[MLS REWIND: Week 30]
News flash: The Whitecaps, Crew and Quakes aren’t dead just yet.
Those teams needed wins Saturday to strengthen their
faint playoff hopes, and win they did, resulting in tighter playoff races in both conferences. While the Galaxy and Sounders served up a barnburner at StubHub Center in the glamour game of the weekend
that ended 1-1, teams on the bubble rose to the occasion. Goals:
24/8 GP (3.00 avg.) Video: Weekend Timeline STAYING ALIVE.
Vancouver and San Jose, which began the day tied for seventh place, stayed tied and moved up a place by knocking off two of the top teams.
Vancouver dented the Supporters’
Shield hopes of Canadian rival Montreal by thumping the Impact, 3-0, at BMO Field, and the Quakes did the same to Real Salt Lake in a 2-1 decision at Rio Tinto Stadium. Kenny Miller
’s penalty kick staked Vancouver to a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute and two late goals by his replacement, Camilo
, sealed the victory. Defender Jay DeMerit
, who came on as a sub in last week’s 0-0 tie with San Jose to end a six-month injury
layoff, got his first start since the season opener and helped the ‘Caps post a second straight shutout. Matt Watson
’s shot came off
the arm of Impact defender Hassoun Camara
and Miller converted the spot kick for his eighth goal of the season. More than 80 minutes of scoreless play ensued
but the game didn’t lack for action; each team hit the woodwork twice and referee Jorge Gonzalez
reversed a decision that would have given Montreal a
penalty kick for handling the ball.
Camilo replaced Miller in the 60th minute and took his goal tally for the season to 16, third-best in the league, by firing just inside the far post
and then curling a spectacular goal into the top corner. The ‘Caps defensive effort blanked Marco Di Vaio, the league’s top goalscorer with 18, for the third time this season.
The road has been a horror show for last year’s Supporters Shield winners, but a pair of goals by Steven Lenhart
earned the Quakes just their second away
win of the season at a most inopportune time for RSL. All the goals were scored in a short spell midway through the first half, with Lenhart’s pair in the 18th and 21st minutes bracketing a
strike by Javier Morales.
RSL controlled most of the play, finishing with a 17-8 edge in shots, a 13-7 superiority in corner kicks, and an
astonishing 69.5 percent to 30.5 percent possession advantage. The loss denied RSL the chance to take over first place in the Western Conference, pending the Los Angeles-Seattle result.
The Sounders survived a furious late assault that went seven minutes into stoppage time to gain the point and retain top spot in the Western Conference. A Juninho
kick matched a sharp header by Eddie Johnson
, but the Galaxy couldn’t manage a winning goal despite overrunning the Sounders before and after
received a second caution in the 90th minute. EASTERN PERSPECTIVE.
By drilling the Fire, 3-0,
Columbus kept pace just two points behind fifth-place New England, which downed D.C. United, 2-1, to retain its hold on fifth place and the bottom playoff spot. Columbus took a 1-0 lead with a Dominic Oduro
goal in the 15th minute and struck twice within six minutes to exploit a red card shown to Bakary Soumare
took down Jairo Arrieta
just outside the box. In the 70th minute, Arrieta drew another foul, this one in the penalty area, and Federico Higuain
put away the spot kick. Bernardo Anor
rounded off the scoring six minutes later. C.J. Sapong
scored both goals for Sporting Kansas City in a 2-1 win at Toronto as SKC moved into a first-place tie with the Red Bulls, who play FC Dallas Sunday. SKC’s cause was
aided by some lenient refereeing by Allen Chapma
n regarding defender Aurelien Collin
; he escaped a second caution
despite elbowing TFC winger Alvaro Rey
and being called for a foul on the play, and wasn’t punished for knocking over striker Justin Braun
in the final minutes with a clumsy challenge that completely missed the ball.
Houston unleashed its attack against Chivas USA, and Giles Barnes
and Oscar Boniek Garcia
each scored twice in a 5-1 rout. After twice being stoned by Chivas USA keeper Dan Kennedy
, Barnes beat him with a header from a Brad Davis
corner kick to opening the scoring.
After Chivas USA equalized five
minutes into the second half with a goal by Eric Avila
, who nodded in the rebound of a Carlos Alvarez
shot off the post,
the Dynamo broke open the game with a pair of killer through balls. Ricardo Clark
sent Barnes clear to score, and Warren
did the same to set up Will Bruin
Boniek Garcia made it 4-1 with his first goal of the year and tacked on a penalty kick in the
New England scored for United with an own goal in the 11th minute, then rallied with goals by Diego Fagundez
and Lee Nguyen
to win, 2-1, at Gillette Stadium. Nguyen notched the winner with a penalty kick, six minutes after D.C. keeper Bill
had stopped him from the spot. Steve Caldwell
poked a Luis Silva
cross into his own net to
give D.C. a lead that Hamid briefly preserved by diving to his right to repel Nguyen’s first PK, which resulted from what appeared to be a clean Dejan Jakovic
tackle on Nguyen. Yet the Revs struck a minute later when Saer Sene
’s through ball released Fagundez, who appeared to be barely offside, to score
his 11th goal of the season.
Fouled by Lewis Neal
late in the match, Nguyen stepped up to the penalty spot again, and this time chipped down the
middle to leave Hamid and United frustrated at a team record-tying 20th defeat of the season. TIMBERS JUMP PAST RAPIDS.
The tightly bunched teams in
the Western Conference moved around again Friday night and now it’s Colorado that is trapped in a wild-card spot. Diego Valeri
goal held up the rest of the way as Portland (11-5-13, 46 pts.) replaced Colorado (12-9-9, 45 pts.) in third place by beating the Rapids, 1-0, at Jeld-Wen Field. The vast majority of the 20,674 fans
in attendance roared mightily as Valeri’s clever chip, set up by Rodney Wallace
’s headed interception of a poor clearance, floated over Rapids
keeper Clint Irwin
and into the net.
Colorado forced its way back into the match and finished with a 13-9 edge in shots and 9-3 advantage in corner
kicks but could only put one shot on goal, an Atiba Harris
effort that was saved by Donovan Ricketts
. Edson Buddle
smashed a shot off the base of the post as a debated offside flag went up, and in the final minutes Dillon Powers
fired a shot that was deflected narrowly wide.
Recently acquired midfielder Vicente Sanchez
was a late scratch because of injury and in a
rejiggered Rapids lineup Martin Rivero
and Nick LaBrocca
were deployed. LaBrocca brought some energy but Rivero
wasn’t effective, and both were eventually substituted.
Colorado takes a bye from league play next week and by the time it hosts Seattle Oct. 5, it could be out of the playoff tier
entirely. Portland hosts the Galaxy a week from Sunday in yet another episode of the wild, wild West. MLS RESULTS, Week
30: Saturday, September 21
Montreal 0 Vancouver 3.
VAN: Kenny Miller (pen.) 7.
VAN: Camilo Sanvezzo (Young-Pyo Lee) 89.
VAN: Camilo Sanvezzo (Carlyle Mitchell) 91+.
Att.: 20,006. Camilo Goal #2: Saturday, September 21
Toronto FC 1
Sporting KC 2.
SKC: C.J. Sapong (Dominic Driver, Graham Zusi) 18.
TFC: Darel Russell (Alvaro Rey) 38.
SKC: C.J. Sapong (Chance Myers) 53.
Referee: Allen Chapman.
Att.: 12,627. Saturday, September 21
Columbus 3 Chicago
CLB: Dominic Oduro (Jairo Arrieta) 15.
CLB: Federico Higuain 70.
CLB: Bernardo Anor (Tony Tchani) 76. Red Card:
Chicago -- Bakary
Referee: Juan Guzman.
Att.: 19,010. Saturday, September 21
New England 2 D.C. United 1
DCU: Own goal (Scott Caldwell) 11.
NE: Diego Fagundez (Saer Sene) 58.
NE: Lee Nguyen 83.
Att.: 19,187. Saturday, September 21
Houston 5 Chivas
HOU: Giles Barnes (Brad Davis) 39.
CHV: Eric Avila 50.
HOU: Giles Barnes (Ricardo Clark) 54.
HOU: Will Bruin 63.
HOU: Oscar Boniek Garcia (Will Bruin)
HOU: Oscar Boniek Garcia 91+.
Referee: Elias Bazakos.
Att.: 20,157. Saturday, September 21
Real Salt Lake 1 San
SJ: Steven Lenhart (Cordell Cato) 18.
RSL: Javier Morales (Kyle Beckerman) 19.
SJ: Steven Lenhart (Shea Salinas) 22.
Referee: Chris Penso.
Att.: 20,504. Saturday, September 21
LA Galaxy 1 Seattle 1.
Johnson (Mauro Rosales) 25.
LA: Juninho 47+. Red Card:
Seattle -- Zach Scott 90.
Referee: Silviu Petrescu.
Friday, September 20 Portland 1 Colorado 0.
POR: Diego Valeri (Rodney Wallace) 13.
Referee: Hilario Grajeda.
MLS SCHEDULE, Week 30:
22 5 p.m ET
New York vs. FC Dallas, UniMas
------------------------------------------------------------ MLS STANDINGS: Eastern Conference:
(GP) TEAM W-L-T +/- 48 (29) New York
14-9-6 46/36 48 (29) Sporting
14-9-6 43/28 45 (28) Montreal
13-9-6 46/42 43 (29) Houston
12-10-7 37/36 40 (29) New England
11-11-7 41/33 -------------------------------------------
Chicago 11-12-6 36/43
39 (29) Philadelphia 10-10-9 37/39
38 (30) Columbus 11-14-5 36/39
23 (30) Toronto FC 4-15-11 25/44
15 (29) D.C. United 3-20-6 19/48
PTS (GP) TEAM W-L-T +/- 50 (28) Seattle
15-8-5 38/28 48 (30) Real Salt Lake
14-10-6 53/39 46 (29) Portland
11-5-13 45/31 45 (29) LA Galaxy
13-10-6 46/36 45 (30) Colorado
12-9-9 37/31 -------------------------------------------
(29) Vancouver 11-10-8 42/38
41 (30) San Jose 11-11-8 31/41
40 (28) FC Dallas
26 (30) Chivas USA 6-16-8 29/45
------------------------------------------------------------ MLS LEADING SCORERS: G PLAYER (TEAM)
Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
16+2 Camilo (Vancouver)
16 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
12 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
11+1 Diego Fagundez (New England)
11+1 Dominic Oduro
10+1 Federico Higuain (Columbus)
10 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
10 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
10 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)
10 Jack McInerney
MLS SCHEDULE, Week
31: Friday, September 27 8 p.m ET
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia,
NBCSN Saturday, September 28 1 p.m ET
Toronto FC vs. D.C. United
7 p.m ET
Vancouver vs. Real Salt Lake 7:30 p.m. ET
New England vs. Houston 8:30 p.m. ET
Chicago vs. Montreal Sunday, September 29 3:30 p.m. ET
Portland vs. LA Galaxy, NBC 8:30 p.m. ET
FC Dallas vs. Columbus 9 p.m ET
Seattle vs. New York ESPN
11 p.m ET
Chivas USA vs. San Jose UniMa