- Friday, 06 July 2012
- Written by Modou Lamin Beyai
Mamadou “Futty” Danso’s Portland Timbers surprised Western Conference leaders the San Jose Earthquakes 2-1 in the MLS on Tuesday.
Futty’s Timbers, eighth in the division, produced a night of firsts as both Danny Mwanga and Jack Jewsbury scored their first goals of the season. The defeat was the first for the Earthquakes since May 27 and ended their three-game winning streak.
The home side went ahead in the 29th minute after a cross from Franck Songo’o on the right found Congolese striker Mwanga. Jewsbury increased the home side’s lead in the 59th minute before Alan Gordon reduced the arrears 16 minutes from time.
In Utah, Abdoulie “Kenny” Mansally got his first start for Real Salt Lake on Wednesday as they played out a scoreless draw against Seattle Sounders at Rio Tinto Stadium. RSL had the better of the game’s few chances, including an apparent goal by Alvaro Saborio in the 52nd minute that was called back for offside.
At the Stade Saputo, Sporting Kansas City took advantage of a pair of second-half penalty kicks to rally for a 3-1 win over the Montreal Impact of Sanna Nyassi. Sanna’s Impact (5-11-3, 18 pts) kept the match scoreless through the intermission, then took a 1-0 advantage in the 49th minute, when Patrice Bernier scored on Felipe’s cutback pass from deep on the right side. The lead lasted only eight minutes, however, before Bernier handled the ball in the box, sending Kei Kamara to the penalty spot for the 1-1 equalizer.
In the 75th minute, referee Sorin Stoica again sent Sporting (10-5-2, 32 pts) to the spot, after Davy Arnaud knocked Sooney Saad down on a KC corner kick. Graham Zusi did the honors, beating netminder Donovan Ricketts with a shot into the left inside netting.
Jacob Peterson put the game on ice in the 82nd minute, off Roger Espinoza’s assist, and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen made his fifth save of the match in stoppage time to preserve the win.
In the Eastern Conference, Macoumba Kandji’s Houston Dynamo failed to narrow the gap on Chicago Fire after a 0-0 draw. Both sides had to settle for a share of the spoils, and the draw sees Kandji’s Houston four points behind in fifth.