Montreal recorded its first-ever MLS win and Vancouver set a league record for shutout minutes to start a season. Goal.com recaps Saturday's MLS action.
What better way to get your first win than by defeating your biggest rival?
Sinisa Ubiparipovic and rookie Andrew Wenger found the net as the Montreal Impact earned their first-ever Major League Soccer win with a 2-0 victory over rival Toronto FC at Stade Olympique.
Ubipanripovic opened the scoring in the 18th minute and Wenger put the icing on the cake in the 81st, shortly after Toronto went down to 10 men due to a Logan Emory red card.
Danny Koevermans had a consolation goal for Toronto late in the game.
Montreal, which joined the league this season, won for the first time after losing three and drawing one. Meanwhile, Toronto will still have to search for its first MLS point this season after dropping its first four.
Just a few days after getting eliminated from the CONCACAF Champions League in the quarterfinals, Toronto would have liked a better start to this one. But it was Montreal which took control early on thanks to a mistake from the visiting team.
Toronto gave the ball away in its own third of the field, with Lamar Neagle playing the ball to Ubiparipovic at the top of the TFC box. The midfielder then slotted it past Milos Kocic.
Montreal appeared to be the more determined team in the match through the first half and continued its dominance in the second. And things got even worse for Toronto when Emory was tossed for taking down Sanna Nyassi to prevent a breakaway.
Playing the final 24 minutes with a man down, Toronto was unable to keep the Impact off the scoreboard again. Wenger, the first-overall pick in the 2011 MLS draft, took a pass from Justin Mapp to beat Kocic to put the home side up two.
Toronto made things interesting in the 88th minute when Koevermans knocked in a header, but it was too little too late for TFC.
Although Toronto and Montreal met for the first time in MLS, the rivalry dates back over 40 years. About 1,000 Toronto fans made their way to Montreal for the historic match.
Columbus Crew 1-4 New York Red Bulls
Who says the Red Bulls can't win on the road?
The dynamic pair of Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper continued their torrid start to the season, scoring two goals each, to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 4-1 away victory over the Columbus Crew. Chad Marshall scored a goal for the Crew.
The Red Bulls have gone on a three-game winning streak since Cooper got his first start alongside Henry three weeks ago. The pair have combined for 13 goals and five assists in the opening five matches of the season.
Cooper got the game rolling early when he scored a left footed shot from the center of the penalty box in the third minute. The towering striker would double his tally scoring off of a header from a corner kick by Mehdi Ballouchy in the 13th minute. Then Henry got into the act.
The legendary French forward received a through ball from Roy Miller on the left side of the box and powered his shot in on the bottom right corner of the goal in the 40th minute. The Red Bulls entered the second half with a 3-0 advantage but couldn't keep its clean sheet.
Crew captain Chad Marshall headed in a ball off of a corner in the 89 minute, beating Red Bulls defender Markus Holgersson to score. Henry was clearly furious that his team conceded a late goal and immediately responded a minute later, charging up the field and scoring from the left side of the penalty box.
New York dominated the game statistically, holding over 58 percent of possession. The Red Bulls improve to 3-2-0 while the Crew fall to 2-2-0.
Sporting Kansas City 1-0 LA Galaxy
The Los Angeles Galaxy were defeated by a team using its own blueprint.
Sporting Kansas City defeated the defending Major League Soccer champions in a 1-0 home victory thanks to a first half strike by Kei Kamara. The win maintains the club's impressive 5-0-0 start to the season, best in the league.
Kamara received a pinpoint cross from winger Bobby Convey in the 40 minute and the forward responded by emphatically heading in the ball in the back of the net. It was Kamara's third goal of the season and Sporting then began to mimic Los Angeles formula of success from last season, playing strong defense and maintaining possession.
The Galaxy clearly missed David Beckham's playmaking ability on the field. The team could only muster three shots, none of which were on target despite having both Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane on the pitch. Los Angeles also struggled nightly on retaining the ball, holding possession for only 38 percent of the game. Chad Barret had a chance in the 82nd minute to equalize for Los Angeles but the striker misfired as he ran into the penalty box, his shot going wide right.
With the away loss, the Galaxy fall to 1-3-0 in its opening four games and currently sit eighth in the Western Conference.
San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
Chris Wondolowski hit a double and Alan Gordon notched the game-winner for the San Jose Earthquakes in a come-from-behind victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Jon Busch pulled off five stops, showing again why San Jose kept him instead of current Whitecap goalkeeper Joe Cannon. Vancouver out-shot San Jose 16 to 11.
In the first half, John Thorrington tried a delicate lob when the ball spilled to him in the box. His shot bounced back off the crossbeam.
The Whitecaps broke through shortly after. Jordan Harvey took a quick throw. Eric Hassli passed the ball back to Le Toux, who placed the ball into the corner of the net with one crisp touch.
Leading until the 68th minute, Vancouver set a record for shutout minutes to begin a season at 427. Then, naturally, it conceded three in 11 minutes.
First, off another throw, Wondolowski held off Jay DeMerit and cheekily chipped the lunging Cannon at the near post.
"The thing I like about the spirit today is that we did not give up at any point. For a moment it seemed like we were out of gas, but then Wondo has a great finish and it lifted the whole team," said coach Frank Yallop. "As soon as we scored we were on the front foot and creating a lot of chances. We think we’re not fit enough, and then all of a sudden we’re running crazy at the end of the game."
Then Ramiro Corrales bent in a cross from the left flank and a diving Alan Gordon padded the ball inside the far post with his head.
Gordon was briefly a Whitecap when Vancouver selected him in the 2011 Expansion Draft before trading him on.
Wondolowski finished off the match when he connected with a Tressor Moreno free kick to give the 'Quakes a first win after going 1-0 down at home since 2005.
D.C. United 0-0 Seattle Sounders FC
Despite having the league's reigning Most Valuable Player Dwayne De Rosario, D.C. United continues to have issues scoring.
Hosting the Seattle Sounders, Ben Olsen's men were held scoreless in a 0-0 draw. The club has only five goals in its opening five matches even though it has a roster that features De Rosario, Chris Pontius and designated player Hamdi Salihi.
Not that Seattle is much better to start its season. The Sounders share United's output in scoring with five goals even with clinical forward Fredy Montero on the roster.
With both sides operating defensively, it was Seattle that had a better chance of coming away with three points. The Sounders had a slight edge in possession, holding the ball 52 percent of the time and getting more shots off, 11 to D.C.'s eight attempts.
Montero had a chance to put the game to bed in the dying moments of the game. Eddie Johnson found the Colombian just outside of the box and the striker put too much into a right footed attempt that just sailed past the goal.
D.C. remains eighth in the Eastern Conference while Seattle is sixth in the West.
Real Salt Lake 2-0 Colorado Rapids
The Rocky Moutain Cup bragging rights will stay in Salt Lake City, at least for now.
First half goals from Alvaro Saborío and Fabian Espindola led Real Salt Lake to a 2-0 home victory against its rivals, the Colorado Rapids.
Saborío got the hosts off to a strong start in the 20th minute when he received a ball from Tony Beltran in the center of the penalty box and finished with his right foot. Real Salt Lake dominated the opening 45 minutes, retaining over 65 percent of possession.
In the second half, the Rapids tried to improve their midfield efforts and looked to create chances. Yet, RSL decided to counter waiting for the right opportunity. Starlet Luis Gil took advantage and found Espindola in the 57th minute with a killer pass. The striker had a left footed finish in the box.
Colorado put one shot on target.
RSL improves to 5-1-0 on the season to remain top of the Western Conference. Colorado is now 3-2-0, sitting third in the West.
Portland Timbers 1-2 Chivas USA
Chivas USA scored twice in a game for the first time this season, coming from behind to beat the Portland Timbers 2-1.
The hosting Timbers took the lead early in the first half. Dan Kennedy came to collect a cross but found teammate James Riley underneath his leap. When the goalkeeper spilled the ball, Kris Boyd coolly slotted into the empty net.
Jamie Smith came off the bench to resurrect the match for Chivas USA a few hours before Easter Sunday.
First, the English winger surged down the left and floated a ball into the middle of the box, where Alejandro Moreno's sharp downward header beat Troy Perkins.
For the Goats' second Smith didn't bother torching Lovel Palmer again, instead hitting a first-time cross. Nick LaBrocca nipped into the box to head home with less than 10 minutes remaining.