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Seattle back on top, 'Caps beat defending champ
by Ridge Mahoney, August 11th, 2014 1:30AM

TAGS:  mls


[MLS: Sunday] There are still two and half months of the regular season to be played yet already games are taking on a tone of playoff urgency.

MLS: Saturday

Vancouver exploited a pair of gaffes by Sporting Kansas City defenders Igor Juliao and Matt Besler to take a 2-0 victory at B.C. Place and leap-frog Colorado and Portland into fourth place. The Whitecaps’ win snapped a streak of four consecutive ties. SKC’s unbeaten run ended at eight.

A long ball by Pedro Morales caused confusion in the SKC back line and Juliao headed the ball past keeper Andy Gruenebaum, who could only watch it bounce over the line in the 17th minute. Six minutes before halftime Darren Mattocks swooped onto a lazy ball from Besler and dribbled forward to push a low shot past Gruenebaum. Mattocks squandered a penalty kick late in the match awarded for an Aurelien Collin foul on Omar Salgado. Mattocks’ hard, low shot was deflected onto the post by Jon Kempin, who had replaced an injured Gruenebaum at halftime and was making his MLS debut.

MAGEE SPOT-ON. Recent signing Razvan Cocis made his first start for the Fire, and head coach Frank Yallop invoked two other changes, yet it was reigning MVP Mike Magee who netted the crucial goal by which Chicago beat New York, 1-0.

Magee knocked home the rebound of his penalty kick saved by Luis Robles in the 38th minute and a strong defensive effort led by Bakary Soumare, who came back into the lineup in place of Patrick Ianni, enabled Chicago to break a four-game winless streak. Soumare twice stopped Bradley Wright-Phillips, the league’s top scorer, in do-or-die situations and keeper Sean Johnson recorded four saves as the Fire registered its third shutout in the last six games.

A tackle by Ambroise Oyongo that poked the ball away from Quincy Amarikwa prompted the penalty-kick decision. Magee tucked away on the second attempt for his seventh goal of the season. Robles dove right to block the initial attempt but none of his teammates closed quickly enough to contest Magee’s tap-in.

SOUNDERS REBOUND. Marco Pappa scored with a deflected shot and Stefan Frei saved a penalty kick as the Sounders halted a two-game losing streak by beating Houston, 2-0, at CenturyLink Field.

Frei stoned Brad Davis from the spot in the 26th minute after defender Djimi Traore blocked a shot with his upraised arm. Seattle didn’t break through until the 69th minute, when Pappa collected a ball from Clint Dempsey, twisted away from pressure, and hit a left-footed shot from about 20 yards out that caromed off a static David Horst and past keeper Tally Hall. Six minutes later, Gonzalo Pineda converted a penalty kick awarded when Ricardo Clark dragged down Obafemi Martins as they dueled for a free kick.

The victory lifted the Sounders back into first place ahead of Real Salt Lake, which had taken over the Western Conference top spot Saturday by beating D.C. United. Houston is ninth in the Eastern Conference but only five points shy of the playoff line.

MLS WEEK 22, Results:
Sunday, August 10
Chicago 1 New York 0.
CHI: Mike Magee 38
Att.: 16,109.

Vancouver 2 Sporting KC 0.
VAN: own goal 17
VAN: Darren Mattocks (Pedro Morales) 39
Att.: 20,183.

Seattle 2 Houston 0.
SEA: Marco Pappa (Clint Dempsey) 69
SEA: Gonzalo Pineda (pen.) 75
Red Card: SEA -- Obafemi Martins 86.
Att.: 50,276.
Saturday, August 9
Philadelphia 2 Montreal 1.
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux 12
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux (Andrew Wenger) 63
MTL: Maxim Tissot (Andres Romero) 79
Att.: 18,703.

Columbus 2 Toronto FC 3.
TFC: Gilberto (Luke Moore) 43
CLB: Federico Higuain (pen.) 45+
TFC: Jonathan Osorio 2 (Luke Moore) 59
CLB: Justin Meram 81
TFC: Luke Moore (Collen Warner) 84

FC Dallas 3 Colorado 1.
DAL: Matt Hedges 9
DAL: Michel pen. 11
DAL: Fabian Castillo 55
COL: Gabriel Torres pen. 86

Real Salt Lake 3 D.C. United 0.
RSL: Joao Plata (Luke Mulholland) 11
RSL: Chris Schuler (Javier Morales) 13
RSL: Chris Schuler (Javier Morales) 24
Att: 20,452.

Portland 2 Chivas USA 0.
POR: Diego Valeri (Diego Chara) 10
POR: Rodney Wallace (Fanendo Adi) 39
Att.: 20,814.

Friday, August 8
LA Galaxy 2 San Jose 2.
SJ: Chris Wondolowski 18
LA: Gyasi Zardes 29
SJ: Matias Perez Garcia (Chris Wondolowski, Atiba Harris) 31
LA: Omar Gonzalez (Stefan Ishizaki) 49
Att.: 19,719.

MLS Standings:
39 Sporting KC 11-6-6 32/22
37 D.C. United 11-7-4 32/24
32 Toronto FC 9-7-5 32/30
28 New York 6-7-10 35/34
27 Philadelphia 6-8-9 36/37
27 Columbus 6-8-9 28/31
26 New England 8-12-2 29/35
25 Chicago 4-5-13 29/34
22 Houston
6-12-4 23/42
14 Montreal 3-14-5 22/41

41 Seattle 13-6-2 37/28
39 Real Salt Lake
10-4-9 36/27
36 FC Dallas 10-7-6 38/32
34 LA Galaxy 9-4-7 34/19
32 Vancouver 7-4-11 33/29
30 Colorado 8-9-6 32/31
30 Portland 7-7-9 38/38
24 San Jose 6-8-6 25/22
23 Chivas USA 6-11-5 21/36
MLS: Leading Scorers
18 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
14 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
12 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
10+2 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
10+1 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
9+1 Federico Higuain, Columbus
9 Clint Dempsey
, Seattle
9+1 Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy
8 Will Bruin, Houston
8 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
8+1 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose

MLS WEEK 23: Schedule:
Friday, August 15
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
Saturday, August 16
2:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Seattle, NBCSN
6:30 pm ET
Montreal vs. Chicago
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. LA Galaxy
New England vs. Portland
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Vancouver
San Jose vs. FC Dallas
Sunday, August 17
8 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Colorado, UDN

1 comment
  1. Ken Jamieson
    commented on: August 12, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.
    Are the crowds that bad in Dallas that they aren't announcing them? Even the MLS website doesn't have an attendance figure for the Dallas game this past weekend. C'mon, it can't be as bad as Chivas USA's home "crowds". Most NASL clubs are outdrawing Chivas USA this summer.

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