Major League Soccer (Mid)Week 29: Union Move Into Second In East With Win

The Union get two early goals and one second half goal to hold off United, who had a chance to move into playoff position.

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Philadelphia Union Vs. DC United, 2011 MLS: Philly Bolsters Playoff Hopes With 3-2 Win

Sebastien Le Toux scored a pair of goals in the game's first 15 minutes and Michael Farfan scored the eventual game-winner in the 57th minute as the Philadelphia Union topped DC United 3-2 on Thursday to move into second place in the Eastern Conference. United could have moved into playoff position with a win, but as it is they remain a point behind the New York Red Bulls, while still having a game in hand.

The pair of goals give Le Toux 10 for the season, eight of which have come in his past seven games. He has also scored in three straight. Le Toux, who had just two goals in his first 26 games, is suddenly getting prominent mention as a MVP contender. He also has eight assists.

As good as Le Toux was, though, all three of the Union's goals were pretty clearly on defensive breakdowns. Both of Le Toux's goals came after he was able to get behind Union defenders. On Farfan's goal, he was able to jump over an attempted tackle, take several uncontested dribbles and fired a shot from about 20 yards out when no United defender stepped up to stop him.

United were able to erase a 2-0 deficit on goals from Dwayne DeRosario and Andy Najar. But after DeRosario went out with an injury in the 62nd minute, they were far less dangerous on offense. They will next play the Columbus Crew on Sunday.

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Sporting Kansas City Vs. Columbus Crew, 2011 MLS: Sporting Moves Top Of The East

As expected, the Eastern Conference has a new leader. Sporting Kansas City hosted the Columbus Crew at Livestrong Sporting Park on Wednesday night with the winner set to move to the top of Eastern Conference table and it was the Crew who scored the game-winner. Unfortunately, it was into their own net so it is Sporting who now sits atop the East thanks to a 2-1 win over the Crew.

Sporting were first on the scoreboard thanks to a penalty. Chad Marshall took down CJ Sapong for a clear penalty and Kei Kamara slotted it home to put Kansas City in front. The Crew answered though through Emilio Renteria, who was given loads of time from 20 yards by a lazy Sporting defense. Renteria stepped into his shot and was able to lace it past Jimmy Nielsen for the equalizer.

The 1-1 scoreline held until the 74th minute when Matt Besler took a throw from deep inside the Columbus half. His trademarked long throw made it in front of goal where Julius James rose to meet it and perfectly lofted it over Will Hesmer and into the goal. The problem is that it was his own goal and Sporting had themselves a winner.

Kansas City is now top of the East on 44 points, two clear of second place Houston. Columbus is three points back on 31 points and all three have three matches remaining.

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