It was the LA Galaxy raising questions in week 12 of the 2016 MLS season, taking a late lead through an own goal and allowing an equalizer in their 1-1 draw with San Jose. The Galaxy got on the board in the 83rd minute when Marvell Wynne put the ball into the back of his own net. San Jose responded with Chad Barrett setting up Fatai Alashe for an 87th minute equalizer.
“I thought our second half we played very well. We created enough chances to score a couple of goals,” LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said. “Then we got caught on a corner kick. Lost our concentration a little bit and he scored and ran past three of our players. At that point in the game, we’re tired. We’ve got to concentrate and just take the three points and get out of here.”
Week 12 opened with the Union shutting out DC United 1-0 at home. Richie Marquez scored the game’s only goal in stoppage time. Andre Blake made two saves for the clean sheet.
“I’m disappointed that we lost the game in the closing moments, but I’m disappointed because it’s a poor call from the referee to give them a set piece there,” DC coach Ben Olsen said. “I’m disappointed that we weren’t men enough to see out the game despite that call. It’s a game. It can go either way right? A lot of good chances, open game, and disappointed. That’s what it is, the ups and downs, learn from it and move on to Kansas City.”
The New York Red Bulls had no issues at all against NYCFC, winning 7-0 at Yankee Stadium in a game available nationally on NBC. Dax McCarty started the scoring in the 3rd minute with Bradley Wright-Phillips making it 2-0 in the 42nd. Wright Phillips scored again in first-half stoppage time. McCarty got his second goal in the 51st. Alex Muyl made it 5-0 Red Bulls in the 56th with Wright-Phillips assisting. Gonzalo Veron scored in the 83rd with Gideon Baah finishing off the goals in the 89th minute. Luis Robles made two saves for the clean sheet.
Chicago shutout Houston 1-0 at Toyota Park. Arturo Alvarez scored in the 3rd minute with Sean Johnson making three saves.
Toronto and Columbus finished 0-0 at BMO Field. “Maybe today more than the other games, let’s say it was my fault,” Toronto Seb Giovinco said. “I don’t really know how to say it but let’s look towards the next game.”
Orlando City beat Montreal 2-1 at the Citrus Bowl. Ignaccio Piatti scored for the Impact in the 4th minute with Cyle Larin equalizing in the 43rd. Larin scored City’s winner in the 87th minute.
FC Dallas won on the road, beating New England 4-2 at Gillette Stadium. Tesho Akindele converted a 5th minute penalty for Dallas. Juan Agudelo pulled a goal back in the 23rd with Lee Nguyen equalizing from the penalty spot in the 26th. Atiba Harrisequalized for Dallas in the 36th. Fabian Castillo put Dallas up for good in the 70th with Akindele adding a 90th minute goal.
Real Salt Lake beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 at Children’s Mercy Park. Juan Manuel Martinez scored for RSL in the 32nd minute. An own goal doubled the lead in first-half stoppage time. Dom Dwyer scored for Sporting in the 50th. Yura Movsisyan scored RSL’s third goal three minutes later.
“I think when they scored early in the half, they were feeling confident that the momentum was going their way, so we had to kind of nip it in the bud there, and getting the momentum back on our side was really important,” RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman said.
Colorado shutout Seattle 1-0 at CenturyLink Field. Alex Sjoberg scored in the 43rd minute. Zac MacMath made three saves for the shutout.
Portland beat Vancouver 4-2 at home. Diego Valeri converted a penalty in the 4th minute with Jack McInerney doubling the lead in the 29th. Kekuta Manneh pulled a goal back for the Whitecaps in the 49th. Dairon Asprilla converted a penalty in the 78th to make it 3-1 Timbers and Darlington Nagbe scored their fourth goal in the 82nd. Pedro Morales converted a penalty for Vancouver in the 84th minute.