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Red Bulls take over first place
August 3rd, 2013 11:58PM
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[MLS REWIND: Week 23] The New York Red Bulls took over first place in the Eastern Conference Saturday with a 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City in front of a sell-out crowd of 21,304 at Sporting Park. The race tightened in the Western Conference, where only eight points separate the top eight teams.

-- Lloyd Sam came off the bench to score a goal and an assist and break a 1-1 deadlock for the Red Bulls, who were playing without injured star Tim Cahill. Sporting KC held out Graham Zusi, who suffered a quad strain in Wednesday's AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Sporting KC played like it was on a hangover from the week's festivities in Kansas City and conceded three horrible goals that prompted keeper Jimmy Nielsen to say he was "very, very embarrassed for our fans."

-- The Colorado Rapids stayed within three points of Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference when they twice came back from a goal down to earn a 2-2 tie that gave them the Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time since 2006. Colombian Jaime Castrillon's first goal of the season off a cross from Jeff Klute -- his seventh assist of the season -- gave the Rapids a share of the points.

-- It was a big night for national team players coming back from the Gold Cup. Coach Jason Kreis credited goalie Nick Rimando with keeping RSL in the game against the Rapids. Chris Wondolowski scored twice in his first game back from national team duty in San Jose's 2-0 win over Chivas USA, and Eddie Johnson scored his first goal for Seattle in more than two months in its 3-0 win over FC Dallas, whose winless streak is now nine games. Will Bruin had a goal and an assist in Houston's 3-1 win over Columbus that moved the Dynamo into the top five in the Eastern Conference.

-- It was a rough night for former U.S. national team caption Carlos Bocanegra as he was red carded for a nasty challenge on Shea Salinas in Chivas USA loss at San Jose,

-- Recent acquisitions Luis Silva, Conor Doyle and Jared Jeffrey all scored for D.C. United, which beat Montreal, 3-1, for only its third win of the season.

Goals: 27/8 GP (Avg.: 3.38)
Video: Weekend Timeline

MLS RESULTS, Week 23:
Saturday, August 3
Seattle 3 FC Dallas 0.
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Mauro Rosales) 8
SEA: Eddie Johnson (Brad Evans) 22
SEA: Brad Evans (pen.) 90+4
Att.: 39,360.

Saturday, August 3

Portland 1 Vancouver 1.

POR: Ryan Johnson (Diego Valeri) 49
VAN: Jordan Harvey (Camilo) 69
Att.: 20,674.

Saturday, August 3
San Jose 2 Chivas USA 0.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Victor Bernardez, Steven Beitashour) 45
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 87
Att.: 10,525.

Saturday, August 3
Sporting KC 2 New York 3.
NY: Jonathan Steele (Dax McCarty) 27
KC: Kei Kamara 45
NY: Fabian Espindola (Lloyd Sam) 63
NY: Lloyd Sam (Jonathan Steele, Luis Robles) 69
KC: Dom Dwyer (Kei Kamara) 92+
Att.: 21,304.

Sam Goal:


Saturday, August 3
D.C. United 3 Montreal 1.
DC:  Luis Silva 19
MTL: Jeb Brovsky (Davy Arnaud) 52
DC: Conor Doyle (James Riley) 68
DC:  Jared Jeffrey (Conor Doyle, Collin Martin) 90+3
Att.: 12,354.

Saturday, August 3

Philadelphia 1 Chicago 2.
CHI: Patrick Nyarko (Joel Lindpere) 9
PHI: Sheanon Williams (Sebastien Le Toux) 60
CHI: Mike Magee (Patrick Nyarko) 75
Att.: 18,295.

Magee Goal:


Saturday, August 3
Houston 3 Columbus 1.
HOU: Brad Davis 10
HOU: Will Bruin (Oscar Boniek Garcia) 31
CLB: own goal 75
HOU: Cam Weaver (Will Bruin, Oscar Boniek Garcia) 85
Att.: 20,009.

Saturday, August 3
Colorado 2 Real Salt Lake 2.
RSL: Ned Grabavoy (Kyle Beckerman) 2
COL: Deshorn Brown (Marvell Wynne) 9
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (pen.) 21
COL: Jaime Castrillon (Chris Klute) 70
Att.: 16,814.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 23:
Sunday, August 4
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Toronto FC, Univision Dep.
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

38 New York 11-7-5 36/29
36 Sporting KC 10-7-6 33/24
35 Montreal 10-6-5 33/32
34 Philadelphia 9-7-7 34/32
33 Houston 9-6-6 26/21
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30 New England 8-7-6 27/19
28 Chicago 8-9-4 27/31
23 Columbus 6-11-5 25/30
17 Toronto FC 3-10-8 19/29
13 D.C. United 3-15-4 13/36

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

38 Real Salt Lake 11-7-5 38/26
35 Colorado 9-7-8 30/26
35 Portland 8-3-11 32/21
33 LA Galaxy 10-9-3 32/27
33 Vancouver 9-6-6 35/29
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32 FC Dallas 8-6-8 27/30
31 Seattle 9-7-4 27/22
30 San Jose 8-9-6 25/33
17 Chivas USA 4-13-5 19/39
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
14+1 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
13 Camilo (Vancouver)
11 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
8+1 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
7+2 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
7+1 Fabian Espindola (New York)
7+1 Obafemi Martins (Seattle)
7+1 Ryan Johnson (Portland)
7 Diego Fagundez (New England)
7 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
7 Thierry Henry (New York)
7 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 24:
Saturday, August 10
7 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Seattle, Univision Dep.
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. New York
Vancouver vs. San Jose
8 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. D.C. United, NBCSN
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. New England
Chicago vs. Montreal
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Houston

Sunday, August 11
8 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, ESPN2
11 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Colorado, UniMas

Saturday, August 17
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. D.C. United
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Chicago
Columbus vs. Toronto FC
8 pm ET
New York vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Seattle
9:30 pm ET
Colorado vs. Vancouver
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
11 pm ET
Portland vs. FC Dallas

Sunday, August 18

11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Sporting KC, UniMas

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 25:
Wednesday, August 21
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas
11 pm ET
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

Friday, August 23
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, NBCSN

Saturday, August 24
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. Houston
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose
9 pm ET
Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus

Sunday, August 25
5 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Philadelphia
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland, ESPN2


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