Chris Pontius converted a penalty kick in the 11th minute to give D.C. United a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday night in Washington.
The victory was the first for D.C. United (2-11-3) since March 9 and snapped a club record 13-game winless streak.
San Jose (4-7-6) was shut out for the third time in four games and has now failed to score in each of its seven losses on the season.
For the second straight week D.C. United was able to take an early lead thanks to a kick from the spot. United captain John Thorrington rewarded defender Chris Korb’s run down the right side of the field into the penalty box with a perfectly weighted ball. Korb was immediately fouled by Earthquakes defender Justin Morrow, who was already on the ground before Korb reached him.
Pontius, who started the initial sequence up with a pass to Thorrington, made no doubt about his first goal of the season by blasting it right as San Jose goalie Jon Busch guessed left.
After failing to earn a penalty kick through the first 14 games of the season, D.C. United has now taken one in successive games.
San Jose’s best chance of the night came in the 61st minute when midfielder Shea Salinas found space behind both Daniel Woolard and Conor Shanosky just outside the 6-yard box before ultimately firing a left-footed shot right at goalie Bill Hamid, who made the point-blank reaction save.
FC Dallas 2, Sporting KC 2 — Andrew Jacobson and Walker Zimmerman scored in the final two minutes of regulation to lift FC Dallas into a tie with Sporting Kansas City in Frisco, Texas.
Jacobson scored in the 88th minute and Zimmerman followed with his first career MLS goal in the 90th to cap the stunning comeback for Dallas (8-3-5), which remained unbeaten at home this season at 7-0-2.
Dallas dropped into second place in the Western Conference standings, a point behind Real Salt Lake, after falling to 1-2-2 in its last five matches.
Fire 2, Crew 1 — Mike Magee had the winning goal and Joel Lindpere had two assists to help visiting Chicago (5-7-3) rally in the second half for a victory over Columbus (5-6-5).
Lindpere found former Crew midfielder Dilly Duka at the far post for a right-footed stab that tied the game, 1-1, in the 52d minute.
Two minutes later, Lindpere assisted on Magee’s 10th goal, sending a cross into the box that Magee chested into the goal.
Real Salt Lake 2, Sounders 0 — Kyle Beckerman scored a goal right before halftime and Robbie Findley added another immediately after it to lift host Real Salt Lake over Seattle.
The win vaulted RSL (9-5-3) into first place into the Western Conference. Seattle (6-5-3) lost for just the second time in its last nine MLS matches.
Seattle finished the match with two shots. RSL tallied 17, putting six on net.
Toronto FC 0, Dynamo 0 — Joe Bendik stopped four shots for Toronto FC and Tally Hall made three saves for host Houston in the teams’ scoreless tie.
Houston (6-5-5) is winless in its last six games, while Toronto FC (2-7-6) extended its unbeaten streak to three games.
Brazil 4, Italy 2 — Neymar scored his third goal in three matches and Fred added two others as Brazil defeated Italy in Salvador, Brazil, to finish on top of Group A.
Substitute defender Dante opened the scoring from close range in first-half injury time, but Italy tied it with Emanuele Giaccherini’s goal on a breakaway in the 51st.
Neymar scored in the 55th with a free kick shot into the top corner of the net.
Mexico 2, Japan 1 — Javier Hernandez sent Mexico home on a high, heading in twice to clinch a victory over Japan in their final Group A match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
The Manchester United striker met Andres Guardado’s cross in the 54th minute and headed in again in the 66th on Giovani Dos Santos’s corner.