Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Sounders cruise past Galaxy
SEATTLE -- Fredy Montero kept getting denied when it came to snapping his scoreless streak the easy way.
He finally got his first goal of the 2012 season with one of the most electric marks of his young career.
Eddie Johnson scored for the second straight game, directing home a header just before halftime, Montero scored his first goal of the season on a 35-yard strike early in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders finally got the best of Los Angeles with a 2-0 win over the Galaxy on Wednesday night.
"When you have the opportunity to shoot from that distance you just try," Montero said. "Thank God that ball went into the net."
Johnson's goal in the 40th minute capped a half of missed chances for Seattle and came off a long cross from Mauro Rosales. It also snapped a lengthy scoreless skid for Seattle at home against the Galaxy and led to the Sounders' first win over Los Angeles in MLS play since 2009.
Montero's goal was a stunning strike from distance in the 48th minute. Given space in the midfield, Montero's drive found the opposite upper corner out of the reach of Los Angeles goalkeeper Bill Gaudette.
The result was a needed win for Seattle's psyche after coming up winless in six straight league matches against the Galaxy.
"It was good for us because sometimes you have a team that you call your, `boogey team' -- a team that sort of gives you a problem and for some reason you can't seem to jump over them," Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. "L.A. was that team for us a little bit, but we always felt we had confidence that we could beat them and today it showed."
Los Angeles was playing without star midfielder David Beckham, striker Robbie Keane and goalkeeper Josh Saunders, all of whom stayed back in Los Angeles. Both the Galaxy and Sounders are playing three games this week. Even though the Galaxy decided to rest some of their stars and fall six points back of Seattle early in the season, the Sounders put out nearly all of their regular starting 11 and finally began to get the kind of impact they hoped from the Johnson-Montero combo up front.
"It's a difficult week with travel and playing on this surface. We wanted to keep some players fresh for Saturday," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. "That's a decision I made. Whether it makes sense or not remains to be seen when we play on Saturday. . We didn't think we were going to be able to play 11 players in three games this week. We have to rotate some players."
Earthquakes 5, D.C. United 3
Chris Wondolowski scored twice to
take over the MLS lead as the San Jose Earthquakes beat D.C. United.
Steven Lenhart also scored two goals to help the Earthquakes
(7-1-1) extend their unbeaten stretch to 6-0-1 since losing to
Houston on March 14.
Wondolowski moved past New York's Thierry Henry and into the
league lead with 10 goals. Wondolowski has scored 44 times since
the start of the 2010 season.
Justin Morrow had his first goal of the year for the
Earthquakes, who overcame an early score from United's Dwayne De
Rosario and second-half goals by Daniel Woolard and Hamdi Salihi.
Revolution 2, Rapids 1
Saer Sene and Fernando Cardenas each
scored first half goals to lead the New England to a win over
Jaime Castrillon scored for the Rapids in the 21st minute, and
Sene leveled it in the 27th minute. Cardenas gave the Revolution
the lead in the 39th minute.
The win snapped the Revolution's three-game losing streak and
goalkeeper Matt Reis earned his 100th career victory.
Castrillon put the Rapids on the board when he nodded Martin
Rivero's corner kick past Reis.
Six minutes later, Clyde Simms launched a long ball toward the
far post to Stephen McCarthy. The center back headed the cross to
Sene, who volleyed it through for the tie.
Minutes from the half, Sene found Cardenas on the right for a
Whitecaps 2, FC Edmonton 0
Eric Hassli and Omar Salgado scored to
help the Vancouver Whitecaps beat FC Edmonton 2-0 on Wednesday
night in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal.
The second game is next Wednesday in Vancouver.
The series winner will face the Toronto-Montreal winner.