MLS Weekend Wrap

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJuly 28, 2013

MLS Weekend Wrap

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    If there was one word to describe the action this weekend in Major League Soccer, it would be dramatic.

    Toronto, Montreal and New York all provided late-match fireworks for their home fans as the Eastern Conference standings tightened up considerably.

    In the Western Conference, Colorado asserted their playoff intentions at home with a win over the LA Galaxy while San Jose survived a late surge from Portland.

    Read on for comprehensive recaps of all nine matches played across the league this weekend.

Toronto FC 2, Columbus Crew 1

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    Goals: Dominic Oduro (CLB) 17'; Jonathan Osorio (TFC) 87'; Andrew Wiedeman (TFC) 94'

    Toronto FC broke their string of late-match concessions with a late-match fury of goals in the rain at BMO Field.

    Jonathan Osorio equalized the match in the 87th minute to give the Reds a glimmer of hope.

    Seven minutes later, Andrew Wiedeman turned that glimmer of hope into three points as his left-footed shot bounced past Crew keeper Andy Gruenebaum.

    The win will most likely build plenty of momentum for the Reds, as they look to salvage the first season of the Ryan Nelsen era.

    As for the unlucky losers, the Crew's playoff hopes took another hit as they failed to gain any ground on their Eastern Conference rivals.

    The Crew have now lost five of their last six matches.

New England Revolution 2, D.C. United 1

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    Goals: Luis Silva (DC) 8'; Dimitry Imbongo (NE) 54'; Diego Fagundez (NE) 63'

    A second-half surge put the New England Revolution past D.C. United at RFK Stadium.

    Dimitry Imbongo and Diego Fagundez scored a goal apiece, nine minutes apart, to hand the Revolution their eighth win of the season.

    With the victory, Jay Heaps' club crossed the 30-point barrier and leaped into the fifth and final Eastern Conference playoff position.

    After their league-high 15th loss of the season, D.C. stayed in last place in the East with a meager 10 points.

Philadelphia Union 1, Vancouver Whitecaps 0

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    Goals: Antoine Hoppenot (PHI) 85'

    It took quite some time for the Philadelphia Union to take advantage of their man advantage at BC Place, but they finally delivered in the 85th minute through super-sub Antonie Hoppenot.

    Hoppenot was the recipient of a back heel pass from the unlikeliest of providers in Aaron Wheeler on his way to the match winner.

    The Whitecaps, who lost Jun Marques Davidson in the eighth minute because of a headbutt of Keon Daniel, lost their first match at BC Place this season.

    Since the start of June, the fourth-place Union have won three times, drawn four matches and lost just once.

New York Red Bulls 4, Real Salt Lake 3

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    Goals: Tim Cahill (NY) 11', Fabian Espindola (NY) PK 23', PK 89'; Alvaro Saborio (RSL) PK 45', 80', 82'; Dax McCarty (NY) 94'

    It was quite the chaotic family reunion at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.

    Three current Red Bulls took on their former club, Real Salt Lake, and one of them scored twice from the penalty spot.

    Not to be outdone by Fabian Espindola's double, Alvaro Saborio scored all three of RSL's goals including a golazo to finish off the hat-trick in the 82nd minute.

    However, both players were to be outdone by Dax McCarty, who won the match with a 94th-minute header.

    When the match was all done and dusted, four goals had been scored in the final 15 minutes in Harrison, N.J.

Colorado Rapids 2, Los Angeles Galaxy 0

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    Goals: Hendry Thomas (COL) 41'; Dillon Powers (COL) 47'

    A Dillon Powers-driven Colorado Rapids club took down the Galaxy at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, thanks to the tremendous efforts of the 22-year-old midfielder.

    Powers assisted on the first goal of the match scored by Hendry Thomas, and he went on to score just two minutes into the second half to boost the Rapids over the Galaxy in the Western Conference standings.

    As for the Galaxy, they will get their star designated player Landon Donovan back next week after his blazing run through the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Montreal Impact 1, Sporting Kansas City 0

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    Goals: Blake Smith (MTL) 96'

    Blake Smith rescued Montreal from yet another disappointing result as his 96th-minute winner handed the Impact their first win since June 19.

    Smith sent Stade Saputo into an uproar, as he slotted the ball in between the legs of Sporting keeper Jimmy Nielsen, who, up to that point in the match, had made just three saves.

    The result, coupled with the win by New York, tightened up the Eastern Conference standings as Sporting now lead Montreal and New York by just one point.

Houston Dynamo 1, Chicago Fire 1

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    Goals: Cam Weaver (HOU) 61'; Mike Magee (CHI) 63'

    A three-minute span in the second half produced both goals in the match between Houston and Chicago at BBVA Compass Stadium.

    Cam Weaver's first goal since May 2011 opened the scoring in the 61st minute.

    Weaver finished off a brilliant run of play that was started by Boniek Garcia and included Corey Ashe and Brad Davis along the way.

    Just two minutes after Weaver's opener, Mike Magee struck with his 13th goal of the season.

    After the pace of the match picked up after the goals, neither club could strike for the second time and the match ended in a draw.

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San Jose Earthquakes 2, Portland Timbers 1

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    Goals: Victor Bernardez (SJ) 55'; Steven Lenhart (SJ) 58'; Darlington Nagbe (POR) 83'

    Powered by Steven Lenhart and his rather interesting goal celebration, the San Jose Earthquakes took down the Timbers at Buck Shaw Stadium.

    Lenhart's sliding second goal resulted in the best, or worst, goal celebration of the season and a discussion that sent Twitter abuzz in the late night hours on the East Coast.

    After Lenhart's eventual match-winner, the Timbers attempted a comeback and came within a goal of tying the match.

    Darlington Nagbe scored in the 83rd minute to hand Portland a lifeline but they could not convert on any other opportunities, even after going a man up late in the match when Marvin Chavez saw yellow twice in the same minute.

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Seattle Sounders 2, Chivas USA 1

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    Goals: Erick Torres (CHV) 16'; Brad Evans (SEA) 23'; Lamar Neagle (SEA) 57'

    After an early scare from Chivas USA, the Seattle Sounders came back to record their eighth win of the season.

    Seven minutes after Erick Torres netted the first goal of the match for the visitors, Brad Evans countered with an equalizer for Sigi Schmid's club. 

    In the 57th minute, Lamar Neagle ensured that the Sounders would come out of the match as the victors with his fifth goal of the season.

    With the win, the Sounders were handed a lifeline in their chase for the playoffs as they sit just four points out of the final Western Conference playoff spot.

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