MLS Saturday roundup: D.C. United hold on against Union, Whitecaps subdue Real Salt Lake

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MLS Saturday had six matches occur after the lone match on Friday saw the New England Revolution take down Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park.

Here are the match recaps.

Toronto FC 3-2 Portland Timbers: Michael Bradley was the hero when his looping set-piece ball snuck into the back of the net, presumably because goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was screened by a line of players. Nonetheless, Toronto now stands in the Eastern Conference’s last playoff spot, fifth place. Full recap here.

D.C. United 1-0 Philadelphia Union: Luis Silva struck the only goal of this match in the 10th minute, and D.C. staved off the few opportunities Philadelphia possessed. United is the best team in the East by at least three points. PST recap.

Seattle Sounders 4-2 Chivas USA: Obafemi Martins unsurprisingly netted a brace. Clint Dempsey and Lamar Neagle also scored once to overpower Chivas USA, even though the Goats scored two out of the first three goals in this contest. Recap.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 Real Salt Lake: For Vancouver, one goal of this game was to slide into the fifth-place playoff position after the Portland Timbers had fallen to Toronto FC earlier in the day. Designated Player Pedro Morales had the scoring chances in this game, and at first, he trouble converting, as the Chilean’s missed a PK attempt prior to halftime. But he would redeem that miscue, burying another penalty kick endeavor to level the score at 1-1. Then, in the 78th minute, Morales was positioned around the five-yard box to redirect Steven Beitashour’s one-touch ball into the penalty area. Nat Borchers converted a headed effort in the 57th minute to notch the single score of Real Salt Lake, now faced with the opportunity to clinch a playoff berth against Chivas next week.

Columbus Crew 2-0 Montreal Impact: The Columbus Crew, hoping to walk away with three point this week, faced the Montreal Impact, a less superior team from a record standpoint because they hold the worst point total in the league beside Chivas USA. Even though the Impact maintained a 53.3 percent majority of possession, the Crew capitalized on their four shots on goal. Two minutes into the match, Ethan Finley sped past the defense rocketed a tough-angle shot into the top corner at the near post. Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare then conceded a penalty in the box to Ethan Finley, and Federico Higuain finished the excellent scoring chance to extend the Crew’s lead. Columbus jumped into fourth place with this victory, while Montreal remains in the tenth.

Colorado Rapids 1-1 San Jose Earthquakes: At Dick Sporting Goods Park, it took 84 minutes to finally have the game’s first goal, which was followed up by an equalizer ten minutes later, making this match thrilling in its dying moments. Gabriel Torres provided the Rapids with the first score of the match, tipping Chris Klute’s dipping cross into the upper netting. For San Jose, Chris Wondolowski did not net the equalizer; rather, Atiba Harris was the timely player, sizzling a left-footer just inside the box. San Jose had salvaged a point, but the Earthquakes’ playoff window is nearly closed due to their eleven-point separation from fifth place. Colorado is slightly better than California club, eight points back from the Whitecaps in the West’s final playoff post.