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March 9th, 2013 6:33PM
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[MLS REWIND: Week 2] Vancouver and Montreal became the first MLS teams to win two games when the Whitecaps edged Columbus, 2-1, on goals by Japanese midfielder Daigo Kobayashi and Scotsman Kenny Miller and the Impact won at Portland by the same score. Welshman Robert Earnshaw scored two goals in the first 21 minutes as Toronto FC beat Sporting Kansas City, 2-1, for its first win since mid-July of last year before more than 25,000 fans at the Rogers Centre. For all the weekend action ...

Sunday, March 10
San Jose 2 New York 1.
Chivas USA 3 FC Dallas 1.
Colorado 1 Philadelphia 2.
Saturday, March 9
Portland 1 Montreal 2.
Toronto FC 2 Sporting KC 1.
Vancouver 2 Columbus 1.
D.C. United 1 Real Salt Lake 0.
Chicago 0 New England 1.

Goals: 21/8 games (avg.: 2.63).
Video: Sunday timeline | Saturday timeline

Sunday, March 10
San Jose 2 New York 1.
NY: Eric Alexander 17
SJ: Adam Jahn (Sam Cronin, Ramiro Corrales) 83
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (pen.) 92+
Att.: 10,525.

MILLER TIME. Roy Miller will just as soon forget the Red Bulls' trip to San Jose. First, he was beaten on rookie Adam Jahn's tying goal at the far post in the 83rd minute. Then, he was called for a handball in the area in stoppage time. And when goalie Luis Robles stopped Chris Wondolowski's penalty kick, Miller was whistled for encroachment, meaning Wondolowski got a second chance for the penalty spot, which he did not miss.
Sunday, March 10
Chivas USA 3 FC Dallas 1.
DAL: David Ferreira (Fabian Castillo) 57
CHV:  Juan Agudelo (Walter Vilchez) 68
CHV: Oswaldo Minda 76
CHV: Giovani Casillas (Edgar Mejia, Eric Avila) 93+
Att.: 6,801.

EDGE OF IMPOSSIBLE. Down for the second week ago at home, Chivas USA rallied for three goals, taking advantage of a very shaky FC Dallas backline, to to pick up its first win under new coach Jose Luis Sanchez Sola. “In this team," said  the excited "El Chelis," "we are all obligated to play soccer, but nobody is obligated to do the impossible.  However, this team [Chivas USA] today got to the edge of the impossible. This team, to many, lacks the quality, but if you pay attention, we scored the first and second goals with a lot of quality." Juan Agudelo rounded Matt Hedges to even the score 11 minutes after David Ferreira capitalized on Chivas USA's own defensive frailties. Oswaldo Minda put Chivas USA ahead when George John coughed up the ball, allowing the Ecuadoran to break in alone and beat helpless FC Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.

Agudelo goal:

Sunday, March 10
Colorado 1 Philadelphia 2.
PHI: Amobi Okugo (Sebastien Le Toux) 34
COL: Jamie Smith (Deshorn Brown) 68
PHI: Jack McInerney (Antoine Hoppenot) 79
Att.: 15,122.

BAD LUCK. After spending nearly a year battling symptoms of a concussion, veteran Pablo Mastroeni returned to the Rapids; starting lineup, but he had to leave the game in the eighth minute of Sunday's game against with what was described as a left hamstring strain.
Saturday, March 9
Portland 1 Montreal 2.
MON: Hassoun Camara 30.
MON: Felipe (Andres Romero, Patrice Bernier) 60
POR: Ryan Johnson (Ben Zemanski) 80
Att.: 20,674.

ROAD WARRIORS. Montreal matched its 2012 total of road wins after just its second game of the 2013 season. With back-to-back wins in the Northwest, the Impact made a statement that it will be a team to reckoned with this season. A stifling defense, anchored by Italians Alessandro Nesta and Matteo Ferrari in the middle, frustrated the Timbers, who had trouble converting a huge edge in possession into solid chances.
Saturday, March 9
Toronto FC 2 Sporting KC 1.
TOR: Robert Earnshaw 3
TOR: Robert Earnshaw (pen.) 21
KC: Claudio Bieler (C.J. Sapong) 77
Att.: 25,991.

SLUMP BUSTER. How bad were things for Toronto last year? Irish international Darren O'Dea joined the club Aug. 3, and it never won a game after his arrival. “That’s the only reason I go on international duty these days,” he joked to the Toronto Sun. “To try and get a feeling of winning.” Toronto won for the first time in 16 games Saturday with a 2-1 win over Sporting KC. O'Dea preserved the win with a late clearance of Claudio Bieler's shot off the line.
Saturday, March 9
Vancouver 2 Columbus 1.
VAN: Daigo Kobayashi (Darren Mattocks) 6
CLB: Jairo Arrieta (Ben Speas) 46
VAN: Kenny Miller 57
Att.: 18,078.

OFF THE MARK. Kenny Miller's first season in MLS was a disaster: two goals in 14 games. The Scottish international was so bad there was talk that he wouldn't be back for Year 2. Good thing for Vancouver he is. Miller had his best game as a Whitecap and contributed the winning goal against Columbus.  "I'm delighted," said Miller. "You're always going to be judged on goals, and second game in I managed to get off the mark and for it to be a winning goal is doubly pleasing."

Miller winner:

Saturday, March 9
D.C. United 1 Real Salt Lake 0.
DC: Lionard Pajoy 60
Att.: 17,072.

COACH'S FAVORITE. With only three goals in 12 games after coming over from Philadelphia last summer, 31-year-old Lionard Pajoy wasn't exactly the answer to D.C. United's scoring woes up front. But the Colombian's strong work rate fits the image Ben Olsen has instilled in his team, and for that he loves Pajoy. “He scored a goal tonight,” Olsen said. “The one that won the game. So you’re not going to get any knocks on Pajoy right now from me.”

Pajoy goal:

Saturday, March 9
Chicago 0 New England 1.
NE: Jerry Bengtson (Kelyn Rowe) 62
Att.: 13,242.

NEW LOOK. New England won its opener for the first time since 2009 with a new-look team, featuring two rookies, No. 1 draft pick Andrew Farrell and midfielder Donnie Smith, and two first-year journeymen, Portuguese-born, Swiss-bred defender Jose Goncalves and French-born Malian international Kalifa Cisse, in the starting lineup.
Eastern Conference:

6 Montreal 2-0-0 3/1
3 Columbus 1-1-0 4/2
3 Houston 1-0-0 2/0
3 Sporting KC 1-1-0 4/3
3 New England 1-0-0 1/0
3 Toronto FC 1-1-0 2/2
3 Philadelphia 1-1-0 3/4
3 D.C. United 1-1-0 1/2
1 New York 0-1-1 4/5
0 Chicago 0-2-0 0/5

Western Conference:

6 Vancouver 2-0-0 3/1
3 LA Galaxy 1-0-0 4/0
3 Real Salt Lake 1-1-0 2/1
3 Chivas USA 1-1-0 3/4
3 San Jose 1-1-0 2/3
3 FC Dallas 1-1-0 2/3
1 Portland 0-1-1 4/5
0 Seattle 0-1-0 0/1
0 Colorado 0-2-0 1/3

3 Mike Magee (Los Angeles)
2 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
2 Fabian Espindola (New York)
2 Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
2 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
2 Ryan Johnson (Portland)
All times ET.
Saturday, March 16
12:30 pm
New York vs. D.C. United, NBC
3 pm
Sporting KC vs. Chicago, NBCSN
4 pm
Montreal vs. Toronto FC
5 pm
Philadelphia vs. New England, Univision Deportes
5:30 pm
Columbus vs. San Jose
6 pm
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado
8 pm
Seattle vs. Portland, NBCSN

Sunday, March 17
1 pm
FC Dallas vs. Houston, ESPN2
5 pm
LA Galaxy vs. Chivas USA

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