MLS roundup: Balanced Crew top Union

Published: Sunday, Aug. 21 2011 12:28 a.m. MDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Andres Mendoza converted a penalty kick in the 51st minute and Columbus defeated Philadelphia 2-1 Saturday night to increase its lead in the Eastern Conference to six points over the Union.

Emilio Renteria scored for the Crew (11-7-7) in the 37th minute with a left-footed redirect of a pass from Rogers, but the Union (8-6-10) equalized five minutes later on their seventh corner kick, with Veljko Paunovic heading the cross from Keon Daniel that goalkeeper William Hesmer had no chance to stop.

RED BULLS 2, REVOLUTION 2: At Foxborough, Mass., Milton Caraglio and Dane Richards scored two goals apiece in the draw. Caraglio scored in the 15th and 37th minutes to give New England a 2-0 lead at halftime, but Red Bulls' midfielder Richards answered in the 53rd and 87th to get New York the road point.

The Revs went short-handed when Kenny Mansally was ejected in the 55th minute, but New York's man-advantage was brief, as Teemu Taino was ejected in the 69th.

Caraglio was signed as New England's first-ever designated player on Aug. 2.

CHIVAS USA 2, RAPIDS 2: At Commerce City, Colo., reserve Laurent Courtois scored his first goal of the year in the 86th minute and Chivas USA salvaged a tie with Colorado. Courtois entered the game midway through the second half and converted a pass from Michael Lahoud.

Juan Pablo Angel also scored for Chivas USA (7-8-10) after being acquired this week from the Los Angeles Galaxy for a third-round pick in next year's supplemental draft.

Jeff Larentowicz had the apparent go-ahead goal on a header in the 69th minute. Caleb Folan had the game's first goal for Colorado (10-6-11), which extended its unbeaten streak to six games.

The Rapids had won the last four meetings between the teams, all by shutout, outscoring Chivas 9-0.

SOUNDERS 1, FC DALLAS 0: At Frisco, Texas, Mauro Rosales scored in the 16th minute and Seattle pushed its record to 8-1-4 over its last 13 MLS matches and moved past Dallas into second place in the Western Conference standings.

Dallas saw its four-game home unbeaten streak (3-0-1), in which it had outscored its opponents 7-0, snapped, and is now 2-3-3 overall in its last eight MLS contests.

TIMBERS 2, WHITECAPS 1: At Portland, Ore., Jorge Perlaza had a goal and an assist, and the Timbers beat the Cascadia Cup rival Whitecaps in the first match this season between the Major League Soccer expansion teams.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for the Timbers (8-12-5), who are holding onto playoff hopes in their first season. The Whitecaps (3-13-9), in the basement of the Western Conference standings, have lost three of their last four games.

The match was the latest showdown in the fan-created Cascadia Cup rivalry between the Timbers, the Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders, which came about in 2004 when all three Pacific Northwest teams competed in a lower division.

GALAXY 2, EARTHQUAKES 0: At Carson, Calif., Robbie Keane scored in the 21st minute of his dynamic MLS debut, leading the Galaxy to victory over the Earthquakes.

The Irish national team striker showed off his trademark cartwheel-somersault goal celebration to fans on a new continent after he converted a pass from David Beckham. Keane was active and aggressive in his debut while playing into the 72nd minute.

Los Angeles acquired Keane on Monday from Tottenham Hotspur, putting the 10th-leading goal-scorer in Premier League history alongside Beckham and captain Landon Donovan. Keane appeared to fit in immediately, generating several good scoring chances in addition to his goal.

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