DC United extends league losing streak; MLS season opener roundup

With its loss to Columbus, DC United extended its league winless streak to 13 games.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Federico Higuain scored twice to help Columbus open the season with a victory over D.C. United in Gregg Berhalter's first game as the Crew's coach.

Jairo Arrieta also scored in the Crew's third straight victory over United.

United extended its league winless streak to 13 games. The Washington team's last league victory was at home against Montreal on Aug. 3, although it did also win the 2013 U.S. Open Cup.

SEATTLE (AP) Chad Barrett scored off a wild scramble in the penalty area in the final moments of second half-stoppage time to give the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 victory over defending champion Sporting Kansas City on Saturday in the Major League Soccer opener.

Seattle shocked Kansas City with a goal in stoppage time for the fifth time in the past eight matches. Barrett scored in his Sounders debut after Clint Dempsey's header clanged off the crossbar and goalkeeper Eric Kronberg was caught out of his net.

Dempsey came on in the 57th minute just a few days after playing 90 minutes for the U.S. national team in an exhibition loss to Ukraine in Cyprus.

It was the first match played with replacement officials after Major League Soccer's referees and other on-field officials were locked out Friday.

CREDITOR: Seattle burns SKC in stoppage time again


HOUSTON (AP) - Will Bruin scored twice and added an assist to help Houston rout New England.

Bruin opened the scoring 1:04 into the game. Kofi Sarkodie gave Bruin a pass in the upper box, Bruin settled it and sent it inside the near post from 16 yards. The goal was the second-fastest in Houston history, behind Craig Waibel's goal at 47 seconds against Colorado on Oct. 14, 2006.

Bruin made it 2-0 in the 13th minute, taking a cross from Corey Ashe and one-timing it into the center net from the upper right goalkeeper's box.

Boniek Garcia scored in the 23rd minute off Bruin's pass.

Omar Cummings completed the scoring in the 91st minute.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Kenny Miller scored twice and Vancouver beat New York in the season opener before a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.

Vancouver gave Carl Robinson a victory in his first game as the team's head coach.

Second-half substitute Pedro Morales added a goal and an assist, and Sebastian Fernandez also scored for the Whitecaps. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored for New York with two minutes left.

CREDITOR: Fernandez marks MLS debut with rocket in rout of Red Bulls


FRISCO, Texas (AP) - Mauro Diaz scored on a free kick and set up a penalty and FC Dallas opened the season with a victory over Montreal in coach Oscar Pareja's debut.

Diaz helped Dallas take a 2-1 lead in the 24th minute when he cut into the box in front of Jeb Brovsky and was pulled down from behind by the defender. Blas Perez, Dallas' leading scorer last season, rifled the penalty kick past Tony Perkins.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Diaz converted a right-footed, 20-yard free kick over the Impact wall to make it 3-1. Andrew Wenger cut it to one for Montreal on a header in the 65th minute

Montreal, playing its first game under former Chicago Fire coach Frank Klopas, opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Sanna Nyassi finished Justin Mapp's cross.

Fabian Castillo tied for Dallas in the 16th minute.


CARSON, California (AP) - Bobby Burling headed home in the 88th minute to give Chivas USA a 3-2 home victory over Chicago in their Major League Soccer season opener on Sunday.

Chivas was playing its first game since MLS last month purchased the franchise rights from the owner of Mexican club Guadalajara.

Erick Torres put Chivas ahead with a 56th-minute penalty after drawing a foul from Fire defender Gonzalo Segares, and rookie Thomas McNamara finished Leandro Barrera's near-post cross three minutes later.

Substitutes Benji Joya and Quincy Amarikwa scored as Chicago leveled the scores with about 20 minutes to go.

Joya, a rookie, scored on his first touch of the game in the 64th minute, about 30 seconds after coming on.

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