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LA Galaxy on a roll; Sporting KC back on top
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, July 17th, 2014 1:34AM

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[MLS: Week 19] Look who's moving on up: the LA Galaxy buried New England, 5-1, to extend its unbeaten streak to eight games spanning two months and climb three spots in the Western Conference standings into third place. In the Eastern Conference, Sporting Kansas City moved on top with a 2-1 win at Columbus on Benny Feilhaber's goal in stoppage time. Beleaguered Philly stopped New York's unbeaten streak with a 3-1 victory that moved it into sixth place, a point away from the red zone.

LOS ANGELES-NEW ENGLAND. Robbie Keane had two goals and two assists -- his first-ever multi-goal and multi-assist game in his MLS career -- while Gyasi Zardes continued his hot streak with two more goals in the win over the Revs, who have lost six straight games after winning five in a row. Zardes scored his fifth and sixth goal of the season, all coming in the last eight matches.

MLS veteran Dan Gargan was ejected for the first time in his 14-game MLS career nine minutes after A.J. Soares was sent to the showers with the Revs trailing, 2-0. The five goals were the most the Galaxy has scored since October 2013. It also remained the only team in MLS whose season average for goals-against is below one goal a game.



PHILADELPHIA-NEW YORK. Conor Casey, Fred and Sebastien Le Toux scored as the Union snapped a seven-game home winless streak by beating the Red Bulls, 3-1, at PPL Park. Goals by Casey and Fred opened up a two-goal lead, the same advantage the Union squandered last week in a 3-3 tie with Colorado, but this time the Union prevailed.

Nine minutes after Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his league-leading 16th goal of the season, Le Toux converted a penalty kick to halt New York’s unbeaten run at five games.

COLUMBUS-SPORTING KC. The Crew and Sporting Kansas City each had a man sent off in their match decided in stoppage time at Columbus Crew Stadium. A Feilhaber corner kick provided C.J. Sapong the chance he buried for his first goal of the year, and SKC went down a man in the 55th minute when defender Aurelien Collin departed following a clash with Adam Bedell.

Columbus took advantage in the 69th minute, albeit with an own goal by defender Igor Juliao, who directed a cross past his own keeper. Despite the man advantage, the Crew couldn’t gain the lead, and a few minutes after the teams were left even when midfielder Wil Trapp saw a second caution, Feilhaber blasted home a shot off the inside of the crossbar.



TORONTO FC-VANCOUVER. A Jermain Defoe penalty kick, his 11th goal of the season, matched a Darren Mattocks goal as Toronto FC rallied to tie Vancouver, 1-1.



MLS WEEK 19, Results:
Wednesday, July 16
LA Galaxy 5 New England 1.
LA: Robbie Keane (Baggio Husidic) 10
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Robbie Keane, Stefan Ishizaki) 18
NE: Lee Nguyen pen. 38
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Robbie Keane) 48
LA: Stefan Ishizaki 75
LA: Robbie Keane 78
Red Cards: LA -- Dan Gargan 36; NE -- A.J. Soares 29.
Att.: 17,717.
 
Philadelphia 3 New York 1
PHL: Conor Casey (Andrew Wenger) 9.
PHL: Fred (Conor Casey, Sheanon Williams) 51.
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry, Ambroise Oyongo) 60.
PHL: Sebastien Le Toux pen. 69.
Att.: 18,541.



Columbus 1 Sporting KC 2

SKC: C.J. Sapong (Benny Feilhaber) 42.
CLB: Igor Juliao (own goal) 69.
SKC: Benny Feilhaber (Jacob Peterson, Igor Juliao) 90+3.
Red Cards: SKC -- Aurelien Collin 59; CLB -- Wil Trapp 89.
Att.: 13,643.

Toronto FC 1 Vancouver 1
VAN: Darren Mattocks (Russell Teibert, Pedro Morales) 50.
TFC: Jermain Defoe pen. 64.
Att.: 22,591.

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
32 Sporting KC 9-5-5 27/17
31 D.C. United 9-5-4 26/19
25 Toronto FC 7-5-4 24/21
23 New England 7-9-2 24/249
23 New York 5-6-8 31/30
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22 Philadelphia 5-8-7 32/34
20 Columbus 4-7-8 21/25
19 Chicago 3-4-10 25/27
18 Houston 5-11-3 20/38
14 Montreal 3-9-5 17/29

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
38 Seattle 12-4-2 35/24
28 Real Salt Lake 7-4-7 27/24
27 LA Galaxy 7-3-6 25/14
27 Colorado 7-5-6 27/22
26 FC Dallas 7-7-5 30/29
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26 Vancouver 6-4-8 28/26
23 Chivas USA 6-7-5 20/27
21 Portland 4-6-9 30/302
16 San Jose 4-8-4 16/18
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
16+1 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
14 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
13 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
11+1 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
9+2 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
9 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
7+1 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
7 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
7 Jack McInerney, Montreal
7 Fabian Espindola, D.C. United

MLS WEEK 19, Schedule:
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


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