Martins goal salvages point for Seattle vs. San Jose
SAN JOSE, California (AP) — Seattle’s Obafemi Martins scored on an over-the-shoulder volley in the 82nd minute to give the Sounders a 1-1 draw at San Jose in Major League Soccer on Saturday.
The Sounders moved into fourth place in the Western Conference, and stayed three points above the Earthquakes in the race for playoff berths.
Fatai Alashe put the Earthquakes in the lead in the 70th minute, scoring only his second career goal.
The equalizer came when San Jose goalkeeper David Bingham made a diving save on Zach Scott’s header, but it rebounded to Martins, who spectacularly converted the left-footed shot with his back to the net. Martins has five goals in his last five games and 12 this season.
LOS ANGELES 0, MONTREAL 0
Los Angeles needed some acrobatic saves by Donovan Ricketts to preserve a point at home against Montreal.
The Galaxy had a chance to go top of the West standings but could not find a way past Impact keeper Evan Bush.
Montreal had a pair of early scoring opportunities and another late in the match, but Ricketts repeatedly thwarted the visitors.
The Galaxy has gone two games without scoring after having averaged 4.3 goals during a four-game winning streak.
COLORADO 1, D.C. UNITED 1
Steve Birnbaum scored a late goal to help D.C. United draw Colorado and move equal top of the East standings.
United ended a run of three straight losses but would have been budgeting for a victory against the Rapids, who are last in the West.
Bobby Burling scored in the 28th minute for Colorado and the hosts held that advantage until the 87th when Birnbaum’s header was partially blocked by goalkeeper Clint Irwin, but defender Drew Moor on the line could only head the ball onto the bar and into the net.
DALLAS 2, NEW YORK CITY 1
Dallas’ Michel fed Tesho Akindele for a goal and added another later in the first half and the hosts beat expansion New York City.
Michel found Akindele along the right sideline with a long pass and he carried the ball into the penalty area and unleashed a shot that found the upper left corner of the net in the 45th minute. Michel then bent a corner cleanly past goalkeeper Josh Saunders in the fourth minute of added time to give Dallas a 2-0 lead.
Patrick Mullins converted a penalty in the 70th minute to pull NYC within a goal.
PHILADELPHIA 1, COLUMBUS 2
Kei Kamara scored in the 21st and 26th minutes and Columbus held on to win at Philadelphia.
The Crew took the lead when a Union defender deflected a cross from the right flank to Kamara, who finished with a header from near the far post. They were in nearly the same places 5 minutes later when Kamara tapped in a low cross for his league-leading 20th goal of the season.
The Union, who entered the game a point out of an Eastern Conference playoff position, pressed their attack in the second half, creating many chances, including C.J. Sapong’s 66th-minute goal.
HOUSTON 1, REAL SALT LAKE 3
Real Salt Lake’s Javier Morales had a goal and an assist in a win at Houston.
Real Salt Lake snapped an eight-game road losing sequence, and pulled even with Houston for eighth place in the West. Both are six points behind Portland for the final playoff spot.
Morales scored just before halftime, and Devon Sandoval scored in the 51st minute. Houston’s Brad Davis scored a penalty in the 65th minute to make it 2-1.
Juan Manuel Martinez scored in the 68th minute off an assist from Morales.