Sounders' playoff push stalled

Published: Saturday, Sept. 15 2012 11:14 p.m. MDT

Portland's Rodney Wallace (22) begins to celebrate as his game-tying header crosses the goal line.

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Rodney Wallace headed in a corner kick in the 78th minute and the Portland Timbers stalled Seattle Sounders FC's playoff push with a 1-1 draw Saturday.

The draw also kept the Timbers (7-14-7) in the driver's seat in the Cascadia Cup, the annual head-to-head competition between the Sounders, Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps.

Freddy Montero scored for the Sounders (13-6-9), who are second in the Western Conference and could have punched their ticket to the postseason with a win over Portland and an Earthquakes win over Chivas USA later Saturday. Seattle stretched its unbeaten streak to five games coming off a 2-1 win over Chivas last Saturday.

Montero blasted the ball past Portland backup goalkeeper Joseph Bendik in the 56th minute, just seconds after Bendik subbed into the came in place of Donovan Ricketts, who was injured in the 51st after a nasty collision with Seattle's Eddie Johnson in front of the goal.

UNION 1, TORONTO FC 1: At Toronto, Sheanon Williams scored in the 85th minute to lift Philadelphia to a draw with Toronto FC.

Eric Hassli scored for Toronto (5-17-7).

Williams tied it 27 minutes later as Philadelphia (7-13-6) took advantage of some sloppy play by the Toronto, which was unable to clear a low cross before Williams tapped it into the net.

RED BULLS 3, CREW 1: At Harrison, N.J., Thierry Henry scored two goals and added an assist to lead the New York Red Bulls to a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew.

The victory enabled the Red Bulls (14-7-7) to remain unbeaten at home this season (10-0-3) and gave New York sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. The Red Bulls scored twice in the final 12 minutes to secure the win.

FC DALLAS 1, WHITECAPS 0: At Frisco, Texas, Julian De Guzman scored in stoppage time to give FC Dallas a 1-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps.

FC Dallas (9-12-9) now trails the Whitecaps (10-12-7) by one point with the two clubs battling for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Guzman fired a left-footed volley from 20 yards away, finding the bottom left corner of the net in the sixth and final minute of extra time for his first goal of the season.

FIRE 3, IMPACT 1: At Bridgeview, Ill., Alex and midfielder Alvaro Fernandez each scored in the second half to lead the Chicago Fire a 3-1 comeback win over the Montreal Impact.

The win pulled the Fire (15-8-5) within a point of Eastern Conference leader Sporting Kansas City. Chicago has 50 points and third-place New York is right behind with 49.

D.C. UNITED 2, REVOLUTION 1: At Washington, Substitute Lewis Neal scored his first MLS goal in the 63rd minute, and D.C. United persevered in its first game without captain Dwayne De Rosario to beat the New England Revolution 2-1.

With reigning league MVP De Rosario likely to miss the rest of the season with a sprained left knee, United got its goals from a usual source as well as a new one. Chris Pontius netted in the 32nd then set up Neal's left-footed strike in the second half.

EARTHQUAKES 2, CHIVAS USA 0: At Carson, Calif., Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Alan Gordon added a goal in the second to lead the San Jose Earthquakes over Chivas USA 2-0.

Chivas coach Robin Fraser was ejected after the first half ended for arguing with a referee.

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