MLS Weekend Wrap

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 14, 2013

MLS Weekend Wrap

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    On a weekend highlighted by action in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, Major League Soccer delivered plenty of quality to rival the North American competition.

    Adam Moffat was the face that perfectly fit the quality as he delivered two impressive goals for Houston in their victory over New England.

    Not to be outdone, Sporting Kansas City delivered one of the classiest goals of the season in their match against Toronto FC.

    Out on the West Coast, Portland and Los Angeles delivered fans who stayed up late to watch with plenty of drama at Jeld-Wen Field.

    Read on for comprehensive recaps of those three matches as well as the other five played this weekend in MLS.

Philadelphia Union 3, Chivas USA 1

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    Goals: Jose Correa (CHV) 14'; Brian Carroll (PHI) 58'; Michael Farfan (PHI) 82'; Conor Casey (PHI) 89'

    In the derby of the brothers Farfan, the Philadelphia Union came out victorious after 90 minutes played in a downpour at PPL Park on Friday night.

    Philadelphia's Farfan brother, Michael, scored the match-winning goal in the 82nd minute to save face for the hosts against the worst club in the Western Conference.

    Before Farfan could win the match for the Union, Brian Carroll scored in the 58th minute to equalize the Goats, who went ahead in the 14th minute by way of a Jose Correa goal.

    Conor Casey put the finishing touch on the match as he knocked in a cross from debutant Fabinho in the 89th minute.

New York Red Bulls 4, Montreal Impact 0

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    Goals: Eric Alexander (NY) 10'; Thierry Henry (NY) 16'; Tim Cahill (NY) 63'; Peguy Luyindula (NY) PK 88'

    The New York Red Bulls thoroughly dominated the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena thanks to a four-goal outburst.

    The rout was on from the outset as the host side scored twice in the first 16 minutes.

    Eric Alexander opened the scoring in the 10th minute after he waltzed through the Impact back four to slot home his second goal of the season.

    Thierry Henry followed six minutes later with his seventh goal of the season.

    In the second half, Peguy Luyindula ended his two-year goal drought with an 88th-minute penalty.

    The victory sent the Red Bulls up to second place in the Eastern Conference with 31 points, which is the same amount that Montreal has this season.

Houston Dynamo 2, New England Revolution 1

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    Goals: Adam Moffat (HOU) 49', 79'; Saer Sene (NE) 55'

    The Houston Dynamo avenged their May 18 home loss to New England by going into Foxborough and leaving with three points of their own on Saturday.

    The star of the Dynamo's eighth win of the season was Adam Moffat, who delivered two stunning goals.

    In the 49th minute, Moffat drove home a Goal of the Year candidate from 25 yards out. Then 30 minutes later, he scored the winner from just outside the penalty area after the ball bounced off of Revolution keeper Bobby Shuttleworth and into the net.

    In between Moffat's moments of glory, Saer Sene tapped in his second goal in as many matches in the 55th minute.

Sporting Kansas City 2, Toronto FC 0

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    Goals: Soony Saad (SKC) 21', 51'; Claudio Bieler (SKC) 63'

    Sporting Kansas City padded their lead atop the Eastern Conference standings with a home victory over ninth-placed Toronto FC.

    Soony Saad opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a shot that found itself in the bottom left corner of the net.

    Saad beat Toronto keeper Joe Bendik again in the second half on a rebound in the 51st minute.

    In the 63rd minute, Claudio Bieler finished off a wonderful run of play by Sporting as he beat Bendik with a tap-in to put the victory in the bag.

    During that Bieler goal, Toronto were playing with 10 men as Reggie Lambe had been sent off seven minutes beforehand.

Real Salt Lake 3, FC Dallas 0

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    Goals: Javier Morales (RSL) 39'; Ned Grabavoy (RSL) 79'; Olmes Garcia (RSL) 90'

    Real Salt Lake once again proved that they are a club that can survive the international commitments of their stars.

    Jason Kreis' club went into FC Dallas Stadium and delivered a beating to a struggling FC Dallas side without four of their regular starters.

    Javier Morales opened the scoring in the 39th minute after he completely befuddled Zack Loyd on a move in the penalty area.

    Ned Grabavoy provided the visitors with an insurance goal in the 79th minute after his thunderous shot screamed past FC Dallas keeper Raul Fernandez.

    One more thing that was impressive about the clean sheet held by RSL, they did it with their third-string keeper in net after Josh Saunders left the match in the second half with a leg injury.

San Jose Earthquakes 1, Seattle Sounders 0

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    Goal: Walter Martinez (SJ) 48'

    Walter Martinez's first goal as an Earthquake was enough for San Jose to get past Seattle at Buck Shaw Stadium.

    Martinez, who was arguably the man of the match, was one of the most active players on the pitch all night as he had a match-high two shots on goal.

    The two shots on goal by Martinez were one more than the entire Seattle team had as the visitors put in a lackluster effort in which they forced San Jose keeper Jon Busch into action just once.

    However, the main talking point from the match will not be the offensive output of either club but it will be the red card shown to Seattle's Oswaldo Alonso at the end of the match.

Portland Timbers 2, LA Galaxy 1

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    Goals: Marcelo Sarvas (LA) 17'; Ryan Johnson (POR) 27'; Andrew Jean-Baptiste (POR) 94'

    In what could only be described as a Western Conference heavyweight matchup, the Portland Timbers delivered the knockout blow on a 94th-minute header by Andrew Jean-Baptiste.

    For the entire match, both clubs went after each other with a higher intensity than is usually seen in the regular season.

    Both goalkeepers were forced into fantastic saves, both clubs were recipients of first-half goals and even the managers of both clubs got into it after the final whistle.

    If that was not enough, the match saw six yellow cards handed out by referee Baldomero Toledo, four of which came in the first half.

    As for the third regular season meeting between the clubs in September, let's just say it will be a match you will not want to miss.

Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Chicago Fire 1

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    Goals: Camilo Sanvezzo (VAN) 66', 71'; Kekuta Manneh (VAN) 84'; Patrick Nyarko (CHI) 94'

    Camilo Sanvezzo continued to score like a man possessed on Sunday as he netted two goals in a five-minute span to hand Vancouver their fifth win in six matches.

    Both goals scored by the Brazilian at BC Place were pieces of individual brilliance that completely fooled a lapless Fire defense.

    With his pair of goals, Sanvezzo now has 12 goals on the season, which puts him just one ahead of Mike Magee and Marco Di Vaio for the league lead.

    Late in the match, Kekuta Manneh delivered an insurance goal for the home side in the 84th minute.

    Patrick Nyarko scored for the visitors in the waning moments of the second half but it was far from enough to prevent his club's second consecutive loss.

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