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Galaxy wins on meager day for goals
by Ridge Mahoney, July 7th, 2013 7:44PM

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[MLS REWIND: Week 19] One of the busiest weeks in league history ended Sunday with just eight goals scattered amongst the five games that saw unbeaten streaks snapped and some of the league's gloomiest teams get a bit of sunshine. The LA Galaxy's 2-0 win over FC Dallas at StubHub Center wrapped up a week of 16 games played Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

GALAXY MOVES UP. Second-half goals by Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez carried the Galaxy (9-7-3) past FCD (8-4-7). The result narrows the gap between second-place FCD and the Galaxy to just one point, 31-30.

As was the case a week ago in a depressing 3-2 loss to San Jose, midfield mates Sarvas and Jimenez got the goals and Robbie Keane picked up assists on both of them. But in this game, L.A dominated throughout, taking 22 shots to FCD’s six. Keeper Carlo Cuducini needed to make just two saves.

Robbie Rogers earned his first assist for the Galaxy on Jimenez’s goal.

THREE IN A ROW. The 1-1 tie with Montreal made it three ties in a row for Western Conference cellar-dweller Chivas USA (3-10-5), which struck first at Saputo Stadium with an Eric Avila goal and then allowed a late Patrice Bernier equalizer to end up at 1-1. From a Jose Correa pass, Avila scored on the rebound of his own shot off the crossbar to erase the doubt that arose when the ball bounced close to the goal line on its way back into the field of play.

Bernier converted a penalty kick whistled when defender Mario de Luna tripped Sanna Nyassi as he darted through the penalty are. Montreal (9-4-4) has failed to win any of its last three games but still leads the Eastern Conference.

UNITED RISES UP. The league’s other bottom-feeder also gained a tie. D.C. United (2-13-4) blunted an aggressive Colorado attack to depart Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a 0-0 tie.

Colorado (7-7-6) took 23 shots and put seven on target but were unable to get one past keeper Joe Willis, who takes over for Bill Hamid while he’s with the U.S. national team.

STREAKS END. On Sunday afternoon, the Portland Timbers suffered their first loss in almost four months -- a span of 15 games -- as they fell to the Columbus Crew, 1-0, on Bernardo Anor's goal in the fifth minute.

Sporting Kansas City moved into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Montreal, with a 2-1 win at Chicago. The Fire had entered the game with a six-game unbeaten streak.

Saturday ...

The Vancouver Whitecaps won their first ever Cascadia Cup match against the Seattle Sounders in seven meetings with a 2-0 victory Saturday night before a sell-out crowd of 22,500 at BC Place. Seattle dominated the action for long stretches, but the 'Caps got excellent goals from Kenny Miller and Darren Mattocks and superb work in goal from Brad Knighton (seven saves) to move into fourth place in the Western Conference and open up a five-point gap on Seattle in seventh place.

-- Lee Nguyen assisted on goals by Saer Sene and Dimitry Imbongo to give the New England Revolution a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, the first for the Revs in more than a month.

-- The Houston Dynamo snapped a seven-game winless streak with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union on Ricardo Clark's second goal of the season.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 19:
Goals: 37/16 GP (avg.: 2.31)
Video: Weekend Timeline | Midweek Timeline

MLS RESULTS, Week 19:
Sunday, July 7
LA Galaxy 2 FC Dallas
0.
LA: Marcelo Sarvas (Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez) 65
LA: Hector Jimenez (Robbie Rogers, Robbie Keane) 80
Att.: 19,729.

Sunday, July 7
Colorado 0 D.C. United 0.

Att.: 14,739.

Sunday, July 7
Montreal 1 Chivas USA 1.

CHV: Eric Avila 55
MTL: Patrice Bernier (pen.) 80
Att.: 18,932.

Sunday, July 7
Chicago 1 Sporting KC 2.
KC: Benny Feilhaber 6
KC:  Graham Zusi (Seth Sinovic) 8
CHI: Mike Magee (Jeff Larentowicz) 38
Red Card: Chicago -- Dan Paladini 90+3.
Att.: 17,735.

Sunday, July 7

Columbus 1 Portland 0.
CLB: Bernardo Anor (Federico Higuain) 5
Red Card: Portland -- Pa-Modou Kah 5.
Att.: 15,051.

Saturday, July 6

New England 2 San Jose 0.
NE: Saer Sene (Lee Nguyen) 13
NE: Dimitry Imbongo (Lee Nguyen) 78
Att.: 13,732

Saturday, July 6

Houston 1 Philadelphia 0.
HOU: Ricardo Clark (Jermaine Taylor, Giles Barnes) 59
Att.: 21,300

Saturday, July 6

Vancouver 2 Seattle 0.
VAN: Kenny Miller (Corey Hertzog) 4
VAN: Darren Mattocks (Gershon Koffie, Brad Knighton) 79
Att.: 22,500

Thursday, July 4
FC Dallas 0 Chivas USA 0.
Att.: 22,035.

Thursday, July 4
Colorado 2 New York 0.
COL: Nathan Sturgis 47
COL: Deshorn Brown (Chris Klute) 68
Att.: 18,359.

Thursday, July 4
LA Galaxy 2 Columbus 1.
CLB: Bernardo Anor (Federico Higuain) 78
LA: Robbie Keane (pen.) 85
LA: Robbie Keane (pen.) 92+
Att.: 24,180.

Wednesday, July 3
Toronto FC 3 Montreal 3.
MTL: Andres Romero 1
TOR: Jeremie Brockie (Bobby Convey) 6'
TOR: Steven Caldwell (Jeremie Brockie) 21
TOR: Darren O'Dea (Luis Silva) 24
MTL: Hassoun Camara 69
MTL: Marco Di Vaio (Felipe) 70
Att.: 21,700.

Wednesday, July 3
Chicago 3 San Jose 2.
SJ: Alan Gordon 14
CHI: Dilly Duka (Gonzalo Segares) 36
CHI: Patrick Nyarko (Dilly Duka) 47
SJ: own goal 72
CHI: Chris Rolfe (Mike Magee) 84
Att.: 14,815.

Wednesday, July 3
Sporting KC 1 Vancouver 1.
SKC: Aurelien Collin 35
VAN: Camilo 45
Att.: 20,137.

Wednesday, July 3

Seattle 2 D.C. United 0.
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Brad Evans) 19
SEA: Obafemi Martins 91+
Att.: 39,180.

Wednesday, July 3
Real Salt Lake 2 Philadelphia 2
PHI:  Sebastien Le Toux (Conor Casey, Sheanon Williams) 13
RSL: Luis Gil (Javier Morales) 75
PHI: Conor Casey (Antoine Hoppenot) 76
RSL: Javier Morales 97+
Red Card: Real Salt Lake -- Lovel Palmer 59.
Att.: 20,445.
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

31 Montreal 9-4-4 31/25
30 Sporting KC 8-5-6 27/20
28 New York 8-7-4 25/24
27 Philadelphia 7-6-6 29/29
26 Houston 7-6-5 20/18
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24 New England 6-5-6 21/14
23 Columbus 6-8-5 23/23
21 Chicago 6-8-3 19/25
13 Toronto FC 2-8-7 16/24
10 D.C. United 2-13-4 8/29

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

34 Real Salt Lake 10-5-4 29/18
31 FC Dallas 8-4-7 27/24
30 LA Galaxy 9-7-3 29/22
30 Portland 7-2-9 28/17
29 Vancouver 8-5-5  30/26
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27 Colorado 7-7-6 23/22
24 Seattle 7-6-3 21/19
21 San Jose 5-9-6 20/32
14 Chivas USA 3-10-5 16/32
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
11+1 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
11+1 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10+1 Camilo (Vancouver)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
8 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
8 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
7+2 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
6+2 Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
6+1 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
6+1 Kenny Miller (Vancouver)
6 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
6 Will Johnson (Portland)
6 Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
6 Thierry Henry (New York)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 20:
Friday, July 12
7:30 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. Chivas USA

Saturday, July 13
7 pm ET
New York vs. Montreal
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Houston
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Seattle
11 pm ET
Portland vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN

Sunday, July 14
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Chicago

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 21:
Wednesday, July 17
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. New England
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Toronto FC

Saturday, July 20
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Colorado
Toronto FC vs. New York
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. FC Dallas
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. New England
Philadelphia vs. Portland
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. D.C. United
10 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting KC
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 22:
Saturday, July 27
2 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. New England
Montreal vs. Sporting KC
New York vs. Real Salt Lake
Vancouver vs. Philadelphia, Univision Dep.
8 pm ET
Houston vs. Chicago, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. LA Galaxy
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Portland

Sunday, July 28

11 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chivas USA, Univision Dep.


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