DC United scores in stoppage time, edges Galaxy 1-0
Mar. 29, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Pontius scored in stoppage time, lifting D.C. United to a 1-0 victory over the L.A. Galaxy, while Brazilian duo Kaka and Pedro Ribeiro scored for Orlando City in its comeback 2-2 draw with Montreal in week four of Major League Soccer on Saturday.
Nick DeLeon cleverly found space on the right wing, before sending in a cross that found Pontius at the far side of the 6-yard box, who steeped low to head it past an outstretched Brian Rowe in the third extra minute for D.C. United.
A scoreless first half in Washington was not without chances. Not quite eight minutes in, the Galaxy's Mika Vayrynen curled a free just kick inches wide. Then just before half, United keeper Bill Hamid made a diving save on Alan Gordon's header.
L.A.'s Leonardo was close to breaking the deadlock in the 53rd minute but missed just wide of the far post.
The Galaxy was awarded a free kick at the top of the box at the 80 minute mark, but Hamid easily saved Jose Villarreal's low shot.
Brazilian star Kaka and countryman Pedro Ribeiro scored goals to help expansion-team Orlando City rally for a 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact.
Ignacio Piatti and Jack McInerney helped Montreal to a two-goal lead, but Kaka and Ribeiro struck back in the first half for Orlando.
Piatti opened the scoring on a penalty kick the 14th minute after a handball, and McInerney made it 2-0 in the 27th.
Kaka fed Ribeiro for a goal from close range in the 29th minute, then Ribeiro returned the favor by sliding a pass to Kaka for a shot that Eric Kronberg only got a piece of as it sailed into the top left corner in the 30th.
Ike Opara scored early and Sporting Kansas City held firm, beating New York City FC 1-0 in blustery conditions, handing City its first loss in its initial season.
Sporting Kansas City broke through 12 minutes in when Opara powered home a leaping header from the center of the box just inside the near post off a long throw in by Matt Besler.
Jimmy Medranda nearly made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute, but his left-footed attempt just missed high.
Mike Grella's long-range strike in the 67th minute gave the New York Red Bulls a 2-1 victory over 10-man Columbus Crew.
Bradley Wright-Phillips set up Grella's goal by blocking the ball into an open space just outside the 18-yard box. It was Grella's first touch after entering the game as a substitute and the 1,000th MLS goal for the Red Bulls.
Wright-Phillips opened the scoring from a penalty in the 49th minute, after Lloyd Sam drew the penalty against Emanuel Pogatetz with a cutback in the box.
Tony Tchani evened the score for the Crew with a run to the far post and open-net finish after the deflection of Federico Higuain's corner kick.
Higuain received a second yellow card for a show of frustration in the 83rd minute and the Crew finished with 10 men.
Robert Earnshaw scored in the 90th minute in his Vancouver debut and the Whitecaps opened their Cascadia Cup defense with a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.
Signed earlier in the week, Earnshaw entered the game in the 86th minute as a substitute, before scoring the winner on a brisk counterattack only four minutes later.
Midfielder Nicolas Mezquida scored early in the first half for the Whitecaps, before Fanendo Adi equalized for the Timbers in the 82nd minute.
Also Saturday, FC Dallas played out a scoreless draw with the Seattle Sounders, the New England Revolution beat the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 and the Houston Dynamo had a 0-0 draw with the Colorado Rapids.