Monday MLS Wrap

Wednesday, July 14 – Kansas City Wizards 1, Columbus Crew 0

Despite being outshot 15-4 in the first half and 19-8 for the match, Kansas City managed to secure their first victory against Columbus Crew since the 2007 season. Former University of Akron standout Teal Bunbury provided the deciding goal in the state where plied his trade as a collegian. The real star of the night was goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, who saved seven shots, including a Steven Lenhart header in stoppage time, to notch his sixth shutout of the season.

Thursday, July 15 – Seattle Sounders 1, D.C. United 0

Behind an outstanding performance in net from U.S. Soccer veteran Kasy Keller, Seattle utilized a late goal from Roger Levesque to defeat Andy Najar and D.C. United, 1-0. Levesque was on the receiving end of a perfect cross by Freddy Montero from the right flank to the far post, and headed in the deciding score in the 89th minute. Keller, who suffered a minor injury in the second half, made a pair of outstanding saves down the stretch to preserve the score line in the lead up to the Levesque goal.

Saturday, July 16 – Toronto FC 1, Philadelphia Union 2

A last minute goal from Sebastien Le Toux made the difference as Philadelphia handed Toronto their first loss since May 1. Michael Orozco Fiscal struck first with a header off a LeToux corner kick in the 61st minute. Twenty minutes later, Chad Barrett headed in a goal of his own off a corner to equalize with nine minutes left in regulation. Le Toux converted a penalty kick in the 94th minute just before the whistle blew, undoubtedly alleviating some of the pain from a last second loss to San Jose last week.

Saturday, July 17 – New York Red Bulls 0, Columbus Crew 2

Perhaps a bit distracted with the acquisition of former Arsenal star Thierry Henry, second-place New York lost to conference-leading Columbus. Emilio Renteria received a pass out of the midfield, that freed him for a breakaway in the 20th minute, and a Brett Carroll strike from 20 yards out in the 48th sealed the deal. Henry, who was in attendance, will make his first appearance for RBNY this weekend in a friendly against Tottenham.

Saturday, July 17 – Real Salt Lake 0, FC Dallas 2

Second half goals from Brek Shea and Atiba Harris provided the scoring as RSL fell for the first time since April 24. The 20-year old Shea provided the first score, rebounding a Milton Rodriguez score in the 69th minute to end Salt Lake keeper Nick Rimando’s shutout streak at 556 minutes. A great ball into the box by Heath Pierce and a touch from Shea set up the Harris score to put the game out of reach in the 77th minute.

Saturday, July 17 – Kansas City Wizards 1, Colorado Rapids 1

Conor Casey tied the match in the 74th minute, but missed an empty net opportunity in the 89th as Colorado settled for a draw with visiting Kansas City. Davy Arnaud opened up the scoring with a breakaway goal in the 20th minute. After equalizing, Casey received the ball in the penalty area left of the goal, dribbled around keeper Jimmy Nielsen, who fell down, but had his shot nick off the near post. However, the Wizards were the dominant offensive team for the majority of the match, outshooting the Rapids 13-8 while putting five shots on goal to Colorado’s one.

Sunday, July 18 – Los Angeles 2, D.C. United 1

In a match-up that pitted the best team in the league vs. the worst, the fans at RFK Stadium were treated to a somewhat surprisingly entertaining night. A great effort in front of goal by Edson Buddle led to his league-leading 11th score. With bodies strewn around the six-yard box, the U.S. international put one in the back of the net in the 38th minute. 17-year old star Andy Najar equalized in the 54th minute, as the somewhat diminutive Honduran out-jumped Buddle to head in his third tally of the season. An intentional handball in the 58th minute led to Landon Donovan’s game-deciding penalty kick.

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