BRIDGEVIEW, IL - JULY 08: Robbie Keane #7 of the Los Angeles Galaxy is congratulated by teammates including Juninho #19 after scoring on a penalty kick against the Chicago Fire during an MLS match at Toyota Park on July 8, 2012 in Bridgeview, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Major League Soccer 2012, Week 16: What We Learned

Scoreless draws and big names returning headlined a busy Week 16.


Philadelphia Union Vs. Toronto FC, 2012 MLS: John Hackworth's Boys Do It Again

The hole they dug under Peter Nowak's leadership may be too deep to dig out of, but John Hackworth seems to have figured something out with the Philadelphia Union. The new coach led his team to its third win in five games since taking over, this one a 3-0 dismembering of Toronto FC on Sunday.

In less than half as many games as they played under Nowak, the Union have already won more games (three), scored more goals (10) and registered just one fewer shutouts (two) under Hackworth. They've also qualified for the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup for the first time in their three-year history.

The dominance in this game started early. Freddy Adu helped create a couple strong scoring chances and the Union enjoyed more than 70 percent of the possession in the first half. They broke through for a goal when Gabriel Gomez's shot deflected past Milos Kocic in the 34th minute. Just two minutes later, Adu found the back of the net when he took Gabriel Farfan's pass and beat Kocic to the far post at a sharp angle. Antoine Hoppenot finished off TFC with a goal in the 78th minute.

The loss halted a nice run of form for TFC, which had entered the match on a five-match unbeaten streak. They are now seven points behind the Union and in last place of the Eastern Conference.


Real Salt Lake Vs. Portland Timbers, 2012 MLS: Alvaro Saborio Decides He's Good Again

Alvaro Saborio has had a wildly inconsistent season and hasn't performed well during Real Salt Lake's recent skid, but he was the man of the match on Saturday, scoring a hat trick as RSL broke their four-game winless streak. After an uneventful first half against the Portland Timbers, he came alive in the second half and scored all three goals in his team's 3-0 victory.

The first two goals came in quick succession, with Portland's defense looking completely out of sorts on both occasions. Kyle Beckerman set up Saborio for the opener in the 60th minute with a lofted ball from the center of the pitch into the penalty area. Saborio easily out-jumped Futty Danso and placed a header perfectly at the far post, putting RSL ahead. Less than two minutes later, he beat the entire Portland defense to a well-placed Chris Wingert cross and finished easily to solidify his team's lead.

Diego Chara went into meltdown mode shortly thereafter. He made a nasty challenge on Javier Morales in the 66th minute, for which he picked up a yellow card. In the 73rd minute, Chara handled the ball in the penalty area, leading to a penalty kick and a sending off. Saborio stepped up and converted, completing his hat trick.

Real Salt Lake kept the ball in Portland's half for the rest of the game and forced Troy Perkins into multiple saves, but didn't find another goal. Not that they needed it, they were just being big meanies at that point anyway.

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