Real Salt Lake takes MLS Western Conference lead
Devon Sandoval scored in the ninth minute to lift Real Salt Lake to a 1-0 victory over the host Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer.
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VANCOUVER, B.C. – Devon Sandoval scored in the ninth minute to lift Real Salt Lake to a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Major League Soccer match Saturday.
Using mostly a second-team lineup, Real Salt Lake (15-10-6) moved into first place in the Western Conference with 51 points.
Second-place Sounders FC (15-8-5) has 50 points entering Sunday night’s home match against East-leading New York (15-9-6).
The Whitecaps (11-11-8) saw their playoff hopes fade as they remained four points behind fifth-place Colorado with four matches remaining. The top five teams in the West will qualify for the postseason.
Vancouver has been shut out in four of its last seven matches.
“It was a terrible performance from everybody,” Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie was quoted as saying in The Vancouver Sun. “And that means it was a terrible performance from the coach, as well. It was a real letdown and way below our standard.
“I thought our quality was really poor. I didn’t think we got good balls into the box, we didn’t really connect any crosses. Our passing and movement in the final third was poor. It was a disappointing performance, particularly with how well we played in our last two games.”
Camilo was in Vancouver’s starting lineup after scoring two goals as a second-half substitute a week earlier in Montreal.
Whitecaps striker Kenny Miller was out because of a groin injury. As a result, Tommy Heinemann took his place after impressing in a victory over Montreal.
Meanwhile, Salt Lake coach Jason Kreis went with 10 new additions to his starting lineup as he rested key players in preparation for Tuesday’s U.S. Open Cup final against MLS team D.C. United.
The moves paid off early, as Sandoval bounced a header past Whitecaps keeper David Ousted. It was the third goal of the season for Sandoval, who put in a cross from Lovel Palmer on a counterattack.
Other MLS matches
Dynamo 1, at Revolution 1
Will Bruin scored in the 76th minute to lift Houston to a draw with New England.
Saer Sene scored the Revolution’s goal in the 64th minute.
Impact 2, at Fire 2
Marco Di Vaio and Maxim Tissot scored goals, and goalkeeper Troy Perkins made five saves as Montreal rallied for a draw with Chicago, which got two goals from Mike Magee.
Tissot scored on a header in the 87th minute to close out scoring.
At Toronto FC 4, D.C. United 1
Bright Dike, Alvaro Rey and Darel Russell scored for Toronto, which also got an own goal.
Toronto snapped its MLS winless streak at eight.
• Both Manchester teams lost and Arsenal opened a two-point lead with a 2-1 victory at Swansea in the English Premier League.
Manchester United, which won its 20th English-league title earlier this year, lost 2-1 to visiting West Bromwich Albion. Man U is 12th in the 20-team league at 2-3-1 in manager David Moyes’ first season.
Manchester City lost 3-2 at Aston Villa.