MLS: Montero leads Sounders' rout
CARSON, Calif. (AP) -- Fredy Montero scored a hat trick and Mauro Rosales had three assists to help the Seattle Sounders rout Chivas USA 6-2 on Saturday night.
Brad Evans and Sammy Ochoa also scored for Seattle, which moved into a second-place tie with idle Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference. The Sounders (12-6-7) have won four of their last five games.
Montero scored his first two goals in the 27th and 34th minutes for his first multi-goal regular-season game since May 9. He completed the hat trick and pushed the Sounders' lead back to two goals. Montero reached 11 goals on the season, the fourth time in four seasons he has reached that milestone.
Juan Agudelo scored a penalty kick as Chivas (7-10-6) went into the intermission down 3-1. Miller Bolanos scored in the 64th minute, but Montero's goal 3 minutes later quieted the comeback. Rosales assisted on all three of Montero's goals.
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jairo Arrieta scored two goals and the Columbus Crew earned a victory over the New England Revolution.
Arrieta finished a long pass from Tony Tchani in the 86th minute.
Lee Nguyen tied it at 3-3 for New England (6-14-5) in the 81st minute with a penalty kick against rookie keeper Matt Lampson.
The Crew (10-8-6) are 2-0-2 in the past four games. They trailed 2-0 after goals by Ryan Guy in the 17th minute and Jerry Bengtson in the 23rd.
Federico Higuain made it 2-1 three minutes later with a 28-yard free kick.
Arrieta tied it in the 32nd and another Higuain free kick gave the Crew a 3-2 lead.
Higuain has three goals and three assists in three games since joining the Crew.
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Franck Songo'o scored the go-ahead goal and the Portland Timbers snapped a nine-match winless streak with a 2-1 victory over Pacific Northwest rival Vancouver on Saturday night.
Songo'o's goal, his first with the Timbers, came on a free kick in the 55th minute that beat Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Portland had not won since a 2-1 victory over San Jose on July 3. The Timbers were 0-6-3 going into the sold-out Cascadia Cup match against the Whitecaps.
The Cascadia Cup is the annual head-to-head competition between Major League Soccer's three northwest teams: the Timbers, Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders. Vancouver has yet to win a Cascadia match since joining MLS last season.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Simon Dawkins and Alan Gordon each scored a pair of goals and the San Jose Earthquakes cruised.
The league-leading Earthquakes (15-6-5) extended their unbeaten streak at Buck Shaw Stadium to 10-0-4 since Aug. 13, 2011. San Jose's only home loss in MLS play this season occurred at AT&T Park, where Houston beat the Earthquakes 1-0 on March 17.
Gordon extended his career-best single-season scoring mark to 11 goals with strikes in the 43rd and 75th minutes. Dawkins put San Jose up in the 11th minute and tallied again in the 68th for his fifth and sixth goals of 2012.
Tyrone Marshall converted an open 54th-minute header, but couldn't keep Colorado (8-16-2) from suffering its second loss in three matches and eighth in the last 11.
MONTREAL -- Patrice Bernier scored from the penalty spot and added another goal late in the second half and the Montreal Impact defeated D.C. United.
The victory extended the Impact's winning streak to five games and moved the club to within a point of the fifth-place United for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"Over the last month or so, we've been very good and we've worked hard. We've earned the success we've got right now," Impact captain Davy Arnaud said.
D.C., which hasn't won back-to-back games since late May, has three games in hand.
Marco Di Vaio also scored for Montreal (12-13-3).
United fell to 12-9-4 on the season.
HOUSTON -- Terry Dunfield scored in the 85th minute and Toronto FC earned a 1-1 draw.
Dunfield headed a shot from 8 yards off the glove of Houston keeper Tally Hall, off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net.
Toronto (5-15-6, 21 points) has two ties in its past four games.
Houston (11-6-9, 42 points) got its second straight draw and is unbeaten in 10 of its past 11 games.
Will Bruin put Houston ahead 1-0 in the 21st minute, taking a pass from Oscar Boniek Garcia, cutting through two Toronto defenders and chipping a shot from 12 yards in the middle over Toronto FC goalkeeper Freddy Hall and into the net.
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