MLS Saturday Wrap

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 16, 2013

MLS Saturday Wrap

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    With a plethora of international action highlighting Saturday's play across the sport, Major League Soccer delivered five entertaining domestic matches.

    The most excitement came from BC Place in Vancouver, as Kenny Miller became the focal point of the Whitecaps' win over New England for all the wrong reasons.

    In Portland, Darlington Nagbe was the focal point of the Timbers' match with FC Dallas for the right reasons as the league's longest unbeaten run was extended to 13 matches.

    Read on for comprehensive recaps of all five MLS matches played on Saturday.

Portland Timbers 1, FC Dallas 0

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    Goal: Darlington Nagbe (POR) 52' 

    Darlington Nagbe's superb 52nd-minute golazo was the difference in the match between two of the best clubs in MLS at Jeld-Wen Field. 

    Nagbe needed just a sliver of space to turn past defender George John and beat FC Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez with a Goal of the Year contender. 

    With the win, the Timbers extended their lengthy unbeaten streak to 13 matches and inched even closer to the lead of FC Dallas at the top of the Western Conference table. 

    For Schellas Hyndman's club, they are still in first place for another week but if they cannot play well against the big guns of the Western Conference, they will not last long on top. 

Toronto FC 2, D.C. United 1

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    Goals: Dwayne De Rosario (DC) 19'; Robert Earnshaw (TOR) 30'; Daniel Woolard (DC) OG 41'

    In a battle of the two of the worst teams in the league, Toronto FC came out of RFK Stadium with a crucial victory that could change their fortunes this season.

    After Dwayne De Rosario's penalty opened the scoring in the 19th minute, Robert Earnshaw got to show off his gymnastics skills once again as he delivered his trademark flip after scoring in the 30th minute.

    The Reds were handed the victory in the 41st minute when United's Daniel Woolard deflected in a Luis Silva free kick into his own net.

    Ryan Nelsen's Toronto club will now look to build on their win in the American capital as they face a difficult upcoming schedule that includes matches against the likes of Houston, Montreal and Real Salt Lake.

    As for the miserable form of D.C. United, they have lost three of their last four matches and have not won since March 9.

Columbus Crew 2, Montreal Impact 0

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    Goals: Matias Sanchez (CLB) 6'; Dominic Oduro (CLB) 22'

    In front of their largest home crowd in over a year, the injury-ravaged Crew defeated the Eastern Conference leaders at home.

    Matias Sanchez and Dominic Oduro scored a goal each in the first half to hand Columbus a much-needed victory to boost the morale of a club now without Glauber as well as Eddie Gaven.

    Montreal cannot dwell on this loss for long, as they will face yet another Eastern Conference showdown on Wednesday against Houston.

San Jose Earthquakes 2, Colorado Rapids 1

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    Goals: Steven Lenhart (SJ) 11'; Sam Cronin (SJ) 52'; Nathan Sturgis (COL) 67'

    In the first match of the Mark Watson era, the Earthquakes responded well to their new manager as they marched into Dick's Sporting Goods Park and took a win away from the Rapids.

    Steven Lenhart and Sam Cronin both scored in Watson's debut as interim manager after Frank Yallop was let go last weekend.

    On Cronin's eventual match-winning goal, Rafael Baca provided him with a superb assist that came from right outside the halfway line.

    For the hosts, Nathan Sturgis scored his third goal in four matches, but a comeback attempt by the Rapids came to no avail.

Vancouver Whitecaps 4, New England Revolution 2

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    Goals: Juan Agudelo (NE) 10'; Kelyn Rowe (NE) 20'; Camilo Sanvezzo (VAN) 25'; Kenny Miller (VAN) 39', 68'; Jordan Harvey (VAN) 43'; Dimitry Imbongo (NE) 84'

    After the final whistle blew at BC Place, the only person worth talking about was Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller.

    Miller was at the center of controversy in the 23rd minute as he earned a penalty after tripping himself on the turf.

    With Miller's dive not called, Revolution defender Andrew Farrell was sent off and the complexion of the match instantly changed.

    Camilo converted the penalty in the 25th minute and Miller followed with two goals of his own to propel the Whitecaps to quite the controversial result.

    Before the Whitecaps could exhale with a full three points, keeper Brad Knighton made a crucial save on a free kick by Lee Nguyen in second-half stoppage time.

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