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Unbeaten FC Dallas first after win over struggling Timbers
by Paul Kennedy, March 29th, 2014 11:46PM

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[MLS: Week 4] Western Conference leader FC Dallas joined Vancouver, Real Salt Lake and Columbus as the only unbeaten teams after the first month of the MLS season thanks to a 2-1 victory over winless Portland.

Argentine Mauro Diaz broke a 1-1 tie in the 84th with a low shot to give FC Dallas the win in a match that saw both teams finish with 10 players after Portland’s Michael Harrington and Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson were both sent off for fighting late in the first half.

With Andrew Weber in goal for the suspended Donovan Ricketts, it was always going to be a challenge for the Timbers to shut down FC Dallas, but Portland's problems in the middle of its continued as Blaz Perez was free to score on a header in first-half stoppage time and the Timbers' defense couldn't clear a free kick, allowing Diaz to score the winner.

Welcome to MLS (U.S. Debuts)
Marlon Hairston (sub: 3 minutes), COL (12th pick in 2014 SuperDraft, Univ. of Louisville)
Jared Watts (90 minutes), COL (33rd pick in 2014 SuperDraft, Wake Forest Univ.)

NUMBERS GAME. Both Colorado Rapids' goals in their 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City were scored from the penalty spot by Vicente Sanchez to give him four goals -- all penalty kicks -- in three games and the league lead in goals. The other Colorado goal this season scored by Deshorn Brown was on a rebound off his missed penalty kick.
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MLS RESULTS, Week 4:
Saturday, March 29
Seattle 1 Columbus 2.
SEA: Kenny Cooper (Obafemi Martins) 22.
CLB: Federico Higuain pen. 60
CLB: Justin Meram (Federico Higuain) 90+4
Red Card: SEA -- Djimi Traore 58.
Att.: 38,469.



San Jose 1 New England 2.
NE: own goal 35.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 69
NE: Lee Nguyen (Scott Caldwell) 90+3
Att.: 10,525.

Real Salt Lake 3 Toronto FC 0.
RSL: Alvaro Saborio pen. 11.
RSL: Luis Gil 28.
RSL: Alvaro Saborio 55 (Javier Morales, Kyle Beckerman) 55
Att.: 18,881.

FC Dallas 2 Portland 1.
DAL: Blas Perez (Kellyn Acosta, Jair Benitez) 45+3
POR: own goal 66
DAL: Mauro Diaz 84
Red Cards: DAL -- Je-Vaughn Watson 40; POR -- Michael Harrington 39.
Att.: 16,045.

Colorado 2 Sporting KC 3.

SKC: Graham Zusi (Sal Zizzo, Paulo Nagamura) 50
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 60
COL: Vicente Sanchez pen. 78
SKC: Benny Feilhaber (Sal Zizzo, Graham Zusi) 79
SKC: Dom Dwyer (Graham Zusi) 90+2
Red Card: COL -- Marvell Wynne 85.
Att.: 12,203.

Vancouver 2 Houston 1.
VAN: Jordan Harvey (Andy O'Brien, Pedro Morales) 14
VAN: Kenny Miller pen. 58
HOU: Ricardo Clark (Brad Davis) 75
Att.: 21,000.

Philadelphia 1 Montreal 1.
PHI: Vincent Nogueira (Jack McInerney, Brian Carroll) 35
MTL: Marco Di Vaio 80
Red Card: MTL -- Andrew Wenger 76.
Att.: 15,691.

D.C. United 2 Chicago 2.
CHI – Jhon Kennedy Hurtado (Harry Shipp) 27
DC – Fabian Espindola (Nick DeLeon) 34
DC – Perry Kitchen (unassisted) 73
CHI – Quincy Amarikwa (Patrick Nyarko) 82
Att.: 9,445.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 4:
Sunday, March 30
3 pm ET
New York vs. Chivas USA UniMas
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
9 Columbus 3-0-0 7/2
7 Sporting KC 2-1-1 5/4
6 Houston 2-1-0 6/2
6 Toronto FC 2-1-0 3/4
5 Philadelphia 1-1-2 4/4
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4 New England 1-2-1 2/6
3 Chicago 0-1-3 6/7
2 New York 0-1-2 3/6
1 Montreal 0-3-1 3/7
1 D.C. United 0-2-1 2/6

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
10 FC Dallas 3-0-1 9/5
8 Real Salt Lake 2-0-2 8/4
8 Vancouver 2-0-2 7/3
6 Seattle 2-2-0 5/4
4 Colorado 1-1-1 5/4
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4 Chivas USA 1-1-1 5/6
2 Portland 0-2-2 3/6
1 LA Galaxy 0-1-1 1/2
1 San Jose 0-2-1 4/6
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
4+2 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado
3+2 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
3+1 Federico Higuain, Columbus
3+1 Kenny Miller, Vancouver
3 Will Bruin, Houston
3 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
3 Erick Torres, Chivas USA


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