Saturday was an insanely busy day for soccer games in the United States. Major League Soccer, Premiership teams playing American teams, Mexican teams playing other Mexican teams and an international women's friendly all took place in the U.S. of A.
Major League SoccerColumbus Crew 2, New York Red Bulls 0
COLUMBUS, Ohio — New signing Thierry Henry watched fraom the stands as the New York Red Bulls lost 2-0 at Columbus on Saturday, giving the Crew a five-point lead atop Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.Fittingly for a former Arsenal player, Henry is expected to make his first New York appearance in a friendly against old north London rivals Tottenham on Thursday.Emilio Renteria ended Columbus' 245-minute goalless drought and put the Crew ahead in the 20th minute on a counter following Brian Carroll stripping possession from Juan Pablo Angel in midfield.Carroll later scored his first goal since 2008 in the 48th minute with a strike from 25 yards.It was New York's first loss in six MLS games, against its main Conference rival.FC Dallas 2, Real Salt Lake 0
In Frisco, Texas, Brek Shea scored one and set up another as Dallas ended Real Salt Lake's 10-game MLS unbeaten streak.Shea scored in the 69th minute, on a rebound from Milton Rodriguez's shot, knocking the ball into the far corner from the top left of the box. Colombia's Rodriguez was making his Dallas debut.It was the first goal conceded in 566 minutes by Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando, who had five straight clean sheets.Atiba Harris made it 2-0 in the 77th minute.Dallas is unbeaten in six games and closed the gap on Western Conference second-placed Salt Lake to five points.Philadelphia Union 2, Toronto FC 1
In Chester, Pennsylvania, Sebastien Le Toux converted a penalty deep in stoppage time to give Philadelphia a dramatic win over Toronto.Maksim Usanov's handball led to Le Toux's goal in the fifth minute of stoppage time. He leads the Union with seven this season.Toronto had looked like getting a share of the points when Chad Barrett scored in the 81st minute, 20 minutes after Michael Orozco Fiscal scored headed in a Le Toux corner to open the scoring.It was the Canadians' first loss in nine games.
FriendliesManchester City 3, Portland Timbers 0
Manchester City kicked off its summer exhibition tour of the United States with a 3-0 victory over the Portland Timbers in Portland, Ore.Stephen Ireland and Emmanuel Adebayor scored quick back-to-back goals Saturday night for City, which has been training at the Nike corporate headquarters in Beaverton for the past week.It was the fourth international friendly this season for the Timbers, who will make the leap to Major League Soccer next season.The game, played at the University of Portland's Merlo Field, was sold out.Manchester City's travel roster included defender Kolo Toure and midfielder Yaya Toure, brothers who played in the World Cup for the Ivory Coast, as well as French midfielder Patrick Vieira and striker Adebayor of Togo.Next weekend, the New York Red Bulls will host Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Sporting Lisbon in the New York Football Challenge at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey.City also will play Club America at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on July 28 and Inter Milan in Baltimore on July 31.Tottenham Hotspur 0, San Jose Earthquakes 0
Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini made six saves, including two in the final three minutes to help Tottenham tie the San Jose Earthquakes 0-0 in an exhibition Saturday in Santa Clara, Calif.Cudicini, who missed much of last season recovering from wrist and pelvis injuries from a motorcycle accident, played solidly in Tottenham's first tuneup before the start of the English Premier League on Aug. 14. He made three saves in the first half.San Jose's Javier Robles missed a free kick that sailed high and over the net in the 87th minute while Arturo Alvarez was wide right on his attempt two minutes later. Tottenham recovered and had a chance to score late but Gareth Bale missed high from close range in the final seconds.The game, played before a record-setting crowd of 10,712 at Buck Shaw Stadium, capped a busy week for Spurs. After signing manager Harry Redknapp to a contract extension that will keep him with the team until 2013, the London club didn't arrive in California until late Wednesday following a 10-hour flight.Tottenham and San Jose have been club partners since 2008.Bolton Wanderers 2, Charleston Battery 0
Kevin Davies scored and set up another goal to give Bolton Wanderers a 2-0 win over Charleston Battery in a friendly on Saturday in Charleston, S.C.Bolton went ahead in the 29th minute after a Charleston turnover in midfield. Bolton's Matt Taylor seized on the loose ball and slid it to new signing Martin Petrov making a strong run left flank. Petrov took the ball to the corner and made a beautiful cross to a wide-open Davies, who easily volleyed it past Charleston keeper Keith Wiggans.Charleston — which plays in the USL Second Division which is the third tier of professional football in the U.S. — responded with pressure and possession and almost equalized in the 41st.The third and last game of Bolton's North American tour will be against Toronto on Wednesday.
Substitutes Victor Lojero and Fausto Ruiz scored second-half goals to lead San Luis FC to a 3-0 win over Club America in an exhibition Saturday in Arlington, Texas.The two Mexican clubs start the season next weekend. Club America had by far the better fan support among the 27,061 who came to the Cowboys Stadium, which buzzed all afternoon with vuvuzelas.San Luis cemented the win with goals 12 minutes apart. First, Lojero slipped behind the America defense, received a nice pass from Edgar Castillo, and slotted a low shot past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa in the 70th minute.Ruiz, who entered in the 73rd, connected from about 10 yards out after Noe Maya's cross from the right ricocheted off Diego de la Torre in front and bounced right to him.Wilmar Aguirra put San Luis ahead in the 6th.
International friendlyUnited States 3, Sweden 0
Abby Wambach scored two goals and Megan Rapinone added another as the U.S. beat Sweden 3-0 in a women's football friendly on Saturday in East Hartford, Conn.The Americans won the second game of a two-game set with the Swedes, after they drew 1-1 on Tuesday. A crowd of nearly 6,000 was on hand at Rentschler Field.Rapinone scored in the 33rd minute off a rebound of a shot Shannon Boxx that was deflected by Sweden goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl, giving the U.S. a 1-0 lead.Wambach scored her first goal in the 45th with a header off a pinpoint corner from Lori Lindsey, and she added her second headed goal of the game in the 72nd when she redirected a cross from Rachel Buehler. Wambach now has 109 goals for the national team, third all-time to Mia Hamm (158) and Kristine Lilly (130).