MONTREAL — Camilo Sanvezzo scored two second-half goals to lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to a 3-0 victory over the Montreal Impact on Saturday.
Kenny Miller scored from the penalty spot in the 23rd minute as Vancouver kept its MLS playoff hopes alive. The Whitecaps (11-10-8), who were seventh in the Western Conference at the beginning of the day, ended a five-game winless run and picked up only their second victory in 10 games.
It was the second 3-0 loss in a row for the Impact (13-9-6).
Vancouver’s first goal came when Nigel Reo-Coker blew past 37-year-old Alessandro Nesta on the right side. As he crossed the ball, defender Hassoun Camara fell and, as he was getting up, Matt Watson’s shot hit his arm.
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Referee Jorge Gonzalez had no choice but to call a penalty, and Miller cashed in for his eighth goal of the year.
Earthquakes 2, at Real Salt Lake 1
Steven Lenhart scored two goals in a four-minute span of the first half to lead San Jose over Real Salt Lake. The Earthquakes’ second victory in 15 road games this season moved them within three points of a playoff spot.
Sporting K.C. 2, at Toronto FC 1
C.J. Sapong scored twice to help Kansas City extend Toronto’s winless streak to eight games.
Kansas City’s win propelled it to a tie atop the Eastern Conference standings with the New York Red Bulls, who host FC Dallas on Sunday.
At Revolution 2, D.C. United 1
Lee Nguyen got a second chance on a penalty kick and converted it in the 83rd minute to help New England snap a three-match winless streak and keep its MLS playoff hopes alive with a victory over D.C. United.
D.C. United had its winless streak extended to seven matches.
At Crew 3, Fire 0
Dominic Oduro scored in the first half, Federico Higuain converted a penalty kick to in the second half and Columbus cruised to victory over short-handed Chicago.
At Dynamo 5, Chivas USA 1
Giles Barnes and Boniek Garcia scored two goals each to lead Houston past Chivas. Barnes recorded his second two-goal game of the season, and Garcia scored his first goals this year to give Houston back-to-back wins for the first time since July 6 and 13.