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Sounders lose fourth straight

Published October 20, 2013 9:18 am

MLS roundup • FC Dallas prevents Seattle from clinching spot in postseason.
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Frisco, Texas • Michel had a goal and an assist to help FC Dallas beat Seattle 2-0 on Saturday, preventing the Sounders from clinching a playoff spot.

Michel, who replaced Kenny Cooper in the 58th minute, scored in the 87th minute after he tapped a shot into the right corner of the net from the top of the goalie's box. Michel rebounded a missed shot by David Ferreira before scoring his third goal of the season.

Michel set up FC Dallas' first goal in the 65th minute when he arched a free kick to Matt Hedges. Hedges redirected the pass with a header from about 10 yards away that bounced off the ground and into the top left corner of the net.

FC Dallas improved to 11-11-1 with its third victory in its past 20 matches.

Seattle (15-12-6) has lost four straight. The Sounders also are on a six-game winless streak in which they have failed to score more than one goal in a game. Clint Dempsey came close to scoring in the 80th minute, but pulled a free kick just wide left of the net.

The game was the final home game for Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman. Hyndman announced Friday that he is stepping down as coach at the end of this season after taking over in June 2008. Before joining FC Dallas, Hyndman spent 31 seasons as a college head coach, including 24 at nearby SMU. Hyndman led the club to the 2010 MLS Cup and also became the became the first FC Dallas coach to win MLS Coach of the Year honors.

Impact 2, Union 1 • In montreal, Marco Di Vaio scored his 20th goal of the season, defender Karl Ouimette headed in his first career goal and Montreal beat Philadelphia to take a big step toward making the MLS playoffs.

The Impact (14-12-7), who ended a six-game winless run, are solidly in playoff position going into their final regular-season game in Toronto.

Fabinho scored in the first half for Philadelphia (12-11-10), which began the day in a three-way tie with Montreal and Chicago for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Di Vaio became the 11th player in MLS history to score 20 goals in a season.

Rapids 3, Whitecaps 2 • In Commerce City, Colo., Gabriel Torres scored his second goal of the game in the 77th minute, lifting Colorado over Vancouver that moved the Rapids into a tie for third place in the Western Conference.

Torres' left-footed shot came two minutes after Camilo Sanvezzo tied the game with a penalty kick that was awarded when Jordan Harvey was hauled down in the scoring area.

Deshorn Brown added a goal for Colorado (14-10-9). Its 51 points, a franchise best, tied it with Seattle and Los Angeles in the West. —

Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA

x-Sporting K.C. 16 10 7 55 45 29

x-New York 15 9 8 53 50 39

Montreal 14 12 7 49 50 48

Chicago 14 12 7 49 45 47

New England 13 11 9 48 48 38

Houston 13 10 9 48 39 37

Philadelphia 12 11 10 46 41 42

Columbus 12 16 5 41 42 45

Toronto FC 5 17 11 26 29 47

D.C. 3 23 7 16 21 57

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA

Portland 13 5 15 54 49 33

Real Salt Lake 15 10 8 53 55 40

Los Angeles 15 11 6 51 52 37

Seattle 15 12 6 51 41 41

Colorado 14 10 9 51 45 35

San Jose 13 11 8 47 33 41

Vancouver 12 12 9 45 50 45

FC Dallas 11 11 11 44 47 50

Chivas USA 6 18 8 26 29 60

x- clinched playoff berth

Saturday's games

Montreal 2, Philadelphia 1

FC Dallas 2, Seattle FC 0

Colorado 3, Vancouver 2

New England 3, Columbus 2

Chicago 1, Toronto FC 0

Portland 0, Real Salt Lake 0, tie

Sunday's games

New York at Houston, 2 p.m.

San Jose at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.