Houston Dynamo defeats LA Galaxy
LA Galaxy 0, Houston Dynamo 1
Andrew Driver scored in the 56th minute to lift the Houston Dynamo to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday night.
Houston goalie Tally Hall stopped Landon Donovan's penalty kick in the 25th minute to help the Dynamo (5-2-2) win a rematch of the last two MLS Cup finals - both won by Los Angeles. Houston also moved into a tie atop the Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City, New York and Montreal.
It was the second time this season Donovan failed to convert a penalty kick for the Galaxy (4-2-2). His attempt came after Jose Villarreal was knocked down by Hall as he sprinted into the Dynamo box. Donovan also missed from the penalty spot in Los Angeles' April 13 loss at FC Dallas.
Houston sits in third in the Eastern Conference, tied on points with New York, Sporting KC and Montreal. LA moves into second in the West, ahead of Portland and Real Salt Lake.
Houston have a quick turnaround, and will go across the country to face D.C. United on Wednesday, while LA will travel to Vancouver to face the Whitecaps on Saturday.
Sporting KC 4, Chivas USA 0
Claudio Bieler scored two goals, the second on a penalty kick, and Jimmy Nielsen recorded his club-record 38th career shutout as Sporting Kansas City beat Chivas USA 4-0 on Sunday.
Nielsen didn't have to make a save in earning his league-leading sixth shutout this season. He broke a tie for the career club mark he shared with Tony Meola.
Bieler's spot kick, which put Sporting up 2-0 in the 57th minute, came after Chivas goalkeeper Dan Kennedy was shown a red card for pulling down Paulo Nagamura in the area. Bieler also scored in the 41st minute.
Graham Zusi, who had an assist on Bieler's first score, had a goal in the 65th minute goal for Sporting (5-3-2), which snapped a two-match losing streak, and C.J. Sapong scored his first goal of the season in the 87th.
Chivas (3-4-2) is 0-3-1 over its last four.
Zusi's assist was his fourth of the year, moving him into a first-place tie with Real Salt Lake's Joao Plata.
Kennedy will be suspended for Chivas' match May 12 at Portland.