MLS Roundup: New York thrashes Toronto, Sporting unbeaten in nine, Cunningham equals scoring record

MLS featured four games on Wednesday night. The biggest result was New York's 5-0 thrashing of hapless Toronto FC with Agudelo grabbing a brace.
New York Red Bulls 5-0 Toronto FC

New York humiliated Toronto to regain first place in the East. Thierry Henry notched a league-leading ninth goal of the season and Juan Agudelo scored the first brace of his professional career in the rout.

Jan Gunnar Solli got things rolling with a pair of quick-fire assists. First, his low cross slipped through to Henry, who calmly slotted home. Five minutes later a Solli feed came to Luke Rodgers atop the box. The Englishman tipped the ball up with his left foot and connected with a ferocious swerving volley with his right.

Just before halftime Joel Lindpere put the ball in the back of the net from a tight-angled free kick, but the referee called it back as Rodgers had blocked Stefan Frei. Lindpere scribbled his name on the score sheet soon enough, slotting home a Dane Richards ball in the second half.

The Estonian then concentrated on creating goals for others. Juan Agudelo headed home Lindpere's corner and then tipped in his low cross in the waning minutes to cap the score at five.

"The thing we did well today was to not concede a goal. That always helps," Henry said. "If you look at our record on goals, it is more than impressive. And today if Agudelo did not score the last one, it would have been four-nil with four different goal scorers."

Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Colorado Rapids

Sporting extended its unbeaten streak to nine matches with a draw to MLS Cup holder Colorado. The streak is a team record and the second-best in MLS this season.

The Rapids became only the second team to breach Kansas City in LIVESTRONG Sporting Park when Conor Casey scored his fifth goal in six appearances. The powerful striker chested down a long ball from Tyrone Marshall before spinning and slamming a shot into the corner from outside the box after half an hour.

The host responded on the hour mark. C.J. Sapong drove towards goal and drilled a low shot which Matt Pickens saved. Graham Zusi followed the play and easily tapped the ball into the net for the equalizer. 

Despite a series of KC chances, including a couple off the post, the game ended in a draw.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 Columbus Crew

Jeff Cunningham scored a last-minute winner to equal Jaime Moreno's all-time MLS scoring record at 133. Josh Gardner dumped a cleared corner back into the box and Cunningham, who was likely offside, connected with his head to seal all three points.

Earlier in the match, Terry Dunfield missed a penalty for Vancouver. Will Hesmer dived to his right to parry the weak effort.

The Whitecaps even had the better of the earlier going, with Shea Salinas pinging a low drive off the post. However, the momentum shifted when Salinas was harshly ejected for a studs-out challenge and Cunningham's winner means Vancouver has lost four on the trot.

"It is obviously very disappointing," said Whitecaps FC head coach Tom Soehn. "We had a lot of young, fresh legs and for the most part, they did a good job of executing our tactics and keeping them under pressure and creating chances. Yet, you have to finish your chances and then with the energy that we put into the game, we have to reward ourselves. You have to take advantage of them and we didn’t.

"The only important stat on the stat sheet is wins and losses, and they got the goal and we didn’t, so we are very disappointed, especially here on our home turf."

Chivas USA 2-0 San Jose Earthquakes

The Goats put a halt to a four-game winless skid by beating California rival San Jose.

In a dour match, all the decent opportunities in the first half came from long-distance shots. Ben Zemanski made his long-range attempt count come the second half, though. The substitute uncorked from a full 35 yards, and the knuckling ball sailed into the back of the net.

As the game approached full time, Nick LaBrocca made sure of the points. Francisco “Panchito” Mendoza played a clever slicing ball which set LaBrocca free on goal. The midfielder feigned one way and calmly tapped the ball the other for his fifth goal of the season, equaling his haul from all his other professional seasons combined.

Steven Lenhart picked up the only caution of the game, a booking which will keep him out of San Jose's next match.

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