A full slate of MLS games kicked off with Philly holding D.C. to a 2-2 draw. Later, Chivas USA - Chicago and San Jose - New York also ended tied up. Sporting KC and Dallas won.
An open match provided plenty of chances for both sides, but none fell in the early going. Both Bill Hamid and Faryd Mondragon pulled off quality saves to keep the score level as the match neared the break. However, Dwayne De Rosario, in his first start for D.C. United after a trade midweek, made sure the home side poked its nose ahead before halftime. His pass from the left threaded between two defenders to find an unmarked Josh Wolff, who turned the ball into the net with one touch.
The poor defending continued in the second half, with Daniel Woolard putting a cross into his own goal off his shin. That's when some individual quality shone through. Andy Najar dribbled from the halfway line and uncorked a scorching shot from 35 yards that rippled the side netting.
However, porous defending cost the home side two points. Sheanon Williams crossed from the right and Carlos Ruiz flicked it in for the equalizer under lax pressure.
FC Dallas 2-0 Columbus Crew
Brek Shea continued his hot streak with a goal for FC Dallas against the Columbus Crew. Jackson tacked on another as the Hoops came out the comfortable winner at home in front of 20,704. The win means Dallas is the first MLS team to 10 victories and Shea's goal sees him tied for the league lead with eight.
After a hard-fought first half, Dallas' ability to hit on the break proved to be the difference in the second. Shea was dangerous throughout with his runs down the left, but got his goal as a result not of his skill, but of his grit. Marvin Chavez's cross was well saved, but Shea quickly pounced and managed to get the ball back over the line to open the scoring in the 58th minute.
Dallas finished the match off in the 76th minute through Jackson, who chipped in after being set free by a great ball from Andrew Jacobson from midfield.
"I thought [Shea and Jackson] both played well," coach Schellas Hyndman said. "Obviously they are difference makers. If my memory is right, Brek has eight goals. Think about him being the team’s leading scorer despite how many games he played at left back and center back before we got ourselves healthy.
"Jackson has come to life since his trip to Brazil, since his marriage. I’ve got a few guys telling me now they are thinking about getting married," the coach joked.
Chivas USA 1-1 Chicago Fire
Chicago took its insane ability to draw matches on the road Saturday night and managed to walk away with yet another solitary point against Chivas USA, earning the Fire their 12th draw of the season.
Dominic Oduro opened the scoring in the 26th minute after Chicago caught Chivas on the break. Patrick Nyarko set the table and Oduro did well to find the lower right corner from a tough angle. But as has been the case for Chicago this season, the lead would not hold up. Chivas USA came out from the break and immediately got a goal through Nick LaBrocca's dipping blast, leveling the score.
Despite both sides pushing for a winner, and LaBrocca going close again later in the second half, the winner was not to be and Chicago continued its run towards a league record for draws in a season.
San Jose Earthquakes 2-2 New York Red Bulls
A Joel Lindpere brace sandwiched two San Jose goals in an exciting match. Read the full match report here.
Portland Timbers 1-2 Sporting Kansas City
Sporting KC came out of the Rose City with a crucial win to round out the night's matches, meaning Kansas City is unbeaten in eight straight MLS games, 10 in all competitions.
All of the scoring took place in the first half. First C.J. Sapong turned Eric Brunner and somehow snuck a low shot under Troy Perkins from the top of the box. Mexican international Omar Bravo recorded an assist on the play. Four minutes later, Matt Besler launched a long throw into the box. After the Timbers allowed it to bounce, Besler's center back partner Aurelien Collin headed home.
Darlington Nagbe scored a gorgeous goal just before half to halve the deficit. When a cleared free kick fell to him at the top of the box, the rookie played keepie-uppie before volleying to the far upper corner. However, despite the insertion of Kenny Cooper in the second half and two close efforts by Jorge Perlaza, the home side couldn't find an equalizer.
"I think they had a gameplan of kind of bunkering in and countering," Timbers captain and former Kansas City midfielder Jack Jewsbury said. "Once they got their two goals it makes it a bit easier to play that style. We had to continue to press, but we had some chances and just couldn't capitalize."
The game marked Portland's ninth straight sellout.
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