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MLS Round Up: Colorado keep their momentum

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MLS - new logoFive midweek fixtures took place in MLS and entertainment was in high quantity as 15 goals were scored.

Colorado Rapids continued their superb start to the season with a narrow 1-0 home victory against 10-man Sporting Kansas City.

The Rapids have now won seven of their eleven opening games and continue to sit proudly at the top of the Western Conference.

The only goal of the game arrived 12 minutes from time as Dillon Serna grabbed his first strike of the season moments after Ike Opara was sent off.

Over in Philadelphia a handling error by La Galaxy keeper  Dan Kennedy gifted the Union’s Keegan Rosenberry an equalizer.

The home side took the lead in the opening minutes through Vincent Nogueira but looked set to come away from the game with nothing as La Galaxy swung the game on its head with goals from Robbie Rodgers and Mike Magee.

A draw leaves Philadelphia in second place in the Eastern Conference whilst LA Galaxy are third in the West.

FC Dallas grabbed their first goals in 347 of football as Oscar Pareja’s side returned to form with victory over Portland TImbers at Toyota Stadium.

Ryan Hollingshead and Walker Zimmerman’s second half goals cancelled out Diego Valeri’s opener to keep Dallas’ unbeaten home record intact.

The Eastern Conference’s basement club Chicago Fire extended their winless away run to 29 games as Veljko Paunović’s side fell to a 2-1 defeat at Vancouver Whitecaps.

Blas Perez claimed all three points for the Canadians with a stunning overhead kick one minute from time.

Perez had earlier put Vancouver ahead in the first half before Kennedy Igboananike calmly rolled the ball home for an equalizer with 20 minutes left to play.

Vancouver are now up to sixth place in the Western Conference while Chicago are in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the East.

In the final game of Wednesday’s fixtures Owen Coyle’s Houston traveled to California to face San Jose Earthquakes.

It was always going to be a formidable task for the Dynamo as San Jose were yet to lose at home and Coyle’s side ultimately came up short.

The Earthquakes’ Panama internationals Alberto Quintero and Anibal Godoy got on the score sheet to cancel out Ricardo Clarke’s goal as Houston failed to build on the momentum of Saturday’s win.

Coyle’s side are now four points below Portland at the bottom of the Western Conference and the Scotsman will be desperate for a response form his players in this weekend’s game against Real Salt Lake.

 

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