Timbers’ 15-match unbeaten streak ends in Ohio

The Associated PressJuly 8, 2013 

Bernardo Anor’s early goal helped the Columbus Crew defeat Portland 1-0 on Sunday at Columbus, Ohio, to end the Timbers’ 15-game unbeaten streak.

Portland (7-2-9) had gone 7-0-8 since March 9. The Crew (6-8-5) ended a three-game losing streak.

Anor scored in the fourth minute off a restart from Federico Higuain for the second straight match with a snap header from 6 yards to the inside of the left post.

But Higuain failed to increase the lead seven minutes later as he missed his second penalty kick in six attempts this season by shooting the ball left of the net.

Aaron Schoenfeld drew the penalty and a red card to Pa-Modou Kah in the 11th minute when the defender stuck his right foot into the face of Schoenfeld.

Sporting Kansas City 2, Fire 1: At Bridgeview, Ill., Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi scored in the first eight minutes as Kansas City beat Chicago to snap the Fire’s three-match winning streak.

The victory was Kansas City’s second in the last seven matches.

Kansas City’s two goals were scored 2 minutes, 14 seconds apart.

Feilhaber scored his first goal of the season in the sixth minute, hammering a right-footed shot from 16 yards when a throw-in by defender Matt Besler deflected off two players and ended up at his feet.

Chicago goalkeeper Paulo Tornaghi couldn’t stop that shot, and seemed surprised by midfielder Zusi’s nonchalant 20-yard shot soon after. It curled over Tornaghi and into the upper right-hand corner.

Mike Magee cut the margin to 2-1 in the 38th minute.

Chivas USA 1, Impact 1 (tie): At Montreal, Patrice Bernier scored from the penalty spot in the 80th minute to give Montreal a draw.

Bernier’s goal came after Mario De Luna took down Sanna Nyassi on the left edge of the penalty area.

Eric Avila scored for Chivas (3-10-4), the last-place team in the Western Conference. Chivas has gone 13 games without a win, dating to a 2-1 victory over Vancouver on March 30.

The East-leading Impact (9-4-4) is winless in three games and has allowed eight goals in that span. Montreal’s recent defensive woes surfaced again when low-scoring Chivas took a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute.

D.C. United 0, Rapids 0 (tie): At Commerce City, Colo., Joe Willis earned his first shutout, and D.C. United tied Colorado despite being blanked for the 12th time this season.

D.C. United (2-13-4), the last-place team in the Eastern Conference, has scored an MLS-worst eight goals. Only three players in the starting lineup had goals in the previous eight games, all on penalty kicks.

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