MLS 2012: Week 2 Recap

Los Angeles 3 DC United 1
CARSON, CA – The LA Galaxy needed a big win, and that’s exactly what they got on Sunday, as two goals from Robbie Keane and a third from MLS newcomer Marcelo Sarvas paced them past D.C. United 3-1 at the Home Depot Center.

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Philadelphia 2 Colorado 1
CHESTER, PA — A 10-man Colorado Rapids took the lead and refused to let go despite heavy pressure from the Philadelphia Union to walk out of a sold-out PPL Park on Sunday afternoon with a hard-fought 2-1 win.

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Chivas 0 Vancouver 1
CARSON, CA – Captain Jay DeMerit scored the game-winner and the Vancouver Whitecaps earned their first away victory in club history, downing Chivas USA 1-0 at a rainy Home Depot Center on Saturday night.

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Seattle 3 Toronto 1
SEATTLE, WA — The David Estrada show has come to Seattle.

The Sounders’ third-year professional celebrated his first career MLS goal by scoring two more, leading Seattle to a 3-1 victory over visiting Toronto FC at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night. Including his tally in the CONCACAF Champions League, the unheralded youngster now accounted for four of Seattle’s five goals in 2012.

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Salt Lake 2 New York 0
SANDY, UT – Real Salt Lake continued their recent dominance of the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night with a 2-0 victory in their home opener amid blustery conditions at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Fabián Espíndola found the net for the second time in as many games, while Luis Gil opened his 2012 account for the home side and kept RSL undefeated in five straight vs. new York.

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Kansas City 3 New England 0
KANSAS CITY, KA — C.J. Sapong wanted to put on a performance for the home supporters. Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes wanted a possession-oriented, high-pressure game. Each got what he wanted — and the decisive victory that came with it.

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Dallas 1 Portland 1
FRISCO, TX — Blas Pérez scored his first MLS goal but Portland Timbers substitute Darlington Nagbe kept FC Dallas from celebrating three points in a 1-1 draw at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday night.

Pérez scored in the 22nd minute after a cross from fellow Panamanian Carlos Rodríguez found FCD Academy product Bryan Levya on the right side of the Timbers box. Leyva, making the first appearance of his MLS career, put in a hard shot on Timbers ‘keeper Troy Perkins that was brushed away only to find a wide-open Pérez waiting to put in the rebound.

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San Jose 0 Houston 1
SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Last season, it took the Houston Dynamo 16 games to record their first road victory. Thanks to Brian Ching, Brad Davis and a stout defense, the 2012 Dynamo have matched that win total in the space of just two weeks.

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Montreal 1 Chicago 1
MONTREAL, QC – A record crowd of 58,912 packed Olympic Stadium to cheer on the Montreal Impact in an entertaining 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Saturday, setting a new attendance record for professional soccer in Quebec. But in the end, it was a happy trip home for the handful of Fire fans that had made the trip to La Belle Province, as their team rallied from a goal down thanks to a 71st-minute equalizer from Dominic Oduro.

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