MLS Weekend Wrap-Up
After a brief slate of matches on Saturday, the action in Major League Soccer heated up on Sunday.
The highlight of Sunday's matches was the breaking of Portland's 15-match unbeaten streak by the Columbus Crew.
Read on for comprehensive recaps of that match and the other seven played across MLS this weekend.
New England Revolution 2, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Goals: Saer Sene (NE) 14'; Dimitry Imbongo (NE) 78'
After being on the road for almost a month, the Revolution returned home in style with a two-goal win over the visiting San Jose Earthquakes.
Saer Sene sent tremors through Gillette Stadium in the 14th minute of the match with his stunning shot that flew past San Jose keeper Jon Busch.
Jay Heaps' side, who had 19 attempts on goal in the match, finished off their guests in the 78th minute on a goal by Dimitry Imbongo.
The Earthquakes, who carried plenty of momentum into this week's action after their comeback victory over Los Angeles last weekend, finished off their two-match road trip with nothing to show from it.
Houston Dynamo 1, Philadelphia Union 0
Goal: Ricardo Clark (HOU) 59'
Houston's seven-match winless streak was buried in the past at BBVA Compass Stadium as they defeated Philadelphia in an Eastern Conference showdown.
Ricardo Clark did the damage for the Dynamo in the 59th minute as his header off of a cross by Jermaine Taylor found the bottom right corner of the net.
The two depleted squads produced nine shots on goal but the match was only a glimmer of what it could have been had stars like Jack McInerney and Brad Davis been on the pitch for their respective sides.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Seattle Sounders 0
Goals: Kenny Miller (VAN) 4'; Darren Mattocks (VAN) 79'
The wait is finally over for the Vancouver Whitecaps as they earned their first Cascadia Cup victory in the MLS era against Seattle at BC Place.
Kenny Miller opened the scoring early on with a fourth-minute strike before Darren Mattocks' brilliant individual effort led to the second and final goal of the match in the 79th minute.
While the goals did mean a ton to the home side, the play of keeper Brad Knighton meant even more as he made seven saves on his way to a clean sheet.
The two clubs will meet for a third and final time to break the split in the season series on October 9 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
Sporting Kansas City 2, Chicago Fire 1
Goals: Benny Feilhaber (SKC) 6'; Graham Zusi (SKC) 8'; Mike Magee (CHI) 38'
Two early goals from Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi propelled Sporting Kansas City to their eighth win of the season.
Feilhaber opened Sporting's scoring account in the sixth minute on a powerful strike while Zusi followed two minutes later with a cross that found its way past Chicago keeper Paolo Tornaghi.
The home side fired back in the 38th minute as Mike Magee beat an offside trap to score his league-leading 11th goal of the season.
The Fire though failed to score a second goal at Toyota Park and as a result their unbeaten run was ended at six matches.
Columbus Crew 1, Portland Timbers 0
Goal: Bernardo Anor (CLB) 5'
The mighty 15-match unbeaten streak of the Portland Timbers ended in Ohio on Sunday as they fell to the Columbus Crew.
Roberrt Warzycha's side got out in front early through a fifth-minute Bernardo Anor goal.
Portland were forced to play with 10 men for the majority of the match after Pa-Madou Kah was shown red in the 11th minute.
The Timbers did have a few chances in the second half but they would come to no avail and they left Crew Stadium with their first loss since March 9.
The victory was the first since June 15 for a Crew side battling for a playoff position in the Eastern Conference standings.
Montreal Impact 1. Chivas USA 1
Goals: Eric Avila (CHV) 55'; Patrice Bernier (MTL) PK 80'
For quite some time on Sunday night it seemed like Chivas USA would pull off the unthinkable and win at Stade Saputo against the leaders of the Eastern Conference.
In the 80th minute, the Impact awakened their visitors from their dream and equalized through a Patrice Bernier penalty.
Bernier was able to slot home his penalty into the bottom right corner of the net because of a challenge by Chivas defender Mario De Luna on Sanna Nyassi on the edge of the penalty area in the minute before.
The result marked just the third draw of the season for the Impact while Chivas earned their third consecutive draw.
Colorado Rapids 0, D.C. United 0
Neither the Rapids or D.C. United could find the back of the net at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Sunday night.
The two clubs combined for nine shots on goal, seven of which came from the home side.
The result was also the first of the kind during the Oscar Pareja era for Colorado.
As for D.C., they suffered their third loss in four matches.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, FC Dallas 0
Goals: Marcelo Sarvas (LA) 65'; Hector Jimenez (LA) 80'
The marvelous skill of the Galaxy attack once again showed itself on Sunday night at the StubHub Center.
Marcelo Sarvas and Hector Jimenez scored a second half goal apiece with both goals being assisted on by Robbie Keane.
Bruce Arena's club have now won three of their last four matches and they are beginning to mount a challenge to Real Salt Lake's lead in the Western Conference standings.
As for FC Dallas, they still sit in second place in the West for the time being but if their current form continues, a slide down the standings will happen very quickly.
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