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Originally published Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 8:25 PM

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Vancouver Whitecaps improve to 2-0 in Major League Soccer

Kenny Miller scored the winner in the 57th minute and the host Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 in a Major League Soccer match.

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — Kenny Miller scored the winner in the 57th minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 in a Major League Soccer match on Saturday.

Daigo Kobayashi also scored for Vancouver, which improved to 2-0.

Jairo Arrieta scored in the 46th minute for Columbus (1-1).

Miller stole the ball from Columbus defender Glauber, rushed toward the goal and fired a shot past Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum from about 18 yards.

Miller, a 33-year-old Scottish international, has come under criticism for his lack of scoring since joining the Whitecaps last summer. He said Friday he wanted to get more chances, and he was not disappointed.

Miller came close to scoring on a couple of occasions in the first half before putting the ball in the back of the net. He thrived while wearing the captain's armband in place of the injured Jay DeMerit, who is out from six to eight months after having surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Other MLS matches

Impact 2, at Timbers 1

Montreal, a 1-0 winner over Sounders FC in Seattle a week earlier, prevailed in Portland.

Hassoun Camara scored for the Impact (2-0) in the 30th minute and Felipe Martins connected for a 2-0 lead in the 60th.

Will Johnson scored Portland's goal in the 80th minute.

The Timbers (0-1-1) had a 19-9 advantage on Montreal in attempts on goal.

At D.C. United 1,

Real Salt Lake 0

Lionard Pajoy scored on an opportunistic header in the 61st minute to lift D.C. United to victory in its home opener.

D.C. United stretched its home unbeaten run to 17 matches (13-0-4) with the victory. Salt Lake remained winless in eight trips to Washington (0-5-3) since 2004.

At Toronto FC 2,

Sporting Kansas City 1

Robert Earnshaw scored twice in the first half and Toronto FC snapped a 15-game MLS winless streak by beating Sporting KC.

Revolution 1, at Fire 0

Jerry Bengtson scored in the 62nd minute, goalkeeper Matt Reis made four saves and New England opened its season with a victory over Chicago.


• Philadelphia at Colorado was postponed until noon PDT Sunday because of a snowstorm.

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