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D.C. United closes in on Sporting KC
by Paul Kennedy, August 17th, 2014 11:32PM

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[MLS: Sunday] Luis Silva scored two goals to lead D.C. United to a 4-2 win over slumping Colorado that moved it back to within two points of Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City with a game in hand. In the Western Conference, Real Salt Lake has a one-point lead on Seattle, which has played two less games.

MLS: Saturday



Silva's goals sandwiched a golazo by young Rapids star Dillon Serna. Chris Rolfe and Fabian Espindola added late goals for United before Deshorn Brown scored in stoppage time for the Rapids, who have lost four games in a row.

Two of the goals were set up by left back Taylor Kemp, the first on a though ball to Silva and the second after a 40-yard run to set up Rolfe.

Active Unbeaten Streaks:
9 FC Dallas (6 wins, 3 ties)
6 Real Salt Lake (4 wins, 2 ties)
6 Vancouver (1 win, 5 ties)

Active Winless Streaks:
5 Chivas USA (4 losses, 1 tie)
4 Colorado (4 losses)



CONCACAF OPENERS. D.C. United next turns it attention to the Concacaf Champions League when it opens play at home Wednesday against Waterhouse of Jamaica. Portland opens CCL play Tuesday at Alpha United in Guyana. Sporting Kansas City is at Real Esteli in Nicaragua on Tuesday while Montreal plays its second game on Thursday, at El Salvador's FAS.

MLS WEEK 23: Results:
Sunday, August 17
D.C. United 4 Colorado 2.
DC: Luis Silva (Taylor Kemp) 12
COL: Dillon Serna (Jared Watts) 52
DC: Luis Silva (Sean Franklin, Perry Kitchen) 67
DC: Chris Rolfe (Taylor Kemp) 81
DC: Fabian Espindola (David Estrada) 86
COL: Deshorn Brown (Dillon Powers) 90+1
Att.: 12,814.

Saturday, August 16
Real Salt Lake 2 Seattle 1
.
RSL: Joao Plata (Luke Mulholland) 53.
RSL: own goal 57.
SEA: Chad Barrett 72.
Att: 20,483.

Columbus 4 LA Galaxy 1.
CLB: Justin Meram (Tony Tchani) 23.
CLB: Ethan Finlay (Justin Meram) 33.
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Dan Gargan, Robbie Keane) 49.
CLB: Ben Speas (Ethan Finlay) 75.
CLB: Giancarlo Gonzalez (Federico Higuain) 84.
Att.: 20,729.

Montreal 1 Chicago 0.
MTL: Marco Di Vaio 84.
Att.: 17,132.

New England 1 Portland 1.
NE: Charlie Davies (Diego Fagundez) 27.
POR: Liam Ridgewell 65.
Att.: 16,409.

Sporting KC 4 Toronto FC 1.
SKC: Dom Dwyer (pen.) 18.
SKC: Dom Dwyer (pen.) 33.
TFC: Gilberto (Dominic Oduro, Collen Warner) 45+1.
SKC: Soony Saad 64.
SKC: C.J. Sapong (Soony Saad, Graham Zusi) 77.
Att.: 20,730.

San Jose 0 FC Dallas 5.
DAL: Fabian Castillo 30
DAL: Tesho Akindele (Fabian Castillo) 43
DAL: Tesho Akindele 58
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Blas Perez) 74
DAL: Tesho Akindele 86
Att.: 10,525.

Chivas USA 0 Vancouver 0.
Att.: 4,215.

Friday, August 15
Houston 2 Philadelphia 0.
HOU: Will Bruin (Giles Barnes, Brad Davis) 51
HOU: own goal 90
Att.: 20,283.

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
42 Sporting KC 12-6-6 36/23
40 D.C. United 12-7-4 36/26
32 Toronto FC 9-8-5 33/34
30 Columbus
7-8-9 32/32
28 New York 6-7-10 35/34
---------------------------------------
27 New England 8-12-3 30/36
27 Philadelphia 6-9-9 36/39
25 Houston 7-12-4 25/42
25 Chicago
4-6-13 29/35
17 Montreal 4-14-5 23/41

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
42 Real Salt Lake
11-4-9 38/28
41 Seattle
13-7-2 38/30
39 FC Dallas 11-7-6 43/32
34 LA Galaxy 9-5-7 35/23
33 Vancouver 7-4-12 33/29
-----------------------------------------
30 Colorado 8-10-6 34/35
30 Portland 7-7-10 39/39
24 San Jose 6-9-6 25/27
24 Chivas USA 6-11-6 21/36
------------------------------------------------
MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
18 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
16+2 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
12 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
11+1 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
10+1 Will Bruin, Houston
10+1 Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy
10 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
9 Federico Higuain, Columbus
9 Clint Dempsey
, Seattle

MLS WEEK 24: Results:
Wednesday, August 20

9 p.m. ET
Colorado vs. LA Galaxy
10 p.m. ET
Seattle vs. San Jose
Friday, August 22
9 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. Real Salt Lake, NBCSN
Saturday, August 23
7 p.m. ET
New York vs. Montreal
Toronto FC vs. Chicago
7:30 p.m. ET
Columbus vs. Houston
New England vs. Chivas USA
8:30 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. D.C. United
10:30 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver
Sunday, August 24
5 p.m. ET
Portland vs. Seattle, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
8 p.m. ET
Philadelphia vs. San Jose, UDN

MLS WEEK 25: Results:
Wednesday, August 27
10:30 p.m. ET
LA Galaxy vs. D.C. United
Friday, August 29
8 p.m. ET
Sporting KC vs. Houston, NBCSN
Saturday, August 30
4 p.m. ET
Seattle vs. Colorado
5 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. New England
7:30 p.m. ET
Montreal vs. Columbus
8:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. FC Dallas
10:30 p.m. ET
San Jose vs. Real Salt Lake
Vancouver vs. Portland
Sunday, August 31
2:30 p.m. ET
D.C. United vs. New York, NBCSN
8 p.m. ET
Chivas USA vs. LA Galaxy, UDN



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