June 2011: Red Bulls tie yet again but stay top

The visiting New York Red Bulls came back from two goals down to tie the Portland Timbers, 3-3 on Sunday. The fifth minute of stoppage time is leaving it extremely late, yet Dwayne DeRosario’s penalty kick came just in time to claim the draw in Portland. DeRo himself arrived just in time after Canada's elimination from the Gold Cup on Tuesday.

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Dwayne De Rosario converts a penalty for New York Red Bulls against Portland Timbers’ goalkeeper Troy Perkins in stoppage time for the 3-3 final score. (Photo: GettyImages)


"We are so happy that DeRo is back. We don't wish him to be out of the competition, but sometimes you have to think about yourself," Thierry Henry said. "When I saw Canada didn't make it at the end, I was kind of happy, not in a bad way."

Henry set up the opening goal by Austin da Luz, who returned the favor when he assisted on the Frenchman’s strike that narrowed the margin before DeRosario stepped up to equalize.

The Red Bulls have not lost in their last six games, but only have one win in that time. However, New York does cling to sole possession of first place in the East and Henry is also tied with Landon Donovan for the league lead with eight goals, but he'll have to wait an extra week to try to move ahead after being red-carded late in stoppage time.

The Timbers were within seconds of ending a two-game losing streak at home when things unraveled. Portland came back from the 1-0 deficit with goals by Jack Jewsbury and Kevin Goldthwaite, plus an own goal, to take the 3-1 lead they couldn’t hold. Timbers coach John Spencer, suspended by the league for his stinging criticism of officials the previous week, watched this game from the stands.

Weekend for the away teams

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Last-place Vancouver and Sporting Kansas City were the only teams to win at home. The Whitecaps snapped their 15-game winless streak with a 1-0 victory over the Philadelphia Union. Philadelphia only had one shot on goal and Alain Rochat’s strike proved sufficient for Vancouver, who's David Chiumiento earned his sixth assist and Joe Cannon notched his first shutout.

The Union, shut out for the fourth time this season, is among the lowest-scoring teams in the league, with 16 goals, yet with only 12 goals conceded, the second-fewest, is just a point out of first place in the Eastern Conference.

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Alain Rochat (left) of the Vancouver Whitecaps, here in a tackle with Kyle Nakazawa, scored the 1-0 winning goal against Philadelphia Union. (Photo: GettyImages)

Sporting Kansas City moved out of the basement in the overall MLS standings with a 1-0 win of its own over the San Jose Earthquakes. C.J. Sapong had the first goal at Livestrong Sporting Park for SKC, which has won two in a row and have not lost in five games.

Real Salt Lake and D.C. United played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday, as did New England and Chicago. The tie with D.C. left RSL with just five points in its last five games. In Salt Lake’s first three games in May, they didn’t give up a single goal. Since then, they’ve given up six goals and only recorded one shutout.

United got some luck via a foul call by which Charlie Davies won a penalty kick he himself converted and the team put forth a strong defensive effort, but more such displays will be needed as it leads the league in goals allowed per game (1.79).

The Fire earned their ninth draw of the season against New England. Four of those draws came in the last five games and Chicago is tied with Toronto for most in the league.

New England was playing its second game in three days after a scoreless draw with Toronto FC on Wednesday and those two ties account for their only points in the last five games, during which they have scored only two goals. It won’t get any easier for the Revolution as five of their next six games are on the road, where they are winless this season.

Los AngelesGalaxy won without the stars

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Fredy Montero (green shirt) achieved the winning goal for the Seattle Sounders for the third time this season against Toronto FC with Jacob Petersen. (Photo: GettyImages)


Fredy Montero scored his third game-winning goal so far this year for the Seattle Sounders against Toronto FC on Saturday. The Sounders got their fifth shutout in spite of playing most of the second half with 10 men. Conor Casey pulled one back after a Drew Moor own goal put the Rapids behind early, but  Brazilian playmaker Juninho and Chad Barrett each scored goals to give Los Angeles a 3-1 win in Colorado on Saturday. Missing Landon Donovan and Donovan Ricketts, who faced each other in Sunday's USA-Jamaica Gold Cup Quarterfinal, as well as injured David Beckham, the Galaxy ran its unbeaten streak to nine games to pull further clear of the top of the Western Conference standings.

A week after suffering their first home loss of the season, the Columbus Crew went to Houston and picked up its first road victory. Bernardo Anor, who scored a goal after setting one up for Andres Mendoza, earned the MLS Player of the Week for his performance. The Dynamo, which broke a seven-game winless streak by beating Chivas USA at home a week ago, couldn’t duplicate that feat after they went down a man when Lovel Palmer saw his second yellow card.

FC Dallas beat Chivas USA, 2-1 on the road Saturday to notch their third win in the last five games and remain in second place in the West, six points behind Los Angeles with two games in hand.