MLS played two league games on Wednesday before taking a break for the group stage of the 2014 World Cup. DC United put on a show at Stade Saputo, beating Montreal 4-2. In Portland on a game available on national cable, the Timbers and FC Dallas finished even at 2-2.
Montreal 2 – DC United 4
Luis Silva was the hero for DC United, opening the scoring in the 6th minute and leading a comeback with a hat-trick. Jack McInerney equalized for Montreal in the 12th and Andres Romero put them ahead in the 21st. that lead only lasted for 2 minutes, with Nick DeLeon equalizing for DC United in the 23rd. Luis Silva put United up for good in the 39th. Silva finished off his hat-trick by converting a penalty 5 minutes into first-half stoppage time.
“I think it was a crazy first half,” Silva said. “We gave them two goals, and I think we did much better in the second half to control the game. Towards the end, we kept a lot of the ball, and we had some looks as well. Obviously, the PK, Dykstra’s save was a big help. That would’ve changed the game. But overall, I just want to congratulate my teammates for going out there and putting 100 percent on the field and not giving up for 90-plus minutes.”
Portland 2 – FC Dallas 2
Portland and FC Dallas finished level at Providence Park, with the Timbers staging a comeback at home. Fabian Castillo opened the scoring for FC Dallas in the 27th minute and Blas Perez doubled the lead in the 39th. A Will Johnson penalty cut that in half in the 79th minute. The referee sent off FC Dallas players Moises Hernandez in the 87th and Blas Perez in the 92nd. With the two-man advantage, Portland equalized in the 94th minute.
In the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup, the Houston Dynamo beat Loredo 1-0 on a 38th minute goal from Alexander Lopez. Both teams finished a man down, with a red card to Loredo in the 40th and Houston in the 52nd.
Also in the Open Cup, San Jose beat Sacramento 2-1. Justin Braun scored for Sacramento in the 42nd minute. San Jose’s Khari Stephenson equalized from the penalty spot in the 45th and Cordell Cato scored in the 73rd minute. Sacramento finished a man down after a 77th minute red card.
“We played them in preseason and we know that they were a hard working team that could cause problems for us,” Cato said. “They press and work hard so we had to match them. We kept pressing and working and eventually we took the lead and got the win. Full credit to them for a well-played game.”