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New England beats Sporting to close East gap

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 4, 2014 at 12:21 am •  Published: September 4, 2014

FOXBOROUGH, Massachussets (AP) — New England's Lee Nguyen scored twice to help the Revolution beat Sporting Kansas City 3-1 to Tuesday, closing the gap between the second and third-placed teams in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference.

Sporting, which would have closed within a point of East leader D.C. United had it won, took the lead in the ninth minute through a Soony Saad header and held that advantage until just before halftime when Teal Bunbury equalized for the hosts.

New England went ahead three minutes after halftime when an unmarked Nguyen controlled a cross at the top of the box and bent a shot past Sporting goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.

Nguyen sealed the win, and took his season tally to 12, when he forced a defensive turnover and found the net deep into stoppage time.

United States international Jermaine Jones made his first appearance for the Revolution which moved into clear third in the East standings, six points behind Sporting.

Seattle's Obafemi Martins and Andy Rose each scored two first-half goals as the Sounders got on top early and won 4-2 at struggling Chivas.

Seattle won its third consecutive game to extend its Western Conference lead to five points, while Chivas' winless streak reached eight games and the Los Angeles club remains rooted to the bottom of the West standings.

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