Seattle Sounders Win Eighth Straight; Real Salt Lake Routs LA Galaxy

The Seattle Sounders set the league mark for consecutive wins in the non-shootout era (2000-present) with their win over Sporting KC while the Red Bulls were routed in Montreal and Real Salt Lake smashed the LA Galaxy.
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SEATTLE — Raul Ruidiaz scored from the run of play, Nico Lodeiro converted a penalty kick and the Seattle Sounders took advantage of an own goal to beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on Saturday in a game between two of the hottest teams in MLS.

The Sounders (12-9-5) extended their club-record winning streak to eight games and set a league mark for consecutive wins in the non-shootout era (2000-present). The old mark of seven straight was set by Kansas City in 2012 and matched by Seattle with last Sunday's 1-0 victory at Portland.

Sporting (13-7-6) saw its four-game winning streak halted.

Unbeaten in their last 11 (9-0-2), the Sounders had to come from behind in this one after Diego Rubio put Kansas City on the board just 96 seconds into the game.

Ruidiaz tied it in the 12th minute with a 5-yard shot straight in front of a wide-open net as goalkeeper Tim Melia had come off his line to play a crossing pass.

Seattle went up 2-1 in the 52nd minute. Harry Shipp had the ball on the left side of Melia's 6-yard box. His cross deflected off the right calf of Graham Zusi and into the far side of the net.

Just four minutes later, Shipp sent another cross in from the left side. KC's Ike Opara went up for it, but the ball glanced off his right arm. A penalty kick was called, and Nicolas Lodeiro drilled it into the back left corner.

The Sounders played a man down from the 81st minute when defender Chad Marshall was shown a straight red card following a video review of his trip-up of Johnny Russell.

Real Salt Lake 6, LA Galaxy 2

SANDY, Utah — Damir Kreilach scored a hat trick, Albert Rusnak added two goals and Real Salt Lake beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 6-2 on Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Brooks Lennon sent in a long ball which Kreilach chest trapped, flicked up to himself to avoid the onrushing goalkeeper and headed home to give RSL (13-10-5) the lead for good at 2-1.

Jefferson Savarino scored with a deflection off Michael Ciani in the 48th minute and Kreilach slotted home Albert Rusnak's cross in the 61st minute to make it 4-1. Romain Alessandrini pulled the Galaxy back to 4-2 two minutes later.

Rusnak smashed home a volley in the 68th minute and Kreilach punched it home from close range in the 71st—both finishing Savarino's crosses.

Rusnak tied it at 1 for RSL in the 14th minute with one touch to settle Joao Plata's forward pass, an inside spin and a one-hopper from the top of the penalty arc.

Jonathan dos Santos volleyed home Ashley Cole's cross to open the scoring for the Galaxy (10-10-8) less than a minute into the match.

The match was stopped in the first half when a duck ran onto the field.

Montreal Impact 3, New York Red Bulls 0

MONTREAL — French defenders Rod Fanni and Bacary Sagna each scored on headers, Ignacio Piatti added a third and the Montreal Impact beat the MLS-leading New York Red Bulls 3-0 on Saturday night.

Both Frenchmen scored their first goals for the Impact (11-14-3). Fanni scored first off a corner in the 30th minute. Sagna followed eight minutes later off a free a kick, directing the ball past goalkeeper Luis Robles. Piatti added his 13th in stoppage time.

The Red Bulls (17-7-4) had a four-game road unbeaten streak snapped.

New England Revolution 1, Portland Timbers 1

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Lawrence Olum tied it in the 70th minute and the Portland Timbers held on for a 1-1 draw with the New England Revolution on Saturday night.

Olum leveled it for Portland (11-7-8) with a right-footed stab at Julio Cascante's redirection of David Guzman's corner.

The Revolution (7-10-9) opened the scoring in the 58th minute on Scott Caldwell's first goal of the season. He scored on a putback of Kelyn Rowe's shot attempt. Two minutes earlier, goalkeeper Steve Clark replaced an injured Jeff Attinella for Portland.

FC Dallas 4, Houston Dynamo 2

FRISCO, Texas — Santiago Mosquera scored a quick pair of goals early in the second half and FC Dallas won the Texas Derby with a 4-2 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.

Mosquera scored his first in the 48th minute and made it 3-0 for FC Dallas (14-6-7) three minutes later when he completed a give-and-go with Victor Ulloa with a low hard shot.

Reto Ziegler made it 4-1 with a penalty kick in the 58th minute. Urruti drew the foul against Boniek Garcia.

Michael Barrios gave Dallas the lead in the 10th minute. Maxi Urruti redirected Carlos Gruezo's pass to the right side and Barrios followed, finishing with a chip shot into the far corner.

Mauro Manotas pulled Houston to 3-1 with a rising long-range blast in the 53rd minute.

Alberth Elis capped the scoring, converting a penalty in the 72nd minute for Houston (7-13-7).

Orlando City 2, Philadelphia Union 2

ORLANDO, Fla. — Scott Sutter tied it in the first minute of second-half stoppage time and Orlando City snapped the Philadelphia Union's four-game winning streak with a 2-2 draw Saturday night.

Fabrice-Jean Picault gave the Union a 2-1 lead in the 88th minute, dribbling back-and-forth to find open space outside the area and striking it into the upper left corner.

Sutter answered with his second goal in as many games, finishing Josue Colman's back-heel flick from the right side of the area.

Cory Burke got on the end of Borek Dockal's cross with a close-range header to tie it in the 32nd minute.

Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for Orlando in the ninth minute, flicking Yoshimar Yotun's free kick along with a header into the right side of the net.

Dockal left the game in the 40th minute with an apparent ankle injury.

Orlando City is winless in its last seven games.

LAFC 4, Toronto FC 2

TORONTO — Diego Rossi scored twice and Lee Nguyen and Carlos Vela added goals in Los Angeles FC's 4-2 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday night.

Jozy Altidore scored twice for Toronto (7-14-6).

The first regular-season meeting between the teams was a father-son affair, pitting LAFC coach Bob Bradley against Toronto captain Michael Bradley. Bradley Bowl honors went to Bob, coaching in his 299th career MLS game.

Columbus Crew 2, NYCFC 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Harrison Afful and Justin Meram scored in the second half to help the Columbus Crew beat New York City FC 2-1 on Saturday night.

Afful had his shot attempt from about 30 yards blocked by Alexander Ring. The rebound came directly back to Afful, who bent it into the right corner to tie it in the 61st minute.

Meram headed home Pedro Santos's corner two minutes later to give the Crew (12-8-7) the lead.

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi opened the scoring for NYCFC (14-7-6) in the 53rd minute.

Vancouver Whitecaps 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Alphonso Davies and Nicolas Mezquida scored to help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 on Saturday night.

Davies opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, scooping a pass from Yordy Reyna in the Quakes' box and tapping it into the bottom left corner of the net. It was the 17-year-old's sixth goal of the year for Vancouver (11-9-7).

In the 78th minute, Reyna sailed a pass to Mezquida, who took a moment to settle the ball, then punted a rocket into the upper left-hand corner of the net. Vako Qazaishvili scored for San Jose (4-15-8) in stoppage time.