Impact struggles; Timbers lose again on the road
Fire’s Chris Rolfe scored two goals in a little more than 3 minutes in the first half
MONTREAL, Que ● Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen punched away Matteo Ferrari’s header in added time as Montreal struggled to a 0-0 draw Saturday to keep the Impact in the MLS playoff hunt.
Montreal picked up its first point in three games since ending its team-record five-game winning streak.
Montreal goalkeeper Troy Perkins made a point-blank stop on Kei Kamara 14 minutes into the game. Justin Mapp had the Impact’s best opportunity in the first half, but his shot went wide of the left post.
Sporting KC midfielder Jacob Peterson was on the bench after coming out of the game when he was shown a red card by referee Jorge Gonzalez in the 90th minute.
Arnaud and Impact midfielder Collen Warner were shown yellow cards. Warner will miss Montreal’s next game in Houston on Oct. 6.
REVOLUTION 1, RED BULLS 1
Darrius Barnes scored his first career goal five minutes into stoppage time to give New England the draw against New York.
The Revolution (7-15-8) have just one win in 13 matches (1-8-4) since beating New York 2-0 on July 8.
Barnes’ tying goal came shortly after Loel Lindpere put the Red Bulls (14-8-8) ahead in the first minute of stoppage time.
Revolution backup goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth earned the start in place of Matt Reis, and stopped three shots. Red Bulls goalkeeper Bill Guadette made four saves.
New York defender Conor Lade was ejected after he picked up his second yellow card in the 74th minute, and left the Red Bulls short-handed for the final 16 minutes.
REAL SALT LAKE 2, TIMBERS 1
Javier Morales and Fabian Espindola both scored in the first half to lead Real Salt Lake.
Real Salt Lake (15-11-4) became the second club in MLS history to get at least 15 wins in three straight seasons and secured a spot in the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
Bright Dike scored in the 61st minute for the Timbers (7-15-8), who remained winless on the road.
Espindola put Salt Lake on the board in the 14th minute and Morales made it 2-0 in the 36th.
FIRE 2, CREW 1
Chris Rolfe scored two goals in a little more than 3 minutes in the first half to lead Chicago past Columbus.
Chicago (16-8-5) won its fourth straight and seventh in the last eight to move two points behind first-place Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference.
Jairo Arrieta took advantage of a miscue by Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson to score in the 15th minute for Columbus (13-11-6).
Rolfe then scored twice in a span of 3:16, tying the score in the 23rd minute with a ground-hugging, left footed drive from 16 feet out. He put the Fire ahead with the game’s last goal, a 15-yard that went over goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum high into the left corner of the net.