MLS Wrap: Recapping Wednesday's Games
It was business as usual for the home teams in midweek action. All four of Wednesday's matches saw the host emerge with at least a point, but not without a bit of drama.
Chicago came from behind to beat Colorado, while Vancouver had to do the same against Chivas later in the evening.
The Timbers continued their remarkable unbeaten run in a closely contested match in SoCal, while Montreal showed why they are the pride of Canada with another impressive shutout at home.
There are plenty of goals to discuss, so read further to recap all the action from the day.
Montreal Impact 2, Houston Dynamo 0
Goals: Felipe (MTL) 14', Di Vaio (MTL) 32'
Montreal continued their impressive run to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.
The Canadians dominated the match from start to finish—peppering Dynamo keeper Tally Hall with 21 shots on the night.
Montreal's Felipe Martins Campanholi got the party started early with a skillful strike in the 14th minute. The young Brazilian was played through with a beautiful ball over the top by Patrice Bernier. Felipe made no mistake—cushioning the ball with his first touch and slotting it home with his second.
Houston looked certain to get back in the game in the 22nd minute after Will Bruin was chopped down in the box by Matteo Ferrari.
But Giles Barnes could not convert. The forward made a mess of the spot kick, blasting over from 12 yards.
The insurance goal for the Impact came 10 minutes later as an errant back pass sent Marco Di Vaio clean through on goal. The Italian did well, chipping the ball over an onrushing Hall for his 10th goal of the year.
Di Vaio continued to threaten the rest of the match, but the Impact were unable to notch a third as the game finished 2-0.
Chicago Fire 2, Colorado Rapids 1
Goals: Deshorn Brown (COL) 17', Mike Magee (CHI) 23', Austin Berry (CHI) 47'
But that advantage was quickly erased by the ever-prolific Mike Magee. Chicago was streaking into the box before Marvell Wynne slid through—handling the ball on the way. Chicago was awarded a penalty kick and a chance to get back into the match.
Magee calmly chipped home from the spot, sending Clinton Irwin the wrong way.
They completed the comeback right after half time when Austin Berry peeled off his defender at the back post to head home. Jeff Larentowicz curled a ball in from the left, and Berry made a great leap to put the Fire ahead.
Colorado turned up their attack but were unable to capitalize on a number of good chances, and the game finished 2-1.
Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Chivas USA 1
Goals: Tristan Bowen (CHV) 7', Jordan Harvey (VAN) 45', Camilo Sanvezzo (VAN) 45', 81'
Tristan Bowen opened the match with a screamer from 20 yards to give Chivas an early lead. The forward stormed in from the right and unleashed a rocket that flew past Brad Knighton and into the top corner.
That lead would not last however, and Chivas found themselves on the wrong end of a lopsided scoreline yet again this season.
Jordan Harvey smacked home a bouncing ball just before half time to even things up, and Camilo Sanvezzo finished off a move just a minute later to give Vancouver the edge.
The one-two punch was too much for Chivas to climb back from, and Sanvezzo added another in the 81st minute to seal the deal for the home team.
Los Angeles Galaxy 0, Portland Timbers 0
The last match of the night ended in an unfortunate 0-0 draw.
The Timbers were unable to find their rhythm on offense and struggled to keep possession for much of the match.
Los Angeles looked dangerous on occasion, with its former player and Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts the only reason the game remained scoreless.
Ricketts made a number of fine saves and was strong in the air, deterring the onslaught of crosses into the box near the end of the game.
Robbie Keane looked lively for the home side but was unable to get a clean look on goal as both teams settled for a point.
Portland improved its incredible unbeaten run to 14 games and moved into second place out west.