August 5, 2012
Sounders rip Galaxy 4-0
SEATTLE SOUNDERS 4, LOS ANGELES GALAXY 0
SEATTLE, Wash.---The Seattle Sounders extended their unbeaten streak to six games, completely dismantling the Los Angeles Galaxy 4- on Sunday night in front of 60,908 at Century Link Field.
The Sounders improved their record to 10-5-7, 37, while bringing the Galaxy (10-11-3, 33) unbeaten streak to a crashing halt after five games.
The Sounders took the lead on a sixth minute goal by Eddie Johnson, who opened the scoring with a header off a perfectly timed leading ball by Mauro Rosales, but the clinical dismantling by the home team did not begin until minutes into the second half.
Alex Caskey crashed in on a ball played into the box by Johnson in the 52nd minute. Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders charged out and blocked Caskey and the shot. The ball squirted out to the right side of the penalty area, where Fredy Montero chased it down and finished with a volley that Saunders got his hands on but which still found its way into the right side of the net.
Less than nine minutes later, Caskey got his first Major League Soccer goal, with Johnson again starting the play. Johnson tried to dribble Saunders, who made the initial save, sending the ball well out of the penalty area. But before a Galaxy defender was able to fully clear it out of danger, it fell to Caskey about 30 yards out. Seeing the LA goalkeeper still well off his line, the rookie lobbed the ball into the open net.
The final blow came in the 88th minute. Mauro Rosales played a ball out to the right side to Mark Burch. Burch centered it back for Andy Rose, who put it inside the near post for his first MLS goal.
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FC DALLAS 1, PORTLAND TIMBERS 1
PORTLAND, Ore---The Portland Timbers came back on a late goal by Jack Jewsbury to salvage a 1-1 tie with man-down FC Dallas in front of a sell out crowd of 20,438,at Jeld-Wen Field Sunday night.
FC Dallas, took a 1-0 advantage on a goal by Scott Sealy in the 51st minute, but went down a man on Zach Loyd's second yellow card, just 90 seconds later.
Jewsbury, made a spectacular play in the 79th minute, hitting a volley shot to goal from 19 yards after FCD goalie Kevin Hartman had fisted the ball out.
Jewsbury was feeling no Dallas defensive pressure as Hartman's clearance sailed out high, just past the box. He fired a perfect reply as the ball didn't hit the ground. His one-touch volley took a twisted path to the upper 90's with no real chance for Hartman.
Most teams would feel pretty good to settle for a draw on the road, but both Dallas and Portland are desperate for points in the Western Conference with just 10 games remaining. FCD, now with 23 points, is in 8th and Portland is last, in 9th place with 20 points. The Los Angeles Galaxy, fifth in the West, is currently holding the last playoff spot with 33 points.
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