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Perez scores twice, FC Dallas tops Sporting Kansas City 3-1

March 15, 2015

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Blas Perez scored a brace and FC Dallas topped Sporting Kansas City 3-1, while Alvar Saborio scored on a penalty kick in the 86th minute to salvage a 3-3 draw for Real Salt Lake with the Philadelphia Union to highlight week two of Major League Soccer on Saturday.

Perez struck either side of halftime to twice give FC Dallas the lead, after Sporting KC had leveled just before halftime, as Roger Espinoza completed a long run with a stutter step just inside the box, and then beat Chris Seitz near post with a left-footed blast.

Earlier Perez opened the scoring in the 17th minute, latching on to Tesho Akindele’s pass from the top of the box and making no mistake on the finish.

Perez made it 2-1 in the 52nd minute with his third goal of the season. Seemingly offside, Perez had time to chest-trap a pass from Michel, settle the ball, and fire past Luis Marin from close range.

FC Dallas settled the contest in the 73rd minute as Fabian Castillo beat Marin to the ball from Ryan Hollinghead and tapped it home.

At Sandy, Utah, Saborio coolly converted a late penalty kick after Luke Mulholland was fouled by Fernando Aristeguieta in the box to earn a share of the spoils for Real Salt Lake.

The hosts scored first on a free kick by Javier Morales after Saborio was fouled in the air trying to make a header.

Philly evened it in the 34th minute. A cross deflected off an RSL defender, forcing Nick Rimando into a scrambling save. Aristeguieta got behind the defense and headed the rebound into an open net. Four minutes later, Aristeguieta took advantage of Salt Lake’s defense out of position on a throw-in to score at the far post.

Salt Lake equalized in the 55th minute as a cross bounced off several RSL players and Jamison Olave, falling down, headed it home.

Moments later, Olave deflected a cross past his own goalie to put the Union back up 3-2.

Chris Wondolowski scored twice and Innocent Emeghara added a goal in the San Jose Earthquakes’ 3-2 victory over the Seattle Sounders.

San Jose played nearly the entire second half a man down after Victor Bernardez was sent off in the 52nd minute for a bad tackle attempt.

Earlier, Clint Dempsey opened the scoring with a record-breaking goal for the Sounders after 18 seconds. Dempsey headed in a rebound off a miss by Tyrone Mears to score the club’s earliest goal in a game.

Wondolowski leveled it at 1-1 in the 13th minute, converting Marvell Wynne’s cross, before scoring again just after halftime in a goalmouth scramble.

Emeghara made it 3-1 in the 70th minute, but Obamefi Martins cut it to 3-2 in the 84th to set up a tense finale.

Raul Octavio Rivero scored in the 86th minute and Vancouver beat Chicago for the Whitecaps’ first away victory over the Fire.

A failed clearance fell to the feet of Steven Beitashour on the edge the 6-yard box. He fed it to the penalty spot where an open Rivero slotted it inside the left corner past a diving Jon Busch.

Elsewhere, Justin Meram and Kei Kamara scored to help Columbus beat short-handed Toronto FC 2-0.

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