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Routs, golazos and a 'Superman' effort
by Paul Kennedy, August 25th, 2013 2:28AM
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[MLS REWIND: Saturday] The Montreal Impact took the Eastern Conference lead with a 5-0 win over Houston -- the Dynamo's worst loss in its history -- and Italian Marco Di Vaio scored twice to take the scoring lead with 15 goals.

In the Western Conference, Real Salt Lake extended its lead to five points when it routed the Columbus Crew, 4-0. The LA Galaxy moved into second place with a 1-0 win at Vancouver and FC Dallas took sole possession of fifth place when it rallied from two goals down after 16 minutes to tie San Jose, 2-2.

WEEK 26 IN BRIEF:
Goals: 27/8 GP (avg.: 3.38)
Video: Weekend Timeline

The races for the fifth playoff spots in both conferences have tightened, however. Just three points separate the fifth- to seventh-place teams in the Eastern Conference and fifth- to eighth-place teams the Western Conference.

DONOVAN RECORD CHASE. It took Landon Donovan only 125 seconds to score with a left-footed blast from distance for the lone goal in the Galaxy's win in Vancouver. He got a lot of help in the quick buildup from Marcelo Sarvas and Robbie Keane to score his 131st career goal, leaving him just three behind the MLS record held by Jeff Cunningham.



SUPERMAN EFFORT. On the  Time Warner Cable SportsNet post-game show, Donovan gave a tip of the hat to recent signing, Panamanian keeper Jaime Penedo, for preserving the win with a sprawling save across the goal on Kekuta Manneh's shot after Jordan Harvey had blasted a shot off the post.

"It seemed like he just came out of nowhere, kind of like Superman, and extended his arm and made an unbelievable save," said Donovan.

Vancouver-LA Galaxy Highlights (Penedo save at 3:40):


MLS RESULTS, Week 26:
Saturday, August 24
D.C. United 1 Toronto FC 1.
DCU:  Dwayne De Rosario (Perry Kitchen) 10
TFC:  Bobby Convey (Reggie Lambe) 60
Att.: 13,927.

De Rosario Goal:



Saturday, August 24
Montreal 5 Houston 0.
MON: Marco Di Vaio (Justin Mapp) 35
MON:  Felipe Martins (Justin Mapp) 37
MON:  Jeb Brovsky 58
MON: Marco Di Vaio (Patrice Bernier, Felipe Martins) 70
MON: Andrea Pisanu (Felipe Martins) 90+1
Att.: 20,081 (sellout).



Saturday, August 24
FC Dallas 2 San Jose 2.
SJ: Alan Gordon (Cordell Cato) 8
SJ: Steven Beitashour (Rafael Baca, Alan Gordon) 16
DAL: Blas Perez (Je-Vaughn Watson, Michel) 19
DAL: Michel 72
Red cards: San Jose -- Justin Morrow 81, Victor Bernardez 86; FC Dallas -- Cooper 86.
Att.: 14,920.

Saturday, August 24
Vancouver 0 LA Galaxy 1.
LA: Landon Donovan 3
Att.: 21,000 (sellout).

Saturday, August 24
Real Salt Lake 4 Columbus 0.
RSL: Kyle Beckerman 45+1
RSL: Devon Sandoval (Olmes García, Javier Morales) 51
RSL: Luis Gil (Ned Grabavoy) 83
RSL: Kyle Beckerman 89
Red cards: Columbus -- Federico Higuain 90+
Att.: 18,398.



Friday, August 23
Chicago 1 Sporting KC 0.
CHI: Hunter Jumper (Mike Magee, Jalil Anibaba) 13
Att.: 17,085.

Wednesday, August 21
Chivas USA 1 FC Dallas 3.
CHV: Bryan de la Fuente (Marco Delgado) 43
DAL: Blas Perez (Fabian Castillo, David Ferreira) 71
DAL: David Ferreira (Ramon Nunez) 86
DAL: Ramon Nunez (Blas Perez) 90
Red card: FC Dallas -- Jackson 61.
Att.: 7,071.

Wednesday, August 21
Portland 3 Real Salt Lake 3.
POR: Rodney Wallace (Diego Valeri) 24
RSL: Nat Borchers  38
RSL: Javier Morales (pen.) 43
POR: Diego Valeri (pen.) 57
POR: Kalif Alhassan 86
RSL: Cole Grossman 90+3
Red card: Real Salt Lake -- Yordany Alvarez 79.
Att.: 20,674.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 26:
Sunday, August 25
5 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Philadelphia
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland, ESPN2
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

41 Montreal 12-7-5 41/35
39 Sporting KC 11-9-6 36/26
39 New York 11-8-6 36/31
38 Philadelphia 10-7-8 36/32
36 Houston 10-8-6 29/29
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34 Chicago 10-10-4 30/34
33 New England 9-8-6 29/23
29 Columbus 8-12-5 29/34
21 Toronto FC 4-12-9 22/34
14 D.C. United 3-18-5 15/41

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

45 Real Salt Lake 13-8-6 48/33
40 LA Galaxy 12-9-4 40/32
39 Colorado 10-7-9 33/27
39 Portland 9-3-12 37/25
37 FC Dallas 9-7-10 36/38
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36 Vancouver 10-9-6 37/32
34 Seattle 10-8-4 30/26
34 San Jose 9-10-7 27/37
18 Chivas USA 4-14-6 21/43
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
15+2 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
14 Camilo (Vancouver)
14 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
10+1+1 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
10 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
9 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
9 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)


1 comment
  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: August 25, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.
    NO handball in the LA Galaxy game. Why does everyone not understand the rule? INTENT you have to have some intent to be called for a handball. Half the "handballs" called in the MLS are wrong.

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