Revs run riot again, snubbed stars respond

[MLS: Week 11] A week after drilling a fatigued Seattle Sounders team, 5-0, the Revs took advantage of another tired foe by battering the Philadelphia Union, 5-3, at PPL Park.

Five different players scored for New England, which won a fourth straight game for the first time since 2005. Diego Fagundez, Lee Nguyen and Chris Tierney each added an assist to their goals, and A.J. Soares and Patrick Mullins -- for the third straight start -- also hit the net. Unbeaten in the last six games, the Revs (5-0-1) have outscored their opponents, 15-5, during that span.

Deprived of central midfielders Maurice Edu (USA camp) and Brian Carroll (injury), Philly coach John Hackworth moved Amobi Okugo to the holding mid position and paired Aaron Wheeler and Austin Berry as centerbacks for the first time. The Union had pulled out a stunning 2-1 win at Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, but playing its third game in eight days couldn’t stem waves of New England attacks, often prompted by the energy and clever touches of Nguyen.

The heavy home loss will increase the pressure on Hackworth as he searches for solutions for a team well down in the standings at 2-6-5.

PROVING THEIR POINT. Three of the more notable exclusions from their national team squads expressed their frustrations by netting important goals for their MLS teams on Saturday.

Eddie Johnson, left off the USA 30-man preliminary list by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, ended his personal goalless drought by getting his first of the season, an 84th-minute equalizer, that earned United a 1-1 tie with Montreal. Toronto FC striker Jermain Defoe, relegated to the standby list by England coach Roy Hodgson earlier this week, scored the first goal of a 2-0 victory over New York that snapped a three-game MLS losing streak for TFC. Seattle forward Obafemi Martins, overlooked by Nigeria, clipped home a shot from a nearly impossible angle (@1:25 on game highlights below) to help the Sounders down San Jose, 1-0.

Johnson headed home a feed from Fabian Espindola in the 84th minute to net his first goal since being traded by Seattle during the offseason. Defoe, who had cooled off from a torrid start to the season, scored in the 12th minute after Bradley Orr, starting in central midfield in place of Michael Bradley, had stolen a ball in midfield and pushed it into his path. Martins made up for the absence of Clint Dempsey by threatening the depleted Quakes back line on numerous occasions, and scored from a sharp angle on the left side with a quick shot that easily cleared keeper Jon Busch on its way into the top far corner.

TORRID TIME IN TIMBERLAND. Portland went down to 10 men and trailed, 2-1, late in the second half, yet equalized twice to pull out a 3-3 tie with Columbus at Providence Park.

Two goals by Federico Higuain opened up the Crew’s 2-1 lead. He scored before and after a wild tackle by teenager Alvas Powell left the Timbers a man down in the 34th minute, and they needed both of the equalizers from Will Johnson and Gaston Fernandez. Less than a minute after Johnson scored, Ethan Finley replied for the Crew in the 81st minute to briefly deflate a typically boisterous gathering at Providence Park. The crowd picked itself up and was rewarded when recent signee Fanendo Adi came into the match and headed down a Diego Valeri serve that Fernandez stabbed home in the 85th minute.

MLS WEEK 11, Results:
Saturday, May 17
Toronto FC 2 New York 0.
TOR: Jermain Defoe (Bradley Orr) 12
TOR: Luke Moore (Joe Bendik) 95+
Att.: 22,591.

D.C. United 1 Montreal 1.
MTL: Jack McInerney (Justin Mapp) 56
DCU: Eddie Johnson (Fabian Espindola, Chris Rolfe) 84
Att.: 14,106.

Philadelphia 3 New England 5.

NE: A.J. Soares (Chris Tierney) 13
NE: Diego Fagundez (Teal Bunbury, Lee Nguyen) 26
PHI: Vincent Nogueira (Danny Cruz) 36
NE: Lee Nguyen (Daigo Kobayashi) 49
NE: Chris Tierney 57
NE: Patrick Mullins (Diego Fagundez) 67
PHI: Sheanon Williams (Austin Berry, Sebastien LeToux) 76
PHI: Sebastien LeToux (pen.) 92+
Red Card: PHI – Cristian Maidana 82.
Att.: 18,812.

FC Dallas 1 Chivas USA 1.
CHV: Marco Delgado (Mauro Rosales, Martin Rivero) 60
DAL: Fabian Castillo (Jair Benitez) 83
Att.: 15,039.

Houston 1 LA Galaxy 0.
HOU: Giles Barnes (Mark Sherrod) 61.
Att.: 22,233.

Real Salt Lake 2 Colorado 1.
RSL: Joao Plata 23
RSL: Javier Morales 51
COL: Drew Moor (Dillon Serna) 83
Att.: 20,489.

Seattle 1 San Jose 0.
SEA: Obafemi Martins (Gonzalo Pineda) 8
Att.: 49,746.

Portland 3 Columbus 3.
POR: Maximiliano Urruti (Steve Zakuani) 5
CLB: Federico Higuain 14
CLB: Federico Higuain (Hector Jimenez) 45
POR: Gaston Fernandez (Fanendo Adi, Diego Valeri) 80
CLB Ethan Finlay (Federico Higuain) 81
POR: Will Johnson (Jack Jewsbury) 85
Red Card: POR -- Alvas Powell 34.
Att.: 20,814.

Wednesday, May 14
Sporting KC 1 Philadelphia 2.
PHI: Danny Cruz 40
SKC: Dom Dwyer (Paulo Nagamura) 80
PHI: Cristian Maidana (Andrew Wenger) 81
Red Card: PHI -- Corben Bone 90.
Att.: 19,073.

MLS WEEK 11, Schedule:
Sunday, May 18
3 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, UniMas

MLS Standings:
20 New England 6-3-2 19/13
17 Sporting KC 5-3-2 15/8
17 Houston 5-5-2 18/19
15 D.C. United 4-3-3 14/12
14 New York 3-4-5 18/19
13 Columbus 3-4-4 13/14
12 Toronto FC 4-4-0 9/9
11 Philadelphia 2-6-5 15/20
9 Chicago 1-2-6 17/16
7 Montreal 1-5-4 8/18

25 Seattle 8-3-1 23/19
23 Real Salt Lake 6-0-5 23/13
17 FC Dallas 5-5-2 21/20
16 Vancouver 4-2-4 16/12
15 Colorado 4-4-3 12/14
10 San Jose 2-4-4 10/12
10 Chivas USA 2-5-4 13/20
10 Portland 1-3-7 16/19
9 LA Galaxy 2-3-3 8/7
MLS: Leading Scorers
9 Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York
8 Erick Torres, Chivas USA
8 Clint Dempsey, Seattle
7+1 Dom Dwyer, Sporting KC
6+1 Federico Higuain, Columbus
6+1 Joao Plata
, Real Salt Lake
6 Will Bruin, Houston
6 Alvaro Saborio, Real Salt Lake
5+1 Gaston Fernandez, Portland
5+1 Obafemi Martins
, Seattle
5+1 Lee Nguyen, New England
5 Quincy Amarikwa, Chicago
5 Robbie Keane, LA Galaxy
5 Michel, FC Dallas
5 Chris Wondolowski
, San Jose
5 Vicente Sanchez, Colorado

MLS WEEK 12, Schedule:
Wednesday, May 21
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Houston, MLS LIVE
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Friday, May 23
8:30 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. Toronto FC, MLS LIVE, UDN
Saturday, May 24
7 pm ET
Vancouver vs. Seattle, MLS LIVE
New York vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
7:30 pm ET
Columbus vs. Chicago, MLS LIVE
New England vs. D.C. United, MLS LIVE
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. Montreal, MLS LIVE
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. FC Dallas, MLS LIVE
Sunday, May 25
8 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Philadelphia, UDN
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Houston

MLS WEEK 13, Schedule:
Tuesday, May 27
8 pm ET
Sporting KC vs. New York, ESPN2, WatchESPN, ESPN Deportes
Wednesday, May 28
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Portland, MLS LIVE
Saturday, May 31, 2014
4 pm ET
Seattle vs. Real Salt Lake, MLS LIVE
5 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus, MLS LIVE
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. New England, MLS LIVE
D.C. United vs. Sporting KC, MLS LIVE
8:30 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose, MLS LIVE, UDN
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. Philadelphia, MLS LIVE
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