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Furious onslaught gives unbeaten Real Salt Lake win
by Ridge Mahoney, May 4th, 2014 3:50AM

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[MLS: Week 9] Blown leads have cost Real Salt Lake points on three occasions this season, yet on Saturday RSL reminded everyone it hasn’t lost its own persistence and determination to come back.

Chicago, leading 2-0 at home with less than 20 minutes to play, succumbed to a furious RSL onslaught fueled by a pair of Joao Plata goals that produced a 3-2 victory and maintenance of the only unbeaten record (4-0-5) in MLS.

Plata struck in the 72nd minute and again in the third minute of stoppage time to overturn a deficit imposed by first-half goals from Mike Magee and Juan Luis Anangono. Javier Morales assisted on both Plata goals and another longtime RSL veteran, Alvaro Saborio, tied the match in the final minute of regulation time.



The defeated ended a run of six straight ties for the Fire (0-6-2), which has yet to win for new head coach Frank Yallop. Chicago is only winless team in MLS following Portland’s 3-2 defeat of D.C. United on Maximiliano Urruti's goal four minutes into stoppage time. The match featured a goal for both teams by Timbers defender Mamadou "Futty" Danso.



Seattle also took the comeback route, rallying to beat Philadelphia, 2-1, despite being stymied by Union keeper Zak MacMath’s third consecutive penalty-kick save. MacMath saved Osvaldo Alonso’s penalty kick with Philly leading, 1-0, on a Brad Evans own goal. Evans atoned by assisting on Obafemi Martins' equalizer, and Seattle won it with Chad Marshall’s first Sounders goal in the 84th minute.

Toronto FC also coughed up a lead, falling at home to New England, 2-1, despite jumping on top with a goal by Jackson in the sixth minute. Rookie Patrick Mullins powered the Revs’ comeback by scoring the tying goal when Daigo Kobayashi pounced on a turnover to set him up, and then winning a penalty kick that Lee Nguyen dispatched to win the match that moved the Revs into first place.



Landon Donovan endured another match without managing to break the all-time league goalscoring record of 134 he shares with Jeff Cunningham, but much more troubling is a 1-0 loss to Colorado that featured Robbie Keane failing to convert a penalty kick. Vicente Sanchez scored for the Rapids to defeat the Galaxy, which has conceded a league-low five goals yet is no better than a .500 team at 2-2-2.

MLS WEEK 9, Schedule:
Saturday, May 3
Chivas USA 1 Houston 4.
CHV: Erick Torres pen. 7
HOU: Brad Davis 12
HOU: Giles Barnes (Oscar Boniek Garcia) 32
HOU: Will Bruin (Corey Ashe) 45
HOU: Giles Barnes pen. 69
Red card: CHV -- Tim Melia 67.
Att: 6,082.

Colorado 1 Los Angeles 0.
COL: Vicente Sanchez (Marc Burch) 20
Att: 14,040.

Seattle 2 Philadelphia 1.
PHL: own goal 13
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Brad Evans) 61
SEA: Chad Marshall (Marco Pappa) 84
Att.: 38,516.

Portland 3 D.C. United 2.
POR: Gaston Fernandez (Diego Valeri, Darlington Nagbe) 1
DC: Davy Arnaud (Perry Kitchen) 21
POR: Mamadou Danso (Diego Valeri) 38
D.C.: own goal 78
POR: Maximiliano Urruti 90+4.
Att.: 20,814.

Chicago 2 Real Salt Lake 3
CHI: Mike Magee 22
CHI: Juan Luis Anangono (Greg Cochrane) 30
RSL: Joao Plata (Javier Morales) 72
RSL: Alvaro Saborio (Kenny Mansally) 90
RSL: Joao Plata (Javier Morales) 90+3
Att.: 14,903.

Vancouver 3 San Jose 2.
VAN: Kekuta Manneh 10
VAN: Pedro Morales 19
VAN: Pedro Morales (Kekuta Manneh) 20
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 45
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 90+1
Att.: 21,000.

Toronto FC 1 New England 2.
TFC: Jackson (Gilberto) 6
NE: Patrick Mullins (Daigo Kobayashi) 24
NE: Lee Nguyen pen. 82
Att.: 22,591



MLS WEEK 9, Schedule:
Sunday, May 4
3 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. New York, UniMas
4 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Columbus, NBCSN
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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
14 New England 4-3-2 9/10
12 Columbus 3-1-3 12/7
11 Sporting KC 3-2-2 9/6
11 New York 2-2-5 13/12
11 D.C. United 3-3-2 12/11
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11 Houston 3-4-2 12/14
9 Toronto FC 3-4-0 6/9
8 Philadelphia 1-4-5 10/13
6 Montreal 1-4-3 8/15
6 Chicago 0-2-6 13/15

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
19 Seattle 6-2-1 20/13
17 Real Salt Lake 4-0-5 16/10
16 FC Dallas 5-2-1 18/13
14 Colorado 4-2-2 10/9
13 Vancouver 3-2-4 15/12
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8 LA Galaxy 2-2-2 7/5
8 Portland 1-3-5 12/15
6 San Jose 1-3-3 8/10
6 Chivas USA 1-5-3 9/18
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7+1 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
5+2 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
5+2 Chris Wondolowski
, San Jose
5+1 Will Bruin, Houston
5+1 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
5+1 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado
5 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United
4+1 Gaston Fernandez, Portland
4+1 Obafemi Martins
, Seattle
4+1 Lee Nguyen, New England
4 Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago
4 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
4 Federico Higuain, Columbus
4 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
4 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York

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, UDN
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, UDN
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, UDN
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, UDN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE


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