MLS 2012: Week 9 Recap

FRISCO, TX – Jaime Castrillón’s 61st-minute header was all the Colorado Rapids needed to cruise to a 2-0 win on Sunday against an FC Dallas side reduced to nine men by two first-half red cards. Castrillón got on the end of a Brian Mullan cross to head the ball past FC Dallas ‘keeper Kevin Hartman. Buoyed by their two-man advantage, the Rapids had been peppering Hartman’s goal with shots before Castrillón made the breakthrough. Martín Rivero sealed the victory with a 74th-minute goal, his first in MLS.

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PORTLAND, OR – In a matchup between two teams starved for goals and points, the Portland Timbers and Columbus Crew found both in short supply as they played to a scoreless draw Saturday night at Jeld-Wen Field. While neither side will pop champagne over the result, it was a muted positive for the teams languishing at the wrong ends of their respective tables.

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SANDY, UT — If you give Alvaro Saborio chances to score, he’ll make you pay. Two goals from five shots by the Costa Rican striker led Real Salt Lake to a 2-1 comeback victory over the New England Revolution at Rio Tinto Stadium on Saturday night.

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KANSAS CITY, KA – The expansion Montreal Impact stunned Sporting Kansas City 2-0 at Livestrong Sporting Park on Saturday night, handing the hosts their second straight loss – both shutouts – after a 7-0-0 start.

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CARSON, CA – Joel Lindpere’s early goal held up as the undermanned New York Red Bulls beat the LA Galaxy by 1-0 at The Home Depot Center on Saturday. Lindpere converted one of New York’s scant few opportunities in the match, but the visitors did more than enough defensively to keep the hosts off the scoreboard.

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VANCOUVER, BC — It took until the final minute of stoppage time, but Eric Hassli put an end to his horrific 17-game MLS goalless streak to give the Vancouver Whitecaps a 2-1 win over the San Jose Earthquakes in front of 19,271 fans at BC Place on Saturday.

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SEATTLE, WA — Mauro Rosales finished off a nice pass from Fredy Montero in the 63rd minute, and Bryan Meredith recorded a shutout in his first career MLS start, as the Seattle Sounders beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 at CenturyLink Field on Saturday.

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TORONTO, ON – History of the unfortunate kind was made on Saturday afternoon. Toronto FC lost a record eighth straight game to open the season as Chris Pontius and Hamdi Salihi scored in the second half to give DC United a 2-0 win before 18,364 at BMO Field.

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CARSON, CA – Marco Pappa’s stoppage time heroics proved the difference for Chicago as the visiting Fire earned a late 2-1 victory over Chivas USA on Friday at The Home Depot Center. Pappa lashed home a shot from the edge of the arc that blew past Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy in the second minute of stoppage time to steal three points for the Fire, resigning Chivas to their fifth consecutive loss at home.

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SANTA CLARA, CA – It looks like Chris Wondolowski, MLS’ Player of the Month for April, intends to win that award again in May. Hours after receiving his honor for notching four goals and two assists last month, Wondolowski bagged another brace, powering the San Jose Earthquakes to a 5-3 victory over D.C. United on Wednesday.

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SEATTLE, WA – Fredy Montero broke out of his season-long scoring slump and Eddie Johnson continued his recent run of good form as the Seattle Sounders beat the LA Galaxy 2-0 at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday. Even though the Sounders (5-1-1, 16 points) faced a significantly less-than-first-choice Galaxy lineup, they will surely take the points without apology.

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