Giovinco nets two as Toronto overtake DC United for win


WASHINGTON — Sebastian Giovinco scored a brace to complete Toronto FC’s 2-1 comeback over D.C. United and Sporting Kansas City took advantage of a contentious penalty decision to down the Seattle Sounders in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

Giovinco’s first goal pulled D.C. United level at 1-1 in the 34th minute, after Steve Birnbaum had capitalized on Fabian Espinola’s accurate corner in the sixth minute. Giovinco beat two defenders with a skilled cutback and powering a shot over the head of goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra.

The Italian then produced a brilliant strike from 25-yards that dipped past a full-stretched Dykstra to give the visitors victory and end Washington’s 16-game home unbeaten streak.

Toronto won its third straight game, while D.C. United, the Eastern Conference leader, fell one game short of tying a club record for consecutive unbeaten home games.

Benny Feilhaber scored an 84th minute penalty kick to give Kansas City a 1-0 win over Western Conference leaders Seattle.

The penalty was awarded after goalkeeper Stefan Frei was whistled for a questionable foul in a collision with Dominic Dwyer.

��I don’t know if it was a penalty or not,�� Feilhaber said. ��But obviously, when we get the opportunity we want to try and make it. So I just waited to see which way Frei would go and tried to slip it in the opposite way.��

Orlando City rallied in the final 10 minutes to beat the Chicago Fire 3-2.

Cyle Larin equalized for Orlando City in the 82nd minute with a long range strike and the Chicago Fire’s Adailton netted his second own goal of the game 4 minutes later to complete the expansion team’s comeback.

David Accam gave Chicago a 2-1 lead with a right-footed strike in the 57th minute, and Kennedy Igboananike put the Fire in front early with the opening goal in the ninth minute.

Adailton’s first own goal tied it for Orlando City 1-1 in the 40th minute. It was a helpless deflection after Fire goalkeeper John Busch’s punched the ball off Adailton while trying to save Sean St. Ledger’s header.

Patrick Mullins scored in the 87th minute to lift New York past Philadelphia, for just the second victory for the expansion team in its debut season.

Mullins followed Jeb Brovsky’s throw-in as it rolled into the 18-yard box, shielding defenders to line up his shot. His left-footed strike deflected off the back of defender Richie Marquez’s leg and skirted just inside the right post.

C.J. Sapong opened the scoring in the 46th minute for the Union, converting Sebastien Le Toux’s corner kick with a right-footed shot from the center of the box. Thomas McNamara tied it for NYCFC in the 53rd minute with a long-distance shot.

Maxim Tissot and Andres Romero scored and Montreal beat the Columbus Crew 2-1 for the Impact’s first away win in 26 games.

Tissot tapped in a rebound 10 minutes into the second half to start the scoring. Montreal made it 2-0 in the 79th minute when Romero chipped home a goal on a counter attack off a pass from Ignacio Piatti.

Columbus’ Federico Higuain cleaned up a failed clearance in the first minute of second-half stoppage time to make it 2-1.

Elsewhere Saturday, Kekuta Manneh scored a first-half goal to lift the Vancouver Whitecaps over Los Angeles 1-0 and Fanendo Adi scored a late double as the Portland Timbers beat the New England Revolution 2-0.