MLS 2012: Week 7 Recap

WASHINGTON, DC – Before the season, few would’ve predicted DC United were Eastern Conference contenders, but after they cruised past the New York Red Bulls 4-1 Sunday night, that’s exactly what they are. Amid heavy rain at RFK Stadium, the star of the night was Chris Pontius, who scored his first professional hat trick, as United ran out to a four-goal lead before New York’s Thierry Henry pulled one back with a 70th-minute free kick. Rookie Nick Deleon scored the other goal for DC.

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SANTA CLARA, CA — The San Jose Earthquakes are no longer toothless when it comes to playing with a man advantage. And because of that, they can flash a toothy grin from atop the Western Conference standings. Simon Dawkins and Chris Wondolowski scored in second-half injury time as the Quakes took advantage of two red cards to beat a nine-man Real Salt Lake 3-1 on Saturday.

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PORTLAND, OR – Sporting Kansas City’s scorching start to the season had to come to an end sometime. They probably didn’t expect, however, to fall by their own hand. An own goal by Chance Myers while trying to clear a Kris Boyd cross led to a 1-0 victory for the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Jeld-Wen Field and the end to Sporting’s season-opening seven-game winning streak.

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CARSON, CA — Down to nine players? No problem. The Philadelphia Union had two players hit the showers early — plus their coach — but still picked up three points on the road, winning 1-0 over Chivas USA in a feisty affair at The Home Depot Center. The lone goal was scored by midfielder Freddy Adu in the 40th minute, his first of the season.

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VANCOUVER, BC – Making his first start in the month of April, Camilo was the difference in Vancouver’s 1-0 win over FC Dallas on Saturday night at BC Place. The Brazilian — fully fit after battling a quadriceps injury — scored a well-taken goal 11 minutes in, cutting in from the right before powering the ball into the bottom left corner with his left foot, to secure the Whitecaps’ first win since St. Patrick ’s Day.

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COMMERCE CITY, CO – Josh Saunders’ 91st minute penalty kick stop allowed two first half Galaxy goals to stand as Los Angeles collected all three points in a 2-1 win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Saturday night.

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COLUMBUS, OH – Will Bruin scored the first Houston goal and assisted on the late equalizer by Brian Ching in the 81st minute to counter a pair of goals by Eddie Gaven as the Dynamo tied the Crew 2-2 at Crew Stadium on Saturday.

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TORONTO, ON – A pair of teams that have had trouble scoring in 2012 produced a shootout on Saturday, as the Chicago Fire defeated Toronto FC 3-2 before 19,255 at BMO Field.

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VANCOUVER, BC – The league’s top dogs still have a perfect record. Sporting KC showed why they’ve started the season in record fashion on Wednesday night in front of 15,382 fans at BC Place, defeating the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 through goals from Aurelien Collin, Kei Kamara and an own goal from Martin Bonjour.

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WASHINGTON, DC – Pretty would not be the right adjective to describe Wednesday night’s encounter between D.C. United and the Montreal Impact, but after a drab first half, the two teams shared the points after each side scored four minutes apart in the second half.

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