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Dallas rallies to beat LA and stay top of standings

May 10, 2015

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas scored two late goals to overrun Los Angeles 2-1 on Saturday and retain its share of the lead in the MLS standings.

The Texan club is level on points with Vancouver, which had a comfortable win against Philadelphia, but does have a game in hand.

Los Angeles, which had a goal ruled out for offside late in the first half, went ahead through Gyasi Zardes in the 59th minute.

Blas Perez equalized for Dallas in the 77th minute. After being played in by a lofted pass from Mauro Diaz, he slipped past goalkeeper Jaime Penedo and put the ball into the open net.

Diaz also set up the winner, playing a diagonal pass to Tesho Akindele, who blasted in the 86th minute winner.

VANCOUVER 3, PHILADELPHIA 0

First-half goals from Pedro Morales and Octavio Rivero set Vancouver on its way to victory over struggling Philadelphia.

Second half-substitute Darren Mattocks also scored to help the Whitecaps win at home for the first time in a month.

Philadelphia suffered a fourth successive defeat, having won only once and conceded 21 goals in its 11 games.

D.C. UNITED 1, SPORTING KANSAS CITY 1

D.C. United regained a share of the Eastern Conference lead by drawing at home against Sporting.

The Washington club went ahead in the 42nd minute when Chris Pontius controlled Perry Kitchen’s diagonal cross and stabbed it over to Jairo Arrieta for a quick left-footed strike.

Dom Dwyer answered for Sporting KC in the 45th minute with a smash from the middle of the 18-yard box. Dwyer also sent a header into the net off a free kick in the 62nd minute, but was offside.

United extended its undefeated streak to seven games.

COLUMBUS 3, SEATTLE 2

Columbus won at home against Seattle for the first time, with Kei Kamara scoring twice.

Kamara headed home Waylon Francis’ cross in the 10th minute to open the scoring for the Crew and Seattle’s Clint Dempsey equalized in the 24th minute.

Federico Higuain restored Columbus’ lead 4 minutes after halftime. A cross fell to him at the edge of the 18-yard box and he dribbled in the area to find a clearing. In the 58th minute, Kamara’s casual redirection of a Hector Jimenez pass made it 3-1.

Dempsey scored a controversial goal in the 75th minute. He appeared to be in an offside position when Obafemi Martins shot. The rebound fell to Dempsey’s feet and the flag stayed down.

Dempsey is tied with Kamara for the MLS goals lead with seven.

CHICAGO 1, REAL SALT LAKE 2

Real Salt Lake extended its run of good results in Chicago by beating the Fire through goals from Alvaro Saborio and Luke Mulholland.

Salt Lake won its first game in six attempts, and has not lost in eight games at Chicago since 2009.

Saborio gave the visitors the lead in the 13th minute. Jordan Allen crossed to the top of the box and Saborio calmly slotted home.

Mulholland capped a nine-pass sequence in the 56th minute for a 2-0 lead.

Chicago’s Jeff Larentowicz converted a penalty in the 88th minute.

MONTREAL1, PORTLAND 2

Nat Borchers and Diego Valeri scored in the second half to lead Portland to victory at Montreal.

Borchers scored in the 64th minute, and Valeri gave Portland a 2-0 lead in the 70th.

Dominic Oduro scored for Montreal in the 71st and appeared to have equalized in the 78th but the referee consulted his linesman and then ruled out the goal, apparently for pushing.

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