MLS Sunday: Union and Revs headed in opposite directions

CJ Sapong tied his career high with his ninth goal of the season and Haris Medunjanin assisted on goals by Ilsinho and Roland Alberg as the Philadelphia Union beat the New England Revolution, 3-0.

After starting out winless in its last eight games, the Union has won six of nine games to move into eighth place, just three points below the red line in the Eastern Conference. The Revs, losers of their last three games, dropped to 10th place, ahead of only D.C. United.

SATURDAY. The Chicago Fire moved into first place in the Eastern Conference when it beat Vancouver, 4-0, for its eighth straight MLS win and Toronto FC lost at FC Dallas, 3-1. It's the latest in the season the Fire has been in first place since 2005.

Nemanja Nikolic scored twice in the first 18 minutes to give him 16 goals in the Fire's first 18 games, putting him on a pace to break the MLS record for goals in a season. The only down note: German star Bastian Schweinsteiger had to leave game late in first half with a hip injury.
 
MLS STREAKS:
UNBEATEN
10 Chicago (8 wins, 2 ties)
5 NYCFC (4 wins, 1 tie)
5 Sporting KC (2 wins, 3 ties)

WINLESS
4 Orlando City (1 loss, 3 ties)
4 Portland (2 losses, 2 ties)
4 Houston (2 losses, 2 ties)
4 Montreal (1 loss, 3 ties)

MLS RESULTS, WEEK 18:
Thursday, June 29

NYCFC 3 Minn. United 1.
MIN: Christian Ramirez 9
NYC: Alexander Callens (Ben Sweat) 38
NYC: Jack Harrison (Rodney Wallace, Thomas McNamara) 52
NYC: David Villa (Jack Harrison) 63
NYCFC -- Johansen; Matarrita (Lopez 9), Callens, Chanot, Sweat; Ring, Herrera, McNamara (Brillant 84); Harrison, Wallace (Pirlo 78); Villa.
Minn. United -- Shuttleworth; K.Venegas, Taylor, Calvo, Thiesson; Cronin, Ibson, J.Venegas, Molino, Ibarra (Jome 73); Ramirez.
Att.: 21,572.



Friday, June 30
Real Salt Lake 0 Orlando City 1.
ORL: Will Johnson 17
Real Salt Lake -- Rimando; Wingert (Movsisyan 69), Glad, Horst, Acosta; (Saucedo 83), Beckerman; Lennon, Savarino, Plata; Silva (Rusnak 77).
Orlando City -- Bendik; Sutter, Aja, Spector, Toia; Johnson, Nocerino (Carrasco 46), Higuita (Laryea 88), Kaka (Gil 71); Barnes, Larin.
Att.: 19,218.

Saturday, July 1
Chicago 4 Vancouver 0.
CHI: Nemanja Nikolic (Matt Polster, Joao Meira) 14
CHI: Nemanja Nikolic (Michael de Leeuw) 18
CHI: Arturo Alvarez (Matt Polster) 25
CHI: Michael de Leeuw (Nemanja Nikolic) 84
Chicago -- Lampson, Polster, Kappelhof (Mihailovic 81), Meira, Vincent, Juninho, Schweinsteiger (Conner 43), Solignac, de Leeuw, Alvarez (Campbell 69), Nikolic.
Vancouver -- Ousted; Nerwinski, Jacobson, Parker, Harvey, Techera, Laba, Tchani (Mezquida 51), Bolanos, Shea (Reyna 64), Ibini-Isei (Montero 51).
Red Card: Vancouver -- Matias Laba 78.
Att.: 20,187.



Saturday, July 1
Sporting KC 1. Portland 1.
POR: Diego Valeri (Sebastian Blanco) 26
SKC: Daniel Salloi (Roger Espinoza) 60
Sporting KC -- Melia; Abdul-Salaam, Opara, Ellis, Sinovic; Espinoza, Ilie, Feilhaber (Medranda 80); Gerso (Salloi 35), Saad (Rubio 59), Blessing.
Portland -- Gleeson; Powell (Valentin 76), Zemanski, Olum, Vytas; Blanco (Arboleda 92+), Miller, Asprilla (Mattocks 60), Valeri, Nagbe; Adi.
Att.: 20,933.

Saturday, July 1
Montreal 2 D.C. United 0.
MTL: Blerim Dzemaili (Hernan Bernardello) 21
MTL: Chris Duvall (Blerim Dzemaili) 23
Montreal -- Duvall, Camara, Fisher, Ciman, Tabla (Salazar 59), Dzemaili (Mallace 88), Oduro, Bernardello, Donadel, Mancosu (DePuy 70).
D.C. United -- Worra; Kemp, Opare, Birnbaum, Korb (Odoi-Atsem 69); Harkes, Sarvas; Nyarko, Acosta, Sam (Ortiz 71); Brown (Neagle 54).
Att.: 18,707.



Saturday, July 1
FC Dallas 3 Toronto FC 1.
FCD: Roland Lamah (Max Urruti, Maynor Figueroa) 5
FCD: Roland Lamah (Mauro Diaz) 21
TFC: Marky Delgado 56
FCD: Max Urruti (Michael Barrios) 78
FC Dallas -- Gonzalez; Hollingshead, Figueroa, Harris, Grana; Gruezo, Ulloa, Lamah (Cermeno 73), Barrios (Guillen 84); Diaz (Akindele 59), Urruti.
Toronto FC -- Bono; Zavaleta, Moor, Mavinga, Alseth (Endoh 74), Morgan (Chapman 81); Bradley, Delgado, Cooper (Hamilton 81); Altidore, Giovinco.



Saturday, July 1
Columbus 0 Atlanta United 2.
ATL: Hector Villalba (Alec Kann) 27
ATL: Hector Villalba 64
Columbus -- Steffen; Afful, Williams, Mensah (Naess 77), Raitala; Trapp, Artur; Finlay (Manneh 61), Higuain, Meram (Jahn 68); Kamara
Atlanta United -- Kann; Walkes, Gonzalez Pirez, Parkhurst, Garza; Almiron, Villalba (Gressel 64); Larentowicz, Carmona, Asad (Kratz 90+1); Martinez (Vazquez 82).
Att.: 20,391.



Saturday, July 1
Colorado 3 Houston 1.
COL: Kevin Doyle (Dillon Serna, Dominique Badji) 21
HOU: Erick Torres (A.J. DeLaGarza) 45+5
COL: Marlon Hairston (Dominique Badji, Kevin Doyle) 48
COL: Marlon Hairston (Dominique Badji, Kevin Doyle) 69
Colorado -- Howard; Castillo,Da Fonte, Miller, Williams; Boateng (Hamilton 74), Saeid, Hairston (Calvert 76), Serna; Badji (Watts 89), Doyle.
Houston -- Willis; DeLaGarza, Machado, Leonardo, Beasley; Clark (Sanchez 78), Cabezas (Alex 65), B.Garcia; Wenger (Holland 89), Torres, Manotas.
Att.: 13,774.



Saturday, July 1
San Jose 2 LA Galaxy 1.
LA: Jelle Van Damme (Jose Villarreal) 11
SJ: Chris Wondolowski (David Bingham) 75
SJ: Shea Salinas (Danny Hoesen) 90+4
LA Galaxy -- Diop; Garcia, Romney, Van Damme, Arellano; Joao Pedro, Jaime Villarreal; Jamieson, Jose Villarreal (Mendiola 70), Boateng (Lassiter 74); McBean.
San Jose -- Bingham; Imperiale, Bernardez, Jungwirth; Godoy, Thompson (Mfeka 90+5), Hyka, Yueill, Cato (Salinas 65); Hoesen, Wondolowski.
Red Card: LA Galaxy -- Van Damme 90+5.
Att.: 50,617.



Sunday, July 2
Philadelphia 3 New England 0.
PHI: CJ Sapong pen 4
PHI: Ilsinho (Fafa Picault, Haris Medunjanin) 48
PHI: Roland Alberg (Haris Medunjanin) 78
Philadelphia -- Blake; Gaddis, Elliott (Yaro 62), Onyewu, Wijnaldum; Medunjanin (Tribbett 87), Jones; Pontius, Ilsinho (Alberg 77), Picault; Sapong.
New England -- Cropper; Farrell, Angoua, J.Smith, D.Smith (Wright 53); Watson; Bunbury, Koffie, Caldwell (Tierney 79), Nguyen; Kamara (Hollinger-Janzen 71).
Att.: 16,143.



MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
37 Chicago 11-3-4 35/17
35 Toronto FC 10-3-5 31/18
33 NYCFC 10-5-3 34/21
29 Orlando City 8-6-5 21/26
27 Atlanta United 8-7-3 35/25
25 Columbus 8-10-1 29/32
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23 NY Red Bulls 7-8-2 17/23
22 Philadelphia 6-7-4 24/20
21 Montreal 5-5-6 26/26
20 New England 5-8-5 27/28
18 D.C. United 5-10-3 12/27
Western Conference
PTS TEAM W-L-T GF/GA
31 Sporting KC 8-4-7 23/13
28 FC Dallas 7-3-7 26/16
26 Portland 7-7-5 32/29
26 San Jose 7-6-5 20/22
25 Houston 7-7-4 31/28
22 LA Galaxy 6-7-4 26/26
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21 Vancouver 6-7-3 21/25
21 Seattle 5-7-6 22/27
19 Colorado 6-10-1 18/24
18 Minn. United 5-10-3 25/41
17 Real Salt Lake 5-12-2 17/38

MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
16+2 Nemanja Nikolic (Chicago)
12+1 Erick Torres (Houston)
11+1 David Villa (NYC FC)
10 David Accam (Chicago)
10+1 Christian Ramirez (Minn. United)
10+1 Maxi Urruti (FC Dallas)
10+1 Diego Valeri (Portland)
9 Fanendo Adi (Portland)
9 Ola Kamara (Columbus)
9+1 CJ Sapong (Philadelphia)

MLS SCHEDULE, WEEK 18:
Tuesday, July 4
Atlanta United vs. San Jose 7 pm
Minn. United vs. Columbus 7 pm
FC Dallas vs. D.C. United 8:30 pm
Colorado vs. Seattle 9 pm
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake 10:30 pm
Wednesday, July 5
New England vs. NY Red Bulls 7:30 pm
Orlando City vs. Toronto FC 7:30 pm
Houston vs. Montreal 8:30 pm
Vancouver vs. NYCFC 10 pm
Portland vs. Chicago 10:30 pm
Thursday, July 6
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia 8:30 pm
All times ET.

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