Two stars of Major League Soccer both produced match-winning braces for their clubs in Week 6 of North America’s domestic league.
Henry seems to have regained form after a goalscoring drought with three goals in his last two outings – this latest pair helping the club to top spot on the Eastern Conference table. The Frenchman again headed home, following up last week’s diving effort against San Jose Earthquakes, when Norwegian winger Jan Gunnar Solli played a perfect ball to the back post from the right flank in the 12th minute.
Just over 25 minutes later, he doubled the advantage when he fired home from the six-yard box after some good lead-up work from Solli before Joel Lindpere and Juan Agudelo wrapped up proceedings with second-half goals.
In Los Angeles on Sunday, Donovan returned from a three-match absence to net twice against first-year club Portland Timbers. The Galaxy skipper converted from the penalty spot in the 8th minute to make it 2-0 after Chad Barrett’s opener before making it 3-0 just over 20 minutes from time when Juan Pablo Angel cut back a brilliant ball from the byline for his teammate to head home.
In other MLS matches, Seattle Sounders beat ten-man Colorado Rapids, Chivas USA came from a goal down to beat the Quakes 2-1 in Santa Clara, Tony Tchani was sent off for leaving the field of play without the referee’s permission after scoring in the 1-1 draw with Columbus Crew, FC Dallas fell behind before beating Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 away from home, New England Revolution got the better of Sporting Kansas City with a 3-2 result whilst Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo drew 1-1.
2011 MLS season – Week 6 scores
Toronto FC: 1 (Tony Tchani 41’, red card – Tony Tchani 42’)
Columbus Crew: 1 (Emilio Renteria 48’)
BMO Field, Toronto, ON
New England Revolution: 3 (Marko Perovic 12’, Shalrie Joseph 72’, Rajko Lekic 83’)
Sporting Kansas City: 2 (Kei Kamara 14’/69’, red card – Aurelien Collin 76’)
Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA – 11,414