MLS roundup: D.C. improves home unbeaten streak to 17

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 on Saturday.

United stretched their home unbeaten run to 17 matches (13-0-4). 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.


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.

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Pajoy’s header was uncontested after John Thorrington’s lob forced Nick Rimando into a diving save and Pajoy easily got to the rebound.

Toronto FC 2, Sporting KC 1 — Robert Earnshaw scored twice as host Toronto snapped a 15-game MLS winless streak.

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 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.


Whitecaps 2, Crew 1 — Kenny Miller scored in the 57th minute as host Vancouver remained undefeated with a victory over Columbus.

Daigo Kobayashi also scored for Vancouver, while Jairo Arrieta replied for Columbus.

Miller stole the ball from Columbus defender Glauber, rushed toward the goal, and fired a shot past Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum from just inside the 18-yard box to put Vancouver ahead.

Impact 2, Timbers 1 — Hassoun Camara scored on a bicycle kick as Montreal won its second straight on the road to open the season.

Felipe also scored for the Impact, who won their opener, 1-0, in Seattle last weekend. Ryan Johnson scored in the 80th minute for the Timbers.


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A blizzard dumping more than a foot of snow in Colorado scuttled plans to use a bright orange soccer ball in the Rapids’ home opener against Philadelphia. Because of the snow, Major League Soccer postponed that game until Sunday at 3 p.m., after the storm has moved out.

The Rapids had said earlier that they planned to hold the match no matter the weather, using a bright orange ball with bright orange lines painted on the field. That plan changed when Adams County, with forecasts predicting 14 inches of snow and 40-mile-per-hour winds, issued a travel advisory that people to travel only in case of emergencies.