MLS Weekend Wrap

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 21, 2013

MLS Weekend Wrap

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    On a night where goals came at a premium on the East Coast, the two matches on the West Coast produced six goals to bolster the lackluster output from the first six matches of the day.

    The lack of scoring league-wide was the last thing on the minds of Real Salt Lake after they fell to Sporting Kansas City because of some controversial officiating.

    Read on for comprehensive recaps of the controversial Real Salt Lake match and the seven others played in MLS on Saturday.

Toronto FC 0, New York Red Bulls 0

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    The first match of the MLS weekend set the tone for the meager number of goals scored across the league and left Red Bulls manager Mike Petke disappointed for yet another week.

    The Red Bulls managed just one shot on target on their trip North of the Border to BMO Field to play Toronto FC.

    The host Reds did not do much better on the offensive end as they put just three shots on Luis Robles in the New York goal.

    Petke's club now have earned just seven points from their last six matches while Ryan Nelsen's Reds have now earned two points in the month of July.

Seattle Sounders 1, Colorado Rapids 1

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    Goals: Drew Moor (FCD) 60'; DeAndre Yedlin (SEA) 64'

    Under the bright afternoon sun in Seattle, the bright head of Seattle defender DeAndre Yedlin rescued a point for the home side.

    Just four minutes after Drew Moor headed in a corner kick to open the scoring for the Rapids, the United States U-20 international sent the crowd at CenturyLink Field into an uproar. 

    Yedlin's original shot was denied by Rapids keeper Clint Irwin, but the rebound bounced right back to the head of Yedlin, and he coolly put home his first career goal.

    The 2013 MLS All-Star also ended the Sounders' 245-minute goalless streak with his 64th-minute strike.

Montreal Impact 0, FC Dallas 0

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    In a battle of struggling clubs at Stade Saputo, Montreal and FC Dallas played to a goalless draw.

    The Impact dominated play for most of the match, but they could not put the ball past Raul Fernandez, who recorded his seventh clean sheet of the season.

    With the result, Montreal extended their winless run to five matches while FC Dallas' streak of the same type rose to eight matches.

New England Revolution 2, Columbus Crew 0

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    Goals: Jose Goncalves (NE) 91'; Diego Fagundez (NE) 94'

    It took the New England Revolution 91 minutes to find the back of the net against the Columbus Crew, and when they finally did, they buried their hosts with two goals in the final three minutes.

    Jose Goncalves broke the deadlock in the 91st minute with a header off of a corner kick.

    Diego Fagundez beat Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum three minutes later to seal the seventh win of the season for Jay Heaps' club.

    With the victory on the road, the Revolution moved within two points of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia Union 0, Portland Timbers 0

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    With the threat of weather looming large for the second consecutive week at PPL Park, the Union failed to score against the visiting Timbers.

    While not much rain fell onto the pitch in Chester, Pa. this week, the match was delayed by lightning for close to an hour.

    After the delay ended, the hosts tried their hardest to put one past Portland keeper Donovan Ricketts, but in the end their efforts would produce nothing as Ricketts earned his ninth clean sheet of the season.

Chicago Fire 4, D.C. United 1

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    Goals: Chris Rolfe (CHI) 2', 45'; Joel Lindpere (CHI) 11'; Mike Magee (CHI) 56'; Luis Silva (DC) 58'

    The most entertaining match of the night came from Toyota Park as the Fire unleashed a four-goal fury on D.C. United.

    Chris Rolfe opened the scoring in the second minute after he caught D.C. keeper Joe Willis out of position.

    Rolfe added another goal in the first half to put the Fire up by three goals. Joel Lindpere scored the second Chicago goal in the 11th minute.

    Mike Magee continued his blazing form with his 12th goal of the season in the 56th minute.

    D.C. did score a goal in the 58th by way of Luis Silva, but it was too little, too late for the visitors.

Sporting Kansas City 2, Real Salt Lake 1

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    Goals: Robbie Findley (RSL) 56'; Soony Saad (SKC) 67'; Ike Opara (SKC) 97'

    In a heated match between the leaders of each conference, the officiating was the main talking point after the final whistle blew, two minutes after it was supposed to.

    Ike Opara headed home the winning goal for Sporting Kansas City in the 97th minute to hand his club a controversial victory at Rio Tinto Stadium.

    Fans of Real Salt Lake were infuriated with referee Matthew Foerster after he decided to continue the match for two extra minutes after the allotted five minutes of second half stoppage time.

    Before the decision at the end of the match, everyone associated with Real Salt Lake were angered by Foerster's decisions as he handed out four yellow cards to Sporting's one in the first 65 minutes.

Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Vancouver Whitecaps 1

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    Goals: Camilo Sanvezzo (VAN) 19'; Jose Villarreal (LA) 29'; Gyasi Zardes (LA) 57'

    The young guns of the Los Angeles Galaxy delivered in the club's win over Vancouver at the StubHub Center.

    Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes fueled the Galaxy comeback with a goal apiece as Bruce Arena's side moved up to second place in the Western Conference standings.

    The match-winning goal scored by Zardes in the 57th minute was a piece of individual brilliance by the 21-year-old who is beginning to develop into one of the best young players in the league.

    To open the scoring, Camilo Sanvezzo scored his league-leading 13th goal for the Whitecaps.

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