SEATTLE (AP) — Eddie Johnson flicked a header past Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts off a free kick in the 60th minute, and the Seattle Sounders made Clint Dempsey's home debut memorable with a 1-0 win Sunday night over the Timbers before the second-largest, stand-alone crowd in Major League Soccer history.
The crowd of 67,385 trailed only the first home game for the Los Angeles Galaxy against New York in 1996 that drew 69,255. It topped the 66,452 that saw Seattle and Portland play last October at CenturyLink Field and was the largest for any match in Seattle, topping a friendly against Manchester United in 2011.
Johnson scored his fourth goal against the Timbers moments after his speed in the open field drew a free kick when he was chopped down by defender Pa Modou Kah. Mauro Rosales' curling ball into the box found Johnson wide open after he left defender Alvas Powell behind.
It was Johnson's sixth goal in MLS play. Seattle improved to 35-0-8 in its last 43 games when scoring first and controlled the second half after Portland had the better chances in the first 45 minutes.
The Sounders moved into a tie for fifth place in the Western Conference with 37 points and still have at least one game in hand on the rest of their playoff competition.
CHIVAS USA 3, RED BULLS 2
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Erick Torres scored two goals, the first on a penalty kick, and Chivas USA beat the New York Red Bulls 3-2 on Sunday.
Julio Morales also scored to help Chivas (5-14-6) win for the first time in more than a month and for only the second time since the end of March. Chivas hadn't scored more than one goal in a game since April 27, a span of 16 games.
Goalkeeper Dan Kennedy made two big saves and defenders Marky Delgado and Bobby Burling saved shots off the goal line for Chivas.
Tim Cahill and Dax McCarty scored for the Red Bulls (11-9-6), both off assists by Thierry Henry.
Torres put Chivas ahead for good in first-half stoppage, converting a penalty kick after defender Ibrahim Sekagya barreled him over in New York's box. Torres extended the lead off a rebound in the 81st minute.
REVOLUTION 5, UNION 1
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Kelyn Rowe scored twice from long distance to lead New England.
Diego Fagundez and Juan Agudelo also scored for the Revolution (10-9-6), who benefited from an own goal by Philadelphia's Amobi Okugo.
Danny Cruz scored for the Union (10-8-8).
Rowe put the Revolution on the scoreboard in the 26th minute on a low shot from 25 yards out.
Cruz tied it in the 51st as he grabbed a through ball from Conor Casey before escaping Matt Reis and putting it into an open net. Okugo's own goal put New England ahead for good in the 58th, and Rowe's second goal — from 30 yards out — stretched the lead to 3-1 just seven minutes later.