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Seattle and Philly both go four-deep
by Ridge Mahoney, August 25th, 2014 1:32AM

TAGS:  mls, philadelphia union, seattle sounders


[MLS: Sunday] A weekend of high-scoring games finished strongly on Sunday, as Seattle beat Northwest rival Portland, 4-2, and Philly thumped San Jose by the same score.

MLS: Saturday

ON TOP AGAIN. The Sounders regained first place in the Western Conference and the Supporters’ Shield lead by rolling over the Timbers at Providence Park. Obafemi Martins scored twice as he and Clint Dempseybefuddled Portland repeatedly by intelligent movement and slick passing.

Martins tucked away a centering ball from Brad Evans to open the scoring and then eluded a challenge to send in Dempsey to hit the second goal. Seven minutes after replacing Marco Pappa, Chad Barrett pounced on a Dempsey feed to score his third goal in as many games. Martins scored again after Portland got on the board through substitute Fanendo Adi, who netted a second goal in stoppage time.

The Sounders’ victory was just their second in the last six games yet enough to reclaim the top spot in the overall standings, two points ahead of D.C. United. Dempsey and Martins are tied for the team lead with 10 goals apiece, and Martins is assist leader with eight.

FUN TIMES IN PHILLY. The man who enchanted Union fans for two seasons is returning to that form of 2010 and 2011, when Sebastien Le Toux scored 25 goals and registered 20 assists before being shipped off to Vancouver in exchange for allocation money.

He played a role in each goal Sunday as the Union beat San Jose, 4-2, after building and then blowing a two-goal lead. In the 10th minute Le Toux centered a ball that Andrew Wenger collected and blasted into the net for the first of his two goals, and four minutes later Le Toux punished a poor clearance by volleying the ball viciously into the net.

The Quakes stunned Philly with a pair of goals in 11 minutes. Sam Cronin cut the deficit in half with a superb first-time strike of a headed clearance, and Chris Wondolowski tied the game by volleying a deep cross from Shea Salinas past Algerian keeper Rais Mbolhi, who made his MLS debut.

Philly needed only about two minutes to regain the lead. Le Toux’s free kick from the right flank arrowed to the near post, where right back Sheanon Williams ignored an opponent’s boot near his head to nod the ball in. Wenger clinched the victory by racing onto Le Toux’s midfield layoff to storm into the penalty area and shoot powerfully with the outside of his right foot.

Le Toux has scored in seven of the team’s last nine games and leads Philly with 11 goals, which matches his 2011 total.

MLS WEEK 24, Results:
Sunday, August 24
Portland 2 Seattle 4.
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Brad Evans, DeAndre Yedlin) 17
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Obafemi Martins) 34
SEA: Chad Barrett (Clint Dempsey) 70
POR: Fanendo Adi (Rodney Wallace) 74
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Gonzalo Pineda) 76
POR: Fanendo Adi (Steve Zakuani) 90+1
Att.: 20,814

Philadelphia 4 San Jose 2.
PHI: Andrew Wenger (Sebastien Le Toux, Conor Casey) 10
PHI: Sebastien Le Toux 14
SJ: Sam Cronin 59
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Shea Salinas) 70
PHI: Sheanon Williams (Sebastien Le Toux) 72
PHI: Andrew  Wenger (Sebastien Le Toux) 79

Saturday, August 23
New York 4 Montreal 2.
MTL: Dilly Duka (Callum Mallace) 37
NY: Thierry Henry (Eric Alexander) 53
NY: Thierry Henry (Dax McCarty) 67
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Thierry Henry) 74
MTL: Andres Romero (Wandrille Lefevre) 79
NY: Bradley Wright-Phillips (Peguy Luyindula) 91+
Att.: 17,891

Toronto FC 2 Chicago 2.

TOR: own goal 3
CHI: Robert Earnshaw (Grant Ward) 70
TOR: Gilberto (Luke Moore) 79
CHI: Quincy Amarikwa (Lovel Palmer) 90
Att.: 22,591

Columbus 3 Houston 0.

CLB: Justin Meram 35
CLB: Adam Bedell (Justin Meram) 59
CLB: Aaron Schoenfeld (Waylon Francis) 64
Att.: 17,551.

New England 1 Chivas USA 0.

NE: Lee Nguyen (Kelyn Rowe, Daigo Kobayashi) 56’
Att.: 16,427

Sporting KC 0 D.C. United 3.

DC: Fabian Espindola (Luis Silva) 24
DC: Chris Rolfe (Luis Silva) 28
DC: Perry Kitchen (Chris Rolfe) 31
Att.: 19,963.

LA Galaxy 2 Vancouver 0.
LA: Landon Donovan (Robbie Keane) 4
LA: Marcelo Sarvas (Robbie Keane) 32
Red Card: VAN -- Johnny Leveron 90.
Att.: 21,637.

Friday, August 22

FC Dallas 2 Real Salt Lake 1.
DAL: Je-Vaughn Watson (Michel) 50
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Tesho Akindele, Michel) 75
RSL: Olmes Garcia (Sebastian Velasquez) 90+1
Red Card: DAL: Blas Perez 45
Att.: 17,622.

Wednesday, August 20
Colorado 3 LA Galaxy 4.
COL: Marlon Hairston 14
COL: Edson Buddle (Dillon Powers) 17
LA: Robbie Keane (Dan Gargan) 20
COL: Marc Burch 30
LA: Omar Gonzalez (Landon Donovan) 55
LA: Alan Gordon (Omar Gonzalez) 68
LA: Landon Donovan (Robbie Keane) 80
Att.: 14,011.

Seattle 1 San Jose 1.
SEA: Chad Barrett (Obafemi Martins) 46
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Cordell Cato) 65
Att.: 38,909.

MLS Standings:


43 D.C. United 13-7-4 39/26
42 Sporting KC
12-7-6 36/26
33 Toronto FC 9-8-6 35/36
33 Columbus
8-8-9 35/32
31 New York 7-7-10 39/36
30 New England 9-12-3 31/36
30 Philadelphia 7-9-9 40/41
26 Chicago 4-6-14 31/37
25 Houston 7-13-4 25/45
17 Montreal 4-15-5 25/45

45 Seattle 14-7-3 43/33
42 FC Dallas 12-7-6 45/33
42 Real Salt Lake
11-5-9 39/30
40 LA Galaxy 11-5-7 41/26
33 Vancouver 7-5-12 33/31
30 Colorado 8-11-6 37/39
30 Portland 7-8-10 41/43
25 San Jose 6-10-7 28/32
24 Chivas USA 6-12-6 21/37
MLS: Leading Scorers
20 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
16 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
13 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
11 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
11 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
10 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
10 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
10 Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy
10 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose
9 Will Bruin, Houston
9 Fabian Castillo, FC Dallas
9 Fabian Espindola
, D.C. United
9 Federico Higuain, Columbus
9 Lee Nguyen, New England

MLS WEEK 25: Schedule:
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

1 comment
  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: August 25, 2014 at 1:16 p.m.
    Both of those goals by Martins were fantastic, but that last one was totally sweet! I think it should be nominated for goal of the week!

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