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FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake set pace
by Ridge Mahoney, April 20th, 2014 12:11AM

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[MLS SPOTLIGHT] A week after losing its first game of the season, FC Dallas rallied after spotting Toronto FC a goal to win, 2-1, and improve its league-best record to 5-1-1. Real Salt Lake maintained its unbeaten record and pounded another dent into the Portland Timbers’ tepid start to the season by posting a 1-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium.

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] A week after losing its first game of the season, FC Dallas rallied after spotting Toronto FC a goal to win, 2-1, and improve its league-best record to 5-1-1. Real Salt Lake maintained its unbeaten record and pounded another dent into the Portland Timbers’ tepid start to the season by posting a 1-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Blas Perez netted the winner in the 88th minute from a ball won in the air by defender Stephen Keel, whose own goal helped Seattle beat FCD, 3-2, a week ago. This time, Keel headed a long serve from Michel into the goalmouth and as TFC keeper Julio Cesar and a few of his teammates scrambled in vain, Matt Hedges flicked it on for Perez to score his 23rd goal for the club. Hedges had equalized late in the first half from a Michel corner kick after TFC’s Issey Nakajima-Farran scored his second goal in the last three games.

TFC conceded a club-record 16 corner kicks to FCD, and the defeat dropped its record to 3-3-0. All three losses have come with Jermain Defoe out of the lineup; he sat out this game with the same hamstring injury that prevented his appearance in a 1-0 loss to Colorado last week. Jonathan Osorio played the full 90 minutes, as did Michael Bradley, but TFC couldn’t retain possession once it had taken the lead and FCD’s incessant attacks turned the momentum.



MORE PROBLEMS FOR PORTLAND. Real Salt Lake maintained its unbeaten record and pounded another dent into the Portland Timbers’ tepid start to the season by posting a 1-0 win at Rio Tinto Stadium.

The teams took a combined 21 shots and both keepers were kept busy, but not until veteran Ned Grabavoy stepped up in the 78th minute was the deadlock broken. He glided into the middle to fire home a low shot that eluded Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts.

RSL (3-0-4) logged its fourth shutout of the season and has conceded just one goal in three home games. The Timbers, defending Western Conference champions, are second-from-bottom with a 0-3-4 record.

-- Bobby Shuttleworth saved Juan Luis Anangono's penalty kick in the 90th minute after Kevin Alston had been red carded for handling Victor Pineda's shot on the line as the New England Revolution earned a 1-1 tie at the Chicago Fire, whose run of draws after an opening-day loss reached six games.

Portland, Chicago, Montreal (hammered by Sporting Kansas City 4-0) and San Jose (which drew 0-0 at Colorado) remain winless through Week 7.

MLS RESULTS, Week 7:
Saturday, April 19
Chivas USA 1 Seattle 2.
CHV: Erick Torres pen. 5
SEA: Lamar Neagle (Chad Marshall, Clint Dempsey) 24
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Clint Dempsey) 81
Red Card: Marco Delgado 75.
Att.: 7,499.

Real Salt Lake 1 Portland 0.

RSL: Ned Grabavoy (Sebastian Velasquez) 78
Att.: 20,496.

FC Dallas 2 Toronto FC 1.
TOR: Issey Nakajima-Farran 21
DAL: Matt Hedges (Michel) 37
DAL: Blas Perez (Matt Hedges, Stephen Keel) 88

Sporting KC 4 Montreal 0.

SKC: own goal 31
SKC: Aurelien Collin (Lawrence Olum) 71
SKC: Dominic Dwyer (Jacob Peterson) 74
SKC: Dominic Dwyer (Graham Zusi) 86
Att.: 20,306.

Colorado 0 San Jose 0.
Red Card: SJ -- Adam Jahn 86.
Att.: 12,306.

Vancouver 2 LA Galaxy 2.
LA: Stefan Ishizaki (Baggio Husidic, Dan Gargan) 38
VAN: Darren Mattocks (Erik Hurtado, Steven Beitashour) 67
LA: Robbie Keane (Rob Friend, Omar Gonzalez) 77
VAN: Kekuta Manneh (Darren Mattocks) 86
Att.: 21,000.



Columbus 1 D.C. United 1.
DC: Fabian Espindola (Nick DeLeon) 31
CLB: Hector Jimenez (Wil Trapp) 90
Red Card: CLB -- Bernardo Anor 81.
Att.: 11,437.

Philadelphia 0 Houston 0.
Red Card: HOU -- Kofi Sarkodie 82.
Att.: 17,301.

Chicago 1 New England 1.
CHI: Quincy Amarikwa (Harrison Shipp, Jeff Larentowicz) 16
NE: Lee Nguyen pen. 31
Red Cards: CHI -- Quincy Amarikwa 73; NE -- Kevin Alston 90.
Att.: 15,743.

Wednesday, April 16

New York 2 Philadelphia 1.
NY: Thierry Henry (Roy Miller, Eric Alexander) 57
NY: Lloyd Sam (Eric Alexander) 67
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux 80
Red Card: NY -- Ibrahim Sekagya 78.
Att.: 14,768.
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
11 Columbus 3-1-2 11/6
11 Sporting KC 3-1-2 9/4
9 Toronto FC 3-3-0 5/7
8 D.C. United 2-2-2 6/7
8 New England 2-3-2 5/9
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8 Philadelphia 1-2-5 9/10
7 Houston 2-3-1 7/8
7 New York 1-2-4 8/11
6 Chicago 0-1-6 11/12
3 Montreal 0-4-3 7/15

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
16 FC Dallas 5-1-1 17/9
13 Seattle 4-2-1 14/11
13 Real Salt Lake 3-0-4 11/6
11 Colorado 3-1-2 8/5
9 Vancouver 2-2-3 10/8
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8 LA Galaxy 2-1-2 7/4
6 Chivas USA 1-3-3 8/13
4 Portland 0-3-4 8/12
3 San Jose 0-2-3 5/7
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
6+1 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
6 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
4+2 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
4+1 Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago
4+1 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
4 Federico Higuain, Columbus
4 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado
3+1 Blas Perez
, FC Dallas
3 Will Bruin, Houston
3 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
3 Michel, FC Dallas
3 Kenny Miller, Vancouver
3 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
3 Je-Vaughn Watson, FC Dallas
3 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 8:
Wednesday, April 23
7:30 pm ET
New York vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
Saturday, April 26
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE, Univision Dep.
Montreal vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. New York, MLS LIVE
New England vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Chivas USA, MLS LIVE
Sunday, April 27
3 pm ET
Houston vs. Portland, UniMas


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