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July 21, 2012
Red Bulls move into first

Kenny Cooper broke a 625 minute scoring drought with two goals against the Philadelphia Union Saturday.
Kenny Cooper broke a 625 minute scoring drought with two goals against the Philadelphia Union Saturday.
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HARRISON, NJ-Kenny Cooper snapped a 625-minute scoreless streak in impressive fashion on Saturday, scoring both goals as the New York Red Bulls shut out the Philadelphia Union 2-0 at Red Bull Arena.

The win, coupled with Sporting Kansas City’s scoreless draw with New England later in the evening, lifts the Red Bulls (11-5-5, 38 pts) into first place in the MLS East. The Union, whose three-game winning streak came to an end, fall to 6-10-2 (0).

Cooper put New York in the board in the 43rd minute, outjumping defender Sheanon Williams to head Connor Lade’s cross past goalkeeper Zac MacMath. Fifteen minutes later, Cooper completed his brace with another header, nodding the ball home off Thierry Henry’s set-up pass. It was Cooper’s 13th goal of the season, leaving him second in the MLS Golden Boot race.

Substitute Antoine Hoppenot appeared to spoil netminder Bill Gaudette’s shutout in stoppage time, but his close-range goal was nullified by a questionable offside call.
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COLUMBUS—Chris Birchall scored in the 46th minute to give the Columbus Crew a 1-0 win over DC United Saturday at Crew Stadium.

Jake Arrieta set up the deciding play with an artful pass from just inside of midfield. Birchall split two defenders, one-touched the ball into the penalty area and put a left-footed shot into the net past goalkeeper Joe Willis, who got the start for DC in place of suspended starter Bill Hamid.

Dwayne De Rosario appeared to equalize minutes later, off the rebound of a shot by Chris Pontius, but as ruled offside. In the 89th minute, defender Chris Korb had a chance to save the day for DC, but put his shot off the post.

United (10-7-3, 33 pts) outshot the Crew (7-7-4, 25 pts) 18-12, but put only three shots on goal, all of them saved by Andy Gruenebaum.

HOUSTON—Macoumba Kandji scored two goals, and Brad Davis set up two more in the final six minutes as the Houston Dynamo defeated the Montreal Impact 3-0 Saturday night at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Kandji netted the game-winner in just the seventh minute, snagging the rebound after his initial shot was blocked by a defender and putting it away from close range. The 1-0 score held until the 84th minute, when defender Bobby Boswell doubled Houston’s lead with a header off Davis’s corner kick into the six-yard box. Kandji closed out the scoring with a rising ten-yarder in the 89th.

Montreal matched Houston’s eight shots, but the Dynamo were deadly accurate, putting five on goal and three past netminder Donovan Ricketts.

The win extended Houston’s unbeaten streak to six games and left them at 9-5-7 and 34 points. The Impact fall to 7-13-3 (24).

KANSAS CITY, Kan.-- The New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City played to a scoreless draw Saturday before a crowd of 19,080 at sold-out and steamy Livestrong Sporting Park.

Sporting dominated possession and outshot New England 16-9 overall, but could not get past veteran goalkeeper Matt Reis, who made six saves. Kansas City netminder Jimmy Nielsen stopped three, two early chances by New England’s Ryan Guy and an 89th-minute shot by Fernando Cardenas. Guys second shot, a diving six-yard header off a corner kick in the 15th minute, was hit with such force that it drove Nielsen’s hands back into the goal, but the referee ruled that the ball did not completely cross the line.

Jacob Peterson gave Reis his biggest test in the 54th, with a sharp header toward the left post that the Revolution netminder dove to one-hand away.

The result dropped Sporting (11-6-4, 37 points)to second place in the MLS East behind the New York Red Bulls, who defeated Philadelphia 2-0 earlier in the day. New England improve to 6-9-5 and 23 points.

FRISCO, Texas—Jackson led the way with a goal and two assists as FC Dallas routed the Portland Timbers 5-0 Saturday night at FC Dallas Stadium.

The Timbers, who have surrendered a whopping 11 goals in three games under interim coach Gavin Wilkinson, sealed their own fate in the 16th minute, with an own goal by defender Hanyer Mosquera. Ten minutes later, Jacob Peterson banked a low shot off the left post and in to double the Hoops’ lead.

The second half belonged to Jackson, who put Dallas up 3-0 in the 48th minute, dribbling through the Timbers’ defense from near the midfield circle and teeing up a 19-yard right-footed shot that glanced off a defender on its way into the net. A rare goal by Scott Sealy made the score 4-0 in the 69th minute, and Jackson left three Portland defenders flat-footed with a run to the right endline before dishing off to Ruben Luna for the short-range capper in the 81st.

Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman needed only one save, on a bouncing 23-yarder from Kris Boyd in the 73rd minute, to post his fourth shutout of the season. The Hoops improve to 5-10-7 and 22 points, while Portland fall to 5-11-4 – and 0-8-2 on the road – to trail the MLS West with 19 points.
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SANDY, Utah—Alvaro Saborio scored one goal and created another to lead Real Salt Lake past Rocky Mountain Cup rivals the Colorado Rapids 2-0 Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium.

In the 31st minute, RSL’s Fabian Espindola picked off a lazy backpass by Colorado’s Marvell Wynn and pinwheeled over charging ‘keeper Matt Pickens, leaving the ball bouncing through the six-yard box for Saborio to tap home. Then, in the 90th minute, he forced Rapids defender Tyrone Marshall into a turnover in the backfield. Will Johnson snagged the loose ball, dribbled into the penalty area and beat ‘keeper Pickens for the 2-0 final.

The Rapids’ anemic offense managed only three shots, none of them on target.

The win leaves Salt Lake (12-7-3, 39 pts) four points behind Western Conference leaders San Jose. The Rapids (7-13-1) remain stuck near the bottom of the standings with 22 points.

CARSON, Calif.—The superstar trio of Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Robbie Keane lifted the LA Galaxy to a 3-1 SuperClasico win over Chivas USA Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.

Donovan led the way with two second-half goals. Keane had a goal and an assist, and Beckham collected assists on the first two LA goals.

Keane opened the scoring in the 14th minute after a midfield turnover. Beckham set the stage with a perfect pass to the top of the box. Donovan doubled the Galaxy lead in the 48th, getting the ball after h Keane nutmegged defender Danny Califf and slipping by the defense. With four red and white clad defenders making chase, Donovan sent a right footed shot to the right post.

Donovan put the game out of the reach in the 78th minute, following a Beckham corner kick. The service to the far side of the area was knocked down by Omar Gonzalez, and Bryan Gaul got an awkward touch on it, leaving it for Donovan to poke in from the doorstep. The Galaxy captain also hit the woodwork twice before the final whistle.

Chivas USA mounted a spirited ten-shot attack, but were already down by two when Paolo Cardozo threaded a right-footed shot through three defenders and beat Galaxy netminder Josh Saunders in the 52nd minute.

The Galaxy (9-10-3, 30 pts) pull to within a point of Seattle and Vancouver , who share third place in the Western Conference standings, while the Goats (6-8-5) remain stuck on 23 points.
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