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July 3, 2012
MLS ROUNDUP
Less-than-dynamic draw in Houston; Timbers top Quakes

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Jack Jewsbury’s first goal of the season gave the Portland Timbers a 2-1 win over San Jose on Tuesday.
Jack Jewsbury’s first goal of the season gave the Portland Timbers a 2-1 win over San Jose on Tuesday.
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CHICAGO FIRE 0, HOUSTON DYNAMO 0
HOUSTON—The Houston Dynamo and Chicago Fire sparred their way to a scoreless draw Tuesday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Both teams were on quick turnaround from weekend wins and facing a three-game week, and it showed in cautious play and less-than-dangerous attacks throughout the 90 minutes. Houston had by far the better of – and better quality – possession, while the Fire packed the box and relied on slashing counterattacks. One of those quick parries, by Marco Pappa in the 12th minute, produced perhaps the best scoring chance of the game, but the shot flew straight to Houston netminder Tally Hall.

Houston did not put a shot on goal in the first half, but gave the Fire defense an anxious moment in the 43rd minute, when Corey Ashe looped a ball from deep on the left side to the top of the six-yard box. Will Bruin nodded an off-balance header just wide of the right post.

The Dynamo turned up the pressure somewhat after the intermission, especially early on, forcing Fire ‘keeper Sean Johnson two make two straightforward saves through the final 45 minutes. Chicago gave notice that they would settle for the draw in the 87th minute, when defender Hunter Jumper came off the bench for speedy winger Patrick Nyarko . And settle they did, pulling to within one point of third-place Sporting Kansas City at 8-5-4 (28 pts). Houston enter the weekend at 6-5-6 (24).

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PORTLAND TIMBERS 2, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 1
PORTLAND, Ore.—The Portland Timbers remained masters of their own domain on Tuesday night, knocking off the league-leading San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 in the friendly confines of Jeld-Wen Field.

All five of Portland’s wins this season have come on their home field.

Danny Mwanga put the hosts on the board in the 29th minute, taking Franck Songo’o’s cross from the right wing and beating one defender before chipping netminder David Bingham from 19 yards.

Jack Jewsbury delivered the win 30 minutes later, darting in toward the left post for an emphatic finish as Bingham bobbled a Songo’o free kick and let the ball roll behind him.

Alan Gordon took one back for San Jose in the 74th, as Marvin Chaves’ shot from just outside the box deflected off his leg and into the net.

San Jose remain first in the MLS West at 11-4-3 and 36 points, while Portland improve to 5-7-4 (19).



   
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