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MLS: Jermain Defoe scores twice in Toronto FC victory Columbus

Published June 1, 2014 4:15 pm

Former RSL forward Espindola scores 7th goal to lift United.
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Toronto • Jermain Defoe scored twice and Doneil Henry headed in the winner in injury time in Toronto FC's 3-2 victory over the Columbus Crew.

Defoe, the former Tottenham Hotspur star, scored on a penalty shot, and added a second when he one-timed a flick from Brazilian striker Gilberto.

The 21-year-old Henry muscled his way in on a free kick with about a minute left to head in the winner for Toronto (5-4-1). Justin Meram and Augustin Viana scored for Columbus (4-4-5).

D.C. United 1, Sporting K.C. 0 • Fabian Espindola scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season to lead D.C. United to a victory over Sporting Kansas City.

Bill Hamid made five saves to preserve his third shutout and D.C.'s fifth this season.

United's victory was their first over Sporting since a 2-1 win on May 5, 2010, with Kansas City winning six matches and drawing one since.

Sporting had its winless streak stretched to five matches as United climbed past them into second place in the Eastern Conference.

Already without American World Cup call-ups Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, Kansas City lost defender Aurelien Collin in the eighth minute with an apparent recurrence of a right hamstring injury.

Impact 2, Revolution 0 • In Montreal, Andres Romero and Jack McInerney scored in Montreal's victory over New England.

Romero scored in the third minute, and McInerney in the 38th.

Montreal ended New England's winning streak at five and its unbeaten run at seven.

Earthquakes 2, FC Dallas 1 • In Frisco, Texas, Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi broke a tie in the 45th minute and San Jose beat FC Dallas for its first road victory of the season.

Dallas dropped to 0-6-2 in its last eight games. Dallas has failed to score multiple goals in a game during the eight-game winless streak.

Pierazzi scored on a right-footed volley from 25 yards away that landed just inside the near post and over the fingertips of goalkeeper Chris Seitz.

Blas Perez opened the scoring for Dallas in the 16th minute, and Atiba Harris tied it in the 27th —

MLS standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA

New England 7 4 2 23 21 16

D.C. 6 4 3 21 18 14

Sporting K.C. 5 5 4 19 19 14

Houston 5 7 2 17 16 24

Toronto FC 5 4 1 16 14 13

Columbus 4 5 4 16 17 17

New York 3 5 6 15 20 22

Chicago 2 3 6 12 19 21

Philadelphia 2 7 5 11 16 24

Montreal 2 6 4 10 11 22

WESTERN CONFERENCE

W L T Pts GF GA

Seattle 9 3 2 29 29 21

Real Salt Lake 6 1 6 24 23 17

Colorado 5 4 3 18 16 15

FC Dallas 5 7 3 18 23 24

Vancouver 4 2 5 17 18 14

San Jose 4 4 4 16 15 13

Portland 3 3 7 16 20 20

Los Angeles 4 3 3 15 14 9

Chivas USA 2 6 4 10 13 22

Saturday's Games

Seattle FC 4, Real Salt Lake 0

Toronto FC 3, Columbus 2

D.C. United 1, Sporting Kansas City 0

Montreal 2, New England 0

San Jose 2, FC Dallas 1

Philadelphia at Chivas USA, late

Sunday's games

Los Angeles at Chicago, 2 p.m.

Houston at Colorado, 6 p.m.

Vancouver at Portland, 7 p.m.