MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 2-1 Toronto FC (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): With the Seattle Sounders’ season slowly slipping away and the possibility of missing the MLS Cup Playoffs in 2015 quickly becoming a reality, Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey did what they do best in a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC Saturday night: run wild and score goals. TFC were surprisingly really good value for a point on the night after grabbing an equalizer just before the hour mark and and frustrating the two-man Sounders for much of the night. Big-time players make big-time plays, though, and Oba and Deuce are about as big-time as they come in Major League Soccer. With the victory, the Sounders (41 points) jump three places in the Western Conference, up to third, having played one, two or three more games than the four teams directly below them. TFC hold steady at fifth in the East, six points ahead of Montreal Impact and five points back of the second-place New York Red Bulls.

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Three moments that mattered

6′ — Dempsey to Martins, the dream combination — The last time Dempsey and Martins played together, the year was 1894 (it was actually June 13, 2015). They needed just six minutes to combine for a goal in their first game back together.

59′ — Zavaleta heads home to equalize at 1-1 — To all Sounders players: Marking the guys in red (or whatever color your opponents happen to be wearing during a given game) is a good idea. That’s Eriq Zavaleta, a former Sounder no less, standing all by himself at the top of the six-yard box. That’s the easiest goal he’ll ever score.

77′ — Dempsey pounces on Konopka’s epic blunder — Oh my, poor Chris Konopka. The TFC goalkeeper did the hard part — rushing off his line to take the ball of the foot of Martins — but couldn’t do the relatively easy part — hold onto the ball once it was in his hands. He spilled, Dempsey pounced and bagged the Sounders’ (extremely fortunate) winner.

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Man of the match: Clint Dempsey

Goalscorers: Martins (6′), Zavaleta (59′), Dempsey (77′)

MLS Three Things: RBNY beats Atlanta, is a special club right now

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At this point, Jesse Marsch could take the USMNT job, Tyler Adams could bolt for the Bundesliga, and we’d still have to select the New York Red Bulls to finish with a home playoff game.

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That’s how well run RBNY is these days, which is to take nothing away from their coach and 19-year-old star, but considering they navigated a solid CONCACAF Champions League run en route to this start… well…. wow.

On a night when Luis Robles’ ironman streak ended, Kaku recorded two assists, and Ezequiel Barco bagged his second goal in three matches, they don’t even meet the requirements of our three things.

Form giants deliver more goals

Marsch’s men have been shutout once this season, and most multiple goals in four-consecutive wins. Three of those four wins have come on the road, at LA, Colorado, and now Atlanta.

RBNY has the best points-per-game in Major League Soccer, has scored the joint-most goals despite playing in the second-fewest games, and is allowing barely more than a goal-a-game.

Bet against ’em. We dare ya.

BWP delivers the goods

RBNY’s 33-year-old English star scored twice and won a penalty that Daniel Royer converted as he continued his assault on all future Red Bulls’ hopes of becoming the club’s leading scorer.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has almost 50 more goals than his nearest competitor, Juan Pablo Angel, and he makes headers look like child’s play.

Victory comes with a price

Kemar Lawrence was lost with a scary-looking face-plant on a clearance, and needed to be stretchered off the pitch. Hopefully it’s not long-term for the Jamaican back.

Willian “edits” Conte out of FA Cup champions photo

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Willian is not a fan of Antonio Conte.

Come to another conclusion if you like, but it’s hard to argue the Brazilian wizard’s feelings following his Instagram post after Chelsea beat Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.

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Willian covered his manager in trophies following the win, and it’d be a stretch to call that a tribute to the Italian’s tactical brilliance.

The player recorded seven goals and six assists despite playing less than all but 12 Chelsea players in league play (12th place Alvaro Morata had 11 and 6).

We’re accepting alternative explanations for the since-deleted Instagram photo below:

Elis scores twice as Dynamo beat Fire 3-2

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BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) Alberth Elis scored two second-half goals to help the Houston Dynamo beat the Chicago Fire 3-2 on Sunday for their first road win of the season.

Elis, on a one-on-one breakaway, cut back to evade defender Johan Kappelhof and ripped a right-footer from the center of the box into the back of the net to give Houston (4-3-3) a 3-2 lead in the 74th minute.

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The Dynamo’s Romell Quioto opened the scoring in the fourth, running onto a long through ball from Tomas Martinez and rolling the finish past sliding goalkeeper Richard Sanchez. Nemanja Nikolic tied it in the 14th minute and then fed Diego Campos for a goal about two minutes later. Elis converted from the spot to make it 2-2 early in the second half after Mauro Manotas drew a foul in the area conceded by Sanchez.

Chicago (3-6-2) has lost three of its last four games.

 

Inter Milan back in the Champions League after late heroics (video)

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It’s been more than a half-decade since Inter Milan qualified for the UEFA Champions League, an infamous run that ended on Sunday.

Inter scored twice in the final 13 minutes to beat fifth-place Lazio and advance into the Top Four via head-to-head record.

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Lazio held 1-0 and 2-1 leads, but could not get the job done at home, collecting red cards in the 79th minute and stoppage time.

Uruguayan midfielder Matias Vecino scored his third goal of the season, redirecting a corner kick home in the 81st minute, as Inter clinched fourth place in Serie A.