DC United vs. New England  3 - 2

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MLS wrap: DC United grab first place, Galaxy struggles continue

27 May 2012 16:56

DC United moved top of the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win over New England in the MLS on Saturday.

Ben Olsen's side took advantage of a slip-up from the New York Red Bulls on Thursday - when they drew 1-1 against Chivas USA - as they recorded their fifth straight win in front of their home fans at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.

Defender Brandon McDonald gave DC United the lead and they doubled that advantage on the stroke of half-time through Dejan Jakovic.

But the Revolution fought back immediately after the break with goals from Saer Sene and Benny Feilhaber in the opening five minutes to level proceedings.

Olsen responded by introducing Maicon Santos off the bench and just four minutes later, the Brazilian repaid the faith of his manager with an important goal.

The goal was Maicon's seventh of the season and his first in almost a month as DC moved to the top of the standings in the East.

Los Angeles Galaxy's struggles continued as the reigning champions remained on the foot of the Western Conference after a 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo.

The Galaxy - who are winless in their past seven matches - took the lead after just 10 minutes through Edson Buddle.

A Mike Magee own goal levelled the scores on 38 minutes before Canadian defender Andrew Hainault netted the winner in the second half.

Galaxy star Landon Donovan was not available as he represented his country, scoring a hat-trick as United States beat Scotland 5-1 in an international friendly.

Real Salt Lake toppled FC Dallas in a five-goal thriller 3-2.

Costa Rican striker Alvaro Saborio gave Real the lead on 59 minutes, only for Matt Hedges to level the match 16 minutes later.

Saborio produced a quick-fire response to restore Real's advantage but Panama forward Blaz Perez levelled with just five minutes left.

It was left to Nat Borchers to score the winner in the third minute of injury time for Real as they claimed a valuable three points.

In other matches, Colombus Crew extended their unbeaten streak to five with a 2-1 home win over Chicago Fire.

First-half strikes from Eddie Gaven and Emilio Renteria set up the win for Colombus, while a 10-man Colorado Rapids outfit edged the Montreal Impact 3-2.

The Portland Timbers and the Vancouver Whitecaps played out a 1-1 draw while the match between Chivas USA and the Seattle Sounders ended in the same scoreline.

Toronto FC beat Philadelphia Union 1-0 thanks to a late strike from Dutchman Danny Koevermans.

MLS table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +7 31
2 18 +9 29
3 15 +3 24
4 18 +3 23
5 17 -1 23

MLS table

# Team MP D P
3 15 +3 24
4 18 +3 23
5 17 -1 23
6 18 -3 20
7 17 -2 19