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Timbers' refrain: 'We're getting closer'
by Paul Kennedy, April 27th, 2014 9:05PM

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[MLS: Week 8] On a humid afternoon in Houston, both Houston and Portland looked for the positives of a 1-1 tie, though the reality is both last year's conference runners-up are struggling. The draw left the Dynamo with a win in six games since opening with two victories. That's better than the Timbers, whose eight-game winless streak tied a club record and left them with the worst record in MLS.

Houston went ahead on Will Bruin's goal in the 16th minute -- his first since opening with three goals in the first two games -- but could not find a second goal after Gaston Fernandez equalized for Portland after the half-hour mark. Still, the performance was a lot better than on Wednesday when the Dynamo lost at New York, 4-0.

“It was a tough afternoon, really hot, really humid," said Dynamo head coach Dominic Kinnear, "but the guys really worked hard by creating some good chances. They were a little lucky on their goal, a little bit of a deflection fell in their favor, and it was a game of possession. I thought we had some very good chances and some good saves but unfortunately we didn’t come out with the three points but the effort was still wonderful, we defended very intelligently and it was good for us.”

Timbers coach Caleb Porter continued to insist his team is close to breaking out.

"We’re not happy with a draw," he said, "but we can build on this result. You saw today that we’re a team that’s going to push the game, home or away. That’s going to be an advantage of our team as it gets hotter and hotter in the summer months. The last two road games we’ve put in a very good performance overall, and we’ve defended extremely well. Gaston Fernandez showing a bit of quality in that moment of scoring that goal is a big positive for us. The one piece we need to continue to do better is in the final third. For me, I would have liked to see a bit more aggressiveness at times. As much as we had the ball we have to turn that possession into penetration. For me, it’s about individuals taking responsibility at times to step up and shoot, and drive. We’re getting closer."



THE USA 20. One bright spot for the Dynamo was the return of Brad Davis for the first time since April 5. Davis, who had been sidelined with an ankle sprain, played 78 minutes and had an assist on Bruin's goal. The weekend marked the first time since the USA-Mexico friendly on April 2 that every MLS player who played in that game saw league action.

The USA 20:
SATURDAY:
M Kyle Beckerman
(90 minutes), Real Salt Lake, 2-2 vs. Vancouver
D Tony Beltran (90 minutes), Real Salt Lake, 2-2 vs. Vancouver
D Matt Besler (90 minutes), Sporting KC, 0-2 at New England
F Clint Dempsey (87 minutes, 2 goals), Seattle, 4-1 vs. Colorado
M Maurice Edu (90 minutes, 1 yellow card), Philadelphia, 0-1 at Montreal
D Brad Evans (sub: 22 minutes), Seattle, 4-1 vs. Colorado
M Luis Gil (did not dress), Real Salt Lake, 2-2 vs. Vancouver
D Clarence Goodson (90 minutes), San Jose, 1-0 vs. Chivas USA
GK Bill Hamid (90 minutes), D.C. United, 4-1 vs. FC Dallas
F Eddie Johnson (50 minutes, 1 assist), D.C. United, 4-1 vs. FC Dallas
D Michael Parkhurst (90 minutes), Columbus, 1-1 vs. New York
GK Nick Rimando (90 minutes), Real Salt Lake, 2-2 vs. Vancouver
F Chris Wondolowski (90 minutes), San Jose, 1-0 vs. Chivas USA
D DeAndre Yedlin (90 minutes), Seattle, 4-1 vs. Colorado
M Graham Zusi (90 minutes), Sporting KC, 0-2 at New England
SUNDAY:
M Brad Davis
(78 minutes, 1 assist), Houston, at Philadelphia
IDLE:
GK Sean Johnson, Chicago
M Michael Bradley, Toronto FC
M Landon Donovan, LA Galaxy
D Omar Gonzalez, LA Galaxy


MLS SATURDAY:
D.C. United ties 2013 win total -- after seven games



MLS RESULTS, Week 8:
Sunday, April 27
Houston 1 Portland 1.
HOU: Will Bruin (Brad Davis, Corey Ashe) 16
POR: Gaston Fernandez 34
Att.: 20,558.

Saturday, April 26
San Jose 1 Chivas USA 0.
SJ: Yannick Djalo (Sean Salinas) 66
Red Card: CHV -- Dan Kennedy 77.
Att.: 10,525.

Real Salt Lake 2 Vancouver 2.

RSL: Joao Plata (Luke Mulholland, Chris Wingert) 2
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (Ned Grabavoy) 9
VAN: Nicolas Mezquida 86
VAN: Sebastian Fernandez (Steven Beitashour) 90+4
Att.: 19,661.

Columbus 1 New York 1.
CLB: Jairo Arrieta pen. 39.
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Lloyd Sam) 66
Att.: 18,026.

New England 2 Sporting KC 0.
NE: Teal Bunbury (Darrius Barnes, Diego Fagundez) 90+2
NE: Lee Nguyen 90+5
Red Card: SKC -- Aurelien Collin 74.
Att.: 14,806.

D.C. United 4 FC Dallas 1.

DAL: Mauro Diaz (Blas Perez, Fabian Castillo) 12
DC: Fabian Espindola (Eddie Johnson, Nick DeLeon) 45+5
DC: Bobby Boswell 60
DC: Sean Franklin (Fabian Espindola) 64
DC: Fabian Espindola (Chris Rolfe) 69
Red Cards: DAL -- Zach Lloyd 39, Michel 89.
Att.: 11,172.

Seattle 4 Colorado 1.
SEA: Lamar Neagle 45+1
SEA: Clint Dempsey 47
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Chad Marshall, Gonzalo Pineda) 52
COL: Dillon Serna (Nick LaBrocca) 62
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Lamar Neagle) 75
Att.: 38,582.



Montreal 1 Philadelphia 0.
MTL: Felipe 14.
Att.: 19,075.

Wednesday, April 23

New York 4 Houston 0.
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry, Kosuke Kimura) 12
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Roy Miller, Thierry Henry) 24
NY: Thierry Henry 65
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips 86
Att.: 13,238.
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
12 Columbus 3-1-3 12/7
11 Sporting KC 3-2-2 9/6
11 D.C. United 3-2-2 10/8
11 New England 3-3-2 7/9
11 New York 2-2-5 13/12
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9 Toronto FC 3-3-0 5/7
8 Houston 2-4-2 8/13
8 Philadelphia 1-3-5 9/11
6 Montreal 1-4-3 8/15
6 Chicago 0-1-6 11/12

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
16 Seattle 5-2-1 18/12
16 FC Dallas 5-2-1 18/13
14 Real Salt Lake 3-0-5 13/8
11 Colorado 3-2-2 9/9
10 Vancouver 2-2-4 12/10
------------------------------------------------
8 LA Galaxy 2-1-2 7/4
6 Chivas USA 1-4-3 8/14
6 San Jose 1-2-3 6/7
5 Portland 0-3-5 9/13
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
8+2 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
6 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
5+2+1 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United
4+3 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
4+1 Will Bruin, Houston
4+1 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
4 Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago
4 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
4 Federico Higuain, Columbus
4 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
4 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado

MLS WEEK 9, Schedule:
Saturday, May 3
1 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. New England, MLS LIVE, Univision Dep.
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. LA Galaxy, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE
The Comcast Network
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
Chivas USA vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 4
3 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. New York, UniMas
4 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Columbus, NBCSN

MLS WEEK 10, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 7
7:30 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE
8 pm ET
Houston vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 10
4 pm ET
Philadelphia vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
Montreal vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE, Univision Dep.
7 pm ET
New York vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Vancouver, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 11
2:30 pm ET
Portland vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN, MLS LIVE
3 pm ET
Colorado vs. Chivas USA, UniMas
6 pm ET
New England vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Houston vs. Real Salt Lake

MLS WEEK 11, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 14
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 17
4:30 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. New York, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
Philadelphia vs. New England, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA, MLS LIVE
Houston vs. LA Galaxy, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado, MLS LIVE
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 18
3 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, UniMas

MLS WEEK 12, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Friday, May 23
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE, Univision Dep.
Saturday, May 24
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
New York vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
New England vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 25
8 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia, Univision Dep.
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Houston

MLS WEEK 13, Schedule:
Tuesday, May 27
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. New York, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wednesday, May 28
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 31, 2014
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
5 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. New England, MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE, Univision Dep.
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE


1 comment
  1. R2 Dad
    commented on: April 28, 2014 at 4:27 a.m.
    Quite pleasantly surprised with the refereeing on that Dallas/DC match, just judging from the highlights. The announcers were clueless,but believe it or not coming in from behind with studs up will earn you a red card. I can imagine coaches on Monday morning having to tell their squads, "MLS looks like they're serious with this whole refereeing thing. Maybe we should review the Laws of the Game to actually see what's in there".


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