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Red Bulls open up lead in Eastern Conference
by Paul Kennedy, May 19th, 2013 3:08AM

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[MLS REWIND: Week 12] Tim Cahill's goal in stoppage time gave the New York Red Bulls a 1-0 win over the LA Galaxy before an announced sellout at Red Bull Arena Sunday afternoon. The win opened up a four-point lead for the Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference though they've played three and four more games than their nearest rivals.

The Galaxy's problems on defense were once again exposed as Juninho found Cahill free for a header off a free kick inside the six-yard box in stoppage time -- something that should never happen. Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said his team should have earned a point in its only meeting with the Red Bulls and basically blamed Italian goalie Carlo Cudicini for the goal. “That's not good. That play tonight can't happen,” Arena said. “That’s 90 percent goalkeeper ball there."

SEATTLE'S SPEED MERCHANTS. For the first time in club history, the Seattle Sounders put four goals on the board in consecutive matches, this time beating the Western Conference leader FC Dallas, 4-2, in surely the best MLS game of the year to date. Eddie Johnson scored twice and Lamar Neagle had a goal and an assist as Seattle extended its unbeaten streak to six games. FC Dallas came back from two goals down to tie the game at 2-2 on Brazilian Michel's Olimpico, but Johnson gave the Sounders the lead again shortly thereafter.

"Being able to measure ourselves against a first-place team in our conference is important," said Seattle coach Sigi Schmid. "Being able to show that once our weapons are healthy that we can score goals on the offensive end was another important factor, as well. We're trying to use the abilities of the guys we have. We're using our speed, so we're attacking a little more direct. We also knew this was a team that we could be direct against-we could get behind them centrally and we did that often in the first half. We had a couple of opportunities to get more goals. They had some opportunities, as well, off their set pieces."

HORRIBLE CALL SAVES D.C. D.C. United ended its seven-match losing streak with a 1-1 tie against Sporting Kansas City but it got a lot of help from the assistant referee who called SKC defender Ike Opara offside on a goal he scored in the first half. Replays showed not just two, but three D.C. players kept him onside ...

Opara Offside Goal:


Goals: 29/10 GP (avg.: 2.90)
Video: Weekend Timeline

MLS, WEEK 12 RESULTS:
Sunday, May 19
New York 1 LA Galaxy 0.
NY: Tim Cahill (Juninho) 91+
Att.: 25,219.

Cahill Goal:


Sunday, May 19

D.C. United 1 Sporting KC 1.
KC:  own goal 60
DC: Kyle Porter (Chris Pontius) 65
Att.: 13,612.

Sunday, May 19

Chivas USA 1 Real Salt Lake 4.
RSL: Ned Grabavoy (Javier Morales) 4
RSL: Joao Plata (Kyle Beckerman) 48
CHV: Jorge Villafana (Edgar Mejia) 55
RSL: Robbie Findley 77
RSL: Ned Grabavoy (Khari Stephenson) 91+
Att.:  8,125.

Saturday, May 18
Toronto FC 0 Columbus 1.
CLB: Dominic Oduro (Federico Higuain) 42
Att.: 18,278.

Saturday, May 18

Vancouver 2 Portland 2.
VAN: Camilo 24
POR: Will Johnson (pen.) 52
VAN: Gershon Koffie (Camilo) 54
POR: Jose Valencia (Will Johnson) 84
Red Card: Portland -- Futty Danso 81.
Att.: 19,823.

Saturday, May 18

Philadelphia 1 Chicago 0.
PHI: Jack McInerney (Sebastien Le Toux) 3
Red Card: Chicago -- Wells Thompson 63.
Att.: 18,575.

Saturday, May 18

Houston 0 New England 2.
NE: Diego Fagundez (Clyde Simms) 51
NE: own goal 84
Red Cards: Houston -- Bobby Boswell 38; New England -- Dimitry Imbongo 40.
Att.: 22,039.

Saturday, May 18

San Jose 1 Colorado 1.
COL: Nathan Sturgis (Martin Rivero) 26
SJ: Marvin Chavez 78
Red Card: Colorado -- Shane O'Neill 90.
Att.: 10,525.

Chavez Goal:


Saturday, May 18

Seattle 4 FC Dallas 2.

SEA: Eddie Johnson (Osvaldo Alonso) 16
SEA: Lamar Neagle (Brad Evans) 30
DAL: Kenny Cooper (Michel) 54
DAL: Michel 61
SEA: Eddie Johnson (Lamar Neagle) 62
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Brad Evans) 83
Red Card: FC Dallas -- Blas Perez 73.
Att.: 38,979.

Michel Goal:


Eddie Johnson Goal #2:


Wednesday, May 15
Philadelphia 1 LA Galaxy 4.
LA: own goal 3
PHI: Amobi Okugo (Sheanon Williams) 23
LA: Robbie Keane (Landon Donovan, Marcelo Sarvas) 71
LA: Hector Jimenez (Landon Donovan) 80
LA: Landon Donovan (Robbie Keane) 87
Att.: 17,031.
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

24 New York 7-4-3 20/15
20 Houston 6-3-2 17/12
20 Montreal 6-2-2 15/11
18 Sporting KC 5-4-3 16/10
18 Philadelphia 5-4-3 15/18
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15 Columbus 4-4-3 13/10
13 New England 3-4-4 8/9
7 Chicago 2-7-1 6/16
7 Toronto FC 1-6-4 10/16
5 D.C. United 1-8-2 6/20

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

24 FC Dallas 7-2-3 20/15
20 Real Salt Lake 6-5-2 17/14
19 Portland 4-1-7 20/14
17 LA Galaxy 5-4-2 17/10
16 Colorado 4-4-4 11/10
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15 Seattle 4-3-3 14/9
15 San Jose 3-4-6 13/19
13 Vancouver 3-4-4 14/16
11 Chivas USA 3-6-2 13/22
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
8+1 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
6 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
6 Mike Magee (Los Angeles)
6 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
5 Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
5 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
5 Thierry Henry (New York)
5+1 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
5+1 Will Johnson (Portland)

MLS, WEEK 13 SCHEDULE
Saturday, May 25
7:00 pm ET
Montreal vs. Philadelphia
D.C. United vs. Portland, Univision Dep.
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Toronto FC
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose
9:00 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago
Colorado vs. Chivas USA

Sunday, May 26

3:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Houston, NBCSN
5 pm ET
New York vs. Columbus, UniMas
11:00 pm ET

LA Galaxy vs. Seattle, ESPN2



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