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MLS Weekend Wrap

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2016

MLS Weekend Wrap

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    The Major League Soccer weekend kicked off with a fury of eight goals in Montreal and continued on into Sunday with two Eastern Conference showdowns. 

    Kei Kamara continued his march back to the Sporting Kansas City starting 11 with his equalizer off the bench against Houston while Jamison Olave provided some late-match heroics in the Red Bulls' draw with Columbus.

    Elsewhere across the league this weekend, three matches ended in a 2-0 result and the worst of the worst in the league extended their runs of futility. 

    Read on for recaps for each of the nine matches played in MLS this weekend. 

Montreal Impact 5, Philadelphia Union 3

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    Goals: Marco Di Vaio (MTL) 2'; 28'; 32'; Jack McInerney (PHI) 5'; Antoine Hoppenot (PHI) 69'; Andrew Wenger (MTL) 74'; Sebastien Le Toux (PHI) 85'; Blake Smith (MTL) 94' 

    Philadelphia and Montreal scored a plethora of goals and then some at Stade Saputo.

    Marco Di Vaio netted a first-half hat-trick for the host Impact, and in the process, he evened up the race for the Golden Boot with Jack McInerney, who scored the opener for the Union in the fifth minute.

    The Union kept battling back in the second half, but their lackluster defensive efforts cost them as the Impact scored two second-half goals to seal the deal.

    Di Vaio's hat-trick was his first with Montreal since joining the club last summer.

Portland Timbers 2, D.C. United 0

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    Goals: Rodney Wallace (POR) 21'; Darlington Nagbe (POR) 57'

    The form of both Portland and D.C. held true at RFK Stadium as the Timbers took care of business against a struggling United squad.

    Rodney Wallace and Darlington Nagbe contributed a goal each as the Timbers extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches.

    D.C. has now lost eight of its last nine matches. and one has to wonder how long manager Ben Olsen has to right the ship before he gets sacked.

New England Revolution 2, Toronto FC 0

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    Goals: Diego Fagundez (NE) 23'; Juan Agudelo (NE) 93'

    The Revolution continued to ride the terrific form of 18-year-old Diego Fagundez in their win over Toronto at Gillette Stadium.

    Fagundez, who is quickly emerging as one of the breakout talents of the 2013 season, scored his fourth goal of the season in the 23rd minute on a stellar volley.

    The second New England goal came from someone who is used to scoring goals along the Eastern seaboard, as Juan Agudelo recorded his first goal for the club since being traded from Chivas USA 18 days ago.

    The loss was the fifth consecutive one for Ryan Nelsen's Toronto FC club.

FC Dallas 1, San Jose Earthquakes 0

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    Goal: Fabian Castillo (FCD) 33' 

    FC Dallas quelled any doubters from its loss to Seattle last week by taking a full three points away from the Earthquakes at FC Dallas Stadium.

    Fabian Castillo scored the lone goal of the match in the 33rd minute as he cut back inside to the left and beat Earthquakes keeper Jon Busch.

    San Jose, which has seen a mixed bag of results in the season after winning the Supporters' Shield, does not have an enviable schedule ahead in June with Real Salt Lake, Colorado and Los Angeles all on the upcoming fixture list.

Colorado Rapids 2, Chivas USA 0

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    Goals: Atiba Harris (COL) 11'; Nathan Sturgis (COL) 78'

    Nathan Sturgis scored his second goal in as many matches as he helped bury Chivas USA at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

    The Rapids also received a goal from Atiba Harris early on in the first half to help the club extend its unbeaten streak to five matches.

    Going further back into the last week of March, Colorado has lost just one match in its last nine.

    That is far from the case for Chivas USA, which has now lost six of its last seven matches.

Real Salt Lake 1, Chicago Fire 1

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    Goals: Alvaro Saborio (RSL) 78'; Quincy Amarikwa (CHI) 84'

    By now, whenever someone praises a goalkeeper in a match involving Real Salt Lake, Nick Rimando is the player that fans assume has the stellar performance.

    That was not the case at Rio Tinto Park, as Chicago's Sean Johnson put in a magnificent goalkeeping display on the road to earn a point out west. 

    Johnson kept the Fire in the match, and Quincy Amarikwa rewarded his efforts when he equalized in the 84th minute.

    Johnson's best save came in the 75th minute as he pushed a Javier Morales free kick off the crossbar.

     

    For more MLS coverage during the weekend, follow me on Twitter, @JTansey90.

Sporting Kansas City 1, Houston Dynamo 1

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    Goals: Brad Davis (HOU) 45'; Kei Kamara (SKC) 68'

    Kei Kamara's first goal in front of his beloved home fans at Sporting Park since returning from his loan spell at Norwich City held Houston back from getting revenge on Sporting's win in Houston two weeks ago. 

    Brad Davis opened the scoring for the Dynamo in first half stoppage time before Kamara equalized 23 minutes into the second half. 

    The result extended the three-match winless streak of the Dynamo and the three-match unbeaten run for Sporting. 

Columbus Crew 2, New York Red Bulls 2

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    Goals: Dominic Oduro (CLB) 2'; Thierry Henry (NY) 31'; Federico Higuain (CLB) 74'; Jamison Olave (NY) 90'

    Jamison Olave's presence in front of goal once again became the gift that kept on giving for the Red Bulls as he equalized the Crew in the 90th minute at Red Bull Arena. 

    Columbus hopped on the board early with a goal by Dominic Oduro in the second minute before Thierry Henry's world-class chip equalized the match in the 31st minute.

    The Crew thought that they could leave New Jersey with a win on Sunday when Federico Higuain converted his 74th minute penalty.

    However, it was not to be for the Crew who fell victim to Olave's career-high fourth goal of the season that handed both clubs a point when the final whistle blew. 

     

     

     

Los Angeles Galaxy 4, Seattle Sounders 0

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    Goals: Sean Franklin (LA) 12'; Robbie Keane (LA) 24', 34', 44'

    It was a great night to be named Robbie and play for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

    Robbie Keane scored a hat-trick in a 20-minute span in the first half to open up the Galaxy's massive lead on the visiting Sounders.

    Robbie Rogers made his Galaxy debut in the 77th minute and in the process he became the first openly gay professional athlete to play in an American professional team sport. 

    For most of the match, the Galaxy had their way with the Sounders back four and earning the full three points was never questioned for the home side. 

     

    For more MLS coverage during the weekend, follow me on Twitter, @JTansey90.

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