MLS 2012: Week 4 Recap

CARSON, CA – Sporting Kansas City continued their run as MLS’ lone unbeaten club on Sunday as they improved to 4-0 on the season by defeating Chivas USA 1-0 off a lone goal by forward C.J. Sapong. After struggling to create offense in the first half, Sporting broke through in the 47th minute when Graham Zusi fired a shot that bounced off the cross bar. The deflection fell back to the midfielder, and Zusi headed it across the goalmouth to a waiting Sapong, who buried a header for his third goal of the season.

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COMMERCE CITY, CO – Omar Cummings’ second-half strike proved to be the game-winner as the Colorado Rapids survived the Chicago Fire with a 2-0 victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Sunday afternoon. The result gave the Rapids their third win in four matches this season and sent the Fire to their first loss.

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CARSON, CA – New England scored two goals in the first 13 minutes, stunning the host LA Galaxy early en route to a 3-1 win at The Home Depot Center on Saturday night. It was that quick flurry which set the tone, backing the defending MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield champs into a corner they never quite got out of.

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SEATTLE, WA – A Chris Wondolowski penalty proved the difference on Saturday night as the San Jose Earthquakes fired off a warning shot to the rest of the Western Conference, taking a 1-0 victory from the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. In what was a scrappy affair, Quakes forward Steven Lenhart drew the penalty that set up the game’s only goal – Wondolowski’s fourth of the season – and generally caused all sorts of havoc.

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PORTLAND, OR – Staring down the possibility of two straight losses and down a goal with a few minutes to play, Real Salt Lake responded on Saturday night. In a very big way. RSL got dramatic late goals from newcomer Johnny Steele and stalwart Kyle Beckerman to pull out a 3-2 win over the Portland Timbers at a rainy JELD-WEN Field.

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CHESTER, PA – Sébastien Le Toux didn’t score a goal in his return to PPL Park. Neither did his former team as Saturday’s much-hyped game between the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union ended in a relatively uneventful scoreless draw.

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HARRISON, NJ – The New York Red Bulls talked all week about wanting to be unbeatable this season at Red Bull Arena, and they looked the part on Saturday. Led by a hat trick from Thierry Henry – his first with the team – the Red Bulls won their second game of the season while keeping the Montreal Impact winless with a 5-2 victory in front of a crowd of 13,415 on a nippy afternoon.

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TORONTO, ON – Bernardo Anor scored early in the second half as the Columbus Crew defeated Toronto FC 1-0 before a crowd of 18,944 at BMO Field on Saturday afternoon. The Crew (2-1-0) took all three points for the second time in three games this season, registering their first road victory of 2012 to move into a tie for second in the Eastern Conference with Houston on six points.

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WASHINGTON – DC United erased a woeful start to their season with their first victory of the 2012 campaign, a 4-1 win against FC Dallas Friday night at RFK Stadium in the nation’s capital. A three-goal outburst in the second half proved the difference as United were spurred on by veteran Maicon Santos and rookie Nick DeLeon. Dallas, meanwhile, struggled to keep up after an even first 45 minutes and dropped their second road decision in a row.

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