Portland, Colorado and Chicago get first wins

[MLS REWIND: Week 6] Wins by Portland and Colorado Saturday and Chicago Sunday leave Seattle as the only team without a win after the first six weeks of the MLS season.The Timbers' win was the most convincing, a 2-0 victory over last year's MLS runner-up, Houston, on a pair of second-half goals by Ryan Johnson. Atiba Harris' early goal stood up in Colorado's 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake, while two late goals by Maicon Santos gave the Fire a 3-1 comeback win over New York. For all the weekend action ...

Goals: 16/7 GP (Avg.: 2.29).
Weekend Timeline

Sunday, April 7
Chicago 3 New York 1.
NY: Jamison Olave (Brandon Barklage, Tim Cahill) 17
CHI: Dan Paladini (Hunter Jumper) 44
CHI: Maicon Santos (Dan Paladini) 83
CHI: Maicon Santos (Jeff Larentowicz) 89

PRESSURE RELIEF. No one was under more pressure than Fire coach Frank Klopas after the club's 0-3-1 start, so the win was a big relief. “I know the quality we have and what we’ve shown so far wasn’t an indication of the group we had,” he told Chicago-Fire.com. “I feel good because, for sure, when you win a lot of things are solved and more than anything, just the pressure because maybe you try too hard and everything. I could see the guys up to this point -- they cared a lot and I think sometimes it’s just keeping it simple is the most important things.”
Saturday, April 6
Colorado 1 Real Salt Lake 0.
COL: Atiba Harris (Edson Buddle) 5.
Att.: 15,226.

UNLIKELY HERO. After graduating from Elon University, Clint Irwin spent a year each in the Canadian Soccer League and USL PRO before hooking on this season with the Colorado Rapids. He began the season as the No. 3 keeper but now finds himself in the starting role. He was the hero as the Rapids picked up their first win of the season, stopping Alvaro Saborio's penalty kick.

Irwin Save:

Saturday, April 6
Portland 2 Houston 0.
POR: Ryan Johnson (Diego Chara) 55
POR: Ryan Johnson (Darlington Nagbe) 73
Att.: 20,674.

PORTER'S FIRST WIN. The Timbers overcame the loss of two players in the first half to beat the Dynamo for their first win under Coach Caleb Porter. The Timbers were forced to make two substitutions in the first half due to the loss of defender David Horst, who sustained a right knee injury after colliding and tangling with Giles Barnes, and midfielder Diego Valeri, who took an elbow to the face from Jermaine Taylor while challenging for an aerial ball. “It feels good winning our first of hopefully many," said Porter. "[I'm] proud of the guys. They had a bit of adversity in the first half, but as the half went on we just got rolling. The guys that came into the game did a great job.”
Saturday, April 6
San Jose 1 Vancouver 1.

SJ: Chris Wondolowski (Alan Gordon, Shea Salinas) 18
VAN: Corey Hertzog 62
Att.: 10,525.

MISSING IN ACTION. Vancouver scored its tying goal in the second half while the Earthquakes had only only nine men on the field. After Sam Cronin was fouled, Alan Gordon, making his first appearance of the season, went to the sidelines to change his shoes thinking that play would stop to attend to the injured Cronin. Center back Victor Bernardez also left the field to change his shoes. Small problem: no one came to attend to Cronin, play resumed, but referee Fotis Bazakos did not immediately allow Gordon and Bernardez to return to the field.
Saturday, April 6
Toronto FC 2 FC Dallas 2.
DAL: Andrew Jacobson (Kenny Cooper, Michel) 34
DAL: Blas Perez (Jackson) 59
TOR: Justin Braun 85
TOR: Darel Russell (Luis Silva) 90
Att.: 16,111.

RESPONDING TO ADVERSITY. A week earlier, Toronto FC had twice blown leads and had to settle for a 2-2 tie with the defending champion LA Galaxy. This team, it came back from two goals down in the last five minutes to earn a draw with Western Conference leader FC Dallas."Yes," said Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen, "delighted to see a second-half effort like that, where we dominated the game, dominated possession and dominated the chances beside their goal, which we were caught on the break. I’m frustrated by the fact, that it took adversity to get the character and personality out. We are going to learn to show that from the start but it is funny because I am sitting here now the complete opposite from last week and I think the questions were answered tonight about the character and determination of the team against a very good Dallas team."
Saturday, April 6
Columbus 1 Philadelphia 1.

PHI: Jack McInerney (Danny Cruz, Amobi Okugo) 34
CLB: Dominic Oduro (Eddie Gaven) 72

FIRST FOR UNION. Philadelphia picked up its first point in four trips to Columbus with its 1-1 tie, and Union coach John Hackworth will take it. “Of all the teams I’ve seen," he said, "I think they’re one of the best teams in the league right now. So to come into this stadium where we’ve never gotten a point and to do it against one of the best teams in the league, you’ve got to walk away thinking, ‘OK, this is a good result.’”
Friday, April 5
Sporting KC 1 D.C. United 0.
KC: Claudio Bieler (Soony Saad) 89
Att.: 19,988.

UNITED'S LIMITATIONS. D.C. United was outshot, 13-4, so it was unlucky to hold on until Claudio Bieler's goal in the 89th minute. The game exposed United's offensive limitations. Dwayne De Rosario and Nick DeLeon -- two of its main threats -- were sidelined, and John Thorrington and Lewis Neal also did not play because of injuries.

Bieler Goal:

Eastern Conference:

12 Montreal 4-1-0 6/4
11 Sporting KC 3-1-2 7/3
9 Houston 3-2-0 8/6
8 Columbus 2-1-2 8/5
7 Philadelphia 2-2-1 6/7
5 Toronto FC 1-2-2 7/8
5 New York 1-3-2 7/10
4 Chicago 1-3-1 4/10
4 D.C. United 1-3-1 2/5
4 New England 1-2-1 1/2

Western Conference:

13 FC Dallas 4-1-1 10/7
10 Chivas USA 3-1-1 10/7
8 LA Galaxy 2-0-2 8/3
8 San Jose 2-2-2 5/7
7 Vancouver 2-2-1 6/6
7 Real Salt Lake 2-3-1 5/6
6 Portland 1-1-3 9/8
5 Colorado 1-3-2 5/7
1 Seattle 0-3-1 2/5
5 Mike Magee (Los Angeles)
4+1 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
4 Robert Earnshaw (Toronto FC)
3+2 Ryan Johnson (Portland)
3+1 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
3+1 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
3 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
Saturday, April 13
2 pm ET
Montreal vs. Columbus
Philadelphia vs. Toronto FC
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. New England, Univision Dep.
Vancouver vs. Real Salt Lake
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. New York
7:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy, NBCSN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Colorado
Sunday, April 14
5 pm ET
Houston vs. Chicago, UniMas
10:30 pm ET
Portland vs. San Jose, NBCSN

Wednesday, April 17
7:30 pm ET
New York vs. Sporting KC
Saturday, April 20
4 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Houston
6 pm ET
Colorado vs. Seattle
7 pm ET
New York vs. New England
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. Vancouver
Chicago vs. Columbus
9 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Chivas USA
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Sporting KC, NBCSN
Sunday, April 21
5 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Philadelphia, ESPN2
11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Portland, UniMas

Saturday, April 27
2 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. New York
4 pm ET
Montreal vs. Chicago, NBCSN
6 pm ET
Vancouver vs. FC Dallas, Univision Dep.
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. D.C. United
New England vs. Philadelphia
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Portland
9 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. LA Galaxy
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. San Jose
Sunday, April 28, 2013
5 pm ET
Houston vs. Colorado, UniMas

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