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D.C. United reclaims top spot
by Paul Kennedy, July 6th, 2014 1:32AM

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[MLS: Week 17] D.C. United reclaimed sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win at Toronto FC on goals by Nick DeLeon and Perry Kitchen. The match featured the return of U.S. World Cup player Michael Bradley, who played the first 60 minutes.

The win was revenge for a 1-0 loss at Toronto in the first match of the season.

"We have continued to grow," said D.C. United coach Ben Olsen. "We have lost a few players and have some starters out with [injured Fabian] Espindola, [Jeff] Parke. We have lost a left back [Cristian, who returned to Spain] so we are still evolving to see who we are going to be this year. In the meantime, we need to get points, and it’s not an easy place to come, so we are extremely happy."

-- Erick Torres scored his 12th goal of the season with a golazo in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give Chivas USA a 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact for its third straight win. The game drew just 4,201 fans, the fifth-lowest crowd in MLS history. Chivas USA wrapped up its eight-day stretch with maximum points from three games, all shutouts for goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.



-- Sebastian Fernandez scored on a goal from 30 yards earlier in the first half to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 1-0 win over Seattle, ending the Sounders' three-match winning streak.



FRIDAY. Seldom this season has Houston head coach Dominic Kinnear deployed his midfield trio of Ricardo Clark, Oscar Boniek Garciaand Davis. With them in the lineup, the Dynamo ended its five-game losing streak, albeit by a 2-2 tie with New York at home.

They started together for the first time in 14 games, and Gilles Barnes scored the fastest goal in team history -- 39 seconds -- to end the team’s goalless streak at 479 minutes. But a pair of goals by the league’s leading scorer, Bradley Wright-Phillips, pushed New York into the lead, 2-1. He scored once in each half to up his tally to 14 -- five against the Dynamo.


Davis, returning to play his first MLS game since representing the USA at the World Cup, converted a late penalty kick awarded when Chris Duvall was whistled for handling the ball while trying to clear it.


-- New England lost its fourth straight game, 2-1, to Real Salt Lake, which netted both of its goals on penalty kicks. The victory ended a five-game winless run for RSL.

Joao Plata and Javier Morales converted the penalties for RSL. Defender Chris Schuler earned the first penalty, which Morales converted, when fouled by Darrius Barnes, who atoned just two minutes later with a spectacular diving header from a Chris Tierney free kick. Plata restored the lead from the spot in the 65th minute.

Beckerman and Rimando returned to league action upon their return from World Cup duty as RSL won for the first time since May 17.

-- A week after holding onto a 1-0 against San Jose in the California Clasico for most of the second half, the Galaxy blew that lead against Portland in just two minutes and had to rally for a 2-2 tie.

Goalless for more than an hour, the game awoke in the 65th minute when Marcelo Sarvas broke the deadlock. Diego Valeri equalized for the Timbers two minutes later and in the 70th minute Portland took command with a goal from Jorge Villafana.

The Galaxy pushed upfield and capitalized on a defensive error to earn a point. Landon Donovan chipped a ball that Baggio Husidic centered in the direction of forwards Robbie Keane and Rob Friend, but instead it struck defender Raushawn McKenzie and rolled over the goal line.

30-yard screamer from Vancouver's Sebastian Fernandez for an early 1-0 lead that would turn into a well-earned 1-0

MLS WEEK 17, Results:
Saturday, July 5
Toronto FC 1 D.C. United 2.
DC: Nick DeLeon (Luis Silva) 54
TFC: Luke Moore 60
DC: Perry Kitchen (Lewis Neal) 69
Att.: 22,591.

Vancouver 1 Seattle 0.
VAN: Sebastian Fernandez (Pedro Morales) 12
Att.: 21,000.

Chivas USA 1 Montreal 0.
CHV: Erick Torres 90+4
Att.: 4,201.

Friday, July 4
Houston 2 New York 2.
HOU: Giles Barnes (Kofi Sarkodie, Ricardo Clark) 1
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Eric Alexander) 13
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Ambroise Oyongo) 72
HOU: Brad Davis pen. 82
Att.: 22,312.

FC Dallas 2 Philadelphia 1.
FCD: Tesho Akindele (Blas Perez) 26
PHI: Amobi Okugo (Cristian Maidana) 43
FCD: own goal 47
Red Card: PHI -- Maurice Edu 89.
Att.: 21,182.

Colorado 1 Columbus 1.
COL: own goal 59
CLB: Ethan Finlay 76
Att.: 18,432

Real Salt Lake 2 New England 1.
RSL: Javier Morales 35
NE: Darrius Barnes (Chris Tierney) 37
RSL: Joao Plata 65
Att.: 20,513

LA Galaxy 2 Portland 2.
LA: Marcelo Sarvas (Landon Donovan) 65
POR: Diego Valeri 67
POR: Jorge Villafana 70
LA: Own goal 86
Att.: 27,000.

Wednesday, July 2
Chicago 1 Toronto FC 1.

TOR: Jackson (Jermain Defoe) 42
CHI: Harry Shipp (Mike Magee) 56
Att.: 13,153.

San Jose 1 Chivas USA 0.
CHV: Erick Torres 53.

MLS WEEK 17, Schedule:
Sunday, July 6
3 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. Chicago, ESPN, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
28 D.C. United 8-5-4 24/18
25 Sporting KC 7-5-4 22/14
23 New England 7-7-2 23/23
21 Toronto FC 6-5-3 19/18
20 New York 4-5-8 26/26
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20 Columbus 4-5-8 19/19
18 Houston 5-10-3 18/34
18 Philadelphia 4-8-6 26/30
15 Chicago 2-4-9 23/26
14 Montreal 3-8-5 16/27

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
35 Seattle 11-4-2 33/24
28 Real Salt Lake 7-3-7 27/23
26 Colorado 7-5-5 24/19
26 FC Dallas 7-7-5 30/29
25 Vancouver 6-3-7 26/22
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21 LA Galaxy 5-3-6 19/13
21 Portland 4-5-9 30/30
20 Chivas USA 5-7-5 17/26
16 San Jose 4-7-4 15/16
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
14+2 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
12+1+1 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
11 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
8 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7+1 Joao Plata, Ecuador
7 Jack McInerney, Montreal
7 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United
7 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy


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