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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Justin Meram and Ethan Finlay scored in the first half to lead the Columbus Crew to a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Galaxy in a Major League Soccer match Saturday.

Meram opened the scoring in the 23rd minute for the Crew (7-8-9), and Finlay made the score 2-0 in the 33rd minute.

Gyasi Zardes of the Galaxy (9-5-7) closed the gap to 2-1 in the 49th minute.

Ben Speas got the Crew’s third goal in the 75th minute, and Giancarlo Gonzalez capped the team’s highest scoring output of the season in the 84th minute.

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Timbers 1, at Revolution 1

Liam Ridgewell scored his first MLS goal for Portland in the Timbers’ draw with New England.

Ridgewell stole the ball near midfield, dribbled past two defenders and slotted home a shot from inside the penalty area in the 65th minute. He joined Portland on June 25 from West Bromwich Albion of the English Premier League after signing a designated-player contract.

Charlie Davies of New England scored in the 27th minute.

At Impact 1, Fire 0

Marco Di Vaio scored in the 84th minute and Montreal beat Chicago to snap a seven-match losing streak. The Impact (4-14-5) has the worst record in the league.

At Sporting KC 4, Toronto FC 1

Dom Dwyer scored twice on penalty kicks in the first 33 minutes to give Sporting Kansas City control of the match.

FC Dallas 5, at Earthquakes 0

Tesho Akindele scored three goals and Fabian Castillo added two in FC Dallas’ rout of San Jose.

Whitecaps 0, at Chivas USA 0

Vancouver’s David Ousted made four saves as the Whitecaps extended their streak of not allowing a goal to 321 minutes. Ousted has seven shutouts this season.

Dan Kennedy got the shutout for Chivas USA.

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