MLS: Union beat Impact in Drogba's debut while Crew top Sporting KC

The Philadelphia Union beat Montreal in Didier Drogba's Impact debut to lead Saturday's MLS action.
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MONTREAL (AP)—Sebastien Le Toux scored in the 78th minute and the Philadelphia Union beat Montreal 1–0 on Saturday night to spoil Didier Drogba's debut for the Impact.

Drogba, the former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star, went into the game to a standing ovation in the 59th minute, but was unable to provide the spark for Montreal (8-10-4).

On the goal, Sapong lofted a pass to Eric Ayuk, whose shot was redirected in front by Le Toux for his sixth goal of the season.

Philadelphia (7-13-6) ended a five-game winless streak.


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP)—Cristian Techera scored in the 32nd minute in Vancouver's victory over FC Dallas.

Techera back-heeled in a pass from Kekuta Manneh while being sandwiched by goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez and defender Je-Vaughn Watson. The Uruguayan midfielder has three goals in three games.

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The Whitecaps (14-9-3) regained first place in the Western Conference, moving two points ahead of idle Los Angeles. Vancouver has won four of its last five games.

Dallas (11-8-5) has lost three straight.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Jack McInerney scored the go-ahead goal in the 88th minute in his home debut and Columbus Crew beat Sporting Kansas City.

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Michael Parkhurst sent a long ball to Federico Higuain, who forced goalkeeper Tim Melia to make a diving save that deflected to McInerney. The open tap-in was McInerney's 37th career goal. He is the second youngest MLS player (23) to reach that mark behind the Crew's Stern John (1998-99).

Tony Tchani tied it for the Crew (10-8-8) in the 80th minute.

Graham Zusi gave Sporting (11-6-7) a 2-1 lead in the 62nd minute. Marcel de Jongopened the scoring in the 14th minute for Sporting and Ethan Finlay answered for the Crew in the 35th.


SANDY, Utah (AP)—Javier Morales and Sebastian Jaime scored early goals and Real Salt Lake held on to beat Seattle.

Morales opened the scoring in the 12th minute, converting from the spot after the Sounders' Roman Torres was charged with a hand ball in the penalty area. Luke Mulholland's 30-yard rocket off the crossbar in the 19th minute rebounded to Jaime, who headed it home.

Real Salt Lake (8-10-8) moved within three points of the Sounders (11-13-2) for the sixth and final playoff position in the Western Conference.


TORONTO (AP)—Jozy Altidore scored twice and Sebastian Giovinco, Marky Delgadoand Justin Morrow added goals in Toronto FC's victory over Orlando City.

Toronto (10-10-4) scored all five goals in the second half.

Delgardo opened the scoring in the 46th minute, Giovinco added his 17th of the season in the 57th, and Morrow connected in the 71st. Altidore scored his first goal on a penalty kick in the 83rd and completed the rout in the 85th with his ninth of the season.

Orlando City dropped to 7-12-7.


WASHINGTON (AP)—Chris Wondolowski scored his 12th goal of the season 4 minutes into the game and San Jose beat Eastern Conference-leading D.C. United.

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Coming off a 5-0 win at Sporting Kansas City, the Earthquakes (10-10-5) grabbed the lead when Fatai Alashe punched a pass to the right side of the goal box and Wondolowski was able to turn on the ball and right-foot a shot into the bottom of the far corner. Shea Salinas scored in the 52nd minute.

United (13-6-8) had won three of its previous four games.


BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP)—Dillon Serna scored 49 seconds into the match and Colorado beat Chicago to snap a three-game losing streak.

Gabriel Torres took a long pass from Kevin Doyle and raced into the box, where he found Serna with a short cross for the goal. The Rapids (6-9-9) won at Chicago (6-13-5) for the first time since 2004.