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Road teams enjoy record weekend
by Paul Kennedy, March 2nd, 2013 6:03PM
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[MLS SCHEDULE: Week 1] A record four teams won on the road on the opening weekend of the 2013 MLS season. The weekend began and ended with road wins by Sporting Kansas City and San Jose. In between, Columbus made easy work of hapless Chivas USA, and Montreal opened with a 1-0 win at Seattle. Portland made every effort to give its game to New York, who experienced travel woes to the game, but the Timbers pulled out a 3-3 tie in a barnburner before a packed house at Jeld-Wen Field. For a look at all the MLS action ...

MLS, WEEK 1 EXPRESS
Sunday, March 3
LA Galaxy 4 Chicago 0
Portland 3 New York 3

San Jose 0 Real Salt Lake 2
Saturday, March 2
Philadelphia 1 Sporting KC 3
Vancouver 1 Toronto FC 0
Houston 2 D.C. United 0
FC Dallas 1 Colorado 0
Seattle 0 Montreal 1
Chivas USA 0 Columbus 3
Goals:
22/9 games (avg.: 2.44)
Video:
Sunday goal timeline | Saturday goal timeline

MLS, WEEK 1 REWIND
Sunday, March 3
Portland 3 New York 3.
NY: Fabian Espindola (unassisted) 9
POR: Diego Valeri (Kalif Alhassan, Will Johnson) 14
NY: Fabian Espindola (Kosuke Kimura) 24
NY: Jamison Olave (Heath Pearce, Ruben Bover) 28
POR: Darlington Nagbe (unassisted) 56
POR: Jamison Olave (own goal) 83
Att.: 20,674.

CAUCHEMAR. About the only word you could use to describe Frenchman Mikael Silvestre's MLS debut for the Portland Timbers is cauchemar. Yes, Silvestre had a nightmare, gifting the New York Red Bulls the two goals, both scored by Fabian Espindola. "We basically handed them two goals on a platter," said Portland coach Caleb Porter, "and that’s basically what cost us three points."Fellow Frenchman Thierry Henry's nightmare was the trip to Portland. New York's scheduled flight  to Portland was canceled, forcing it to arrive a day late. "We didn’t prepare anything because we were at the airport on Friday, on Saturday, too, trying to come here,’’ said Henry. “We did eventually; but we didn’t prepare the game how we should’ve prepared the game. And you could see the last 30 minutes: Everyone ran out of steam.”
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Sunday, March 3
LA Galaxy 4 Chicago 0.
LA: Mike Magee (Todd Dunivant) 38
LA: Mike Magee (Robbie Keane) 68
LA: Mike Magee (unassisted) 74
LA: Robbie Keane (Omar Gonzalez, Michael Stephens) 80
Att.: 20,148.

SHORTHANDED FIRE. The Chicago Fire was coming off a strong preseason during which it won the Carolina Challenge Cup, but it was no match for the defending champion Galaxy. Indeed, the scoreline would have been a lot worse but for Sean Johnson in goal. Injuries to German defender Arne Friedrich and captain Logan Pause with injuries suffered in training last week left the Fire shorthanded.
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Sunday, March 3
San Jose 0 Real Salt Lake 2.
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (Joao Plata) 71
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (Kyle Beckerman) 85
Att.: 10,525.

FORM REVERSAL. Real Salt Lake's 2-0 win was in sharp contrast to 3-1 and 5-0 losses at Buck Shaw Stadium to the Quakes, who swept all three games in 2012. San Jose went into the game with a 18-match regular-season unbeaten streak dating back to August 2011.
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Saturday, March 2
Philadelphia 1 Sporting KC 3.
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux (Keon Daniel) 17
SKC: Graham Zusi 41
SKC: Oriol Rosell (Graham Zusi) 66
SKC: Claudio Bieler (Chance Myers, Graham Zusi) 83
Att.: 18,160.

QUOTABLE. “I can’t think of any way to feel good about anything that just happened. I’m glad Seba’s here and I’m glad he scored a goal in his first game back. But the fact is this is a team sport. And, from our perspective, it’s unacceptable to play in PPL and play the way we did.” -- Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth on his team's collapse after it took the lead on Sebastien Le Toux's early goal.

Saturday, March 2
Vancouver 1 Toronto FC 0.
VAN: Gershon Koffie (Daigo Kobayashi, Lee Young-Pyo) 60.
Att.: 21,000.
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GOAL OF THE DAY (TEAM CATEGORY). Gershon Koffie finished off a sequence involving six players: centerback Andy O’Brien's long ball to Darren Mattocks, knockdown to Lee Young-Pyo, one-two with Kenny Miller, pass to Daigo Kobayashi and final pass to Koffie.



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Saturday, March 2
Houston 2 D.C. United 0.
HOU: own goal 81
HOU: Ricardo Clark (Warren Creavalle) 89.
Att.: 20,019.

TRIVIA. The Dynamo has never lost at BBVA Compass Stadium. Its 26-game unbeaten streak is three behind Real Salt Lake’s record of 29.
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Saturday, March 2
FC Dallas 1 Colorado 0.
HOU: Jackson (David Ferreira) 11
Att.: 18,075.

BLUNDER. Goalie Stewart Reus' blunder gifted Dallas the goal and the three points. Playing in place of injured starter Matt Pickens, the American-born Haitian international raced out to grab David Ferreira's pass but completely missed the ball, allowing Jackson to score into an empty net.

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Saturday, March 2
Seattle 0 Montreal 1.
SEA: Davy Arnaud (Felipe) 35
Att.: 38,998.

GOAL OF THE DAY (INDIVIDUAL CATEGORY). Felipe fed Impact captain Davy Arnaud, who chipped 6-foot-6 Michael Gspurning -- no mean feat -- to give Montreal the win in Seattle. Arnaud, who had a second shot rattle the crossbar, said later he has had good luck at Seattle, having scored with Kansas City in 2009.



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Saturday, March 2
Chivas USA 0 Columbus 3.
CLB: Federico Higuain (Jairo Arrieta) 51
CLB: Josh Williams (Eddie Gaven) 88
CLB: Dominic Oduro 94+
Att.: 7,121.

CROWD COUNT: An announced crowd of 7,121 turned out at the Home Depot Center to watch new-look Chivas USA. It ranks as the smallest crowd for a home opener in MLS history. The previous low: 7,143 for Chicago's opener against New England in 2003. Only 5,000 seats were available at Cardinal Stadium for the Fire's first game in Naperville, so many of the 7,143 fans had to stand.
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MLS, STANDINGS
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

3 Columbus 1-0-0 3/0
3 Sporting KC 1-0-0 3/1
3 Houston 1-0-0 2/0
3 Montreal 1-0-0 1/0
1 New York 0-0-1 3/3
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0 New England 0-0-0 0/0
0 Toronto FC 0-1-0 0/1
0 D.C. United 0-1-0 0/2
0 Philadelphia 0-1-0 1/3
0 Chicago 0-1-0 0/4

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

3 LA Galaxy 1-0-0 4/0
3 Real Salt Lake 1-0-0 2/0
3 FC Dallas 1-0-0 1/0
3 Vancouver 1-0-0 1/0
1 Portland 0-0-1 3/3
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0 Colorado 0-1-0 0/1
0 Seattle 0-1-0 0/1
0 San Jose 0-1-0 0/2
0 Chivas USA 0-1-0 0/3

MLS LEADING SCORERS
G PLAYER (TEAM)
3 Mike Magee (Los Angeles)
2 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
2 Fabian Espindola (New York)

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SCHEDULE
All times ET.
Tuesday, March 5

8 pm
Houston vs. Santos Laguna, Fox Soccer

Wednesday, March 6

10 pm
Tigres vs. Seattle, Fox Soccer

Thursday, March 7
Herediano vs. Los Angeles, Fox Soccer

MLS, WEEK 2 SCHEDULE
All times ET.
Saturday, March 9

1:30 pm
Toronto FC vs. Sporting KC
6 pm
Colorado vs. Philadelphia
7 pm
D.C. United vs. Real Salt Lake
7:30 pm
Chicago vs. New England, NBCSN
Vancouver vs. Columbus
10:30 pm
Portland vs. Montreal

Sunday, March 10
5 pm
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas, UniMas
10 pm
San Jose vs. New York, ESPN2



1 comment
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: March 4, 2013 at 10:02 a.m.
    NYRB did a Houdini act, disgraceful; two big plays gave them 2 goals on a platter...Henry? was terrible as was the defense.

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