MLS 2012: Week 10 Recap

SANTA CLARA, CA – Alan Gordon rose up inside of Chivas’ six-yard box in the 88th minute to head home a perfectly placed cross off the left wing from rookie midfielder Sam Garza, giving the San Jose Earthquakes a 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Sunday at Buck Shaw Stadium.

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CHESTER, PA – No Thierry Henry? No problem. Even without their leading scorer, the New York Red Bulls offense clicked to the tune of three goals during a nationally televised showdown Sunday afternoon at PPL Park. Fueled by a 78th-minute game-winning goal from Kenny Cooper, the Red Bulls escaped Chester with a wild 3-2 victory, taking advantage of being a man up for the entire second half and spoiling a two-goal effort from Philly’s Lionard Pajoy.

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SEATTLE, WA – Fabián Espíndola scored just out of halftime and Real Salt Lake snapped the Seattle Sounders’ six-match unbeaten streak with a 1-0 victory at CenturyLink Field on Saturday.

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BRIDGEVIEW, IL – The Chicago Fire staged a remarkable 2-1 comeback victory against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at Toyota Park, with goals from Sebastián Grazzini and Dominic Oduro bringing the home team back from a 1-0 deficit and sending SKC to their third straight loss.

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COLUMBUS, OH – Both the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas snapped long scoreless streaks on Saturday night at Crew Stadium. But thanks to goals from Justin Meram and Sebastián Miranda, it was the home side that ran out winners, rallying past 10-man FCD to end a five-game winless streak.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – There were quite a few words spilled during the week about New England midfielder Lee Nguyen’s first chance to face Vancouver since Whitecaps FC waived him on March 1. Nguyen let his play say more than he ever could, registering two goals and an assist to spark the Revolution to a 4-1 victory over Vancouver at Gillette Stadium on Saturday in the only meeting between the two clubs this season.

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HOUSTON, TX – Brad Davis ushered in a new era for the Houston Dynamo in style on a sparkling Texas afternoon Saturday, scorching the game-winning goal from 35 yards out to fuel the Dynamo’s 1-0 over DC United in the first-ever game at BBVA Compass Stadium.

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MONTREAL, QC – Cometh the hour, cometh the man. And the fans – 60,860 in all, a record attendance for a professional soccer match in Canada – came to see David Beckham ply his trade at the Stade Olympique. The Englishman’s curling free kick in the 62nd minute canceled out the Montreal Impact’s eighth-minute strike from captain Davy Arnaud as the LA Galaxy snatched a 1-1 draw on the road on Saturday.

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BRIDGEVIEW, IL – The Chicago Fire and Real Salt Lake played to a staid, 0-0 draw at Toyota Park on Wednesday night, with neither side conceding much in the way of chances and both teams showcasing their defensive discipline.

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FRISCO, TX – Fredy Montero scored two sensational goals in a matter of two minutes to extend Seattle’s winning streak to five and give the Sounders a 2-0 road win over FC Dallas on Wednesday night at FC Dallas Stadium.

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HARRISON, NJ – Another clean sheet, another win for the New York Red Bulls. Thanks to an early goal from Kenny Cooper and another stout defensive effort defensively, the Red Bulls defeated the Houston Dynamo 1-0 at Red Bull Arena on Wednesday night.

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