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D.C. United and Galaxy close in on Sounders
by Paul Kennedy, August 31st, 2014 11:35PM

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[MLS: Sunday] D.C. United opened up a four-point lead in the Eastern Conference with a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls that also gave it the Atlantic Cup. In another rivalry match, the LA Galaxy defeated Chivas USA, 3-0, in the SuperClasico to extend its winning streak to four games, its longest of the season. Both winners have 46 points, two less than Supporters' Shield leader Seattle.

MLS WEEK 25: Results:
Sunday, August 31
D.C. United 2 New York 0.
DC: Luis Silva (Fabian Espindola, Bill Hamid) 57
DC: Eddie Johnson (Perry Kitchen) 91+
Att.: 19,453.

LA Galaxy 3 Chivas USA 0.
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Landon Donovan) 35
LA: Robbie Keane (Marcelo Sarvas) 68
LA: Gyasi Zardes (Landon Donovan) 71
Red Card: CHV -- Erick Torres 75.
Att.: 18,652.

D.C. United broke the scoreless deadlock off a goal kick in the 57th minute when Fabian Espindola flicked on a long ball from goalkeeper Bill Hamid and Luis Silva beat Red Bulls defender Jamison Olave and goalkeeper Luis Robles to the ball and scored his eighth goal of the season.

United put the game away in stoppage time when Eddie Johnson, who had come on for Silva, chipped Robles.



Gyasi Zardes scored two more goals to give 12 goals -- the most by any American in MLS -- and Robbie Keane added his 14th of the season as the Chivas USA has not scored in six straight games.

Recently acquired Alan Gordon got the start over Keane and his dummy set up Landon Donovan to feed Zardes for the opening goal. Donovan also assisted on Zardes' second goal.



MLS WEEK 25: Results:
Saturday, August 30
Montreal 2 Columbus 0.
MTL: Ignacio Piatti (Felipe Martins) 40
MTL: Ignacio Piatti 90+5
Att.: 15,995.

Chicago 1 FC Dallas 0.
CHI: Robert Earnshaw (Jeff Larentowicz) 83
Att.: 16,824.

Toronto FC 0 New England 3.
NE: Lee Nguyen 2
NE: Kelyn Rowe (Lee Nguyen) 21
NE: Teal Bunbury (Charlie Davies, Lee Nguyen) 58
Att.: 22,591.

Seattle 1 Colorado 0.
SEA: Clint Dempsey (Marco Pappa) 52
Att.: 38,934.

San Jose 1 Real Salt Lake 1.
SJ: Sam Cronin (Chris Wondolowski) 14
RSL: Javier Morales (pen.) 35
Att.: 10,525.

Vancouver 0 Portland 3.
POR: Alvas Powell (Diego Valeri), 51
POR: Maximiliano Urruti (Michael Harrington) 75
POR: Rodney Wallace (Darlington Nagbe) 79
Att.: 21,000.

Friday, August 29
Sporting KC 1 Houston 3.
HOU: Will Bruin 35
SKC: Dom Dwyer (Benny Feilhaber) 54
HOU: David Horst (Brad Davis) 62
HOU: Ricardo Clark (Brad Davis) 67
Att.: 20,332.

Wednesday, August 27
LA Galaxy 4 D.C. United 1.
LA: Alan Gordon 2
LA: Omar Gonzalez (Landon Donovan) 24
LA: Baggio Husidic (A.J. DeLaGarza, Landon Donovan) 45+1
DC: own goal 58
LA: Landon Donovan pen. 75
Att.: 16,044.

MLS Standings:
EASTERN CONFERENCE

PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA

46 D.C. United 14-8-4 42/30
42 Sporting KC
12-8-6 37/29
33 New England 10-12-3 34/36
33 Toronto FC 9-9-6 35/39
33 Columbus
8-9-9 35/34
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31 New York 7-8-10 39/38
30 Philadelphia 7-9-9 40/41
29 Chicago
5-6-14 32/37
28 Houston 8-13-4 28/46
20 Montreal 5-15-5 27/45

WESTERN CONFERENCE
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
48 Seattle 15-7-3 44/33
46 LA Galaxy 13-5-7 48/27
43 Real Salt Lake 11-5-10 40/31
42 FC Dallas 12-8-6 45/34
34 Portland 8-8-10 44/43
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33 Vancouver 7-6-12 33/34
30 Colorado 8-12-6 37/40
26 San Jose 6-10-8 29/33
24 Chivas USA 6-13-6 21/40
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MLS: Leading Scorers
G PLAYER, TEAM
20 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
17 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
14 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
14 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
12 Gyasi Zardes, LA Galaxy
11 Jermain Defoe, Toronto FC
11 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
11 Sebastien Le Toux, Philadelphia
11 Joao Plata, Real Salt Lake
10 Will Bruin, Houston
10 Obafemi Martins, Seattle
10 Lee Nguyen, New England
10 Chris Wondolowski, San Jose


5 comments
  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: September 1, 2014 at 8:05 a.m.
    From now until his retirement from MLS, expect Donovan to be "unselfish" for a "selfish" reason. He is 7 assists away from becoming the MLS all-time leader in assists.

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: September 1, 2014 at 11:48 a.m.
    Is that a shot at Donovan, Gus? Because he has been pretty unselfish throughout his career about setting up other players...unusual for a goalscorer actually. Whether he ends up with the record for assists or not, I don't think anyone would seriously say Steve Ralston was a better creator of goal scoring opportunities so I doubt Landon sees it as a "competition".

  1. Andrea Hana
    commented on: September 1, 2014 at 3:51 p.m.
    DC might only be 2 points behind Seattle, but they are one game up on the Sounders. The only ones, at this point, to worry about are the Galaxy. For how long? Who knows?

  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: September 1, 2014 at 10:44 p.m.
    Albert, This is not a shot at Donovan. I was just playing with the words that some commentators throw now and then. I thought you already know that I am a fan of Donovan, the greatest US soccer player of his generation.

  1. Albert Harris
    commented on: September 2, 2014 at 2:02 p.m.
    My apologies, Gus. No offense intended. I didn't have my "irony app" engaged when I read your comment.


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