MLS 2011 Week 32 Recap

Houston 3 Los Angeles 1
HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Dynamo clinched second place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-1 victory over a reserve-laden LA Galaxy lineup in the final MLS regular-season game of 2011 in front of 30,018 fans at Robertson Stadium on Sunday.

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San Jose 4 Dallas 2
SANTA CLARA, CA — The San Jose Earthquakes scored four goals in a matter of 12 minutes Saturday night, but they couldn’t find the one they really wanted.

Chris Wondolowski converted a 34th-minute penalty kick to tie Dwayne De Rosario atop the MLS scoring leaderboard, yet fell just short in his bid to become a back-to-back Golden Boot winner as the Quakes pounded FC Dallas 4-2.

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Chivas 1 Seattle 3
CARSON, CA – The Seattle Sounders crushed Chivas USA in their regular-season finale on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center, 3-1, a match that was marred by a first-half injury to Sounders star midfielder Mauro Rosales.

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Real Salt Lake 1 Portland 1
SANDY, UT — Álvaro Saborío struck in the first half and Real Salt Lake appeared ready to lock up the third seed in the Western Conference playoff bracket. But that was before defender Futty Danso popped up in the RSL box and knocked in a late equalizer to give the Portland Timbers a 1-1 draw at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.

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Chicago 3 Columbus 2
BRIDGEVIEW, IL – The Chicago Fire spoiled the Columbus Crew’s bid to clinch a top-three seed in the Eastern Conference at Toyota Park on Saturday night, getting a late goal from forward Diego Chaves to beat Columbus 3-2 in both sides’ regular-season finales.

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DC United 0 Kansas City 1
WASHINGTON, DC – Sporting Kansas City needed a win on Saturday night against DC United to clinch first place in the Eastern Conference, and defender Matt Besler’s delivered, firing home the winner in the 54th-minute to earn SKC a 1-0 win on the road to close out the regular season.

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Vancouver 1 Colorado 2
VANCOUVER, BC — It wasn’t pretty, but the defending MLS Cup champions got the result they came for.

Substitute Wells Thomson scored an 84th-minute goal to earn the Colorado Rapids a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 at BC Place on Saturday evening. The result secured the Rapids home-field advantage in the club’s midweek Wild Card playoff match, while breaking the Caps’ three-match winning streak.

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Toronto 2 New England 2
TORONTO – Danny Koevermans scored with seven minutes to play to lift Toronto FC to a 2-2 draw against New England at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon in a battle between two teams that finish the season at the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

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New York 1 Philadelphia 0
HARRISON, NJ — The New York Red Bulls booked their place in the 2011 MLS Cup playoffs with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union at Red Bull Arena on Thursday night in a game they dominated from start to finish.

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DC United 1 Portland 1
WASHINGTON, DC – A frenetic late second half push came up short for DC United, who saw their playoff hopes come to a crashing end with a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers.

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