Emilio Renteria scored twice in the second half and the host Columbus Crew held on for a 2-1 victory over the expansion Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night in Major League Soccer.
Renteria converted a penalty kick in the 50th minute, then scored off a pass from Dejan Rusmir 9 minutes later for his third goal of the season.
Omar Salgado, the 17-year-old star selected first overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, scored his first MLS goal for Vancouver in the 69th minute.
“I’m very happy and hopefully there’s a lot more to come,” Salgado said. “It was disappointing we didn’t get back in the game. We should have tied it. We gave it our all.”
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Salgado nearly got the equalizer in the 79th minute, but Columbus goalkeeper William Hesmer stopped the shot.
That was the second of two close calls for the Crew (3-1-3). Moments earlier, defender Josh Gardner made a goal line block on Nizar Khalfan’s shot for the Whitecaps (1-4-3).
At Red Bulls 1, Sporting Kansas City 0: Luke Rodgers scored in the 22nd minute, his third goal in three games, and New York (4-1-2) won its third game in a row to take the Eastern Conference lead. Kansas City (1-4-1) is winless in five games.
At Union 1, Earthquakes 0: Former Seattle Sounders forward Sebastien Le Toux scored on a penalty kick in the 76th minute to help short-handed Philadelphia beat San Jose.
Le Toux scored after San Jose’s Jason Hernandez was whistled for a handball inside the goal crease.
Philadelphia (4-1-1) played a man down for the final 49 minutes after defender Jordan Harvey was issued a red card and ejected for violent conduct against Chris Leitch of San Jose (1-4-2).
Union goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon picked up his fourth shutout.
At Rapids 1, Fire 1: Andre Akpan scored in the 49th minute for Colorado (3-3-1) and the Rapids tied Chicago (1-3-3) to end a three-game losing streak.
Colorado also ended a 319-minute scoreless streak dating to Omar Cummings’ goal in the 90th minute against D.C. United on April 3.
Colorado’s Brian Mullan began a 10-game suspension for the tackle last week that broke Seattle star Steve Zakuani’s right leg.