MLS weekend roundup: Galaxy demolish Rapids, Union blank Toronto FC

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Below is our weekly roundup of MLS competitions.

Los Angeles Galaxy 6-0 Colorado Rapids: Braces from Landon Donovan, Baggio Husidic, and Gyasi Zardes catapulted the Galaxy past the Rapids. Review the full recap for the NBC-televised game here.

Toronto FC 0-2 Philadelphia Union: The Union wrapped up a two-game series against Toronto FC with two wins, which Philadelphia just behind the New England Revolution for points on the Eastern Conference table. Sheanon Williams assisted both goals, headers converted by Conor Casey in the 8th minute and Andrew Wenger in the 44th minute. And in the 89th minute, Michael Bradley cracked a deep left-footer off the near post to almost spur the possibility of a late comeback. The Reds have the chance to get back on track against the Chicago Fire next Saturday.

New York Red Bulls 2-1 Sporting Kansas City: It’s no surprise that Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry were the two goal scorers for NY in this match, and Dom Dwyer continues to show that he’s a top-caliber MLS player to tally Sporting’s only score of the game. Here’s the full recap.

Houston Dynamo 3-2 Montreal Impact: In a contest that remained fairly close, Ricardo Clark’s sizzling set-piece goal was the difference between a draw and win for the Houston Dynamo. Giles Barnes grabbed a brace, scoring in the 30th minute when he sped past Impact defenders looking for an offside call. His second tally arrived in the 62nd minute, a one-touch tap-in from Omar Cummings’ pass near the wing. Dilly Duka and Ignacio Piatti scored for the Impact, who remain at last place in the Eastern Conference, while Houston is battling a group of teams for a playoff spot. NBC’s Richard Farley gave us a few quick thoughts on the match.

Real Salt Lake 2-1 FC Dallas: Robbie Findley drew first blood and then Alvaro Saborio broke the 1-1 score in the 77th minute to give Real Salt Lake the victory over FC Dallas. PST has the post-match recap.

Vancouver Whitecaps 0-0 D.C. United: After D.C. United beat the New York Red Bulls on the road, a west coast trip to BC Place, which is one of the toughest places to play for Eastern Conference teams, didn’t bring forth a terrible result. Darren Mattocks had multiple opportunities at the doorstep in the 12th minute, but he ripped both chances over the goal. Fabian Espindola was the most notable man on the pitch creating scoring occasions for D.C. United. With this draw, United still has a good hold on the top spot in the East, and Vancouver continues to jostle with the Portland Timbers for the fifth-place position in the West.

Columbus Crew 3-0 Chivas USA: Columbus went up by two goals quickly. In the 52nd minute, Justin Meram confidently stepped into the box and uncorked a curling right-footer that drove into the bottom corner of the net. Seven minutes later, it was Meram who struck again. He intercepting a Chivas USA pass and made a run straight up the middle of the pitch before nailing another curled right-footed attempt. Bernardo Anor added the last goal of the match. The Crew are right in the midst of the Eastern Conference playoff race, and Chivas USA continues to exist as the second-worst team in the league.

Portland Timbers 3-3 San Jose Earthquakes: The Earthquakes jumped out to a two-goal lead by the 48th minute, but the Timbers fought their way back to rob San Jose of the victory. Chris Wondolowski buried the first score into a open net off a determined effort by Shea Salinas to penetrate the penalty area. In the 48th minute, Wondolowski’s ball deflected off Portland’s back, falling right at the feet of Cordell Cato to slot home from close-range. But goals by Alvas Powell and Liam Ridgewell tied the score at 2-2, and just when Wondolowski’s header score in the 85th minute looked to be decisive, Kalif Alhassan rolled the last goal past Jon Busch to finalize the 3-3 draw. San Jose could technically make the playoffs, although they still sit in the bottom of the West’s rankings. Portland stands at fifth place in the same conference.

New England Revolution 2-1 Chicago Fire: Jermaine Jones totaled his first MLS assist, feeding Charlie Davies to put the Revs ahead of the Fire in the 60th minute. Diego Fagundez and Sanna Nyassi also scored. Check out the PST’s MLS snapshot of this competition.

Rioters, not terrorists, are bigger security concern at World Cup

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Threats at international events are nothing new, but it may surprise you to read that World Cup organizers are just as, if not more, fearful of riots and protests than terrorists.

So while Nigeria has banned public World Cup viewings due to the threats of suicide bombings and other heinous acts of terrorism, the Brazil World Cup will be using everything from robots to tanks and even drones to keep people safe.

NBC News’ Monica Alba defines the threat:

There is good reason for their unease: The hundreds of thousands of foreign fans attending the games that begin Thursday — including nearly 100,000 Americans — will be parachuting into a country beset by widespread and deadly political unrest that at its height drew 1 million people to the streets last year, a murder rate that is among the highest in the world and a growing drug-trafficking problem.

For more, check out this video:

And as if to reinforce the idea of safety, there is security visible everywhere.