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Order restored at top of Eastern Conference
by Paul Kennedy, May 4th, 2014 7:24PM

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[MLS: Week 9] Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls won on Sunday to join the New England in a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern Conference. New York, Sporting KC and New England finished 1-2-3 in 2013.

MLS: Saturday

Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his fifh goal in the last three games for New York, which is 3-0-1 in its last four games after starting out 0-2-4.

FC Dallas lost Jamaican Je-Vaughn Watson to a red card in the 10th minute, but it had a chance to go ahead in the 59th minute when Tim Cahill  fouled Danny Garcia in the area. Luis Robles saved Blas Perez's shot to keep the match even until the 71th minute when Thierry Henry, playing his 100th MLS match, set up Wright-Phillips.

It's the second straight loss for FC Dallas, which had opened 5-1-1 and has dropped to third place.



Sporting Kansas got goals from Jacob Peterson and Claudio Bieler to beat Columbus, 2-0, and take the lead in the Eastern Conference on goal difference over New England. New York is third based on total wins.

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said it was team's best performance of the season.

"I thought our organization to press them and not allowing them to play, especially when we were high up the field, was excellent," he said. "And then we weathered the storm a little bit in the second half, maybe for about 10-15 minutes when they had a little bit of the ball. But we really didn't give too much and we made sure we dropped our line well and cleared everything out of the box. [Eric] Kronberg made a big save [one-handed stop on Wil Trapp] in the first half, which we need him to do and he does it. And we scored two goals. The only criticism I have is we should have scored two more, easily. Outside of that, we were big time today."

MLS WEEK 9, Results:
Sunday, May 4
Sporting KC 2 Columbus 0.
SKC: Jacob Peterson 10
SKC: Claudio Bieler (Graham Zusi) 90+5
Red card: CLB -- Wil Trapp 80.
Att.:20,565.

FC Dallas 0 New York 1.

NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry, Dax McCarty) 71
Red Card: DAL -- J-Vaughn Watson 10.

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


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MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
14 Sporting KC 4-2-2 11/6
14 New England 4-3-2 9/10
14 New York 3-2-5 14/12
12 Columbus 3-2-3 12/9
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 5-3-1 18/14
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
6+1 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
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

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


2 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: May 5, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.
    Correction: Bradley Wright Phillips of New York has 6 goals.

  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: May 5, 2014 at 11:08 a.m.
    Watching Kansas City I guess the concept of persistent fouling is no longer in the rule book. What makes it worse is that they are not fouls of passion or out-of-control, they are calculated cowardly kick-them-from-behind fouls on the other teams skill players, spread around among the thugs to minimize the cautions. What we used to call cheating.


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