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Rapids convert penalty kicks two minutes apart, beat Timbers

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The Canadian Press
3/22/2014 9:31:40 PM
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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Vicente Sanchez and Deshorn Brown scored from penalties two minutes apart in the second half to lead the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

Sanchez converted in the 73rd minute and Brown got his in the 75th for Colorado.

Portland has never beaten the Rapids in Colorado.

Portland goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts was sent off when he made contact with Brown while trying to contest him for the ball.

At Frisco, Texas, Fabian Castillo, Je-Vaughn Watson and Michel scored in a 15-minute span in the second half to ensure Western Conference-leader FC Dallas remained unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Chivas USA.

Castillo opened the scoring in the 71st minute off a Mauro Diaz pass, and Watson outran defender Tony Lochhead on a long pass and then beat goalkeeper Ian Kennedy for the eventual game-winner in the 78th minute.

Chivas forward Erick Torres grabbed his third goal of the season in the 81st minute to put the pressure back on the hosts, but Michel, a second-half substitute, slotted in a low, left-footed free kick in the 86th.

Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer converted a penalty in the 57th minute in a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquake.

Dwyer's winner came after Steven Lenhart was penalized for using his hand to swat at the ball in San Jose's penalty area.

Robbie Keane scored late in the first half as the Los Angeles Galaxy bounced back from a season-opening loss with the 1-1 draw against Real Salt Lake.

Alvaro Saborio had his first goal of the season in the 19th minute for Salt Lake.

In other games, the Columbus Crew downed the Philadelphia Union 2-0, Toronto FC defeated D.C. United 1-0 and the Vancouver Whitecaps played out a 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution.

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