MLS wrap: Ballouchy saves Red Bulls, Philadelphia edge Chicago

An injury-time equaliser from Mehdi Ballouchy salvaged a point for New York Red Bulls in a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo in the MLS on Saturday.Jamaican Dane Richards scored in the first minute for New York but the lead did not last long as Brad Davis responded from the penalty spot inside the first 15 minutes.

Houston had not won in the last three matches but continued to press Hans Backe’s side, who were also similarly out of form.

And it was a change from Backe’s opposite number, Dynamo boss Dominic Kinnear, that changed the complexion of the match when Spanish attacker Koke was brought on from the bench with 15 minutes to play.

It took Koke just seven minutes to find the back of the net and as the match headed into injury-time it seemed that there was to be only one winner, until Moroccan midfielder Ballouchy made his late, dramatic intervention.

In other matches, three goals in 11 second-half minutes decided the outcome of the Philadelphia Union’s 2-1 home win over the Chicago Fire.

Defender Sheanon Williams’ 64th-minute opener for the hosts was quickly cancelled out by Ghanaian Dominic Oduro as proceedings were levelled.

But Guatemalan Carlos Ruiz had the final say as he scored with 15 minutes remaining in a win that lifts Philadelphia above New York in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Barrett’s 26th-minute goal gave the LA Galaxy, who top the Western Conference, a 1-0 away win at Chivas USA while defender Jeff Parke’s strike in the third minute of injury-time gave the Seattle Sounders a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City.

Goals in the last 20 minutes from Ellis McLoughlin and Bobby Convey gave the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-1 win over the New England Revolution although they had to survive a late scare, while the Portland Timbers recorded a 1-0 win over Columbus Crew thanks to a goal from Eric Brunner.

 


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