HOUSTON DYNAMO 2-1 SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES
Houston kept up their strong home form with a come-from-behind win against a San Jose outfit who continue to move in the wrong direction.
Brad Davis was harshly booked for an alleged dive early on, and it looked as if Dominic Kinnear’s side might be punished as Khari Stephenson swept home Steven Beitashour’s 40th minute cross to put the visitors ahead.
However, when Davis was felled in the box for a second time early in the second half, referee Silviu Petrescu did point to the spot and the midfielder stroked the ball beyond Jon Busch’s despairing dive.
And the comeback was completed 11 minutes from time as Will Bruin – enjoying a fine rookie season – showed great technique to volley home his fifth goal of the campaign.
SEATTLE SOUNDERS 3-0 DC UNITED
Alvaro Fernandez struck twice as Seattle recorded a comprehensive win against Ben Olsen’s United.
Mike Fucito opened the scoring ten minutes before half time, using his pace to get beyond Brandon McDonald and firing a low shot beyond Joe Willis, and Fernandez made it two in first-half stoppage time from Mauro Rosales’ first-time pass.
Rosales was then involved in creating a second for his Uruguayan team-mate, sending a deep cross to the back post where Fredy Montero’s header was palmed out by Willis into the path of Fernandez who couldn’t miss.
DC came alive late on, but Kasey Keller preserved his clean sheet with fine saves from strike duo Joseph Ngwenya and Josh Wolff.
LOS ANGELES GALAXY 3-0 VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
A clinical Galaxy cruised to victory with Mike Magee netting twice and Robbie Keane returning to goalscoring ways.
Magee opened the scoring in the 40th minute, arriving at pace to meet Keane’s outside-of-the-foot cross. Bryan Jordan made the most of a rare start to create two further goals in the second half, Keane and Magee heading his pinpoint right-wing crosses into opposite corners of Joe Cannon’s net.
And Jordan thought he had the goal his performance deserved on 89 minutes, only for his cool finish to be disallowed for offside.
CHICAGO FIRE 3-2 CHIVAS USA
Ten-man Chicago surrendered a two-goal lead at home to Chivas USA but Dominic Oduro’s 10th of the season ensured they ended the match victorious.
Cory Gibbs headed in a simple opener with less than two minutes on the clock, meeting a corner with an unmarked back-post header, and Juan Pablo Angel’s unfortunate own goal doubled the lead.
But the game turned when Gibbs saw red for a dangerous tackle on Michael Lahoud, and Angel’s low finish and Nick LaBrocca’s poked volley got Chivas back on level terms just after the hour.
Oduro might have thought the last chance had gone when he could only find the side-netting after rounding Dan Kennedy, but the Ghanaian tapped in from Patrick Nyarko’s cross five minutes from time to bring Chicago within a point of their opponents in the play-off chase.
TORONTO FC 2-1 COLORADO RAPIDS
Danny Koevermans scored his first goals at BMO Field to give Toronto back-to-back MLS wins for the first time in 2011.
The Dutchman opened the scoring on 52 minutes, reaching Ashtone Morgan’s dangerous low cross to tap in from close-range, and he headed in a Nick Soolsma delivery on the hour to make it two.
Sanna Nyassi’s pace was the key to Colorado’s goal, the Gambian bursting down the left to tee up Omar Cummings and then following up to fire high into the net after his team-mate’s shot was blocked.
And Gary Smith’s side almost snatched an equaliser late on but, with Milos Kocic beaten, Richard Eckersley stuck out a leg to clear Drew Moor’s shot off the line.
PHILADELPHIA UNION 1-0 COLUMBUS CREW
Sebastien Le Toux scored the only goal of the game as Philadelphia ended their eight-game winless run in nervy fashion, while inflicting a third defeat in four on visiting Columbus.
Andres Mendoza had Zac MacMath scrambling to keep out his unorthodox 16th minute effort, but that was as good as it got for the Crew.
Le Toux’s decisive strike came just after the half-hour, when stand-in centre-back Eric Gehrig was left ball-watching as the Frenchman gathered Roger Torres’ long ball and slotted calmly past Will Hesmer for his seventh of the season.
REAL SALT LAKE 1-0 SPORTING KANSAS CITY
That rarest of commodities, a Nat Borchers goal, was enough for Real Salt Lake to record their 10th home win of the season.
They had to rely on Nick Rimando to go in level at the break, the dependable goalkeeper saving with his feet from Aurelien Collin and bravely collecting a Roger Espinoza cross with Kei Kamara waiting to pounce.
But in the 54th minute Sporting’s defenders switched off from a Kyle Beckerman free-kick, allowing Borchers to stroll forward and head in unchallenged.
FC DALLAS 0-1 NEW YORK RED BULLS
Luke Rodgers returned from injury to fire New York to a timely victory against a Dallas side missing the input of Brek Shea.
Maicon Santos had two early chances for the hosts but Frank Rost kept out his low left foot drive and later when the Brazilian lifted over the Red Bulls goalkeeper the ball did not dip quite enough.
Another good save from Rost denied Ricardo Villar, and Dallas were made to pay for their missed chances when Rodgers managed to bundle a low Juan Agudelo cross over the line.
PORTLAND TIMBERS 3-0 NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION (Friday)
Portland remain in the play-off hunt after a convincing win over New England, but they will need to improve their away form if they want to extend their debut MLS season.
Diego Chara opened the scoring, prodding past Matt Reis from close range, and Darlington Nagbe saw a second ruled out for offside in the build-up.
Kenny Cooper missed a sitter from Kalif Alhassan’s cross but the Timbers frontman got his goal just after the half-hour from a Mike Chabala cross, and Lovel Palmer struck a low shot against the post as John Spencer’s side looked to kill the game off before half-time.
Nagbe finally got his goal after the break, the smallest man on the pitch heading beyond a scrambling Reis after Alhassan teased Kevin Alston and swung in a pinpoint cross for his team-mate.
COLUMBUS CREW 2-2 HOUSTON DYNAMO (Wednesday)
JeVaughn Watson turned from hero to villain as Houston remain in search of their first away win of the season.
Columbus were reduced to 10 men with just 10 minutes gone, Emmanuel Ekpo flooring Adam Moffat with a hand to the face, and Watson made the extra man count with a towering header from Jermaine Taylor’s cross
But the Jamaican midfielder planted a free header wide from Corey Ashe’s cross in the 54th minute, and soon after it was 1-1 as Andres Mendoza converted from the spot following a Cam Weaver handball.
Peruvian striker Mendoza scored his second, again from the spot, after a stray foot from Watson caught Dilly Duka in the ribs, but Robert Warzycha’s side were denied an unlikely victory when Calen Carr rifled into the top corner from a Geoff Cameron cutback.