[MLS: Week 18]The Seattle Sounders opened up a 10-point lead in the Western Conference with a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers before 64,207 fans, the fourth largest crowd ever for an MLS match at CenturyLink Field. In his first game since his return from the World Cup, Clint Dempsey had the first goal for the Sounders.
The game also marked the MLS return of DeAndre Yedlin, Dempsey's teammate on the national team, and Obafemi Martins, who had been injured.
The game was scoreless until the 74th minute when Dempsey scored on the third attempt after his shot and Martins' rebound were blocked by Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts.
With three minutes remaining, Guatemalan Marco Pappa added a second goal for Seattle.
Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy both won important Western Conference matches, with Erick “Cubo” Torres scoring in his fifth consecutive game in a 3-1 defeat of Vancouver. Gyasi Zardes scored the only goal as the Galaxy ran its unbeaten streak to seven games by downing Real Salt Lake, 1-0, at StubHub Center.
Torres scored the winner and Mauro Rosales assisted on all three goals as Chivas USA rallied from a 1-0 deficit and took advantage of a red card given to Jordan Harvey in the 69th minute.
Gyasi Zardes scored the only goal as the Galaxy ran its unbeaten streak to seven games by downing Real Salt Lake, 1-0, at StubHub Center. Jamie Penedo made six saves for his second shutout in the last three matches.
PHILLY FIZZLE.The Philadelphia Union’s problem is not scoring goals – it hit three goals for the fifth time in the last eight games – but it is having trouble making goals stand up.
Colorado rallied from a 3-1 deficit to snag a 3-3 tie at PPL Park, scoring twice after the Union’s Michael Lahoud departed with a red card. Dillon Powers converted a penalty kick and Deshorn Brown equalized with a stunning strike in the 86th minute to earn Colorado the point.
Conor Casey, Sheanon Williams, Andrew Wenger. scored as the Union built a 3-1 lead despite Dillon Serna equalizing two minutes after Casey’s opener. Wenger’s goal was his first since April.
RED BULLS TRAMPLE CREW.Thierry Henry played a role in all of New York’s goals in a 4-1 defeat of Columbus at Red Bull Arena.
Henry’s goal just before halftime broke a 1-1 tie and turned out to be the winner. He helped set up Bradley Wright-Phillips to score his 15th goal of the season that gave the Red Bulls an early lead.Adam Bedell’s goal tied the game late in the first half but Henry’s strike restored the lead, and in the second half he assisted on goals by Lloyd Sam and Eric Alexander.
MORE PROBLEMS FOR HOUSTON.During a dismal six-game winless streak that included five losses, Dynamo fans probably thought they’d seen every way to lose a game. Unfortunately, Houston broke new ground by taking a 2-0 lead and then crumbling in a 4-2 defeat.
Brad Davis scored twice in the first half an hour, assisted both times by Gilles Barnes.TFC’s comeback started in the 39th minute when keeper Tally Hall dropped a ball that Jonathan Osorio banged into the net, and in the first minute of stoppage time Dominic Oduro finished off the rebound of his own saved shot to tie it up.
Jermain Defoe hit the winner in the 63rd minute after gliding through the back line and scored a clincher in the final minutes by pouncing on a poor back pass.
D.C. United opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win at San Jose. Eddie Johnson and red-hot Luis Silva scored in the first 25 minutes, and goalkeeper Bill Hamid did the rest, making seven saves -- the last a point-blank stop on Alan Gordon in stoppage time -- to hold off the Earthquakes, who have the worst record in MLS. San Jose's only goal was scored by Chris Wondolowski in his return from World Cup duty.
MLS WEEK 18, Results:
Sunday, July 13
Seattle 2 Portland 0.
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Gonzalo Pineda) 71
SEA: Marco Pappa (Lamar Neagle) 86
Saturday, July 12
Philadelphia 3 Colorado 3.
PHL: Conor Casey (Ray Gaddis) 16
COL: Dillon Serna (Dillon Powers) 18
PHL: Sheanon Williams (Cristian Maidana) 31
PHL: Andrew Wenger 74
COL: Dillon Powers (penalty kick) 79
COL: Deshorn Brown (Gabriel Torres) 86
Red cards:PHL -- Michael Lahoud 76; Amobi Okugo 90+4
New York 4 Columbus 1.
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry, Eric Alexander) 17
CLB: Adam Bedell (Ethan Finlay) 39
NY: Thierry Henry 45
NY: Lloyd Sam (Thierry Henry) 56
NY: Eric Alexander (Thierry Henry) 90+1
Red card:CLB -- Bernardo Anor 85
Toronto FC 4 Houston 2.
HOU: Brad Davis (Gilles Barnes) 13
HOU: Brad Davis (Gilles Barnes) 30
TFC: Jonathan Osorio 39
TFC: Dominic Oduro 45+1
TFC: Jermain Defoe (Jonathan Osorio, Jackson) 63
TFC: Jermain Defoe 89
Montreal 1 Sporting KC 2.
SKC: Dom Dwyer (Matt Besler) 4.
MTL: Marco Di Vaio (Justin Mapp, Patrice Bernier) 28.
SKC: Dom Dwyer 89.
New England 0 Chicago 1.
CHI: Quincy Amarikwa (Mike Magee) 3.
LA Galaxy 1 Real Salt Lake 0.
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Marcelo Sarvas) 20
Vancouver 1 Chivas USA 3.
VAN: Carlye Mitchell (Pedro Morales) 27
CHV: Agustin Pelletieri (Mauro Rosales) 47
CHV: Erick Torres (Marco Delgado, Mauro Rosales) 81
CHV: Leandro Barrera (Mauro Rosales) 90+4
Red card:VAN -- Jordan Harvey 69
Friday, July 11
San Jose 1 D.C. United 2.
DC: Eddie Johnson pen. 12
DC: Luis Silva (Chris Rolfe) 25
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Khari Stephenson) 39
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
31 D.C. United 9-5-4 26/19
29 Sporting KC 8-5-5 25/16
24 Toronto FC7-5-3 23/20
23 New England 7-8-2 23/24
23 New York 5-5-8 30/27
20 Columbus 4-6-8 20/23
19 Philadelphia4-8-7 29/33
19 Chicago3-4-10 25/27
18 Houston 5-11-3 20/38
14 Montreal3-9-5 17/29
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
38 Seattle 12-4-2 35/24
28 Real Salt Lake 7-4-7 27/24
27 Colorado7-5-6 27/22
26 FC Dallas 7-7-5 30/29
25 Vancouver 6-4-7 27/25
24 LA Galaxy6-3-6 20/13
23 Chivas USA 6-7-5 20/27
21 Portland 4-6-9 30/302
16 San Jose 4-8-4 16/18
MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
15+1Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
14+2 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
13+1 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
10+2 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
9+1 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
7 Joao Plata, Ecuador
7 Jack McInerney, Montreal
7 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United
7 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
MLS WEEK 19, Schedule:
Wednesday, July 16
7 p.m. ET
Philadelphia vs. New York, ESPN2
7:30 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. Sporting KC
8 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. Vancouver
10:30 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy vs. New England
Friday, July 18
11 p.m. ET
Portland vs. Colorado, NBCSN
Saturday, July 19
6 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. LA Galaxy, ESPN2
7 p.m. ET
New York vs. San Jose
7:30 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. Montreal
8:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. Philadelphia
9 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. New England
Houston vs. Toronto FC
10 p.m. ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver
Sunday, July 20
8 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs. Chivas USA, UDN