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Western Conference's dominance almost total
March 17th, 2012 12AM

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[MLS REWIND: Week 2] Irish star Robbie Keane had his first two-goal MLS game to lead the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 3-1 win over D.C. United. The Colorado Rapids earned a 2-1 win at the Philadelphia Union. Jaime Castrillon and Tony Cascio scored for the Rapids, who finished with 10 men. Wins by Seattle over Toronto FC and Real Salt Lake over New York gave the Western Conference nine wins in 11 games with the Eastern Conference since the start of the season. The exception: Houston Dynamo made it two in a row on the road in California with a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes. For all the weekend action ...

MLS WEEK 2, SUNDAY
March 18 in Carson, Calif.
Los Angeles 3 D.C. United 1.
Goals: Keane (Dunivant, Magee) 45, Keane (Donovan) 69, Sarvas (Beckham) 86; DeLeon (Saragosa) 87.
Los Angeles --
Saunders; Franklin, DeLaGarza, Boyens, Dunivant; Donovan, Magee (DeLeon 76), Juninho, Beckham; Keane, Barrett (Buddle 68).
D.C. United -- Willis; Russell, Jakovic (Dudar 46), McDonald, Korb; Najar, Saragosa, King (Boskovic  61), Pontius (DeLeon 74); De Rosario, Marcio Santos.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo.
Att.: 18,466.
TAKEAWAY: D.C. United is one of four Eastern Conference teams to open 0-2-0 along with New England, New York and Philadelphia.



March 18 in Chester, Pa.
Philadelphia 1 Colorado 2.
Goals: Pajoy (Torres 67); Castrillon (unassisted) 56, Cascio (unassisted) 62.
Philadelphia -- MacMath; Albright (Torres 63), Williams, Valdes, Lopez; Carroll (Martinez 79), M.Farfan, Daniel (Hernandez 73), Gomez; Mwanga, Pajoy.
Colorado --
Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Zapata; Mastroeni (LaBauex 77), Larentowicz, Castrillon; Mullan, Cummings (Amarikwa 84), Cascio (Thompson 69).
Red Card: Colorado -- Larentowicz 58.
Referee: Mark Geiger
Att.: 19,074.
TAKEAWAY: Homegrown signing Cristhian Hernandez, the 2011 U-17/U-18 Development Academy Player of the Year, debuted for the Union.




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MLS WEEK 2, SATURDAY
March 17 in Carson, Calif.
Chivas USA 0 Vancouver
1. Goal: DeMerit (Camilo) 67.
Chivas USA -- Kennedy; Riley, McKenzie, Pearce, Jazic; Minda, Vagenas (Zemanski 75), LaBrocca; Smith (Bolanos 62), Townsend (Romero 62), Courtois.
Vancouver -- Cannon (Knighton 42), Lee, Bonjour, DeMerit, Rochat; Camilo (Harvey 72), Watson, Davidson, Chiumiento (Franks 83); Le Toux, Hassli.
Referee: Jair Marrufo.
Att.: 7,723.
TAKEAWAY: Joe Cannon had to come out in goal for Vancouver late in the first half with a left quad injury.



March 17 in Sandy, Utah
Real Salt Lake 2 New York
0. Goal: Espindola (Paulo Jr.) 38, Gil (unassisted) 58.
Real Salt Lake -- Rimando; Beltran, Olave, Schuler, Wingert; Beckerman; Grabavoy, Velasquez (Steele 85), Gil (Morales 62); Paulo Jr. (Saborio 62), Espindola
New York --
Meara, Solli, Keel, Holgersson, Miller, Palsson (Cooper 46), Tainio (Ballouchy  46), Lindpere, McCarty, Richards, Henry.
Referee: Hilario Grajeda.
Att.:
16,738.
TAKEAWAY: Nearly 17,000 fans braved the cold, windy weather at Rio Tinto Stadium for the RSL home opener.



March 17 in Seattle
Seattle 3 Toronto FC 1.
Goal: Estrada (unassisted) 17, Estrada (Fernandez, Burch) 51, Estrada (Fernandez) 63; Johnson (Aceval) 62.
Seattle -- Gspurning; Johansson, Ianni, Hurtado, Burch; Rosales (Levesque 79), Alonso, Evans, Fernandez (Sivebaek  65); Montero, Estrada (Carrasco 87).
Toronto FC -- Kocic: Eckersley, Harden (Koevermans 46), Aceval, Emory; Frings (Maund 25), Dunfield, Silva; Soolsma, Johnson, Avila (Plata 57).
Referee: Ricardo Salazar.
Att.: 38,709.
TAKEAWAY: German Torsten Frings limped off in the first half with a hamstring injury. He'll be evaluated when he returns to Toronto.



March 17 in Frisco, Texas
FC Dallas 1 Portland 1.
Goals: Perez (unassisted) 22; Nagbe (unassisted) 51.
FC Dallas -- Hartman, Loyd, Benitez, Ihemelu, Pertuz, Rodriguez, Jacobson, D. Hernandez, Leyva (John, 45), Villar, Perez.
Portland -- Perkins, Brunner, Wallace, Palmer, Mosquera, Alhassan, Jewsbury, Alexander (Marcelin, 77), Chara, Boyd, Perlaza (Nagbe 46).
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez.
Att.: 12,203.
TAKEAWAY: Homegrown player Bryan Leyva earned his first start for FC Dallas.



March 17 in Kansas City, Kan.
Sporting KC 3 New England 0. Goals: Zusi (Kamara) 28, Kamara (unassisted) 39, Sapong (Sinovic, Zusi) 47.
Sporting KC -- Nielsen, Myers, Collin (Olum 59), Besler, Sinovic; Julio Cesar (Sassano 76), Espinoza, Zusi (Nagamura 57); Kamara, Sapong, Convey.
New England -- Reis, Tierney, Soares, McCarthy, Alston, Nguyen, Joseph, Feilhaber (White 61), Simms, Rowe (Guy 46), Sene (Fagundez 57).
Red card: New England -- McCarthy 13.
Referee: Silviu Petrescu.
Att.: 19,777.
TAKEAWAY: New England's Stephen McCarthy picked up the first red card of the 2012 MLS season.




March 17 in Montreal
Montreal 1 Chicago 1.
Goals: Arnaud (Nyassi) 56; Oduro (Grazzini, Nyarko) 71.
Montreal -- Ricketts, Brovsky, Ferrari, Wahl, Gardner, Arnaud, Martins, Bernier (Neagle, 82), Mapp (Wenger, 68), Nyassi, Braun (Corradi, 77).
Chicago -- Tornaghi, Gargan, Anibaba, Gibbs, Segares (Jumper, 68), Pappa (Puppo, 62), Pardo, Pause, Grazzini (Paladini, 79), Oduro, Nyarko.
Referee: Kevin Stott.
Att.: 58,912.
TAKEAWAY: In his MLS debut, Italian keeper Paolo Tornaghi deflected Josh Gardner's shot off the far post seconds before the final whistle to preserve the tie.



March 17 in San Francisco
San Jose 0 Houston 1. Goal: Davis 1 (pen.) 14.
Houston -- Hall, Hainault, Boswell, Cameron, Taylor; Clark (Sturgis 82), Moffat, Watson, Davis; Ching (Weaver 67), Bruin (Carr 67).
San Jose -- Busch; Beitashour, Bernardez, Morrow, Corrales; Salinas, Cronin (Guvenisik 81), Stephenson (Moreno 63), Baca (Chavez 46); Wondolowski, Lenhart.
Referee: Chris Penso.
Att.: 21,816.
TAKEAWAY: Houston has already matched its win total on the road in 2011 when it went 2-6-9.


OTHER RESULTS, SATURDAY
March 17 in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus 5 Michigan State Univ. 1
Columbus 1 West Virginia Univ. 0
TAKEAWAY: New Chilean signing Milovan Mirosevic led Crew with two goals against Michigan State.
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STANDINGS:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T- +/-
6 Sporting KC 2-0-0 4/0
6 Houston 2-0-0 2/0
1 Chicago 0-0-1 1/1
1 Montreal 0-1-1 1/3
0 Toronto FC 0-1-0 1/3
0 Columbus 0-1-0 0/2
0 Philadelphia 0-2-0 2/5
0 D.C. United 0-2-0 1/4
0 New York 0-2-0 1/4
0 New England 0-2-0 0/4

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T- +/-
6 Real Salt Lake 2-0-0 5/1
6 Colorado 2-0-0 4/1
6 Vancouver 2-0-0 3/0
4 Portland 1-0-1 4/2
4 FC Dallas 1-0-1 3/2
3 Seattle 1-0-0 3/1
3 Los Angeles 1-1-0 4/4
3 San Jose 1-1-0 1/1
0 Chivas USA 0-2-0 0/2

WEEK 3, SCHEDULE:
Saturday, March 24
Toronto FC vs. San Jose, 1 pm
New England vs. Portland, 4 pm
Columbus vs. Montreal, 4 pm
Chicago vs. Philadelphia, 8:30 pm
Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA, 9 pm
Vancouver vs. D.C. United, 10 pm
Sunday, March 25
New York vs. Colorado, 4 pm (NBC SN)
Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas, 7 pm (Galavision)

WEEK 3, SCHEDULE:
Friday, March 30
D.C. United vs. FC Dallas, 7:30 pm (NBC SN)
Saturday, March 31
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, 2 pm
New York vs. Montreal, 4 pm
Philadelphia vs. Vancouver, 7 pm
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake, 10 pm
Seattle vs. San Jose, 10 pm
Los Angeles vs. New England, 11 pm (NBC SN)
Sunday, April 1
Colorado vs. Chicago, 7 pm (Galavision)
Chivas USA vs. Sporting KC, 9 pm



2 comments
  1. Philippe Fontanelli
    commented on: March 19, 2012 at 9:59 a.m.
    *New York has to get rid of that pompous bias Hans Backe. He is not a motivator he is a Nordic Bull. First of all Cooper should have been starting and also Augudelo. Just when are the NY fans are going to revolt against him? *Then Philadelphia having a pretty good team last year (well much better than this year) Nowak gets rid of Sebastian Le Toux the leading scorer. What is wrong with this picture? Nowak has to retire his coaching went out with "Dick Clark" (if you know what I mean. Also you have to stop reviving Adu he is done. He is just keep on regressing. *LA it is easy to beat a defunct Phila of the above, but time will tell. I also think that Arena's style also went out with Dick Clark. Donovan well Donovan who? * Hope Portland, Seattle and Montreal will do well they desrve it as they have by far the best supporting fans thus they deserve it. Also Toronto has a great crowd but they need the result besides beating LA. *Chivas will fold up unless the will Latinize it with some quality Mexican players to lift up the team. They need to leave up to the the name (Chivas)and not having a hodge-podge of players mix, to excite their fan base. Otherwise their attandance will be further dwindling down. *Sporting KC under Vermes and old USMNT player but a newer version of coaches than a couple of the above teams is a pleasant surprise. Hopefully it will continue. Vermes although nothing earth shattering to date, but he understands the game much more than "others" he was an intelligent player and a forward. I always felt that he had the knack of the coaching of the USMNT way above Arena and Bradley. Anyway it is good to have another upcoming team with prospects and potentials. *But the team that deserves Kudos (and I mean capital K) is Real Salt Lake. I think 2012 is their year. What an assembly of great players playing well in a very cohesive manner with heart and soul. Bravo!

  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 19, 2012 at 11:19 a.m.
    Kudos to Philippe, coach Backe is clueless about the MLS, his player selection is totally off base and the current squad has too many deadbeats in the starting lineup...speedster Richards has no soccer brain, Miller has proven his liability issues, Ballouchy is clueless and the new addition Palsson couldn't do any worse against RSL which outplayed, out-hustled and deservedly beat a miserable RB squad. Even Henry looks dazed.


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