Sporting returns to top of East standings with win
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — Kei Kamara scored twice to help Sporting Kansas City return to the top of the MLS Eastern Conference standings with a 3-0 victory over the short-handed New England Revolution on Saturday.
Benny Feilhaber also scored on a free kick in stoppage time for Sporting, who ended a two-match losing streak and moved ahead of New York by a point in the East standings.
Defender Kevin Alston made his first start since his leukemia diagnosis in early April for New England.
The Revolution went a man down after forward Dmitry Imbongo elbowed Sporting’s Uri Rosell in the throat in the 64th minute and received his second yellow card. New England then went down to nine players in the 86th when Andy Dorman was shown a red card for a hard foul on Kamara.
League-leading Real Salt Lake got its first victory in four matches with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo.
Alvaro Saborio converted a penalty in the 37th minute for his fifth goal in three games for Real Salt Lake, who moved five points clear of Vancouver in the Western Conference with 41 points.
In Toronto, Mauro Rosales scored in the first half as the Seattle Sounders beat Toronto FC 2-1 in the debut of former Fulham and Tottenham player Clint Dempsey.
Dempsey entered the match in the first half and got his first touch a few minutes later in front of the Toronto goal before defender Ashtone Morgan took him off the ball.
The other Sounders goal came on an own goal by Doneil Henry.
The Vancouver Whitecaps ended a three-match winless streak with a 2-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes.
Camilo Sanvezzo and Kenny Miller scored 14 minutes apart in the second half to help Vancouver move a point ahead of Portland and Colorado for second place in the tight Western Conference.
In Columbus, Ohio, Federico Higuain converted a penalty and added a second goal 14 minutes later to send the Crew to a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls.
Columbus ended a three-game losing streak, while New York lost for the first time in four matches.
New York was without top players Tim Cahill and Thierry Henry.
The Philadelphia Union got two goals from Conor Casey to beat D.C. United 2-0, improving to 3-1-1 in their last five games.
Casey scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season in the 35th minute and 75th.
D.C. United have lost three of their last four matches and 16 for the season, the worst in the league. They’re the only club without at least one road victory.
In Bridgeview, Illinois, Joel Lindpere and Dilly Duka scored first-half goals as Chicago held on to beat Montreal 2-1.
The Fire won for the second straight match and extended their unbeaten streak to four matches, moving past New England into sixth place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Impact lost their second straight to fall behind Philadelphia to fourth in the East.