UNITED’S BLUSHES SAVED LATE
DC United left it late against nine-man New England Revolution to remain on top of the Eastern Conference.
Jairo Arrieta finished from close range to rescue a 1-1 draw for a disappointing United side which lacked the impetus and enthusiasm to breakdown a well-structured New England side.
Revs dominated the first half, creating several good chances but it took until added time for it to count. Bill Hamid made a good save when Juan Agudelo met Chris Tierney’s cross, but he could do nothing when the rebound fell kindly for Charlie Davies who duly found the net for his fifth goal of the campaign.
The mood quickly turned for Jay Heaps’ outfit 15 minutes after the break. In the 52nd minute, an ill-timed Tierney challenge that made contact with Chris Pontius’ knee forced him to be shown his marching orders. It went from bad to worse as Lee Nguyen was given a second yellow for an elbow to DC’s Davy Arnaud six minutes later.
Despite the numbers disadvantage, Revs looked good for the win until Arrieta’s equalizer 10 minutes from time.
The stalemate keeps DC top and New England second while the Revs have played a game more.
BOTTOM OVERCOME TOP
Western Conference leaders FC Dallas were beaten by bottom-place Montreal Impact 2-1 at Stade Saputo.
Oscar Pareja’s Toros were big favourites to sweep aside the Impact, ranked bottom of the 20 MLS sides, but the Canadian outfit pulled out a big performance to secure their first three-point haul over Dallas in four attempts.
Montreal’s Ignacio Piatti opened the scorer on 25 minutes from the spot after Andres Romero was fouled by Dallas’ Moises Hernandez. Their lead was doubled shortly after the break; Jack McInerney started a quick counter down the left side and, after clever interchange with Piatti, found the corner with a low shot.
Despite struggling to break down the Impact, Dallas looked most dangerous from set plays and that was how they found a way back into the game with just 13 minutes to play. Montreal failed to clear their lines from a free kick and, after Evan Bush made a good save to deny Tesho Akindele, Matt Hedges converted from the rebound.
The away side continued to push forward and came close to an equalizer only for Blas Perez’s header to be denied spectacularly by Bush but Montreal held on for the victory.
The top five team in the West all failed to win this weekend. Dallas’ loss to Montreal left the door open but Seattle Sounders could only manage a goalless draw with Sporting Kansas City, who couldn’t build upon their 4-2 win over the Revs on Thursday night, to move up to second.
Vancouver Whitecaps dropped to third in the Western Conference table after falling 1-0 in Colorado. A good finish by Lucas Pittinari was enough to secure the Rapids’ first win at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park since July 25, 2014.
Also unable secure a win was fourth-placed San Jose Earthquakes who were held by 10-man Orlando City. It was an exchange of penalties at Levi’s Stadium, Kaka struck first from the spot in the 64th minute but Chris Wondolowski responded in the same fashion four minutes late as he became only the ninth player in MLS history to reach 100 goals.
In Saturday’s games, Columbus Crew wasted a two-goal lead in an entertaining draw with Chicago Fire. Kei Kamara struck in the eighth and 55th minutes to give Columbus a solid lead but their cushion was halved after just three minutes when David Accam found the net before Jason Johnson completed the comeback in the fourth minute of second-half added time.
LA Galaxy also left it late in their outing against Houston Dynamo. The game looked to be ending goalless until Robbie Keane – his first Galaxy appearance in seven weeks due to a groin injury – set up Alan Gordon who headed home in the 93rd minute to move into the top half of the Western Conference at Houston’s expense.
While it was one of the League’s marquee players who provided the assist in LA, it was Toronto’s Italian Designated Player that made the difference against Portland. Sebastian Giovinco ran the show at BMO Field and provided the only goal of the game after only five minutes; some brilliant build-up play was topped off with a fantastic strike from outside of the box, which sailed past Portland goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey.
It was an unhappy return to Utah for New York City boss Jason Kreis as his side where downed 2-0 against his former outfit Real Salt Lake. John Stertzer notched his first MLS goal in the 25th minute and their lead was doubled four minutes after the break when Alvaro Saborio out-jumped two defenders to head home.
Also on the right end of a 2-0 score line was Philadelphia Union who downed I-95 rivals New York Red Bulls. Vincent Nogueira and C.J. Sapong struck for the Union to secure their first road win over the Red Bulls in eight attempts.