MLS Saturday roundup: San Jose trips Seattle; RSL claims Rocky Mountain Cup
Diego Valeri drew first blood, scoring on an early direct kick, but the Galaxy dominated play, with a great game plan that exploited the middle and right of the Timbers’ defense delivering LA’s second win in a row. Two goals from Robbie Keane give the Galaxy captain 12 on the season, while Gyasi Zardes is two short of double figures.
Michael Bradley and Dominic Oduro played a part in both goals, with Gilberto and Luke Moore helping the Reds move beyond Wednesday’s disappointment at D.C. United. The three points leave Toronto FC alone in second, while a Montréal team in the middle of a regroup turns its attention to Champions League.
Despite going into half time up a man and a goal, New England left Red Bull Arena empty-handed, with a strong day from Dax McCarty helping the home side maintain 58 percent possession despite Matt Miazaga’s first half sending off. With goals from McCarty and Bradley Wright-Phillips, New York was one of two 10-man teams to earn full points on Saturday, a result that vaulted the Red Bulls back into the East’s top five.
Glaring mistakes from both teams accounted for the goals, with Tyson Wahl’s late first half handball offset by Patrick Ianni’s clumsy, failed clearance 10 seconds into the second. With goals from Mike Magee and Federico Higuaín, the teams shared points in Bridgeview, with Chicago relegated to its 13th draw of the season.
Marvell Wynne’s first half mistake allowed Chris Wingert to set up Javier Morales’s opener, a goal that turned into a winner when Nick Rimando kept his record-tying 112th career clean sheet. Along the way, Aaron Maund received his marching orders, leaving RSL to play a half down a man. Like the Red Bulls before them, RSL still turned 10 men into three points, enough to claim the Rocky Mountain Cup.
In front of over 45,000 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the Earthquakes climbed out of the Western Conference cellar, with Yannick Djaló's late first half goal holding up for the one-goal victory. Despite close calls for Gonzalo Pineda and Chad Barrett, Seattle was shutout for the second game in a row.