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SoundersFC midfielder Osvaldo Alonso is upended in a fight for the ball against Columbus Crew's Hector Jimenez in the first half at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Seattle, Wash. Columbus won 2-1. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, John Lok)
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First Published Mar 30 2014 10:38 am • Last Updated Mar 30 2014 11:37 pm

CREW 2, SOUNDERS 1

SEATTLE • Justin Meram scored in the final minute of second-half stoppage time, lifting the Columbus Crew to a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.

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Meram’s winning score was set up by Federico Higuain’s corner kick. The ball went beyond the top of the penalty area to Meram, who drilled a 25-yarder into the back right corner past Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

The Crew (3-0-0) have won their first three games for the first time in the club’s 19-year history.

Higuain converted a penalty kick late in the 59th minute to tie it at 1. Higuain has two of his three goals this season on PKs. Last year, he scored a team-record six times in eight opportunities from the spot.

Kenny Cooper scored early in the 23rd minute for the Sounders (2-2-0). It was his first goal since being acquired in an offseason trade with FC Dallas.

FC DALLAS 2, TIMBERS 1

FRISCO, Texas • Mauro Diaz scored in the 84th minute for unbeaten FC Dallas.

Dallas’ 10 points leads Major League Soccer. Dallas (3-0-1) is off to its best start since 2006, where it also logged 10 points through the first four games.


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Portland (0-1-3), in its fourth MLS season, is off to its worst start in its young history.

The teams played the second half with 10 men apiece after Portland left back Michael Harrington and Dallas right winger Je-Vaughn Watson were ejected for an off-the-ball fight with about five minutes left in the first half.

Dallas went ahead in the third minute of first-half stoppage time on a Blas Perez header, but the Timbers tied it in the 67th minute when Dallas defender Matt Hedges deflected a Maximiliano Urruti pass into his own net.

WHITECAPS 2, DYNAMO 1

VANCOUVER, British Columbia • Kenny Miller scored on a penalty kick in the 58th minute, leading unbeaten Vancouver to another victory.

Jordan Harvey had Vancouver’s first goal in the 14th minute in front of a sellout crowd of 21,000 at B.C. Place Stadium.

Miller rolled his spot kick into the right corner of the net, lifting the Whitecaps to a 2-0 lead. Ricardo Clark responded for Houston in the 75th minute, but that was all the scoring for the Dynamo (2-1-0).

Miller had to re-take his crucial kick because teammate Darren Mattocks was still in the 18-yard box when he put the ball into the net. The penalty kick was awarded after Houston defender Kofi Sarkodie was called for a hand ball in the box in the 56th minute.

The Whitecaps improved to 2-0-2.

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