August 19, 2012
Wild finish to MLS weekend
PHILADELPHIA UNION 1, DC UNITED 1
|Adam Moffat’s 82nd-minute goal gave the Houston Dynamo a 2-2 draw with the Columbus Crew at BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, and extended Houston’s home unbeaten streak to 20 regular season games.
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WASHINGTON, DC—DC United had every right to feel robbed after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with the Philadelphia Union at RFK Stadium.
After conceding an eighth-minute goal to Philadelphia’s Brian Carroll, United got back into the game through an own goal by defender Amobi Okugo, and had two goals called back by referee Mark Geiger in a chaotic second half that was also marred by red cards to DC’s Branko Boskovic and Emiliano Dudar, as well as Union defender Sheanon Williams.
Carroll’s goal started with a Freddy Adu free kick into the area. The ball was touched by Okugo and hit off United defender Perry Kitchen before falling to Carroll at the right post for the finish.
After being denied twice, including by Adu’s goal line save on a shot by Chris Korb, DC finally got the equalizer in the 71st minute. Boskovic played a long free kick into the penalty area from the left side. The ball skidded off the grass and appeared to go in off Okugo.
DC’s first nullified goal came in the 64th minute, after Nick De Leon turned a rebound back into the net and the play was whistled dead for a questionable foul on Union ‘keeper Zac MacMath. And in the 86th minute, Dwayne De Rosario converted a penalty kick, only to have referee Mark Geiger call encroachment and demand that it be re-taken. De Rosario sent the second shot glancing off the bar and over the net.
The result lifts the Union past New England into eight place in the MLS East at 7-12-3 (24 pts), while DC leapfrogs Montreal into fifth place at 11-8-4 (37).
NEW YORK RED BULLS 3, PORTLAND TIMBERS 2
HARRISON, NJ—The New York Red Bulls rallied from two goals down to defeat the Portland Timbers 3-2 Sunday at Red Bull Arena.
Trailing 2-0 in the closing minutes of the first half, the Red Bulls leveled the score with two goals in two minutes. Kenny Cooper, who came off the bench in the 36th minute, nodded Jan Gunnar Solli’s cross into the net to make it a one-goal game in the 43rd. Two minutes later, Tim Cahill scored his first MLS goal after collecting the rebound off Dax McCarty’s blocked shot.
Defender Heath Pearce bounced the game-winning header into the net in the 83rd minute. The play started with Thierry Henry’s corner kick, which Cooper relayed from the far side of the box to Solli, whose cross set the table for Pearce.
The defeat was crushing for the Timbers (5-13-6, 21 pts), who counterattacked their way to a 1-0 lead on Bright Dike’s eighth-minute goal, and doubled their lead when Darlington Nagbe slipped a shot inside the right post off Sal Zizzo’s cross in the 32nd.
The Red Bulls remain unbeaten at home this season, and are second in the MLS East at 13-7-5 and 44 points.
HOUSTON DYNAMO 2, COLUMBUS CREW 2
HOUSTON—Adam Moffat scored in the 82nd minute to lift the Houston Dynamo into a 2-2 tie with the Columbus Crew Sunday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Dynamo took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute, when Brad Davis drilled a 19-yard shot past Crew netminder Andy Gruenebaum. Boniek Garcia picked up his fourth assist in ten games on the play.
Cole Grossman equalized for Columbus from 17 yards, in the 33rd minute, and Crew newcomer Federico Higuain chipped a ball over the Dynamo backline to set up Eddie Gaven for the go-ahead goal in the 58th.
Moffat tied the score with a 25-yard blast that went through Gruenebaum’s hands on its way into the net.
In addition to extending the Dynamo’s home unbeaten streak to 20 regular season games, the draw moved the Dynamo (11-6-8, 41 pts) back into third place in the MLS East. The Crew remain in sixth place at 8-8-6 (30).