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July 28, 2012
Crew tops Sporting KC

TORONTO, Ont.---Goals by Calen Carr and Brian Ching led the Houston Dynamo to a 2-0 win over Toronto FC in front of 19,652 fans at BMO Field Saturday night.

Tally Hall made two saves to register his tenth clean sheet of the season and the 17th of his MLS career. Brad Davis assisted on both Houston goals, starting with a 45th-minute corner kick relayed by Bobby Boswell to Carr, who headed it into the net to make the score 1-0. Carr has scored in his last three games.

Ching added an insurance goal in the 86th minute, flicking a cross from Davis past goalkeeper Milos Kocic.

It was the fourth win in a row for Houston who improve to 10-5-7 for 37 points and claim a share of second place in the MLS East. Houston is undefeated in their last seven matches.

The loss drops Toronto to 5-12-4 (19 pts).

MONTREAL, PQ—Felipe Martins set up all three goals as the Montreal Impact surprised the New York Red Bulls 3-1 Saturday night at Stade Saputo.

Marco Di Vaio opened the Impact scoring with his first MLS goal, in the 48th minute, and Davy Arnaud beat diving netminder Bill Gaudette to make the score 2-0 two minutes later. Thierry Henry’s 11th goal of the season,off Joel Lindpere’s cross in the 57th minute, gave the Red Bulls some hope, but Sanna Nyassi put things out of reach for the Impact in the 74th, dribbling around Gaudette on a breakaway and burying the shot from a hard angle.

The Red Bulls (11-6-5, 38 points) retain a slim one-point lead over Houston and Kansas City at the top of the MLS East. Montreal improve to 8-13-3 and 27 points.
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FRISCO, Tex.-Mike Magee celebrated his return from the injured list with the game-winning goal as the LA Galaxy edged FC Dallas 1-0 Saturday in front of a rare SRO crowd at FC Dallas Stadium.

Magee, who missed four games with an injured shin, got the start in place of suspended Galaxy captain Landon Donovan. The Galaxy also were without David Beckham, who was part of Friday night’s Opening Ceremony for the London Olympic Games. Both teams labored through high humidity and temperatures exceeding 100 degrees at kickoff.

In the absence of Donovan and Beckham, Robbie Keane was LA’s most energetic and creative presence throughout the game, and ultimately opened the door for Magee’s 62nd-minute ice-breaker, threading the ball through two defenders at the top of the penalty area and finding Magee ready for a sure-footed finish from inside the arc.

The Galaxy defense had a couple of late scares. In the 82nd minute, Jackson caught rookie backliner Bryan Gaul out of position and got off an open header from just outside the goal box, but missed the target. And in the 90th, Sealy popped a header toward the far post, but Fabian Castillo could not make contact, and the heavy-legged Hoops could not pull off a comeback.

LA have won seven of their last ten games, and improve to 10-10-3 and 33 points. The Hoops remain near the bottom of the MLS West at 5-11-7 (22 pts).
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KANSAS CITY, Kan.---Jairo Arrieta scored his first two MLS goals to lead the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Sporting Kansas City in front of 18,938 fans at Livestrong Sporting Park Saturday night.

Kei Kamara gave Kansas City a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, with his eighth goal of the season. Kamara scored on a header off a pass from Graham Zusi.

Arrieta leveled the score in the 17th minute, with a 12-yard shot off a setup pass from Josh Williams. Arrieta’s match-winner came in the 34th minute, after he intercepted a pass from Zusi and sent it by SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen from 22 yards.

Columbus goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum made five saves to hold SKC off the scoreboard in the second half and preserve the win.

The victory, the Crew’s second straight, gives Columbus an 8-7-4 record for 27 points in the MLS East. The loss drops Kansas City (11-7-4, 37 points) into a tie with Houston for second place in the MLS East.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo.--- MLS All-Star Game hero Eddie Johnson had a goal and an assist to give Seattle Sounders FC a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in front of 13,816 fans at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Saturday night.

Johnson scored on a header in the second minute, with an assist from Mario Rosales, to make the score 1-0. But Colorado responded just a minute later, when Drew Moor scored on a cross into the penalty area from Brian Mullan, throwing the game into a deadlock that held through halftime.

Seattle, unbeaten in their last five, took the lead for good in the 65th minute on Osvaldo Alonso’s first goal of the season. Johnson took a pass from Alex Caskey and sent a cross into the penalty area, Alonso ran onto the ball and volleyed his shot into the net to make it 2-1.

It was the first time since May 24, 2007 that there have been two goals scored in the first three minutes of an MLS match. New York scored two goals against Chicago in the first three minutes of their match in 2007.

The win gives Seattle a 9-5-7 record and 34 points. The loss drops Colorado to 7-14-1 (22 pts).

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Stephen Lenhart scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to lift the shorthanded San Jose Earthquakes into a 1-1 tie with the Chicago Fire Saturday night at Buck Shaw Stadium.

Lenhart’s goal, a 19-yard bouncer into the lower left side of the net, countered a 37th-minute strike by Chris Rolfe that staked Chicago to a 1-0 lead. Rolfe’s goal came against the run of play, dipping behind netminder Jon Busch and into the net from 20 yards.

Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson turned in a superhuman 10-save performance to nurse the Fire’s slender lead deep into added time. But the Quakes have made a specialty of late comebacks this season, and despite a succession of bad omens from missed shots to the sudden loss of defender Victor Bernardez to injury and Alan Gordon to a stoppage-time red card, their mojo came through once again, on the final play of the game.

The Fire (9-7-5, 32 pts) squandered a chance to leapfrog idle DC United into fourth place in the MLS East, while the Quakes (13-5-5, 44) cling to a two-point lead over Real Salt Lake at the top of the Western Conference.
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PORTLAND, Ore--- Defender Danny Califf is not known for scoring goals. On Saturday night, Califf scored his first of the 2012 MLS season to lift Chivas USA to a 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers infront of 20,438 at Jeld Wen Field.

The Timbers gave the Chivas USA defense all it could handle during the match, but Califf’s managed to secure the win for the Goats off a free kick in the 69th minute. Portland attempted a season-high 19 shots and generated a season-high 11 corner kicks, forcing Chivas USA goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made six saves to record the shutout.

Portland was handed a fifth straight loss despite its backline limiting Chivas USA to just three shots on goal. The Goats improve to 7-8-5, 26pts. The Timbers fall to 5-12-4, 19pts.

Califf scored his ninth career MLS goal, midfielder Ben Zemanski logged his first assist of the campaign and Kennedy picked up his seventh shutout of the season for Chivas USA (7-8-5, 26pts).

A foul near midfielder set up the free kick by Zemanski that led to the game’s lone goal in the 69th minute. Zemanski’s long ball in dropped in near the penalty spot, and Timbers goalkeeper Troy Perkins left his line to challenge the play. Califf was able to get to the ball just ahead of Perkins and another Timbers defender and headed it in to an open goal.
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