Montreal Impact 1-1 LA Galaxy
A trademark David Beckham free kick beat Donovan Ricketts in the 62nd minute to end a two-game losing streak for the Los Angeles Galaxy, but the reigning champion is still winless in its last four.
A defensive miscue had allowed Davy Arnaud to get past the Galaxy defense and give Montreal the advantage in just the eighth minute, as A.J. DeLaGarza missed a crucial header and Dan Keat was unable to keep up with Arnaud's pace as he slotted past Brian Perk for his second goal of the season.
Impact keeper Donovan Ricketts did plenty to keep his side in the game against his former club, but even he was powerless against a perfectly-placed Beckham set piece.
The point represents something of a scalp for the Impact, who set a new soccer attendance record for the city of Montreal, drawing 60,860, but it will be scant consolation to the Galaxy, wallowing in the bottom half of a table it ran for most of last year.
Houston Dynamo 1-0 D.C. United
The Houston Dynamo opened up brand new BBVA Compass stadium in perfect fashion, keeping a clean sheet and setting the scene for a wonderful Brad Davis strike.
The men in orange will be delighted to have snapped a five game stretch without a league victory, an unenviable run reaching all the way back to March 17.
Houston was wasteful early on, with D.C. keeper Bill Hamid well in command of his area and Bobby Boswell and Je-Vaughn Watson putting excellent chances over the bar. D.C. too, could be accused of profligacy with Maicon Santos shooting wide after doing well to create space.
Despite the predictable nature of the decider, with Houston's key offensive player stepping up on a big occasion, there was nothing ordinary about Davis' 67th minute winner, a swerving shot from 25 yards out. Hamid was able to get a hand on it, but the shot had enough power to continue its trajectory and give the Dynamo a milestone win.
New England Revolution 4-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
The New England Revolution overcame an early Eric Hassli goal to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.
Games don't start much hotter than this one. Five minutes in Hassli opened the scoring. Sebastien Le Toux centered a ball from the edge of the box after being sprung by a Davide Chiumiento through ball, and Hassli six-holed Matt Reis with a one-time shot.
A minute later, Lee Nguyen equalized. The Vietnamese-American was cut before playing a game for Vancouver this offseason, so the strike -- a scrappy finish with the ball bouncing around in the box -- carried a little extra mustard in the form of revenge.
By halftime goals from Saer Sene (assisted by Nguyen) and Shalrie Joseph gave the host a cushioned lead.
In the second half Nguyen scored a stunning 25-yard volley that arced perfectly over the rooted Joe Cannon and sealed the game.
Columbus Crew 2-1 FC Dallas
Sebastian Miranda's spectacular 72nd-minute header was enough to propel the Columbus Crew past visiting FC Dallas and take back the Lamar Hunt Pioneer Cup.
Dallas opened the scoring in the first half thanks to a mental lapse from Columbus midfielder Tony Tchani. Tchani judged Fabian Castillo to have run the ball into touch, so he stopped playing and lifted his arm in appeal, but no call was made, allowing Castillo to run inside and finish past Andy Gruenebaum.
Columbus tied it up in the 66th minute with a long-range effort from Justin Meram. Catching Dallas keeper Chris Seitz off-guard, Meram placed a low shot into the far corner of the net from nearly 30 yards out.
And it was Sebastian Miranda who gave the crew the winner in the 72nd with a powerful header from outside the penalty area. Left unmarked on a corner, Nemanja Vukovic's floating cross was too easy an opportunity to pass up, and Miranda made it count, whipping his headed shot past Seitz and inside the post.
The win is the Crew's first victory since beating Toronto FC on March 31, while Dallas has now failed to claim three points in any of its last six games.
Chicago Fire 2-1 Sporting Kansas City
The Chicago Fire came back from a first-half deficit to score a home win and condemn the once invincible-looking Sporting Kansas City to a third straight defeat.
Bobby Convey's cool finish right as the clock hit 30:00 had given KC the lead, and it looked like Sporting might be set to continue the form that had seen it win seven straight games to start the season and dominate the Eastern Conference table since the outset.
A penalty swung the game in the other direction, though, as KC's Aurelien Collin was whistled for taking down Dominic Oduro in the box just short of the hour mark. Sebastian Grazzini buried his spot kick to equalize. Grazzini was then involved in the next major moment of the match, as his face was the target of Roger Espinoza's raised elbow, an infraction the Sporting player saw red for.
With a man advantage, Chicago capitalized in the 81st. Collecting a cross in his own box, Kei Kamara was entirely too nonchalant, allowing Patrick Nyarko to strip him of the ball and touch a deft cross into the path of Oduro to finish.
Seattle Sounders FC 0-1 Real Salt Lake
Seattle Sounders FC had won five straight, without losing in six. Bryan Meredith had yet to concede in MLS play. Fredy Montero had at least a point in three straight games. The team hadn't trailed for some 500 minutes.
All of those streaks came to a sudden halt Saturday when Real Salt Lake grabbed a 1-0 win in CenturyLink Field.
Early in the second half Luis Gil pushed the ball forward and Adam Johansson failed to deal with it, letting Fabian Espindola snap a left-footed volley past Meredith.
A few minutes later Eddie Johnson was humorously booked for heading the ball out of Nick Rimando's hands. Seattle didn't force a single save out of the RSL goalkeeper.