MLS 2012: Week 5 Recap

PORTLAND, OR – With only one goal on the season heading into Saturday night, netting two must have felt like a cornucopia for Chivas USA. The Rojiblancos wiped away a 1-0 first-half deficit and rallied in an overall dominating second half against the Portland Timbers to earn a 2-1 win at a sold-out JELD-WEN Field.

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SANDY, UT – Real Salt Lake opened the first of three Rocky Mountain Cup matches in 2012 with a 2-0 victory on Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium against the Colorado Rapids. Strikers Fabián Espíndola – who tied RSL’s all-time scoring record with his controversial strike – and Álvaro Saborío each rippled the back of the net en route to the win.

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WASHINGTON, DC – The absence of a finishing touch was the name of the game Saturday night at RFK Stadium, as DC United and the Seattle Sounders battled to a 0-0 draw. Despite a lack of clear-cut opportunities throughout the match, Seattle left back Marc Burch nearly stole the show late on, as he sent a header crashing against the bar moments after coming into the match.

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SANTA CLARA, CA — The Vancouver Whitecaps broke the all-time mark for the longest start to an MLS season without scoring a goal — until Chris Wondolowski & Co. got going. Behind a brace from their star, the San Jose Earthquakes scored three unanswered goals to rally for a 3-1 victory over the previously unbeaten ‘Caps at a sold-out Buck Shaw Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

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KANSAS CITY, KA — Sporting Kansas City keep making history. The LA Galaxy keep waiting for something to go right for their beleaguered defenders. Kei Kamara exploited the defending MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield champs’ backline struggles with a diving header late in the first half, and Sporting improved to 5-0-0 — the best start for any team since 1998 — with a 1-0 victory on Saturday.

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COLUMBUS, OH — The New York Red Bulls’ offensive onslaught continued as they overpowered the Columbus Crew in a 4-1 road victory at Crew Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A brace by forward Kenny Cooper inside the opening 15 minutes and a classy Henry strike staked New York to a 3-0 halftime lead. The Crew’s 89th-minute consolation goal by Chad Marshall was followed by Henry’s second goal of the match as he regained the lead from Cooper in the MLS goalscoring race.

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MONTREAL, QC – The Montreal Impact scored a goal in each half to register their first-ever MLS victory, 2-1, against Canadian rivals Toronto FC on Saturday afternoon at Olympic Stadium. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, making his first appearance of the season for Montreal, coolly slotted home a shot in the 17th minute and No. 1 overall SuperDraft pick Andrew Wenger doubled the Impact’s lead with his first professional goal in the 81st minute as Montreal (1-4-1, four points) held off a late rally by 10-man TFC.

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FRISCO, TX – Ugo Ihemelu headed in a scintillating goal deep into stoppage time to give FC Dallas a last-gasp 1-0 win over the New England Revolution on Thursday night at FC Dallas Stadium. Zach Loyd placed a perfect ball from a free kick onto the left side of the box in the 95th minute and the FC Dallas captain took advantage, rising to put the ball past Revs ‘keeper Matt Reis for the winner.

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SANDY, UT – Real Salt Lake didn’t make it easy on themselves, but they managed to notch their fourth win in five games, beating the Montreal Impact 1-0 courtesy of a Paulo Jr. penalty kick in front of 20,191 at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday night.

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