Whitecaps blanked at Dallas

The Associated PressApril 21, 2013 

Blas Perez scored in the second half, Raul Fernandez recorded his fourth shutout of the season and FC Dallas beat the Vancouver Whitecaps, 2-0, on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.

Perez has three goals in five games for Major League Soccer leader Dallas (6-1-1), which also benefited from an own goal by Vancouver’s Brad Rusin.

“It’s great to get off to such a hot start,” Dallas defender George John said. “The more points you get early in the season, the better. Obviously, it’s still very early, but we’re putting ourselves in a good position to do well.”

FC Dallas has won all five home contests – by a combined 9-2 margin — including three consecutive shutouts.

“We keep being strong at home, and that’s exactly what we’ve been wanting,” Fernandez said through an interpreter. “It’s a great group, and over the weeks, we’ve been working really hard to accomplish what we’re doing right now.”

The Whitecaps (2-3-2) dropped to 0-3-1 on the road.

“I think we were poor tonight,” Vancouver coach Martin Rennie said. “I think this is one of the first games this season I can say that. We’d been performing well, but tonight wasn’t a good night for us. On top of that, I thought FC Dallas played very well tonight, and they took advantage of our poor play.”

FC Dallas, which has scored the opening goal in every game this season, took the lead in the 29th minute on Rusin’s own goal, then got Perez’s goal in the 50th.

Galaxy 2, Sporting Kansas City 0: In Carson, Calif., Landon Donovan scored a goal and set up another for his first points since returning to soccer, and Los Angeles ended Sporting KC’s 545-minute streak of shutout defense.

Donovan set up Marcelo Sarvas’ 27th-minute goal before scoring his own goal on a pass from Robbie Keane in the 74th minute for the Galaxy, which ended a four-match winless streak.

Sporting KC’s shutout streak was the fifth-longest in MLS history.

Real Salt Lake 1, Chivas USA 0: In Sandy, Utah, Javier Morales scored on a header in the 53rd minute for Real Salt Lake.

Chivas USA has lost two consecutive games, failing to score in either one.

Dynamo 1, Toronto FC 1: In Toronto, Warren Creavalle scored on a header off a corner kick late in second-half stoppage to give Houston a draw in cold, windy conditions.

Jeremy Hall scored for Toronto on a long shot in the 58th minute, but his team settled for its fourth consecutive draw.

Fire 1, Crew 0: In Bridgeview, Ill., Jeff Larentowicz scored in the 83rd minute to lift Chicago over Columbus.

Red Bulls 4, Revolution 1: In Harrison, N.J., Dax McCarty and Fabian Espindola scored in the first 10 minutes to help New York extend New England’s winless streak to five games.

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