MLS Capsules

STANFORD, Calif. — Shea Salinas scored off the crossbar in stoppage time to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night.

Salinas put in a strike from the right side for his first goal of the year and a victory before 50,617 fans at Stanford Stadium. He came into the game in the 65th minute.

The Earthquakes (6-6-6) were playing their first game under Chris Leitch, the former player who made his MLS coaching debut after the team fired head coach Dom Kinnear and assistant coach John Spencer last Sunday. Leitch had been the team’s technical director.

San Jose’s Chris Wondolowski tied it in the 75th minute when he outran the Galaxy defence to Earthquakes goalkeeper David Bingham’s long kick. It was Wondolowski’s seventh goal of the season.

Defenceman Jelle Van Damme scored his first goal in 46 career MLS starts with a hard volley off his left foot in the 11th minute for Los Angeles (6-6-5), capitalizing on Jose Villarreal’s cross off a free kick from the left side. Van Damme was given a red card after Salinas’ winning goal.


BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Nemanja Nikolic scored two early goals, pushing his MLS-leading total to 16, and Chicago beat Vancouver to take the Eastern Conference lead.

The Fire (11-3-4) have won four straight and are 8-0-2 in their last 10.

Arturo Alvarez and Michael de Leeuw also scored. Matt Lampson made three saves for his sixth shutout, improving to 8-0-2 this season.

Vancouver (6-7-3) had its three-game unbeaten streak snapped.


FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Roland Lamah scored two goals to lead FC Dallas past Toronto FC, knocking the Canadian club out of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Maximiliano Urruti added a goal and an assist for Dallas (7-3-7). Dallas continued its home dominance of Toronto, having never lost in nine meetings.

Toronto dropped to 10-3-5.


KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Daniel Salloi scored his first career MLS goal in the second half and Sporting Kansas City tied Portland to remain unbeaten at home.

Salloi took a delivery from Roger Espinoza, settled the ball and found the top corner in the 60th minute. Sporting KC (8-4-7) leads the Western Conference and is 6-0-3 at home.

Diego Valeri scored his 10th goal in the 26th minute for the Timbers (7-7-5).


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Hector Villalba scored twice, Alec Kann had an assist and earned his fourth shutout and expansion Atlanta beat Columbus.

Atlanta struck in the 27th minute when the Crew defence didn’t get a touch on Kann’s goal kick, and Villaba beat goalkeeper Zach Steffen to the ball. Villalba picked up his eighth goal in the 64th minute when a deflection to the middle of the box ended up on his foot and he rolled the ball between a defender’s legs passed the shielded Steffen. Villalba immediately left the game with cramps.

Altanta (8-7-2) moved past Columbus (8-10-1) for fifth in the Eastern Conference.


MONTREAL (AP) — Blerim Dzemaili scored and set up defender Chris Duval’s goal in a two-minute span in the first half to help Montreal beat D.C. United.

The Impact (5-5-6) snapped a five-game winless streak in all competitions. D.C. United (5-10-3) slipped into last place in the Eastern Conference.


COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Marlon Hairston scored twice, Kevin Doyle had a goal and an assist and Colorado beat Houston.

Dominique Badji had a role in all three goals for the Rapids (6-3-1). They came in with the fewest points in the MLS, but kept the Dynamo (7-7-4) winless in nine road games this season (0-7-2).

Erick Torres scored for Houston.

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