MLS WRAP – Week 15: Seattle, Dallas bridge gap with Galaxy, Phillie go top in East

Seattle Sounders and FC Dallas cut the gap to just four points with LA Galaxy on the Western Conference table on the weekend.

The Sounders backed up their 4-2 victory over New York Red Bulls on Thursday by coming from behind to defeat New England Revolution 2-1 at CenturyLink Field.

Sainey Nyassi put the Revs ahead with a deflected shot from the edge of the area in just the third minute before Tyson Wahl hit back for the Sounders in the 34th with a brilliant free-kick from outside the box.

Alvaro Fernandez made it 2-1 just six minutes later when he finished from a tight angle after Mauro Rosales’ through ball was knocked on by Roger Levesque to give the home side the win.

In Dallas, the home side produced a 4-0 victory over Portland Timbers thanks to goals from Zach Loyd, George John, Brek Shea and Jackson Goncalves to put last season’s runners-up equal on points with Seattle and now just four in arrears of the Galaxy who were held to a scoreless draw by San Jose Earthquakes.

In the East, Philadelphia Union moved to the top with a hard fought 3-2 win over Chivas USA thanks to an 82nd minute winner from Danny Mwanga as the Red Bulls relinquished a lead to draw 1-1 with Chicago Fire to drop to second.

Elsewhere in MLS, Houston Dynamo scored a late leveler through Brian Ching to draw 2-2 at DC United, Sporting Kansas City beat Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1, Alvaro Saborio scored twice as Real Salt Lake defeated Toronto FC 3-1 as Columbus Crew had a big 4-1 win over ten-man Colorado Rapids.

2011 MLS season – Week 15 scores

DC United: 2 (Chris Pontius 31’, Charlie Davies 73’)
Houston Dynamo: 2 (Brad Davis (p) 41’, Brian Ching 89’)
RFK Stadium, Washington, DC – 15,734

San Jose Earthquakes: 0
LA Galaxy: 0 (red card: Josh Saunders 43’)
Buck Shaw Stadium, Santa Clara, CA – 10,872

Philadelphia Union: 3 (Veljko Paunovic 48’, Carlos Ruiz 69’, Danny Mwanga 82’)
Chivas USA: 2 (Michael Umana 28’, Justin Braun 77’)
PPL Park, Chester, PA – 18,139

Sporting Kansas City: 2 (Omar Bravo (p) 33’, Julio Cesar 40’)
Vancouver Whitecaps: 1 (Camilo Sanvezzo 15’)
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS – 18,467

FC Dallas: 4 (Zach Loyd 34’, George John 39’, Brek Shea 58’, Ruben Luna 87’)
Portland Timbers: 0
Pizza Hut Park, Dallas, TX – 10,470

Real Salt Lake: 3 (Nat Borchers 39’, Alvaro Saborio 42’/60’)
Toronto FC: 1 (Maicon Santos 66’)
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT – 15,077

Chicago Fire: 1 (Marco Pappa 58’)
New York Red Bulls: 1 (Joel Lindpere 40’)
Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL – 16,961

Seattle Sounders: 2 (Tyson Wahl 34’, Alvaro Fernandez 40’)
New England Revolution: 1 (Sainey Nyassi 3’)
CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA – 36,212

Columbus Crew: 4 (Eddie Gaven 12’, Andres Mendoza 18/48’, Tommy Heinemann 57’)
Colorado Rapids: 1 (Conor Casey 5’, red card: Conor Casey 29’)
Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH – 10,771

 
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