Revolution, DC United both get wins
Lionard Pajoy scored on an opportunistic header in the 60th minute to give D.C. United a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake in their home opener Saturday night.
United (1-1-0) stretched their home unbeaten run to 17 matches (13-0-4) with the win. Their last home loss came in last year's season opener against Kansas City.
Salt Lake remained winless in eight trips to Washington (0-5-3) since 2004 and failed to build on its 2-0 opening day victory at San Jose last Sunday.
The visitors were fortunate to finish with 11 men after Abdoulie Mansally received only a yellow card for an apparent head butt of D.C.'s Perry Kitchen.
United's Dwayne De Rosario served the second game of a two-game suspension for his part in a similar incident during the preseason.
Pajoy's header was uncontested after John Thorrington's lob forced Nick Rimando into a diving save and Pajoy easily got to the rebound.
Salt Lake defenders appeared to think Pajoy was offside, but television replays appeared to show otherwise.
United outshot Salt Lake 10-9 in the first half, and 6-2 in the second, forcing Rimando to make five saves.
The series is at 6-6-4 since Salt Lake entered the league.
Forward Jerry Bengtson scored in the 62nd minute, goalkeeper Matt Reis made four saves and the New England Revolution opened their season with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.
Bengtson headed Kelyn Rowe's floating pass into the right side of the net midway through the 62nd minute. Rowe played the ball from the left side to the breaking Bengston, who connected from 6 yards out. Chicago goalkeeper Sean Johnson argued unsuccessfully that Bengtson was offside.
The Fire dropped to 0-2, having failed to score in 180 minutes of play. They lost their league opener to defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles last Sunday.
Chicago's attack was moderately effective in the first half. Its best chance came in the 31st minute, when new midfielder Dilly Duka's shot caromed off the crossbar after Reis tipped it.
Reis earned his 62nd career shutout, and sixth over the Fire in 28 appearances.
New England won only two road matches in going 9-17-8 last year and has been out of the playoffs since 2009. This was only the Revolution's second victory in regular season play in Toyota Park.
Kenny Miller scored in the 57th minute and the Vancouver Whitecaps remained undefeated with a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.
The Crew dropped to 1-1 after winning their season opener.
Daigo Kobayashi also scored for Vancouver, while Jairo Arrieta replied for Columbus.
Miller stole the ball from Columbus defender Gauber, rushed toward the goal and fired a shot past Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum from just inside the 18-yard box to put Vancouver ahead 2-1.
Robert Earnshaw scored twice and Toronto FC snapped a 15-game MLS winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
Kansas City finished 40 points ahead of Toronto last season but came out sluggish, just as it had done the previous week before rallying to defeat Philadelphia 3-1.
The second half was a different story but Toronto weathered the storm until the 77th minute, when Argentine striker Claudio Bieler, taking to a flick-on header from C.J. Sapong, fired a right-footed shot past Joe Bendik to cut the lead to 2-1.
It was a nail-biting finish as Kansas City stormed the Toronto end and Bendik made a fine reflex save off Bieler in the dying minutes to preserve the victory. They then had to endure five minutes of stoppage time during which Graham Zusi fired a shot over the Toronto crossbar.
Bendik also had to parry a Zusi free kick with time running down. Zusi had one more dead ball chance but KC couldn't capitalize.
With two straight wins on the road to open the season, new Montreal coach Marco Schallibaum was not going to quibble over missed opportunities.
Schallibaum said the Impact had ''five or six'' really good chances in what turned out to be a 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night.
''It's OK,'' he said. ''Three points like this? We can't complain.''
Hassoun Camara scored on a bicycle kick and Felipe added another goal for Montreal, which won its opener 1-0 in Seattle last weekend.
Ryan Johnson scored in the 80th minute for the Timbers, who played to a 3-3 draw in their opener last Sunday against the New York Red Bulls, rebounding in the second half from a 3-1 deficit.
The Timbers weren't able to come back against the Impact and goalkeeper Troy Perkins, who was acquired by Montreal in a trade with Portland last August.
''I can say without a shadow of a doubt, everything we thought they'd do - they didn't,'' new Timbers coach Caleb Porter said.
The Timbers dominated possession in the first half, but the Impact got the quality shots on goal, including an early strike by Felipe that went wide left, and a header from Marco Di Vaio that Portland goal keeper Donovan Ricketts knocked away.
Montreal found the back of the net in the 31st minute on Camara's bicycle kick to go up 1-0. Camara, a defender who was with Montreal before it joined Major League Soccer last year, had a goal and two assists in 20 games for the Impact last season.
Diego Valeri's free kick in the 38th minute for Portland was blocked by the wall of Montreal players.
Felipe scored in the 60th minute on a cross from Andres Romero, who had just come into the game and charged down the right side for the feed on his first touch.
Veteran Johnson tapped in his goal for the Timbers off a long cross from Ben Zemanski, acquired by Portland in a trade with Chivas in February. Valeri, a newcomer to the Timbers from Argentina who scored in Portland's opener, tumbled attempting a bicycle kick in stoppage time but it sailed over the goal.
''It's a little bit early to get frustrated,'' Johnson said, ''We just have to remember we're doing the right things. We're putting shots on goal.''
Former Montreal coach Jesse Marsch left by mutual decision after last year's inaugural season, and the Impact brought in Schallibaum, a veteran who coached nearly 10 years with five clubs in the Swiss league.
''The group today was good together,'' he said. ''That's a very good sign for the coaches.''
Porter, meanwhile, came to the Timbers after seven seasons coaching the University of Akron, leading the Zips to the NCAA championship in 2010.
''We can't get too low here,'' Porter said. '' But we also have to wake up and work on some things.''
Portland's Darlington Nagbe, who played for Porter at Akron, got his first yellow card in 63 MLS matches with a tackle on Andrea Pisanu in the 30th minutes. Felipe was yellow-carded in the 73rd minute.
Montreal plays its home opener next Saturday against Toronto FC. The Timbers travel to play the rival Sounders in a Cascadia Cup match next Saturday.
''Maybe a darby is just what we need to play a little better physically and mentally,'' Timbers midfielder Will Johnson said.