MLS 2012: Week 6 Recap

BRIDGEVIEW, IL –The undermanned Houston Dynamo played to a 65-minute, 1-1 tie against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Sunday in a game that included a 70-minute delay and was ended early because of lightning. Will Bruin and Logan Pause traded goals midway through the first half, then the teams slugged it out for 40 more minutes before the skies opened and officials were forced the cancel the match.

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CARSON, CA – Late heroics by Juninho and David Beckham allowed the LA to return to their winning ways on Saturday, as the Galaxy defeated the Portland Timbers 3-1 at The Home Depot Center. Kris Boyd gave the Portland the lead in the 23rd minute but the Galaxy tallied three unanswered goals from Landon Donovan, Juninho and David Beckham to break their two-game losing slide. The loss resigned the Timbers to a five-game winless streak, which includes four consecutive defeats.

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KANSAS CITY, KA – If this really was a preview of the MLS Cup final, the season’s last match is going to be a tight defensive duel. For just over an hour on Saturday night, it seemed that after a week of breathless buildup, the most-hyped game of the young season would end with a whimper of a scoreless draw. Then, bang.

Aurelien Collin scored off Graham Zusi’s league-leading sixth assist in the 63rd minute, and Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0 to continue the hottest start in club history and the best of any team in the post-shootout era.

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FRISCO, TX – Brek Shea broke away from the Montreal defense and sent the Impact packing with a scintillating game-winning goal in the 88th minute on Saturday night at FC Dallas Stadium. Bernardo Corradi’s first goal in MLS – from the penalty spot – had given Montreal the lead, but Blas Perez equalized in the 77th minute to set up Shea’s winner.

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HARRISON, NJ – The New York Red Bulls and San Jose Earthquakes boasted the top three scorers in MLS coming into their Week 6 match and all three of them made an impact as the two sides tied 2-2 in one of the weekend’s marquee match-ups. Kenny Cooper and Chris Wondolowski each found the back of the net and Thierry Henry provided an assist as the Red Bulls and Earthquakes played to a 2-2 draw at Red Bull Arena on Saturday night.

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TORONTO, ON – Toronto FC fell to their fifth straight loss to start the 2012 season after dropping a 1-0 result to Chivas USA on a blustery Saturday afternoon at BMO Field. For Chivas USA, it marked their third straight away win to start the season with the decisive goal coming off a 31st minute corner kick delivered by Miller Bolanos and headed home by Oswaldo Minda for his first MLS tally.

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SEATTLE, WA — Zach Scott scored his first career goal to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. The pivotal moment came in the 63rd minute, when Scott scored a glancing header off a Alex Caskey corner kick.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA – Second-half substitute Chris Pontius scored with nine minutes to play to secure D.C. United’s 2-1 victory at New England on Saturday afternoon. Pontius clinched all three points and extended United’s unbeaten streak to four matches with a deft cut inside and a fine finish two minutes after his introduction. The goal completed the visitors’ comeback after Maicon Santos’ header canceled out José Moreno’s first MLS goal inside the opening 20 minutes of the contest.

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CHESTER, PA – It took more than a month but the Philadelphia Union finally have a win in 2012. Led by a penalty kick goal from Gabriel Gómez, the well-timed return to the lineup for Freddy Adu and the second straight shutout from goalie Zac MacMath, the Union posted a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon at PPL Park.

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