New England beats Sporting to close East gap
FOXBOROUGH, Massachussets (AP) — New England’s Lee Nguyen scored twice to help the Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 to Tuesday, closing the gap between the second and third-placed teams in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.
Sporting, which would have closed within a point of East leader D.C. United had it won, took the lead in the ninth minute through a Soony Saad header and held that advantage until just before halftime when Teal Bunbury equalized for the hosts.
New England went ahead three minutes after halftime when an unmarked Nguyen controlled a cross at the top of the box and bent a shot past Sporting goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.
Nguyen sealed the win, and took his season tally to 12, when he forced a defensive turnover and found the net deep into stoppage time.
United States international Jermaine Jones made his first appearance for the Revolution which moved into clear third in the East standings, six points behind Sporting.
Seattle’s Obafemi Martins and Andy Rose each scored two first-half goals as the Sounders got on top early and won 4-2 at struggling Chivas.
Seattle won its third consecutive game to extend its Western Conference lead to five points, while Chivas’ winless streak reached eight games and the Los Angeles club remains rooted to the bottom of the West standings.
Martins opened the scoring from Brad Evans’ corner in the 11th minute and added a simple goal 5 minutes later. Seattle made it 3-0 when Rose redirected Evans’ free kick in the 38th minute. The duo combined on another free kick 4 minutes later for Evans’ third assist of the first half.
Marco Delgado ended Chivas’ six-game scoreless streak when he headed home in the 51st minute and Ryan Finley converted a penalty in the 60th minute.
Philadelphia moved into a tie for the last two playoff spots in the East by beating ten-man Toronto 1-0.
Conor Casey knocked home a Sebastien Le Toux cross in the 55th minute and the Union hung on to move up to 33 points, level with Toronto and Columbus.
Toronto’s Ashtone Morgan received a red card in the 77th minute for pulling down Le Toux on a counter-attack.
The Canadian club was playing its first game under new head coach Greg Vanney after the firing of Ryan Nelsen.