Sporting Kansas City 2-1 LA Galaxy
A statement game against a Galaxy team that came into the match eight-games unbeaten saw Sporing control the first hour, giving LA 30 minutes to pull back goals from Benny Feilhaber and Lawrence Olum. Robbie Keane did his best, finally breaking through in the 79th minute, albeit LA’s last chance of the game. After a convincing performance by Kansas City, the Galaxy’s streak is over.
Where the leaves them: Pending D.C. United’s match tomorrow, Sporting’s four points clear in the East. The Galaxy slide to fourth in the Western Conference.
New York Red Bulls 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes
The match ended as a missed opportunity for the Red Bulls when a lackluster performance couldn’t build on Bradley Wright-Phillips’ 33rd minute penalty conversion. Five minutes from time, a San Jose team that’d also failed to shine was blessed an open chance or Steven Lenhart near the penalty spot. The forward volley first goal of the season past Luis Robles to salvage a point for the visiting Earthquakes.
Note: Tim Cahill left this game in the 70th minute with an eye injury, though the problem did not appear serious.
Where this leaves them: The point allows New York to claim fourth in the East, while San Jose remains at the bottom of the Western Conference.
Columbus Crew 2-1 Montréal Impact
The slump is over! For the first time in eight games, the Crew are in the win column, and while it took a visit from the league’s worst team to do it, the three points count all the same. Thirty-five minutes in, after Marco Di Vaio’s opener, it didn’t appear as if that result would come, but thanks to two strikes from Bernardo Anor and another strong performance from goalkeeper Steve Clark, Gregg Berhalter’s team busted its slump.
Where this leaves them: Tiebreakers are all that keep the Crew out of a playoff spot, while Montréal is five points away from being able to climb out of the cellar.
Chicago Fire 1-1 Philadelphia Union
An often choppy match saw Jeff Larentowicz take advantage of some ridiculous marking to head home a corner in the 60th minute. Just before full-time, a controversial hand-ball call on Gonzalez Segares sent Sebastien Le Toux to the spot, where the Philadelphia veteran beat Sean Johnson to earn a draw.
Where this leaves them: Despite five wins in 21 games, Philadelphia is how sixth in the East. (Seriously, East: get your act together.) Chicago, three points back, remains in eighth.
FC Dallas 2-0 New England Revolution
The Revs run hits seven, with neither the defense nor attack able to dent in what’s becoming a season-defining swoon. After Andres Escobar put FCD up in the 29th minute, Tesho Akindele’s late tally provided the insurance, with the two-goal margin flattering a New England team that was out-shot 24-9 on the night.
Where this leaves them: New England is nearly out the playoffs, having slipped to fifth in the East. FC Dallas, on the other hand, has jumped to second in the West just as they’re about to get Mauro Díaz and Fabián Castillo back in the fold.
Houston Dynamo 2-2 Toronto FC
One week after giving up four in Toronto, Houston cut that total in half, though two goals allowed and a penalty conceded in the first 45 minutes saw the Dynamo blow two one-goal leads. After a second half defined by goalkeeping and Houston’s oppressive heat, the teams shared the spoils of a 2-2 draw.
Where this leaves them: The Dynamo stay ninth in the East, only four points out of a playoff spot. Toronto’s position holds steady, too, albeit at the other end of the standings (third).
Real Salt Lake 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
Matching the controversy in Chicago, a late whistle played a major role in Sandy, with Nat Borchers’ 71st minute challenge on Darren Mattocks earning Vancouver a disputed penalty kick. When the Jamaican converted into the left of Nick Rimando’s goal, the Whitecaps had a 1-0 lead. Eight minutes later, with what would have otherwise been the winning goal, João Plata claimed a point for RSL, handing the Whitecaps their second straight road draw.
Where this leaves them: Real Salt Lake is now tied on points with Dallas for second place, while Vancouver is part of the trio resting two points back.