Local Major League Soccer (MLS) teams roundup for week ending June 18, 2012

Teams were back in action after a three week break from MLS. The LA Galaxy is back in their winning ways. Chivas USA fell 3-0 to RSL and Colorado Rapids suffered a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Chivas USA 0, Real Salt Lake 3

CARSON, Calif. – (Saturday, June 16, 2012) – Real Salt Lake stunned Chivas USA, 3-0 in Saturday night’s match at the Home Depot Center.

Chivas entered the match as the favorites hoping to extend their MLS unbeaten streak to five games.

Two goals from Fabian Espindola and one from Will Johnson was enough for Real Salt Lake to take advantage of the match.

Chivas will have a quick turnaround as the team will be back in action on Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 pm PST when they host the Montreal Impact.  Please visit cdchivasusa for more details about this match.

Colorado Rapids 0, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (Saturday, June 16, 2012) – Sebastian LeToux denied the Rapids all three points in British Columbia with a 80th minute goal and the 1-0 win at home for the Whitecaps Saturday night.

The Rapids are back in action at home on Wednesday, June 20 at 7:30 pm MT when they face the San Jose Earthquakes.  For additional information, please visit www.ColoradoRapids.com.

Los Angeles Galaxy 1, Portland 0

CARSON, Calif. – (Sunday, June 17, 2012) – Todd Dunivant scored first goal for the Los Angeles Galaxy since May 8, 2010 and gave the Galaxy a much needed win 1-0 over the Portland Timbers Sunday evening at the Home Depot Center.

The defender Todd Dunivant rose to head home corner kick courtesy of midfielder David Beckham in the 61st minute.

With a slight edge in possessions, 53.4% (Portland) vs. 46.6% (LA), Portland pressed on but could not break down the Galaxy wall and did not make up the deficit, giving the Galaxy their first clean sheet this season.

Welcome back LA goalkeeper Josh Saunders who produced four (4) huge saves to deny the visitors a goal.

LA entered the match with a seven game win-less streak, and last place in the Western Conference.  With the win, they are 4-8-2 (win-loss-tie) with 14 points on the regular season. And moved up two places to seven in the west.

Galaxy Head Coach had this to say on the first shut-out this season, “It’s good. I guess it’s been a little rare this year. But, when you get a shutout, it’s not just your goalkeeper; it’s the players in front of him. I think they did a pretty good job for the most part.”

Hector Jimenez, Mike Magee and Michael Stephens, serving suspensions handed out by MLS Disciplinary committee, missed tonight’s match.

The Irishman Robbie Keane also missed the match as he is out on international duty.

Edson Buddle and Dan Keat underwent knee surgery and therefore were unavailable for the match.

LA travels to Utah for their next match against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 6 pm PST.

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