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March 17, 2019
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney had a hat trick and added an assist to help D.C. United beat nine-man Real Salt Lake 5-0 on Saturday night.

Rooney converted a penalty to open the scoring in the 34th minute. Marcelo Silva brought down Paul Arriola in the 18-yard box and the penalty was confirmed after video review. Rooney chipped a shot into the right corner in the 35th minute, and made it 3-0 in the 65th.

Lucas Rodriguez scored in the 76th and Ulises Segura capped the scoring in the 80th.

Bill Hamid had his third shutout in three games for D.C. United (2-0-1).

Real Salt Lake dropped to 1-1-1. Jefferson Savarino was shown red in first-half stoppage time for a high kick, and received a second yellow card and was sent off in the 67th minute.

BRIDGEVIEW, IL. (AP) — Victor Rodriguez and Jordan Morris each had first-half goals and the Seattle Sounders scored the opening three goals before holding off the Chicago Fire 4-2 on Saturday for their third straight victory to open the season.

Seattle is off to its best start since 2009, outscoring opponents 10-3.

Rodriguez opened the scoring in the eighth minute, tapping home Morris’ cross inside the 6-yard box. Morris scored seven minutes later on a breakaway. Nicolas Lodeiro added a goal in the 49th with a penalty kick off the underside of the crossbar.

Raul Ruidiaz also scored for Seattle. Raheem Edwards and Fabian Herbers scored for Chicago (0-2-1).


HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Alex Muyl scored twice in the second half to help New York beat San Jose.

Muyl tied it for the Red Bulls (1-0-1) on a close-range shot in the 51st minute and made it 2-1 with a volley off a defensive deflection in the 71st minute. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Daniel Royer added goals.

Cristian Espinoza scored his first MLS goal for San Jose (0-3-0).


HOUSTON (AP) — Memo Rodriguez scored twice, including the winner in the 73rd minute, in Houston’s victory over Vancouver.

Rodriguez opened the scoring for the Dynamo (2-0-1) with a tap-in in the 15th minute.

Fredy Montero tied it at 1 for the Whitecaps (0-3-0) with a penalty kick in the 35th minute. Elis put the Dynamo back on top at 2-1, converting a penalty in the 42nd minute. Lass Bangoura pulled Vancouver even again in the 54th.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gaston Sauro scored in the 10th minute on a glancing header off Pedro Santos’ corner kick to help Columbus beat FC Dallas.

Zack Steffen had his second straight. Columbus (2-0-1) topped FC Dallas (1-1-1) at home for just the second time since 2012.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Ignacio Piatti scored twice in Montreal’s victory over Orlando City.

Oriji Okwonkwo also scored for the Impact (2-1-0). Dom Dwyer scored for Orlando City (0-1-2) in the 91st minute.