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Felipe scored from the top of the box in the 77th minute to tie the game and tallied on a free kick in the 83rd to give the New York Red Bulls 4-3 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

By AP NEWS
March 19, 2016

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Felipe scored from the top of the box in the 77th minute to tie the game and tallied on a free kick in the 83rd to give the New York Red Bulls a stunning 4-3 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

Sacha Kljestan and Mike Grella also scored as the defending MLS Supporters' Shieldwinners avoided their first 0-3 start since 1998, when the team was known as the MetroStars.

Will Bruin scored two first-half goals for the potent Dynamo, while Brazilian midfielder Alex added the other in the 65th minute to give Houston a 3-2 lead.

The Red Bulls were shut out by Montreal and Toronto in the first two games, but they found their offense in this one with Felipe scoring on brilliant strikes from about 20 yards.

Ricardo Clark had a chance to tie the game for Houston in injury time but his point blank shot from in the box hit New York defender Sal Zizzo in the face and was cleared.

GALAXY 3, EARTHQUAKES 1

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Gyasi Zardes scored two goals early in the second half, and the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the 10-man San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 in the 2016 opener of the California Clasico rivalry on Saturday night.

Jelle Van Damme headed it down across the front of the goal and Zardes finished with a toe punch in the 56th minute. Zardes doubled the lead six minutes later with an opportunistic stab at Kip Colvey's errant clearance attempt.

Robbie Keane capped the scoring with a penalty kick for the Galaxy (2-1-0) in the 91st minute.

The Earthquakes (2-1-0) went down a man in the third minute of first-half stoppage time when Simon Dawkins was sent off for a lunging scissor tackle on Sebastian Lletget.

Chris Wondolowski scored in the 89th minute to pull the Quakes within 2-1.

FC DALLAS 2, IMPACT 0

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Mauro Diaz opened the scoring in the 79th minute,Maximiliano Urruti added a fast-break finish in the 87th and FC Dallas beat the Montreal Impact 2-0 on Saturday night.

Diaz scored on a free kick from a few yards to the right of the penalty arc, hooking it over the wall and into the upper right corner of the goal.

Tesho Akindele’s glancing header redirected goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez's long ball. Urruti chased behind and sent home a right-footed blast on his first touch from just outside the 18-yard box.

With the late scoring flurry, FC Dallas (2-1-0) bounced back from its 5-0 loss to theHouston Dynamo last Saturday.

Both goals came after former Chelsea star Didier Drogba made his 2016 debut for the Impact (2-1-0). He entered as a substitute in the 70th minute.

 

FIRE 0, CREW 0, TIE

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Matt Lampson had four saves, including a diving stop in the 68th minute, to help Chicago play Columbus to a 0-0 draw Saturday.

It was the first shutout of the season for Lampson, who came into the game fifth in all of Major League Soccer with 10 saves.

Both teams came up empty after some early opportunities. The Fire (0-1-1) had six corners in the first 10 minutes and Columbus had a pair of shots blocked, a couple of offside calls and Frederico Higuain came away empty handed on two early shots - the first of which was saved by Lampson in the 11th.

The Crew (0-2-1) got their first corner early in the second half and continued to apply pressure on Chicago, but Tony Tchani's shot in the 54th minute was saved by Lampson and Ethan Finlay's right footer a couple minutes later sailed wide left.

Gilberto Souza Jr.'s attempt from the top of the box in the 62nd - the Fire's on only shot on goal - was saved by Steve Clark.

 

 

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