CARSON, Calif. — Former Skyline High standout Justin Braun scored three goals as Chivas USA extended its unbeaten streak to five matches with a 3-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night.
Chivas (6-7-8) beat the Dynamo for the first time since 2006, snapping a 12-game winless streak against Houston in MLS play.
Braun opened the scoring in the 31st minute putting a slight touch on Ante Jazic's cross for his fifth goal of the season. Braun doubled Chivas' lead in the 40th, breaking alone on net and chipping the ball over Dynamo All-Star goalkeeper Tally Hall.
Braun added his third in the 86th minute off a Chivas USA counter attack.
Houston's best opportunity came in the 61st minute when Will Bruin broke through the Chivas defense firing a chance just wide of net.
CREW 1, TIMBERS 0: At Columbus, Ohio, Eddie Gaven scored in the 79th minute to lift the Crew past Portland. The first score by Columbus (8-6-7) in 259 minutes pushed it into a first-place tie with Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of third-place New York. The winning play, originally credited as an own goal goal by Portland defender Mamadou Danso, began with a cross from the left flank by Robbie Rogers into the box to Chad Marshall, who headed the ball to Tommy Heinemann for a shot that hit the left post past diving goalkeeper Troy Perkins. He and teammate Emilio Renteria were there for the rebound and Gaven was able to get a foot on the ball. It was almost all the way across the line when Danso chested it into the side netting.
REVOLUTION 2, RAPIDS 2: At Commerce City, Colo., Shalrie Joseph scored on a penalty kick in the 90th minute as New England salavaged a draw with Colorado. Benny Feilhaber scored in the 25th minute for New England (4-9-8), which kept Colorado frustrated most of the game. Caleb Folan scored in the 65th minute to tie the score and Kosuke Kimura gave Colorado (7-6-10) the lead in the 82nd with a kick from midfield that bounced over the head of New England goalkeeper Matt Reis. The Rapids are 3-0-5 against the Revolution since last losing to New England in 2007. Colorado hasn't lost at home in the series since June 15, 2002, and is 6-0-4 over that span. The two teams played to a scoreless tie on May 7.
SPORTING K.C. 4, TORONTO FC 2: At Kansas City, Kan., Kei Kamara and Omar Bravo scored two goals each as Sporting Kansas City beat Toronto FC to extend its unbeaten streak to 12 matches. Kansas City (6-6-8), which broke a string of three straight ties and improved to 5-0-7 during its streak, scored three goals during a 9-minute stretch in the first half. Kamara scored his first goal on a half-volley in the 28th minute and made it 2-0 in the 34th on a header off a cross from Roger Espinoza. Three minutes after that, Bravo took a pass from Brazilian midfielder Jeferson, dribbled past keeper Stefan Frei and scored into the open net. It was the quickest three-goal scoring burst in Major League Soccer this season, besting D.C. United's three goals in 10 minutes over a two-game span in April against Los Angeles and Toronto. Before Kamara's first goal, Sporting had gone 297 minutes in MLS play without a lead.
RED BULLS 2, FC DALLAS 2: At Harrison, N.J., Thierry Henry scored his league-leading 11th goal in the 85th minute to lift the New York Red Bulls to a draw. Henry's goal, coming after Marvin Chavez's second goal put Dallas up 2-1 in the 79th minute, came off a direct kick from newly-acquired Dax McCarty. Henry blasted it in from just to the left of the box, beating goalkeeper Kevin Hartman to the wide side. The tie put the Red Bulls (6-5-12) a point behind Eastern Conference leader Philadelphia, while Dallas (11-5-6) remained three points behind West-leading Los Angeles. U.S. national team member Juan Agudelo's fifth goal of the season in the 39th minute put the Red Bulls up 1-0. Chavez tied it in the 51st.