strike by defender Matthew Lowton, but less than a minute later, the Timbers answered once again on a well-placed goal by Wallace to knot the score at 2-2 and push match to penalties.

The two clubs matched goal-for-goal in the penalty-kick shoot out until Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a stop on Portland’s fifth attempt by Bright Dike. Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers provided the decisive goal in the shootout to help the EPL side earn the victory.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1, LA GALAXY 1
CARSON, Calif.---The LA Galaxy came back to tie EPL club Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 at the Home Depot Center Tuesday night.

Gareth Bale gave Spurs the lead in the 17th minute. Recently arrived Gylfi Sigurdsson sent an inswinging ball from the left side, and Bale outjumped Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez to send his header over netminder Brain Perk and into the upper left corner of the net.

The Galaxy equalized 11 minutes later, with David Junior Lopes doing the honors. Hector Jiminez ran onto a ball served into his path by Marcelo Sarvas. Jiminez volleyed the ball across the box for Lopes to finish.

   
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