MLS 2012, Week 12: Sporting Snaps Winless Streak With 2-1 Victory

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Chivas USA Vs. Seattle Sounders, 2012 MLS: Juan Agudelo Opens Account In Draw

Juan Agudelo scored his first goal in a Chivas USA uniform, but it was only good enough to salvage a point. David Estrada followed up Agudelo's goal with one of his own, as the Seattle Sounders and Chivas USA played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday at Home Depot Center.

The two goals came just four minutes apart, with Agudelo giving Chivas the initial lead in the 57th minute. The forward, who was recently cut from the United States, was able to get between his defender and the goal and beat Sounders goalkeeper Bryan Meredith to James Riley's well-placed cross.

The Sounders were able to equalize almost immediately, though. Alex Caskey, who had just come into the game moments earlier, took a pass from Fredy Montero and whipped in a cross toward the Chivas USA goal. David Estrada was able to beat his mark to the ball and got just enough of his foot on it to sneak it past goalkeeper Dan Kennedy.

By salvaging a point, the Sounders ran their road unbeaten streak to 10 games (7-0-3), dating back to last year. They now sit at 24 points in third place in the West. Chivas USA now has 14 points, five points behind No. 5 Vancouver.


Toronto FC Vs. Philadelphia Union, 2012 MLS: Sweet, Sweet Relief

The self-proclaimed "worst team in the world" finally found someone they could beat. Naturally, it was the Philadelphia Union. Toronto FC finally won their first game of the season, topping the Union 1-0 on Saturday at BMO Field. The win ended a MLS-record nine-game losing streak to open TFC's season.

Of course, it wasn't easy. TFC wasted numerous chances throughout the first and second halves before Danny Koevermans finally scored the match's lone goal in the 88th minute. The goal was hardly pretty, as Koevermans hit the ball in off his knee after Union third-string goalkeeper Chris Konopka left a rebound from Nick Soolsma's shot.

It was fitting that the winning goal was scored by Koevermans, who made the infamous "worst team in the world" comment following TFC's ninth straight league loss last week. Since then, TFC has beaten the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Canadian Championship to earn a spot in CONCACAF Champions League. But this one was arguably just as big.

Frustrations inside TFC had begun to bubble over and calls for head coach Aron Winter's head had become to get louder with each successive failure.

Now, the Union and Peter Nowak will probably be facing some of the same questions. The Union last won a match on April 21 and have just one point in their last five matches. At 2-7-2 on the season, only TFC currently has a worse record in MLS. Even worse, they were badly outplayed in this match and probably should consider themselves lucky they didn't lose by a more lopsided score.

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