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August 15, 2012
MLS ROUNDUP
Timbers, Galaxy come back for ties


Darlington Nagbe’s late equalizer lifted the Portland Timbers to a 2-2 tie with Toronto.
Darlington Nagbe’s late equalizer lifted the Portland Timbers to a 2-2 tie with Toronto.
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PORTLAND TIMBERS 1, TORONTO FC 1
TORONTO – Darlington Nagbe scored a late equalizer to lif the Portland Timbers to a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC at before 18,773 fans at BMO Field on Wednesday.

The Timbers took a 1-0 lead into halftime on Sal Zizzo’s first-career MLS goal. But Toronto FC was able to overturn the deficit early in the second half, as forward Eric Hassli recorded a goal and assist to help the home side score twice inside a six-minute span, to take a 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute. With eight minutes remaining, Nagbe headed home a chipped pass from defender Steven Smith to level the score at 2-2, helping the Timbers pick up their first road points since May 15.

Nagbe scored his career-high fourth goal of the season, Smith logged his second assist of the season, midfielder Eric Alexander recorded his team-high fifth assist and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts made four saves in this club debut to help the Timbers (5-12-6, 21pts) end a five-match losing streak on the road.

Hassli’s goal and assist contributed to his first multiple-point performance of the campaign, forward Luis Silva scored his third goal of the season and defender Ashtone Morgan recorded his team-best fifth assist for Toronto FC (5-13-5, 20pts).

The Timbers struck for the opening goal in the 21st minute. A corner kick from the right side by Smith set up defender David Horst for a headed ball back in front of goal. Zizzo has his initial attempt blocked on the goal line by Toronto FC’s Eric Avila, but Zizzo was in position to drive in the rebound, scoring Portland’s first goal on the road since mid April.

Toronto FC pulled level in the 57th minute as Hassli capitalized on a deflected ball in the box to tie the score at 1-1. A free kick by defender Richard Eckersley helped put Silva in position for an open look from the top of the box. Ricketts parried Silva’s shot with an outstretched hand, but the ball fell onto the path of Hassli slashing in on the left post and Hassli converted his first goal as a member of Toronto FC.

Six minutes later, Toronto FC overtook the lead 2-1 on a goal by Silva. Morgan, from deep in the left corner, was able to beat his marker to get off a cross in to Hassli at the near post. Hassli then flicked the ball on in front of goal, where Silva knocked in the go-ahead goal with a sliding effort.

After a close chance in the 70th minute, in which forwards Mike Fucito and Kris Boyd combined for an open look on goal, the Timbers were able to knot the score at 2-2 in the 82nd minute. A throw-in by Smith into the Timbers’ attacking third led to a quick succession of passes between Boyd and Alexander to set up Smith for an open run into the box. Faced with a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, Smith chipped a pass across the goal mouth to an open Nagbe in the right side of the box. Nagbe jumped up and snapped his header into an open net.


LOS ANGELES GALAXY 1, COLUMBUS CREW 1
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Robbie Keane’s 64th-minute strike countered Jairo Arrieta’s go-ahead goal in the 47th minute to lift the LA Galxy to a 1-1 draw with the Columbus Crew at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Josh Saunders finished with four saves as the Galaxy were outshot 20-9.

The Crew, returning to action for the first time since the untimely death of rookie Kirk Urso and playing the game in his memory, weathered some light early pressure from the Galaxy before laying siege to Galaxy netminder Saunders. By halftime, the Crew had racked up a 13-3 advantage in shots. Only a four-save effort by Saunders kept the Galaxy level going into the intermission.

The Crew’s attacking determination paid off early in the second half, when Jake Arrieta got the ball high on the right side, cut toward the center to elude a pair of defenders and sent a hard, low shot just inside the right post from the top of the arc in the 47th minute.

Keane, slipped his coverage in the 64th to level the score from point-blank range off Sean Franklin’s sharp pass from deep on the right side.

The Galaxy improve to 11-11-4 and 37 points, while the result leaves the Crew at 8-8-5 (29).
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FC DALLAS 2, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 0
VANCOUVER, BC---Fabián Castillo had a goal and an assist, leading FC Dallas to a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 19,006 at BC Place Wednesday night.

Castillo gave the hoops the lead in the 60th minute, slotting a pass from David Ferreira off the post and into the net.

Castillo set up Jonathan Top by beating two defenders in the 70th minute, before slotting the ball in front of the net for Top to tap in.

FCD goalkeeper Kevin Hartman posted on save to earn the shutout, while the Whitecaps Joe Cannon had no saves.
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