Alvaro Saborio nets hat trick in win
SANDY, Utah -- Alvaro Saborio scored three second-half goals to help Real Salt Lake earn a 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday.
RSL (11-6-3) snapped a four-game winless streak. Salt Lake also snapped a three-game winless streak at its home stadium. Portland (5-8-4) lost its third straight road game and is still winless away from home this season.
Saborio broke a prolonged scoring drought for RSL in the 60th minute. Luis Gil crossed the ball up top to Kyle Beckerman. Then Beckerman floated a pass down to Saborio in the center of the box. Saborio headed in the ball to make it 1-0.
He came up with an even better goal two minutes later. Chris Wingert fired a pass deep into the center of the box. Saborio met the ball on the run and headed it past Portland goalkeeper Troy Perkins to lift Salt Lake to a 2-0 advantage.
Sounders 2, Rapids 1
SEATTLE -- Alvaro Fernandez scored on a header in the 52nd minute and Eddie Johnson scored in the 64th and Seattle halted a nine-game winless streak.
Mauro Rosales assisted on both goals.
The Sounders (8-5-6, 30 points) had not won since a 2-0 decision at Dallas on May 9. Between then and Saturday, they went 0-4-5.
Saturday's game marked the return of Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani. He played for the first time since April 22, 2011, when he suffered a broken right leg during a game in Colorado on a hard tackle by Brian Mullan. The Rapids forward was suspended for 10 games. Zakuani came on early in the 86th minute to a loud standing ovation from the 39,060 fans.
Second-half sub Omar Cummings scored in the 79th minute for Colorado (7-10-1, 22 points), which has lost two straight and four of its past five.
Earthquakes 0, FC Dallas 0
FRISCO, Texas -- Defenders Hernan Pertuz and Carlos Rodriguez each cleared shots off the goal line and Kevin Hartman made two spectacular saves in the final 10 minutes to preserve a tie for FC Dallas against San Jose.
The tie was the third in a row for FC Dallas (3-9-7), the Western Conference's worst team, and extended their franchise-record winless streak to 13 games (0-7-6).
The result allowed San Jose (11-4-4) to maintain its spot atop the MLS overall standings and preserved the league's best road record at 6-3-2.
After captain Ramiro Corrales was ejected in the 80th minute for his second yellow card within three minutes, San Jose was forced to finish the match with 10 men for the first time this season.
Whitecaps 0, Chivas USA 0
CARSON, Calif. -- Joe Cannon earned his MLS-best eighth shutout of the season and Vancouver and Chivas USA played to a draw.
The match was physical and featured six yellow cards from referee Juan Guzman.
With the match confined to midfield, both teams struggled to generate scoring chances. But it was Cannon who was the most active of the two goalkeepers, making four saves.
Cannon's finest moment came in the 73rd minute when the 37-year-old goalkeeper made a one-handed stop on a Paolo Cardozo free kick from the edge of the box.
Dynamo 0, Sporting Kansas City 0
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting Kansas City moved back into a share of the Eastern Conference lead with a scoreless draw against the Houston Dynamo.
Sporting (10-5-3) has 33 points, tying them with idle D.C. United.
Houston (6-5-7) earned a road point and extended its unbeaten streak to three matches despite being outshot 17-7.
Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press
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