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July 18, 2012
MLS ROUNDUP
Toronto wins third straight, NY tops Fire 1-0


NEW YORK RED BULLS 1, CHICAGO FIRE 0
HARRISON, NJ--- Team captain Thierry Henry broke a scoreless tie in the 71st minute to power the Red Bulls to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire in an otherwise lackluster Major League Soccer match on Wednesday afternoon.

Henry scored his first goal since April 28 to salvage what was a rather uneventful encounter that was played in 100-degree temperature at Red Bull Arena.

The game kicked off at 1 p.m. as the Red Bulls tried an experiment with day campers in attendance.

As it turned out, two Frenchmen combined on the lone goal. Sebastien Le Toux, obtained in a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday, sent a right-wing cross to Henry on the left side. The former French international got between defenders Dan Gargan and Jalil Anibaba and fired a left-footed, 12-yard shot that bounded off the first post and into the net.

It was Henry's 10th goal of the year and first since he injured himself during a 1-0 win over the New England Revolution in a home game at the end of April.

Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette, making his second appearance since a trade with the LA Galaxy on Friday, recorded his first shutout as the Red Bulls (10-5-3, 35 points) continued their unbeaten streak at home (6-0-3). Chicago fell to 9-7-4.
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CHIVAS USA 1, PORTLAND TIMBERS 0
CARSON, Calif.---Chivas USA was able to make an early goal by Miller Bolaños hold up, despite playing a man down for more nearly 10 minutes, to take a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers in a matinee game at the Home Depot Center Wednesday.

Bolaños staked the Goats to the lead in the 16th minute. Nick LaBrocca played a long ball to Ryan Smith on the right side. Smith's shot was blocked by Timbers goalkeeper Tory Perkins, but Bolaños was there to poke in the loose ball at the left post, for his first Major League Soccer goal.

The win, only the third at home for Chivas this season, improves their record to 6-7-5, 23 points, while Portland falls to 5-10-4, 19 pts.
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MONTREAL IMPACT 2, NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 1
MONTREAL--- Sanna Nyassi figured in both goals, gaining a first half penalty that Patrice Bernier converted and producing the second-half winner on a highlight reel volley off a Justin Mapp cross to help the montreal Impact to a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution at Stade Saputo Wednesday.

The loss was the second in a row for the Revolution (6-9-4, 22 points) after a five-game unbeaten streak. Montreal improves to 7-8-4, 25 points.

In the 26th minute, Nyassi earned an opportunity for the home side, going down in the box after reaching for a through pass from 36-year-old Serie A veteran Marco Di Vaio and feeling Chris Tierney’s hand on his shoulder.

Well-traveled Montreal veteran Bernier nailed the spot kick, succeeding a third time after referee Fotis Bazakos made him retake two attempts that also found the net.

The Revolution looked destined to go to the locker room a goal down when Lee Nguyen collected a 45th minute Kelyn Rowe feed and lined up a 35-yard riser that eluded a leaping Donovan Ricketts, rebounded off the crossbar, bounced off the heel of Ricketts as the Montreal goalkeeper touched down, and rolled into the net for an own-goal equalizer.

In the 68th minute, Nyassi once again victimized the Revolution as an unmarked Mapp crossed from the left corner to the far post and the Gambian international drilled a right-footed volley between goalkeeper Matt Reis and the woodwork for his third goal of the campaign.
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TORONTO FC 2, COLORADO RAPIDS 1
TORONTO---Second half goals by Ryan Johnson and Andrew Wiedeman gave Toronto a 2-1 win over Colorado in front of 18,225 fans at BMO Field Wednesday night.

Conor Casey put Colorado into the early lead in the 23rd minute. Casey was camped in the penalty area, Hunter Freeman fed him the ball and Casey headed the ball by Toronto goalkeeper Milos Kocic to make it, 1-0.

Toronto started their comeback in the 51st minute when Luis Silva delivered the ball to Johnson near the top of the penalty area. Johnson’s 16-footer tied the score, 1-1. It was Johnson’s fourth goal of the season.

Toronto took the lead in the 67th minute when Doneil Henry’s shot was deflected by Wiedeman. The ball got by goalkeeper Matt Perkins and bounced in, off the post, to make it, 2-1. It was Wiedeman’s first goal for Toronto and his first of the season after being acquired from Dallas FC last week.

It was the third win in a row for Toronto who is now 5-11-4 for 19 points in the MLS East. It was the fourth loss in a row for Colorado who is now 7-12-1 for 22 points in the MLS West.

HOUSTON DYNAMO 2 SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1
HOUSTON ---Two goals by Calen Carr led Houston to a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City in front of 19,761 fans at BBVA Compass Stadium Wednesday night.

Carr opened the scoring in the 25th minute. Will Bruin found Andre Hainault breaking into the offensive zone. Hainault passed the ball to Carr in the penalty area who flicked the ball by SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen to make it, 1-0.

Hainault was also involved in the next goal. Teal Bunbury received a pass from Kei Kamara in the penalty area and was knocked down by Hainault. Referee Mark Kadlecik called for a penalty kick that was converted by Kamara to even the match, 1-1, in the 42nd minute. It was Kamara’s 7th goal of the season. Kamara’s goal also stopped the Houston shutout streak at 356 minutes.

Peterson Joseph was red-carded by Kadlecik in the 47th minute for a hard tackle on Carr that reduced Kansas City’s squad to 10-men for the rest of the match.

Carr then eventually took advantage of the situation in the 79th minute on a pass from Brad Davis to make it, 2-1. The goals were his first two of the season.

The win gives Houston a nine-match unbeaten streak and are 8-5-7 for 31 points in the MLS East.
The loss drops Kansas City to 11-6-3 for 36 points remaining in first place in the MLS East one point ahead of New York.

LA GALAXY 2, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS 2
VANCOUVER, BC---The Los Angeles Galaxy scored twice in a six minute span to come from behind and tie the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-2 at BC Place Wednesday night.

The tie puts the Galaxy on a three game unbeaten streak, all on the road, and improves their mark to 8-10-3, 27 pts, while the Whitecaps, losers of their last three, fall to 8-7-7, 30 pts.

Vancouver got on the board in the 18th minute after David Beckham turned over the ball over in midfield. Camillo made a 20 yard run, then fed the ball over to Emanuel Koffie who came on three Galaxy defenders, slotting the ball past them and into the net from 20 yards out.

The Whitecaps went up 2-0 in the 27th minute. Lee Young-Pyo served a beautiful in swinging ball from out wide on the right into the penalty area that Barry Robson, flicked with his head just inside the right post.

The Galaxy broke the ice in the 81st minute. Landon Donovan settled a ball that had hit the cross bar and laid it back for David Beckham, who delivered a perfect 20 yard strike over Joe Cannon.

The second goal came from Jose Villarreal who entered the game in the 71st minute for Hector Jiminez. Beckham played a 30 yard ball on the right side to Juninho, who in one motion brought it down and centered it to the onrushing Villarreal. The Galaxy home grown player settled the ball with his right foot, switched to his left and fired a rocket to the upper left corner of the net for his first MLS goal.
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SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES 2, FC DALLAS 1
SANTA CLARA, Calif.---Marvin Chavez and Alan Gordon scored first half goals, and the San Jose Earthquakes held off a late challenge by FC Dallas for a 2-1 win at Buck Shaw Stadium Wednesday night.

Dallas (4-10-7) fell to 1-8-1 on the road this year, while the Quakes improved to 13-4-4.
Chavez touched off the scoring made from a terrific pass from Shea Salinas on the right side of the penalty area to Chavez, open on the left side, top of the box. He caught the ball on the bounce and hammered it to net, skipping off the turf to the right corner of the net.

Sam Cronin lofted a ball downfield that Alan Gordon timed perfectly and hammered a header to the back of the net, getting inside of Dallas defender Zach Loyd in first half stoppage time.
FCD certainly continued to carve its chances and blew a clear-cut opportunity to earn a draw in stoppage time when Jair Benitez boomed a penalty kick over the cross bar.

FCD caught fire in the 89th minute on a free kick that Hernan Pertuz headed to net on a dive at the left post that ended with him sliding into a crumpled heap at the bar.

FCD had the chance to equalize in stoppage. Zach Loyd took the initiative, bolting into the box on attack down the right side in extra time and was taken down by Simon Dawkins. Jair Benitez boomed the ball high over the left side of the cross bar.
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