Andres Mendoza converted a penalty kick in the 51st minute and the Columbus Crew defeated Philadelphia, 2-1, last night to increase their lead in the Eastern Conference to 6 points over the Union.
Philadelphia defender Sheanon Williams was called for a handball when a pass from Robbie Rogers hit him on the left wrist as he tried to shield himself.
Mendoza’s shot was initially stopped by Faryd Mondragon, but the ball rolled underneath him to cross the goal line.
Galaxy 2, Earthquakes 0 - Robbie Keane scored in the 21st minute of his dynamic MLS debut, leading Los Angeles over San Jose in Carson, Calif. The Irish national team striker showed off his trademark cartwheel-somersault goal celebration to fans on a new continent after he converted a pass from David Beckham.
Mike Magee also scored in the 90th minute for the Galaxy, who have lost only once since May 1 and moved 6 points up on Seattle in the Western Conference.
Dynamo 3, Real Salt Lake 2 - Alex Dixon scored his first career goal in stoppage time to give Houston the win at home.
Chivas USA 2, Rapids 2 - Reserve Laurent Courtois scored his first goal of the year in the 86th minute as Chivas USA salvaged a tie in Colorado.
Sounders 1, FC Dallas 0 - Mauro Rosales’s goal in the 16th minute held up as Seattle won in Frisco, Texas.
Timbers 2, Whitecaps 1 - Diego Chara and Jorge Perlaza scored as host Portland held on.
WPS Independence 2, magicJack 0 - Host Philadelphia advanced to its second consecutive title game behind second-half goals by Tasha Kai and Amy Rodriguez.
The Independence will face the Western New York Flash Saturday for the championship.